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As consumer demand change, low-alcohol wines begin to boom here and overseas (SA)

As consumer demand change, low-alcohol wines begin to boom here and overseas (SA) | Alcohol & other drug issues in the media | Scoop.it
ADELAIDE scientists are grappling with new ways to reduce the alcohol content of table wines and meet growing consumer demand, here and overseas.
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Welfare hikes won't fix poverty: minister (Aus)

Welfare hikes won't fix poverty: minister (Aus) | Alcohol & other drug issues in the media | Scoop.it
Boosting welfare payments and rolling out more services isn't the answer to fighting poverty, the federal government has warned, as it urges Australians to take a different tack in fixing the problem.
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Wow, Human Services Minister Alan Tudge (whose ministerial salary is over $300k) says poor and disadvantaged people don't need more money, but should address their 'general dysfunction'. He then goes on to try to justify the Govt's odious welfare drug testing measures. Here's what we had to say about them, when they were announced: http://sco.lt/5LlsrR. See also this nice piece by Sarah Morgan that skewers the Govt's welfare reform rhetoric: http://www.adelaidenow.com.au/rendezview/hats-off-to-the-dole-cheats-and-welfare-scammers/news-story/4edb76c0602e2da2d100eaf96a8547f3

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Tobacco firms 'hamper anti-smoking push'

Tobacco firms 'hamper anti-smoking push' | Alcohol & other drug issues in the media | Scoop.it
Countries covering two thirds of the world's population now have measures in place to encourage people to stop smoking.
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New WHO report highlights Big Tobacco obstruction of public health measures in low and middle-income countries

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The Alternative Drug Strategy (UK)

The Alternative Drug Strategy (UK) | Alcohol & other drug issues in the media | Scoop.it
“Addicts should be treated and supported into recovery, removing them as consumers. Their entrapment in criminal justice is a waste of police time, a waste of public spend, does not help them to recover, provides a continued market to dealers and dissuades addicts from revealing themselves for treatment for fear of the criminal consequences… If … Continued
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Police highlight the flaws in the new UK Drug Strategy and suggest a more logical (and evidence informed) approach.

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'Don't bring kids into it': Scientologists target Victorian schools with drug claims

'Don't bring kids into it': Scientologists target Victorian schools with drug claims | Alcohol & other drug issues in the media | Scoop.it
Scientology group sends propaganda DVD about psychiatrists and antidepressants to Victorian schools.
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Just as we would warn people against considering use of Scientology's drug treatment service Narconon (recently rebranded as Get Off Drugs Naturally: http://www.getoffdrugs.com.au/ following extensive negative publicity for its dangerous practices), we would also suggest anyone experiencing mental health concerns seek advice from a medical professional, not an obscure committee that markets itself by spamming schools.

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Nearly half of WA sporting teams have at least one 'unhealthy' sponsor

Nearly half of WA sporting teams have at least one 'unhealthy' sponsor | Alcohol & other drug issues in the media | Scoop.it
A new study reveals almost half of WA sporting clubs have at least one unhealthy sponsor supporting them, with Aussie Rules footy the biggest culprit.
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A good indicator of how deep the hooks of the alcohol, fast food and gambling industries are set into our communities.

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Former drug kingpin says welfare card could break cycle in meth battle (WA)

Former drug kingpin says welfare card could break cycle in meth battle (WA) | Alcohol & other drug issues in the media | Scoop.it
From dealing $40,000 a day of meth to lobbying the government for solutions to the 'most evil drug to ever hit the face of the planet', Peter Lyndon-James is not your typical Christian chaplain.
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As with other advocates for quarantining of welfare payments, Mr Lyndon-James ignores the evidence that such measures are not effective in preventing use and contribute to increased harm within communities as people find other ways to source or pay for drugs. See this recent coverage of the welfare card's impacts in WA: http://sco.lt/680Xa5.

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Uruguay pharmacies start selling marijuana

Pharmacies in Uruguay started selling marijuana Wednesday under a four-year-old law that has made the small South American country the first in the world to legalize pot from production to sale.
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See related coverage of the implementation of Uruguay's regulated cannabis market: http://sco.lt/9AOce9

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Forum discusses substance abuse in the region (Vic)

Forum discusses substance abuse in the region (Vic) | Alcohol & other drug issues in the media | Scoop.it
"These problems have attracted a lot of interest from within the Shire."
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Hopefully, the forum will also consider what local factors are contributing to increased AOD use in Stawell (and other regional communities). If you don't address the cause, you'll never stop dealing with the effects.

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How the country that invented many of the world's drugs turned against them – until now (Germany)

How the country that invented many of the world's drugs turned against them – until now (Germany) | Alcohol & other drug issues in the media | Scoop.it
Cocaine in 1859; heroin in 1888 – and a ban introduced in 1929. Now, however, times are changing – and more compassionate policies are taking root.
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Johann Hari on the work being done in Germany to change the country's drug policy. See yesterday's post where he considers the impacts of Sweden's 'zero tolerance' policy framework: http://sco.lt/7fl4Nd

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England 'on track' to stamp out smoking

England 'on track' to stamp out smoking | Alcohol & other drug issues in the media | Scoop.it
Government sets out ambitious target to get remaining smokers to quit.
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Govt aims for generation of non-smokers by 2030.

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What it’s like living with an alcoholic parent (Aus)

What it’s like living with an alcoholic parent (Aus) | Alcohol & other drug issues in the media | Scoop.it
SOPHIE*, 20, grew up in NSW with a mum who was an alcoholic and a dad who struggled to cope.
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This is a good example of reporting: get out of the way and let people tell their story. There's no editorialising here, just a frank and powerful account of the enduring impacts of a parent's alcohol dependence on a child. 

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The Myth Of The Place Where The War On Drugs Worked (Sweden)

The Myth Of The Place Where The War On Drugs Worked (Sweden) | Alcohol & other drug issues in the media | Scoop.it
Over the past three years, I have been publicly making the case for moving beyond the war on drugs in places as disparate as Baltimore, Medillin, Sydney, Paris and Buenos Aires – and everywhere, I ask the defenders of continuing the drug war one question. Can you name one place, anywhere in the world, where … Continued
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Johann Hari reflects on the real impacts of Sweden's 'zero tolerance' drug policies, often cited by 'tough on drugs' proponents as evidence for various types of 'crackdown'. 

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'These people matter': The government's new 'compassionate' plan to tackle drug addiction (Ireland)

'These people matter': The government's new 'compassionate' plan to tackle drug addiction (Ireland) | Alcohol & other drug issues in the media | Scoop.it
The new drug strategy aims to develop a health-led approach to drug and alcohol addiction.
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See yesterday's post describing the new drug strategy as a 'missed opportunity': http://sco.lt/7lvHIP 

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Doctors say lifting e-cigarettes ban could extend their patients' lives (Aus)

Doctors say lifting e-cigarettes ban could extend their patients' lives (Aus) | Alcohol & other drug issues in the media | Scoop.it
Australia's psychiatrists have broken ranks with the medical fraternity and begun calling on the government to lift the ban on e-cigarettes.
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Citing a submission by the Royal Australian and New Zealand College of Psychiatrists, recognising the harm reduction potential of e-cigarettes.

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International inequalities in drinking and related outcomes

International inequalities in drinking and related outcomes | Alcohol & other drug issues in the media | Scoop.it
Dr Andy Towers, Senior Lecturer in the School of Public Health at Massey University, shared his research on drinking and international inequalities with us
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Highlighting the global issues associated with alcohol consumption (and related harm) by older people. Our sector remains unprepared for the inevitable growth in demand for treatment services from within this group.

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There’s a highly successful treatment for opioid addiction. But stigma is holding it back (USA)

There’s a highly successful treatment for opioid addiction. But stigma is holding it back (USA) | Alcohol & other drug issues in the media | Scoop.it
Medication-assisted treatment is often called the gold standard of addiction care. But much of the country has resisted it.
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German Lopez on the cultural and systemic barriers to wider use of opioid replacement therapies (that have been consistently found to reduce mortality amongst people who are opioid dependent) in the US and their obvious implications for the country's overdose death rate.

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Vodka Cruiser Instagram ad poured down the drain after Cancer Council complaint (Vic)

Vodka Cruiser Instagram ad poured down the drain after Cancer Council complaint (Vic) | Alcohol & other drug issues in the media | Scoop.it
Liquor brands will think twice about using models with "youthful looks" in their advertising.
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Yet another example of the alcohol industry targetting children in its marketing. Good on Cancer Council Victoria for calling out this sort of unethical practice.

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Two children pricked by syringe at Broadmeadows supermarket (Vic)

Two children pricked by syringe at Broadmeadows supermarket (Vic) | Alcohol & other drug issues in the media | Scoop.it
Two children have been pricked by hidden syringe needles in a Broadmeadows supermarket in act being described by police as "malicious."
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In spite of the hyperventilating coverage, it's important to remember that the most likely negative outcome from a needle stick injury in public (other than any psychological distress) is a bacterial infection.  See one of our previous responses to such incidents: http://www.regen.org.au/more-news/344-regen-calls-for-calm-in-response-to-sunbury-needlestick-outrage-26-03-13?highlight=WyJzdW5idXJ5Il0=

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Ontario study raises red flags over methadone distribution

Ontario study raises red flags over methadone distribution | Alcohol & other drug issues in the media | Scoop.it
Researchers express concern over lack of counselling and other physician support at clinics offering opioid-addiction treatment
ReGenUC's insight:

The study highlights problems with the number of doctors prescribing methadone (a very familiar problem for those with any knowledge of the Victorian AOD sector) and the flawed service model in which people are provided pharmacotherapies, but no other support. See our position statement and supporting evidence on Opioid Replacement Therapy for our take on the importance of providing people with a range of supports to support sustainable, long term recovery from opioid dependence: http://www.regen.org.au/news-advocacy/advocacy-in-action.

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Fear of arrest stops some needed calls to 911 after opioid overdose is administered (USA)

Fear of arrest stops some needed calls to 911 after opioid overdose is administered (USA) | Alcohol & other drug issues in the media | Scoop.it
Fear of being arrested still undercuts an Indiana law that shields anyone who administers naloxone from criminal charges, according to a survey conducted by two researchers at Indiana University-Purdue University Indianapolis. Naloxone is a lifesaving emergency antidote for opioid overdose.
ReGenUC's insight:

US study highlights the impacts of a law-enforcement led response to illicit drug use. The lack of national 'good samaritan' laws (as they are called in the states that have adopted them) that protect people calling emergency services from prosecution significantly increases the risk of overdose fatalities.

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Gaps in drug treatment as abuse rates on rise (Ireland)

Gaps in drug treatment as abuse rates on rise (Ireland) | Alcohol & other drug issues in the media | Scoop.it
A lack of vital drug treatment services are leaving some areas of the country at risk of being abuse 'blackspots'.
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See yesterday's related posts on the new Irish drug strategy: http://sco.lt/4yHjdZ

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Let workers vape in office, Government plan suggests (UK)

Let workers vape in office, Government plan suggests (UK) | Alcohol & other drug issues in the media | Scoop.it
Vaping should be allowed in offices and enclosed public spaces in order to “maximise” access to safer alternatives to smoking, a Government plan says.
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See today's related post on the Govt's plan for a smokefree generation by 2030: http://sco.lt/4ozJvl. You can see the new UK drug strategy here: http://sco.lt/4mYzVR

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Nova Scotia to offer free naloxone kits to the public as part of opioid response

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For many of those most at risk of experiencing or witnessing opioid overdoses, cost is a significant barrier to the accessibility of naloxone. It's good to see local authorities removing this barrier and increasing the capacity of community members to save lives.

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Needle exchange faces backlash (WA)

Needle exchange faces backlash (WA) | Alcohol & other drug issues in the media | Scoop.it
BUSINESS owners and ratepayers in Perths south-east are concerned a needle exchange program is fuelling anti-social behaviour.
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A good example of an outreach harm reduction service, going to where there is established need. Sounds like there might need to be a focus on appropriate disposal of used equipment though. It doesn't sound like there's much of a story here. As the WA AIDS Council said, they've been running the service in that location for eight years.

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New Home Office drug strategy, same old rhetoric (UK)

New Home Office drug strategy, same old rhetoric (UK) | Alcohol & other drug issues in the media | Scoop.it
The Home Office issued its last drug strategy seven years ago. A lot has changed in that time, except the Home Office's ability to ignore the advice of experts.
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Ian Hamilton & Harry Sumnall offer a pretty damning indictment of the new UK drug strategy: 'There is little point recognising that the UK has a problem with drugs, and that a strategy is needed to deal with it, and then ignore international evidence that provides solutions. The real crime is claiming to be in favour of evidence-based solutions while ignoring the evidence, including that of the government’s own expert advisers.' You can see the strategy here: http://sco.lt/4mYzVR

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