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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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Ticking timebomb: why ice could be the new drug scourge of the outback

Ticking timebomb: why ice could be the new drug scourge of the outback | Alcohol & other drug issues in the media | Scoop.it
Concern is growing at the use of crystal meth, also known as ice, in remote communities, but services to keep the problem at bay have lost funding. And the ‘children of the intervention’ are the ones most at risk. A special report
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An extended piece on the impacts on remote communities of a reported resurgence of 'chroming', together with methamphetamine use and service funding cuts. See today's related coverage: http://sco.lt/8u5T3x.

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Ice in Australia: overseas crime gangs, not bikies, are the threat

Ice in Australia: overseas crime gangs, not bikies, are the threat | Alcohol & other drug issues in the media | Scoop.it
How does the ACC report help inform the debate around methylamphetamine, and what practical lessons can Australian society and law enforcement draw from it?
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Response to last week's ACC report: http://sco.lt/6XenvV

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Ice epidemic could bring nation to its knees, warns NSW Police Commissioner Andrew Scipione

Ice epidemic could bring nation to its knees, warns NSW Police Commissioner Andrew Scipione | Alcohol & other drug issues in the media | Scoop.it
THE ice epidemic could bring Australia to its knees and police will be powerless to prevent it unless the whole community joins the fight, NSW Police Commissioner Andrew Scipione has warned.
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As we've said previously, this sort of hyper-inflated language does little to increase public understanding of the actual harms associated with methamphetamine use. Yes, there are serious issues to be dealt with, but let's try to stick to the evidence.

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Bust up looms over pub lockout (Qld)

BRISBANE City Council is on a collision course with the State Government over a ­planned 1am lockout, having labelled the plan “ill-advised and a disastrous outcome for the night-time economy”.
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NHS bosses ask shops to stop selling legal highs (Scotland)

NHS bosses ask shops to stop selling legal highs (Scotland) | Alcohol & other drug issues in the media | Scoop.it
NHS chiefs are calling on shops to stop selling legal highs to curb an “alarming” strain on health services.
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Controversial anti-drugs group opposes medical marijuana plan (ACT)

Controversial anti-drugs group opposes medical marijuana plan (ACT) | Alcohol & other drug issues in the media | Scoop.it
An anti-drugs lobby group has told the Legislative Assembly that medical marijuana could act as a "Trojan horse" for illegal drug use in the ACT and any change to current laws could prompt an increase in addiction. 
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Citing Drug Free Australia.

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Our alcohol-drenched cricketing culture must change (Aus)

Our alcohol-drenched cricketing culture must change (Aus) | Alcohol & other drug issues in the media | Scoop.it
The mix of alcohol, sports, and TV advertising is detrimental to the nation's health.
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By FARE Australia's Michael Thorn. Lot's of discussion happening in the comments section. It's also published on DrinkTank: http://drinktank.org.au/2015/03/cricket-world-cup/ 

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Courts order ice addicts into rehab programs. There's just one problem. There aren't enough (NSW)

Courts order ice addicts into rehab programs. There's just one problem. There aren't enough (NSW) | Alcohol & other drug issues in the media | Scoop.it
NSW courts are repeatedly ordering ice users into treatment programs that do not exist, as funding cuts and staff shortages leave a generation of addicts alone and stranded without support.
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See related NSW methamphetamine coverage: http://sco.lt/7wxSE5 

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We came in lost and we leave damaged and angry - is that what society wants? (NSW)

We came in lost and we leave damaged and angry - is that what society wants? (NSW) | Alcohol & other drug issues in the media | Scoop.it
An inmate at a Sydney jail where an HIV-positive prisoner was found to be shooting up drugs and sharing needles with six other prisoners, has revealed that there were many more prisoners who shared needles with the man.
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See previous post about Hep C treatment in Sydney prisons: http://sco.lt/5TOSrB 

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Cure For HIV Found? Scientists Successfully Delete HIV From Human DNA (USA)

Researchers from Temple University have successfully deleted the HIV virus from a strand of human DNA for the first time ever, but when will the ground-breaking
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Pub changes hard to swallow for patrons (Qld)

Pub changes hard to swallow for patrons (Qld) | Alcohol & other drug issues in the media | Scoop.it
However, police union welcomes planned pubs and clubs reforms.
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Response to the announced introduction of 1am lockouts and 3am closures in Brisbane's Fortitude Valley precinct.

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A night out in Kings Cross: what the lockout laws have achieved – video (NSW)

King's Cross has changed dramatically since strict lockout and alcohol-sale laws were introduced – but for better or worse?
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Nice piece by Brigid Delaney on some of the broader impacts of the lockouts, including the emergence of alternative entertainment options in the nighttime economy. Featuring Matt Noffs.

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Daniel Andrews backs drug testing on construction sites as ice spreads (Vic)

Daniel Andrews backs drug testing on construction sites as ice spreads (Vic) | Alcohol & other drug issues in the media | Scoop.it
PREMIER Daniel Andrews has backed a new push for construction work site drug tests, two months after he axed an industry watchdog that conducted mandatory drug tests.
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More on this story.

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Health workers on front line in fight against drugs 'shocked' by $200m funding cut

Health workers on the front line in the fight against drug and alcohol abuse say they are shocked by the Federal Government's decision to cut millions in health funding.
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Citing QNADA, the PHAA and Odyssey House (NSW) on the impacts of Federal funding cuts to service delivery and workforce retention.

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HIV outbreak in Indiana hits ’epidemic proportions’ (USA)

HIV outbreak in Indiana hits ’epidemic proportions’ (USA) | Alcohol & other drug issues in the media | Scoop.it
HEALTH professionals are calling for radical changes after Indiana entered a public health emergency following a spike in HIV cases.
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Highlighting the obvious need for increased harm reduction measures (such as reliable access to clean injecting equipment) to reduce the harm to people who inject, their families and the broader community.

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WA courts see 50 per cent spike in drug driving cases

WA courts see 50 per cent spike in drug driving cases | Alcohol & other drug issues in the media | Scoop.it
WA COURTS are dealing with more drug-affected drivers than ever before, prompting warnings it has become the new battleground in the fight to keep our roads safe.
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Citing NDRI's Steve Allsop.

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Time for smokers to butt out in all public places (Vic)

Time for smokers to butt out in all public places (Vic) | Alcohol & other drug issues in the media | Scoop.it
IF I had my way, smokers would suck their cancer-causing tar sticks in bunkers hidden deep underground.
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Council ban legislation creating 'bizarre' laws, campaigners say (UK)

Council ban legislation creating 'bizarre' laws, campaigners say (UK) | Alcohol & other drug issues in the media | Scoop.it
A law that allows councils in England and Wales to ban certain activities in public is leading to "bizarre new criminal offences", campaigners say.
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Tainted booze kills nine in Indonesia

NINE Indonesian men have died after consuming alcohol mixed with mosquito repellent, police say, the latest deaths in the country linked to tainted drinks.
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Now the election is over, NSW badly needs a drug summit

Now the election is over, NSW badly needs a drug summit | Alcohol & other drug issues in the media | Scoop.it
The election is over and it is time for governing to resume. A top priority for whichever party finds itself in charge of NSW today must be dealing with the unfolding ice crisis.
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Sun Herald editorial focusing on the need for a co-ordinated, statewide response to methamphetamines.

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World first trials for hepatitis C wonder drug in Sydney's maximum security jails

World first trials for hepatitis C wonder drug in Sydney's maximum security jails | Alcohol & other drug issues in the media | Scoop.it
Two of NSW's maximum security jails are the focus of a world-first trial of a new wonder drug designed to stop the spread of the blood-borne disease Hepatitis C.
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This is good news.

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Cricket World Cup: 'How thirsty are you?' Social media reacts to Shane Warne's drinking questions and Australia's win

Cricket World Cup: 'How thirsty are you?' Social media reacts to Shane Warne's drinking questions and Australia's win | Alcohol & other drug issues in the media | Scoop.it
Australia has won their fifth Cricket World Cup, but Shane Warne's interrogation of winning players about their post-match drinking plans has caused a stir and generated some laughs on social media.
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Warne's commentary was only slightly more egregious than is usually the case in sports coverage. The fact that there has been this reaction is a good indication of how public attitudes are shifting and the increased awareness of the impacts of pervasive alcohol marketing.

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Marijuana cultivation in California is sucking streams dry, says new report

Marijuana cultivation in California is sucking streams dry, says new report | Alcohol & other drug issues in the media | Scoop.it
The drought-stricken state is facing further water shortages due to unregulated marijuana farms. Researchers say that needs to change - and fast
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Another reminder that drug policy does not exist in a vacuum. Any public policy initiative will have unintended consequences in other areas.

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Lockouts and 3am closing time served up (Qld)

Lockouts and 3am closing time served up (Qld) | Alcohol & other drug issues in the media | Scoop.it
Queensland, last drinks and lock-outs are coming.
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See accounts of the impacts of the Kings Cross lockouts on alcohol related violence and injuries: http://sco.lt/5y9l8zhttp://sco.lt/5E62iH 

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Mandatory drug and alcohol testing on work sites floated by union (Aus)

Mandatory drug and alcohol testing on work sites floated by union (Aus) | Alcohol & other drug issues in the media | Scoop.it
The new policy would prioritise workers' rehabilitation, and keep their jobs for when they returned.
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More on the CFMEU's change of position on workplace testing (see yesterday's post: http://sco.lt/50N34L). Good to see a focus on workers' welfare and reducing potential harms. It will be very interesting to see how employers respond.

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