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How well are pre-charge warnings working?

Sunday, November 30, 2014

Pre-charge warnings have quietly become a valuable new tool in the policing tool box and an effective way of getting minor crime out of an overloaded court system. But after four years, the greatest strength of the precharge warning has also become its biggest weakness. Sofia Wenborn reports

 

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Poppy Seeds

Sunday, November 30, 2014

You scoff a few poppy seed bagels and then take a routine workplace drug test later in the afternoon. The result comes back positive for opiates, and you realise your choice of lunch has put you under suspicion of having a heroin habit. Sounds far-fetched? Mythbusters investigates the surprisingly potent poppy seed effect.

Poppy seed buns

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Dr John Crawshaw

Sunday, November 30, 2014

Dr John Crawshaw was appointed Director and Chief Advisor of Mental Health in November 2011. As the principal advisor to the government on matters of mental health, he fulfils several key statutory functions. He has also served as the Chair of the Royal Australian and New Zealand College of Psychiatrists’ Board of Education.

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Pregnancy warnings on alcohol labels

Sunday, November 30, 2014

In 2011, a trans-Tasman food labelling review, led by New Zealand, recommended the introduction of pregnancy health warning labels on alcohol products in New Zealand and Australia. The primary motivation was to help address soaring rates of foetal alcohol spectrum disorder. Trans-Tasman ministers responsible for food safety gave the alcohol industry two years to voluntarily introduce a system of warnings, after which the situation would be reviewed. The implication was the industry should get it right or face compulsory labelling.

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Most people with addiction simply grow out of it: why is this widely denied?

Sunday, November 30, 2014

The idea that addiction is typically a chronic, progressive disease that requires treatment is false, the evidence shows. Yet the ‘ageing out’ experience of the majority is ignored by treatment providers and journalists. So argues Maia Szalavitz in this article originally published by Substance.com

 

The Director’s Cut

Sunday, November 30, 2014

One year ago Parliament ushered in a new era of alcohol harm reduction law with the Sale and Supply of Alcohol Act, which promised communities greater say in liquor licensing decisions. It seems the law has over promised and under delivered, with commercial interests now actively undermining its purpose.

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Mescaline

Sunday, November 30, 2014

Mescaline is an alkaloid that causes hallucinogenic effects similar to those of LSD and psilocybin (magic mushrooms). It occurs naturally in several varieties of cactus, most notably peyote (native to Mexico) and the San Pedro cactus (native to Peru).