In Oceania, drug production, trafficking and consumption remain overwhelmingly a criminal justice issue. However, Australia and New Zealand have moved towards policies that prioritise health to respond to drug use. More recently, New Zealand made the headlines with the adoption of an innovative policy towards new psychoactive substances.
The Conference, hosted by the Australian and New Zealand Mental Health Association, will include workshops, presentations and forums dedicated to sharing skills and understanding in the treatment of all addictive disorders.
The Philippines "Conversations with Andrew Tatarsky" are three public events spanning four days, introducing a broader approach to Harm Reduction, both institutionally, and in our homes and everyday lives. The Adi Guna Nusantara Foundation is also organizing workshops in Indonesia.
Hoping to curb the epidemic of HIV and Hepatitis C, the local government of Cebu developed a harm reduction programme. However, when officials advocating against illicit drugs caught wind of the study, they immediately called for an end of the programme.