On the radio

UPDATE: one of our ADLRF members has kindly linked me to a comprehensive media repository of the Australia21 report. It can be found here. Thanks AIVL! Panel discussion on Drug law reform Radio National – Illegal Drugs Derryn Hinch interviews Professor Bob Douglas AO, Author of report “The prohibition of illicit drugs is killing and criminalising our children and we are letting it happen” Australia: Illegal drug trade now measured in...

A call for evidence-based policies on illegal drugs

One of Canada’s chief medical officers has added his voice to the case for drug law reform. Writing in the peer-reviewed journal of open medicine, Dr Kendall and his co-authors argue a strong case for evidence based drug policies. They conclude: In light of the persistently widespread availability and relative safety of cannabis in comparison to existing legal drugs, as well as the crime and violence that exist secondary to prohibition of this drug,4 there is a need for discussion about the optimal regulatory strategy to reduce the harms of cannabis use while also reducing unintended policy-attributable consequences (e.g., the organized crime that has emerged under prohibition). In a media interview with The Sun, Dr Kendall states that: “The fact cannabis is illegal doesn’t diminish access rates. The so-called war on drugs has not achieved its stated objective of reducing rates of drug use. It’s universally available in B.C. and the supply is controlled largely by criminal enterprise,” Kendall told The Sun. “It should be regulated just like alcohol and tobacco. It [cannabis] is less addictive than either of...

Measuring the Illegal Drug Economy of Australia

The Australian Bureau of Statistics has made an estimate of the size of the illegal drug economy in Australia. They report: Results for the 2010 year suggest Gross Value Added (GVA), Household Final Consumption Expenditure (HFCE) and Imports for the illegal drug economy is 0.5%, 1.0% and 0.4% of total Australian GDP, HFCE and Imports respectively. This paper has applied the OECD recommended methodology to estimate the value of the illegal drug economy in Australia. Please note that these are not to be regarded as official statistics. The report can be found by clicking...

Heroin assisted treatment in Switzerland (includes video)

A note from the transcript: there is a group of people that will grow old over the course of time in this treatment. That’s a good thing. Drug dependence is a medical issue. Prolonging and improving quality of life is a central tenet of good medical treatment. For more information on heroin assisted treatment in Switzerland (and inside its prisons) click...