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Drug Makers Losing a Bid to Foil Generic Painkillers (US)

Drug Makers Losing a Bid to Foil Generic Painkillers (US) | Alcohol & other drug issues in the media | Scoop.it
The companies making the narcotic painkillers OxyContin and Opana have introduced tamper-resistant pills, hoping to slow adoption of the drugs’ generic versions.
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Should ice users be given glass pipes in supervised drug consumption rooms? (Aus)

Should ice users be given glass pipes in supervised drug consumption rooms? (Aus) | Alcohol & other drug issues in the media | Scoop.it
Leading drug experts have called for more money to be spent on treatment and prevention to tackle illicit drug use.
ReGenUC's insight:

More coverage of Alex Wodak and Matthew Frei's MJA article, highlighting the need for a greater focus on harm reduction. See the article (http://sco.lt/9IqPLt) and yesterday's related post: http://sco.lt/8HLC1x

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It's time we talk about the addiction killing more Australians than heroin and ice combined

It's time we talk about the addiction killing more Australians than heroin and ice combined | Alcohol & other drug issues in the media | Scoop.it
Prescription drug overdoses are causing more deaths than the road toll. But we don't hear anything about it. Awareness is key in reducing these numbers.
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Citing Hester Wilson and the ADF's Ilka Burnham-King on some of the risks associated with over prescribing and misuse of prescription opioids.

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Why Are Dealers Cutting Fentanyl into Recreational Drugs? (Canada)

Why Are Dealers Cutting Fentanyl into Recreational Drugs? (Canada) | Alcohol & other drug issues in the media | Scoop.it
Everything from cocaine to heroin is being cut with fentanyl.
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Highlighting the overdose risks associated with the prevalence of fentanyl in Canada. Cheap and relative easy to synthesise, it is reportedly being sold as a wide variety of drugs (not only heroin), leading to a significant increase in overdose fatalities amongst those who do not inject. See also our recent post on increasing US overdose deaths amongst people who use cocaine: http://sco.lt/5Zmq93

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Inmates in Irish prisons will soon have access to e-cigarettes

Inmates in Irish prisons will soon have access to e-cigarettes | Alcohol & other drug issues in the media | Scoop.it
A new smoking policy for the prison service is currently being finalised.
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It will be interesting to see the outcome of this policy as an example of the challenge e-cigarettes pose to smoking bans.

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White House expects US Justice Department to step up crackdown on recreational marijuana

White House expects US Justice Department to step up crackdown on recreational marijuana | Alcohol & other drug issues in the media | Scoop.it
The US Justice Department will step up enforcement of federal law against recreational marijuana, White House spokesman Sean Spicer has said, offering the Trump administration's strongest indication to date of a looming crackdown on the drug, even as a solid majority of Americans believe it should be legal. 
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More signs of turbulence ahead for US drug policy.

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Forget the hangover, under-25s turn to mindful drinking (UK)

Forget the hangover, under-25s turn to mindful drinking (UK) | Alcohol & other drug issues in the media | Scoop.it
Non-alcoholic drinks are taking off in pubs and bars as a new fashion for abstinence takes over among young people
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More evidence that (in spite of all the usual claims to the contrary) the kids are alright.

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Drug treatment services in Victoria short changed in federal government’s $300 million action plan

VICTORIAN drug treatment services have received less than $10 million to battle the ice epidemic, more than a year after the federal government launched its $300 million action plan.

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VAADA's Sam Biondo calls out the the shortfalls in PHN finding ongoing uncertainty of Federal funding for AOD treatment programs. Reportedly, Minister Hunt will announce a funding extension this week. See our piece on the impacts of the lack of long-term service funding on the capacity of treatment providers: http://www.regen.org.au/news-advocacy/regen-in-the-media/588-opinion-drug-treatment-services-need-funding-certainty-09-04-15. It is disappointing to say the least that there have been no significant improvements in this area since we wrote it two years ago. Thanks to VAADA for making the text of this article available.

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GHB, a party drug that's easy to overdose on but was once used in childbirth (Aus)

GHB, a party drug that's easy to overdose on but was once used in childbirth (Aus) | Alcohol & other drug issues in the media | Scoop.it
It's easy to overdose on the recreational drug GHB, as recent cases in Melbourne show.
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Julaine Allan provides a brief history of the drug and its use. See this Stonetree post for some general harm reduction tips: https://stonetreeaus.wordpress.com/2012/11/30/ghbgbl-and-harm-reduction/.

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Revellers, please look after yourselves (NSW)

Revellers, please look after yourselves (NSW) | Alcohol & other drug issues in the media | Scoop.it
AGE is no barrier to injury. It is definitely not just the young who get intoxicated and suffer pain and grief due to excess alcohol.
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Gordian Fulde's regular summary of the AOD-related presentations at the St Vincents ED in Sydney.

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Police issue warning to Secret Garden festival goers after two overdoses (NSW)

Two drug overdoses and 28 drug detections were made at an electronic music festival south-west of Sydney on Friday.
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Sydney injecting room a success: PM

The prime minister says a supervised drug injecting room on the edge of his Sydney electorate has been a success, days after the Victorian government baulked at opening one in Melbourne.
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Perhaps the PM could consider funding centres in other cities? The need for MSICs extends well beyond Sydney and Melbourne.

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Perhaps the PM could consider funding centres in other cities.?The need for MSICs extends well beyond Sydney and Melbourne.

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Overdose reversal drug to be subsidised (Vic)

A drug used to reverse the effects of heroin overdose will be subsidised by the Victorian government in a bid to reduce overdose deaths.
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This was announced last night at the Family Drug Support Day event at Parliament House: https://www.facebook.com/pg/ReGenUC/photos/?tab=album&album_id=968463756618481. That's one of Coroner Hawkins' recommendations acted on. Now for the MSIC!

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New law could force more drug and alcohol addicts into compulsory rehabilitation (NZ)

New law could force more drug and alcohol addicts into compulsory rehabilitation (NZ) | Alcohol & other drug issues in the media | Scoop.it
Law change could force more drug addicts into rehab, but will centres be able to cope?
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One question about this measure is sector capacity to cope with increased demand. The other is the effectiveness of forced treatment. Just what impact this legislation will have will depend largely on the detail of how it is implemented (little of which is available here). FYI, you can see our submission to the 2015 review of Victoria's Severe Substance Dependence Treatment Act here: http://www.regen.org.au/images/stories/Advocacy/2015_NDS_consultation_v2.0.pdf

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The need for more balanced media reporting (Aus)

The need for more balanced media reporting (Aus) | Alcohol & other drug issues in the media | Scoop.it

To those who work in the health system, ‘ice’ (crystal methamphetamine) is but one problem among many and pales into the background of the prevailing problems of addiction and misuse of alcohol and drugs.  

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Ian Webster considers the recent controversy around the ABC 'Ice Wars' series as an example of the distorted presentation of AOD concerns in mainstream media and its impact on public opinion and public policy.

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Plain packets help smokers quit by killing brand identities (Aus)

Plain packets help smokers quit by killing brand identities (Aus) | Alcohol & other drug issues in the media | Scoop.it
Smokers no longer derive a sense of identity from cigarette brands after plain packaging rule was introduced in Australia, helping them to kick the habit
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Citing new Aus research on the impacts of plain packaging on smoking rates: 'between 2010 and 2013, the proportion of daily smokers in Australia dropped from 15.1 to 12.8 per cent – a record decline. The number of calls to quit helplines also increased by 78 per cent after the policy change.'

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Why baby boomers are hitting the bottle like never before (UK)

Why baby boomers are hitting the bottle like never before (UK) | Alcohol & other drug issues in the media | Scoop.it
Disillusioned over-50s risk serious health problems because of alcohol
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Reflecting similar concerns in Australia and elsewhere.

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More Education, Less Indoctrination: the Improved US Approach to Drug Use

More Education, Less Indoctrination: the Improved US Approach to Drug Use | Alcohol & other drug issues in the media | Scoop.it

The US government’s approach to drug education has come a long way since the days of “Just Say No”, but changes to the strategy are still needed to reduce the harms of drug use.

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Laura K Ann notes the changes to NIDA's D.A.R.E program since the 80s and the need for further improvement.

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Sniffer Dogs: Doing More Harm Than Good (UK)

Sniffer Dogs: Doing More Harm Than Good (UK) | Alcohol & other drug issues in the media | Scoop.it
Emily Lyon, a 17-year old girl who died at the London O2 Arena last year, had collapsed from an ecstasy overdose, the inquest heard last week. She had taken a quarter of a gram on the way to the venue, and then a further quarter whilst standing in the queue, after seeing sniffer dogs and fearing they would discover the illegal drugs on her person. After complaining of feeling unwell and overheating, she was rushed to hospital and died around three hours later. A fellow Esher College student, who supplied Emily and her friends with the pills, was arrested the next
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Reflecting similar concerns about their use in Aus.

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Test all pregnant women for smoking, say NHS chiefs (UK)

Test all pregnant women for smoking, say NHS chiefs (UK) | Alcohol & other drug issues in the media | Scoop.it
The plan, which is supported by the Royal College of Midwives, is part of a wider drive to discourage cigarettes at hospitals
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The effectiveness of such a measure will depend on how it is implemented. While it is a positive move to increase awareness of the impacts of smoking during pregnancy and support women to quit or reduce their consumption, a draconian approach will only make women less likely to seek support and access health services.

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Ice epidemic not a criminal issue: experts (Aus)

Drug experts are calling for a change of attitude from the Australian government toward the serious health and social issue of ice addiction.
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Citing a new MJA article by Matthew Frei and Alex Wodak.

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Labor orders police Meth Border Force (WA)

Labor orders police Meth Border Force (WA) | Alcohol & other drug issues in the media | Scoop.it
A METH Border Force targeting WAs ports and interstate road routes will be established if Labor wins power in a fortnight.
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WA Labor picks up on Commissioner O'Callaghan's comments last weeks about the challenges of restricting the supply of methamphetamine into WA: http://sco.lt/6su60P

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America’s battle with drugs: Fatal overdoses spike among white, middle-aged men

America’s battle with drugs: Fatal overdoses spike among white, middle-aged men | Alcohol & other drug issues in the media | Scoop.it
Some states are struggling under a worsening heroin and prescription medication epidemic.
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ACT Health warns of dangerous ecstasy-type 'MDMA' party drug being sold in Canberra

ACT Health warns of dangerous ecstasy-type 'MDMA' party drug being sold in Canberra | Alcohol & other drug issues in the media | Scoop.it
A "potentially fatal" party drug is being sold in Canberra in pink and clear capsules, ACT Health has warned.
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See the ACTINOS Project report here: http://sco.lt/5sATD7 

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Safe injecting room trial wins backing of influential officer Ron Iddles (Vic)

Safe injecting room trial wins backing of influential officer Ron Iddles (Vic) | Alcohol & other drug issues in the media | Scoop.it
A safe injecting room for heroin users should be trialled in Richmond to help curb drug deaths, the departing head of the Police Association has said.
ReGenUC's insight:

Yet another example of the 'former...' speaking out in support of evidence based drug policy. Here's hoping our current members of Parliament can finally get behind a MSIC when the announced inquiry reports back in September.

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'High income not the cause for WA's drug epidemic': Top cop

'High income not the cause for WA's drug epidemic': Top cop | Alcohol & other drug issues in the media | Scoop.it
​Western Australia's police commissioner has questioned Premier Colin Barnett's claim that drug use is rife in the state because of high incomes.
ReGenUC's insight:

Good to see Commissioner O'Callaghan refuting this dubious claim by Premier Barnett. See this follow-up coverage: https://thewest.com.au/politics/state-election-2017/colin-barnett-sticking-to-meth-use-caused-by-high-wages-line-ng-b88396270z

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