Nurses give reluctant and conditional backing for supervised injecting room at Canberra's jail.
Whether or not the AMC pilot will ever be implemented is unclear. Could this proposal break the current deadlock, or will it simply raise new opposition to the project? See the Canberra Times' editorial calling for drug law reform: http://sco.lt/7UTJVB.
Kings Cross will never again function as Sydney's late-night entertainment precinct, property owners say, with residential developers snapping up promising land, while less desirable sites decline in value.
While this is essentially a real estate story, it relates to the reported impacts of the Kings Cross lockouts.
Twelve months on, the methadone clinic’s move from Queen St, St Marys to the grounds of Mt Druitt Hospital has proved to be a positive one.
There appears to be a few stories here: the stigmatisation of people on pharmacotherapies, local economy and AOD service delivery. It's hard to tell from this story what the outcome has been for people who use the new clinic and whether the move has improved the quality of their treatment.
QUEENSLANDERS wanting to pick up a six-pack with their groceries will have a long wait, with the State Government not keen on a push to allow supermarkets to sell alcohol or medicine.
More on the continued push to further increase retail alcohol in Australia. The business case is clear. There's money to be made. The evidence linking community harms (particularly to health and family violence) is also clear. As a society, we need less access to alcohol, not more.
Thirty-five states saw youth drug overdose deaths increase dramatically in the past decade, according to a new report. And in five states – Kansas, Montana, Ohio, Wisconsin and Wyoming – the overdose death rates more than quadrupled.
Broad increase in overdose fatalities across the US attributed to growth in use of prescription opioids and heroin.
HEALTH workers are facing “frightening” situations and violence as they treat ice addicts.
While it is important to ensure that people working in frontline roles like paramedics, police and ED staff are not exposed to workplace violence, it is also important to recognise that many people who use methamphetamine are not violent. We need to avoid contributing to the stigmatisation of this group by creating the impression that methamphetamine use = psychosis and violence. As with all other drug types, its impacts are highly variable and influenced by a range of factors. From our own experience, we have never had more methamphetamine presentations across our services (currently around 30% of all clients list it as their primary drug of concern), but our rates of violent incidents are at an all time low.
New therapies can cure most cases of hepatitis C but lower drug prices, testing and better access to treatment are going to be needed to eliminate the liver-destroying virus worldwide, according to a New England Journal of Medicine editorial.
We're still waiting to learn whether new Hep C treatments will be included in Australia's Pharmaceutical Benefits Scheme, which will be essential to improve accessibility.
WHEN Narre Warren grandmother Lindy Ogotau found herself caring for her two school-aged grandchildren, she didn’t know where to turn for help.
This is a common scenario for grandparents whose own children are unable to care for their own children. If you know someone in this situation, they might be interested in our Playgroup programs: http://www.regen.org.au/playgroup. If you're in Melbourne's south east, our new Catalyst non-residential rehabilitation program in Narre Warren is now up and running: http://www.regen.org.au/catalyst.
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