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Our Govt asleep at the wheel (NZ)

Our Govt asleep at the wheel (NZ) | Alcohol & other drug issues in the media | Scoop.it
When the Government decided not to lower the blood-alcohol level for drivers from 80mg per 100ml of blood to 50mg, it cited the need for New Zealand-specific research.
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The absorption of recovery in English drug policy

The absorption of recovery in English drug policy | Alcohol & other drug issues in the media | Scoop.it
In both Australia and England, there have been challenges to established ways of treating people who have problems with drugs. Treatment, it has been claimed, does not do enough to help people ‘recover’ from drug dependence. In both countries, people who run the treatment system have had to respond to this challenge. In England, this has involved ‘absorption’. 
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Alex Stevens highlights some of the concerns with the UK approach, including increased risk of death for people being persuaded to come off pharmacotherapies before they are ready. FYI, our updated Recovery Oriented Practice position statement is here: http://www.regen.org.au/advocacy. 

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Government won't postpone lockout laws debate (Qld)

Government won't postpone lockout laws debate (Qld) | Alcohol & other drug issues in the media | Scoop.it
The Queensland Premier has ruled out postponing debate on the state's proposed alcohol-fuelled violence legislation in the face of resistance from the cross ...
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See yesterday's post where NSW Premier Mike Baird strongly supported the Syndey lockouts from recent criticism: http://sco.lt/8vnrP7.

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Ban all smoking in food and drink venues (Vic)

Ban all smoking in food and drink venues (Vic) | Alcohol & other drug issues in the media | Scoop.it
Premier Daniel Andrews is dawdling with the last steps necessary for reforms on a crucial aspect of public health.
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Today's Age editorial calls on the Vic Govt to bring smoking legislation in line with other states.

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New laws to allow Canberra police to breath test without permission on private property

New laws to allow Canberra police to breath test without permission on private property | Alcohol & other drug issues in the media | Scoop.it
The ACT government has closed a loophole which may have allowed some drink drivers to evade prosecution.
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Guns, drugs and cars: Why Americans die younger

Guns, drugs and cars: Why Americans die younger | Alcohol & other drug issues in the media | Scoop.it
The average American will die as many as two years sooner than if they lived in Western Europe or Japan, according to a new study.
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Citing new JAMA article. See yesterday's related posts on opioid overdoses in the US: http://sco.lt/85Z7NB, http://sco.lt/5PMhfN. 

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Indonesian bootleg alcohol kills 24 in central Java

Indonesian bootleg alcohol kills 24 in central Java | Alcohol & other drug issues in the media | Scoop.it
At least 24 people have died in recent days from drinking illegally produced alcohol in central Java, Indonesia, say police.
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Qld lockout laws to have 18-month trial

Qld lockout laws to have 18-month trial | Alcohol & other drug issues in the media | Scoop.it

Queensland's opposition has again questioned whether there is enough evidence to support the government's proposed lockout laws to tackle alcohol-fuelled violence.

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See today's related post for a link to the committee's full report: http://sco.lt/7UargH.

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Why Isn't America Doing the One Thing That Would Reduce Heroin Deaths Right Now?

Addicts are needlessly dying of overdose because so many powerful people view "drugs to fight drugs" as suspect.
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Maia Szalavitz on the obvious need for a greater openness to opioid pharmacotherapies in US drug policy and treatment systems. See today's related post on recent findings on the impact of short-term, ultra-low doses of buprenorphine on suicidal thoughts: http://sco.lt/5x4qPZ. 

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Financial despair, addiction and the rise of suicide in white America

Financial despair, addiction and the rise of suicide in white America | Alcohol & other drug issues in the media | Scoop.it
Officials in Montana wrestle to explain why the state has the highest rate of suicide in the US at nearly twice the national average – and it’s rising
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See today's related posts on the US Govt's response to opioid overdose, mental health and suicide in rural areas (http://sco.lt/8Gv4Zl) and a study indicating a possible role for buprenorphine in reducing suicidal thoughts (http://sco.lt/5x4qPZ).

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Teens risking death ‘huffing’ deodorant (NSW)

Teens risking death ‘huffing’ deodorant (NSW) | Alcohol & other drug issues in the media | Scoop.it
HILLS teenagers are risking death in a bid to get a high from aerosol cans in a dangerous practice called huffing.
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Signs of a comeback for chroming? We haven't seen any evidence in our services. Good to see a link to ADF resources.

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Improvised naloxone nasal sprays lack evidence of absorption and effect (USA/UK)

As the US FDA approves nasal Narcan, researchers at Britain's National Addiction Centre warn against using poorly-tested drug delivery systems

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Another problem with nasal naloxone is it's cost. Injectible mini jets remain the most affordable option.

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Moral abandonment and the opiate epidemic (USA)

Moral abandonment and the opiate epidemic (USA) | Alcohol & other drug issues in the media | Scoop.it
Dr. Tseng is the first physician to be convicted of murder for contributing to the current epidemic of prescription-opiate addiction.
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Kevin D Williamson on the first US doctor to be convicted of murder as a result of opioid prescribing practice and the broader implications of our reliance of opioids for pain management.

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Why alcohol causes so much damage that is so hard to fix (Aus)

Why alcohol causes so much damage that is so hard to fix (Aus) | Alcohol & other drug issues in the media | Scoop.it
The industry opposes every attempt to encourage us to moderate our drinking.
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Ross Fitzgerald on patterns of consumption, prevalence of harm and industry tactics to minimise regulation.

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Gap report 'must focus on ice problem' (SA)

Generations of Aboriginal families are being hurt by ice addiction and the federal Closing the Gap strategy will fail unless it deals with the impact the drug is having across Australia, a peak drug advisory group has warned.

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Citing ADAC's Scott Wilson on the impacts of methamphetamine use on Aboriginal communities. You can see the Closing the Gap report here: http://sco.lt/6cQkID.

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One thing Melbourne can teach Sydney

One thing Melbourne can teach Sydney | Alcohol & other drug issues in the media | Scoop.it
MELBOURNE was one of the first cities in Australia to adopt the controversial lockout laws that have seen Sydney labelled a nanny state, but they were so unpopular the Victorian Government quietly dropped them months later.
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Citing Peter Miller and FARE's Michael Thorn on just how poorly the 2008 Melbourne lockouts were implemented. A salient lesson in how not to do it.

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Government medicinal cannabis bill to be tested in Parliament (Aus)

Government medicinal cannabis bill to be tested in Parliament (Aus) | Alcohol & other drug issues in the media | Scoop.it
The Turnbull government will on Wednesday introduce a national scheme into Parliament to licence medicinal cannabis growers.
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Heroin dealers could face murder charges amid crisis in New Hampshire

Heroin dealers could face murder charges amid crisis in New Hampshire | Alcohol & other drug issues in the media | Scoop.it
State’s attorney general aims to teach police to treat fatal drug overdoses like murder scenes, but critics attack a ‘backwards punitive policy’
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See our recent post on the first US doctor convicted of murder because of inappropriate opioid prescribing: http://sco.lt/7a5sSP. 

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Father Files Federal Lawsuit After Son Dies from Heroin Withdrawal in DuPage County Jail (USA)

Father Files Federal Lawsuit After Son Dies from Heroin Withdrawal in DuPage County Jail (USA) | Alcohol & other drug issues in the media | Scoop.it
Naperville, IL - The DuPage County man says jailers should have known his son was exhibiting signs of a heroin withdrawal, according to the lawsuit.
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Lockout laws: Mike Baird defends laws as 'independent' review approaches (NSW)

Lockout laws: Mike Baird defends laws as 'independent' review approaches (NSW) | Alcohol & other drug issues in the media | Scoop.it
The NSW Premier has made no secret of his opinion as lockout laws go to review.
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Good to see the Premier standing by the policy in the face of recent public criticism:

"The main complaints seem to be that you can't drink till dawn any more and you can't impulse-buy a bottle of white after 10pm," Mr Baird wrote, in a reference to recent criticism that claims the laws depress Sydney's nightlife and undercut its claims to be a global city.

"I understand that this presents an inconvenience. Some say this makes us an international embarrassment.

"Except, assaults are down by 42.2 per cent.

"And there is nothing embarrassing about that."


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New laws could restrict trading hours for bottle shops (Qld)

New laws could restrict trading hours for bottle shops (Qld) | Alcohol & other drug issues in the media | Scoop.it
Queenslanders would not be able to buy alcohol from bottle shops after 10pm under a new proposal Labor MPs have added to the government's alcohol-fuelled ...
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No mention here of the lockouts proposal. The article includes a link to the committee's full report.

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A medication used to treat heroin addiction could become the first anti-suicide drug (USA)

A medication used to treat heroin addiction could become the first anti-suicide drug (USA) | Alcohol & other drug issues in the media | Scoop.it

Millions of Americans experience suicidal thoughts, and there are no quick fixes available. But a commonly used painkiller could offer some much-needed relief.

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Citing US study on the impact of short-term, ultra-low doses of burprenorphine on suicidal thoughts. See today's related posts on the need for greater access to pharmacotherapy in the US: http://sco.lt/85Z7NB and the role opioids play in the increase in suicide rates in rural areas: http://sco.lt/8Gv4Zl. 

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Meet the Man Leading the Fight Against Opioids (USA)

Meet the Man Leading the Fight Against Opioids (USA) | Alcohol & other drug issues in the media | Scoop.it
For U.S. Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack, the fight against opioid abuse is personal.
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Focus on opioid use, mental health and suicide in rural areas. See today's related posts on the need for greater access to pharmacotherapies in the US (http://sco.lt/85Z7NB)and the potential role for buprenorphine in reducing suicide risk: http://sco.lt/5x4qPZ. 

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Qld's lockout laws far from a sure thing

Queensland's proposed pub lockout laws are looking shaky, with the minority Labor government yet to secure crucial crossbench support.

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See today's related post on proposed bottle shop restrictions: http://sco.lt/7UargH. 

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Fearmongering & Football: A Look At The Ridiculous Anti-Drug PSA Airing During The Super Bowl (USA)

Fearmongering & Football: A Look At The Ridiculous Anti-Drug PSA Airing During The Super Bowl (USA) | Alcohol & other drug issues in the media | Scoop.it
All things being considered, I'd have to say my abilities as a job interviewee aren't stellar. Don't get me wrong, I've got no problem tooting my own horn, answering questions on the fly and being engaging and all that noise. My main issue is that I suffer from what I like to call Chandler Bing…
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Drew Gibson on the weird 'All American Girl' ad to be screened in the US during the Super Bowl. See other commentary here: http://makingnoiseinthesouth.com/index.php/2016/02/05/1651/. See similar discussion of last year's Super Bowl ad: http://www.adweek.com/adfreak/bizarrely-bleak-super-bowl-ad-about-heroin-was-even-darker-nationwides-162715. Given the size of the likely tv audience (and the cost associated with Super Bowl ad placement), you'd think they could do better than this.

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Mum reveals ice’s harrowing toll in private diary excerpts (Vic)

Mum reveals ice’s harrowing toll in private diary excerpts (Vic) | Alcohol & other drug issues in the media | Scoop.it
BETWEEN 365 and 730 methamphetamine-affected people are being taken to Casey and Dandenong emergency departments each year, wasting police time and requiring emergency rooms to be rearranged to accommodate them.
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The article starts out looking at Monash Health's response to methamphetamine related violence in it's Emergency Departments. It goes on to quote our Trevor King and our submission to last year's review of Victoria's Severe Substance Dependence Treatment Act (see it here: http://www.regen.org.au/images/stories/Advocacy/2015_NDS_consultation_v2.0.pdf) before getting to the diary entries. These provide a powerful insight into the impacts of a loved one's AOD use on family members and their understandable frustration with service access. If your family is affected by methamphetamine or other drug use, we're running our free Family Methamphetamine First Aid program at our Coburg site on Feb 12, 12-4pm (call Sam Mastro on 9384-8895 for details). If you're in the Casey area, our free Catalyst non-residential rehab program could is an effective support for people seeking to make long term changes to their methamphetamine and other drug use: http://www.regen.org.au/catalyst. 

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