A LEADING drug expert has slammed the State Government as cowards for scotching a Melbourne councils bid to trial pill-testing machines at popular venues and festivals.
Dr Caldicott gives Police Minister Neville an 'F' for the Andrews Govt's refusal to allow drug checking services to prevent overdose deaths at public events. See this related coverage on the similar response from the ACT Govt: http://sco.lt/9HVdpZ,http://sco.lt/7ybOb3.
Maybe it's my age but I found reports of last year's Groovin the Moo music festival repulsive ("Security guards accused of mocking sick revellers" April 29, 2016 p6).
FFDLR's Bill Bush responds (it's the fourth letter) to last week's announcement that the ACT Govt will block drug checking services in the territory. See also David Caldicott's response to the Victorian Govt's similar decision: http://sco.lt/6aoOW1
Health Canada's proposal to loosen regulations on importing prescription-grade heroin to treat opioid addiction is being hailed as a crucial step to reducing fentanyl-fuelled deaths across the country.
Heroin Assisted Therapy will only ever be appropriate for a very small proportion of people who are opioid dependent (and for whom other treatment options are ineffective), but it's good to see access barriers to what can be a life-saving intervention removed.
If America wants to solve the overdose crisis, policymakers need to listen to real scientists, not so-called experts whose primary qualification is that they beat their own addiction.
Great to see public support for evidence based drug policy. We need to call out political leaders who refuse to recognise the evidence and help created an informed public debate to build support for effective (but politically unpopular) measures.
Patients undergoing spinal fusion surgery who are treated with methadone during the procedure require significantly less intravenous and oral opioids to manage postoperative pain, reports a new study published in the May issue of Anesthesiology, the peer-reviewed medical journal of the American Society of Anesthesiologists (ASA).
US study indicates potential impacts on development of post-operative chronic pain.
A Filipino lawyer asked the International Criminal Court to charge the Philippine President with mass murder and crimes against humanity in the killings o
More evidence of the growing domestic opposition to President Duterte's brutal drug policies. See also recent coverage of charges being brought against police by victims' families: http://sco.lt/5YwAPh.
The launch of Operation Safenight over the weekend saw dozens of police officers swarm entertainment precincts in Melbourne's south.
Coverage of the weekend's sniffer dog action in Chapel St. Supt Green says, 'We're not here to arrest our way out of community problems', but this is all such 'crackdowns' offer. Such operations may prevent some use in particular locations, but will do little or nothing to address community-wide issues. We need more than this from our political leaders. We need sustained, evidence based responses, not quick, headline grabbing, methods that give the appearance of action being taken but do nothing to reduce use or potential harm.
A WOMAN whose overdose went viral last month said the negative publicity she received from it has actually given her a second chance at life.
It's great Ms Henry has started taking steps towards recovery, but there is abundant evidence demonstrating that piling stigma and shame on a person is not an effective strategy in getting them to seek help. While videos like this one generate lots of interest and may have some warning effect, they generally do more harm than good to those directly affected. The story also highlights the growing risks associated with synthetic opioids (such as fentanyl) becoming increasingly present in illicit drug supplies.
Some big news has come out of North America and it has nothing to do with Trump. Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau has introduced legislation that will legalise and regulate cannabis use in Canada. This would make Canada the second country the world (after Uruguay) to legalise adult use of cannabis. This comes off the heels of some ground-breaking reforms that took place in November last year when California, Massachusetts, Maine and Nevada all voted to legalise and regulate cannabis use, joining Colorado, Alaska, Washington and Oregon. One in five Americans now live in a state where adult use of cannabis is legal or is in the process of being made legal. So why has the debate barely even begun in Australia?
NSW MP Mehreen Faruqi makes the case for Australian drug law reform.
Is decriminalizing drug use the better alternative to killing drug addicts?
Well, this is unexpected. Is this an indicator of the growth in domestic opposition to President Duterte's brutal drug policies? It will be interesting to see how he responds. See today's related coverage of the call for the President to be indicted for mass murder in The Hague: http://sco.lt/6jpvub
Almost one-fifth of patients with opioid use disorder (OUD) in a large healthcare system died during a four-year follow-up period, reports a new study.
One potential contributing factor not addressed here is the role systemic barriers to people having access to opioid replacement therapies, which have been consistently shown to reduce mortality amongst people who are opioid dependent.
A new plan to legalise cannabis has launched in Switzerland, marking the country's second push for the change within a decade. The new initiative proposes that both cannabis production and consumption for personal use should be made legal. It recommends that its sale should be regulated and taxed by the government. A referendum in 2008 aiming to make the drug legal for everyone failed, but those proposals did not suggest the government would be able to collect tax on it.
A KINGSTON councillor has called for an investigation into the links between liquor outlets in the municipality and family violence.
Citing Peter Miller's 2016 study that indicated a direct link between local retail alcohol outlet density and incidence of family violence. For more info, check out FARE Australia's resources: http://sco.lt/6Pp9pB.
It has been alleged some Perth drivers have been forced to complete long-haul runs without a mandatory break in a bid to cut down on delivery times.
Union highlights the role workplace pressures play in driving stimulant use in industries where workers are required to undertake long hours. It's important to remember that this doesn't only occur in the transport industry.
Sentencing laws for methamphetamine dealers have been labelled "insufficient" by WA's new attorney general after state prosecutors successfull
A continuation of the 'tough on drugs' rhetoric that was a major feature of the recent WA election campaign. See John Silvester's piece on the failings of this sort of policy approach: http://sco.lt/8no5IX.
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