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Push to ban alcohol in Indonesia

Push to ban alcohol in Indonesia | Alcohol & other drug issues in the media | Scoop.it
Indonesia will consider banning all alcoholic beverages and putting drinkers in jail for two years.
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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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The painkiller that can kill (Aus)

The painkiller that can kill (Aus) | Alcohol & other drug issues in the media | Scoop.it
A POPULAR prescription painkiller contributed to the deaths of more than 600 Australians in recent years.
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Monash Uni study identifies that most overdoses were due to people seeking pain relief, not intoxication. Some obvious implications for prescribing practice here.

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Tasmanian researchers turning the tables on opioid side effects

Tasmanian researchers turning the tables on opioid side effects | Alcohol & other drug issues in the media | Scoop.it
Researchers are trying to take advantage of the side effects of opioids.
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Research on use of opioids in mental health treatment.

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What? No Methadone 'Take-Homes'? (USA)

What? No Methadone 'Take-Homes'? (USA) | Alcohol & other drug issues in the media | Scoop.it
If you follow me on Twitter, I'm sure you've noticed by now that just about every morning around 8 a.m.
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A nice reflection of the role of take away doses in one person's recovery journey. In Victoria, we regularly see calls from coroners to remove take aways as an option. Here's an example of how we've responded: http://www.regen.org.au/media-releases/296-takeawaymethadone 

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Pragmatics & pleasure in effective harm reduction (UK) - video

Dr Magdalena Harris speaking at the HIT Hot Topics conference in Liverpool. She talks about measures to make harm reduction interventions effective & the ess...
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China media: Smoking ban

China media: Smoking ban | Alcohol & other drug issues in the media | Scoop.it

Papers welcome a proposed nation-wide ban on public smoking, while urging officials to tackle pollution problems. China has sought public opinion on its plans to prohibit tobacco advertising and ban smoking in public places, the Xinhua News Agencyreports.

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Study shows that abuse of anti-anxiety, sleep drugs becomes a growing issue among teens (USA)

The medical community may be inadvertently creating a new generation of illegal, recreational drug users by prescribing anti-anxiety or sleep medications to teenagers, say University of Michigan researchers.
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The Greens Plan Limiting the Harm of Drugs and Alcohol (Vic)

The Victorian Greens announce their election commitment to reducing the harm of drug and alcohol abuse. The Greens approach to drug and alcohol abuse has always been one focused on practical, effective, evidence-based solutions for prevention, harm minimisation and treatment.

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The Greens put prison-based NSPs on their policy agenda.

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Staggering alcohol toll must be reduced to ensure a healthier NSW

Staggering alcohol toll must be reduced to ensure a healthier NSW | Alcohol & other drug issues in the media | Scoop.it
Whoever wins the upcoming state election, the NSW government must complete the steps started last January in tackling the state's heavy alcohol toll,and making all communities safer.
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By FARE's Michael Thorn, ahead of today's #NAAPA plan launch

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Canberrans smoking less, but more likely to engage in risky drinking, new research shows

Canberrans smoking less, but more likely to engage in risky drinking, new research shows | Alcohol & other drug issues in the media | Scoop.it
The percentage of people smoking daily is lowest in the ACT compared to other parts of the country, but Canberrans are more likely to drink alcohol in risky quantities.
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Citing NDSHS data. The full report is here: http://sco.lt/7QEVOr

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Schoolies should be a sobering wake-up call (Qld)

Schoolies should be a sobering wake-up call (Qld) | Alcohol & other drug issues in the media | Scoop.it
IT’S official. There’s a drug freely circulating on the Gold Coast during Schoolies week that medical researchers have deemed one-and-a-half times more dangerous than heroin and crack cocaine. It causes 3500 deaths each year in Australia alone and costs the national economy $15-30 billion annually.
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A timely reminder of the impacts (and prevalence) of alcohol in our society.

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Tian Molnar's curator insight, November 25, 10:21 PM

This Article gives a timely reminder of the impacts of alcohol in our society. Schoolies is something most of us will go through and this article highlights the dangers of irresponsible drug intake and unprotected sex. Its a big wake up call to all students planning to go up to QLD for schoolies. 

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Students wouldn't cut drink for good of health (Ireland)

Students wouldn't cut drink for good of health (Ireland) | Alcohol & other drug issues in the media | Scoop.it
As alcoholic liver disease rises, particularly in younger people, fewer than one in 10 college students said they would curb their drinking for the good of their health.
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This comes as no great surprise. Expecting young people to change risky behaviour because of potential long-term harms is unlikely to be effective.  As the study indicates, price is a more powerful lever to push on.

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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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What price a life? Hepatitis C drug out of reach for millions (Aus)

What price a life? Hepatitis C drug out of reach for millions (Aus) | Alcohol & other drug issues in the media | Scoop.it
It’s twice as common as type 1 diabetes. It kills more Australians than HIV. One in every 100 of us lives with hepatitis C, but the disease receives little attention. Worldwide, around 150 million people…
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Horror start to 2014-15 summer season with six coastal deaths in a month (SA)

Horror start to 2014-15 summer season with six coastal deaths in a month (SA) | Alcohol & other drug issues in the media | Scoop.it
ALCOHOL mixed with water activities is one of the leading causes of marine rescues across the state, according the Surf Life Saving SA.
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A timely reminder of the role alcohol plays in drownings.

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Bali 'methanol poisoning': Jackson Tuckwell's mother tells of ordeal

Bali 'methanol poisoning': Jackson Tuckwell's mother tells of ordeal | Alcohol & other drug issues in the media | Scoop.it
The mother of a Stockton teenager who suffered suspected methanol poisoning while celebrating schoolies in Bali has warned of the dangers of drink-spiking on the popular tourist island.
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Report highlights poor drinking, smoking and drugs statistics for state (Tas)

Report highlights poor drinking, smoking and drugs statistics for state (Tas) | Alcohol & other drug issues in the media | Scoop.it

TASMANIA is still exceeding national average rates when it comes to smoking, drinking at risky levels and taking illicit drugs, a new report shows.

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More coverage of the new NDSHS data.

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DrugScope responds to Iain Duncan Smith's comments about methadone (UK)

On 16 November, The Sunday Telegraph published an article by Iain Duncan Smith, Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, entitledNow fight the methadone industry that keeps addicts hooked.

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Nice response to the latest example of high level methadone-bashing in the UK.

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Nine out of 10 problem drinkers aren't alcoholics, study says (USA)

You might think that people who throw back five or more drinks in a single outing or who down 15 or more drinks in a week are likely to be alcoholics. But a new US study finds that the overwhelming majority of them are not.
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Highlighting the importance of community level approaches to changing drinking behaviour.

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National Drug Strategy Household Survey: Bad habits twice as common in the bush (Aus)

National Drug Strategy Household Survey: Bad habits twice as common in the bush (Aus) | Alcohol & other drug issues in the media | Scoop.it
Australians in remote areas are twice as likely to smoke daily, engage in risky drinking and use methamphetamines than those in cities, according to figures to be 
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More coverage of the new NDSHS data to be released today. The full report is here: http://sco.lt/7QEVOr

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Alcohol research group calls for funding of a community defenders office (NSW)

The NSW-ACT Alcohol Policy Alliance is seeking government help to set up a "community defenders office" that would help residents navigate the alcohol licensing minefield.
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More coverage ahead of today's #NAAPA plan launch. Follow the hashtag on Twitter for updates.

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‘It’s sickening’: Children as young as six at risk as drug users dump syringes in Waitara scout grounds (NSW)

‘It’s sickening’: Children as young as six at risk as drug users dump syringes in Waitara scout grounds (NSW) | Alcohol & other drug issues in the media | Scoop.it
Scouts have been forced to get a sharps bin after the grounds of their hut became a drug den.
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Articles like this one pop up every so often. It's by no means the worst example, but this sort of coverage does little to promote an informed public understanding of the issues associated with public injecting.  Here's an example of how we've responded to the last Victorian story we've seen: http://www.regen.org.au/media-releases/345-sunburyneedlestick 

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Tian Molnar's curator insight, November 25, 10:47 PM

Its not every day articles like this one pop. It's by no means the worst example, but this sort of coverage does little to promote an informed public understanding of the issues associated with public injecting. 

As said in the title "children as young as six at risk drugs", is very eye opening.

Our society is changing for the worst, and it his needs to change.

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Alcohol ban could be on cards for Adelaide Crows

Alcohol ban could be on cards for Adelaide Crows | Alcohol & other drug issues in the media | Scoop.it
NEW Crows coach Phil Walsh’s determination to deliver elite standards at the Adelaide Football Club will lead to a control on alcohol among his players.
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