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  • Yes, we can do on-the-spot drug testing quickly and safely

    The Victorian Police Chief Commissioner Graham Ashton’s recent claim that it’s not practical to conduct on-the-spot drug tests “safely and quickly” is, at best, misinformed. These tests have been taking place successfully in Europe for more than a decade. Ashton’s statement came in response to renewed calls for on-the-spot drug testing in Victoria after more than 20 people were hospitalised as a result of a mass overdose at a dance party in Melbourne on Saturday night. The incident occurred just weeks after three people died after taking a “bad batch” of MDMA in Chapel Street nightclubs.

    2017-02-22 |

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  • Diversity is on the rise in urban and rural communities, and it’s here to stay

    Racial and ethnic diversity is no longer confined to big cities and the east and west coasts of the United States. In the 2016 U.S. presidential election, racially and ethnically diverse metropolitan areas were more likely to vote for Hillary Clinton. Whiter metro and rural areas supported Donald Trump. This pattern reinforced the stereotype of “white rural” versus “minority urban” areas. However, our research shows that the populations of communities throughout the nation are being transformed. The share of racial and ethnic minorities is increasing rapidly and irreversibly. [...]

    2017-02-22 |

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  • Department turns to methadone to fight opiate addiction

    Thailand has introduced a harm reduction programme to combat national drug issues after punitive measures failed to stop people suffering from drug-related problems. The country declared a war on drugs more than 10 years ago which focused on corrective policy including legal measures, penalties and crackdowns. The so-called "war" was never won, however, as the number of prisoners getting caught abusing drugs has not dropped. Thailand has one of the world's highest prison population rates; about 70% of prisoners are incarcerated for drug-related offences.

    2017-02-22 |

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