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Ban on party tobacco donations up in smoke (Tas)

Ban on party tobacco donations up in smoke (Tas) | Alcohol & other drug issues in the media | Scoop.it
Labor and the Greens have lashed out at Tasmania's Legislative Council for voting down legislation to ban political donations from tobacco companies.
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Female drug users shun treatment for fear of losing children: U.N.

LONDON (Thomson Reuters Foundation) - Female drug users worldwide are far less likely than their male counterparts to undergo treatment due to discrimination against mothers and pregnant women and the cost of childcare, transport and treatment, t
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This is a significant barrier to treatment and support, with obvious consequences for the women and children affected. The stigmatisation (and growing criminalisation) of mothers who use AOD is a huge issue and one that needs to be addressed by policy makers, service providers and the wider community. The recent 'Support. Don't punish' campaign provides a clear voice for change.

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Peer distribution of injecting equipment (Aus)

I bet, if we asked the average Jo Blow on the street, they could not fathom the illegality of peer distribution. It is illegal in all states and territories for someone (unless they are authorised ...
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Great blog post from Carla Treloar on the legal barriers to effective harm reduction, with link to Kari Lancaster, Kate Seear & Carla's paper. See today's related post on the impact of stigma on access to harm reduction services and innovative responses by people who inject drugs: http://sco.lt/8dOHqr. 

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Ivy dance party closed down after alleged drug overdoses (NSW)

Ivy dance party closed down after alleged drug overdoses (NSW) | Alcohol & other drug issues in the media | Scoop.it
Police say they shut down a dance party at The Ivy nightclub in Sydney's CBD on Sunday night after three people were treated for alleged drug overdoses at the venue.
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This could be a case of people who haven't taken MDMA in a while being caught out by the changes in what is being sold as ecstasy.

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Minimum alcohol pricing cuts serious crime, study reveals (Canada)

Minimum alcohol pricing cuts serious crime, study reveals (Canada) | Alcohol & other drug issues in the media | Scoop.it
Canadian research finds crimes against the person fell by 9% over a decade as authorities in British Columbia increased prices by 10%
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More evidence for the effectiveness of minimum pricing in reducing alcohol related harm at a population level.

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Developing an Organisational Response to Methamphetamine

Developing an Organisational Response to Methamphetamine | Alcohol & other drug issues in the media | Scoop.it
In response to increasing demand for methamphetamine treatment, ReGen has undertaken a range of measures to respond to individuals and family members.
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A blog post by our CEO Laurence Alvis on the work we've been doing to develop targeted treatment responses for people affected by methamphetamine use. The blog is part of the upcoming Tackling Methamphetamine conference (Early Bird registrations still available until Friday).

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Retirement funds spent on ice rehab (Vic)

Retirement funds spent on ice rehab (Vic) | Alcohol & other drug issues in the media | Scoop.it
Parents of ice addicts are spending their retirement funds, cashing in super and mortgaging homes to pay for their children's rehab.
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A timely reminder of the desperation (and vulnerability) of family members affected by a loved one's AOD dependence and of the need for greater capacity and accessibility within publicly funded treatment services. Parents should not need to put their future wellbeing at risk to get help for their children. It's worth noting that residential rehab is not the only treatment option. Friday's announcement by Minister Foley will see non-residential rehab programs (including ours in Narre Warren: http://sco.lt/5QOPbd) established around the state in the coming months: http://sco.lt/7E6yfJ.

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Focus on illicit drugs puts Australia's drinking problem on ice

Focus on illicit drugs puts Australia's drinking problem on ice | Alcohol & other drug issues in the media | Scoop.it
Alcohol-related violence is a much bigger problem in Australia than the harms of illicit drugs but we tend to overlook the former because the latter gets more headlines.
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Nice piece by Sandra Jones on the power of media coverage in shaping community perceptions of risk and harm associated with different drug types.
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VAADA: Ice funding announcements – a step in the right direction (Vic)

The Victorian Alcohol and Drug Association (VAADA) today acknowledges the Government announcement on the allocations of funding associated with Victoria’s Ice Action Plan.

The Ice Action Plan released earlier this year, committed funding to a number of areas over a four year period, including:

  • $18 million to alcohol and other drug (AOD) treatment services
  • $3.2 million to family support services
  • $1.8 million to Needle Syringe Programs (NSP) providers
  •  $1.48 million for the development of a family drug education program; and
  • $500,000 community activities.
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VAADA's response to this morning's Ice Action Plan funding announcements, highlighting that they will not resolve all the barriers to treatment access in Victoria and that there is still more work to be done.

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Media Release, Martin Foley: Multi-Million Dollar Boost To Tackle Ice Harm (Vic)

The Andrews Labor Government is working with the community and local health services to tackle the drug ice, with almost $25 million for extra support services distributed across the state as part of the Ice Action Plan. Minister for Mental Health, Martin Foley, joined the MPs for Wendouree and Buninyong, Sharon Knight and Geoff Howard, as well as health professionals and community leaders in Ballarat today to announce a package of $24.6 million to expand treatment services, support families and strengthen communities.

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We'll be issuing a media release on this morning's announcement later today.

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Licensing laws: St Vincent's Hospital warns against early evaluation of bottle shop laws (NSW)

Licensing laws: St Vincent's Hospital warns against early evaluation of bottle shop laws (NSW) | Alcohol & other drug issues in the media | Scoop.it
A public hospital on the front line of alcohol-fuelled violence, St Vincent's in Darlinghurst, has warned against prematurely reviewing aspects of new licensing laws after it emerged a 10pm bottle shop curfew is under "evaluation".
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Follow-up to yesterday's post on the Govt review of the various measures introduced last year to address alcohol related violence in Sydney: http://sco.lt/6Otmzp

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Local business leads the way in pain relief (Vic)

Local business leads the way in pain relief (Vic) | Alcohol & other drug issues in the media | Scoop.it
A new way of manufacturing drugs will allow mass production of non-addictive pain medication.
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It will be interesting to see how the 'non-addictive' claims hold up once Penthrox is more widely available.

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Where are the next superpowers brewing? Check out beer sales

Where are the next superpowers brewing? Check out beer sales | Alcohol & other drug issues in the media | Scoop.it
Forget mining data such as GDP growth trends, home sales and company earnings forecasts to gauge economies. There's a more accurate indicator: Local beer sales.
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Alcohol consumption as an indicator of economic growth? What would be interesting is a comparison of the increase in people's disposable income with and the public health costs resulting from the higher consumption levels.

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Study analyzes effects of inhaled cannabis on driving performance (USA)

A new study conducted at the University of Iowa's National Advanced Driving Simulator has found drivers who use alcohol and marijuana together weave more on a virtual roadway than drivers who use either substance independently.
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Alcohol found to have greater impact on impairment.

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Drug users mailing syringes to avoid stigma and discrimination (Aus)

Drug users mailing syringes to avoid stigma and discrimination (Aus) | Alcohol & other drug issues in the media | Scoop.it
Australia's first study into the reasons why injecting drug users are sharing syringes has found stigma and discrimination are barriers to accessing clean equipment.
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The Kirby Institute study highlights some of the barriers to effective harm reduction in Australia (particularly in rural and regional areas), the impact of stigma on service access and the innovative responses by people who inject drugs to support their peers, reduce harm and protect public health. See Carla Treloar's post on peer distribution: http://sco.lt/4sYGJN. 

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Victorian road death culprits speed, alcohol, males in late teens: report

The drug ice was a factor in only 4 per cent of culpable driving cases despite a growing prevalence in the community, with two-thirds of killer drivers speeding or alcohol-affected, a new study has found.
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Tammy Mills cites SAC data.

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Medical marijuana arrives next week in Minnesota – but smoking it is banned

Medical marijuana arrives next week in Minnesota – but smoking it is banned | Alcohol & other drug issues in the media | Scoop.it
Under new rules that set the state apart from others, patients will have to stick with pills and oils, and the drug will only be sold in eight locations
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WA prison officers want full smoking ban

WA prison officers want full smoking ban | Alcohol & other drug issues in the media | Scoop.it
West Australian prison officers are calling for a full ban on smoking on jail grounds, saying the state is lagging behind the rest of the nation.
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Martin Foley, Minister for Mental Health Message to the Alcohol and Drug sector (Vic)

The Andrews Labor Government is committed to supporting the alcohol and drug sector. The investments we have made through the 2015-16 Victorian Budget to support the Ice Action Plan signal just how important issues of substance abuse are, and this funding ensures that more people affected by ice and other drugs can get the help they need across Victoria. Importantly, this is a plan that also recognises we all have a role to play in tackling these issues and was developed alongside Victoria Police and health experts.

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Minister Foley announces review of the current Victorian treatment system to address accessibility and integration of current services. The sector reforms have brought some overdue improvements, but there is still more work to be done to ensure that Victorians can get evidence-based, co-ordinated treatment when they need it. See today's related post on the lengths families are going to get help for their loved ones: http://sco.lt/8gUoDZ.

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Crack down on ice scourge in Casey and Cardinia gets $2 million boost (Vic)

MORE than $2 million will be spent on tacking the methamphetamine problem within Casey and Cardinia as part of a $24.6 million State Government package.
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Coverage of Friday's announcement of new funding for non-residential rehab programs across Victoria, including the new program we'll be running in Narre Warren (at Connections UnitingCare) from October. It's important to note that the 500 places are the statewide figure, not just for Casey & Cardinia LGAs.

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'War on drugs' needs a serious rethink (Thailand)

'War on drugs' needs a serious rethink (Thailand) | Alcohol & other drug issues in the media | Scoop.it
For almost half a century, governments throughout Asia have invested millions of dollars in costly counter-narcotics strategies, and yet every year — in every Asian country — the total number of drug users and drug seizures just keeps growing.
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ReGen welcomes expansion of Victorian non-residential drug rehabilitation services

ReGen welcomes expansion of Victorian non-residential drug rehabilitation services | Alcohol & other drug issues in the media | Scoop.it

UnitingCare ReGen, the lead alcohol and other drug treatment and education agency of UnitingCare Victoria & Tasmania, today welcomed the announcement of new treatment programs to be delivered across Victoria as part of the Andrews Government’s response to the impacts of methamphetamine and other drug use in regional and rural communities. 

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Our response to this morning's announcement by Minister for Mental Health Martin Foley MP.  Detail about other new funding announcements through Victoria's Ice Action Plan are available here: http://ice.vic.gov.au/.  See also VAADA's response to the announcement: http://sco.lt/4oRQEj. 

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Needle exchanges can prevent more HIV outbreaks like one in Indiana (USA)

Needle exchanges can prevent more HIV outbreaks like one in Indiana (USA) | Alcohol & other drug issues in the media | Scoop.it
Congress needs to immediately lift the ban on federal funding for needle exchange programs to counter the threat of HIV outbreaks among injection drug users like the one that has seen an alarming number of new cases erupt in a single rural Indiana county.
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More evidence for the effectiveness of NSPs in reducing harm and protecting public health. Add your voice to today's Support.Don't punish day of action for evidence based drugpolicy: http://supportdontpunish.org/. 

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Report: ‘Do more blood-alcohol, drug tests’ (WA)

Report: ‘Do more blood-alcohol, drug tests’ (WA) | Alcohol & other drug issues in the media | Scoop.it
POLICE should be given the power to take blood samples from people injured in crashes, a parliamentary inquiry has recommended.
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See yesterday's post on similar powers being given to Victorian police: http://sco.lt/7pt2H3.

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Police urge snow visitors to stay safe over the school holidays (NSW)

Police urge snow visitors to stay safe over the school holidays (NSW) | Alcohol & other drug issues in the media | Scoop.it
Police are urging visitors heading to the Snowy Mountains over the school holidays to plan ahead and stay safe as extra officers patrol the region.
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If you're heading to the snow (or anywhere else) for school holidays, remember that intoxication increases your risk of accident or injury and can increase your vulnerability in unfamiliar settings. Have fun but stay safe folks.

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What happens to those left behind by a drug or alcohol-related death? (UK)

What happens to those left behind by a drug or alcohol-related death? (UK) | Alcohol & other drug issues in the media | Scoop.it
New research aims to bring hope to the often forgotten or stigmatised friends and relatives of those who die from drug or alcohol use.
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Follow up on yesterday's post about the UK study of practice with affected families and the new practice guidelines: http://sco.lt/9A98ML. 

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