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Beer to become 'alcohol' in Russia on New Year's Day

Beer to become 'alcohol' in Russia on New Year's Day | Alcohol & other drug issues in the media | Scoop.it

Beer in Russia will become an alcoholic drink for the first time on New Year's Day. Tom Parfitt reports.

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Dying for Relief: Access to Pain Medication and Suicide in Russia

Dying for Relief: Access to Pain Medication and Suicide in Russia | Alcohol & other drug issues in the media | Scoop.it
A recent spate of suicides among cancer patients in Russia due to not being able to access effective pain relief medication shines a light on one of the most glaring p
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Drug policy is very personal. The impact of policy changes on people's lives can be profound. See this post from last year on the impact of Russian restrictions on pharmacotherapies: http://sco.lt/8iDFsf 

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Gilead uses Georgia as free-drug testbed for hepatitis C elimination

Gilead uses Georgia as free-drug testbed for hepatitis C elimination | Alcohol & other drug issues in the media | Scoop.it
LONDON (Reuters) - Gilead Sciences is seeking to convince governments and multilateral agencies worldwide that hepatitis C can be eliminated with a demonstration project in Georgia offering free drugs
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Expanding Naloxone use could reduce drug overdose deaths and save lives (USA)

Allowing more basic emergency medical service (EMS) staff to administer naloxone could reduce drug overdose deaths that involve opioids, according to a Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) study, “Disparity in Naloxone Administration by Emergency Medical Service Providers and the Burden of Drug Overdose in Rural Communities,” published in the American Journal of Public Health.

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Minister: Treat addicts as patients, not criminals (Ireland)

Minister: Treat addicts as patients, not criminals (Ireland) | Alcohol & other drug issues in the media | Scoop.it
New drugs minister Aodhán Ó Ríordáin said Ireland needed to “think differently” about how it approached the problem
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It seems the Minister is off to a good start in this new role.

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Alcoholic hepatitis treatments fail to keep patients alive (UK)

The main drugs used to treat alcoholic hepatitis are not effective at increasing patients' survival, a major study has found.
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Highlighting the obvious need for more effective treatment options. For other hepatitis treatment news, see our previous post on proposed PBS listing of HCV drugs: http://sco.lt/5oIjXV 

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What to do if your student son or daughter is taking drugs (UK)

What to do if your student son or daughter is taking drugs (UK) | Alcohol & other drug issues in the media | Scoop.it
Surveys suggest that many students experiment with drugs while at university. If you’re a worried parent what should you do?
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For more info on how to discuss AOD use with your kids, see the ADF's 'the other talk': http://theothertalk.org.au/ 

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Imagine a happier, healthier, more just Australia

Imagine a happier, healthier, more just Australia | Alcohol & other drug issues in the media | Scoop.it
Reinventing failure seems to be the default setting of our national policy makers.
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David Crosbie on the need for changes to mental health, justice and AOD policy.

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Talking Point: Funding cuts to welfare NGO make no sense (Tas)

Talking Point: Funding cuts to welfare NGO make no sense (Tas) | Alcohol & other drug issues in the media | Scoop.it

N 1989, Peter Cullen, a worker at the Sacred Heart Mission in St Kilda in Melbourne, wondered how the welfare system could better serve those dependent on it.

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Greg Barns highlights the community impacts of Federal funding cuts to services working with some of the most vulnerable members of our society. Here's what we've said on this issue recently: http://sco.lt/8hKirh 

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Queensland Rail staff test positive to alcohol, drugs

Queensland Rail staff test positive to alcohol, drugs | Alcohol & other drug issues in the media | Scoop.it
Nearly a dozen Queensland Rail train drivers and guards have been caught under the influence of alcohol or drugs at work in the last two years.
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Over-the-counter sale of codeine pain killers such as Nurofen Plus and Panadeine may end (Aus)

Over-the-counter sale of codeine pain killers such as Nurofen Plus and Panadeine may end (Aus) | Alcohol & other drug issues in the media | Scoop.it

Access to Nurofen Plus, Panadeine and other common painkillers sold to millions of Australians each year could soon be curtailed by health authorities amid ...

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Citing Turning Point's Matthew Frei, this piece highlights some of the challenges for policy makers in developing effective responses to our overuse of pain medications.

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Everyone loves my dad – they don’t know he’s an alcoholic (UK)

Everyone loves my dad – they don’t know he’s an alcoholic (UK) | Alcohol & other drug issues in the media | Scoop.it
Alcohol is so entrenched in our society, it’s not easy to spot someone with a problem. But my dad’s drinking is making him ill, and even that won’t stop him
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Nice piece on the long-term impacts of western drinking cultures on individuals and family members.

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Craft beers: Why you might just be drinking a lot more than you think... (Ireland)

Craft beers: Why you might just be drinking a lot more than you think... (Ireland) | Alcohol & other drug issues in the media | Scoop.it

More and more Irish people are saying make mine a craft beer, as they swap their usual pints for a seemingly more sophisticated tipple. 

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Highlighting the need for greater public awareness of the higher alcohol content of many craft beers.

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Here’s the new minister for drugs (Ireland)

Here’s the new minister for drugs (Ireland) | Alcohol & other drug issues in the media | Scoop.it
The government has agreed the appointment of a minister to deal with the National Drugs Strategy.
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Vancouver to become first Canadian city to regulate marijuana shops

Vancouver is about to become the first city in Canada where the business of selling marijuana will be regulated and permitted.
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Marijuana Price Wars: Colorado Recreational Pot Prices Expected To Fall Fast This Year

Marijuana Price Wars: Colorado Recreational Pot Prices Expected To Fall Fast This Year | Alcohol & other drug issues in the media | Scoop.it
Colorado's pot prices -- influenced by rising demand and black markets -- are likely to decline in 2015, analysts say.
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Cheap booze will still be on sale for two more years (Ireland)

Cheap booze will still be on sale for two more years (Ireland) | Alcohol & other drug issues in the media | Scoop.it
CHEAP alcohol will be on sale in shops for another two years, despite promises to outlaw it under new legislation.
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Ireland to consider legalising marijuana

Ireland to consider legalising marijuana | Alcohol & other drug issues in the media | Scoop.it
Ireland this week appointed a new Minister of State with Responsibility for Drug Strategy, and his first task will be to examine whether drug laws need to be relaxed.
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Less than 40 percent of pills bought in the UK actually contain MDMA

Less than 40 percent of pills bought in the UK actually contain MDMA | Alcohol & other drug issues in the media | Scoop.it
The Netherlands topped the pill poll of five countries at 70.5%
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Ice spread wipes out other drugs from market, NT police say

Ice spread wipes out other drugs from market, NT police say | Alcohol & other drug issues in the media | Scoop.it
CRYSTAL methamphetamine has such a strong grip on the Territory other drugs have almost completely disappeared from the market, police say.
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Smart phone gives a hangover pick-me-up advice (Aus)

Smart phone gives a hangover pick-me-up advice (Aus) | Alcohol & other drug issues in the media | Scoop.it
Can smartphones really help to reduce the damage caused by binge drinking?
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More on the HSM app. See yesterday's post for related coverage: http://sco.lt/79SsPB

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It’s a time of need for our true heroes (Aus)

THE outpouring of love and respect for Australia’s war dead and all who served our nation in combat was strongly evident during Saturday’s Anzac Day commemorations.
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Daily Telegraph editorial on mental illness, AOD misuse and relationship problems amongst military personnel.

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Ron Walker hails melanoma 'wonder drug' recommended for PBS listing (Aus)

Ron Walker hails melanoma 'wonder drug' recommended for PBS listing (Aus) | Alcohol & other drug issues in the media | Scoop.it
Businessman Ron Walker is thrilled that the drug he credits with saving his life could be made publicly available.
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At the end of this piece is news of confirmation that three new HCV treatment drugs have been recommended for PBS inclusion. This is good news for the 99% of the 230,000 Australians living with HCV but not receiving treatment.
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This year's scary new drug is neither new nor scary (USA)

This year's scary new drug is neither new nor scary (USA) | Alcohol & other drug issues in the media | Scoop.it
Dr. Carl Hart explains Flakka, the latest drug hysteria. Flakka is the new Bath Salts.
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With any emerging drug type, there is usually a fair degree of hysterical coverage (http://sco.lt/5lcMsr), Carl Hart cuts through the hype around Flakka.

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Expert slams drinks industry health campaigns (UK)

Expert slams drinks industry health campaigns (UK) | Alcohol & other drug issues in the media | Scoop.it
A leading expert on alcohol harm has hit out at drinks industry-funded health campaigns, arguing they are compounding the normalisation of excessive drinking.
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Citing the Institute of Alcohol Studies.

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An important message for cancer patients: Beware the ‘cannabis oil’ scammers UK)

An important message for cancer patients: Beware the ‘cannabis oil’ scammers UK) | Alcohol & other drug issues in the media | Scoop.it
We have become aware that scammers are tricking cancer patients and their families into handing over money for ‘cannabis oil’, yet receiving nothing in return. At least one of these fraudsters is using the email address ukcancerresearchcentre @ gmail.com and claiming to be based at 407 St John Street, London, which is the address of our London office. We [...]
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We've seen media reports of similar examples in Aus. Avoiding such scenarios is one clear argument for cannabis regulation.

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