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.
While governments in Europe and the United States frantically ban substances to keep up with new synthetic drugs, lawmakers in New Zealand are using reason and a sensible legislative process to “to protect vulnerable consumers, particularly young people.
Busted: You Have The Right NOT To Remain Silent is a documentary project that aims to contribute to the international debate about drug policies and drug law reform. They are launching a raising campaign via crowdfounding to support the film.
This is an initiative to raise funds to produce a documentary on the failure of the War on Drugs, told by some of the world's leading lawmen and women who have spent their lives enforcing the drug laws. The funding race is to raise $50,000 via Pozible crowdfunding from December 12.
The Australian Drug Foundation (ADF) is launching the "Get the effects by txt!" scheme to coincide with Schoolies week in the hope it will be used by young people. The service works by sending a message listing the effects of a drug when a person texts that substance's name to a phone number.
APDIC has now established a dedicated area within its website to provide reports and information on the Compulsory Centres for Drug Users (CCDU) Roundtables it undertakes with the UNODC, ESCAP & UNAIDS, and with the support of AusAID.
A report released by the National Drug and Alcohol Research Centre reveals that a total of 500 Australians aged 15-54 died due to accidental opioid overdoses in 2008 – the latest year for which final figures are available.
AMA Victoria's president Stephen Parnis declared that drug consumption rooms would save lives by reducing the number of drug overdoses and cut the number of ambulance call-outs and hospital admissions.
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