Helping to protect children and rebuild families torn apart by alcohol and drug abuse Important part of long term strategy to reduce drug and alcohol harms in Victoria Linking courts and treatment services to achieve better outcomes for families
As with other Drug Courts, this new court's focus on treatment and support has the potential to significantly improve outcomes for parents and children involved in the Child Protection system.
The Australian National Preventive Health Agency (ANPHA) recommended in a draft report in February that the Alcohol Beverages Advertising Code (ABAC) should include all forms of marketing within its self-regulatory…
SYDNEY’S black market trade in methadone has become “extensive” and a “headache” to society, fuelled by a burgeoning number of heroin users who can not afford clinical treatment or find a GP to prescribe the drug.
Citing Alex Wodak on access barriers to pharmacotherapies and the pressures facing people trying to balance their treatment goals with their family responsibilities and daily survival.
Strong doubt has been cast over the integrity of Victoria's liquor licensing regime, with former inspectors alleging they conducted bogus checks of bars and clubs in order to meet the government's performance targets.
Hundreds of sheep in the central west of NSW have died after eating a poisonous plant and bashing their heads open "like heroin addicts".
This story has nothing to do with heroin, but a lot to do with stigma. It's one thing to quote a grazier's innaccurate analogy. It's another to turn that into a headline and make it the central image of the story. For the record, people who are heroin dependent do not commonly beat their heads against poles.
TREASURY expects demand for cigarettes to fall faster than forecast when Labor ushered in plain packaging and higher prices, allowing the Abbott government to scale back preventive health efforts and partly compensate for the loss of $500 million in tobacco excise this year alone.
Habitual synthetic weed smokers are being urged to seek help or face violent withdrawals after being forced to go cold turkey by the New Zealand government’s sudden reversal on its synthetic drug laws last week. Until then, the country had been attempting to regulate the drugs rather than criminalizing them, as bans often just resulted in manufacturers coming up with new compounds that weren't covered by the law.
We down coffee to brighten the senses, alcohol to lubricate personal encounters, and paracetamol to dull pain, so what’s the problem with other quick fixes for work and play? Joe Gelonesi speaks to philosopher Nicole Vincent about the ethical challenges posed by personal enhancement.
Imagine for a moment that the government is serious about reining in health costs. What should it do? Should it invest heavily in preventative health, trying to change lifestyles so that more people don’t get ill in the first place, or should it amass billions for medical research?
Peter Martin considers the reduced emphasis on preventative health measures, with particular focus on alcohol. The article also exposes the moral bankruptcy of the ANABIC's argument to minimise the impact of alcohol related harms.
Prisoners in Queensland jails are subverting a new cigarette ban by smoking tea leaves soaked in nicotine, prison officers say.
Another example of how banning a behaviour does not necessarily prevent it. The question is now whether prison authorities will respond by removing nicoteine replacement patches. A prison full of people in nicoteine withdrawal would not be a happy place.
Those colorfully lit e-cigarettes are giving off way more than just "harmless water vapor," according to a comprehensive new study review by UC San Francisco's Center for Tobacco Control Research and Education. Users could also be inhaling ...
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