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Future of lockout laws in hands of Cabinet (Qld)

Future of lockout laws in hands of Cabinet (Qld) | Alcohol & other drug issues in the media | Scoop.it
State Cabinet will meet on Monday to consider the future of the 1am lockout amid reports the contentious measure will be dumped or delayed.
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Another reminder that drug policy is always a contested space, subject to change (good and bad). In spite of the evidence for the effectiveness of supply control measures such as lockouts and other trading restrictions in reducing alcohol related violence in public, they appear to be under serious threat in Qld and face an uncertain future under a new Premier in NSW. See today's related post that provides more detail on the measures considered by the Qld Govt: http://sco.lt/7L1Dxh.

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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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Lockout laws softened but mandatory scanning system to identify previous offenders (Qld)

Lockout laws softened but mandatory scanning system to identify previous offenders (Qld) | Alcohol & other drug issues in the media | Scoop.it
PUBS and clubs will dodge a 1am lockout but face a new mandatory scanning and banning identification system aimed at blocking drunken thugs.
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More detail on the measures being considered by the Qld Govt. See today's related post: http://sco.lt/8bQue1.

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Step aside, politicians, and let somebody who knows what they're doing take charge (VIC)

Step aside, politicians, and let somebody who knows what they're doing take charge (VIC) | Alcohol & other drug issues in the media | Scoop.it
After a spate of overdoses from a 'toxic' batch of ecstasy on Chapel street last weekend, and one death from an unidentified substance at a New Year's rave
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A great piece by Sarah Gill highlighting the illogicality of much public drug policy, highlighting the importance of policies based on evidence, not moral judgements and the need for ongoing advocacy to increase public (& political) support for change.
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Want to reduce drug use? Listen to women drug users 

Want to reduce drug use? Listen to women drug users  | Alcohol & other drug issues in the media | Scoop.it
Catalina was in prison for a drug conviction in Guaviare, Colombia. She had been detained for possessing some coca paste­ – an amount barely sufficient to economically support herself and her two young children for a few weeks. She didn’t kno
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Kasia Malinowska highlights the impacts of global drug policies on women and the importance of Consumer Participation to improving policy and reducing the impacts of AOD use within our communities. See today's related post on NJ Gov Chris Christie listening to those directly affected by his states drug policies: http://sco.lt/5N7B9V

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Alcohol Industry Slams Call For Blanket Advertising Ban (Aus)

Alcohol Industry Slams Call For Blanket Advertising Ban (Aus) | Alcohol & other drug issues in the media | Scoop.it
B&T's professional view of any potential ban on alcohol ads is that it wouldn't matter as we're all addicted anyway.
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Surprising no-one. See this week's coverage of the Australian and international research: http://sco.lt/6EozZJ

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Christie gets input from recovering addicts on drug treatment plan (USA)

Christie gets input from recovering addicts on drug treatment plan (USA) | Alcohol & other drug issues in the media | Scoop.it
Mike Vence left the sober living house where he's staying in Brick at 6:30 a.m., caught a bus, walked and got lost, but still arrived almost four hours early to meet Gov. Chris Christie Wednesday morning and tell him the state's 'ban the box' law isn't working.
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Nice example of how listening to those directly affected can help improve drug policy frameworks. See yesterday's coverage of Gov Christie's proposed measures: http://sco.lt/8i6No9

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Tramadol kills more people than heroin in Northern Ireland, Stephen Booth inquest told

Tramadol kills more people than heroin in Northern Ireland, Stephen Booth inquest told | Alcohol & other drug issues in the media | Scoop.it
More people are dying from misuse of Tramadol than heroin or morphine, a coroner's court has heard.
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Highlighting the role prescription opioids play in overdose deaths and the importance of having naloxone as widely available as possible.

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Philippine president Duterte warns drug-dealing mayors will be shot

Philippine president Duterte warns drug-dealing mayors will be shot | Alcohol & other drug issues in the media | Scoop.it
Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte has repeated threats to kill municipal mayors involved in drugs as the number of Filipinos killed in his deadly crackdow
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The outrages continue. President Duterte reaffirms the impunity of police officers who conduct extrajudicial executions.

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ALDI's strict underage alcohol policing leaves shoppers high and dry (NSW)

ALDI's strict underage alcohol policing leaves shoppers high and dry (NSW) | Alcohol & other drug issues in the media | Scoop.it
IT’S called responsible service of alcohol and when it comes to supplying it to minors, supermarket giant ALDI and some bottle shops are leaving nothing to chance when enforcing it.
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Adult shoppers refused service when their children touch the alcohol they seek to purchase. The 'nanny state' outrage aside, this story highlights some of the complications inherent in selling alcohol as groceries.

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Chris Christie Tackles Drug Crisis ‘Ravaging the State and Our People’ (USA)

Chris Christie Tackles Drug Crisis ‘Ravaging the State and Our People’ (USA) | Alcohol & other drug issues in the media | Scoop.it
The New Jersey governor used his State of the State address to offer proposals that included limits on prescriptions and increases in treatment.
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Proposed measures include forcing insurers to fund a minimum of six-months' treatment. If adopted more broadly, this could have a significant impact on the US treatment system, which has already been identified as vulnerable to greater corporatisation: http://sco.lt/6j4Ee9.

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Democratic leaders applauded Mr. Christie’s focus on drug treatment in his State of the State address. 

 

 

 

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Mixed Messages on the Death Penalty in Indonesia’s Drug War

Mixed Messages on the Death Penalty in Indonesia’s Drug War | Alcohol & other drug issues in the media | Scoop.it

Indonesian authorities are sending mixed messages on the death penalty. The country abstained on a UN resolution for its abolition, and the president hinted at ending it, but some senior political figures are calling for the increased execution of drug offenders.

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Niobe Osius considers the future of Indonesian drug policy.

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I’ve seen the opioid epidemic as a cop. Living it as a patient has been even worse (USA)

I’ve seen the opioid epidemic as a cop. Living it as a patient has been even worse (USA) | Alcohol & other drug issues in the media | Scoop.it
This is what happens when pain meets bad health policy and bad drug laws.
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See also Monday's related post on how people who are opioid dependent are treated by the US hospital system: http://sco.lt/59E1Ef

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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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Summer accidents and alcohol-related injuries (NSW)

Summer accidents and alcohol-related injuries (NSW) | Alcohol & other drug issues in the media | Scoop.it
EVERY weekend we see people coming into our emergency department, often from overindulging in alcohol and suffering from injuries which could have been avoided.
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Dr Gordian Fulde's regular summary of AOD-related presentations at St Vincents' ED in Sydney.

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Preparing for the fentanyl threat in Toronto - video

As the number of fentanyl overdose deaths climbs across the country, Toronto civic leaders are working to develop a strategy to deal with a potential opioi
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Nice TV interview with Zoe Dodd from the South Riverdale Community Health Centre. We need such engaged and informed discussions on our screens in Australia.

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Greg Kasarik, an LSD user pushing for Victorian government regulation of drug

Greg Kasarik, an LSD user pushing for Victorian government regulation of drug | Alcohol & other drug issues in the media | Scoop.it
Greg Kasarik is a drug user who is probably too honest for his own good.
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On Mr Kasarik's efforts to use the justice system to promote drug law reform.

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Two-Thirds Of Cops Support Some Form Of Marijuana Legalization (USA)

Two-Thirds Of Cops Support Some Form Of Marijuana Legalization (USA) | Alcohol & other drug issues in the media | Scoop.it
A new survey suggests the law enforcement community doesn't agree with the government's policy of prohibition.
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Pew Research Center survey finds support amongst police officers finds 1/3 support full legalisation, 1/3 support medicinal only and 1/3 oppose cannabis law reform.

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More older Americans using cannabis, underscoring need for research

Cannabis use among older adults in the US is on the rise, yet there is currently a lack of biomedical, clinical, and public health research to inform policy related to this trend, according to a new article published in The Gerontologist.
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US data indicates that both recreational and medicinal use grew from 1% to 4% of people over 50 between 2010 & 2012.

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Asia is still just saying no to drugs

Asia is still just saying no to drugs | Alcohol & other drug issues in the media | Scoop.it
Prohibition may be falling out of fashion in the West, but Singapore and its neighbours remain fierce advocates
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In addition to the ongoing outrages in the Philippines, this article highlights some of the human rights abuses perpetrated by 'treatment' providers in the region and the stigmatising attitudes that underpin them. 

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It’s a hard swallow — but booze is better than drugs (Aus)

It’s a hard swallow — but booze is better than drugs (Aus) | Alcohol & other drug issues in the media | Scoop.it
Young people sometimes get a bad rap for being lazy, self-indulgent and off the rails.
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'Australia's youngest political commentator' is at it again. Most of what is included here is a reasonable discussion of the recent NDARC research on the impacts of parental alcohol supply on young people's drinking (http://sco.lt/58FGUb). However, when he moves on to illicit drugs, he loses contact with any evidence.  The legal status of illicit drugs is directly linked to the potential harm associated with their use. As a legal product, alcohol is regulated and subject to quality controls. Poisonings related to 'bootleg' alcohol show what happens when it isn't (http://sco.lt/6hqZRx, http://sco.lt/7DndRZ, http://sco.lt/6hqZRx). If illicit drugs were subject to similar controls, the harm associated with their use would be significantly reduced. You can see Mr Bond's other recent contribution to the national drug policy debate here: http://sco.lt/4rPgkz

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Offering syringes along with prayers, churches help IV drug users (USA)

Offering syringes along with prayers, churches help IV drug users (USA) | Alcohol & other drug issues in the media | Scoop.it
Churches and other faith-based organizations have increasingly voiced approval of syringe exchange programs, sometimes launching their own.
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A nice example of a church operating from basic principles: you can't help someone if they're dead. In spite of all the inflammatory rhetoric around harm reduction measures like NSPs, this is what it comes down to: helping people stay alive.

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Poorer countries fail to act on smoking due to big tobacco threats, says WHO

Poorer countries fail to act on smoking due to big tobacco threats, says WHO | Alcohol & other drug issues in the media | Scoop.it
Industry lobbying means low- and middle-income countries fear raising cost of cigarettes which is most effective way to curb smoking
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See yesterday's related post on the WHO report on the global impacts of tobacco use: http://sco.lt/4rNiLp

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Once your understand the science behind addiction, then u'll automatically leave the addiction. Read the science behind:
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Public health experts call for ban on alcohol advertising in UK

Public health experts call for ban on alcohol advertising in UK | Alcohol & other drug issues in the media | Scoop.it
Global study claims industry’s marketing methods are encouraging young people to drink and often breach codes of practice
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See yesterday's related post on Aus data and calls by the NAAA for a ban of alcohol advertising during sporting broadcasts: http://sco.lt/8qhYZd

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