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 Thousands back CBD smoking ban (Tas)

 Thousands back CBD smoking ban (Tas) | Alcohol & other drug issues in the media | Scoop.it
A FACEBOOK campaign to extend Launceston's smoking ban in the CBD has garnered thousands of supporters.
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Former AG Greg Smith glad mandatory sentences failed in parliament (NSW)

Former AG Greg Smith glad mandatory sentences failed in parliament (NSW) | Alcohol & other drug issues in the media | Scoop.it
Former attorney general Greg Smith says tabloids and talkback radio hosts pushing for tougher law and order in NSW can "get stuffed", and they don't know what they are talking about.
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It's always the 'former...' who can make sensible public statements about drug policy.  It's testament to the power of those who beat the 'law and order' drum, that current politicians and other leaders are unable to challenge rhetoric that they know to be flawed, out of fear of the likely repercussions.

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Treatment for ice addiction increases by 155 per cent with specialists fearing unpredictable violence (ACT)

A dramatic spike in addiction to ice and amphetamine has led to a 155 per cent increase in Canberrans seeking treatment from specialists amid mental health problems and unpredictable violence.
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There are a range of issues to be considered when providing treatment services for this group, but there is also much that can be achieved. Our own experience has shown that relatively minor changes to program delivery can significantly reduce problematic behaviour and increase people's retention in treatment: http://www.regen.org.au/images/Meth_Treatment_-_Building_on_successful_strategies_to_enhance_outcomes_v1.0.pdf 

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Reoffending on the rise, as Victoria lags on diversion

Reoffending on the rise, as Victoria lags on diversion | Alcohol & other drug issues in the media | Scoop.it
Reoffending is climbing in Victoria, despite the steep increase in imprisonment and the record expansion of Victoria's prisons. Almost 40 per cent of Victorian prisoners reoffend within two years, ...
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Nice piece on the importance of diversion programs from the folk at Smart Justice.

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Cops’ war on drugs handcuffed by rules (NSW)

Cops’ war on drugs handcuffed by rules (NSW) | Alcohol & other drug issues in the media | Scoop.it
THE death of 19-year-old Georgina Bartter after ingesting ecstasy at a Sydney dance festival two weeks ago has launched a thousand family conversations.
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The usual stuff from Miranda Devine. See today's post on former NSW AG Greg Smith about the ineffectiveness of mandatory sentencing: http://sco.lt/5Zkh4D. And, what was it Vic police commissioner Ken Lay said? Oh yes, you can't arrest your way out of this problem: http://sco.lt/7mxRL7 

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National marijuana legalisation inches closer with new bill (Aus)

Victorian Liberal MP Sharman Stone says, "It's just Australia catching up."
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Schoolies 2014: 15 banned from nightspot precincts (Qld)

Schoolies 2014: 15 banned from nightspot precincts (Qld) | Alcohol & other drug issues in the media | Scoop.it
Police use new laws to ban six schoolies and nine "toolies".
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Renewed push to ban teens buying alcohol from bottle shops after death of Nicole Bicknell (WA)

Renewed push to ban teens buying alcohol from bottle shops after death of Nicole Bicknell (WA) | Alcohol & other drug issues in the media | Scoop.it
WEST Australians should be banned from buying alcohol at bottle shops until they are 21 in a bid to stop young people getting high-strength liquor.
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See last week's post on Nicole's death, linked to consumption of 'super strength' alcohol: http://sco.lt/65Fkvp 

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Hard-partying schoolies swap booze for drugs including ecstasy and pot in alarming new trend (Qld)

Hard-partying schoolies swap booze for drugs including ecstasy and pot in alarming new trend (Qld) | Alcohol & other drug issues in the media | Scoop.it
FORGET alcohol, today’s schoolies are going for a cheaper option — ecstasy pills.
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Highlighting the importance of harm reduction interventions at Schoolies and other events where AOD use occurs.

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Police crackdown on drinking on Sydney party boats

Police crackdown on drinking on Sydney party boats | Alcohol & other drug issues in the media | Scoop.it
NSW Police and liquor inspectors started a crackdown on drunken behaviour on Sydney's party boats on Saturday.
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Victoria election: Call to tax and regulate recreational marijuana

Victoria election: Call to tax and regulate recreational marijuana | Alcohol & other drug issues in the media | Scoop.it
I'm probably the only leader of a registered political party in Victoria who admits to occasionally smoking marijuana. 
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By Australian Sex Party's Fiona Patten

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Record funding to improve alcohol and drug treatment under Napthine Government (Vic)

Victorians battling drug and alcohol addiction will have access to expanded treatment services as a result of a $56.8 million boost under a re-elected Napthine Government.

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Media release from Minister Wooldridge providing some detail to go with today's 'bush drug busters' story: http://sco.lt/7qfS1B

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Tas govt rejects cannabis recommendation

THE Tasmanian government has rejected the recommendation of an interim parliamentary report calling for the immediate decriminalisation of medicinal cannabis.
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Police urge school leavers — Look after yourselves and your mates (WA)

Police urge school leavers — Look after yourselves and your mates (WA) | Alcohol & other drug issues in the media | Scoop.it

LOOK after yourselves and your mates. That’s the message from WA Police to the thousands of school leavers who are about to descend on Rottnest Island and the South West next week.

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What are your 'ecstasy years' doing to you today? (Aus)

What are your 'ecstasy years' doing to you today? (Aus) | Alcohol & other drug issues in the media | Scoop.it
A new ABC2 doco follows a 28-year-old Adelaide uni student as she investigates how her past ecstasy use is affecting her current mental health.
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Vancouver Experiments With Prescription Heroin

Vancouver Experiments With Prescription Heroin | Alcohol & other drug issues in the media | Scoop.it

Vancouver, one of North America's most progressive cities in respect to drug policy, will conduct a groundbreaking experiment: prescription heroin.

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Good to see an expansion of the small clinical trial.  Heroin Assisted Therapy (HAT) has been shown to support good outcomes for the very small proportion of people for whom pharmacotherapies and psycho-social treatments are ineffective.

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The ice age: 12-year-olds are slaves to the drug but school counselling service is to be axed (NSW)

The ice age: 12-year-olds are slaves to the drug but school counselling service is to be axed (NSW) | Alcohol & other drug issues in the media | Scoop.it
Three years ago, she was attending one of the state's top primary schools in Waverley. Today, she is 14 years old and so consumed by her addiction to the drug ice, she has sold her body on Sydney's streets to fund her next fix.
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Companion piece to http://sco.lt/7AJtz7.  Citing Matt Noffs on cuts to The Ted Noffs Foundations' School Program.

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Medical marijuana, euthanasia, prostitution, same-sex marriage — survey finds strong support for social change (SA)

Medical marijuana, euthanasia, prostitution, same-sex marriage — survey finds strong support for social change (SA) | Alcohol & other drug issues in the media | Scoop.it
EVERY time Charlotte Elliott has an epileptic seizure, her dad, like any parent, wishes he could heal her.
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The most tortuous existence: reformed addict opens up on his life on ice (NSW)

The most tortuous existence: reformed addict opens up on his life on ice (NSW) | Alcohol & other drug issues in the media | Scoop.it
Michael Peattie's spiral of self destruction began with weed and booze at high school parties before moving on to pills at a nightclub.
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A short, but good, recovery story.

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Bottle shops say vodka and pre-mixes have been a massive hit with this year’s party crowd (Qld)

Bottle shops say vodka and pre-mixes have been a massive hit with this year’s party crowd (Qld) | Alcohol & other drug issues in the media | Scoop.it
APARTMENT balconies and the streets of the Gold Coast’s party district were filled with beer bongs and screaming teens last night as the first day of Schoolies kicked off.
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Tough crackdown on booze coming in Ceduna (SA)

Tough crackdown on booze coming in Ceduna (SA) | Alcohol & other drug issues in the media | Scoop.it
TOUGH new alcohol restrictions in Ceduna, likely similar to those in Coober Pedy, will be proposed within the coming weeks as the west coast town struggles with alcohol addiction problems.
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Cigarettes and junk food dominate supermarket sales growth (Aus)

Cigarettes and junk food dominate supermarket sales growth (Aus) | Alcohol & other drug issues in the media | Scoop.it
Australians are spending 10 per cent of the nation's annual grocery bill on tobacco products, and one in every five dollars spent at supermarkets goes on cigarettes or junk food, according to confidential industry data.
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Alcohol is not included in this data.

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Push for drugs summit as those seeking help for ice addiction grows 122 per cent (NSW)

Push for drugs summit as those seeking help for ice addiction grows 122 per cent (NSW) | Alcohol & other drug issues in the media | Scoop.it
The NSW Government is under increasing pressure to hold a drug summit after the State Opposition rallied alongside health and welfare groups yesterday and committed to a special parliamentary inquiry, if elected in March.
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Mike Baird 'open' to government-grown marijuana (NSW)

Mike Baird 'open' to government-grown marijuana (NSW) | Alcohol & other drug issues in the media | Scoop.it
The NSW Premier says his government is considering growing its own marijuana, as part of a clinical trial that the government's medical advisers have advocated be extended to child patients.
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In contrast to the Tas govt's rejections of a parliamentary report recommending decriminalisation: http://sco.lt/4ouccb. 

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Medical marijuana: Tasmanian report calls for immediate decriminalisation

Medical marijuana: Tasmanian report calls for immediate decriminalisation | Alcohol & other drug issues in the media | Scoop.it
Laws should be changed on compassionate grounds so current users are not prosecuted, parliamentary report recommends
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More coverage of the report's interim recommendations.  The recommendations have been rejected by the Hodgman govt: http://sco.lt/99vx9F

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Why there should be safe use limits for illegal drugs, much like for alcohol (UK)

Why there should be safe use limits for illegal drugs, much like for alcohol (UK) | Alcohol & other drug issues in the media | Scoop.it
Last year almost 80,000 people took part in the Global Drug Survey and helped us produce the world’s first harm-reduction guide. These experts are people who like taking drugs but want to keep themselves…
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By Global Drug Survey's Adam Winstock.

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