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'Pre-loading' new culture in alcohol (Aus)

'Pre-loading' new culture in alcohol (Aus) | Alcohol & other drug issues in the media | Scoop.it
Drinking alcohol before heading out is causing alcohol-related crime, violence, hospitalisation, assault and death.
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WA Premier Mark McGowan not open to debate on alternative drug policies

WA Premier Mark McGowan not open to debate on  alternative drug policies | Alcohol & other drug issues in the media | Scoop.it
​West Australian Premier Mark McGowan says personal drug possession won't be decriminalised, after the Australian Medical Association WA called for
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Premier McGowan says he 'had not heard of' the Portuguese decriminalisation model, and that he doesn't support it. It's a bit hard to recognise evidence based policy models when you have a 'tough on drugs' policy as a key pillar of your government. See yesterday's coverage of the AMA position: http://sco.lt/6hHvFJ

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Peter Dunne says 'Class C' drugs like cannabis should be made legal and regulated (NZ)

Peter Dunne says 'Class C' drugs like cannabis should be made legal and regulated (NZ) | Alcohol & other drug issues in the media | Scoop.it
Government minister says legalisation of cannabis is the 'logical way forward'.
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Peter Dunne continues his advocacy for evidence based policy measures. In contrast, see the latest example of Australian political leaders refusing to recognise calls for policy reform: http://sco.lt/7xmHlB

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Peter Dunne continues his advocacy for evidence based policy measures. In contrast, see the latest example of Australian political leaders refusing to recognise calls for policy reform: http://sco.lt/7xmHlB

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Opioid abuse helping hepatitis C make a comeback in South Carolina

Opioid abuse helping hepatitis C make a comeback in South Carolina | Alcohol & other drug issues in the media | Scoop.it
Opioid abuse among younger Americans is contributing to a rise in new hepatitis C cases. In South Carolina, the number of cases has more than doubled.
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Highlighting the importance of expanding access to harm reduction services in the US to prevent new infections and help keep people alive.

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WA medics call for end to drug war

WA medics call for end to drug war | Alcohol & other drug issues in the media | Scoop.it
DRUG possession for personal use should be decriminalised in WA, says the States peak doctors group, which is calling for a radical new approach to the war on drugs.
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See today's related post for Premier McGowan's predictable response: http://sco.lt/7xmHlB

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Winnunga 'walking away' from Ngunnawal Bush Healing Farm (ACT)

Winnunga 'walking away' from Ngunnawal Bush Healing Farm (ACT) | Alcohol & other drug issues in the media | Scoop.it
ACT Health officials have admitted they "were not clear enough" with an Aboriginal health service that a $12 million drug and alcohol centre fo
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Seems like some pretty poor communication by the ACT Govt and a flawed service model. 

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Death not from just one drink: Coroner (WA)

Death not from just one drink: Coroner (WA) | Alcohol & other drug issues in the media | Scoop.it
THE death of an 18-year-old who had about 20 drinks at her birthday party can not only be blamed on the potent spirit she consumed at the end of the night, an inquest has been told.
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Coverage of the final day of the coronial inquest into Ms Bicknell's alcohol overdose. See previous coverage: http://sco.lt/6D7mgz

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Renewed call for safe injecting room trial in inner Melbourne - audio

Another Victorian coroner has backed calls for a safe injecting room to be trialled in the inner-Melbourne suburb of North Richmond Its the second coronial finding in a matter of months calling for
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Listen to Judy Ryan from Victorian Street Drug Solutions and Fiona Patten MP, whose MSIC bill is currently being considered by parliamentary committee.

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Most Ecstasy-Related Harm Caused by Preventable Behaviors, Study Finds (UK)

Most Ecstasy-Related Harm Caused by Preventable Behaviors, Study Finds (UK) | Alcohol & other drug issues in the media | Scoop.it
This year’s Global Drug Survey found an increase in the number of people seeking medical treatment for ecstasy-related causes.
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Global Drug Survey findings highlight the importance of changing behaviour to reduce harm.

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The Silk Road Creator’s Life Sentence Actually Boosted Dark Web Drug Sales

The Silk Road Creator’s Life Sentence Actually Boosted Dark Web Drug Sales | Alcohol & other drug issues in the media | Scoop.it
A new study raises questions about the deterrence value of harsh sentencing for dark web crimes.
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See this year's Global Drug Survey findings that show the continued growth of online drug markets: http://sco.lt/62L1kX. Here's related coverage: http://sco.lt/6QxTIf

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The simple way smoking cannabis could be made less dangerous (UK)

The simple way smoking cannabis could be made less dangerous (UK) | Alcohol & other drug issues in the media | Scoop.it
The majority of Europeans continue to roll a cannabis joint with tobacco, according to new data from the Global Drug Survey. A mere 8 per cent of survey respondents from the USA report using cannabis this way, in stark contrast to the UK where 77 per cent of users put tobacco in their joints.
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Highlighting one simple harm reduction strategy for cannabis smoking: don't mix it with tobacco.

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Vancouver police call for prescription heroin amid ongoing overdose crisis

Major gaps in health funding for addictions treatment is taking a huge toll on frontline workers and communities, says a new VPD report.

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Great to see Vancouver police showing leadership in recognising the importance of harm reduction and accessible treatment services. See yesterday's coverage of the Health Minister's support for prescription heroin: http://sco.lt/6A4Jzl 

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Proportion of UK drug users using dark net to buy drugs 'doubles in three years'

Proportion of UK drug users using dark net to buy drugs 'doubles in three years' | Alcohol & other drug issues in the media | Scoop.it
There has been a huge rise in the number of UK drug users using the dark internet to buy illegal substances, a new survey has revealed. The Global Drug Survey, of which The Independent is a partner, found more users are buying their drugs on the dark net in the UK than almost anywhere else in the world. The mass of hidden web pages allows users to connect with online drug dealers while hiding their computer IP addresses to avoid being traced.
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More #GDS2017 coverage.

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For these Philly librarians, drug tourists and overdose drills are part of the job

For these Philly librarians, drug tourists and overdose drills are part of the job | Alcohol & other drug issues in the media | Scoop.it

Since the opioid crisis began surging throughout the country last summer, the McPherson library staff has noticed new settlers on their lawn: "drug tourists." 

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A fascinating piece that highlights both the caring and pragmatic response by McPherson library staff and the extent to which overdose has become normalised in parts of the US. What would be even better would be if people had a Medically Supervised Injecting Centre to use and be monitored by medical professionals, not having the responsibility displaced to librarians.

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Australian drugs users: how likely are you to have a run-in with police?

Australian drugs users: how likely are you to have a run-in with police? | Alcohol & other drug issues in the media | Scoop.it
Drug users in Australia have a one in four chance of having a run in with police, but a tiny proportion copped an arrest, the world's largest drug survey suggests.
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'The researchers behind the 2016 Global Drug Survey say the huge investment in policing illicit drugs in some Western countries including Australia was misguided, had little impact, and put drug uses at risk of immediate and long-term harms.'

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Calls to extend ban on alcohol sales to Aboriginal people at remote roadhouses (Aus)

Calls to extend ban on alcohol sales to Aboriginal people at remote roadhouses (Aus) | Alcohol & other drug issues in the media | Scoop.it
More and more alcohol is being illegally trafficked into the Aboriginal communities of the Ngaanyatjarra Pitjantjatjara Yankunytjatjara Lands in central Australia, an area that is officially 'dry'.
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NPY Women's Council supports extension of current sale restrictions to help reduce alcohol related violence in the region.

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NPY Women's Council supports extension of current sale restrictions to help reduce alcohol related violence in the region.

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I'm a stay-at-home mum. And I'm an addict (USA)

I'm a stay-at-home mum. And I'm an addict (USA) | Alcohol & other drug issues in the media | Scoop.it
The past year has been extraordinarily difficult. It's strange how not doing something is the hardest thing I've ever done.
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An insight into the impacts of prescribing practice and our approach to pain management in driving dependent use amongst those not typically associated with the usual stereotypes. The article also considers some of the complexities for parents who are drug dependent. 

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Quitting my addiction was only the first step in rediscovering my identity (Aus)

Quitting my addiction was only the first step in rediscovering my identity (Aus) | Alcohol & other drug issues in the media | Scoop.it
When it comes to reassessing your relationship with drugs and alcohol, I recommend you choose your own adventure.
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An excerpt from Jenny's soon to be released book. You don't have to try everything she has tried to find alternative activities to fill the void left by alcohol or other drugs, but there are some good tips here for discovering what is meaningful for you and what will provide the best support for your own recovery. 

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Modern cigarette filters increase the risk of lung cancer, study finds (USA/Aus)

Modern cigarette filters increase the risk of lung cancer, study finds (USA/Aus) | Alcohol & other drug issues in the media | Scoop.it
Smokers using filtered cigarettes took deeper puffs, inhaled larger particles and smoked more a day, researchers say.
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Citing US study findings and what they indicated about the increased health risks associated with filters.

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Strikes to be wiped from 100 venues under revised penalty scheme (NSW)

Strikes to be wiped from 100 venues under revised penalty scheme (NSW) | Alcohol & other drug issues in the media | Scoop.it
Changes to "three strikes" laws mean a fresh start for more than 100 pubs and clubs.
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More on the NSW Govt's proposed easing of licensing restrictions. See this week's related coverage: http://sco.lt/4vZCaX

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Cost-effective ways to combat HIV risk among intravenous drug users identified (USA)

With the abuse of opioids on the rise in the United States, researchers are concerned that increased HIV transmission from shared needles won't be far behind.
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More support for expanding access to pharmacotherapies in the US. Here, the logic is that increased access will reduce opioid injecting and the risk of HIV transmission.

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Cannabis drug cuts seizures in children with severe epilepsy in trial (UK)

Cannabis drug cuts seizures in children with severe epilepsy in trial (UK) | Alcohol & other drug issues in the media | Scoop.it
Doctors say cannabidiol offers hope for thousands with rare condition who have several life-threatening convulsions a day
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Cuts to addiction services in England are 'a false economy' warns expert

Cuts to addiction services in England are a false economy and are instead increasing pressure elsewhere in the NHS, warns an expert in The BMJ today.
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Professor Colin Drummond, Chair of the Addictions Faculty at the Royal College of Psychiatrists states what is obvious to anyone in the sector: removing specialist AOD services simply puts additional strain on generalist services like GPs and hospitals. Drug related deaths have more than doubled since the 2012 reforms, now at their highest recorded level.

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Cocaine is getting stronger, drug experts warn (UK)

Cocaine is getting stronger, drug experts warn (UK) | Alcohol & other drug issues in the media | Scoop.it
Exclusive music news, big interviews, entertainment, social media trends and video from the news people at BBC Radio 1 and 1Xtra.
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With a subsequent increase in potential harm. Citing Global Drug Survey's Adam Winstock and The Loop's Fiona Measham

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These are the faces of addiction and recovery in Canada, report says

These are the faces of addiction and recovery in Canada, report says | Alcohol & other drug issues in the media | Scoop.it
A group of researchers - with their own experience recovering from addictions - surveyed hundreds of Canadians in recovery to find out how the country needs can tackle the ever-growing problem.
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Nice example of personal advocacy challenging stereotypes and increasing public understanding of the issues.

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Heroin combined with fentanyl is driving overdose crisis in US

Heroin combined with fentanyl is driving overdose crisis in US | Alcohol & other drug issues in the media | Scoop.it

New sources of heroin and increasing adulteration with fentanyl and other stronger analogues are contributing to a growing epidemic of opioid overdose deaths in several regions of the US, researchers reported at the 25th International Harm Reduction Conference (HR17) last week in Montréal.

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Recognition of the threat posed by fentanyl and other synthetic opioids is driving public support for prescription heroin to reduce the risk of overdose: http://sco.lt/6A4Jzl.

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