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A Project to curb underage binge drinking across the nation will be trialled in Tasmania. Federal Health Minister Nicola Roxon said the Government had signed a $700,000 funding agreement with the State Government to operate a pilot program in southern Tasmania teaching teenagers about the risks of drinking. “The pilot is part of an innovative….
VANCOUVER — A clinical trial that prescribed heroin to drug addicts found that users did not appear to distinguish the powerful street drug from a legally available prescription painkiller, researchers say. And that offers hope of a treatment option that is legally and politically more palatable than providing drug addicts with heroin, they say. Users….
Vancouver’s supervised drug injection site can save the Canadian health-care system as much as $20 million and substantially increase a population’s life span over a 10-year period, according to a study to be published today in the Canadian Medical Association Journal. The study, which used a computer simulation model, measured the projected impacts on Vancouver….
Canada’s Health Minister urgently needs an education in harm reduction. Announcing his intention to shut down Insite, the supervised injection facility serving drug addicts in Vancouver’s Downtown Eastside, Tony Clement told the House of Commons health committee that “supervised injection is not medicine; it does not heal the person addicted to drugs.” Mr. Clement got….
The availability of cheap alcohol has led to calls for minimum prices in Wales to change the drinking culture. Brian Gibbons, Wales’ social affairs minister, says he wants to see alcohol strength taken into account in pricing. Scottish ministers are preparing laws on minimum pricing, and Dr Gibbons has discussed the issue with them, although….