More than an addict, Part 3

Having now decided that I wanted to end my dependence on opioids I had to find how I was going to achieve this. Naturally, first and foremost was reducing my methadone dose. I was taking 60mg a day at this point.

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More than an addict, Part 2

At this point in my story I was on the cusp of falling into a deep opioid addiction. Though I lived at home again, I felt distant from my family and didn’t try to involve myself in family life much either. I was using oxycodone and morphine tablets, sometimes heroin, frequently enough that I found myself craving a hit most days.

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A new team structure for Unharm

Unharm is in an exciting phase, building on the first three years’ work with an evolution to a new team structure. The idea is to help people become like you become leaders in our movement and in Unharm. This will help us become bigger, better and more powerful together.

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Politicians need to hear from you

Unharm has been invited to make a submission to a Victorian Parliamentary Inquiry into drug law reform. You are invited to contribute to Unharm’s submission to the Inquiry. You don’t have to live in Victoria to take part.

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More than an addict, Part 1

Seven years ago, I was what some people would call a heroin addict. Today I have a first class honours degree and work abroad. I want to tell my story to help shatter the stigma that surrounds people addicted to illicit drugs and show the potential that each of those people has inside.

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Unharm submission to Federal methamphetamine Inquiry

In 2016 Unharm was invited to make a submission to the Parliamentary Joint Committee on Law Enforcement’s Inquiry into crystal methamphetamine. The submission was accepted by the Committee and in accordance with Inquiry protocol can now be published. You can access the submission here.

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Pill testing could be implemented in Victoria without changing the law

A policy report released by Victoria Greens has made the case that a pill testing service could begin in Victoria under existing legislation.

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Sending a message

You've heard it before - you propose something pragmatic to reduce the risks of drug use then someone says it would send the wrong message about drugs. The whole preoccupation with 'sending a message' is getting in the way of doing what's right. Pill testing is a great example.

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Tests not arrests launch

Pill testing could have saved my son. He took illegal drugs but that shouldn’t be a death sentence. Last year, with Unharm I launched a change.org petition for pill testing services in Australia, and more than 35,000 of you have got behind it. The politicians are starting to pay attention, but not fast enough. And that’s not good enough.

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It's time to move beyond 'harm minimisation'

When everything old is new again, we can't progress. A group of 'NSW Parliamentarians committed to harm minimisation' convened a NSW drug summit on August 11 in Sydney. They are pitching harm minimisation as a 'new approach for drug policy'. In reality, harm minimisation has been the overarching goal of Australia's National Drug Strategy for more than 30 years now, and that Strategy is endorsed by all major parties. Looking to the past, we can see why we need to move beyond 'harm minimisation' and towards a new approach to drug policy. 

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