LONDON (Thomson Reuters Foundation) - Female drug users worldwide are far less likely than their male counterparts to undergo treatment due to discrimination against mothers and pregnant women and the cost of childcare, transport and treatment, t
This is a significant barrier to treatment and support, with obvious consequences for the women and children affected. The stigmatisation (and growing criminalisation) of mothers who use AOD is a huge issue and one that needs to be addressed by policy makers, service providers and the wider community. The recent 'Support. Don't punish' campaign provides a clear voice for change.
The national taskforce set up to target the problem of ice or crystal methamphetamine is wrapping up community consultations this week and is preparing its interim report for the Federal Government. The Noffs Foundation is urging the taskforce to be bold in its approach, saying a lot can be learned from the heroin crisis of the 1990s and calling for a similar response, with regulation of the crystal meth and ice using rooms.
Citing Matt Noffs on the need for harm reduction measures, such as a methamphetamine consumption room.
The drug ice was a factor in only 4 per cent of culpable driving cases despite a growing prevalence in the community, with two-thirds of killer drivers speeding or alcohol-affected, a new study has found.
The Andrews Labor Government is committed to supporting the alcohol and drug sector. The investments we have made through the 2015-16 Victorian Budget to support the Ice Action Plan signal just how important issues of substance abuse are, and this funding ensures that more people affected by ice and other drugs can get the help they need across Victoria. Importantly, this is a plan that also recognises we all have a role to play in tackling these issues and was developed alongside Victoria Police and health experts.
Minister Foley announces review of the current Victorian treatment system to address accessibility and integration of current services. The sector reforms have brought some overdue improvements, but there is still more work to be done to ensure that Victorians can get evidence-based, co-ordinated treatment when they need it. See today's related post on the lengths families are going to get help for their loved ones: http://sco.lt/8gUoDZ.
MORE than $2 million will be spent on tacking the methamphetamine problem within Casey and Cardinia as part of a $24.6 million State Government package.
Coverage of Friday's announcement of new funding for non-residential rehab programs across Victoria, including the new program we'll be running in Narre Warren (at Connections UnitingCare) from October. It's important to note that the 500 places are the statewide figure, not just for Casey & Cardinia LGAs.
For almost half a century, governments throughout Asia have invested millions of dollars in costly counter-narcotics strategies, and yet every year — in every Asian country — the total number of drug users and drug seizures just keeps growing.
UnitingCare ReGen, the lead alcohol and other drug treatment and education agency of UnitingCare Victoria & Tasmania, today welcomed the announcement of new treatment programs to be delivered across Victoria as part of the Andrews Government’s response to the impacts of methamphetamine and other drug use in regional and rural communities.
Our response to this morning's announcement by Minister for Mental Health Martin Foley MP. Detail about other new funding announcements through Victoria's Ice Action Plan are available here: http://ice.vic.gov.au/. See also VAADA's response to the announcement: http://sco.lt/4oRQEj.
Congress needs to immediately lift the ban on federal funding for needle exchange programs to counter the threat of HIV outbreaks among injection drug users like the one that has seen an alarming number of new cases erupt in a single rural Indiana county.
More evidence for the effectiveness of NSPs in reducing harm and protecting public health. Add your voice to today's Support.Don't punish day of action for evidence based drugpolicy: http://supportdontpunish.org/.
Police are urging visitors heading to the Snowy Mountains over the school holidays to plan ahead and stay safe as extra officers patrol the region.
If you're heading to the snow (or anywhere else) for school holidays, remember that intoxication increases your risk of accident or injury and can increase your vulnerability in unfamiliar settings. Have fun but stay safe folks.
The actions varied in size and design: from small gatherings of supporters in countries as diverse as Guinea and Kazakhstan, to larger protests in France and the USA, and a range of music events, dance displays, flash mobs and sport tournaments.
IDPC's Jamie Bridge summarises the global activities for last week's "Support. Don't punish' campaign.
Australia's first study into the reasons why injecting drug users are sharing syringes has found stigma and discrimination are barriers to accessing clean equipment.
The Kirby Institute study highlights some of the barriers to effective harm reduction in Australia (particularly in rural and regional areas), the impact of stigma on service access and the innovative responses by people who inject drugs to support their peers, reduce harm and protect public health. See Carla Treloar's post on peer distribution: http://sco.lt/4sYGJN.
I bet, if we asked the average Jo Blow on the street, they could not fathom the illegality of peer distribution. It is illegal in all states and territories for someone (unless they are authorised ...
Great blog post from Carla Treloar on the legal barriers to effective harm reduction, with link to Kari Lancaster, Kate Seear & Carla's paper. See today's related post on the impact of stigma on access to harm reduction services and innovative responses by people who inject drugs: http://sco.lt/8dOHqr.
In response to increasing demand for methamphetamine treatment, ReGen has undertaken a range of measures to respond to individuals and family members.
A blog post by our CEO Laurence Alvis on the work we've been doing to develop targeted treatment responses for people affected by methamphetamine use. The blog is part of the upcoming Tackling Methamphetamine conference (Early Bird registrations still available until Friday).
Parents of ice addicts are spending their retirement funds, cashing in super and mortgaging homes to pay for their children's rehab.
A timely reminder of the desperation (and vulnerability) of family members affected by a loved one's AOD dependence and of the need for greater capacity and accessibility within publicly funded treatment services. Parents should not need to put their future wellbeing at risk to get help for their children. It's worth noting that residential rehab is not the only treatment option. Friday's announcement by Minister Foley will see non-residential rehab programs (including ours in Narre Warren: http://sco.lt/5QOPbd) established around the state in the coming months: http://sco.lt/7E6yfJ.
The Victorian Alcohol and Drug Association (VAADA) today acknowledges the Government announcement on the allocations of funding associated with Victoria’s Ice Action Plan.
The Ice Action Plan released earlier this year, committed funding to a number of areas over a four year period, including:
$18 million to alcohol and other drug (AOD) treatment services
$3.2 million to family support services
$1.8 million to Needle Syringe Programs (NSP) providers
$1.48 million for the development of a family drug education program; and
$500,000 community activities.
VAADA's response to this morning's Ice Action Plan funding announcements, highlighting that they will not resolve all the barriers to treatment access in Victoria and that there is still more work to be done.
The Andrews Labor Government is working with the community and local health services to tackle the drug ice, with almost $25 million for extra support services distributed across the state as part of the Ice Action Plan. Minister for Mental Health, Martin Foley, joined the MPs for Wendouree and Buninyong, Sharon Knight and Geoff Howard, as well as health professionals and community leaders in Ballarat today to announce a package of $24.6 million to expand treatment services, support families and strengthen communities.
We'll be issuing a media release on this morning's announcement later today.
A public hospital on the front line of alcohol-fuelled violence, St Vincent's in Darlinghurst, has warned against prematurely reviewing aspects of new licensing laws after it emerged a 10pm bottle shop curfew is under "evaluation".
Follow-up to yesterday's post on the Govt review of the various measures introduced last year to address alcohol related violence in Sydney: http://sco.lt/6Otmzp.
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