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News From The Drug War Front is a weekly radio show that seeks to explore the failure of the “The War on Drugs”, or more appropriately the “The War On People Who Take Drugs”. Prohibition has countless negative effects on society has a whole and unfairly damages individuals use drugs already marginalized. NFTDWF aims to change peoples minds by informing and educating listeners about the failure and moral bankruptcy that is the faled experiment, “The War On Drugs”.

NFTDWF is aired on Tuesdays 10:30am-Noon 2XX 98.3 FM and is presented by the Canberra Alliance for Harm Minimisation and Advocacy (CAHMA).

Episodes

In local news as the ACT prepares to decriminalise most drugs, we will look at contrasting lessons offered by Portugal and Oregon and, also, a piece that predicts riots as the ACT government announces a smoking ban at the Canberra jail. A 2016 survey indicated about 82% of detainees smoked.

Nationally we will discuss ‘Opioids are driving drug overdose deaths, but people are struggling to access treatment’

From the US comes ‘Are fentanyl test strips helpful for counterfeit pharmaceutical pills?’

The show is co-presented by Geoff Ward and Marion Watson.

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In this week’s broadcast:

The first month of data from the CanTEST Health and Drug Checking Service in Canberra has been released. The Guardian headline states '40% of 'cocaine' contained no coke.

We discuss a piece that argues that experiences from Portugal and Oregon offer contrasting lessons as the ACT prepares to decriminalise most drugs.

In international news there is a piece that law enforcement agencies will have to co-operate to deal with the region's 'growing drug crisis'.

From Mexico comes 'Could opium gum be the solution in the overdose crisis?'

The show is co-presented by Geoff Ward and Marion Watson.

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In this week’s broadcast:

The CanTEST Health and Drug Checking Service has been open a month in Canberra and the first data set is due out soon.

The risks and benefits of a Queensland pill testing trial are being worked through.

Federal authorities in Australia have intercepted 11 kilograms of fentanyl. Until this seizure, Australia had only ever recorded fentanyl importations of less than 30 g with the first case in 2017.

The National Harm Reduction Forum is being held on August 25th.

The 4-part series "Richard Roxburgh explores the science of drugs" continues tonight on ABC TV.

Internationally, we will discuss the piece "This country calls time on the war on drugs" about Columbia.

We will discuss a recent interview "On drugs and harm reduction with Maia Szalavitz"

The show is co-presented By Geoff Ward and Marion Watson.

 

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Locally, the CanTEST Health and Drug Checking Service is up and running.. The service is open to anyone intending to use drugs who would like to know more about what's in them. Harm Reduction Australia have thanked the individuals and organisational members for their efforts to make this service a reality.

Nationally, comes a disturbing report of a lack of GP's prepared to prescribe methadone.

There is some positive news internationally with newly elected Columbian president Gustavo Petro declaring at his inauguration that the "war on drugs" is a failure. He said it is time for a new global convention that "accepts the war on drugs has failed. It has left a million dead Latin Americans during 40 years".

A story from the US says that "Once feared, illicit fentanyl is now the drug of choice of many opioid users". Alex Kral a Berkeley based epidemiologist stated that "my prediction would be that smoking fentanyl will be the norm within a year".

The show is co-presented by Geoff Ward and Marion Watson.

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Locally, the CanTEST Health and Drug Checking Service is up and running.. The service is open to anyone intending to use drugs who would like to know more about what's in them. Harm Reduction Australia have thanked the individuals and organisational members for their efforts to make this service a reality.

Nationally, comes a disturbing report of a lack of GP's prepared to prescribe methadone.

There is some positive news internationally with newly elected Columbian president Gustavo Petro declaring at his inauguration that the "war on drugs" is a failure. He said it is time for a new global convention that "accepts the war on drugs has failed. It has left a million dead Latin Americans during 40 years".

A story from the US says that "Once feared, illicit fentanyl is now the drug of choice of many opioid users". Alex Kral a Berkeley based epidemiologist stated that "my prediction would be that smoking fentanyl will be the norm within a year".

The show is co-presented by Geoff Ward and Marion Watson.

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On the local scene, we will discuss the new CanTEST Health and Drug Checking Service which offers free and confidential testing of drugs. The service is open to anyone intending to use drugs who would like to know more about what's in them.

 

Nationally we will examine efforts to eliminate hepatitis C in prisons.

 

Internationally, there are calls for New Zealand to follow Australia on the provision of naloxone to prevent opioid overdose deaths.

 

From the 24th international AIDs conference comes evidence that educating police on harm reduction can help to prevent HIV and fatal overdoses.

 

The show is co-presented with Geoff Ward and Marion Watson.

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Marion and Geoff discussing the CANTEST drug testing service in Canberra, and interviewing Sarah Ahmed (CEO of  Hepatitis ACT) about World Hepatitis Day and the various events happening this year for the event. Also discussed in this interview is the 'Reach, Teach, Treat' campaign to eliminate hepatitis C in Australia by 2030.

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