‘Women on the line’ community podcast: drug law reform around recreational drug use and current harm reduction approaches.

National feminist current affairs program for community radio ‘Women on the Line’, is syndicated across Australia.  This particular show in August 2017 was about upcoming drug law reform around recreational drug use, and what’s current in harm reduction approaches.

Lyndon’s Dr Julaine Allan, an adjunct associate at the National Drug and Alcohol Research Centre, joined Nevena Spirovska from grassroots campaign High Alert and Stephanie Tzanetis from DanceWize, once a grassroots campaign and now supported by Health Promotion Victoria.

Julaine’s segment starts at 19 mins into the 30 min show.

Julaine covers the approach of decriminalising drug use and using the health system rather than the criminal justice system to help drug users.  Countries that have taken this approach have not experienced an increase in overall drug use.

When thinking of drug law reform Julaine discusses where we get our knowledge on drug use and the problems of hearing users voices in traditional research.  She explains the disconnect between interviewing drug & alcohol workers about drug use and talking direct to drug users.

Julaine explains that most people who use illicit drugs recreationally won’t experience dependencies or problems. Its only when you need the drug to get through the day it becomes a problem.

Julaine refers to US heroin researcher Dr Daniel Ciccarone, a San Franciso-based public health researcher and physician who talks direct with drug users and researches how and when they like to use drugs, and the positive and negative effects it has on them.  This and other direct research indicates that drug use is a health concern and not the concern of the criminal justice system.

You can listen to the podcast by clicking the radio station image here.

Women on the Line is a national feminist current affairs program for community radio. A gender analysis of contemporary issues, as well as in-depth analysis by a range of women and gender diverse people around Australia and internationally. Distributed nationally on the Community Radio Network (CRN). You can listen to some of our previous shows here: www.3cr.org.au/womenontheline/itunes

If you or someone you know would benefit from using Lyndon’s Drug & Alcohol services please contact Lyndon on 1300 596 366.

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