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The decline of meth and the rise of phenyl-2-propanone (P2P)

“I don’t know that I would even call it meth anymore…” – Joe Bozenko, DEA Chemist & Professor, Shephard University.Methamphetamine is arguably the most demonised, stigmatised and generally misconceived drug in global circulation. Within the Australian context, we have all seen the confronting, graphic and gratuitously violent imagery of anti-ice advertisements, depicting ‘ice’ users in diabolical fits of rage lashing
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Drugs in sport: dissecting the untold harms of stigmatisation.

Aussies love their stimulants nearly as much as sports! We punch well above our weight on the international level. On the world stage, we just miss out on a podium finish for our average total stimulant consumption, securing 4th place at 59 doses per 1,000 people per day [following Czechia (76 doses), the United States of America (USA; 74 doses),
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International Overdose Awareness Day – 2022

International Overdose awareness day was initiated in 2001, August 31 will mark 21 years of the world’s largest annual campaign to end overdose and remember without stigma those who have died, acknowledging the grief of all those impacted by overdose, whose loved ones have died or suffered permanent injury.
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Introducing DULF

DULF is a collective made up of two drug users and activists fighting against the prevailing system that stigmatizes and kills drug users. They figuratively want to burn down the existing system, replacing it with a more caring and compassionate model. Their logo of flames encircled by flames suggests they want to be at the centre of something volatile and explosive.
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CanTest Drug checking service – A much needed public health response to the overdose crisis

Thursday July 21s saw the grand opening of CanTest, Australia’s first fixed-site drug checking service, often dubbed ‘pill testing’. The service is delivered by Directions Health Services in partnership with AIVL member organisation CAHMA and Pill Testing Australia.
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World Hepatitis Day- Message delivered by AIVL’s Ceo at Parliament house

AIVL and the important network of community-led organisations working in response to Blood Borne Viruses and sexually transmissible infections have, for decades utilised their limited resources to work in close partnership with each other. Not only have they been the voice of the community at a national level but have also been drivers for getting the community to both engage in healthcare and promote the uptake of harm reduction practices. We remain closely knit in our joint commitment to eliminate Hepatitis C by 2030.
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AIVL’s annual World Hepatitis Day Oration

Whenever there are highly desirable restricted products within society, there will be people willing to produce, and sell “knock-offs” of the products. It doesn’t matter if it is a Gucci handbag, concert tickets, or a pill. Within the drug using community, it is becoming more common for the “People’s Choice” of benzos (Xanax) to be mimicked and sold by “bootleggers.”
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International Drug Users Remembrance Day – 2022

21 July marks the date of International Drug Users Remembrance Day, a day observed by the International Network of People who use Drugs (INPUD) in conjunction with UNAIDS, to reflect upon the countless lives lost to drug related harm.
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Overdosing is Not a Crime! Neither is Harm Reduction Education and Information.

Whenever there are highly desirable restricted products within society, there will be people willing to produce, and sell “knock-offs” of the products. It doesn’t matter if it is a Gucci handbag, concert tickets, or a pill. Within the drug using community, it is becoming more common for the “People’s Choice” of benzos (Xanax) to be mimicked and sold by “bootleggers.”
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AIVL at ‘Support Don’t Punish: Is it time to legalise drugs?’

Last month AIVL Staff attended ‘Is it time to legalise drugs?’ a discussion by Drug Policy Australia on Friday June 24. Presentations by Dr Alex Wodak, Dr Annie Madden AO, The Honourable Michael Kirby, The Honourable Bob Carr, Greg Chipp and Emma Maiden covered topics of the harms of illicit drug criminalisation, drug law reform, and the need for drug policies to be viewed within a public health lens, stating that our current drug policies are not assessed on merit but rather cultural and societal ‘norms’, characterised by moralistic righteousness against the backdrop of maintaining diplomatic ties through the established rhetoric of prohibition politics.
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Party and Play: Sex, drugs, gender diversity and perceptions of overdose- Praise for Jack Freestone et al (2022) GHB article

AIVL praises Freestone et al. for the ingenuity of their research that has shed light upon some of the lesser understood scenes associated with recreational drug use, and the role of harm reduction, peer networks and ever apparent need for education around overdose and BBV/STI risks surrounding chemsex.
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Overdose is a National Crisis – AIVL urges the Albanese Government to take this issue seriously

Almost 1700 Australians die of illicit drug overdoses each year. These are peoples’ sons, daughters, brothers, sisters, neighbours, and friends.
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It’s Your Right Campaign – Live Free of Hep C

The elimination of hepatitis C in a priority group, people who inject drugs, is the goal of a new campaign to be rolled out across Australia over the coming months.
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MSIC: 21 Years Of Saving Lives

AIVL has raised concerns about the statutory price reduction of slow-release buprenorphine and the potential impact this may have on people who choose MATOD treatment for Opioid Dependence.
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Federal Election 2022: We hope for a better future for People Who Use Drugs

With the public view on drug use shifting fast, AIVL would like the elected government in this federal election 2022 to take a more pragmatic and Peer consultative approach while creating policies that affect PWUD
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INSIDE OUT 2022

AIVL’s new resource ‘Inside Out V2’ is an updated version of two past AIVL resources, ‘Getting Smart on the Inside’ from 2003 and ‘Inside Out’ from 2009. ‘Getting Smart on the Inside’ functioned as a monthly calendar containing various information relevant to drug harm reduction for people who inject drugs (PWID).
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Ministerial Discretion may be the only solution to ensure MATOD medicine choice

AIVL has raised concerns about the statutory price reduction of slow-release buprenorphine and the potential impact this may have on people who choose MATOD treatment for Opioid Dependence.
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The Federal Government is putting a Spotlight on Overdose- but is it enough?

Media Release by Jake Docker: Australian Budget 2022-23
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AIVL at Mardi Gras 2022

AIVL’s First Mardi Gras 2022 People Who Use Drugs (PWUD), experience stigma and discrimination which creates significant barriers preventing them from accessing the same health and human rights as others in the community. Mardi Gras gave us an opportunity to shine a spotlight on issues that have been kept in the dark for far too long and generate a broader
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Bulletin: How are people assisted with their first injecting experience, and what information do they receive prior?

How are people assisted with their first injecting experience, and what information do they receive prior? A review of the literature suggests that peer workforces should be expanded and receive more support
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Australia’s Opioid Crisis and barriers to access essential medicine

Around 900 people die of opioid-related overdose in Australia each year. Opioid Treatment (OT) can protect against opioid overdose. When will governments in Australia take this seriously and widen access to OT?!
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AIVL CEO, Jake Docker on 2XX FM: ‘News From the Drug War Front’

Jake speaks about how stigma & discrimination significantly impact the ability of PWUD to access health, support services and experience a sense of recognition in a society that continues to discriminate against PWUD.
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Fentanyl: History, Society & Harm-reduction

This article provides succinct incites on fentanyl, as a medicine, a new drug-related to online drug markets, and a reason to invest more (not less) in community-led harm reduction initiatives.
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Increasing Harm: The Dangers of Sniffer Dog Operations

AIVL calls for the government to prioritise human lives.
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Australian harm reduction measures only ‘moderately adequate’

Australia ranks relatively highly in the new Global Policy Index. But that ranking flatters Australia’s harm reduction efforts.
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National Health Amendment Bill 2021: More transparency and community consultation needed

AIVL calls on Parliament to allow for greater consultation before the PBS Bill 2021 is passed.
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World Aids Day 2021: We pay tribute to our predecessors

This World AIDS Day (1 December 2021), AIVL is honouring the work of all those who came before us.
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Renewed calls for NSPs in prisons ahead of Drug Users Day

AIVL and Hepatitis Australia highlight international calls for NSPs in prisons, along with a greater focus on harm reduction initiatives.
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No significant BBV/STI or AOD measures in Health Budget

AIVL has expressed disappointment there is little evidence of new investment in the AOD, BBV and STI sectors in the 2019 Health Budget.
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Overdose Awareness Day: Calls for greater focus on harm reduction

AIVL is calling for a greater focus on key prevention and harm reduction initiatives on International Overdose Awareness Day.
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AOD sector urges governments to seize opportunity to make long-lasting reforms

The AOD sector calls on governments to make permanent or expand on reforms introduced during the pandemic.
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AIVL World Hepatitis Day Event 2020

Leading drug and infectious disease organisations unite to discuss COVID-19 impact on hepatitis C elimination in Australia on World Hepatitis Day.
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The Juice – Information for Safer Gains

Hepatitis Australia/ AIVL joint project ‘The Juice’ is a dedicated resource for people who use performance and image enhancing drugs (PIEDs).
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Harm Reduction International Conference postponed to 2023

The HR23 conference will be held in Melbourne in partnership with AIVL and other harm reduction service providers.
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International Drug Users Day: UN calls for an end to criminalisation

AIVL is calling on governments to heed calls from the UN for an end to criminalisation on International Drug Users Day.
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Government defies logic on welfare drug testing

The Social Services Legislation Amendment (Drug Testing Trial) Bill 2019 seeks to introduce drug testing for welfare recipients.
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Mandatory testing of welfare recipients pointless given absence of treatment services

AIVL has expressed frustration at the revival of Australian Government plans to impose drug testing on welfare recipients.
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International Overdose Awareness Day: Calls for greater focus on prevention and harm reduction

AIVL is calling for a greater focus on key prevention and harm reduction initiatives on International Overdose Awareness Day.
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Stigma and Discrimination Online Training Module developed

AIVL has developed the ‘A Normal Day’ training module to improve comms between health professionals and people who use illicit drugs.
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New BBV/STI & AOD measures feature in Health Budget

AIVL has welcomed additional investments in BBV, STIs and AOD initiatives flagged in tonight’s Federal Budget.
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Peak health and community organisations pleased with new national BBV and STI strategies

Peak community organisations today welcomed the release of five new BBV and STI strategies by the Australian Government.
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Custodial settings and decriminalisation of sex work feature in new BBV & STI strategies

AIVL and Scarlet Alliance, Australian Sex Workers Association welcome the release of five new BBV and STI strategies.
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Broad support for 12 month extension to opt-out period for ‘My Health Record’

AIVL wants to extend the opt-out period for the government’s ‘My Health Record’ by 12 months.
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International Drug Users Day

AIVL is calling for a greater focus on key prevention and harm reduction initiatives on International Overdose Awareness Day.
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Victorian safe injecting facility announcement

AIVL has welcomed the Victorian Government’s decision to trial a medically supervised injecting room in North Richmond.
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International Overdose Awareness Day 2017

AIVL is calling for a greater focus on key prevention and harm reduction initiatives on International Overdose Awareness Day.
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CAHMA service community event to mark World Hepatitis Day 2017

CAHMA, The Connection and AIVL are hosting a community event to open CAHMA and The Connection’s new premises in Belconnen.
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Report calls for NSPs in prisons to address hepatitis C in Australia

New report from AIVL looks at the needs of people living with Hepatitis C after leaving custodial settings in Australia.
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Federal Budget 2018: A good start but more to do on drug support services

AIVL has welcomed more funding for drug treatment in the Budget but is disappointed other harm reduction measures have missed out.
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International Overdose Awareness Day 2018

AIVL is calling for a greater focus on key prevention and harm reduction initiatives on International Overdose Awareness Day.
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Custodial setting and hepatitis C report released

The report makes recommendations for improving hepatitis C treatment for people within or exiting custodial settings.
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Enhancing NSP service delivery

The Enhancing NSP Service Delivery project aims to strengthen Australia’s NSP system through a peer-led best practice framework.