CMAJ Dane Wanniarachige April 14, 2015
In addition to setting a legal limit for cannabis, experts say that random roadside testing is the best deterrent for drug-impaired driving. Canada has neither. Meanwhile, seven US states, Australia and 16 European countries have set legal limits. And nine of the European nations plus Australia allow random roadside saliva tests.
Canadian law enforcers are waiting for an accurate roadside test to measure levels of cannabis use (CMAJ Mar. 16, 2015), but they may have a long wait because detecting impairment from cannabis is not as straightforward as detecting alcohol because of the complex nature of the drug and lack of conclusive research about the dose–effect of cannabis.
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ABC News Elise Worthington 15 April 2015
The number of Queensland prisoners testing positive to drugs has doubled in the last year, with a prescription opiate known in prison as “subbies” increasingly becoming the drug of choice.
Experts say Queensland has the nation’s worst access to drug treatment programs, and figures obtained by the ABC show desperate prisoners are smuggling in buprenorphine, which, like methadone, is used to treat drug dependence.
Courier Mail Matthew Condon 13 April 2015
THE daughter of a notorious Queensland prostitute and brothel madam is set to petition the Queensland Government to hold a coronial inquest into her mother’s mysterious death more than 43 years ago.
Shirley Margaret Brifman, 35, was found dead of a suspected drug overdose in her Brisbane safe house on March 4, 1972, just weeks before she was due to be the chief witness against a senior Queensland detective in a perjury case.
The coroner at the time recommended no inquest
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Brisbane Times Kristian Silva 13 April 2015
Police claim a Spanish man tried to smuggle cocaine worth hundreds of thousands of dollars through the Cairns International Airport over the weekend. Customs officials said they noticed inconsistencies in the lining of his carry-on luggage and then uncovered five kilograms of white powder within the lining of three baggage items.
QPS News 13 April 2015
Police are concerned by the number of motorists who continue to ignore the warnings and drink and drive following a weekend traffic operation at Palm Beach.
Acting Inspector Chris Ahearn said during the operation a driver was detected four times the legal limit allegedly registering a breath test of .218%.
“There were also 21 drivers detected drink driving and five people detected driving under the influence of a drug which is an unacceptable and disturbing result.