Bandidos blast Tasmanian ‘anti-gang’ law bid, deny involvement in ice drug trade

Bandidos blast Tasmanian ‘anti-gang’ law bid, deny involvement in ice drug trade

Posted May 13, 2018 08:28:07 Photo: The Bandidos were named in the Tasmanian Government’s position paper on potential anti-gang reforms. (ABC News: Tim Morgan) The Bandidos say motorcycle clubs “will never be legislated out of existence” and they would happily work with the Tasmanian community to “address concerns” in a …

Fugitive drug smuggler who lived in Australia under fake name jailed in US | US news

A Californian drug smuggler and fugitive who lived under an assumed identity in Australia for almost 30 years has been sentenced to three years in jail by a San Francisco court. Peyton Eidson, 74, was the head of a major marijuana smuggling operation using an ocean-going freighter to ship 18,000kg …

Drug testing dole recipients will only make addiction worse, but the government won’t hear it

Drug testing dole recipients will only make addiction worse, but the government won’t hear it

By Toby Hall Posted May 10, 2018 05:00:00 Photo: The government is proposing to trial drug testing of new income support recipients. (Jonathan Beal: ABC) Fifty-two. That’s how many submissions were made to the Senate inquiry into the Government’s drug testing bill for welfare recipients, which handed down its findings …

Scientists find potential cure for baldness in osteoporosis drug

Scientists find potential cure for baldness in osteoporosis drug

Posted May 09, 2018 21:11:35 A drug originally designed to treat osteoporosis could cure hair loss in men and women, researchers from the University of Manchester have found. It had “a dramatic stimulatory effect on human hair follicles donated by patients,” the university said in a statement. Scientists initially studied …

Prescription abuse alerts spike, prompting urgent calls for national drug monitoring system

Prescription abuse alerts spike, prompting urgent calls for national drug monitoring system

Posted May 09, 2018 06:56:06 Australia’s peak doctors’ group has warned of the urgent need for real-time prescription monitoring to be introduced, as Federal Government data shows a spike in drug abuse alerts. The number of prescription drug abuse alerts in Australia rose by 26 per cent in 2017, with …

Sydney opioid deaths spark concern over rising prescription drug overdoses

Sydney opioid deaths spark concern over rising prescription drug overdoses

Posted May 07, 2018 14:05:11 Overdose deaths from prescription opioids are at record levels in Australia, a Sydney inquest investigating the deaths of six people has heard. The woman and five men — who cannot be identified — died in their homes or in hotels in May 2016. One person …

Budget 2018: Spinal muscular atrophy drug Spinraza to be added to Pharmaceutical Benefits Scheme

Budget 2018: Spinal muscular atrophy drug Spinraza to be added to Pharmaceutical Benefits Scheme

Updated May 06, 2018 09:47:10 Photo: Last year, Aviana Mcelwee became the first Australian baby to access Spinraza. (ABC Radio Darwin: Jesse Thompson) Related Story: Fight goes on for access to drug that saved miracle baby Related Story: Millions to be spent on improving access to genetic testing after baby’s …

‘Family-run drug syndicate’ shut down after police seize $10m worth of GHB chemicals

‘Family-run drug syndicate’ shut down after police seize $10m worth of GHB chemicals

Updated May 03, 2018 14:30:32 Photo: Victoria Police said the seizure was a record haul for the state. (Supplied: Victoria Police) Police have used forklifts to seize thousands of litres of chemicals used to make the drug GHB, in one of the largest such seizures in Victoria’s history. Officers said …

Drug rehab: What works and what to keep in mind when choosing a private treatment provider

Drug rehab: What works and what to keep in mind when choosing a private treatment provider

Updated May 02, 2018 08:42:56 Photo: When people hear “rehab” they usually think of residential rehabilitation, but the options are much broader. (ABC News: Jane Cowan) Related Story: ‘It’s like mourning your own death without dying’: The descent into addiction Related Story: ‘Drugs robbed me’: Luke’s journey from drugs, bank …

Mark ‘Bomber’ Thompson arrested, charged with drug trafficking, possession

Mark ‘Bomber’ Thompson arrested, charged with drug trafficking, possession

Updated May 01, 2018 16:42:50 Photo: Mark Thompson left football in 2014 after coaching Essendon for one season. (AAP: Joe Castro) Former AFL champion and premiership-winning coach Mark ‘Bomber’ Thompson has been charged with drug trafficking and possession. The 54-year-old was arrested and charged almost five months after police executed …