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Alcohol education unit axed (NSW)

Alcohol education unit axed (NSW) | Alcohol & other drug issues in the media | Scoop.it
THE unit responsible for educating schoolchildren about the dangers of alcohol and drugs has been axed, the teachers' union says.
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New drug and alcohol support services available in Moonee Valley (Vic)

DRUG treatment is being offered in Ascot Vale and Niddrie following statewide reforms to the sector.
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Plugging our new services in Ascot Vale.  We'll have staff in place at the Wingate Avenue Community Centre to do assessments and counselling on Monday's and Tuesdays from next month.  Call our Intake team (1800 700 514) for more info.

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Let’s Put an End to The Ice Age (Vic)

AIVL and Harm Reduction Victoria (HRV) welcome the release of the Victorian Parliamentary Law Reform, Drugs and Crime Prevention Committee Inquiry into the Supply and Use of Methamphetamines (ice), in Victoria. The report comes at a time of unprecedented fear in the community and increasing media frenzy about the ice “epidemic” gripping Victoria.

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Good stuff on the importance of harm reduction services from AIVL and HRV.

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Colorado now selling more recreational than medical marijuana

Colorado now selling more recreational than medical marijuana | Alcohol & other drug issues in the media | Scoop.it
State sold $29.7m worth of recreational marijuana in July in turning point for newly legal industry
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Last drinks: Boozing kills three Victorians a day

Last drinks: Boozing kills three Victorians a day | Alcohol & other drug issues in the media | Scoop.it
EXCESSIVE drinking causes the death of three Victorians a day, 18 assaults, and puts another 81 people in hospital, according to a disturbing report.
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Citing FARE Australia on the need for more supply control measures, including 3am last drinks and closure of retail outlets at 10pm.

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'Drugs war unwinnable, time to legalise' (Vic)

'Drugs war unwinnable, time to legalise' (Vic) | Alcohol & other drug issues in the media | Scoop.it

Victoria's top cop admits th "war on drugs" is a fight that can't be won, but says he won't support calls to legalise some illicit drugs.

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Following on from Senator Leyonhjelm's call for legalisation and regulation: http://sco.lt/9IrzEX. Police Commissioner Ken Lay recognises that we 'can't arrest our way out of the problem' but opposes legalisation.

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Trio arrested over potentially deadly 'Batman' ecstasy pills (NSW)

Trio arrested over potentially deadly 'Batman' ecstasy pills (NSW) | Alcohol & other drug issues in the media | Scoop.it
They appeared to just be three northern beaches mates who liked to ski together and party hard.
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Stay well away from these Blue Batman pills, they're likely to contain 25c-NBOMe and are linked to recent overdoses.

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Drunk surgeons, addicted anaesthetists: Dobbing in a doctor (NSW)

Drunk surgeons, addicted anaesthetists: Dobbing in a doctor (NSW) | Alcohol & other drug issues in the media | Scoop.it
A drunk surgeon, a self-medicating anaesthetist who became addicted to his own drugs and a lecherous aged care nurse were among hundreds of cases notified to authorities under new laws requiring health practitioners to report their colleagues for misconduct.
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It's not just amongst the stereotypical groups. AOD dependence occurs throughout our communities.

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Drug use, smoking ban stoking mental health unit's violence: union (ACT)

There are concerns aggression and violence at Canberra's adult mental health unit may be related to drug use, especially the drug ice, and alcohol as well as smoking bans.
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MS patient says getting Sativex is 'postcode lottery' (UK)

MS patient says getting Sativex is 'postcode lottery' (UK) | Alcohol & other drug issues in the media | Scoop.it

A multiple sclerosis patient has complained of a "postcode lottery" in the funding of a drug to help with his symptoms. Sativex is not considered cost-effective and is not routinely funded by health bodies in England.

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Sedative chronic use linked to Alzheimer's (NSW)

Sedative chronic use linked to Alzheimer's (NSW) | Alcohol & other drug issues in the media | Scoop.it
DOCTORS should take extra care when considering prescribing sleeping pills for elderly patients, an Australian expert says.
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One of the many reasons people should be very concerned about long-term use of benzodiazepines.

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World figures calls for all illicit drugs to be decriminalised

World figures calls for all illicit drugs to be decriminalised | Alcohol & other drug issues in the media | Scoop.it
The Global Commission on Drugs, which includes former and current Latin American presidents, is calling for a radical about-face in our approach to the global drugs trade. In a report to the United Nations, the commission is calling on governments worldwide to legalise drugs like heroin and cocaine in order to take back control of the trade in illicit drugs from violent cartels. The World Today spoke to commissioner Michel Kazatchkine.
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Pot use linked to dropping out of school (Aus)

TEEN cannabis smokers are 60 per cent more likely to drop out of high school than their non-smoking peers, and are more likely to use other drugs and attempt suicide.
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Legal Use of Marijuana Clashes With Job Rules (USA)

Legal Use of Marijuana Clashes With Job Rules (USA) | Alcohol & other drug issues in the media | Scoop.it

DENVER —  Brandon Coats knew he was going to fail his drug test. Paralyzed in a car crash when he was 16, he had been using medical marijuana since 2009 to relieve the painful spasms that jolted his body. But he smoked mostly at night, and said marijuana had never hurt his performance answering customer calls for a Colorado satellite-television provider.

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How Instagram's drug deals go undetected

How Instagram's drug deals go undetected | Alcohol & other drug issues in the media | Scoop.it
It’s no secret: Instagram has a drug problem. Through my own reporting and that of others, it has become clear that a large and active drug trade has emerged on Instagram, the service Facebook paid...
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If nothing else, this story highlights the importance of making harm reduction and treatment information available on SM platforms.  There are large, active user communities online.  It's a missed opportunity if we're not there with them.

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If nothing else, this story highlights the importance of making harm reduction and treatment information available on SM platforms.  There are large, active user communities online.  It's a missed opportunity if we're not there with them.

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Candidates divided over central hub for methadone clinics in Frankston (Vic)

Candidates divided over central hub for methadone clinics in Frankston (Vic) | Alcohol & other drug issues in the media | Scoop.it
CANDIDATES in November’s state election are divided over whether the city’s methadone clinics should be located in a central hub at Frankston Hospital.
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The headline is a bit overblown, going by the content of the article.  No evidence there of AOD treatment being used as a political football.  Ultimately, of course, the main question should be about how to improve the accessibility and effectiveness of ORT in Frankston and the surrounding areas.  Previous discussion of the proposed centralisation highlighted the potential barriers it could create for already vulnerable and marginalised people.

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Duff dumped: Woolworths' Simpsons beer ruled 'highly appealing to children' (Aus)

Duff dumped: Woolworths' Simpsons beer ruled 'highly appealing to children' (Aus) | Alcohol & other drug issues in the media | Scoop.it
Woolworths attempt to cash in on alcoholic export from smash hit TV show The Simpsons has come to end after an advertising standards body ruled the campaign was marketing alcohol to children and young adults.
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Is booze-free becoming the new black? (Aus)

Is booze-free becoming the new black? (Aus) | Alcohol & other drug issues in the media | Scoop.it
Booze-free venues are becoming increasingly popular around the world; could they be the next big thing in Australia?
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Nice piece from the ADF.

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Minister defends drug and alcohol treatment services shake-up (Vic)

Minister defends drug and alcohol treatment services shake-up (Vic) | Alcohol & other drug issues in the media | Scoop.it
Victoria's Mental Health Minister is defending changes to drug and alcohol treatment services that have limited the resources of a respected drug prevention group.
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We are a part of the Grampians Alcohol and Drug Consortium, providing Non Residential Withdrawal.

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Researchers back call by world leaders for end to criminalisation of drugs (Aus)

The Australian Drug Law Reform Initiative (ADLaRI) has welcomed a new report by the Global Commission on Drug Policy that calls for the decriminalisation of drug use and possession, alternatives to incarceration, and a greater emphasis on public health approaches to the problem of drug addiction.

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Ice Freezes Good Drug Policy (Vic)

The Australian Sex Party support the reduction of harms associated with drug abuse and the implementation and funding of services and policy options that are informed by evidence. The release of the final report into the 'Inquiry into the Supply and Use of Methamphetamines, particularly 'Ice', in Victoria' is a welcome look into drug abuse issues in Victoria and options to address these. However, the Victorian Government's announcement of expanding the sniffer dog program has raised concerns for its focus on punishing users, rather than allocating the funding to vital harm reduction and support services across the state.

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Queensland bans e-cigarettes from public places

Queensland bans e-cigarettes from public places | Alcohol & other drug issues in the media | Scoop.it
Queensland outlaws the vapour-emitting electronic cigarettes amid growing international crackdown
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More pilots testing positive for drugs, US National Transportation Safety Board says

More pilots testing positive for drugs, US National Transportation Safety Board says | Alcohol & other drug issues in the media | Scoop.it
TESTS of pilots killed in plane crashes over more than two decades show an increasing use of both legal and illegal drugs, including some that could impair flying, according to a study by the US National Transportation Safety Board.
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What works best in the war on drugs

What works best in the war on drugs | Alcohol & other drug issues in the media | Scoop.it
In 1967, the Beatles took out a full-page advertisement in The Times describing Britain’s marijuana laws as “immoral in principle and unworkable in practice”. Almost half a century later, both past and…
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By Alex Wodak.

 

Spoiler alert: it's not the 'War on Drugs'

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Meet Some Australian Families Giving Their Children Medicinal Cannabis

Meet Some Australian Families Giving Their Children Medicinal Cannabis | Alcohol & other drug issues in the media | Scoop.it
They don’t need a bag packed at night anymore, they can go to bed without preparing for the worst, and their kids are energetic, whereas before they were just zonked out all the time. The only thing b…
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Texas drug use: Explosive wax pot raises concerns

Texas drug use: Explosive wax pot raises concerns | Alcohol & other drug issues in the media | Scoop.it
An often oily, highly potent form of marijuana known as ear wax, shatter and 710 has seeped across the nation and now is turning up on Texas streets, bringing with it concerns from authorities.
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From what we've seen, use of cannabis wax is predominantly a US issue. We haven't heard many reports of its use in Australia.  Has anyone heard differently?

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