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Promising new treatment for cocaine addiction adds stimulant drugs (USA)

Promising new treatment for cocaine addiction adds stimulant drugs (USA) | Alcohol & other drug issues in the media | Scoop.it
Cocaine dependence is a devilishly difficult addiction to break, owing to the drug's unique chemical ability both to reward users and to disrupt their impulse-control mechanisms.
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A health assessment of welfare reforms: likely to be 'politically popular, but ineffective and potentially harmful' (Aus)

A health assessment of welfare reforms: likely to be 'politically popular, but ineffective and potentially harmful' (Aus) | Alcohol & other drug issues in the media | Scoop.it

Health leaders this week urged the wider health sector to engage with welfare reform debate and processes, noting the significant impacts that such reforms could have upon healthcare systems and the community’s health and wellbeing. In the article below, the CEO of UnitingCare ReGen, Laurence Alvis, urges the Federal Government to be cautious about adopting approaches that are based upon simplistic understandings of complex issues, such as alcohol and other drug dependence, and that do little to address the structural and social determinants of health. 

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Our response to last week's indications from the Federal Government that future welfare reforms could see payments being linked to recipients 'obligation to refrain' from AOD use. 

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Cannabis trials at Hunter hospitals (NSW)

Cannabis trials at Hunter hospitals (NSW) | Alcohol & other drug issues in the media | Scoop.it
Medicinal cannabis is edging forward in the Hunter.
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Researchers say the trial will accept its first patients 'in the coming months'.

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Nursing Drug Policy back to Health

Nursing Drug Policy back to Health | Alcohol & other drug issues in the media | Scoop.it
The human rights implications of drug policy and drug use are many and varied. In the latest instalment of their exclusive series of articles for VolteFace, Kate Thompson and Petr Kudêlka explore the interface between the two, and, in particular, how drug policy impacts on the right to health. One of the focal points of any discussion about drugs, drug … Continued
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Highlighting the global impacts of prohibitionist policy models.

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Cleveland area sees seven drug overdose deaths in one day, officials say

Cleveland area sees seven drug overdose deaths in one day, officials say | Alcohol & other drug issues in the media | Scoop.it
Officials believe either heroin or fentanyl were involved after 52 deaths from those drugs in the area last month
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More evidence of the importance of getting naloxone into as many hands as possible to prevent overdose fatalities.

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Secret trove reveals Abbott's bold 'crusade' to sell OxyContin (USA)

Secret trove reveals Abbott's bold 'crusade' to sell OxyContin (USA) | Alcohol & other drug issues in the media | Scoop.it
Internal documents obtained by STAT show the lengths to which Abbott Laboratories went to hook in doctors and make OxyContin a billion-dollar blockbuster.
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An insight into Big Pharma marketing tactics, and just how easily they can result in changes to doctors' prescribing practice.

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$87 Million Boost For Family Violence Support Services (Vic)

$87 Million Boost For Family Violence Support Services (Vic) | Alcohol & other drug issues in the media | Scoop.it

The Andrews Labor Government is getting on with implementing Family Violence Royal Commission recommendations through further investments in support services for victims of family violence and sexual assault and the appointment of an Implementation Monitor.

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The Vic Govt announces its funding response to the Family Violence Royal Commission recommendations. Our new Caring Dad's program (now into the second week of it's first round) is part of this response.  

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How a Canberra father beat an ice addiction to regain his daughter from foster care

How a Canberra father beat an ice addiction to regain his daughter from foster care | Alcohol & other drug issues in the media | Scoop.it
A Canberra father who overcame an ice addiction to regain his young daughter from foster care has told how he threw his crack pipe away the day he lost her.
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Nice recovery story, citing the supports received from SMART Recovery groups and the Uniting Children and Families program. 

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Duterte's drug crackdown hits home as man shot dead in front of his pregnant wife, family (Philippines)

Duterte's drug crackdown hits home as man shot dead in front of his pregnant wife, family (Philippines) | Alcohol & other drug issues in the media | Scoop.it
Manila woman says police assassinated her husband in case of mistaken identity.
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So, 'crime is well down', if you don't count the more than 3,500 state sanctioned murders that have been committed in the past few months. Another tragic example of the impacts of President Duterte's brutal policies, with no end in sight.

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Drug rehabilitation program funded by blueberries (NSW)

Drug rehabilitation program funded by blueberries (NSW) | Alcohol & other drug issues in the media | Scoop.it
A drug and alcohol rehabilitation program in northern New South Wales enters the blueberry industry to raise money and train its clients.
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On Adele's facility in Bucca. See more about Adele's services here: http://adele.org.au/.

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More training on how to deal with methamphetamine affected people for frontline workers (WA)

More training on how to deal with methamphetamine affected people for frontline workers (WA) | Alcohol & other drug issues in the media | Scoop.it
FRONTLINE workers, from council rangers to festival staff, will receiving extra training on how to deal with methamphetamine-affected people as part of the Barnett Governments strategy to tackle the scourge.
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Good to see NDRI involved in developing training for workers in de-escalation: a key skill in responding to AOD-related aggression.

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Drug suspect 'rises from dead' to declare support for Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte's war on drugs

Drug suspect 'rises from dead' to declare support for Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte's war on drugs | Alcohol & other drug issues in the media | Scoop.it
Lindsay Murdoch reports from the war that will not end until every drug suspect surrenders, is caught or killed.
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A telling example of the power of internalised stigma. There is no greater indication of just how deep the problems associated with illicit drug use go in the Philippines than the fact that people believe that this is how they deserve to be treated. It's also worth noting that the President has also made threats of violence against domestic critics and begun removing opponents from public office: http://www.nytimes.com/2016/09/21/world/asia/duterte-philippines-drug-war.html?_r=0. In such an environment (where people are seeking imprisonment in the belief that it will reduce their chances of being extrajudicially executed by police or death squads), it will be hard to find many amongst those who are directly at risk who are willing to go on record to challenge the President's brutal policies. To take action, see Amnesty International's request for urgent action in demanding that Philippine authorities respect basic human rights: https://www.amnesty.org/en/documents/asa35/4857/2016/en/

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Teenager's drug treatment cost $1.3m over three years (WA)

Teenager's drug treatment cost $1.3m over three years (WA) | Alcohol & other drug issues in the media | Scoop.it
A study of Perth teenagers treated for drug and alcohol problems at hospital emergency departments has revealed one was readmitted 272 times in three years at a cost of $1.3 million.
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Featuring NDRI research on the costs associated with managing AOD use in Emergency Department settings and highlighting the need for early interventions.

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There's a Breaking Bad showbag at the Royal Melbourne Show

There's a Breaking Bad showbag at the Royal Melbourne Show | Alcohol & other drug issues in the media | Scoop.it
There's no blue crystal meth inside -- or the sophisticated chemistry equipment required to manufacture it -- but there's still something for Walter Whit
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Do we really need the merchandising of fictional methamphetamine producers being sold alongside kids' toys? No. Will it sell? Almost certainly.

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Gold Coast council to spend up to $1 million drug testing 50 workers a week 

Gold Coast council to spend up to $1 million drug testing 50 workers a week  | Alcohol & other drug issues in the media | Scoop.it

GOLD Coast council staff are about to be subject to random drug and alcohol testing for at least the next two years. Council are currently seeking a contractor to conduct drug and alcohol tests on staff on a random basis.

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More evidence of the boom market for drug testing companies. See our recent piece on the role unquestioning media coverage plays in creating demand for these services, in spite of the lack of evidence for their effectiveness: http://sco.lt/5aHsnJ.

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'Hangover free alcohol' could replace all regular alcohol by  2050, says David Nutt (UK)

'Hangover free alcohol' could replace all regular alcohol by  2050, says David Nutt (UK) | Alcohol & other drug issues in the media | Scoop.it
A new type of synthetic alcohol has been discovered which could allow people to enjoy the sociable effects of a few pints, but skip the hangover that usually follows.
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Prof Nutt has been talking about developing such a product for a while now. It will be interesting to see how it is accepted by policy makers and the general public.

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High Hitler: how Nazi drug abuse steered the course of history

High Hitler: how Nazi drug abuse steered the course of history | Alcohol & other drug issues in the media | Scoop.it
German writer Norman Ohler’s astonishing account of methamphetamine addiction in the Third Reich changes what we know about the second world war
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Another example from the long (and continuing) history of stimulant use by the military.

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EDM's 'summer of death' reporting is more than just tabloid raving (USA)

EDM's 'summer of death' reporting is more than just tabloid raving (USA) | Alcohol & other drug issues in the media | Scoop.it
There have been 25 deaths at EDM events in Los Angeles over the past three years. Unless the problem is taken seriously, the scene’s future is at risk
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Mr Romero says the 'only' options to prevent festival overdoses are to ban festivals or to increase the age of entry. Neither of those will be effective. Dug checking services would have a much greater likelihood of reducing immediate risk, and supporting education on the potential risks associated with illicits. 

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Liberals prepared to kill Harper government limits on supervised-injection sites (Canada)

Liberals prepared to kill Harper government limits on supervised-injection sites (Canada) | Alcohol & other drug issues in the media | Scoop.it
OTTAWA — The federal government said Wednesday it is prepared to amend Conservative legislation that critics say was intended to prevent the national proliferation of supervised injection sites modelled after Vancouver’s Insite facility.
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It makes a nice change to see a govt that is working to remove obstacles to the expansion of evidence based harm reduction services. Australian govts could learn from this example. FYI, here's our position statement on the establishment of a Medically Supervised Injecting Center in Melbourne: http://www.regen.org.au/images/stories/Advocacy/Medically-Supervised-Injecting-Centre_Position-Statement_ReGen_v3.0.pdf.

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Tougher Ice Dealer Laws To Reduce Harm In Victoria

Those who peddle in the misery of the ice trade will face tougher penalties under new laws proposed by the Andrews Labor Government. New legislation is being drafted which will see a lowering of commercial and large commercial quantities for ice trafficking – giving police greater capacity to prosecute dealers.

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Media release from Police Minister Lisa Neville. While such measures are politically popular, there's little evidence they are effective in reducing illicit drug related harm within our communities.

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Jail needle exchange veto shows unions 'dictating' public health policy: researchers (ACT)

Jail needle exchange veto shows unions 'dictating' public health policy: researchers (ACT) | Alcohol & other drug issues in the media | Scoop.it
Researchers have slammed the voting down of the a needle exchange program at Canberra's Alexander Maconochie Centre saying it should be evidence rather tha
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Marke Stoove and Carla Treloar make the clear case for greater harm reduction in Australian prisons and highlight the ongoing lack of political will to support it.

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Fewer police sniffer dog searches but most still don't find drugs (NSW)

Fewer police sniffer dog searches but most still don't find drugs (NSW) | Alcohol & other drug issues in the media | Scoop.it
More than two-thirds of searches done last year in NSW did not find drugs
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New data provides more evidence of the ineffectiveness of using sniffer dogs and shows Redfern is one of the most frequently targetted suburbs, in spite of the fact that it has one of the lowest levels of positive search results.

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Coroner warns over use of drugs while playing sport after linking ice use to death of footballer (Tas)

Coroner warns over use of drugs while playing sport after linking ice use to death of footballer (Tas) | Alcohol & other drug issues in the media | Scoop.it
A TASMANIAN coroner has issued a warning about the dangers of using ice while playing sport as she handed down her findings into the death of a Railton man at his local football ground.
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Important to note here that methamphetamine use was only one of the factors (together with hear disease) found to have contributed to Mr White's death.

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Labor unveils liquor reform package, Liberals issue public housing plan (ACT

Labor unveils liquor reform package, Liberals issue public housing plan (ACT | Alcohol & other drug issues in the media | Scoop.it
Labor would hike fees for large alcohol retailers, and curb them for small, low-risk venues.
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New laws may force SA kids into drug rehab

Kids addicted to drugs in South Australia could be forced to spend up to a year at a treatment facility under new laws proposed by the state opposition.
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In spite of the well-recognised lack of evidence for forced treatment models as being any more effective than voluntary treatment, the SA opposition follows the lead of the WA (http://sco.lt/6J0WrR) and NT (http://sco.lt/8fOTZ3) governments. This article gives no indication of whether the proposed legislation would be accompanied by new funding for increased capacity within the SA treatment system, or whether those subjected to such orders would simply displace people voluntarily seeking treatment.

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Injecting centre hits back at critics (NSW)

Injecting centre hits back at critics (NSW) | Alcohol & other drug issues in the media | Scoop.it

CLAIMS that overdose cases at the Kings Cross drug injecting centre are being handballed to hospitals to cover up overdose deaths are untrue, the centre’s head Marianne Jauncey has said.

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Marianne counters some of the myths (and deliberate misrepresentations) about the MSIC's work, amidst calls for it to be moved.

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