The use of alcohol and other drugs is often reported in the media from a range of different angles.
Below you'll find recent media attention (good and bad) in relation to reporting of AOD issues. You'll also find responses from QNADA.
21st February 2017
AOD Peaks Network funding statement
QNADA joined with the other state based peak bodies for the non-government alcohol and other drug treatment sector in releasing a statement directed to the Federal Government in relation to treatment investment. Please view the statement here.
17th February 2017
QNADA comments on suspected Carfentanyl in Queensland
QNADA CEO Rebecca Lang was sought for comment by 4BC in regards to the reports of what is deemed a "deadly" drug: Carfentanyl suspected to have entered into Queensland. Listen to the interview here.
10th January 2017
QNADA on access to medicinal cannabis
QNADA CEO Rebecca Lang discusses medicinal cannabis on Triple Z Brisbane Line, including the current challenges of legal supply and medical benefits. This coverage is from 10 January 2017 and her interview occurs from 25-32 mins. Listen to the interview here.
10th November 2016
QNADA on lack of drug treatment in QLD prisons
QNADA CEO Rebecca MacBean argues for better drug treatment, particularly in men's prisons in QLD. Currently there is no continuation of substitution therapy provided to men in the Brisbane Correctional Service amongst others. Please read the story here.
24th October 2016
QNADA on Triple J Hack
QNADA in ABC article relating to the proposal of the Queensland Crime and Corruption Commission to use coercive powers to seek and prosecute the suppliers of NBome caps which killed one person and hospitalised several others. Read the article here.
18th October 2016
QNADA responds to claims of outbreak of 'zombie' drug
QNADA CEO Rebecca MacBean was sought for comment and interviewed by a variety of news sources including ABC, QUT news, Triple J Hack, Gold Coast Bulletin and various readio stations on the Gold Coast in relation to a story on the weekend of a supposed outbreak of a mystery drug, suspected to be a strong dangerous hallucinogen that is rare in Australia.
Read the response and article from ABC here.
Read the Gold Coast Bulletin article here.
Watch the coverage from QUT news here.
10th October 2016
QNADA welcomes Connecting Care to Recovery plan and AOD Investment
QNADA CEO Rebecca MacBean was quoted in the QLD Health media release and in the Brisbane Times in relation to the release of the Connecting Care to Recovery QLD five year plan for the mental health and alcohol and other drugs sectors.
Coverage of commonwealth funding uncertainty and cuts
Chanel 9's Today show highlights the important work of the AOD treatment sector
Interview with 4BC on the Swedish model of forcing drug users into treatment
Interview with 4BC on industries with higher prevalence of drug usage
QNADA CEO Rebecca MacBean talks with 4BC breakfast announcers Ian Skippen and Lorretta Ryan about how problematic drug use can affect anyone in our community.
Peaks media release in response to the defunding of ADCA
Australia’s network of State and Territory peak bodies for the non government drug and alcohol sector believe a national body responsible for providing leadership, policy expertise and sector development services is vital for quality drug and alcohol prevention, harm reduction and treatment service delivery.
We ask the Government to consider the implications that their decision to cease funding ADCA will have, and consult with the drug and alcohol sector on how this situation can be remedied.
Sensible discussion on the place of alcohol in our community needed
Queenslanders have long had a love affair with alcohol, but not every love affair has a happy ending.
As part of Drug Action Week 2013, QNADA is calling for sensible discussion about the place of alcohol in our community. This call is supported by Dr Anthony Lynham, a maxillo-facial surgeon at the Royal Brisbane and Women’s Hospital.
“The Attorney-General has commenced a review of liquor licensing laws, a key influencing factor in the issue, and we hope that, commensurate to the level of consideration given to the views of the alcohol and hospital industries, the Queensland Government will work with the health and treatment sectors to develop a holistic approach to the responsible and safe consumption of alcohol”, said Mrs Rebecca MacBean, Executive Officer of QNADA.
Read the media release
Supply reduction: drug dealers vs. drug users
On 20 and 22 October 2012 the Courier Mail published articles relating to drug crime in Qld: ‘Crime’s foot soldiers just out of school: Teen Drugs Army’ and ‘Police target kingpins in the battle across drugs’. Articles such as these perpetuate the perception that drug law enforcement focuses on dealers and manufacturers, when the reality is that those most likely to face court are drug users. QNADA responded with a letter to the editor which was not published.
Impact of funding changes to NGO AOD sector and QNADA