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 report highlights that the operation of Australia’s prisons need far greater levels of accountability and transparency, as well as a much stronger commitment to providing effective programmes and treatment for people with drug and alcohol problems issues if we are to see any reductions in…
New Zealand’s Associate Minister of Health Peter Dunne has announced a new system for regulating synthetic highs. Due to come into effect next year, the regime places the onus on the legal high industry to prove their products are safe before they go on sale.
Key health organisations are celebrating the ACT Government’s decision to include a Needle and Syringe Exchange Program as part of its broader strategy for management of blood borne viruses (BBVs) in the ACT’s prison
Australia is known for having successfully kept blood borne viruses and diseases emanating from intravenous drug use to a relatively low level however, Australia has failed to provide NSPs in prisons, despite the prevalence of widespread injecting drug use within correctional systems.
The new legislation will reduce risks to the public by removing untested and potentially harmful products from being sold and introducing a pre-market approval scheme with testing requirements and retail restrictions for low-risk psychoactive substances.
“Culture of Change” is the overriding title of the conference and the program includes keynote presentations on emerging issues and developments in the treatment of alcohol and other drug related problems.
The alcohol and drug treatment system needs to be transformed from providing complex and episodic services to one that supports people to make positive changes in their lives when they decide to seek help for an alcohol or drug problem.
The National Centre in HIV Social Research and the Aboriginal Health and Medical Research Council of NSW announce the release of a jointly produced research brief: Injecting drug use among Aboriginal people in NSW.
The Australian National Council on Drugs (ANCD) Asia Pacific Drug Issues Committee (APDIC) is pleased to announce the availability of translations of a new summary paper based on the influential 2nd Australian Needle and Syringe Program Return on Investment Study.
The concept of “recovery” within alcohol and other drug treatment is far from new, and features in the demand reduction section of the Australian National Drugs Strategy. Recent ‘recovery-oriented systems of care’ is a US-born concept that is shaping drug treatment policy in the United Kingdom,…
Report of a high level roundtable held at the University of Sydney on Tuesday 31st January 2012 on the topic “What are the likely costs and benefits of a change in Australia’s current policy on illicit drugs?”
The war on drugs has failed and Australia should consider legalising some substances, according to a new report backed by some eminent Australians. A recent national radio discussion took place on drug policy reform.
This UNAIDS rpeort demands evidence-based responses that solidly focus on and involve key populations most at risk, are adequately resourced and grounded in human rights. Increasingly, countries are acting on this knowledge – and reaping the rewards.
The ban will initially run for 12 months. Next year New Zealand's conservative government plans to bring in comprehensive changes based on a review of the country's drug legislation by the Law Commission.