The 1am lockout has been scrapped and mandatory ID scanners will be introduced in Safe Night Precincts by mid-2017.
New measures include reducing the number of exemptions to trading restrictions that venues can receive for 'special events'. The high number of exemptions granted under the previous scheme have been recognised as undermining its effectiveness in reducing alcohol related violence. See yesterday's related coverage: http://sco.lt/8bQue1.
Terry Lake said he'll study a proposal for give addicts clean heroin and morphine, but won't proceed until there's more public support.
Some rare candour about the policy process from a serving politician, recognising the political risks for those implementing unpopular (but effective) policy measures. Of course, politicians also have a role to play in advocating for such measures and building public support for evidence based policy.
State Cabinet will meet on Monday to consider the future of the 1am lockout amid reports the contentious measure will be dumped or delayed.
Another reminder that drug policy is always a contested space, subject to change (good and bad). In spite of the evidence for the effectiveness of supply control measures such as lockouts and other trading restrictions in reducing alcohol related violence in public, they appear to be under serious threat in Qld and face an uncertain future under a new Premier in NSW. See today's related post that provides more detail on the measures considered by the Qld Govt: http://sco.lt/7L1Dxh.
A softening of Sydney's lockout laws risks a return to the horrendous rates of violence that plagued Kings Cross in the early hours.
The Last Drinks Coalition urges the new NSW Premier to retain Sydney's lockouts. Premier Berejiklian has said that changes are unlikely: http://sco.lt/6r9RQH. See today's related coverage of changes to Qld measures: http://sco.lt/7xqdwv.
The dominance of Christian-based drug rehabilitation services in Hong Kong has created significant barriers for those seeking treatment.
A good piece on the role religious requirements can play in reducing the accessibility and effectiveness of treatment services. Note: ReGen is incorporated within the Uniting Church in Australia, but does not include religious content within our services and recognises the significant impact of mistreatment by faith-based providers on the lives of many of the people who use our services.
Prohibition laws—which criminalise the production, supply, possession, and use of some drugs for non-medical purposes—cost at least $100bn annually but have failed to curb either supply or demand, reduce addiction, or minimise harm. The war on drugs has failed and The BMJ says it's time for doctors "to lead calls for pragmatic reform informed by science and ethics."
As well as the editorial, this page also provides links to a range of other recent BMJ articles on drug policy.
An article to be published in medical journal the Lancet next month concludes that compulsory drug detention centres, such as those used by the Cambodian government, don’t work and recommends for their closure. The study, made available online this week, compares relapse rates for users of opioid substances (ie, heroin) at voluntary treatment centres and compulsory treatment centres in Malaysia, where, much like Cambodia, they exist in tandem.
Rose Brennan recently argued in the Daily Telegraph that support is growing in NSW for the establishment of additional Drug Consumption Rooms. She made it clear that this soaring support is not just coming from ‘the usual suspects’. Brennan attributed the increase in support to the ever-expanding growth in the drug market and the rise in drug-related problems. This article was remarkable in several respects.
Alex Wodak responds to last week's article and makes the urgent case for the establishment of new consumption rooms in Australia. FYI, AOD Media Watch is a collaborative project we're supporting to help improve the quality of AOD reporting in Australia. We'll be launching the project at next month's VAADA conference: http://conference.vaada.org.au/.
Victorian ambos sometimes use painkiller Fentanyl to deal with job stress - but the paramedics union denies 10 Geelong staff were sacked or disciplined due to the drug.
Paramedics are one of a (very) long list of professions with increased risk of problematic AOD use as a coping strategy for work related stress. As has been repeatedly seen with other health professionals, ready access to opioids is another risk factor. It's another reminder to employers of the importance of protecting workers' wellbeing and supporting early access to treatment and support services.
After a spate of overdoses from a 'toxic' batch of ecstasy on Chapel street last weekend, and one death from an unidentified substance at a New Year's rave
A great piece by Sarah Gill highlighting the illogicality of much public drug policy, highlighting the importance of policies based on evidence, not moral judgements and the need for ongoing advocacy to increase public (& political) support for change.
Catalina was in prison for a drug conviction in Guaviare, Colombia. She had been detained for possessing some coca paste – an amount barely sufficient to economically support herself and her two young children for a few weeks. She didn’t kno
Kasia Malinowska highlights the impacts of global drug policies on women and the importance of Consumer Participation to improving policy and reducing the impacts of AOD use within our communities. See today's related post on NJ Gov Chris Christie listening to those directly affected by his states drug policies: http://sco.lt/5N7B9V.
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