Moral judgement and bias still abounds in media reporting of drug and alcohol dependence, writes NDARC’s head of communications, Marion Downey.
The death of Oscar winning actor Philip Seymour Hoffman from a heroin overdose and a “cocktail” of other drugs in February this year attracted frenzied media interest and hundreds of stories in print, television, radio and online.
We have been bowled over by the interest in our just-published research on the link between steroid use and heart disease. Fairfax readers were so interested, the news made the 'most read' list for four of their five major newspapers.
Did you miss the article? Catch up here: Young men dying from heart disease linked to steroid use
Professor Shane Darke's book, The Life of the Heroin User: Typical Beginnings, Trajectories and Outcomes, was launched in 2011 by former West Australian premier Geoff Gallop, who described it as "social science at its best".
Eighteen months on and the book is now available in German:
The Drum today published a piece by Professor Louisa Degenhardt on the increase in deaths from prescription opioids, with a focus on the many varied factors contributing to the problem and to potential solutions. Here, we republish the piece in its entirety.
The harm caused by prescription opioids has captured the media's attention in recent weeks.