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Teenage girls worse drinkers than boys (NZ)

A national survey by Massey University's Social and Health Outcomes Research and Evaluation (SHORE) public health unit revealed this week that teenage girls were binge-drinking more than ever. The survey showed the percentage of females aged 16 and 17 binge-drinking on a night out increased from 9 per cent to 28 per cent between 1995 and 2011.

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Mackenzie Roberts's curator insight, May 16, 2013 9:35 PM

'Teenage Girls worse drinkers than boys' Point out some interesting points and reasons this could be because is Girls become 'drunk' more easily than men and girls may feel the need to for peer pressure and to recieve attention of males

gabby knight's curator insight, May 21, 2013 6:44 AM

This article shows that gender is a huge part of adolescent drinking, mostly because girls are more attention seeking when it comes to sex and partys if theyre involved.

Isabel Bodey's curator insight, May 13, 4:03 AM

This is very shocking to see that girls feel they have to prove themselves too the boys in saying they can drink more alcohol. In actual fact girls cannot handle as much alcohol as boys can so they are doing themselves much more harm by drinking heaps of alcohol than the boys are doing. Girls need to respect themselves a bit more and know that being drunk and throwing up everywhere is not a pretty look and does not attract worth-while men.

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Help ice addicts by docking benefits (Aus)

Help ice addicts by docking benefits (Aus) | Alcohol & other drug issues in the media | Scoop.it

ICE addicts could be docked welfare benefits or forced into rehab under a plan being ­considered by the Abbott ­government.

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This article is behind the NewsCorp paywall, but the teaser says it all. It's starting to look like the PM is planning to ignore the recommendations of his own National Ice Taskforce and outsource Australian drug policy to Jacquie Lambie and Andrew Forrest.

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Changing the way we think about addiction (Aus)

Changing the way we think about addiction (Aus) | Alcohol & other drug issues in the media | Scoop.it
Addiction, whether to substances or behaviours, can wreak havoc on people's lives. But the addicted mind is complex, and we know from history that there's no easy fix. Now, one physician is attempting to heal the 'hungry ghost' of addiction by looking at addicts' childhood environment. Lynne Malcolm and Olivia Willis report.
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Featuring the work of Gabor Mate on promoting a health-based response to AOD dependence. See also this on Marc Lewis' work on challenging common myths about addiction/dependence: http://sco.lt/7RpoJd.  

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Live blog: Ice has become an epidemic across Australia. Share your solution with the experts

Live blog: Ice has become an epidemic across Australia. Share your solution with the experts | Alcohol & other drug issues in the media | Scoop.it
AFTER days of stories on how ice is gripping the nation, today we ask readers to join us in a live blog to discuss the epidemic.
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Let's see what the impact of NewsCorp's week of dubious methamphetamine coverage has been on its readership. We're tipping that there will be strong support for today's 'cut benefits and forced treatment' proposal: http://sco.lt/7MQA4X. 

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Do Icelanders really smoke more cannabis than anyone else?

Do Icelanders really smoke more cannabis than anyone else? | Alcohol & other drug issues in the media | Scoop.it
Earlier this week the Daily Mail ran a story with the headline „Forget Amsterdam! Iceland smokes the most cannabis“. According to the story the reason is that attitudes to cannabis smoking in Iceland are very liberal and its use tolerated by the authorities. The story has received considerable attention, being shared more than two thousand times.
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The original story is here: http://sco.lt/7tyBCj. 

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Naloxone legal changes (UK)

Naloxone legal changes (UK) | Alcohol & other drug issues in the media | Scoop.it
Last month the Human Medicines (Amendment) (No. 3) Regulations 2015 were laid before Parliament, amending the 2012 Regulations which restrict the supply etc. of medicines, and we got the first glimpse of the changes that are to be introduced from 1st October. The main change is that: "Persons e
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Kristie Douse on the impacts of the policy change process on naloxone accessibility.

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The people suffering as government delays new hepatitisC treatment (Aus)

The people suffering as government delays new hepatitisC treatment (Aus) | Alcohol & other drug issues in the media | Scoop.it
New treatments that could 'cure 90 per cent' of people with hepatitis C are being kept off the shelves by a government delay.
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Amy Corderoy hightlights the human impacts of the delays in PBS listing for new HepC treatments.

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Councillor to play role in ending ice crisis (NSW)

Councillor to play role in ending ice crisis (NSW) | Alcohol & other drug issues in the media | Scoop.it
A    NORTHERN beaches councillor said he had seen peninsula families “ripped apart” by ice, as he marked his appointment on the front line of the country’s fight against the drug.
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'Former police officer and Salvation Army boss' Pat Daley outlines his intentions with ANACAD

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One of the largest dark web drug marketplaces is closing down in a surprisingly professional manner

One of the largest dark web drug marketplaces is closing down in a surprisingly professional manner | Alcohol & other drug issues in the media | Scoop.it

When deep web drug markets go offline, the fallout tends to be explosive. It could be a high-profile police raid sowing fear throughout the community, or a sudden disappearance that has short-changed drug dealers and customers calling scam. Not so with Agora.

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The article also cites Agora consumer feedback praising it's approach.

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Daniel Kerr opens up on life, drugs, regrets and redemption (WA)

Daniel Kerr opens up on life, drugs, regrets and redemption (WA) | Alcohol & other drug issues in the media | Scoop.it
Former West Coast Eagles champion Daniel Kerr is a man chasing redemption.
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Interesting to see Mr Kerr reflecting on the importance of structure and routine in sporting success and recovery.

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Middle-aged women are drinking more and putting their health at risk (Qld)

Middle-aged women are drinking more and putting their health at risk (Qld) | Alcohol & other drug issues in the media | Scoop.it
MORE than ever, Australia is a nation of soaks and lushes.
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Jane Fynes-Clinton reflects on recent OECD data on the long-term changes in women's alcohol consumption.

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Kingston paramedics tied up by call-outs for alcohol abuse (Vic)

Kingston paramedics tied up by call-outs for alcohol abuse (Vic) | Alcohol & other drug issues in the media | Scoop.it
ALCOHOL is the biggest single cause of substance abuse call-outs for ambulances in Kingston.
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More local reporting of Turning Point's latest ambulance attendance data.

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Kenya football stadium tackles alcohol abuse (video)

Kenya football stadium tackles alcohol abuse (video) | Alcohol & other drug issues in the media | Scoop.it
A Kenya football stadium is converted into a rehabilitation centre to tackle alcohol abuse.
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New treatment initiative includes vocational training to support recovery.

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Despite petition, government has no plans to legalise cannabis (UK)

Despite petition, government has no plans to legalise cannabis (UK) | Alcohol & other drug issues in the media | Scoop.it
Legalisation would ‘send the wrong message’, it says, but large number of signatories means MPs must consider a parliamentary debate
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One leader has stepped up to debate drug law reform; will others? (Aus)

One leader has stepped up to debate drug law reform; will others? (Aus) | Alcohol & other drug issues in the media | Scoop.it

No doubt many in the health sector are hoping that having a political party led by an experienced health professional may bring benefits for health debate and policy. Those supporting drug law reform have been heartened by a recent speech by Senator Richard di Natale, leader of the Greens and contrast his informed, evidence-based approaches with the Prime Minister’s sensationalist responses to the ‘national Ice crisis’.

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Our CEO Laurence Alvis responds to Senator Richard Di Natale's recent speech on the need for a new approach to Australian drug policy. We need more leadership like this, not like this: http://sco.lt/7MQA4X.

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'Holistic' approach to govt drug plan (NZ)

'Holistic' approach to govt drug plan (NZ) | Alcohol & other drug issues in the media | Scoop.it
The Government is going to take a wider approach to the harm caused by alcohol and drugs in a five-year policy released today
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The language is good, but has anyone had a chance to review the detail of the policy?  Meanwhile, the Aus govt considers cutting benefits and forced treatment for people who use methamphetamine: http://sco.lt/7MQA4X. 

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Documentary Makes The Case For Supervised Heroin Injection Sites in New York

Documentary Makes The Case For Supervised Heroin Injection Sites in New York | Alcohol & other drug issues in the media | Scoop.it
"If we don't come up with a plan, we're going to lose a lot of human life."
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The rise in heroin use in the US certainly helps make the case for evidence based harm reduction measures like supervised injecting facilities.

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Glasgow victims of drug abuse remembered during overdose awareness week (Scotland)

Glasgow victims of drug abuse remembered during overdose awareness week (Scotland) | Alcohol & other drug issues in the media | Scoop.it
RELATIVES and friends of drug abuse victims in Glasgow are remembering lost loved ones during overdose awareness week.
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See http://www.overdoseday.com/ for more info on remembrance events happening around the world.

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Alcohol sales up amid rise in booze-related deaths (Scotland)

Alcohol sales up amid rise in booze-related deaths (Scotland) | Alcohol & other drug issues in the media | Scoop.it
ALCOHOL sales increased slightly during 2014, according to new figures.
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Highlighting the importance of population-level policy measures such as minimum pricing.

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Drug gurus profile chemicals in fight to tackle Victoria’s ice scourge

Drug gurus profile chemicals in fight to tackle Victoria’s ice scourge | Alcohol & other drug issues in the media | Scoop.it
NEW forensic drug gurus have begun work in the fight to tackle Victoria’s ice scourge.
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Chemical profiling to be used to identify producers.

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Challenging Misguided Assumptions About Addiction (Canada)

Challenging Misguided Assumptions About Addiction (Canada) | Alcohol & other drug issues in the media | Scoop.it
This past week, I had the opportunity to have a small part of my story relating to prescription opiate addiction appear in The Globe & Mail.
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Nice piece by K. Langtree challenging the common assumptions and stereotypes that drive public understanding of AOD dependence. We need more voices like hers to be heard.

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Prescription abuse 'killing more people than ice' (WA)

Prescription abuse 'killing more people than ice' (WA) | Alcohol & other drug issues in the media | Scoop.it
Prescription drug abuse is growing at an alarming rate and is a national emergency, the Australian Medical Association says.
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Good to see Steve Wilson challenging the media obsession with methamphetamine. He calls for national real-time monitoring of prescriptions to prevent 'doctor shopping'.

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Opiate death risk warning (Ireland)

Opiate death risk warning (Ireland) | Alcohol & other drug issues in the media | Scoop.it
Drug users leaving methadone treatment have an almost four-fold increased risk of dying, a major study has found. Researchers have called for users to be encouraged to stay in treatment and offered post-treatment supervision in a bid to tackle the death toll.
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Cormac O'Keeffe highlights the significant risks for people coming off pharmacotherapies without sufficient ongoing support.  The article doesn't cover what the reasons for people stopping methadone treatment might be.

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Family violence and ice hamper Mildura, where Nikki Francis-Coslovich's body was found (Vic)

Family violence and ice hamper Mildura, where Nikki Francis-Coslovich's body was found (Vic) | Alcohol & other drug issues in the media | Scoop.it
Less than 24 hours after the body of two-year-old Nikki Francis-Coslovich was discovered, Mildura police met with a visiting delegation from the Police Association to discuss their burgeoning workload.
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Local police cite three causes of harm within their community: family violence, methamphetamine use and mental health issues. It's also important to note that there's currently no evidence that methamphetamine use was a factor in the toddler's death.

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Push for late night taxi rank for King St, Newtown to reduce alcohol related violence (NSW)

Push for late night taxi rank for King St, Newtown to reduce alcohol related violence (NSW) | Alcohol & other drug issues in the media | Scoop.it
A PUSH is on for a late night taxi rank to be installed on King St in Newtown to help deal with the increased number of late night visitors to the area.
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Forget Amsterdam! Icelandic people smoke the most cannabis

Forget Amsterdam! Icelandic people smoke the most cannabis | Alcohol & other drug issues in the media | Scoop.it
A series of maps shows that Iceland smokes the most weed, with the Netherlands not even making the top five, while Norway is the booziest nation.
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The series of maps only compare the US and Europe, but provide a useful insight into the different patterns of AOD consumption.

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