ILLEGAL drug use has been pushed from public toilets into the street since CCTV cameras were installed in the Footscray CBD, a report has found.
Citing new a Burnet Institute study that underlines the ineffectiveness of measures such as CCTV in preventing heroin (or other drug) trafficking and use in target areas. The study found the cameras had simply displaced public injecting from public toilets to public streets. Our updated position statement (and supporting evidence) on the establishment of a Medically Supervised Injecting Centre is here: http://www.regen.org.au/news-advocacy/advocacy-in-action.
The regulated cultivation and trade of cannabis for recreational use is permissible on the basis of states’ positive human rights obligations. Pleas for the regulated cultivation and trade of recreational cannabis are often based on arguments related to individual and public health, the safety of citizens and the fight against crime: the so-called positive human rights obligations. To date, however, no study has been carried out to find out what the legal implications of legalizing cannabis would be.
Dutch study's findings based on analysis of countries' human rights obligations.
A STEALTH epidemic of virtually undetectable synthetic drugs is sweeping Australia, says a medical expert.
David Caldicott on some of the factors driving demand for synthetics, the ineffectiveness of supply control measures (such as sniffer dogs) in preventing their use and the need for a greater policy focus on reducing harm.
Women in India have forced prohibition on to the political agenda as they blame alcohol sales for a big rise in domestic violence and rape in the region
See recent related coverage questioning the effectiveness of such measures in protecting Indian women and girls from violence: See today's related post on the geography of the US overdose 'crisis': http://sco.lt/99qvk9.
The U.S. Food and Drug Administration today approved Probuphine, the first buprenorphine implant for the maintenance treatment of opioid dependence. Probuphine is designed to provide a constant, low-level dose of buprenorphine for six months in patients who are already stable on low-to-moderate doses of other forms of buprenorphine, as part of a complete treatment program.
The 24/7 economy is pushing so-called 'smart drugs' into the office
Citing Ian Hickie and Carl Hart on the use (and impacts) of drugs like Modafinil, ADHD medications and other stimulants (like caffeine) in the workplace. See yesterday's related post on the use of 'smart drugs' by students: http://sco.lt/6njAeX.
WA’s peak business body has called for urgent action to confront the growing problem of “ice” use in the workplace, estimating that more than 7000 employees would have the drug in their system if tested today.
Workplace violence is a serious issue, but focussing on workplace drug testing (without addressing the factors contributing to workers' use) will simply drive people to use substances not included in testing regimes. We've already seen this happening in the mining industry, with increased demand for emerging synthetics that pose a potentially greater risk to health and safety.
THREE women are being hailed as heroes on Facebook after they thwarted a potential date rape in a restaurant in California.
While it's important to be aware of the risks of drink spiking, it's also important to remember that the drug most commonly used in drink spiking cases is alcohol (e.g. double shots instead of single). There's a clear to be aware of this behaviour, and call it when you see it.
One of the undeniable powers of social media is its ability to influence people and their behaviors. This is especially true, a study finds, when it comes to alcohol use. Researchers found that when participants in a study were exposed to ads touting beer, as opposed to those selling bottled water, they were more inclined to consider drinking alcohol.
More evidence of the role social media plays in alcohol marketing: 'On social media, the line that distinguishes between an ad and regular content is very fine.'
More should be done to reduce the rate at which Indigenous children are removed from their families.
On Sorry Day, Judy Cashmore and Teresa Libesman highlight the need for earlier interventions and support within our communities to address contribution factors (such as AOD use) to abuse and neglect of children and strengthen families.
Are the happiness boosting effects of alcohol fleeting or long-lasting?
While the tone of this article is deliberately light the core arguments are sound: 1. People typically use alcohol (and other drugs because they enjoy the effect; 2. Public health campaigns that ignore this fact are unlikely to affect the behaviour of those already engaged AOD use; 3. It's important to be aware of the increased risk of harm (including emerging dependence) associated with higher levels of consumption. This initiative has obvious similarities to a recent project by a Brazillian photographer, who sought to capture the impacts of drinking three glasses of wine on people's mood: http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/2016/04/08/amazing-photos-capture-how-faces-change-after-1-2-and-3-glasses/.
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