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Harm reduction and drug law reform activism, a counter voice to current drug narratives. Breathing reality into the myths, fabrications and distortions that exist around drugs. News, academia, and culture.

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AOD Media Watch - Ben Cousins on Ch7 and from Vancouver to Melbourne part 2

Nick mentions a couple of things you might be interested in:HAVE A GOOD TRIP: ADVENTURES IN PSYCHEDELICS(Netflix) is a documentary featuring comedic tripping stories from A-list actors, comedians, and musicians. Star-studded reenactments and trippy animations bring their surreal hallucinations to life. Mixing comedy with a thorough investigation of psychedelics, HAVE A GOOD TRIP explores the pros, cons, science, history, future, pop cultural impact, and cosmic possibilities of hallucinogens.Australian Tobacco Harm Reduction Association live Facebook video,Vaping Facts and the Status of Vaping in Australia, Wednesday 13th May 2020Ronnie Grigg - Zero Block Society (pt2)Listen to part 1 hereRonnie is from Vancouver in Canada and joins the program to talk to us about the overdose crisis that has swept Canada over the past five years, and the longer history of advocacy for people sleeping rough, community-based harm reduction initiatives and his newly formed not-for-profit organisation, the Zero Block Society.AOD Media Watch:Are you a vulnerable celebrity? Why not try meth with The Seven NetworkAuthor:Katie Horneshaw, Op Ed columnist and features writerReviewers:Dr Stephen Bright, Senior Lecturer of Addiction at Edith Cowan UniversityDr Liam Engel, Adjunct Research Fellow at Edith Cowan UniversityFeatured image: Promotional image for 7News’ documentary, Ben Cousins: Coming Clean.Disclaimer: The author takes full responsibility for the content of this article.On the evening Sunday the 29th of March, Channel Seven aired a one hour program about former AFL player Ben Cousins called “Coming Clean”. In the opening sequence, the audience is greeted with footage of Ben from ten years ago, polished and media-trained. “I hope this documentary can send a powerful message about how addiction affects your life,” he warns, before the camera cuts dramatically to Ben in 2020. It’s a shock. He stares straight at the camera, media-friendly smile wiped away, visibly aged, a long beard and shaggy ponytail obscuring much of his face. He croakily finishes the spiel that former Ben began: “But I feel there are some real lessons to be learnt here. And I think some good can come from it, for everyone”If there was any hope that Seven might at least aim for objectivity in what was promoted as a “documentary”, it’s lost within these first few frames. Ben’s decades of struggles are whittled down to a spectacular opening sequence which frames the documentary’s central theme: Ben Cousins, the AFL star turned jobless, criminal, addict.“Brownlow to garbo, inside a jail”, Basil Zempilas contemplates at one stage, with pantomimed disbelief.Still, the piece could have functioned as a legitimate cautionary tale, had there been some attempt by Seven to contextualise Ben’s journey within a framework of punitive drug policy, stigma, the pressures of fame, and party culture; or to educate viewers on how one might reduce the harms that Ben has endured in their own lives. Instead, Ben Cousins is trotted out like a wind-up monkey and his sad story reduced to spectacle.READ MORE at AODMEDIAWATCH.COM.AU

--MAY 17
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AOD Media Watch - Ben Cousins on Ch7 and from Vancouver to Melbourne part 2

The peer and community response to drug issues, from Melbourne to Vancouver

Take the Global Drug Survey COVID19 special edition and help make sense of what's the same, what's different and what's changing.And take the Penington Institute's short survey on drug use patterns here.Goosebumpz - AutophagyInterview with Ronnie GriggZero Block SocietyRonnie is from Vancouver in Canada and joins the program to talk to us about the overdose crisis that has swept Canada over the past five years, and the longer history of advocacy for people sleeping rough, community-based harm reduction initiatives and his newly formed not-for-profit organisation, the Zero Block Society.Yarra Drug & Health Forum Online -What works and why – Evalutating peer worker programsWe hear from two of the five speakers at this month's Yarra Drug & Health Forum. Watch the full forum on YouTube.Danny Jeffcote - ​​​Program Facilitator AOD West cohealthDavid de Been - Peer Overdose Response Worker – Harm Reduction Team Barwon HealthDone By Law -Policing & protests during COVID-19A short segment from 3CR's Done By Law (Tuesday, 6-6:30pm) is played, talking about the challenges to our civil liberties during the pandemic and subsequent government response.Background music used throughout the show from M&Ms

--MAY 10
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The peer and community response to drug issues, from Melbourne to Vancouver

Covidpolicing.org.au Part 2, Kitty and Future of Festivals and Know Your Stuff NZ

Ash touches on some news, including this apparent plan to re-purpose the Passive Alert Detection dog (Sniffer dog) program,Expert reveals how Aussie sniffer dogs could fight coronavirusAngus green -Vital Techniques & MC Pean - Bun up the Ting [Angus Green Remix]Covid Policing Part 2Listen to part 1 hereKitty ForestNick chats with Kitty about the future of festivals and the last party on Earth.Pandemic Party – Tribal Gathering Panama Locked Down With 100s of Doofers StrandedReports are coming in from Panama that hundreds of doofers, artists and crew have been placed in a forced lockdown by the army on the Tribal Gathering site due to fears the number of international travellers at the festival may infect the local population with COVID-19.Organisers of the event, Geoparadise, posted on their Facebook pageTip of the Iceberg- How COVID 19 is Impacting the Underground and How You Can HelpUnless you’ve been hiding in your fully prepped bunker in the middle of the desert with no wifi to wait out the apocalypse, you’d be well aware that COVID 19 has decimated the entire music industry, taking the underground electronic scene with it.Half Wild put out the call a few weeks ago to musicians and businesses in the industry to let us know how they’ve been impacted and how our readers can help. We were so overwhelmed with responses, it brought us to tears at Half Wild HQ. So many cries for help that we can’t possibly publish them all. So instead, we’ll bring you a series of articles and features to help promote those in need it as well as a special something we’re holding up our sleeves to announce real soon.Know Your Stuff NZAsh chats with Rhiannon from Know Your Stuff NZ about sensible advice for people who take drugs during a pandemic.

--MAY 3
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Covidpolicing.org.au Part 2, Kitty and Future of Festivals and Know Your Stuff NZ

Covidpolicing.org.au and Drug Markets

In this episode, we talk about inconsistent and confusing policing in Victoria of the COVID-19 restrictions, and the pandemic's effects on drug markets and the flow-on effect to those who access these markets.Mista Savona - Live at Glastonbury 2019Interview with Jarryd BartleMaestro of Vice - Researcher and consultantThe Conversation -Drug use may increase the risk of coronavirus. Here’s how to reduce the harmsPeople who use illicit drugs, whether they are dependent or use them occasionally, are potentially at increased risk of harm during the coronavirus pandemic.The coronavirus is too new to know the exact interaction with illicit drugs. There has been no peer reviewed research yet, and we don’t know how many people who have contracted the virus also use drugs.However, we can estimate some of the possible impacts from what we know generally about drugs, their effects on the body, and how people use them, including in times of increased stress.Regardless of your views on illicit drugs, reducing the harms from drug use during the pandemic will improve the well-being of people who use them, and those close to them. Reducing harms will also help avoid additional pressure on the health system.Interview with Michelle and Jen from Covidpolicing.org.auVolunteers lawyers from Melbourne Activist Legal SupportCOVIDPOLICING WEEKLY ROUNDUP #2Now in its second week of operation, the Covid Policing website has had and additional 32reports concerning police interactions. Victoria had by far the highest number of reports at 25 (15 for inner and greater Melbourne and 10for regional Victoria), New South Wales (4), Queensland(1) and Western Australia (2).A majority of people reported that they had a negative experience of their interactions with police, describing their interactions as:aggressive, interrogatory, intimidating, harassing, rude, very rude, unpleasant, nasty, forceful, not friendly, frightening.Read more...Stream Local Musicwith QuarantunesBacking music fromTongberang'i Ngarrga Inc

--APR 26
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Covidpolicing.org.au and Drug Markets

Covid-19 and the Future of Festivals with Bo Kitty

Nick and Ash discuss recent news during the COVID-19 pandemic, and are seeking any information you might have about drug markets or trends.Get in touch with us via secure email enpsychedelia@protonmail.comAngus Green - Quarantine Beat #2 [Like That]Interview with Bo KittyBo has worked in a variety of roles over several decades at festivals in Melbourne and around Australia, doing Event Operations manager and a Public Safety Officer, also creator of events, tours, master classes, site logistics, project systems, global art exhibitions, nightclub events, live graffiti shows, and outdoor festivals worldwide.We discuss the quick changes that COVID-19 has made to the lives of many who work in a variety of creative, logistics and festival-nomad businesses.Interview with Gabi from 3CR's Midnight Mass

--APR 19
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Covid-19 and the Future of Festivals with Bo Kitty

Harm Reduction as Covid-19 Settles in

Our first show back after a Covid-19 hiccup / cough.We've been experimenting with ways to keep in contact during isolation. Like many, we have started using Zoom to conduct interviews and have been producing both live and pre-recorded video for our social media channels.During the Facebook Live chat, we caught up with:Dr. Stephen BrightSenior Lecturer in AOD at Edith Cowan University and head of AOD Media WatchSione CrawfordHarm Reduction Victoria - Executive OfficerSteph TzanetisDanceWize Program Coordinator - Harm Reduction VictoriaYou can watch the technical disaster of a live show here, but I recommend just listening to the podcast.The HRVic website has a special section on COVID-19 for people who use drugs.The following posters are downloadable as high quality files at the HRVic website.

--APR 12
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Harm Reduction as Covid-19 Settles in

International Harm Reduction Heroes

Nick and Ash discussPeking Duk - WastedInterview with Professor Monique MarksUrban Futures Centre at the Durban University of TechnologyInitially trained as a social worker, she has a doctorate in Sociology from the University of Natal, and writes predominantly in the field of criminology. She has published widely in the areas of youth social movements, ethnographic research methods, police labour relations, police organizational change and security governance. She has published four books: Young Warriors: Youth Identity, Politics and Violence in South Africa; Transforming the Robocops: Changing Police in South Africa; and Police Occupational Culture: New Debates and Directions (edited with Anne-Marie Singh and Megan O’Neill) and Police Reform from the Bottom Up (edited with David Sklansky). She has also published over 45 peer reviewed articles and numerous reports. She sits on a number of journal editorial boards as well as the Board of Trustees of the Safer South Africa Foundation. She is a B-rated researcher, indicating that she has substantial international recognition. In her research work on security governance she has forged close relations with government, both local and national. Monique also runs a large community engagement project in Durban’s largest low income municipal housing estate, Kenneth Gardens.Interview with Sarsani SchenkHarm Reduction worker with Unity in the NetherlandsAsh chats with Sarsani about harm reduction initiatives in the Netherlands, which has much more progressive drug policies in many areas.

--MAR 1
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International Harm Reduction Heroes

Space Weed and ACT Cannabis Legalisation

In this edition of Enpsychedelia:Interview with Dr. ChristopherZalewskiDirector of Research – Plant Sciences and Co-Founder, Front Range BiosciencesMEDIA RELEASE:Front Range Biosciences Launches Hemp and Coffee Tissue Culture Samples to SpaceFront Range Biosciences (FRB), an agricultural technology company focused on breeding and nursery production of new plant varieties and seeds for the hemp and coffee industries, today announced that its mission to transport plant cultures to space to examine the effects of zero gravity on plant gene expression is scheduled to launch this evening at the Kennedy Space Center. In partnership with SpaceCells USA Inc. and BioServe Space Technologies at the University of Colorado Boulder, FRB's coffee and hemp cell cultures will be delivered to the International Space Station (ISS) on the SpaceX CRS-20 cargo flight slated to depart today at 4:50 a.m. UTC, weather permitting.Peking Duk - WastedInterview with Michael Pettersson MLAMember for Yerrabi, Canberra Labor (ACT)Michael was integral in getting this change in place. It is a small step, so we talk to Michael about exactly what it does and doesn't allow.The Conversation -ACT cannabis laws come into effect on Friday, but they may not be what you hoped forThe new laws will allow territory residents aged 18 or older to grow cannabis plants at home. There will be a limit of two plants per person and four per household. And each person will be allowed to be in possession of no more than 50 grams of dried cannabis.Cannabis plants can only be cultivated on private properties. And only by people who usually live there.Interview with Dr. Peter RohdeAsh chats with Cryptoanarchist and quanatum computer scientist Dr. Peter Rohde on the state of medical cannabis in Australia.Blog -MEDICAL MARIJUANA IN AUSTRALIA IS A SCAMWhen I was in Switzerland last year climbing in the Alps, I noticed that CBD (the marijuana extract, Cannabidiol) was available over the counter in pharmacies, without a script. I’d been wanting to test out CBD for a long time, given its reputation in assisting with improving sleep cycles, and alleviating symptoms of anxiety, depression and mood disorders, without the medical side effects of prescription meds, such as benzos (liable to cause tolerance, addiction, and subsequent withdrawal) or SSRIs (which have countless side effects, including rapid weight change and loss of sleep), both of which I have used in the past, but want to avoid as much as conceivably possible.

--FEB 23
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Space Weed and ACT Cannabis Legalisation

Vaping Special with John Safran and Vaping Experts

Nicotine and vaping in AustraliaWhere's the smoke?Documentary maker and author John Safran has turned his attention to vaping in Australia. He's currently research a book into the state of vaping and joins us on Enpsychedelia to share some of his research so far, and to hear updates from experts and community members.GUESTSDr. Colin Mendelsohn - Australian Tobacco Harm Reduction AssociationColin is a Conjoint Associate Professor in the School of Public Health and Community Medicine at the University of New South Wales, Sydney. He was a general practitioner for 27 years and now works as a Tobacco Treatment Specialist helping smokers to quit. He has a special interest in the use of less harmful alternatives to smoked tobacco for smokers who are unable to quit (tobacco harm reduction).He is a member of the Expert Advisory Group that develops the Australian national smoking cessation guidelines and is past Vice President of the Australian Association of Smoking Cessation Professionals, ...

--FEB 16
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Vaping Special with John Safran and Vaping Experts

Labor for Drug Law Reform and the Drug Reporter

Nick and Ash talk drug news over the summer 2019-2020 period.Haydos - Bad AppleMichael Aguilera from Labor for Drug Law Reform speaks to Ash about their goal to push for evidence-informed drug policy in the Victorian Labor Party.

--FEB 9
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Labor for Drug Law Reform and the Drug Reporter

Latest Episodes

AOD Media Watch - Ben Cousins on Ch7 and from Vancouver to Melbourne part 2

Nick mentions a couple of things you might be interested in:HAVE A GOOD TRIP: ADVENTURES IN PSYCHEDELICS(Netflix) is a documentary featuring comedic tripping stories from A-list actors, comedians, and musicians. Star-studded reenactments and trippy animations bring their surreal hallucinations to life. Mixing comedy with a thorough investigation of psychedelics, HAVE A GOOD TRIP explores the pros, cons, science, history, future, pop cultural impact, and cosmic possibilities of hallucinogens.Australian Tobacco Harm Reduction Association live Facebook video,Vaping Facts and the Status of Vaping in Australia, Wednesday 13th May 2020Ronnie Grigg - Zero Block Society (pt2)Listen to part 1 hereRonnie is from Vancouver in Canada and joins the program to talk to us about the overdose crisis that has swept Canada over the past five years, and the longer history of advocacy for people sleeping rough, community-based harm reduction initiatives and his newly formed not-for-profit organisation, the Zero Block Society.AOD Media Watch:Are you a vulnerable celebrity? Why not try meth with The Seven NetworkAuthor:Katie Horneshaw, Op Ed columnist and features writerReviewers:Dr Stephen Bright, Senior Lecturer of Addiction at Edith Cowan UniversityDr Liam Engel, Adjunct Research Fellow at Edith Cowan UniversityFeatured image: Promotional image for 7News’ documentary, Ben Cousins: Coming Clean.Disclaimer: The author takes full responsibility for the content of this article.On the evening Sunday the 29th of March, Channel Seven aired a one hour program about former AFL player Ben Cousins called “Coming Clean”. In the opening sequence, the audience is greeted with footage of Ben from ten years ago, polished and media-trained. “I hope this documentary can send a powerful message about how addiction affects your life,” he warns, before the camera cuts dramatically to Ben in 2020. It’s a shock. He stares straight at the camera, media-friendly smile wiped away, visibly aged, a long beard and shaggy ponytail obscuring much of his face. He croakily finishes the spiel that former Ben began: “But I feel there are some real lessons to be learnt here. And I think some good can come from it, for everyone”If there was any hope that Seven might at least aim for objectivity in what was promoted as a “documentary”, it’s lost within these first few frames. Ben’s decades of struggles are whittled down to a spectacular opening sequence which frames the documentary’s central theme: Ben Cousins, the AFL star turned jobless, criminal, addict.“Brownlow to garbo, inside a jail”, Basil Zempilas contemplates at one stage, with pantomimed disbelief.Still, the piece could have functioned as a legitimate cautionary tale, had there been some attempt by Seven to contextualise Ben’s journey within a framework of punitive drug policy, stigma, the pressures of fame, and party culture; or to educate viewers on how one might reduce the harms that Ben has endured in their own lives. Instead, Ben Cousins is trotted out like a wind-up monkey and his sad story reduced to spectacle.READ MORE at AODMEDIAWATCH.COM.AU

--MAY 17
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AOD Media Watch - Ben Cousins on Ch7 and from Vancouver to Melbourne part 2

The peer and community response to drug issues, from Melbourne to Vancouver

Take the Global Drug Survey COVID19 special edition and help make sense of what's the same, what's different and what's changing.And take the Penington Institute's short survey on drug use patterns here.Goosebumpz - AutophagyInterview with Ronnie GriggZero Block SocietyRonnie is from Vancouver in Canada and joins the program to talk to us about the overdose crisis that has swept Canada over the past five years, and the longer history of advocacy for people sleeping rough, community-based harm reduction initiatives and his newly formed not-for-profit organisation, the Zero Block Society.Yarra Drug & Health Forum Online -What works and why – Evalutating peer worker programsWe hear from two of the five speakers at this month's Yarra Drug & Health Forum. Watch the full forum on YouTube.Danny Jeffcote - ​​​Program Facilitator AOD West cohealthDavid de Been - Peer Overdose Response Worker – Harm Reduction Team Barwon HealthDone By Law -Policing & protests during COVID-19A short segment from 3CR's Done By Law (Tuesday, 6-6:30pm) is played, talking about the challenges to our civil liberties during the pandemic and subsequent government response.Background music used throughout the show from M&Ms

--MAY 10
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The peer and community response to drug issues, from Melbourne to Vancouver

Covidpolicing.org.au Part 2, Kitty and Future of Festivals and Know Your Stuff NZ

Ash touches on some news, including this apparent plan to re-purpose the Passive Alert Detection dog (Sniffer dog) program,Expert reveals how Aussie sniffer dogs could fight coronavirusAngus green -Vital Techniques & MC Pean - Bun up the Ting [Angus Green Remix]Covid Policing Part 2Listen to part 1 hereKitty ForestNick chats with Kitty about the future of festivals and the last party on Earth.Pandemic Party – Tribal Gathering Panama Locked Down With 100s of Doofers StrandedReports are coming in from Panama that hundreds of doofers, artists and crew have been placed in a forced lockdown by the army on the Tribal Gathering site due to fears the number of international travellers at the festival may infect the local population with COVID-19.Organisers of the event, Geoparadise, posted on their Facebook pageTip of the Iceberg- How COVID 19 is Impacting the Underground and How You Can HelpUnless you’ve been hiding in your fully prepped bunker in the middle of the desert with no wifi to wait out the apocalypse, you’d be well aware that COVID 19 has decimated the entire music industry, taking the underground electronic scene with it.Half Wild put out the call a few weeks ago to musicians and businesses in the industry to let us know how they’ve been impacted and how our readers can help. We were so overwhelmed with responses, it brought us to tears at Half Wild HQ. So many cries for help that we can’t possibly publish them all. So instead, we’ll bring you a series of articles and features to help promote those in need it as well as a special something we’re holding up our sleeves to announce real soon.Know Your Stuff NZAsh chats with Rhiannon from Know Your Stuff NZ about sensible advice for people who take drugs during a pandemic.

--MAY 3
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Covidpolicing.org.au Part 2, Kitty and Future of Festivals and Know Your Stuff NZ

Covidpolicing.org.au and Drug Markets

In this episode, we talk about inconsistent and confusing policing in Victoria of the COVID-19 restrictions, and the pandemic's effects on drug markets and the flow-on effect to those who access these markets.Mista Savona - Live at Glastonbury 2019Interview with Jarryd BartleMaestro of Vice - Researcher and consultantThe Conversation -Drug use may increase the risk of coronavirus. Here’s how to reduce the harmsPeople who use illicit drugs, whether they are dependent or use them occasionally, are potentially at increased risk of harm during the coronavirus pandemic.The coronavirus is too new to know the exact interaction with illicit drugs. There has been no peer reviewed research yet, and we don’t know how many people who have contracted the virus also use drugs.However, we can estimate some of the possible impacts from what we know generally about drugs, their effects on the body, and how people use them, including in times of increased stress.Regardless of your views on illicit drugs, reducing the harms from drug use during the pandemic will improve the well-being of people who use them, and those close to them. Reducing harms will also help avoid additional pressure on the health system.Interview with Michelle and Jen from Covidpolicing.org.auVolunteers lawyers from Melbourne Activist Legal SupportCOVIDPOLICING WEEKLY ROUNDUP #2Now in its second week of operation, the Covid Policing website has had and additional 32reports concerning police interactions. Victoria had by far the highest number of reports at 25 (15 for inner and greater Melbourne and 10for regional Victoria), New South Wales (4), Queensland(1) and Western Australia (2).A majority of people reported that they had a negative experience of their interactions with police, describing their interactions as:aggressive, interrogatory, intimidating, harassing, rude, very rude, unpleasant, nasty, forceful, not friendly, frightening.Read more...Stream Local Musicwith QuarantunesBacking music fromTongberang'i Ngarrga Inc

--APR 26
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Covidpolicing.org.au and Drug Markets

Covid-19 and the Future of Festivals with Bo Kitty

Nick and Ash discuss recent news during the COVID-19 pandemic, and are seeking any information you might have about drug markets or trends.Get in touch with us via secure email enpsychedelia@protonmail.comAngus Green - Quarantine Beat #2 [Like That]Interview with Bo KittyBo has worked in a variety of roles over several decades at festivals in Melbourne and around Australia, doing Event Operations manager and a Public Safety Officer, also creator of events, tours, master classes, site logistics, project systems, global art exhibitions, nightclub events, live graffiti shows, and outdoor festivals worldwide.We discuss the quick changes that COVID-19 has made to the lives of many who work in a variety of creative, logistics and festival-nomad businesses.Interview with Gabi from 3CR's Midnight Mass

--APR 19
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Covid-19 and the Future of Festivals with Bo Kitty

Harm Reduction as Covid-19 Settles in

Our first show back after a Covid-19 hiccup / cough.We've been experimenting with ways to keep in contact during isolation. Like many, we have started using Zoom to conduct interviews and have been producing both live and pre-recorded video for our social media channels.During the Facebook Live chat, we caught up with:Dr. Stephen BrightSenior Lecturer in AOD at Edith Cowan University and head of AOD Media WatchSione CrawfordHarm Reduction Victoria - Executive OfficerSteph TzanetisDanceWize Program Coordinator - Harm Reduction VictoriaYou can watch the technical disaster of a live show here, but I recommend just listening to the podcast.The HRVic website has a special section on COVID-19 for people who use drugs.The following posters are downloadable as high quality files at the HRVic website.

--APR 12
Comments
Harm Reduction as Covid-19 Settles in

International Harm Reduction Heroes

Nick and Ash discussPeking Duk - WastedInterview with Professor Monique MarksUrban Futures Centre at the Durban University of TechnologyInitially trained as a social worker, she has a doctorate in Sociology from the University of Natal, and writes predominantly in the field of criminology. She has published widely in the areas of youth social movements, ethnographic research methods, police labour relations, police organizational change and security governance. She has published four books: Young Warriors: Youth Identity, Politics and Violence in South Africa; Transforming the Robocops: Changing Police in South Africa; and Police Occupational Culture: New Debates and Directions (edited with Anne-Marie Singh and Megan O’Neill) and Police Reform from the Bottom Up (edited with David Sklansky). She has also published over 45 peer reviewed articles and numerous reports. She sits on a number of journal editorial boards as well as the Board of Trustees of the Safer South Africa Foundation. She is a B-rated researcher, indicating that she has substantial international recognition. In her research work on security governance she has forged close relations with government, both local and national. Monique also runs a large community engagement project in Durban’s largest low income municipal housing estate, Kenneth Gardens.Interview with Sarsani SchenkHarm Reduction worker with Unity in the NetherlandsAsh chats with Sarsani about harm reduction initiatives in the Netherlands, which has much more progressive drug policies in many areas.

--MAR 1
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International Harm Reduction Heroes

Space Weed and ACT Cannabis Legalisation

In this edition of Enpsychedelia:Interview with Dr. ChristopherZalewskiDirector of Research – Plant Sciences and Co-Founder, Front Range BiosciencesMEDIA RELEASE:Front Range Biosciences Launches Hemp and Coffee Tissue Culture Samples to SpaceFront Range Biosciences (FRB), an agricultural technology company focused on breeding and nursery production of new plant varieties and seeds for the hemp and coffee industries, today announced that its mission to transport plant cultures to space to examine the effects of zero gravity on plant gene expression is scheduled to launch this evening at the Kennedy Space Center. In partnership with SpaceCells USA Inc. and BioServe Space Technologies at the University of Colorado Boulder, FRB's coffee and hemp cell cultures will be delivered to the International Space Station (ISS) on the SpaceX CRS-20 cargo flight slated to depart today at 4:50 a.m. UTC, weather permitting.Peking Duk - WastedInterview with Michael Pettersson MLAMember for Yerrabi, Canberra Labor (ACT)Michael was integral in getting this change in place. It is a small step, so we talk to Michael about exactly what it does and doesn't allow.The Conversation -ACT cannabis laws come into effect on Friday, but they may not be what you hoped forThe new laws will allow territory residents aged 18 or older to grow cannabis plants at home. There will be a limit of two plants per person and four per household. And each person will be allowed to be in possession of no more than 50 grams of dried cannabis.Cannabis plants can only be cultivated on private properties. And only by people who usually live there.Interview with Dr. Peter RohdeAsh chats with Cryptoanarchist and quanatum computer scientist Dr. Peter Rohde on the state of medical cannabis in Australia.Blog -MEDICAL MARIJUANA IN AUSTRALIA IS A SCAMWhen I was in Switzerland last year climbing in the Alps, I noticed that CBD (the marijuana extract, Cannabidiol) was available over the counter in pharmacies, without a script. I’d been wanting to test out CBD for a long time, given its reputation in assisting with improving sleep cycles, and alleviating symptoms of anxiety, depression and mood disorders, without the medical side effects of prescription meds, such as benzos (liable to cause tolerance, addiction, and subsequent withdrawal) or SSRIs (which have countless side effects, including rapid weight change and loss of sleep), both of which I have used in the past, but want to avoid as much as conceivably possible.

--FEB 23
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Space Weed and ACT Cannabis Legalisation

Vaping Special with John Safran and Vaping Experts

Nicotine and vaping in AustraliaWhere's the smoke?Documentary maker and author John Safran has turned his attention to vaping in Australia. He's currently research a book into the state of vaping and joins us on Enpsychedelia to share some of his research so far, and to hear updates from experts and community members.GUESTSDr. Colin Mendelsohn - Australian Tobacco Harm Reduction AssociationColin is a Conjoint Associate Professor in the School of Public Health and Community Medicine at the University of New South Wales, Sydney. He was a general practitioner for 27 years and now works as a Tobacco Treatment Specialist helping smokers to quit. He has a special interest in the use of less harmful alternatives to smoked tobacco for smokers who are unable to quit (tobacco harm reduction).He is a member of the Expert Advisory Group that develops the Australian national smoking cessation guidelines and is past Vice President of the Australian Association of Smoking Cessation Professionals, ...

--FEB 16
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Vaping Special with John Safran and Vaping Experts

Labor for Drug Law Reform and the Drug Reporter

Nick and Ash talk drug news over the summer 2019-2020 period.Haydos - Bad AppleMichael Aguilera from Labor for Drug Law Reform speaks to Ash about their goal to push for evidence-informed drug policy in the Victorian Labor Party.

--FEB 9
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Labor for Drug Law Reform and the Drug Reporter
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