Advocacy

The Alcohol and Drug Foundation (ADF) advocates for strong and healthy communities. Supported by the latest evidence, we advocate for change in policy and practice within government, business and society. This includes government reform on policy, funding or regulation changes involving alcohol and other drugs.

Outlined here is the ADF’s position on some of today’s top issues around alcohol and other drugs.

Medicinal cannabis products

Medicinal cannabis products are made, derived, or synthesised from the cannabis plant and used under medical supervision to treat a range of health

conditions. While there is understandable public interest in emerging cannabis medicines, some challenges remain in prescribing and accessing medicinal cannabis products in Australia.

Find out more about different medicinal cannabis products, how they work, the challenges and current Australian regulations and guidelines.

Vaping

The rapid uptake of vaping (e-cigarettes) and the time required to research its effects means that the market for vaping products is moving faster than the research can keep up.

Currently researchers, public health organisations, manufacturers and supporters of e-cigarettes all note that not vaping is the safest option. Vaping any substance carries some risk.

Learn more about vaping, different vaping devices, issues and risks and the need for further research to determine the full impact of its uses.

Medically assisted therapy for opioid dependence

Medically assisted therapy for opioid dependence saves lives.

The Alcohol and Drug Foundation supports the use of opioid replacement therapy as an effective, evidence-based treatment for people with an opioid use disorder.

Determining whether opioid replacement therapy is the best treatment option is critical as there is no one-size-fits-all approach to effective treatment.

Find out more about this treatment option, how it works, its benefits and barriers.

Supervised injecting facilities

Supervised injecting facilities are dedicated spaces where illicit drugs can be used under the supervision of health care professionals. These services are a harm reduction response to individual and community concerns regarding public injecting, and the severe and chronic harms of drug use.

Find out more about the aims of safe injecting facilities, the different models of operation and their components.

Methamphetamine exposure and remediation in dwellings

Methamphetamine contamination can occur in a building where the drug has been produced and residue from manufacturing chemicals and the drug remains.

Find out why it is an issue and read about the recommendations and guidelines for testing and cleaning properties where a suspected or confirmed underground laboratory has been operating.

Prenatal Alcohol Exposure and Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorder

Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorder (FASD) is an overarching phrase used for a range of diagnoses related to alcohol consumption during pregnancy. The range and severity of FASD differs from case to case with the signs and symptoms developing  in various degrees from birth to adulthood.

This paper explores the evidence linking FASD with alcohol consumption during pregnancy and prevention strategies, as well as challenges including diagnosis and stigma.

Alcohol advertising and sponsorship

The public health sector has significant concerns about alcohol marketing, especially its impact on youth. It contributes to young people’s attitudes towards drinking, starting drinking and drinking at harmful levels.

Australians are exposed to an extensive amount of alcohol advertising through a variety of avenues including sponsorships, and social and digital platforms.

The issues of alcohol advertising and alcohol sponsorships are heavily intertwined. They expose children and adults to imagery and product-associated placement that can make it hard for the consumer to recognise the difference between sponsorship and advertising.

Restrictions on alcohol marketing and promotion have been identified as an important intervention to reduce alcohol related harms.

The issues are explored in detail in this comprehensive 2-in-1 position paper.

Lived experience

People who have had direct experience with alcohol or other drugs are sometimes referred to as ‘people with lived experience’.

This paper explores the role of people with lived experience in the alcohol and other drug (AOD) sector, including in AOD treatment and schools.

Parenting

Parents, carers and guardians can help children to avoid drug and alcohol use. They play an important role in developing a child’s positive social, emotional, cognitive and physical well-being for later life.

As children are growing up, find out what actions can be taken to promote the parent-child relationship as a protective factor for alcohol and other drugs.

Community-led and community-based prevention

Communities can play an important role in addressing and contributing to effective responses to local alcohol and other drug issues.

Learn about the differences between community-led and community-based prevention models, factors for success, the pros and cons and evidence from both Australian and international case studies.

Prescription Drug Monitoring Programs

Prescription Drug Monitoring Programs (PDMPs) are databases that track prescribing and dispensing of prescription drugs of potential extra-medical use and/or drugs with a high risk of dependence or overdose, such as opioid-based pain relief.

A number of PMDPs have been introduced internationally, including a real-time prescription monitoring program, known as SafeScript. This is also available in Victoria.

Learn more about the issue and various models for delivery in place around the world.

Drug Education in Schools

Contemporary and effective school-based drug education explores students’ values, attitudes, knowledge and skills with the aim of improving their capacity to make healthier decisions about using alcohol, tobacco and other drugs. Find out more about why it is important and what programs are effective, or ineffective, in Australia.

Minimum Unit Price

A minimum unit price (MUP), also known as a ‘floor price’, establishes a price per standard drink below which alcohol cannot be sold. The effectiveness of increasing alcohol prices in the community has been tested in some short-term policy initiatives in the Northern Territory and is a subject of current debate.

Drug Law reform / Decriminalisation

Decriminalisation is a policy under which drug supply remains illegal but the criminal penalties for drug possession and personal use are removed and/or replaced with civil penalties such as fines or diversion programs (referral to education or treatment programs).

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Pill testing

Pill testing (otherwise known as drug checking, drug testing or drug safety testing) is a harm reduction intervention that aims to engage people who possess, and intend to use drugs. It offers chemical analysis of the drug, together with information and education and, in some instances, peer counselling and individualised medical advice.

Find out more about what it is, how it works, the evidence base and the current situation in Australia.

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