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Drugs are taken for pleasure – realise this and we can start to reduce harm

Drugs are taken for pleasure – realise this and we can start to reduce harm | Alcohol & other drug issues in the media | Scoop.it
David Nutt: The web-based Net Pleasure Index is an attempt to gather information about a much-ignored element of drug-taking...
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Drinking age rise a 'quick fix' for complex cultural problem (Tonga)

Tonga's drinking age is set to be raised from 18 to 21.
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Alcohol drink driving limits to be cut (NZ)

Alcohol drink driving limits to be cut (NZ) | Alcohol & other drug issues in the media | Scoop.it
Legislation to lower adult drink-driving limits from December 1 has passed its final reading in Parliament.
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Japan's smoking rate drops to record low

Japan's smoking rate drops to record low | Alcohol & other drug issues in the media | Scoop.it
Tokyo (AFP) - Japan's smoking rate has dropped below 20 percent for the first time, according to a new survey, as a recent rise in cigarette prices helped to further discourage the habit.
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Middle-aged drinking 'impairs memory' (US)

Problem drinking in middle age doubles the risk of memory loss in later life, research suggests.
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Liverpool bar becomes 'first in UK' to ban smoking outside

Liverpool bar becomes 'first in UK' to ban smoking outside | Alcohol & other drug issues in the media | Scoop.it
A bar and grill in Liverpool has become the first in the UK to ban smoking in its outside beer garden.
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The New York Times Calls for Marijuana Legalization (US)

The New York Times Calls for Marijuana Legalization (US) | Alcohol & other drug issues in the media | Scoop.it
The federal government should follow the growing movement in the states and repeal the ban on marijuana for both medical and recreational use.
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Increased tobacco ban impending in Turkey

Increased tobacco ban impending in Turkey | Alcohol & other drug issues in the media | Scoop.it
More than 22,000 retailers risk losing their license to sell cigarettes as the government’s new plan over tobacco use are impending.
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Australia's success in methadone treatment could guide Russia, UN says

Australia's experience with methadone programs means it can explain why they should be reinstated in Crimea, UN envoy says
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Breakingviews: Reckitt ditches Suboxone

Breakingviews: Reckitt ditches Suboxone | Alcohol & other drug issues in the media | Scoop.it
Reckitt Benckiser, maker of Durex and Nurofen, is demerging its pharma business whose lead product is a heroin substitute. Revenue and profit declines mean valuations could be thin says Breakingviews.
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Perth magistrate Catherine Crawford wants Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorder classed as disability (WA)

Perth magistrate Catherine Crawford wants Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorder classed as disability (WA) | Alcohol & other drug issues in the media | Scoop.it
CHILDREN’S Court magistrate Catherine Crawford has said that “explicit” consideration needs to be given for fetal alcohol spectrum disorder to be a “mitigating factor” in sentencing.
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FedEx charged with trafficking drugs for Web pharmacies (US)

FedEx charged with trafficking drugs for Web pharmacies (US) | Alcohol & other drug issues in the media | Scoop.it
FedEx is facing drug-trafficking charges after a federal grand jury indicted the overnight shipping company, accusing it of conspiring to deliver drugs for illegal Internet pharmacies.
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The success of Portugal’s decriminalisation policy – in seven charts

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Is Dry July really that good for you? (Aus)

Is Dry July really that good for you? (Aus) | Alcohol & other drug issues in the media | Scoop.it
LEADING alcohol experts have questioned whether Dry July’s all-or-nothing approach to alcohol is better for our health in the long term.
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This article rightly points out that a consistent approach to reducing problematic substance use produces the best health outcomes. 

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Medicinal cannabis: delaying the inevitable? (Aus)

Medicinal cannabis: delaying the inevitable? (Aus) | Alcohol & other drug issues in the media | Scoop.it
The main problem with medicinal cannabis is that this is a medical issue being decided by politicians. It’s time to take the politics out of the issue, writes Dr Alex Wodak.
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Northern Territory tops statistics nationally for deaths from alcohol consumption

Northern Territory tops statistics nationally for deaths from alcohol consumption | Alcohol & other drug issues in the media | Scoop.it
A higher proportion of people die in the Northern Territory because of alcohol consumption than any other jurisdiction, a new report shows.
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Experts say a mixture of medical and social therapy along with continued support are needed to deal with the effects of ice (Vic)

Experts say a mixture of medical and social therapy along with continued support are needed to deal with the effects of ice (Vic) | Alcohol & other drug issues in the media | Scoop.it
MORE research into medical treatment and substitute drugs is a vital way of tackling the ice epidemic, according to one expert.
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Our Manager of Therapeutic Services Trevor King is quoted in this article.

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Criminalising pregnant women who drink is a ploy to restrict their freedom (UK)

Rebecca Schiller: If the UK apes the US and punishes pregnant women, we will be heading towards a dystopia akin to that in The Handmaid’s Tale
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Poll Reveals Workers on Drugs (Vic)

One in 10 Victorian employees have either taken a day off or gone to work feeling the effects of their drug use, according to a poll by the Australian Drug Foundation.
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Police ask licensees for support to fight domestic violence (NSW)

Police ask licensees for support to fight domestic violence (NSW) | Alcohol & other drug issues in the media | Scoop.it
A NEW police initiative being rolled out across NSW licensed venues aims to tackle a leading factor behind domestic violence - alcohol.
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NT government focusing on pregnant drinkers (NT)

NT government focusing on pregnant drinkers (NT) | Alcohol & other drug issues in the media | Scoop.it
An NT government committee is focusing on reducing the number of pregnant women drinking alcohol.
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From cigarettes and alcohol to marathon man (UK)

Having only taken up running seven years ago, 40-year-old Steve Way finishes 10th in the marathon for England at the Commonwealth Games.
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A bit of inspiration for your Tuesday afternoon!

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Alcohol abuse in pregnancy could become a crime, legal papers claim (UK)

Alcohol abuse in pregnancy could become a crime, legal papers claim (UK) | Alcohol & other drug issues in the media | Scoop.it
Advice groups bid to combat ruling they believe could undermine pregnant women's freedom to make decisions for themselves
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Ellis Close detention facility officially named site for rehabilitation centre (SA)

Ellis Close detention facility officially named site for rehabilitation centre (SA) | Alcohol & other drug issues in the media | Scoop.it
A long-awaited drug and alcohol rehabilitation centre will be located at the old Ellis Close detention facility in Port Augusta.
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The WHO calls for decriminalisation

"JAMAICA, Uruguay, Colorado, Washington—more and more places are rebelling against the UN conventions that established the criminalisation of narcotics half a century ago. But the latest organisation to weigh in against the UN’s line is rather surprising. It is a branch of the UN itself."

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Smoking and mental health, what's the connection? (UK)

Smoking and mental health, what's the connection? (UK) | Alcohol & other drug issues in the media | Scoop.it

People with mental health problems who smoke cost the UK economy £2.34bn, according to new research. But why is smoking so prevalent in this group?

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