Jails do not equal good economic sense

It doesn’t take an economic genius to work out that one of the least productive places on a Monopoly board is the “go to jail’ space, which makes the Victorian Premier, Ted Baillieu’s recent announcement of more than 1000 new jobs within the Victorian prison system as an economic stimulus measure all the more puzzling. … Continue reading

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Lasers, Robots & Harm Reduction

A recent posting by Julian Buchanan drew my attention to a new piece of technological gadgetry designed to make the detection of illicit drugs easier.  It got me musing about the nature of technological advances and innovation in the context of illicit drugs. Peter Nowak a writer about technology asserts in his book ‘Sex, Bombs … Continue reading

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A new smartphone app to address opiate overdose

In October 2011 I wrote an article listing some harm reduction smartphone applications that I would love to see produced.  Included in the list of ideas was a training app that provided guidance to lay people (ie non medically trained friends, relatives and peers) about the administration of naloxone, a drug that can effectively reverse … Continue reading

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