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One drinking spot for every 317 Australians

One drinking spot for every 317 Australians | Alcohol & other drug issues in the media | Scoop.it
THE number of liquor licences issued by authorities has skyrocketed across the country, with one licensed premises for every 317 drinking-age Australians.
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Australia Day busy for emergency departments

Australia Day busy for emergency departments | Alcohol & other drug issues in the media | Scoop.it
Doctors are urging moderation ahead of Australia Day.
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Citing David Caldicott and Peter Miller on the traditional spike in alcohol-related ED presentations on Australia Day.

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Gold Coast drug addiction services will benefit from $3.5 million in Federal funds

Gold Coast drug addiction services will benefit from $3.5 million in Federal funds | Alcohol & other drug issues in the media | Scoop.it
IN a move to combat the Coast’s growing ice epidemic, local service providers will receive $3.56 million in funding from the Commonwealth Government over the next three years.
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New QuIHN & Lives Lived Well services through the roll out of Federal methamphetamine funding.

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Ecstasy easy to find, ice use lowest in country for ACT

Ecstasy easy to find, ice use lowest in country for ACT | Alcohol & other drug issues in the media | Scoop.it
Ecstasy is the substance of choice for Canberra's drug users, who told a national survey it was easy to find in the city.
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Citing new ERDS data.

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Failed WA One Nation candidate wants drug addicts dumped on island

Failed WA One Nation candidate wants drug addicts dumped on island | Alcohol & other drug issues in the media | Scoop.it
Failed One Nation candidate Brian Brighton is planning to run as an independent in the WA March election and wants all drug addicts to be dumped on an island t
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Effectively advocating for adopting the Transportation policy upon which Australia was founded, Mr Brighton then goes on to endorse state sanctioned murders, such as those currently being carried out in the Philippines. Such statements are great for getting yourself in the paper, but only serve to undermine any sensible (and ethical) discussion of Australian drug policy.

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Colorado moves to crack down on black-market pot ads online

Colorado moves to crack down on black-market pot ads online | Alcohol & other drug issues in the media | Scoop.it
Weed on Craigslist? It is widely for sale in Colorado, but legislation moving through the state Legislature aims to crack down on those who sell marijuana illegally using online ads.
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Part of the ongoing 'crack down' on unregulated cannabis markets in states that have changed their laws.

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Drug Prohibition Is Killing Young Australians

Drug Prohibition Is Killing Young Australians | Alcohol & other drug issues in the media | Scoop.it
We need to make it as safe as possible for when our kids experiment.
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Greg Chipp highlights some of the reasons for supporting drug law reform.

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Stop smoking services may boost mental health of people with depression (UK)

Stop smoking services may boost mental health of people with depression (UK) | Alcohol & other drug issues in the media | Scoop.it
Smokers with depression who successfully quit smoking using stop smoking services may see an improvement in their mental health, according to new research.
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Smoking has long been linked to mental health, adding to the complexity of factors affecting people's wellbeing. It's good to see more evidence for the broader benefits of smoking cessation.

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Health Minister concerned clean drug proposal lacks public support (Canada)

Health Minister concerned clean drug proposal lacks public support (Canada) | Alcohol & other drug issues in the media | Scoop.it
Terry Lake said he'll study a proposal for give addicts clean heroin and morphine, but won't proceed until there's more public support.
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Some rare candour about the policy process from a serving politician, recognising the political risks for those implementing unpopular (but effective) policy measures. Of course, politicians also have a role to play in advocating for such measures and building public support for evidence based policy.

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Doctors prescribed me pain meds but couldn’t help me get off them

Doctors prescribed me pain meds but couldn’t help me get off them | Alcohol & other drug issues in the media | Scoop.it
He needed opioids after a massive foot injury, but then he became dependent.
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Extended piece by Travis N Rieder on his own experience with prescription opioids and the need for US doctors to have more training in effective (and safe) treatment of pain.

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Shedding light on the dark web

Shedding light on the dark web | Alcohol & other drug issues in the media | Scoop.it
The drug trade is moving from the street to online cryptomarkets. Forced to compete on price and quality, sellers are upping their game
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Highlighting some of the reasons that many people prefer to purchase their drugs online.

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New NSW premier to 'govern for everyone'

New NSW premier Gladys Berejiklian has taken control of the state with three issues at the top of her to-do list - housing affordability, local infrastructure and the economy.
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Premier Berejiklian says any change to Sydney's lockouts is unlikely.

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It’s time to get serious about opening more Drug Consumption Rooms (Aus)

It’s time to get serious about opening more Drug Consumption Rooms (Aus) | Alcohol & other drug issues in the media | Scoop.it

Rose Brennan recently argued in the Daily Telegraph that support is growing in NSW for the establishment of additional Drug Consumption Rooms. She made it clear that this soaring support is not just coming from ‘the usual suspects’.  Brennan attributed the increase in support to the ever-expanding growth in the drug market and the rise in drug-related problems. This article was remarkable in several respects.

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Alex Wodak responds to last week's article and makes the urgent case for the establishment of new consumption rooms in Australia. FYI, AOD Media Watch is a collaborative project we're supporting to help improve the quality of AOD reporting in Australia. We'll be launching the project at next month's VAADA conference: http://conference.vaada.org.au/.

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Union denies Vic ambos drugs claim

Victorian ambos sometimes use painkiller Fentanyl to deal with job stress - but the paramedics union denies 10 Geelong staff were sacked or disciplined due to the drug.
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Paramedics are one of a (very) long list of professions with increased risk of problematic AOD use as a coping strategy for work related stress. As has been repeatedly seen with other health professionals, ready access to opioids is another risk factor. It's another reminder to employers of the importance of protecting workers' wellbeing and supporting early access to treatment and support services.

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Doctors Have No Idea What To Do With Medicinal Cannabis In Australia

Doctors Have No Idea What To Do With Medicinal Cannabis In Australia | Alcohol & other drug issues in the media | Scoop.it
The complicated process that leads to medicinal cannabis prescription has both doctors and patients scratching thei
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Highlighting some of the failings in the early implementation of Australia's medicinal cannabis schemes and the need for doctor training.

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Girl dies after suspected drug overdose (NSW)

A five-year-old girl has died from a suspected methadone overdose after she was found unconscious in a home in Sydneys west.
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As with any medication, safe storage in the home is a key concern when children or animals are present.

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Liquor laws: What you can expect from mandatory ID scanners in pubs (Qld)

Liquor laws: What you can expect from mandatory ID scanners in pubs (Qld) | Alcohol & other drug issues in the media | Scoop.it
Prepare to have your driver's licence scanned and your personal data stored for a month if you want to party in Fortitude Valley or the Brisbane CBD later this year.
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Extended piece looking at some of the detail of the new measures introduced by the Qld govt.

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Radical ketamine therapy could treat alcohol addiction (UK)

Radical ketamine therapy could treat alcohol addiction (UK) | Alcohol & other drug issues in the media | Scoop.it
A one-off dose of the drug could help alcohol addicts reduce their intake by ‘erasing’ drink-related memories, say psychologists testing treatment
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An interesting approach to reducing the role triggers can play in relapse. Similar research is also being undertaken on the method's effectiveness in supporting smoking cessation.

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Sydney's last drinks and lockout laws are working

Sydney's last drinks and lockout laws are working | Alcohol & other drug issues in the media | Scoop.it
A softening of Sydney's lockout laws risks a return to the horrendous rates of violence that plagued Kings Cross in the early hours.
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The Last Drinks Coalition urges the new NSW Premier to retain Sydney's lockouts. Premier Berejiklian has said that changes are unlikely: http://sco.lt/6r9RQH. See today's related coverage of changes to Qld measures: http://sco.lt/7xqdwv.

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Gardaí need ‘balance’ to drug centre (Ireland)

Gardaí need ‘balance’ to drug centre (Ireland) | Alcohol & other drug issues in the media | Scoop.it

Gardaí need to develop a “balanced” and “consistent” approach to policing the planned supervised drug injecting centre, a former top Australian police commander has said.

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More coverage of former commander Paroz's advice to Irish authorities about how to successfully implement new MSIC's in Dublin. See coverage of Mr Paroz's recent comments on the Sydney centre's impacts on overdose rates and public health: http://www.thejournal.ie/injecting-centre-dublin-sydney-3194514-Jan2017/.

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Hong Kong Lacking Secular Drug Rehabilitation Services

Hong Kong Lacking Secular Drug Rehabilitation Services | Alcohol & other drug issues in the media | Scoop.it
The dominance of Christian-based drug rehabilitation services in Hong Kong has created significant barriers for those seeking treatment.
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A good piece on the role religious requirements can play in reducing the accessibility and effectiveness of treatment services. Note: ReGen is incorporated within the Uniting Church in Australia, but does not include religious content within our services and recognises the significant impact of mistreatment by faith-based providers on the lives of many of the people who use our services.

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The war on drugs

The war on drugs | Alcohol & other drug issues in the media | Scoop.it

Prohibition laws—which criminalise the production, supply, possession, and use of some drugs for non-medical purposes—cost at least $100bn annually but have failed to curb either supply or demand, reduce addiction, or minimise harm. The war on drugs has failed and The BMJ says it's time for doctors "to lead calls for pragmatic reform informed by science and ethics."

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As well as the editorial, this page also provides links to a range of other recent BMJ articles on drug policy.

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Four in 10 British mothers drink in pregnancy - one of worst rates in Europe 

Four in 10 British mothers drink in pregnancy - one of worst rates in Europe  | Alcohol & other drug issues in the media | Scoop.it
Four in 10 women British women drink during pregnancy with many young professionals binge-drinking in the first few months because they do not realise they are expecting, experts have warned.
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UK data shows that drinking during pregnancy is not associated with disadvantage and highlights the need for increased awareness of the risks of alcohol consumption in the first trimester.

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Study calls for closure of compulsory drug centres (Cambodia)

Study calls for closure of compulsory drug centres (Cambodia) | Alcohol & other drug issues in the media | Scoop.it
An article to be published in medical journal the Lancet next month concludes that compulsory drug detention centres, such as those used by the Cambodian government, don’t work and recommends for their closure. The study, made available online this week, compares relapse rates for users of opioid substances (ie, heroin) at voluntary treatment centres and compulsory treatment centres in Malaysia, where, much like Cambodia, they exist in tandem.
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You can see the full text of the Lancet article here: http://sco.lt/5MAcfR.

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Qld lockouts scrapped, changes to stop bars 'abusing' late-night permits

Qld lockouts scrapped, changes to stop bars 'abusing' late-night permits | Alcohol & other drug issues in the media | Scoop.it
The 1am lockout has been scrapped and mandatory ID scanners will be introduced in Safe Night Precincts by mid-2017.
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New measures include reducing the number of exemptions to trading restrictions that venues can receive for 'special events'. The high number of exemptions granted under the previous scheme have been recognised as undermining its effectiveness in reducing alcohol related violence. See yesterday's related coverage: http://sco.lt/8bQue1.

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The real killer in our nightclubs: dumb drug laws (Aus)

The real killer in our nightclubs: dumb drug laws (Aus) | Alcohol & other drug issues in the media | Scoop.it
Brandon Cook shares an insider's understanding of why our drug laws are wrong.
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Nice piece by Brandon Cook, highlighting the real world impacts of our current drug policies and the role they play in increasing potential harm. See our recent post providing information about the 'bad batch': https://www.facebook.com/ReGenUC/posts/945094178955439.

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