THE state government will introduce new laws forcing drug kingpins and other crooks to hand over proceeds of crime after a court decision threatened to leave up to $10 million worth of assets in criminals' hands.
Despite a lively public debate about illicit drugs, the dominant drugs of addiction overtaking Western societies are those prescribed legally by trusted doctors. Prescription drugs, initially given to modulate chronic pain, reduce disabling anxiety or lift fledgling moods, are most likely to become chemicals of abuse and addiction.
Indigenous professionals working in the alcohol and drug field have to deal with many challenges, including funding threats and insecure employment. They deserve better, says Professor Kate Conigrave, an addiction medicine specialist and one of the editors of a new handbook for the field.
MORE than 1800 people with disabilities were drugged to control their behaviour last year, in what advocacy groups say is a widespread and worrying practice. The use of ''chemical restraint'' is by far the most commonly used intervention in Victorian disability services, according to a report by the Office of the Senior Practitioner to be released this week .
FIRST Minister Alex Salmond has condemned the reckless behaviour of drink drivers as it was revealed that alcohol could have played a part in a quarter of all fatal road accidents in one police force area.
SCOTTISH drug campaigners have said policy makers should avoid a “knee jerk” reaction by banning the legal drug Benzo Fury, which is thought to have been involved in the death of a festival-goer at the weekend.
Almost two decades after he was gunned down on a Medellin rooftop, Colombia's most notorious villain is being resurrected on national television. Pablo Escobar - the bloody and lavish drug lord who swamped the world with cocaine and left thousands of bodies in his wake - is getting his own biopic.
The Government's Alcohol Reform Bill is soon to be debated for the final time in Parliament. As it stands, the bill ignores the most thorough review and sustained public debate about alcohol in our history.