A heroin overdose produces permanent brain damage that has tragic consequences for heroin users.
Below is a summary of The Age newspaper article on 2 April 2001.
This information proves that injecting rooms, heroin trials, overdose recovery and prescription heroin are all dangerous policies.
Heroin addicts cause car crashes that lead to death according to the Herald Sun on 4 May 2001 which disclosed-
According to United Nations officials in Pakistan, opium prices in Afghanistan have crashed from $700 per kg to only $300 per kg after the attacks on the World Trade Centre & Pentagon.
With the fall of the Taliban regime in Afghanistan, the opium industry must be wiped out and farmers that grew opium must be made to grow other crops.
The new government in Afghanistan must not follow the Taliban and use opium as a cash crop for foreign currency.
Australia now has an opportunity to permanently reduce the supply of heroin.
According to an article in the New York Times on 26/11/01 farmers in Afghanistan are looking forward to growing poppys for opium. THIS MUST NOT HAPPEN
By having more heroin busts by Australian federal police and reduced heroin supply from Afghanistan, there has been a reduction of heroin related deaths in Victoria. This reduction on heroin supply must now be followed by a reduction in the demand for heroin.
THE DRUG ADVISORY COUNCIL OF AUSTRALIA Inc. CALLS ON ALL AUSTRALIAN MEMBERS OF PARLIAMENT TO PRESSURE CANBERRA TO SEE THAT ALL HEROIN PRODUCTION IN AFGHANISTAN CEASES IMMEDIATELY.
PLEASE EMAIL MR. HOWARD TODAY.
The United Nations survey on Opium production in Afghanistan confirms a record 2006 crop up by 59 per cent over the 2005 crop.
Afghanistan now has a near monopoly on heroin production with 82 per cent of the world crop.
One in eight of the Afghanistan population is involved with opium poppy cultivation making drug trafficking the major part of the economy estimated at $US3,100 million.
(Source: United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime, Afghanistan Opium Survey 2006)
In the past increases in world heroin supply have led to an increase in the purity of heroin causing increased numbers of heroin deaths.
The United Nations have reported a reduction in opium prices so that heroin is likely to be come cheaper, more widely available and purer.
Australia has experienced a heroin drought which has led to fewer deaths from heroin use.
The latest Australian Crime Commission report indicates that the Heroin drought will lead traffickers to look to Afghanistan as a potential source of Heroin in the future.
Whilst Australian border protection has lead to a threefold increase of Heroin seizures recently, Australia has to expect an increase in trafficking and its potential for more heroin deaths in the future.
Our Council supports the reduction of illicit drug users in Australia to destroy the demand for illicit drugs that will fuel the trafficking.
Death from Heroin use can provide an opportunity for authorities to learn valuable lessons to prevent future drug related deaths.
Australia is currently experiencing a heroin drought with a concurrent reduction in heroin related deaths, however the United Nations is warning that heroin production in Afghanistan is now at record levels.
Information from one Australian state can be useful in understanding heroin use and deaths that occur throughout Australia. So the Victorian Institute of Forensic Medicine has provided a useful report on deaths from 1991 to 2005, highlights of which are-
(Source: Heroin Deaths in Victoria 2005 available at www.vifm.org (link no longer works))
All illicit drug deaths in Australia indicate the need for more detoxification and rehabilitation programs that get users free of drugs.
If we add the deaths caused by Methadone to those of illicit drugs, clearly the current drug policy of harm minimization is NOT working.
Australia needs to substantially reduce the number of illicit drug users in order to substantially reduce the number of drug deaths.
Court ordered detoxification and rehabilitation has been proven to reduce the number of drug users and deaths and MUST be implemented urgently.
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