News From The Drug War Front Podcast - 1.12.2020

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News From The Drug War Front Podcast - 12.1.2020

Aired 10:30am AEST 12.1.2020

News From The Drug War Front with Geoff Ward and Marion Watson.

Supported by: Canberra Alliance for Harm Minimisation and Advocacy and The Connection.

Recorded at: 2xx FM98.3 Community Radio.

From 10:30am until noon on Tuesday January 12th there will be a new edition of the radio show “News from the Drug War Front” brought to you by CAHMA, Canberra’s peer-based drug user organisation.

- We will discuss the piece “The need to say it nicer: The language we choose when we talk about substance use matters” by Kara Fletcher and “We are all addicts now: a call for compassion” by Gabrielle Carey.

-Naomi Watts has recalled the agony of losing her father Peter following his death from a heroin overdose when she was just seven years old. Speaking to Vogue Australia this month, the 52-year-old confessed that she's still 'grappling' with the tragic loss decades later.

- We will examine the case made by Emma Sheeran in her opinion piece “Should vaping be banned?”

-In international news, take-home Naloxone will be given to people at high risk of accidental drugs overdoses with the aim of reducing the number of drug deaths in Scotland.

- Top Scottish lawyer Iain Smith, of Keegan Smith Defence Solicitors, said removing the criminal element from drug use will help users to be seen as “people who are in pain and in need of help”. Following the news that drug deaths had reached a record high of 1,264 – the worst in Europe – Mr Smith said decriminalisation must be considered, along with more rehabilitation centres.

- The radio show is co-presented with Marion Watson. Music is played during the show which is broadcast on 2XX, Canberra’s Community Radio, 98.3 FM. It can be streamed live through 2XX or heard as audio on demand via the 2XX website. Go to Programs and find “News from the Drug War Front” and listen when you wish to. The show, without music, can be podcast from the Podbean podcast app.

Special thanks to 2xx FM98.3 Community Radio, a fantastic resource run entirely by volunteers which fosters support for the wider community, providing a platform to innumerable worthwhile causes, organisations and voices.

Thanks for listening!

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Visit The Canberra Alliance for Harm Minimisation and Advocacy and The Connection at:

https://www.cahma.org.au/about.html

And at Facebook:

https://www.facebook.com/CAHMAandTheConnection/

Visit 2xx FM98.3 Community Radio at:

https://2xxfm.org.au/

The contents of News From the Drug War Front Podcast does not necessarily reflect the views and or policies of The Canberra Alliance for Harm Minimisation and Advocacy (CAHMA). CAHMA does not condone nor condemn drug use and does not promote illegal activity. CAHMA recognises that drug use happens and as such CAHMA seeks to reduce the harms associated with drug use, as well as the harms associated with the criminalisation of drug use.

-CAHMA is participating in the 16 days of Activism to eliminate gender-based violence, an annual international campaign that runs from November 25th until December 10th.

- We are delighted to have Glenda from the DVCS, Domestic Violence Crisis Service, as our special guest on today’s show to talk about issues facing women and the services offered by DVCS.

-The inaugural CAHMA Annual General Meeting (AGM) is being held Monday 30th November from 1-3pm and we will report on how this historic event went.

- Pill testing has been a contentious topic among Australian politicians for years, but new research shows almost two-thirds of the population supports the method that evidence has shown to be an effective drug harm reduction strategy around the world.

- NSW Health has issued a warning about fentanyl and acetylfentanyl having recently been identified as likely adulterants in heroin and cocaine.

-In international news, we will read and discuss Richard Branson’s piece “Rethinking drug laws in a new global moment”.

- Holland will ban the sale of cigarettes and other tobacco products in supermarkets from 2024 in a drive to get more people to give up smoking, the Dutch government have recently announced.

- The radio show is co-presented with Marion Watson. Music is played during the show, which is broadcast on 2XX, Canberra’s Community Radio, 98.3 FM. It can be streamed live through 2XX or heard as audio on demand via the 2XX website. Go to Programs and find “News from the Drug War Front” and listen when you wish to. The show, without music, can be podcast from the Podbean podcast app.

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