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Drug abuse during COVID-19

Changing of the Guard – Drug Abuse During COVID-19

As Australia continues to grapple with COVID-19, the country also has to deal with an ongoing drug abuse problem. The federal and state governments adopted lock-down measures to prevent the spread of the coronavirus. They closed down all non-essential businesses including pubs and clubs, where people sometimes meet to buy and sell illicit drugs. But…

Medicinal cannabis access in Queensland

Is It Safe For Workers To Take Medicinal Cannabis?

Registered medical practitioners in Queensland can now prescribe medicinal cannabis to their patients if they think it’s clinically appropriate. Previously, only specialist doctors had the authority to issue such prescriptions. But a recent amendment to existing legislation effectively changed this requirement. With more doctors allowed to issue medicinal cannabis prescription, it raises new concerns for…

addictive prescription drugs missing from hospital shelves

Addictive drugs disappear from Queensland hospitals

Thousands of highly addictive medicines have been stolen from several Queensland hospitals, presumably by the facilities’ own staff. In a recent ABC News article, journalist Allyson Horn brought light to a potential new drug ring in the state. Hospital workers have been stealing supplies of restricted drugs from their employers. Among the medicines taken were…

Coronavirus epidemic Australia

Drug and Alcohol Use Continues, Despite Coronavirus Epidemic

The SARS-CoV-2 coronavirus continues to threaten the health and well-being of people around the world. In Australia, the virus has infected more than 8,000 people and killed over 100 since it broke out in January. This caused major disruptions to the economy in the form of limited manpower and slower production rates. But the coronavirus…

GHB drug bust Melbourne

Public Warning against GHB Abuse in Melbourne

Melbourne police continue its crackdown on GHB abuse in the city, seizing $550,000 worth of drugs in recent raids. Local authorities found large amounts of GHB in homes in Rowville, Hallam, and Seaford in April. They also arrested four individuals, who were all charged with trafficking the drug in large commercial quantities. The seizure of…

Drug use COVID 19

Drug use in Australia during COVID-19

The COVID-19 restrictions are impacting the lives of many Australians, including those engaged in illicit drug use. With the government limiting the public’s movement, it’s a lot harder to buy drugs these days. So what does this mean for drug abuse in the workplace? Can we really expect it to go down?