Posts by Ross Bell

  • Hard News: Time for a New Deal: 25 years…,

    I'd love to know what the Drug Foundation said in 1994. Was the ED Ross Henderson? He would have said something sensible, I'm sure.

    Wellington, NZ • Since Nov 2006 • 168 posts Report Reply

  • Hard News: Cannabis reform is a serious…,

    Thanks for your responses Joe.

    Wellington, NZ • Since Nov 2006 • 168 posts Report Reply

  • Hard News: Cannabis reform is a serious…,

    There's an editorial in the NZ Medical Journal today, and it's not very good. So some questions for the researcher who wrote it (who also comments on Public Address):

    1. Where, in the last few years, have we heard drug law reform advocates arguing that we need to legalise cannabis because it's safe?*

    2. With the half-measure of decriminalisation, are you really happy that the supply of cannabis remains in the criminal black market? If not, you editorial doesn't address the supply issue.

    3. You do realise that New Zealand could design a model of cannabis regulation very different from the more commercial models in some US states, and that we can learn from NZ's own mistakes on alcohol regulation?

    [* You certainly won't hear that argument from the Drug Foundation - indeed we often reference the Christchurch study, and had the great David Fergusson speak often at our events]

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  • Speaker: Cannabis: make it legal but…,

    Some organisations tasked with harm minimisation seem fixated on getting more funding for their education campaigns rather than coming up with proposals to minimise harm.

    Low blow, and not true.

    The Drug Foundation's* model drug law is a pretty good starting point

    *I assuming the author means us because we're the only organisation funded by govt to do harm minimisation health promotion stuff.

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  • Hard News: A painful reflection, in reply to Russell Brown,

    It’s a bloody interesting read. A forensic analysis/chronology/DNA of a drug crisis – and all the points where it could/should have been stopped. All the players, and how they all failed (even the Public Service Assn getting in on the action, then a medical doctor saying nothing to fear for staff safety re meth… but the snowball continued). Hopefully government will learn from this, and find ways to avoid future hysteria.

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  • Hard News: We are, at last, navigating…, in reply to izogi,

    HNZ were without a CEO at a critical time. Glen Sowry left in March 2016, and Andrew McKenzie didn't start until Sept 2016. Much of the bad behaviour happened prior to McKenzie. And actually very soon after starting, Mckenzie ended their practice of meth evictions (and is now doing some cool stuff).

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  • Hard News: We are, at last, navigating…,

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  • Hard News: We are, at last, navigating…, in reply to Russell Brown,

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  • Hard News: We are, at last, navigating…, in reply to Russell Brown,

    From Gluckman's report:

    "Miles Stratford of Methsolutions provided a perspective from the methamphetamine testing industry and as a member of the Standards Committee."

    He is also a member of the Auckland Regional Methampehtamine Working Group, which was thanked by Prof Gluckman.

    Wellington, NZ • Since Nov 2006 • 168 posts Report Reply

  • Hard News: We are, at last, navigating…,

    From the Meth Solutions Facebook page:

    To the person who phoned our office and suggested to a hard working staff member that they should go and look for another job, it is the behaviour of people that choose to use meth that presents risk to hard working Kiwis who invest in property. The need to manage that risk doesn't change, just because Phil Twyford has the report he has wanted since before he became Minister for Housing.

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