Rethinking chronic pain.
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A sea change in pain treatment helped create the opioid abuse epidemic, and another sea change in how doctors view chronic pain could help curb it.
A man injects himself with heroin using a needle obtained from the People’s Harm Reduction Alliance, the nation’s largest needle-exchange program, in Seattle, Washington.
Why have the demographics of heroin use changed so much? For that, we can look to dramatic increase in prescriptions for opioid painkillers, such as Oxycontin or Vicodin.
Evidence-based drug treatments are relatively successful at reducing use and improving quality of life.
Many untested drug therapies are expensive at best and potentially dangerous at worst. So what treatments do work for ice and other drug users?
Stigma doesn’t help.
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Stigma toward heroin use might prevent a lot of people from using the drug, but these attitudes don't help people who are dependent.
These mixed messages reflect a longstanding tension in public policy and legal debates about drug use.
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Are addicts sick and helpless victims with little control over their own behaviour, or brazen criminals who deserve to be punished accordingly?
The many people who are mourning the loss of Phil Walsh should also reflect on what we as a society can do to help families avoid such tragedies.
The killing of Phil Walsh is a tragedy for his family and the football community. It should also lead us to question whether we do enough to support families before the issues they face spiral out of control.
Grasping for a solution.
There's a worrying lack of evidence for what works when it comes to drug treatment. And our addiction services are suffering as a result.
New research aims to bring hope to the often forgotten or stigmatised friends and relatives of those who die from drug or alcohol use.
Could random testing put a dent in the drug market?
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It is unlikely that drug testing in workplaces and at nightclubs will have any discernible impact of rates of use.
Since the NT Intervention a large body of evidence has built up showing that income management does not achieve its stated goals. So why does it continue?
Various studies, culminating in the final evaluation report of income management in the Northern Territory, have found such programs don't achieve the claimed benefits. Why did the budget extend them?
Will Ed’s crime policies lead him on the path to the premiership?
Labour's crime manifesto goes communitarian, despite them not branding it that way.
Chris Christie has vowed to ‘crack down’ on marijuana if elected president.
The myth has been debunked time and time again.
Plaid want police to acknowledge the needs of victims - but how?
According to our expert, Plaid Cyrmu's crime manifesto is window dressing with uncosted goods.
Experiences in real-time.
People with bipolar use more cannabis than others with mental health problems, but what do they think about its effects?
Myuran Sukumaran and Andrew Chan inside a holding cell as they wait for their final appeal against the death sentence at Denpasar District Court in Bali, Indonesia in 2010.
Ideas about drug use that are used to justify the death penalty for smuggling don't hold up under scrutiny.
Not a good look.
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Performance enhancing or doping substances such as anabolic steroids and erythropoietin, a hormone that enhances the production of red blood cells and increases oxygen consumption in the body, are no longer…
Easier access to marijuana doesn’t necessarily lead to more addicts.
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At present, cannabis is fully legalized in Colorado and Washington and will soon be fully legalized in Oregon and Alaska. Additionally, medical cannabis is legal in 23 states. The writing is on the wall…
In states like Massachusetts, heroin overdoses have skyrocketed in recent years.
In the 1930s, Harry J. Anslinger, the first head of the Federal Bureau of Narcotics, embarked on a fierce anti-marijuana campaign. Highlighted by the 1936 anti-marijuana film Reefer Madness – where marijuana…
Molly is one of the most popular party drugs in the US. But what a lot of people may not know is that molly is actually a form of ecstasy (MDMA), and this misunderstanding can put young people at risk…
Housing First is a program that offers housing to homeless drug users – regardless of whether or not they’re drug free – with a goal of social recovery.
Over the past decade, drug use in the US has risen dramatically, with heroin use reaching epidemic proportions. The country’s policy for combating abuse has involved incarceration, abstinence-only treatment…