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Pot smokers enter legal limbo in Washington, Colorado

Pot smokers enter legal limbo in Washington, Colorado | Alcohol & other drug issues in the media | Scoop.it
A legal haze descends on Washington state pot smokers Thursday as possessing an ounce of marijuana becomes legal, but growing and selling it remains a crime.
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The middle-class face of meth: A mother’s story (SA)

The middle-class face of meth: A mother’s story (SA) | Alcohol & other drug issues in the media | Scoop.it
MEET Jessica*. She’s 25, has a degree from a good university and holds down a full-time job writing for a student training website.
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We have mixed feelings about this one. On the surface, it's a pretty good example of non-sensational reporting that challenges the usual stereotypes (typefied by the 'Faces of Meth' campaign).  However, it appears to be using identifiable photos of someone who reportedly attempted suicide recently and might (as a result of this article) be exposed to a variety of stressors.

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No crystal amphetamine problem in North-West, says report (Tas)

No crystal amphetamine problem in North-West, says report (Tas) | Alcohol & other drug issues in the media | Scoop.it
A REPORT into drug use in Tasmania’s North-West says there is no ice epidemic in the region but better treatment services are needed as more existing drug users turn to crystal amphetamine as their stimulant of choice.
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Highlighting the continuing disconnect between the best available research evidence and community perceptions of the extent of methamphetamine use.

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Queensland government cuts red tape on alcohol sales

Sushi eaters and hipster beer enthusiasts rejoice. The government is cutting your red tape.
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The duality of Qld AOD policy: increasingly harder law enforcement line on illicits, but clearing the way for increased alcohol consumption.

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FIFO culture has workers ‘afraid to take depression medication’ (WA)

FIFO culture has workers ‘afraid to take depression medication’ (WA) | Alcohol & other drug issues in the media | Scoop.it
THE “toughen up princess” culture in our mining sector is so bad workers are afraid to take depression medication in case it shows up in their urine tests, a new report says.
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...choosing, instead, to self medicate with alcohol.

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Hangover 'cure' for binge-drinkers

SCIENTISTS have developed the ultimate hangover cure - a drug that reduces the harmful effects of binge-drinking on the brain.
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Does anyone know more about this?

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Big illicit drug seizures don't lead to less crime or drug use, study finds (NSW)

Big illicit drug seizures don't lead to less crime or drug use, study finds (NSW) | Alcohol & other drug issues in the media | Scoop.it
Large scale seizures of heroin, cocaine and amphetamines by police do not reduce the number of overdoses or arrests for possession and use of the drugs, a major Australian study has found.
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The BOCSAR study reached the unsurprising finding that increased level of seizures was more likely to indicate increased level of supply.

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Ziggi Ivan Santini's curator insight, November 27, 3:18 AM

The price we pay for attempting to control the illegal drug market is HUGE! The monetary savings and tax income we could make from legalizing drugs would also be HUGE!

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Victorian state election 2014: Parties ‘under the influence’

Victorian state election 2014: Parties ‘under the influence’ | Alcohol & other drug issues in the media | Scoop.it
VICTORIA’S political parties are swimming in donations from the alcohol industry, raising concerns they have gone silent on anti-booze policies during the election campaign.
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Could Mr Andrews' announcement of plans for workplace breathtesting for MPs and judges (http://sco.lt/5Jzt9V) have anything to do with this from FARE Australia?

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LNP senator Ian Macdonald to co-sponsor medicinal cannabis bill (Aus)

LNP senator Ian Macdonald to co-sponsor medicinal cannabis bill (Aus) | Alcohol & other drug issues in the media | Scoop.it
Liberal National Party senator Ian Macdonald will co-sponsor a bill to legalise the medicinal use of cannabis nationally.
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Joining Richard Di Natale and David Leyonhjelm. The bill is due to be introduced next week.

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Alcohol must be 'top public health priority' (Belgium)

Alcohol must be 'top public health priority' (Belgium) | Alcohol & other drug issues in the media | Scoop.it

Raising awareness and developing a common evidence base are crucial to reducing alcohol-related harm, write Gauden Galea and Lars Møller.

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Ziggi Ivan Santini's curator insight, November 27, 6:23 AM

"Heavy drinking sessions are a cause of all types of intentional and unintentional injuries, and of ischaemic heart disease, cancers and sudden death"

José Peña Guerrero's curator insight, November 27, 11:30 AM

Artículo de una revista que argumenta con datos de estudios la peligrosidad del alcohol en la sociedad como causa de enfermedades. Más que mediante una intervención directa del Estado, anima a la concienciación social.

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Most stop-and-searches unsuccessful (Scotland)

Most stop-and-searches unsuccessful (Scotland) | Alcohol & other drug issues in the media | Scoop.it

The majority of stop-and-searches conducted by Police Scotland failed to recover any illegal items, according to data obtained by BBC Scotland. Nearly 85% of the 42,826 consensual searches carried out in August and September 2014 were unsuccessful.

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Mirroring our earlier post from Nicolas Cowdrey and Alex Wodak: http://sco.lt/6nTwxt 

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Why do we pay so much for alcohol? (Aus)

Why do we pay so much for alcohol? (Aus) | Alcohol & other drug issues in the media | Scoop.it
You know the system is stuffed when both the liquor industry lobby groups and health bodies agree there’s a problem.
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Making the case for volumetric taxation, as recommended by the Henry Tax Review in 2009.

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New offence to see more jail for drug dealers supplying narcotics that kill customers (Qld)

DRUG dealers who sell a ­narcotic that kills their customer will face more jail time under a tough new offence to be introduced into State Parliament on Wednesday.
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As with many drug policy measures, how this is implemented will be the key to determining the extent of unintended consequences. Dealing involves a very broad range of behaviours, from a friend selling some of their own supply to another friend, up to the industrial scale of organised crime networks.  There are many links in the supply chain.  Approaches like this one have the potential to target only the 'little fish', not those driving the illicit drug trade.

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Hospital staff at risk from ice scourge and waiting room rage (Vic)

Hospital staff at risk from ice scourge and waiting room rage (Vic) | Alcohol & other drug issues in the media | Scoop.it
ESCALATING aggression and threats to staff are plaguing hospitals, according to new data seen by the Herald Sun.
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While it's methamphetamines that grab the headlines, this article doesn't provide any statistical evidence that it is responsible for the rise in hospital violence. The more obvious culprit is alcohol, as mentioned yesterday at FARE Australia's #NAAPA launch. Check the tweets!

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Drug possession arrests double in past six years across NSW

Drug possession arrests double in past six years across NSW | Alcohol & other drug issues in the media | Scoop.it
Increase in arrests for minor drug offences is extraordinary, harm reduction expert says.
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See also yesterday's posts about drug seizures not reducing availability (http://sco.lt/6zJsUz) and the (in)effectiveness of other policing measures in reducing use (http://sco.lt/6nTwxt

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Legalising medical cannabis: lessons from Canada's policies

Legalising medical cannabis: lessons from Canada's policies | Alcohol & other drug issues in the media | Scoop.it
A bill to permit medical cannabis use in Australia is set for debate in Senate. If medical cannabis use is legalised, doctors could become gatekeepers between patients and a controversial drug. Lessons…
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Global Drug Survey 2015: why you should tell us what you take

Global Drug Survey 2015: why you should tell us what you take | Alcohol & other drug issues in the media | Scoop.it
Help us in this scientific research to find out the world’s drug consumption patterns. See what we learned from last year’s study and what we hope to find out in this one
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Have you completed this year's survey?

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Teens with a history of TBI are nearly 4 times more likely to have used crystal meth (Canada)

Ontario students between grades 9 and 12 who said they had a traumatic brain injury in their lifetime, also reported drug use rates two to four times higher than peers with no history of TBI, according to research published today in the Journal of Head Trauma Rehabilitation.
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...plus a wide range of illicits and non-prescribed medications.

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Energy drinks and alcohol can lead to intense risk-taking - but only for some (Aus)

University of Tasmania School of Psychology (Faculty of Health) researcher Dr Amy Peacock has presented her latest research on mixing alcohol and energy drinks at the Australasian Professional Society on Alcohol and other Drugs in Adelaide.

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Some (very) late-breaking coverage from the APSAD conference.

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$200,000 election victory party cancelled as Daniel Andrews vows to crack down on .05 violations (Vic)

$200,000 election victory party cancelled as Daniel Andrews vows to crack down on .05 violations (Vic) | Alcohol & other drug issues in the media | Scoop.it
State MPs would be breath tested at work and lose pay or face suspension from Parliament if found over the limit, under a pledge by Labor.
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Drug surveillance operations an abject failure (NSW)

It's time to look critically at how we deal with illicit drugs. If we continue to exaggerate the impact of superficially tough and expensive responses, it will only ensure continued failure.
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By Nicholas Cowdery and Alex Wodak on the ineffectiveness of focussing resources on detecting individual use, at music festivals and elsewhere.  See today's related post on stop and search effectiveness in Scotland: http://sco.lt/6J6s2z 

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Smoking, drinking and eating: public health should not be all about the individual (UK)

Smoking, drinking and eating: public health should not be all about the individual (UK) | Alcohol & other drug issues in the media | Scoop.it
Diseases linked to smoking tobacco, a lack of exercise, drinking alcohol and eating unhealthily are on the rise, even though we have more information than ever before on the risks involved. All indications…
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On the need for ongoing public health advocacy.

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José Peña Guerrero's curator insight, November 27, 11:31 AM

Artículo en el que un par de investigadores aboga por una intervención del estado para contrarrestar lo que sería un estilo de vida poco sano.

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Pubs 'no longer all about alcohol', says All Bar One-owner (UK)

Pubs 'no longer all about alcohol', says All Bar One-owner (UK) | Alcohol & other drug issues in the media | Scoop.it
Mitchells & Butlers, the UK's biggest managed pubs and restaurants group, says soft drinks now outsell alcohol at some of its brands
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Prison needle exchange program compromise offered by union as part of EBA negotiations (ACT)

ACT Government considers union compromise on needle exchange at Alexander Maconochie Centre.
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This appears to be a positive development. The main obstacle to the NSP pilot being implemented appeared to be it's use as a bargaining chip in the EBA negotiations. Now that it's off the table, we would hope that it can now be implemented without further controversy.

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Global Drug Survey 2015: pros and cons of internet drug trade (Aus)

Global Drug Survey 2015: pros and cons of internet drug trade (Aus) | Alcohol & other drug issues in the media | Scoop.it
Does the internet drug marketplace encourage people to try drugs who otherwise would not?
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Citing NDARC research as well as promoting this year's Global Drug Survey.

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Young people increasingly alcohol abstainers or risky drinkers, drug survey finds (Aus)

Young people increasingly alcohol abstainers or risky drinkers, drug survey finds (Aus) | Alcohol & other drug issues in the media | Scoop.it
National drug survey finds smoking on the decline and methamphetamine use stable, but people in remote areas much more likely to use drugs
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Drawing out some of the detail from the new NDSHS data.

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