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Ketamine: Leading the Way Toward Fast-Acting Antidepressants (US)

Ketamine: Leading the Way Toward Fast-Acting Antidepressants (US) | Alcohol & other drug issues in the media | Scoop.it
It's an anesthetic popular with vets, but the latest studies show ketamine also shows promise as a potential antidepressant.
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The intelligent approach is expanding options for families (Qld)

The intelligent approach is expanding options for families (Qld) | Alcohol & other drug issues in the media | Scoop.it

QNADA felt the need to respond to an article in the Gold Coast Bulletin that suggested that "dumb" people with uncontrollable ice problems breeding more kids is the cause of a spike in defendants in the local Children's Court."  We argue for the expansion of treatment options for families.

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Nice response by QNADA (the peak body for the AOD sector in Qld) to the latest example of welfare recipient bashing that shows no understanding of the core issues. It's a particular concern that there are now two faculty members at Bond University that are making the argument that poor people don't have the same reproductive rights as the rest of the population. With this sort of sustained media coverage, it's only a matter of time before we start seeing arguments for forced sterilisations, as regularly proposed by organisations like Project Prevention (http://www.projectprevention.org/). With the Turnbull Govt already racheting up the inflammatory rhetoric (to justify punitive policy measures) on people who receive Centrelink payments, this sort of uninformed stereotyping (and gross simplification of the complex issues in play) is the last thing we need.

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Mum didn't know daughter drank (WA)

Mum didn't know daughter drank (WA) | Alcohol & other drug issues in the media | Scoop.it
THE mother of a teenager who died after a night of heavy drinking at her 18th birthday party has told an inquest she did not even know her daughter drank alcohol.
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Coverage of day 2 of the coronial inquest into the apparent alcohol overdose, with greater focus on the possible role of a 'rectified' spirit in Ms Bicknell's death. See yesterday's coverage: http://sco.lt/5J7uNt

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'Someone could die': Does our shearing industry have an ice problem? (Aus)

'Someone could die': Does our shearing industry have an ice problem? (Aus) | Alcohol & other drug issues in the media | Scoop.it
The shearers shake their heads and won't talk about drugs. "We have to work with each other," they say.
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We know that the workplace pressures of many agricultural, mining and transport jobs in rural and regional areas contribute to problematic use of stimulants, as people seek chemical assistance to stay awake/alert in order to work long hours at physically demanding tasks. We also know that rural and regional communities are experiencing particular harms associated with methamphetamine use. There are many issues to be addressed here. Animal welfare is one of them. Another is providing communities with access to appropriate (and sufficiently resourced) treatment and support services as part of a holistic response to the complex issues in play.

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Jane Philpott says pharmaceutical heroin a potential lifesaver in opioid epidemic (Canada)

Jane Philpott says pharmaceutical heroin a potential lifesaver in opioid epidemic (Canada) | Alcohol & other drug issues in the media | Scoop.it
Giving people with severe addictions prescription heroin could save lives as Canada continues to struggle with a opioid overdose epidemic, says Health Minister Jane Philpott.
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Good to see Govt leadership in educating the public about the importance of treatment options like prescription heroin for the small proportion of people for whom other treatment options are ineffective.

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Duterte doing 'unbelievable job': Trump

US President Donald Trump praised Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte for doing an "unbelievable job on the drug problem" during a phone conversation last month, the New York Times has reported, quoting a transcript of the call.
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Is this the most troubling indicator yet for the future of US drug policy under the Trump administration?

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Controversial Perth Naltrexone doctor supports welfare testing

"As for the people who are on Centrelink - the majority - probably more than 50 per cent are drug or alcohol dependent and that's a terrible problem."
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Another issue on which Dr O'Neill is at odds with the evidence (and those who are guided by it). See this week's related post on the impacts of cashless welfare cards on Aboriginal communities where they have been piloted: http://sco.lt/680Xa5. Here's our response to the Turnbull Govt's proposed drug testing of welfare recipients: http://sco.lt/5LlsrR

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“It’s About Politics And Social Engineering”: How Police Drug Tests Target The Poor

“It’s About Politics And Social Engineering”: How Police Drug Tests Target The Poor | Alcohol & other drug issues in the media | Scoop.it
New data shows the drug most commonly involved in road crashes isn't even tested for by police.
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Osman Faruqi highlights some of the inconsistencies in drug testing policies, particularly the exclusion of benzos (most commonly implicated in accidents) and cocaine (similar level of involvement as MDMA) from roadside testing.

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Music festivals want to let revellers test drugs before taking them (UK)

Music festivals want to let revellers test drugs before taking them (UK) | Alcohol & other drug issues in the media | Scoop.it
Organiser of events including Reading and Latitude hope to get support from police forces across country for radical scheme
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Citing The Loop's Fiona Measham on the importance of such measures to help people make informed decisions about their drug use and prevent potential harm. See today's related post on the work of The Loop and other UK harm reduction services: http://sco.lt/4jmqgr

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When mum or dad is an alcoholic (UK)

When mum or dad is an alcoholic (UK) | Alcohol & other drug issues in the media | Scoop.it
What's it like to grow up with a parent who drinks? Four women share their stories.
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A frank discussion of the impacts on the lives of affected children.

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'Half a glass of wine every day' increases breast cancer risk (UK)

'Half a glass of wine every day' increases breast cancer risk (UK) | Alcohol & other drug issues in the media | Scoop.it
That's what a report says - but we look at all the risks of breast cancer for women.
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Regular alcohol consumption one of a range of risk factors.

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New meth-testing rules pointless without regulation - critics (NZ)

New meth-testing rules pointless without regulation - critics (NZ) | Alcohol & other drug issues in the media | Scoop.it
New standards for methamphetamine contamination in houses are pointless if the meth testing industry itself is not regulated, the government has been told.
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NZ Drug Foundation's Ross Bell highlights some of the problems associated with these measures.

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Welfare card increases crime (WA)

Welfare card increases crime (WA) | Alcohol & other drug issues in the media | Scoop.it
THE cashless welfare card championed by mining billionaire Andrew Twiggy Forrest has done nothing to reduce methamphetamine use and instead backfired by leading to a crime surge, prostitution and rorting, WAs leading Aboriginal health group warns.
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The cashless card that quarantine's a proportion of people's welfare payments has been trumpeted as a great success by the Turnbull Govt and is a central plank of its proposed welfare reforms. These revelations should come as no surprise to anyone familiar with disadvantage and AOD dependence. See our response to the Govt's proposed drug testing of welfare recipients: http://sco.lt/5LlsrR

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Britain follows Australia's lead on plain packaging for tobacco

Britain follows Australia's lead on plain packaging for tobacco | Alcohol & other drug issues in the media | Scoop.it
Britain has introduced tough new rules which mean cigarettes and tobacco products must be sold in plain green packets and feature prominent, graphi
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The new measures took effect on Saturday.

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For these Philly librarians, drug tourists and overdose drills are part of the job

For these Philly librarians, drug tourists and overdose drills are part of the job | Alcohol & other drug issues in the media | Scoop.it

Since the opioid crisis began surging throughout the country last summer, the McPherson library staff has noticed new settlers on their lawn: "drug tourists." 

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A fascinating piece that highlights both the caring and pragmatic response by McPherson library staff and the extent to which overdose has become normalised in parts of the US. What would be even better would be if people had a Medically Supervised Injecting Centre to use and be monitored by medical professionals, not having the responsibility displaced to librarians.

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Americans favor treatment, not enforcement, to address opioid crisis

Many Americans have been directly touched by the opioid crisis—more than a quarter of Americans and more than a third of millennials, report knowing someone who has been addicted to opioids or prescription painkillers
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Citing a new study by the American Psychiatric Association.

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Study finds mushrooms are the safest recreational drug

Study finds mushrooms are the safest recreational drug | Alcohol & other drug issues in the media | Scoop.it
People taking mushrooms in 2016 needed medical treatment less than for MDMA, LSD and cocaine, while one of the riskiest drugs was synthetic cannabis
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More Global Drug Survey coverage.

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White House dials back cuts to drug control office (USA)

White House dials back cuts to drug control office (USA) | Alcohol & other drug issues in the media | Scoop.it
Trump's budget office declined comment before it releases the full budget today.
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The revised funding cut to the Office of National Drug Control Policy is now 5%, as opposed to the original 95%.

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Australians the biggest bong users in the world, survey finds

Australians the biggest bong users in the world, survey finds | Alcohol & other drug issues in the media | Scoop.it
The fictional Will Tripp is white, employed and almost 40. His drug of choice is alcohol, but he is next most likely to smoke marijuana.
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2017 Global Drug Survey's Australian findings highlight the need for harm reduction education on cannabis (e.g. not mixing with tobacco) and highlight the role our geographical isolation plays in increasing risks with emerging psychoactives purchased via online markets.

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WA teen died after birthday binge drinking game

WA teen died after birthday binge drinking game | Alcohol & other drug issues in the media | Scoop.it
A teenager had a fatal blood alcohol reading of 0.319 per cent after she played drinking games with her friends and family on her 18th birthday, an inquest i
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Initial reporting from the three-day inquest.

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Report on pubs and clubs penalty regime kept secret (NSW)

Report on pubs and clubs penalty regime kept secret (NSW) | Alcohol & other drug issues in the media | Scoop.it
The government has not released a review of the "three strikes" scheme despite changes coming before Parliament.
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Former High Court justice Ian Callinan's review of the NSW licensing system not released, but govt introduces legislation to reduce penalties for licencees.

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Fewer US teens are boozing it up

Fewer US teens are boozing it up | Alcohol & other drug issues in the media | Scoop.it
(HealthDay)—American teens are hitting the bottle less often than they did 25 years ago, new research reveals.
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More evidence that (at least, when it comes to alcohol) the kids are alright. This data reflects broad patterns in Aus, UK and USA of reduced overall consumption by young people, with a corresponding concentration of alcohol related harms amongst groups sometimes referred to as 'super binge drinkers'. See today's related coverage of such harms: http://sco.lt/5J7uNt

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Meet the Woman Testing Your Drugs at This Summer's Festivals (UK)

Meet the Woman Testing Your Drugs at This Summer's Festivals (UK) | Alcohol & other drug issues in the media | Scoop.it
Fiona Measham, boss at The Loop, is expanding the drugs testing service from two independent festivals to a load of major events around the UK.
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Nice piece on the work of The Loop and other UK harm reduction services. See today's related post on the expanded drug checking at upcoming festivals: http://sco.lt/7h5Jw1

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Illicit drug use among U.S. workforce most prevalent in 12 years: study

Illicit drug use among U.S. workforce most prevalent in 12 years: study | Alcohol & other drug issues in the media | Scoop.it

In 2016, American workers tested positive for illicit drugs at the highest rate in 12 years, according to an annual study conducted by Quest Diagnostics.

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It's worth noting that the source for this story (Quest Diagnostics) is a publicly listed company with 2016 revenues of $7.5 billion: http://newsroom.questdiagnostics.com/index.php?s=30664. Some scepticism of claims promoting the need for workplace testing is appropriate when they are being made by the companies that provide testing services.

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Another woman accused of drug smuggling, another hypocritical display of moral judgement (Aus)

Another woman accused of drug smuggling, another hypocritical display of moral judgement (Aus) | Alcohol & other drug issues in the media | Scoop.it
Salacious media coverage of Cassandra Sainsbury serves no purpose except to turn a deadly trade into cheap and nasty entertainment.
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A great piece by Ruby Hamad on the impact of stigma on public perception of drug related issues and the role media plays in leveraging that stigma to boost ratings/circulation.

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WA State Government to 'fast-track' medicinal cannabis prescriptions

WA State Government to 'fast-track' medicinal cannabis prescriptions | Alcohol & other drug issues in the media | Scoop.it
The State Government will 'fast track' the availability of medicinal cannabis for people in pain, the terminally ill and those suffering a chronic condition.
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While it's good to see the McGowan Govt addressing systemic access barriers on medicinal cannabis, this approach is in stark contrast to the Govt's rhetoric (and policy) on methamphetamine. It's not a contradiction that is limited to WA, but one that underpins the general shift in Australian cannabis policy.

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