Drug treatment, harm reduction, overdose prevention in custodial settings

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Drug testing people on welfare, as proposed in this year’s federal budget, is a blunt way of tackling problems drug users face when looking for work. The underlying concept of increasing employability for people with substance use disorders has some merit. However, any drug testing needs to be better targetted, may be open to legal challenges, and needs to have checks and balances built in to ensure fairness and transparency if welfare payments are quarantined.

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