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Anna Soubry (public health minister): minimum alcohol price will affect 'many responsible drinkers' (UK)

Anna Soubry (public health minister): minimum alcohol price will affect 'many responsible drinkers' (UK) | Alcohol & other drug issues in the media | Scoop.it

The minister suggested this may be a price worth paying, as she is "equally" aware that doctors "lay much of the blame for the change in our drinking culture at the hands of drink manufacturers and supermarkets for an abundance of cheap booze.”

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Prison needle exchange program compromise offered by union as part of EBA negotiations (ACT)

ACT Government considers union compromise on needle exchange at Alexander Maconochie Centre.
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This appears to be a positive development. The main obstacle to the NSP pilot being implemented appeared to be it's use as a bargaining chip in the EBA negotiations. Now that it's off the table, we would hope that it can now be implemented without further controversy.

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Big illicit drug seizures don't lead to less crime or drug use, study finds (NSW)

Big illicit drug seizures don't lead to less crime or drug use, study finds (NSW) | Alcohol & other drug issues in the media | Scoop.it
Large scale seizures of heroin, cocaine and amphetamines by police do not reduce the number of overdoses or arrests for possession and use of the drugs, a major Australian study has found.
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The BOCSAR study reached the unsurprising finding that increased level of seizures was more likely to indicate increased level of supply.

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Ziggi Ivan Santini's curator insight, Today, 3:18 AM

The price we pay for attempting to control the illegal drug market is HUGE! The monetary savings and tax income we could make from legalizing drugs would also be HUGE!

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Victorian state election 2014: Parties ‘under the influence’

Victorian state election 2014: Parties ‘under the influence’ | Alcohol & other drug issues in the media | Scoop.it
VICTORIA’S political parties are swimming in donations from the alcohol industry, raising concerns they have gone silent on anti-booze policies during the election campaign.
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Could Mr Andrews' announcement of plans for workplace breathtesting for MPs and judges (http://sco.lt/5Jzt9V) have anything to do with this from FARE Australia?

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LNP senator Ian Macdonald to co-sponsor medicinal cannabis bill (Aus)

LNP senator Ian Macdonald to co-sponsor medicinal cannabis bill (Aus) | Alcohol & other drug issues in the media | Scoop.it
Liberal National Party senator Ian Macdonald will co-sponsor a bill to legalise the medicinal use of cannabis nationally.
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Joining Richard Di Natale and David Leyonhjelm. The bill is due to be introduced next week.

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Alcohol must be 'top public health priority' (Belgium)

Alcohol must be 'top public health priority' (Belgium) | Alcohol & other drug issues in the media | Scoop.it

Raising awareness and developing a common evidence base are crucial to reducing alcohol-related harm, write Gauden Galea and Lars Møller.

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Most stop-and-searches unsuccessful (Scotland)

Most stop-and-searches unsuccessful (Scotland) | Alcohol & other drug issues in the media | Scoop.it

The majority of stop-and-searches conducted by Police Scotland failed to recover any illegal items, according to data obtained by BBC Scotland. Nearly 85% of the 42,826 consensual searches carried out in August and September 2014 were unsuccessful.

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Mirroring our earlier post from Nicolas Cowdrey and Alex Wodak: http://sco.lt/6nTwxt 

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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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Ziggi Ivan Santini's curator insight, Today, 3:02 AM

Prescription drug abuse is a highly prevalent issue and a serious public health problem.

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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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Energy drinks and alcohol can lead to intense risk-taking - but only for some (Aus)

University of Tasmania School of Psychology (Faculty of Health) researcher Dr Amy Peacock has presented her latest research on mixing alcohol and energy drinks at the Australasian Professional Society on Alcohol and other Drugs in Adelaide.

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Some (very) late-breaking coverage from the APSAD conference.

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$200,000 election victory party cancelled as Daniel Andrews vows to crack down on .05 violations (Vic)

$200,000 election victory party cancelled as Daniel Andrews vows to crack down on .05 violations (Vic) | Alcohol & other drug issues in the media | Scoop.it
State MPs would be breath tested at work and lose pay or face suspension from Parliament if found over the limit, under a pledge by Labor.
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Drug surveillance operations an abject failure (NSW)

It's time to look critically at how we deal with illicit drugs. If we continue to exaggerate the impact of superficially tough and expensive responses, it will only ensure continued failure.
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By Nicholas Cowdery and Alex Wodak on the ineffectiveness of focussing resources on detecting individual use, at music festivals and elsewhere.  See today's related post on stop and search effectiveness in Scotland: http://sco.lt/6J6s2z 

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Smoking, drinking and eating: public health should not be all about the individual (UK)

Smoking, drinking and eating: public health should not be all about the individual (UK) | Alcohol & other drug issues in the media | Scoop.it
Diseases linked to smoking tobacco, a lack of exercise, drinking alcohol and eating unhealthily are on the rise, even though we have more information than ever before on the risks involved. All indications…
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On the need for ongoing public health advocacy.

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Pubs 'no longer all about alcohol', says All Bar One-owner (UK)

Pubs 'no longer all about alcohol', says All Bar One-owner (UK) | Alcohol & other drug issues in the media | Scoop.it
Mitchells & Butlers, the UK's biggest managed pubs and restaurants group, says soft drinks now outsell alcohol at some of its brands
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Why do we pay so much for alcohol? (Aus)

Why do we pay so much for alcohol? (Aus) | Alcohol & other drug issues in the media | Scoop.it
You know the system is stuffed when both the liquor industry lobby groups and health bodies agree there’s a problem.
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Making the case for volumetric taxation, as recommended by the Henry Tax Review in 2009.

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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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