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The age of excess (Aus)

The age of excess (Aus) | Alcohol & other drug issues in the media | Scoop.it
Baby boomers and the long come-down after a life of substance abuse.
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Ray Stephens's comment, December 20, 2012 6:28 PM
An excellent article on the hidden population of ageing substance users.
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Perth magistrate Catherine Crawford wants Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorder classed as disability (WA)

Perth magistrate Catherine Crawford wants Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorder classed as disability (WA) | Alcohol & other drug issues in the media | Scoop.it
CHILDREN’S Court magistrate Catherine Crawford has said that “explicit” consideration needs to be given for fetal alcohol spectrum disorder to be a “mitigating factor” in sentencing.
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FedEx charged with trafficking drugs for Web pharmacies (US)

FedEx charged with trafficking drugs for Web pharmacies (US) | Alcohol & other drug issues in the media | Scoop.it
FedEx is facing drug-trafficking charges after a federal grand jury indicted the overnight shipping company, accusing it of conspiring to deliver drugs for illegal Internet pharmacies.
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The success of Portugal’s decriminalisation policy – in seven charts

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Is Dry July really that good for you? (Aus)

Is Dry July really that good for you? (Aus) | Alcohol & other drug issues in the media | Scoop.it
LEADING alcohol experts have questioned whether Dry July’s all-or-nothing approach to alcohol is better for our health in the long term.
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This article rightly points out that a consistent approach to reducing problematic substance use produces the best health outcomes. 

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Health Minister challenged to debate medicinal cannabis (Tas)

Health Minister challenged to debate medicinal cannabis (Tas) | Alcohol & other drug issues in the media | Scoop.it
President of drug law reform body challenges Michael Ferguson to a debate on medicinal cannabis.
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Plunge in smoking attributed to plain packaging (Aus)

Plunge in smoking attributed to plain packaging (Aus) | Alcohol & other drug issues in the media | Scoop.it
A dramatic decline in smoking rates has coincided with the introduction of plain packaging laws. The daily smoking rate plunged from 15.1 per cent to 12.8 per cent between 2010 and 2013, according to the largest and longest running national survey on drug statistics.
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Scientists reveal how THC – found in cannabis – ‘could slow cancer tumour growth’ (UK)

Scientists reveal how THC – found in cannabis – ‘could slow cancer tumour growth’ (UK) | Alcohol & other drug issues in the media | Scoop.it
Scientists at a British university have made a major breakthrough in revealing how cannabis could be used as a treatment to prevent the growth of cancer.
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'Too many pregnant women smoking' (UK)

'Too many pregnant women smoking' (UK) | Alcohol & other drug issues in the media | Scoop.it
Too many women are still smoking while pregnant, paediatricians warn as they launch a major report into causes of child mortality.
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Oxycontin abuse drops with new tamper-resistant drug (Aus)

Oxycontin abuse drops with new tamper-resistant drug (Aus) | Alcohol & other drug issues in the media | Scoop.it
A new tamper-resistant formula sees oxycontin abuse drop, but addicts seek morphine and fentanyl instead.
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Cuts to Indigenous anti-smoking programs will contribute to early deaths of smokers (Aus)

Cuts to Indigenous anti-smoking programs will contribute to early deaths of smokers (Aus) | Alcohol & other drug issues in the media | Scoop.it
The Tackling Indigenous Smoking Program has suffered budget cuts of $130 million over five years according to its national coordinator Tom Calma He says cutting the programs anti-smoking initiative
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Uruguay marijuana sales delayed until 2015

Uruguay marijuana sales delayed until 2015 | Alcohol & other drug issues in the media | Scoop.it
Sales of marijuana in Uruguay have been delayed till next year due to difficulties in legalising the drug.
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How Will Police Regulate Stoned Driving? (US)

How Will Police Regulate Stoned Driving? (US) | Alcohol & other drug issues in the media | Scoop.it
When Colorado and Washington state each passed ballot measures legalizing marijuana for recreational use late last year, one legal challenge was resolved, but another was just beginning Before, marijuana was simply prohibited. Now it has to be regulated. With their new legal standards for possession and use, Colorado and Washington now have to draw hard lines on a rather hazy landscape, creating legal standards not just for for taxation and licensing, but also some far more nebulous questions, like how much marijuana is reasonable for a single person to possess, and even what constitutes legal intoxication. Meanwhile, forty-eight other states are watching closely to see exactly how they do it.
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Alarming number of drink-drivers allowed to stay on road as .02 limit mooted (Vic)

Alarming number of drink-drivers allowed to stay on road as .02 limit mooted (Vic) | Alcohol & other drug issues in the media | Scoop.it
SENIOR police are again calling for debate on reducing the legal drink-driving limit to .02. Currently first offenders who are just over the limit of 0.05 are fined and lose points but are often keep their licence and continue to drive.
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Ellis Close detention facility officially named site for rehabilitation centre (SA)

Ellis Close detention facility officially named site for rehabilitation centre (SA) | Alcohol & other drug issues in the media | Scoop.it
A long-awaited drug and alcohol rehabilitation centre will be located at the old Ellis Close detention facility in Port Augusta.
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The WHO calls for decriminalisation

"JAMAICA, Uruguay, Colorado, Washington—more and more places are rebelling against the UN conventions that established the criminalisation of narcotics half a century ago. But the latest organisation to weigh in against the UN’s line is rather surprising. It is a branch of the UN itself."

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Smoking and mental health, what's the connection? (UK)

Smoking and mental health, what's the connection? (UK) | Alcohol & other drug issues in the media | Scoop.it

People with mental health problems who smoke cost the UK economy £2.34bn, according to new research. But why is smoking so prevalent in this group?

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National Drugs Strategy Household Surveys Highlights 2013 (Aus)

National Drugs Strategy Household Surveys Highlights 2013 (Aus) | Alcohol & other drug issues in the media | Scoop.it
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New Mom Charged With Drug 'Assault' on Fetus (US)

Woman in Tennessee is charged under controversial law that criminalizes drug use during pregnancy.
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Criminalising problematic drug and alcohol use does nothing to help families.  Evidence shows that becoming a parent is a powerful agent of change for many drug users, and for those who aren't able to change their behaviour, treatment and support will be far more useful for both the parent and the child. 

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More harm than good: Aussie muso continues crusade to ban sniffer dogs (Aus)

More harm than good: Aussie muso continues crusade to ban sniffer dogs (Aus) | Alcohol & other drug issues in the media | Scoop.it
Dan McNamee, guitarist from popular Australian band ‘Art Vs. Science,’ is continuing his crusade to decrease the number of people affected by drug use at music festivals.
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Long-term smokers find plain-packaged cigarettes taste worse (Aus)

Australian study also finds smokers can no longer differentiate between brands, saying they all taste the same
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Drug Testing and Racial Profiling (US)

Drug Testing and Racial Profiling (US) | Alcohol & other drug issues in the media | Scoop.it
Check out the stats below: whites significantly trump blacks in all drug use except crack. So why do so many employers assume that black job applicants are drug users?
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Any alcohol increases dementia risk, middle aged are warned (UK)

Any alcohol increases dementia risk, middle aged are warned (UK) | Alcohol & other drug issues in the media | Scoop.it
Millions of adults will be advised how to reduce the risk of dementia as part of an NHS MOT given from the age of 40
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As A Mom In Recovery, How Do I Explain My Addiction To My Kids?

As A Mom In Recovery, How Do I Explain My Addiction To My Kids? | Alcohol & other drug issues in the media | Scoop.it
All this not drinking sometimes made me want to drink. The realization that my sons would need to understand my recovery made me want to drink even more....
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We know this is something most parents recovering from problematic AOD use think about.  A good read. 

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This is Nimbin: inside the “refugee camp for the war on drugs” (NSW)

This is Nimbin: inside the “refugee camp for the war on drugs” (NSW) | Alcohol & other drug issues in the media | Scoop.it

"A look inside Australia's pot paradise." 

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Australians are smoking fewer cigarettes, drinking less alcohol but getting fatter, a Roy Morgan survey shows

Australians are smoking fewer cigarettes, drinking less alcohol but getting fatter, a Roy Morgan survey shows | Alcohol & other drug issues in the media | Scoop.it
WE’RE smoking eight million fewer cigarettes a day, drinking fewer glasses of alcohol and exercising more, but our better habits are not cutting our waistlines which are growing by 200g a year.
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