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Stuart Kelly's death: the damage done by the ferocious lockout law debate (NSW)

Stuart Kelly's death: the damage done by the ferocious lockout law debate (NSW) | Alcohol & other drug issues in the media | Scoop.it
Among the best honoured rules of political combat is that while elected representatives are fair game, their families are not, without very, very good reason.
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Sean Nichols on the now dual tragedy for the Kelly family, the viciousness of the lockouts debate and the potential for social media-led campaigns to derail evidence-based policy discussion.

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Letter to the editor: The Age promotes exploitative practice (29/07/16) - Uniting Care ReGen

Letter to the editor: The Age promotes exploitative practice (29/07/16) - Uniting Care ReGen | Alcohol & other drug issues in the media | Scoop.it

Given The Age’s recent interest in exposing poor service quality and exploitative marketing practices by for-profit providers of alcohol and other drug treatment services, I was surprised to see the paper publishing a blatant promotional piece for such a service (The Cabin Chiang Mai: back from the brink of addiction).

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Our (unpublished) letter to the editor in response to Monday's promotion of a for-profit treatment service in Thailand.

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WA's forced meth rehab plans underway

WA's forced meth rehab plans underway | Alcohol & other drug issues in the media | Scoop.it
The WA government says plans to force methylamphetamine users to undergo rehabilitation won't be rushed.
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Won't be rushed, but: 'We will be as close as we possibly can by the end of this year'. The Govt clearly see this as something to campaign on in the run up to the March WA election. See today's West Australian editorial supporting the move: http://sco.lt/6Yu493

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Canberra liquor reform back-down 'lacked courage': AMA

Canberra liquor reform back-down 'lacked courage': AMA | Alcohol & other drug issues in the media | Scoop.it
Doctors group criticises lost opportunity to tackle alcohol-fuelled violence.
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More criticism for the ACT Govt. See yesterday's Canberra Times editorial and related coverage: http://sco.lt/7noJOb.

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Manly sees rise in alcohol related hospital admissions (NSW)

Manly sees rise in alcohol related hospital admissions (NSW) | Alcohol & other drug issues in the media | Scoop.it
The number of people admitted to hospital due to excessive drinking in Manly is on the rise, with 50 per cent more hospital admissions than the NSW state average.
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Hospital data finds increase mostly amongst young people, in entertainment precincts, on Fri-Sat nights. It also shows presentations by women growing faster than men.

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Why are Colorado businesses still testing for pot if it's legal?

Why are Colorado businesses still testing for pot if it's legal? | Alcohol & other drug issues in the media | Scoop.it
Last week’s THC scare in Hugo began when a company tested its employees for cannabis. While the drug is legal, employees can still be fired for using it
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More on the complications of implementing state-by-state drug law reform.

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NHS 'abandoning' thousands by rationing hepatitis C drugs (UK)

NHS 'abandoning' thousands by rationing hepatitis C drugs (UK) | Alcohol & other drug issues in the media | Scoop.it
Addaction says NHS England decision to treat just 10,000 people a year with costly drugs is ‘potential death sentence’
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When public health experts talk consistently about new treatments providing the real chance of eradicating HepC within a decade (http://sco.lt/6sY0x7), rationing treatment makes no sense in the longer term.

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Hepatitis C will be eradicated from Australia in a decade, doctors say

Hepatitis C will be eradicated from Australia in a decade, doctors say | Alcohol & other drug issues in the media | Scoop.it
Doctors are predicting the eradication of hepatitis C from Australia by 2026.
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Today is World Hepatitis Day. New treatments (and their listing on the PBS to increase accessibility) have the real potential for a public health 'cure'. See http://worldhepatitisday.org/ for more info.

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Police slam ACT government decision to back-down on liquor reform, nightclubs ask for written guarantee

Police slam ACT government decision to back-down on liquor reform, nightclubs ask for written guarantee | Alcohol & other drug issues in the media | Scoop.it
Mixed response to government's decision to back down from post-3am liquor licensing fee hike.
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See today's related Canberra Times editorial, which asks what alternative measures the Barr Govt has in mind to address alcohol related violence: http://sco.lt/7noJOb

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Amid opioid epidemic, rules for drug companies are loosened (USA)

Amid opioid epidemic, rules for drug companies are loosened (USA) | Alcohol & other drug issues in the media | Scoop.it

When it comes to combating the nation’s opioid epidemic, politicians of all stripes say they are fully committed.

President Obama wants to spend a billion dollars on new treatment programs. Hillary Clinton and Donald Trump talk about the ravages of addiction and the need for solutions. And Congress earlier this month passed a package of legislation to prevent overdoses, bolster law enforcement and improve recovery programs.

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...but new law reduces accountability of pharmaceutical companies by making it easier to evade prosecution.

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Marijuana exposure in kids rose after recreational use legalized in Colorado

Marijuana exposure in kids rose after recreational use legalized in Colorado | Alcohol & other drug issues in the media | Scoop.it
The legalization of recreational marijuana in Colorado was associated with both increased hospital visits and cases at a regional poison center because of unintentional exposure to the drug by children, suggesting effective preventive measures are needed as more states consider legalizing the drug, according to a new article.
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These findings highlight issues about increased availability of cannabis, and safe storage in the home. Storage is an important issue for any drug or potentially harmful chemical and should be addressed. However, it's important to note that current research indicates that cannabis law reform changes in Colorado have not led to increased use of the drug: http://sco.lt/7uukDZ

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Italian army aims to produce 'the best quality' medical marijuana after finding current batches deficient

Italian army aims to produce 'the best quality' medical marijuana after finding current batches deficient | Alcohol & other drug issues in the media | Scoop.it
The Italian army is growing large crops of cannabis in order to force the price of the drug down to about €8 per gram, according to the colonel overseeing production. In September 2014, the country’s government announced the army would help increase the production of medical marijuana, with the first secure growing facility unveiled in Florence in April last year.
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Highlighting one of the benefits of regulated supply: quality control.

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Backdown fails to spell out a plan for addressing alcohol-related violence (ACT)

Backdown fails to spell out a plan for addressing alcohol-related violence (ACT) | Alcohol & other drug issues in the media | Scoop.it
There are at least two ways of interpreting the Barr government's decision to rule out reforming ACT liquor laws.
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Canberra Times editorial asks what alternatives the ACT Govt has in place to address alcohol related violence, now it has taken lockouts, last drinks and increased licence fees for late night operators. It appears that govts' willingness to implement such measures is emerging as a national benchmark for political courage. See yesterday's related coverage: http://sco.lt/8xxCzJ and the ACT police response: http://sco.lt/5fAglt

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The case of Harriet Wran: why we should see the person, not the drug addict (Aus)

The case of Harriet Wran: why we should see the person, not the drug addict (Aus) | Alcohol & other drug issues in the media | Scoop.it
Is there anything better than a good downfall story? Harriet Wran's tale has it all – drugs, murder, mental illness and the essential binding ingredient o
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It's a pity Jacqueline Maley keeps using terms like 'addict' throughout an article that seeks to challenge the stigmatisation of people who use illicit drugs, but it highlights the challenge for the media of referring to people without such labels (and all the assumptions they contain). If we are to see people like Ms Wran (or Mr McNulty or Mr Voller) as people, we need to stop using labels and start using person-first language.

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300 dead in Philippines President Rodrigo Duterte's national drug crackdown

300 dead in Philippines President Rodrigo Duterte's national drug crackdown | Alcohol & other drug issues in the media | Scoop.it

WARNING: GRAPHIC IMAGES 

Rodrigo "The Punisher" Duterte vowed to eliminate drug crime via state sanctioned murder and he's fulfilling that promise with chilling efficiency.

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That's 300 people killed in under a month. We need more images like these to help remind people of the human cost of the new president's 'tough on drugs' rhetoric.

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Understand and address meth problem to fight crime (WA)

Understand and address meth problem to fight crime (WA) | Alcohol & other drug issues in the media | Scoop.it
Joe Francis is looking in the right direction by trying to reduce the growing muster in his prisons and juvenile facilities by tackling the issue of methamphetamines.
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We'd suggest that the 'thorough examination of how to comprehensively address' the impacts of methamphetamine use that the West Australian is calling for would shoe that forced treatment models are not the way to go. Swapping one prison for another will not address the underlying factors that contribute to demand for (and use of) methamphetamine. See today's related coverage, indicating that the Barnett Govt sees this as an issue to campaign on in the March WA election: http://sco.lt/6J0WrR

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Indonesia carries out midnight executions

Indonesia carries out midnight executions | Alcohol & other drug issues in the media | Scoop.it
Despite pressure from human rights groups and doubts pointing to death row prisoners being innocent, Indonesia has carried out planned executions overnight.
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More executions that do nothing to prevent drug related crime, but are all about leaders wanting to seem 'tough on drugs' to their constituents.

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Treating pain without feeding addiction: Study shows promise of non-drug pain management (USA)

It's a Catch-22 with potentially deadly consequences: People trying to overcome addiction can't get treatment for their pain, because the most powerful pain medicines also carry an addiction risk. And so their pain continues to get in the way of their addiction recovery - or they seek pain relief in the same addictive substances they're trying to avoid.

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Study shows the potential for approach combining behavioral therapy and social support to help people manage their pain. 

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E-cigarettes emit harmful chemicals, research suggests (USA)

E-cigarettes emit harmful chemicals, research suggests (USA) | Alcohol & other drug issues in the media | Scoop.it
E-cigarettes emit harmful chemicals with some models releasing more than others, according to a recent study. Researchers at the Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory in California found the disintegration of two solvents present in almost every e-liquid – the substance vaporised in e-cigarettes – leads to the emission of toxic chemicals, including acrolein - a severe eye and respiratory irritant – and formaldehyde – a cause of coughing, wheezing and nausea.
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See related coverage of this research: http://www.medicalnewstoday.com/articles/311955.php.

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Concerns over evidence for nalmefene: where next for drugs to treat dependence? (UK)

Concerns over evidence for nalmefene: where next for drugs to treat dependence? (UK) | Alcohol & other drug issues in the media | Scoop.it
A recently published study published in the journal Addiction has raised questions over the validity of evidence that led to the approval of nalmefene as a drug for the treatment of alcohol dependence. The study says that 'weak evidence
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Alcohol Policy UK highlights the problematic role the pharmaceutical industry plays in the development and approval of pharmacotherapies.

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Forced rehab in new meth plan (WA)

Forced rehab in new meth plan (WA) | Alcohol & other drug issues in the media | Scoop.it
Families could apply to put addicted loved ones into rehab under laws the Government wants to import.
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Family members' desperation for a 'solution' to the harms of a loved one's methamphetamine use are understandable, but this is not the answer. Forced treatment may help a small proportion of people, but it will do more harm than good.

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"I Have Rights Like Any Other Person"—How the World's Drug Users Created Something Great in Durban Last Week

"I Have Rights Like Any Other Person"—How the World's Drug Users Created Something Great in Durban Last Week | Alcohol & other drug issues in the media | Scoop.it
July 26th, 2016
Many stereotypes are ascribed to drug users, almost all of them negative. Of course, people who use drugs are just as diverse as the general population. But if there is one thing many of us are, it is resourceful.
We are also used to social exclusion, and we have ways of handling i
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Nice piece by Shaun Shelley on the creative (and productive) response to the exclusion of people who inject drugs at the recent International AIDS Society conference. Staging a public parallel helped to increase the recognition of PWID as having a meaningful (and essential) contribution to make to preventing the spread of HIV and provided a visible reminder of the importance of harm reduction.

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Poll: for first time, more Republicans support marijuana legalization than oppose it (USA)

Poll: for first time, more Republicans support marijuana legalization than oppose it (USA) | Alcohol & other drug issues in the media | Scoop.it
A big breaking point.
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More signs of change in US drug policy.

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Indonesia ready to execute 14 this week despite doubts over prisoners' guilt

Indonesia ready to execute 14 this week despite doubts over prisoners' guilt | Alcohol & other drug issues in the media | Scoop.it
Ten foreign nationals and four Indonesians face firing squad, in spite of claims of forced confessions, torture allegations and ongoing legal appeals
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Indonesia indicated that it was preparing for another round of executions at the recent special drug policy session of the UN General Assembly. Use of the death penalty for drug related crimes was one of the most divisive topics at the session.

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We Went Drug Testing at Secret Garden Party to See What Weird Shit Ends Up in Your Drugs (UK)

The Loop, a drugs harm reduction organisation, pioneered a drug testing scheme at the festival that found – among other things – concrete and malaria pills in what was supposed to be ecstasy and ketamine.
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David Hiller looks at the work of Transform's The Loop harm reduction project and the current policy context in the UK.

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