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Zero Tolerance crackdowns and harm minimisation have mutually exclusive goals

Stephanie Tzanetis from Dancewize provides a comprehensive critique of the Herald Sun’s ‘exclusive story’ regarding speculation that the Victorian government will take a ‘zero tolerance’ approach at festivals which would allow police new search powers. She highlights the legal aspects of how such a change in law might be implemented and how this is incongruous with Australia’s Harm Minimisation policy Continue Reading

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What is ‘success’ in drug rehab? Programs need more than just anecdotes to prove they work

Dr Bright & Dr Lee comment an an episode of Australian Story that portrayed a wonderful story of redemption, with a person who was deeply involved in drugs establishing a private rehabilitation centre. As the story did not interview any AOD treatment experts, it served as an advertorial for the clinic. Bright & Lee note that the clinic did not appear to be based on best practice and that without any government regulation there is no monitoring of private services. Continue Reading