VOLUME 8, ISSUE 3 - Fall 2014
The Global Climate of Drug Abuse Part 2
In our continuing journey around the world, with the theme of “The Global Climate of Drug Abuse Part II,” we head “Down Under” to hear from several of our colleagues who have shared their global perspectives in the effort to prevent the ravages of substance abuse on world society.
First up is an original paper titled, HIV and HCV Transmission Among Intravenous Drug Users by Dr Ross Colquhoun, Dalgarno Institute and Gary Christian, Drug Free Australia. The paper examines the evidence for harm reduction policies on HIV and HCV transmission, evaluating the benefit to drug users and the community.
The next article by Josephine Baxter, Executive Officer of Drug Free Australia, Changing the Market Culture for Methamphetamines: Models of Demand Reduction – An Australian Perspective, will provide working examples in three countries as to what can be done to achieve greater prevention in methamphetamine use and harm, with demand reduction and early intervention models being described.
Our commentary contribution was shared with the Journal from the esteemed World Federation Against Drugs (WFAD). In this reprinted piece, Comment on Global Commission on Drug Policy’s report; Taking Control: Pathways to Drug Policies that Work, WFAD provides a counter perspective to the report of the self-appointed Commission that seeks to weaken international drug laws.