PRIME Minister Tony Abbott has changed the dynamic of our public discourse by supporting the legalisation of cannabis for medicinal use. Mr Abbott’s strong support drags the cannabis debate — often the subject of stigma, fear and suspicion — forever out of the margins and into mainstream consideration.
ACT Chief Minister Katy Gallagher has called on the Community and Public Sector Union to progress enterprise bargaining negotiations for prison officers, before resolving a long-standing dispute on a needle exchange program inside Canberra's jail.
It's sad to see vital harm reduction inititiatives being used as a bargaining chip. Every day this trial is delayed means more BBV transmission in the ACM and an even longer wait before similar measures could be introduced in other Australian prisons.
The cost of alcohol abuse to taxpayers could be reduced if investment was made in early intervention services, two addiction charities have claimed. Addiction NI and FASA said alcohol abuse cost £900m a year.
DrinkWise has kicked off a new initiative that will see Australia's major alcoholic drinks firms push a united message in a show of industry collaboration
On the next phase of the alcohol industry's marketing campaign to promote 'responsible' drinking. For more on the relative merits of industry campaigns, see yesterday's #PHAA2014 proceedings on Twitter.
Melbourne men believe they contracted HIV through ice use with a ground-breaking study finding a "convincing significant association" between the drug and soaring rates of the infection.
Suggesting most infections occur through unprotected sex, not injecting. Highlighting the increased risk taking often associated with methamphetamines use and the need for an ongoing focus on harm reduction.
Methamphetamine manufacture has traditionally been concentrated in North America and East and South-East Asia, close to the major consumer markets. The latest UNODC's Global SMART Update study, however, shows that it has recently spread to other countries such as Guatemala, Iran, Kenya, Nigeria and South Africa. The Update also reveals that methamphetamine manufacture is also spreading across Europe, though at low levels.
AA and the rest remain the biggest and most polarizing force in the addiction community. I quit heroin and cocaine using the Steps and have covered addiction as a journalist for 25 years—and I'd argue that the picture is decidedly mixed.
Rehabilitation and drug experts from across the ACT are warning that more Canberrans are seeking treatment for dependence on ice or crystal methamphetamine as the purity and strength of the drug increases.