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Bolivia Reduces Coca Plantings by Licensing Growers

Bolivia Reduces Coca Plantings by Licensing Growers | Alcohol & other drug issues in the media | Scoop.it
The world’s third-largest cocaine producer has taken an unorthodox approach to controlling the growing of coca that veers markedly from the wider war on narcotics.
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Time has come to talk about legalising drugs (Vic)

Time has come to talk about legalising drugs (Vic) | Alcohol & other drug issues in the media | Scoop.it
IT’S nearly three years since I used this literary real estate to provoke conversation on the decriminalisation of drugs. I didn’t know then if it was an appropriate response. I still don’t.
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By Eddie McGuire. Good to see the Herald Sun publishing this. The comments give a good indication of how far we have to go before we can have an evidence-based drug policy debate.

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Bitcoin's use by Aussie 'mums and dads' to buy illicit drugs is hindering police investigations, senate inquiry hears

Bitcoin's use by Aussie 'mums and dads' to buy illicit drugs is hindering police investigations, senate inquiry hears | Alcohol & other drug issues in the media | Scoop.it
It's not only hardened criminals using virtual cryptocurrencies for illicit purposes. Mums and dads are too.
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Alcohol consumption and related problems are way over the limit and it’s time to say no (NSW)

Alcohol consumption and related problems are way over the limit and it’s time to say no (NSW) | Alcohol & other drug issues in the media | Scoop.it
TONIGHT at a forum in Sydney, representatives from our major parties will announce their policies for the upcoming state election to reduce alcohol-related harm and ­violence.
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Longer piece by St Vincent's Health CEO Toby Hall on the need to extend the Sydney lockouts.

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Here's One Simple Way We Can Change The Conversation About Drug Abuse (USA)

Here's One Simple Way We Can Change The Conversation About Drug Abuse (USA) | Alcohol & other drug issues in the media | Scoop.it
The negative words we use to describe drug addiction -- "clean" vs. "dirty," "patient" vs. "addict" -- can drive some individuals away from the very help they so desperately need. To reduce that stigma, we need...
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An important reminder of the power of language to either stifle, or support change. There will probably always be debate about terminology, as long as we have competing concepts of addiction/dependence and whether it's a disease, disorder or something else.  But, one thing we can do is promote the use of person-centred language to help reduce stigma.  If we're able talk about people affected by AOD use as people first, we're well on the way to developing a better community understanding of the issues.

In Australia, Mindframe Media have done great work in improving media coverage of mental health issues (http://www.mindframe-media.info/for-media).  We still have a long way to go to achieve similar progress for AOD. You can also see DrugScope's UK media guide: http://www.drugscope.org.uk/resources/Media+Guide 

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Police grilled over drug testing (WA)

Police grilled over drug testing (WA) | Alcohol & other drug issues in the media | Scoop.it
Senior WA cop asked to explain why his officers conduct comparatively few roadside drug tests.
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Is SA the benchmark against which all roadside testing systems should be judged?

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Stronger police powers aimed at halting would-be drug dealers and gangsters from committing serious crime (NSW)

Stronger police powers aimed at halting would-be drug dealers and gangsters from committing serious crime (NSW) | Alcohol & other drug issues in the media | Scoop.it
WOULD-BE drug dealers and gangsters will be stopped before committing a crime, under new police powers promised by NSW Premier Mike Baird.
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There's not really any indication here of how these proposed measures are supposed to prevent dealing. From the article, the target is violent crime but, as with any legislation, the impact is really determined by how it would be implemented.

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We need to talk about ChemSex: risks of Hep C and HIV are high (UK)

More gay men in the UK are presenting to clinicians with complicated issues associated with drug use and consent to sex in ChemSex environments (taking recreational drugs during sex and attendance at sex parties). David Rowlands highlights the issues around this controversial topic based on responses to his February online poll.

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A reminder of the impact intoxication can have on decision making and risky behaviour, and the need for ongoing harm reduction programs.

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Drinks industry has no place in anti-alcohol campaigns (Ireland)

Drinks industry has no place in anti-alcohol campaigns (Ireland) | Alcohol & other drug issues in the media | Scoop.it
When young people are told to drink responsibly, the emphasis is always on ‘drink’
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UK government must vote against the United Nations’ ketamine control plan

UK government must vote against the United Nations’ ketamine control plan | Alcohol & other drug issues in the media | Scoop.it
Letters: In developing countries ketamine is commonly used in caesarean sections and without it many women enduring difficult labours would die
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Synthetics in Aus

Synthetics in Aus | Alcohol & other drug issues in the media | Scoop.it
SBS World News Australia - bringing you the global & national news that matters. Watch SBS ONE 6.30pm nightly and 10.30pm Mon-Fri, listen at 6am & 6pm Mon-Fri.
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Last night's The Feed episode featuring a story on the use and impacts of synthetic drugs in Australia.

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Man escapes conviction for driving under influence of drugs after eating hemp seeds (ACT)

Man escapes conviction for driving under influence of drugs after eating hemp seeds (ACT) | Alcohol & other drug issues in the media | Scoop.it
A Canberra magistrate has urged ACT lawmakers to test hemp seeds to see if they could trigger drug-driving screening tests.
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Another point to consider in the debate about the effectiveness of roadside testing in determining current intoxication/impairment.

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Deadly high: The legal drugs killing our kids

Deadly high: The legal drugs killing our kids | Alcohol & other drug issues in the media | Scoop.it
THEY are the deadly drugs hitting our streets, and they just keep on coming.
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Coverage from last night's episode of episode of The Feed: http://sco.lt/5pQ1b7

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Drug-drive changes & 'drugalysers' come into force (UK)

Drug-drive changes & 'drugalysers' come into force (UK) | Alcohol & other drug issues in the media | Scoop.it

New regulations aimed at stopping people driving while on drugs have come into force in England and Wales.

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Australian Rugby Union to conduct review of its illicit drugs policy

Australian Rugby Union to conduct review of its illicit drugs policy | Alcohol & other drug issues in the media | Scoop.it
THE Australian Rugby Union will conduct a detailed review of its illicit drugs policy regardless of Thursday’s outcome when Karmichael Hunt’s cocaine charges reach court.
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New program aims to get serial drunk offenders on the straight and narrow (Vic)

New program aims to get serial drunk offenders on the straight and narrow (Vic) | Alcohol & other drug issues in the media | Scoop.it
REPEAT drunk offenders will have the option of going into an alcohol diversion program as part of a new Victoria-first initiative launched in Dandenong last week.
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Our Alcohol: Considering Change program (http://www.regen.org.au/education/client-courses/acc) has been running as a de facto diversion program for some time now, but it's good to see a more systematic approach in Dandenong.

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Why the CBD lockout should be rolled out right across NSW

Why the CBD lockout should be rolled out right across NSW | Alcohol & other drug issues in the media | Scoop.it
THE CBD’s late-night lockout laws could be rolled out across Sydney and NSW under a push from the state’s top hospital dealing with booze-fuelled violence.
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St Vincent's Health CEO says serious alcohol-related trauma has halved since the start of the lockout system.

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New study examines risk factors for use of synthetic marijuana among teens (USA)

Synthetic cannabinoids ("synthetic marijuana"), with names like Spice, K2, Scooby Doo and hundreds of others, are often sold as a "legal" alternative to marijuana. Often perceived as a safe legal alternative to illicit drug use, synthetic marijuana use was associated with 11,561 reports of poisonings in the United States between January 2009 and April 2012.
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Police predict number of drug drivers will skyrocket (Qld)

Police predict number of drug drivers will skyrocket (Qld) | Alcohol & other drug issues in the media | Scoop.it
SUNSHINE Coast police expect the number of drug drivers to skyrocket under new plans to ramp up roadside testing for illegal substances.
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More on the announced increase in police capacity to conduct roadside drug testing in Qld.

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Renewed alert on heroin being sold as cocaine in Amsterdam

Renewed alert on heroin being sold as cocaine in Amsterdam | Alcohol & other drug issues in the media | Scoop.it
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Renewed public health warning following the apparent retargetting of tourists. See our related post from December: http://sco.lt/8iv3Nx

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Queensland cops increase drug driver testing

Queensland cops increase drug driver testing | Alcohol & other drug issues in the media | Scoop.it
Drug drivers in Queensland are more likely to be caught by more than 200 extra police trained to undertake roadside testing, the state's top cop says.
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Tobacco industry accused of 'intimidation and interference' in Kenya

Tobacco industry accused of 'intimidation and interference' in Kenya | Alcohol & other drug issues in the media | Scoop.it
Researchers suggest British American Tobacco has undue influence over the Kenyan government and is in breach of WHO tobacco convention
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MEASURING ADDICTION RECOVERY: A SECTOR WIDE CONSENSUS SEEKING EXERCISE (UK)

In recent months, we have undertaken focus groups and consultations with users of addiction services in order to identify some core indicators of recovery. This work has produced 28 indicators that most service users feel are important. We now wish to consult service providers and other key stakeholders working within the addictions field to see whether or not they agree that the 28 indicators are important.

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Online survey for UK stakeholders. Our updated Recovery Oriented Practice position statement and supporting evidence are here: http://www.regen.org.au/advocacy 

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Teens are being used as guinea pigs in the synthetic drugs market. And police can't keep up (Aus)

Teens are being used as guinea pigs in the synthetic drugs market. And police can't keep up (Aus) | Alcohol & other drug issues in the media | Scoop.it
The low volume, high frequency internet drugs market makes it hard for police to target. And even harder for teenagers to know what they’re taking
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More from Andy Park on the use and impacts of synthetics in Aus: http://sco.lt/5pQ1b7

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Tasmanian poppy crops cuts likely at UN drug commission meeting

Tasmanian poppy crops cuts likely at UN drug commission meeting | Alcohol & other drug issues in the media | Scoop.it
Tasmanian poppy growers expect to hear their crop area will be cut at a UN conference this week.
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City chiefs may ban methadone handouts in heart of Dundee (Scotland)

City chiefs may ban methadone handouts in heart of Dundee (Scotland) | Alcohol & other drug issues in the media | Scoop.it
City chiefs may ban methadone handouts in heart of Dundee
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More from the rich vein of methadone bashing in Scotland. Why describe the practice of dispensing medication as a 'handout'?

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