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Stabbing another admission: Coffs has a drinking problem (NSW)

Stabbing another admission: Coffs has a drinking problem (NSW) | Alcohol & other drug issues in the media | Scoop.it
TO police it was another clear admission the Coffs Coast has a drinking problem.
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Ice in schools: 'My son is a drug addict ... that does not make him any less of a person' (Vic)

Ice in schools: 'My son is a drug addict ... that does not make him any less of a person' (Vic) | Alcohol & other drug issues in the media | Scoop.it
Schools must not impose zero-tolerance policies. Expulsion marginalises and ostracises, and renders desperate parents helpless.
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This is a powerful and passionate response to recent coverage of reported methamphetamine use within school communities. It speaks straight to the heart of the issue: all those affected are people, with challenges and great opportunities, but their stigmatisation makes it more difficult to seek help. This mother's case also highlights how it increases families' vulnerability to unrealistic marketing claims by for-profit services. This mother's account highlights the need for a greater focus by schools on students' welfare (see this related piece: http://sco.lt/7Ew5q5) and the great capacity families have to support their loved ones through challenging times.

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Mike Baird's toughest test yet: whether to loosen restrictions on alcohol use (NSW)

Mike Baird's toughest test yet: whether to loosen restrictions on alcohol use (NSW) | Alcohol & other drug issues in the media | Scoop.it
Deputy Premier Troy Grant called a meeting of stakeholders in the lockout law debate on Tuesday, a week before the anticipated delivery to government of forme
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Sean Nicholls outlines the options for the Premier following the imminent release of the Callinan review report.

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Seattle’s Potential Solution for Heroin Epidemic: Places for Legal Drug Use (USA)

Seattle’s Potential Solution for Heroin Epidemic: Places for Legal Drug Use (USA) | Alcohol & other drug issues in the media | Scoop.it
A city task force endorsed the idea of safe consumption facilities, which would allow addicts to take drugs without fear of being arrested.
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Often, it is only the public recognition of a 'crisis' that enables the introduction of evidence based harm reduction measures (such as medically supervised injecting centres or drug consumption rooms) that would ordinarily spark community outrage. See this recent post on the public response to a proposed methamphetamine inhalation centre in Liverpool: http://sco.lt/6tUXJ3.

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Few Homeless Shelter Workers Are Trained to Administer Heroin Antidote (USA)

Few Homeless Shelter Workers Are Trained to Administer Heroin Antidote (USA) | Alcohol & other drug issues in the media | Scoop.it
The Department of Homeless Services said that training staff members in all New York City shelters, where overdoses were the leading cause of death last fiscal year, is a top priority.
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Highlighting the importance of training first responders in the use of naloxone. See today's related post: http://sco.lt/6aIfcP.

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Cincinnati just experienced a massive spike in heroin overdoses (USA)

Cincinnati just experienced a massive spike in heroin overdoses (USA) | Alcohol & other drug issues in the media | Scoop.it
Cincinnati has become the latest American city to be hit by a huge wave of heroin overdoses in a single night, recording 20 mostly in a three-hour period. No-one died on Tuesday night and the victims were revived with Narcan, the anti-opiate medication that has become a frontline defence in the war on drugs. Authorities in the city say they have launched an investigation into whether the overdoses were connected, and whether a contaminated or super-strong consignment of heroin was to blame.
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More evidence for the importance of getting naloxone into the hands of those most likely to first encounter overdose: peers & family members.

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Deputy chief magistrate Jelena Popovic calls for Victoria to rethink crime

Deputy chief magistrate Jelena Popovic calls for Victoria to rethink crime | Alcohol & other drug issues in the media | Scoop.it
Victoria spends 25 times more to jail prisoners for a year than it does to fund community-based services to help would-be prisoners rebuild their lives.

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Ms Popovic calls for greater focus on justice reinvestment to address causal factors for offending e.g. AOD dependence, homelessness, education, employment...

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Trial of cannabis withdrawal spray sativex popular with middleaged pothead dads (NSW)

Trial of cannabis withdrawal spray sativex popular with middleaged pothead dads (NSW) | Alcohol & other drug issues in the media | Scoop.it
New father Tristin Jones*, 35, has smoked marijuana for so long that it was the only way he felt normal.
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Unfortunately, the headline for this article contributes to the very stigma Mr Jones says he wishes to avoid. However, the article (featuring Nick Lintzeris) itself provides a good account of the Sativex trial and its impact for a couple of participants.

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Healthy Harold called up to teach dangers of ice (Vic)

Healthy Harold called up to teach dangers of ice (Vic) | Alcohol & other drug issues in the media | Scoop.it
The Life Education van is updating its repertoire to teach primary school students about the dangers of the drug ice.
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Whoever is providing AOD education in our schools, the key is that the information provided is credible, evidence based and provides children and parents with information about where to seek professional help. See yesterday's related coverage: http://sco.lt/9KKge9

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'Drug dealers are terrorists': Rotorua mayoral candidate promises crackdown (NZ)

'Drug dealers are terrorists': Rotorua mayoral candidate promises crackdown (NZ) | Alcohol & other drug issues in the media | Scoop.it
Rotorua mayoral candidate John Rakei-Clark vows to launch NZ's biggest drug crackdown if elected.
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'Tough on drugs' rhetoric is unfortunately commonplace in political campaigns around the world, but this example is more extreme that usual. Is this an example of the wider influence of Philippines' President Duturte's brutal policies?

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Among veterans, painkiller misuse strongly linked to starting heroin (USA)

Among veterans, painkiller misuse strongly linked to starting heroin (USA) | Alcohol & other drug issues in the media | Scoop.it
A study of nearly 3,400 military veterans over 10 years found that when participants began to misuse opioid painkillers, they had a very high likelihood of also beginning to use heroin, researchers reported in the journa
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More evidence of the impacts of our reliance on opioids to manage pain.

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Cannabis arrests, charges fall by almost 50% since 2010 (UK)

Cannabis arrests, charges fall by almost 50% since 2010 (UK) | Alcohol & other drug issues in the media | Scoop.it
Just one in four people caught with cannabis are charged by police across England and Wales, new figures reveal, while arrests and cautions have fallen by almost half and charges have fallen by a third since 2010. Some police forces have said they are not looking to “seek out” people who use cannabis and one police force said officers are no longer targeting those who grow cannabis for personal use.
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While police showing initiative to reduce punitive measures for AOD use is welcome, such disparities in practice highlight the need for drug law reform to enable consistent practice. Whether you end up with a criminal record (or not) shouldn't depend on where you live.

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This is why schools don't want to talk about drugs (Vic)

This is why schools don't want to talk about drugs (Vic) | Alcohol & other drug issues in the media | Scoop.it
There's always a school that parents shun because it has a perceived drug problem.
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Another example of the impact stigma has on stifling informed public discussion and making it harder for those affected to get the support they need.

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Stanford University is banning spirits on campus following Brock Turner sexual assault case (USA)

Stanford University is banning spirits on campus following Brock Turner sexual assault case (USA) | Alcohol & other drug issues in the media | Scoop.it
The policy change has led to accusations that the university is providing an excuse for sexual assault.
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Critics suggest removing spirits (in isolation) will not prevent future assaults. Without addressing the underlying causes (including men's attitudes towards women), they are probably right.

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Microaggressions in Recovery: More than a Concern with Political Correctness (USA)

Microaggressions in Recovery: More than a Concern with Political Correctness (USA) | Alcohol & other drug issues in the media | Scoop.it

Members of historically disempowered and stigmatized groups (e.g., women, people of color, members of the LGBT community, religious minorities, etc.) have long been subjected to overt aggression from the dominant cultures in which they are nested.

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William White highlights the daily micro-aggressions, insults and invalidations experienced by people affected by AOD dependence, including those perpetrated by people within the recovery movement. He's looking for more examples, if you have experiences to share. See the bottom of the article for details.

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The Rejection Of Drug Testing Is A Hard Pill To Swallow (Aus)

The Rejection Of Drug Testing Is A Hard Pill To Swallow (Aus) | Alcohol & other drug issues in the media | Scoop.it
It is a case of the demand for perfection stifling any progress.
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Harm Reduction Australia's Gino Vumbaca on how 'the perfect is the enemy of the good' in the case of official barriers to implementing drug checking initiatives.

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Majority of US doctors discussing electronic cigarettes with their patients

A new survey of US doctors reveals they are frequently discussing electronic cigarettes (e-cigs) with patients in a clinical setting. A substantial proportion of physicians also recommend e-cigs to their patients who smoke despite some controversy around the devices.
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US study shows doctors recognise the harm reduction benefits associated with vaping over regular cigarettes.

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Pioneering methadone programme in Dar es Salaam gives hope to thousands (Tanzania)

Pioneering methadone programme in Dar es Salaam gives hope to thousands (Tanzania) | Alcohol & other drug issues in the media | Scoop.it
Mwananyamala is one of two hospitals in Dar es Salaam that now make methadone available as treatment for addiction. Methadone maintenance treatment is regarded by WHO as the most effective therapy for heroin users, and methadone was added to WHO’s model essential medicines list in 2005. In combination with psychosocial support, it can help to reduce addiction to opioids such as heroin, prevent infection with HIV and other diseases transmitted by sharing needles, and reduce the criminal behaviour that often accompanies illicit drug use.
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More evidence of the effectiveness of pharmacotherapies in preventing harm and supporting recovery.

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Blue light crews abused by drunk people (UK)

Blue light crews abused by drunk people (UK) | Alcohol & other drug issues in the media | Scoop.it
Staff survey of police, fire and ambulance personnel reveals full extent of alcohol misuse in incidents attended by emergency crews.
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Two thirds of Emergency workers report being subjected to violence over the period of a four-week study. The majority of incidents were alcohol related.

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Philippines cannot build a nation over the bodies of 100,000 dead in Duterte's 'war on drugs'

Philippines cannot build a nation over the bodies of 100,000 dead in Duterte's 'war on drugs' | Alcohol & other drug issues in the media | Scoop.it
To understand Rodrigo Duterte’s rise to power and the public support for killing drug dealers and users, we need to distinguish the empirical from the normative – the 'what is' from 'what should be'.
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Nicole Curato considers the implications of President Duterte's brutal drug policies for the future of democracy in the Philippines.

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Researchers question DrinkWise objectives

Researchers from a Perth university have questioned the objectives of DrinkWise, an independent not-for-profit organisation funded by the alcohol industry.
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These findings should come as a surprise to no-one. DrinkWise provides the equivalent of 'GreenWash' for the alcohol sector. Their past 'how to drink properly' campaign is a great example: http://sco.lt/6jykNd.

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Most drug users stop without help, so long as they’re not poor (USA)

Most addicts just stop using in time, without needing costly treatment. Why do some people walk away while others can’t?
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Highlighting the role disadvantage plays in contributing to problematic AOD use and obstructing people's efforts to change.

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Promises and Pitfalls of Cannabis Taxes (USA)

Promises and Pitfalls of Cannabis Taxes (USA) | Alcohol & other drug issues in the media | Scoop.it
Setting the cannabis tax should not be considered a one-time event. Smart jurisdictions will revise their decisions over time to incorporate new data about taxes, testing, and the cannabis plant itself — without being influenced by those seeking to maximize profits.
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Beau Kilmer on the complexities of cannabis taxation.

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Trudeau Talks Tough on Cannabis Legalisation (Canada)

Trudeau Talks Tough on Cannabis Legalisation (Canada) | Alcohol & other drug issues in the media | Scoop.it
Justin Trudeau has boldly re-iterated that, when it comes to legalising cannabis, safety is a top priority for Canada. In an interview with CTV news earlier this week, the Canadian PM discussed the importance of legalising cannabis as a protective measure for public health: The reason why legalizing marijuana is the right step for us is because of two things: … Continued
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The Prime Minister argues legalisation is a greater protective measure for Canadian public health than decriminalisation

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Experts say stronger MDMA and ecstasy is causing 'more mental issues' (UK)

Experts say stronger MDMA and ecstasy is causing 'more mental issues' (UK) | Alcohol & other drug issues in the media | Scoop.it

There's a warning that increasingly strong ecstasy and MDMA is causing the biggest risk to users' mental health in decades.

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Highlighting the increased risks for people using ecstasy recreationally, and the need for harm reduction services like drug checking at festivals.

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Phantom policies fly before NT poll

Phantom policies fly before NT poll | Alcohol & other drug issues in the media | Scoop.it
As the Northern Territory election inches closer, both sides of politics have taken to accusing one another of scare campaigns over policies they say they have no intention of implementing.
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When AOD policy becomes a stick for beating your political opponents, we're all worse off. Hopefully, whoever forms the new NT Govt will introduce sensible, evidence based measures.

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