Expand Lockout Laws, Says Hospital Exec

lockout lawsThe lockout laws that were implemented in Sydney in June 2014 to curb alcohol-related violence in the city’s hotspots have proven effective, and it’s about time they were expanded to benefit other NSW communities experiencing similar problems, says St. Vincent’s Hospital CEO Toby Hall in an article for The Daily Telegraph.


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Number of Aussie Women Suffering Alcohol-related Injuries Rising

Stop alcohol!A report by David Weber for ABC News says a new study indicates that the number of Australian women suffering injuries related to alcohol use or abuse is rising at a rapid rate.

The study, which was conducted by the National Drug Research Institute, also found out that the rate of Australian women suffering alcohol-related injuries is growing much more rapidly than that of men. According to Professor Tanya Chikritzhs, the leader of the research team, alcohol-related harm included injuries sustained in road crashes and violence, both by drinkers and non-drinking victims.

The research also reveals that the rate of alcohol-related emergency department admissions for women on weekends rose over 40 per cent between 2005 and 2012, with New South Wales and Queensland as the worst performing states.

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WA Drug Taskforce Has Seized 15kg of Ice Since April

drug taskforceA special multi-agency drug taskforce formed by the State Government of Western Australia has been removing a significant amount of ice from WA’s streets since April, says Danielle Le Messurier in a report for Perth Now.

According to Police Minister Liza Harvey, the WA Joint Organised Crime Taskforce, which was established with Federal Justice Minister Michael Keenan, has seized 15 kilograms of methamphetamine, more popularly known as ice.

Headed by former Victoria police commissioner Ken Lay, the drug taskforce operates throughout WA, and will focus on serious and organised crime in the state, the ice threat in particular. It is made up of 15 permanent officers from WA Police, Australian Federal Police, the Australian Crime Commission, Australian Customs and Border Protection Service and the Australian Transaction Reports and Analysis Centre.

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