A hard-hitting new advertising campaign video warning of the dangers of the drug ice is a scene-for-scene remake of a 2007 ad.
Now we know why this ad seemed so familiar. Our concern about the current tv campaign is more with the content of the messages, rather than their repetitiveness. As we've said previously, this sort of purely fear-driven campaign will achieve very little in terms of behaviour change and will only serve to further stigmatise many people (individuals and family members) who are already vulnerable and in need of support. We'll be publishing an article on this subject shortly on the Croakey health blog.
ICE is now one of the main drivers of organised crime in Australia.
While illicit drug markets are so profitable, it is inevitable that criminal organisations will be involved. Removing their motivation to be involved in drug production and trafficking is one argument for drug law reform.
Secondhand exposure to cannabis smoke under 'extreme conditions,' such as an unventilated room or enclosed vehicle, can cause nonsmokers to feel the effects of the drug, have minor problems with memory and coordination, and in some cases test positive for the drug in a urinalysis, a new study concludes.
We've been offline today. This article has been out for a little while, but it's a reminder of some of the impacts for people in enclosed spaces where any sort of smoking occurs. It's also worth keeping in mind in the context of potential drug testing, either on the road or in the workplace.
Ben Monagle was raped at a Catholic boarding college. After 20 years of suffering, he wants his story told.
No one chooses drug dependence. For many, it is simply the inevitable consequence of people self-medicating with alcohol or other drugs to cope with the ongoing impacts of physical and/or emotional trauma. The Federal Government should remember this the next time it considers further stigmatising people who use methamphetamine. Thanks to Mr Monagle for sharing his story.
When news broke this week that Camberwell residents would no longer vote on restaurant and cafe applications for a liquor licence, it looked like the end of a great Melbourne tradition. Laughing at wowsers in the leafy east's dry zones
International evidence suggests "awareness" campaigns are not the best way to address harmful methamphetamine use. Fear-based approaches can increase stigma and drive people from treatment.
Great piece by Burnet's Brendan Quinn and Paul Dietze on the Fed Govt's current approach to methamphetamines and the evidence-based (but politically unpopular) policy options that can significantly reduce the harms associated with ice use.
A great piece by German Lopez on the power of sensationalist media coverage to distort community perceptions of drug related harm (particularly in relation to emerging drug types) and create public pressure for non-evidence based drug policy.
Among people who use medical cannabis for chronic pain, those who also take prescription pain medications are not at increased risk for serious alcohol and other drug involvement, according to a study in the May issue of the Journal of Studies on Alcohol and Drugs.
Potential dependence is a clear risk for people using any medication for pain management. It's important to avoid focussing too much on the type of drug, rather than the dependence itself, it's impacts and how to manage (or overcome) them.
I'm not concerned whether the AFL changes its policy on illicit drugs from three strikes to two, as it seems determined to do, or decides to lose the strike system entirely. What does concern me, however, is the lack of informed public discussion about illicit drug use in football.
Carlton's Chris Judd raises many important points that are generally absent from much public discussion of the AFL's illicit drug policy. There is a lot of uninformed commentary on this issue. Hopefully, the fact that these matters are being raised by a player with Mr Judd's profile will help encourage a more considered approach to what are complex issues.
Shadow Minster for Justice, David Feeney, and Shadow Assistant Minister for Health, Stephen Jones, have called on the Abbott Government to reassess their Budget cuts to illicit drugs programs following the release of an alarming Crime Commission Report.
The cuts to the Flexibile Health Funds, which provided the majority of Federal AOD treatment funding have gone largely unreported. It's good to see the opposition making the connection between the Govt's rhetoric on methamphetamines and its actions in reducing the capacity of the treatment sector to respond.
USE of the killer drug ice is surging in high-risk workplaces, where almost one in 10 employees is testing positive to illicit substances or alcohol.
While this article does start out as a virtual ad for workplace testing companies, it does go on to recognise the limitations of testing and the need for a more comprehensive response to use of AOD in the workplace. See related coverage: http://sco.lt/6LUVyT.
A senior adviser to Malcolm Turnbull was held in custody overnight for alleged indecent act and drug possession.
Mr Ellis does deserve to, as the PM says, 'be given all the support and all the encouragement that they possibly can to work through those issues'. However, the Govt's position on the behaviour of a Ministerial staffer is in stark contrast to its rhetoric about other people who use illicit drugs, particularly amphetamine type stimulants. For exhibit one, see today's media release by Justice Minister Michael Keenan: http://sco.lt/5gDt9V.
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