I remember the time around your birth vividly. My waters had broken and as there were no signs of contractions, you were induced and arrived the following morning at 3.50am – all 7lb 4oz of you. When I held you for the first time, you were truly the most beautiful and perfect thing I had ever seen. Everything and everyone else looked dirty and jaded but you looked and smelled and felt like perfection. I have loved you unreservedly since that moment.
Powerful piece on the very personal impacts of AOD dependence on families.
As Liberal Democrats we have never been afraid to stand up for what we believe in, even if that means standing against the crowd. At conference in Glasgow, the Federal Policy Committee will present its policy paper Doing what Works to Cut Crime, a paper that amongst other issues, revisits and has restarted the debate on drug policy.
An early age of onset of drinking is a risk factor for subsequent heavy drinking and negative outcomes, researchers report. New research looks at both an early age of onset, as well as a quick progression from initial alcohol use to drinking to the point of intoxication, as risk factors. Findings indicate that both are associated with high-school student alcohol use and binge drinking.
More research linking early age of initiation into alcohol consumption with subsequent problematic consumption patterns.
REGIONAL communities across the country are being torn apart by the drug ice and are ill-equipped to deal with the social, health and crime problems it brings.
Without having seen the story yet, it's hard to make informed comment about its content. Accessibility of treatment services in rural and regional areas is certainly an issue, but it's misguided to suggest increasing withdrawal beds will solve the problem. On it's own, withdrawal provides only a break from use. Without ongoing work to help people change their behaviour and the factors in their lives that contribute to that behaviour, an investment in withdrawal beds will not provide the 'solution' that local communities are looking for. If communities are to really get to grips with methampheatmine related harms, we need a better understanding of AOD treatment and the recovery process. Here's what we've been doing in this area: http://www.regen.org.au/images/Meth_Treatment_-_Building_on_successful_strategies_to_enhance_outcomes_v1.0.pdf
A SUPERMARKET chain will head to the Liquor Licensing Board today in a bid to become the first in the state to sell alcohol in a landmark case vehemently opposed by the hospitality industry. Tasmanian Independent Retailers has applied to sell alcohol in the IGA store at Bicheno on the East Coast.
Interesting that the article is focussed on the potential impact on hotels, not public health.
It’s been a topic of particular interest to us out here in the bush because we keep reading reports of how bad our meth problem actually is. There is no doubt that it’s as bad as it is in Melbourne or other metropolitan areas. And yet just 2 per cent of the population use it and of them just 14.5 per cent have a dependency. The inference is that 84 per cent of those who do use it are recreational users. (Men aged 20-35, including tradies, are a high-risk group. A lot smoke it.)
Wow, two pieces on the same day! Do we need to look to regional and rural areas for a less hysterical response to methamphetamines?
Australia should look at regulating synthetic drugs because banning them is like a game of "whack a mole", with so-called legal highs exposing the weaknesses of prohibition, says the New Zealand Drug Foundation.
Many people try to watch what they eat, count their calories, and try to cut down on excess sugar and fat. What many people forget to look at is the amount of alcohol they drink; and the extra energy intake can add up surprisingly quickly.
Liberals in the ACT have renewed their efforts to prevent the introduction of a needle exchange program in the Alexander Maconochie Centre.
Harm Reduction again treated as a political football as the ACT Libs seek to wedge the Govt against unions. Andrew Wall becomes the latest in a very long list of politicians willing to undermine evidence-based policy for the sake of political leverage.
THIS week a review of competition law in Australia has everyone talking about the prospect of cheaper goods and shaking up the power of Coles and Woolworths.
Citing Mike Daube on the Harper Review into competition law recommendations. Interesting that headline writers rush to gush about the 'Ice epidemic', but feel the need to qualify the apparent scale of problems associated with alcohol in our communities.