Gino Vumbaca is the president and co-founder of Harm Reduction Australia.
We have a solution that will help severely dependent people and it should no longer be ignored.
Until that day arrives Al Capone will be smiling in his grave.
04/07/2017 7:06 AM AEST
You can't solve a complex social problem like drug use with an absurdly simple and harsh response.
10/05/2017 12:45 PM AEST
Surely the best interests of your patient must always be paramount.
13/02/2017 11:11 AM AEDT
How many more people need to die before we change this flawed system?
16/01/2017 3:19 PM AEDT
A few changes could make a real difference.
03/01/2017 11:01 AM AEDT
Calls for the sterilisation of drug users are deeply concerning.
28/10/2016 5:42 AM AEDT
We need an earlier warning system.
17/10/2016 10:23 AM AEDT
One also has to wonder what message we send to people when we say that we would rather arrest you and have you risk overdose than make sure you are safe.
26/08/2016 5:59 AM AEST
The NSW Government and Parliament has no reason to be fearful of a forum to debate and discuss policies that affect so many of its citizen's lives.
09/08/2016 4:56 PM AEST
Our message to governments is that addressing an overcrowded prison system at a time of falling crime rates should trigger a real change to our justice policies and current high spending prison approach.
12/07/2016 6:36 AM AEST
Unlike many policies which tend to rely on modelling and produce endless disputes about assumptions and bias, drug policy discussions can draw upon real life experiences and much evidence. But depressingly, rarely in public policy development does evidence so easily get overridden by personal crusades and unfounded beliefs as happens with drug policy.
24/06/2016 5:56 AM AEST
If your answer is zero tolerance, then advocate to do it properly and fairly. Everyone should be tested regularly and if a positive test results, they should be publicly named, arrested, charged and have their future employment and travel opportunities restricted. Is this really the sort of the world you want to live in?
14/04/2016 5:45 AM AEST
If Australia takes the weak approach of just wanting to fly under the radar and offend no-one on this critical issue, then all that will be achieved is an exorbitant travel bill for bureaucrats to travel to New York for the meeting.
22/03/2016 7:44 AM AEDT
Australia needs a new approach. We need to learn the lessons of history and to understand the evidence of what is happening in the world around us. Death penalties, harsh sentences and increased policing have done little in our region to curb drug use and the many harms it creates
16/02/2016 5:23 AM AEDT
The current political and community discussion on prisons appears to be quite logical. Too many prisoners means building more prisons. The problem is that it doesn't solve the problem and doesn't improve community safety. In fact it achieves very little of what people think it will achieve.
09/02/2016 5:03 AM AEDT
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