Politicians are being urged to face facts about alcohol and other drug-related issues and commit to end the country’s pressing treatment crisis, as 500,000 Australians miss out on the healthcare they need to overcome drug use disorders. The Australasian Professional Society on Alcohol and other Drugs, the peak organisation for professionals in the alcohol and […]
Pill Testing Australia has successfully implemented a 2nd Pill Testing Pilot at the Groovin the Moo Festival in Canberra. Key outcomes include: • The pill testing medical service tested substances for 234 participants, some arrived individually and some as groups, with a total of 171 samples being tested • MDMA was the prominent substance identified […]
The April newsletter from Winnunga Nimmityjah Aboriginal Health and Community Services is out now. Winnunga is an Aboriginal community controlled primary health care service operated by the Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander community of the ACT. The newsletter is available here.
The 2019 National Prevention in Practice Conference will deliver local and international speakers sharing their expertise on strengthening capacity of community-led action on alcohol and other drugs. Aimed at community leaders, alcohol and other drug (AOD) workers, the Conference themes will include: the impact of sport in alcohol and other drug prevention peers and their […]
Canberra Times 22 April 2019 Four people will face drink-driving charges after police conducted random and targeted roadside tests throughout Canberra over the Easter long weekend. All four drivers were found to have blood-alcohol readings more than twice the .05 legal limit in an outcome the head of the ACT’s traffic operation, Sergeant David Wills, […]
Canberra Times 20 April 2019 Methadone is being administered to Canberra’s prisoners at an alarming rate, with the territory’s jail continuing to have the highest use of the heroin-replacement drug. The latest national data, which provides a snapshot of use from last year, reveals that 114 prisoners, or just under a quarter of the entire […]
In response to a range of allegations and concerns about the treatment of young people in the Bimberi Youth Justice Centre (‘Bimberi’) that were brought to the attention of the ACT Human Rights Commission, the Commission commenced an extensive investigation into those concerns, which included claims of inappropriate and excessive use of force, racism, privacy […]
The Anex Bulletin is a specialty publication for workers in Australia’s needle and syringe programs. The current edition contains: Latest published reports including Deloitte Access Economics for Pain Australia’s Cost of Pain Drugs and teeth: “It’s a big issue” Confidentiality and anonymity in the NSP/CNP The today and tomorrow of pharmacotherapy Pharmacotherapy key to effective […]
The National Press Club of Australia will be hosting the debate ‘Pill Testing: Saving Lives or a Dangerous Experiment,’ on Wednesday 24 April in Barton. Speakers are former NSW Police Detective Tim Priest and President of the Australian Drug Law Reform Foundation Dr Alex Wodak. Tickets available for this event here.
The ACT Chief Minister’s Charitable Fund, in partnership with Hands Across Australia is now accepting applications. The objective of the Chief Minister’s Charitable Fund is to assist in meeting the social, economic, cultural, educational, environmental and other charitable needs of the community in the Australian Capital Territory (and the immediately surrounding region) for the public […]