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Drug policy loophole needs closing: Bartel (Aus)

Drug policy loophole needs closing: Bartel (Aus) | Alcohol & other drug issues in the media | Scoop.it
Geelong's delegate with the AFL Players Association says three-strikes must remain.
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Drug suspect 'rises from dead' to declare support for Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte's war on drugs

Drug suspect 'rises from dead' to declare support for Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte's war on drugs | Alcohol & other drug issues in the media | Scoop.it
Lindsay Murdoch reports from the war that will not end until every drug suspect surrenders, is caught or killed.
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A telling example of the power of internalised stigma. There is no greater indication of just how deep the problems associated with illicit drug use go in the Philippines than the fact that people believe that this is how they deserve to be treated. It's also worth noting that the President has also made threats of violence against domestic critics and begun removing opponents from public office: http://www.nytimes.com/2016/09/21/world/asia/duterte-philippines-drug-war.html?_r=0. In such an environment (where people are seeking imprisonment in the belief that it will reduce their chances of being extrajudicially executed by police or death squads), it will be hard to find many amongst those who are directly at risk who are willing to go on record to challenge the President's brutal policies. To take action, see Amnesty International's request for urgent action in demanding that Philippine authorities respect basic human rights: https://www.amnesty.org/en/documents/asa35/4857/2016/en/

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Teenager's drug treatment cost $1.3m over three years (WA)

Teenager's drug treatment cost $1.3m over three years (WA) | Alcohol & other drug issues in the media | Scoop.it
A study of Perth teenagers treated for drug and alcohol problems at hospital emergency departments has revealed one was readmitted 272 times in three years at a cost of $1.3 million.
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Featuring NDRI research on the costs associated with managing AOD use in Emergency Department settings and highlighting the need for early interventions.

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There's a Breaking Bad showbag at the Royal Melbourne Show

There's a Breaking Bad showbag at the Royal Melbourne Show | Alcohol & other drug issues in the media | Scoop.it
There's no blue crystal meth inside -- or the sophisticated chemistry equipment required to manufacture it -- but there's still something for Walter Whit
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Do we really need the merchandising of fictional methamphetamine producers being sold alongside kids' toys? No. Will it sell? Almost certainly.

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Australian Bar Association calls for gambling and alcohol companies to pay legal services levy

Australian Bar Association calls for gambling and alcohol companies to pay legal services levy | Alcohol & other drug issues in the media | Scoop.it

GAMBLING and alcohol companies should pay a levy to help fund legal services, according to a peak lawyers’ group.

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The proposal is based on the link between gambling, alcohol and other drugs and court workloads.

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Opioid Epidemic Costs U.S. $78.5 Billion Annually: CDC

Opioid Epidemic Costs U.S. $78.5 Billion Annually: CDC | Alcohol & other drug issues in the media | Scoop.it
Economic burden includes health care, lost productivity and treatment programs
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Underlying the economic imperatives for greater investment in treatment and evidence based policy measures.

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Why do poor people have more alcohol-related deaths than rich people? (UK)

Why do poor people have more alcohol-related deaths than rich people? (UK) | Alcohol & other drug issues in the media | Scoop.it

Medic Conor Walsh has won an award for his essay on why lower socioeconomic groups suffer more alcohol-related harm, even though they drink less.

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Mr Walsh argues that, while there are greater numbers of people who abstain from aclohol use amongst disdavantaged groups, there are also higher rates of binge drinking, resulting in high concentrations of alcohol related harm. He also recognises the impacts of the social determinants of health as contributing to alcohol related harm. You can see the essay here: http://www.m-c-a.org.uk/documents/2016_essay_2. See also yesterday's post on Scottish figures about problematic drinking by wealthy Scots: http://sco.lt/94whnt.

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Ice Action Grants Support Local Communities (Vic)

Twelve Victorian community groups will receive Community Ice Action Grants with almost $118,000 in funding announced today.

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Media release from Vic Minister for Mental Health, Martin Foley

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Wealthy Scots drinkers consuming hazardous levels of alcohol

Wealthy Scots drinkers consuming hazardous levels of alcohol | Alcohol & other drug issues in the media | Scoop.it
The wealthiest Scots are drinking the most dangerous levels of alcohol, with 35 per cent of the richest households consuming hazardous amounts of drink compared to 18 per cent of the poorest households.
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More evidence challenging the common assumption that alcohol related harm is concentrated within disadvantaged communities.

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'Make us safer': Majority of public want a lower drink-drive limit (UK)

'Make us safer': Majority of public want a lower drink-drive limit (UK) | Alcohol & other drug issues in the media | Scoop.it
In a survey, commissioned by Public Health England, 77 per cent of people were in favour of the law being changed so drivers cannot legally consume as much alcohol before getting behind the wheel.
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The British Social Attitudes Survey also found majority support for minimum pricing of alcohol. You can see the full report here: http://www.bsa.natcen.ac.uk/

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The British Social Attitudes Survey also found majority support for minimum pricing of alcohol. You can see the full report here: http://www.bsa.natcen.ac.uk/

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Student union to hand out drug-testing kits at University of Melbourne campus

Student union to hand out drug-testing kits at University of Melbourne campus | Alcohol & other drug issues in the media | Scoop.it
Students will be able to test the potency of their party drugs using kits distributed at the University of Melbourne.
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More coverage of the SSDP initiative. See Monday's related post: http://sco.lt/8N46Az

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Standard packs - the experience from ‘down under’ (UK)

Standard packs - the experience from ‘down under’ (UK) | Alcohol & other drug issues in the media | Scoop.it
The official blog of Public Health England, providing insight and commentary on all aspects of public health, including health protection, health improvement, wellbeing, data and knowledge
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Nice review of the public health impacts of Australia's move to plain packaging.

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Young people think roll-your-own cigarettes are healthier, researchers say (NZ)

Young people think roll-your-own cigarettes are healthier, researchers say (NZ) | Alcohol & other drug issues in the media | Scoop.it
Young people are labouring under the false impression roll-your-own cigarettes are healthier than manufactured ones because they are more natural, when they could actually be at - New Zealand Herald
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Teenage cannabis use rises in Europe

Teenage cannabis use rises in Europe | Alcohol & other drug issues in the media | Scoop.it
Teenage cigarette and alcohol use is declining across Europe but the numbers using cannabis are growing, an EU survey shows.
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Obviously, there is significant variation in findings across EU member states, but the alcohol and tobacco findings are broadly consistent with Australian data. You can see the full report here: http://www.espad.org/report/home/.

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New laws may force SA kids into drug rehab

Kids addicted to drugs in South Australia could be forced to spend up to a year at a treatment facility under new laws proposed by the state opposition.
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In spite of the well-recognised lack of evidence for forced treatment models as being any more effective than voluntary treatment, the SA opposition follows the lead of the WA (http://sco.lt/6J0WrR) and NT (http://sco.lt/8fOTZ3) governments. This article gives no indication of whether the proposed legislation would be accompanied by new funding for increased capacity within the SA treatment system, or whether those subjected to such orders would simply displace people voluntarily seeking treatment.

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Injecting centre hits back at critics (NSW)

Injecting centre hits back at critics (NSW) | Alcohol & other drug issues in the media | Scoop.it

CLAIMS that overdose cases at the Kings Cross drug injecting centre are being handballed to hospitals to cover up overdose deaths are untrue, the centre’s head Marianne Jauncey has said.

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Marianne counters some of the myths (and deliberate misrepresentations) about the MSIC's work, amidst calls for it to be moved.

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Canberra judge says prison needle exchange could help ease infection problem

Canberra judge says prison needle exchange could help ease infection problem | Alcohol & other drug issues in the media | Scoop.it
An ACT Supreme Court judge has told a court a prison needle exchange "would do much to resolve" the spread of infection among inmates who used share
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Good to see Justice Refshauge recognising the evidence supporting prison NSPs. This article indicates that, while the proposal has been comprehensively rejected by prison officers, there may still be options to keep it alive.

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Don't bother locking up your daughters, but keep a close eye on your sons (Aus)

Don't bother locking up your daughters, but keep a close eye on your sons (Aus) | Alcohol & other drug issues in the media | Scoop.it
High school finishes for 70,000 young women and men in NSW on Friday at 3pm. You've spent the last six years talking to them about what it means to be an adult
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Jenna Price on the importance of parental role modelling of responsible alcohol consumption.

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The town that started national anti-ice drug campaign reports mixed results one year on (NSW)

The town that started national anti-ice drug campaign reports mixed results one year on (NSW) | Alcohol & other drug issues in the media | Scoop.it
A country community in New South Wales unites to fight the myths and stigma surrounding the drug ice, one year after it began a national campaign to dob in dealers.
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Wellington community members stand up against stigma and call for greater resourcing of treatment services in their area.

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Ex police chief in cannabis rethink call (UK)

Ex police chief in cannabis rethink call (UK) | Alcohol & other drug issues in the media | Scoop.it
Former deputy chief constable Alan McQuillan says it is time to consider decriminalising cannabis.
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Mr McQuillan makes the obvious argument that current policies mean that illicit drugs are 'a cash cow for organised crime'.

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Pain Patients Are Opting For Cannabis Over Pharmaceuticals, New Studies Show (USA)

Pain Patients Are Opting For Cannabis Over Pharmaceuticals, New Studies Show (USA) | Alcohol & other drug issues in the media | Scoop.it
The Washington Post have reported on the findings of newly published research which reveals that, in U.S. states with access to medicinal cannabis, purchases of pharmaceutical painkillers have plummeted. Indeed, the long running assumption that cannabis has value as an effective analgesic, buoyed by an enormous backlog of anecdotal evidence, is beginning to find scientific grounding in the … Continued
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More on the early impacts of cannabis law reform on demand for prescription and illicit drugs in the US. See other recent coverage on this topic: http://sco.lt/4kIhxR, http://sco.lt/87IdMH

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Rise in e-cigarettes use as smoking falls in Scotland

Rise in e-cigarettes use as smoking falls in Scotland | Alcohol & other drug issues in the media | Scoop.it
The number of Scots using e-cigarettes has increased “significantly” while smoking levels have descreased, new research has found.
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Both the number of people smoking and the number of cigarettes they smoke continues to fall. As would be expected, the increase in vaping is highest amongst those aged 16-34.

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GP struck off for prescribing addictive medicines to addicted patients (NSW)

GP struck off for prescribing addictive medicines to addicted patients (NSW) | Alcohol & other drug issues in the media | Scoop.it
A Sydney doctor who has delivered seminars on drug dependency has been struck off the register of medical practitioners for prescribing addictive painkillers t
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It's important to remember that overprescribing of opioids, benzos and other medications is not just limited to individual cases (such as Dr Lo's), but is a much broader concern within our health system. See today's related post on US data showing that opioids are more used than tobacco: http://sco.lt/53uQaX.

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Sleep habits, adolescent drug and alcohol use linked, shows research (USA)

A possible link between adolescent sleep habits and early substance abuse has been identified by researchers. The study found that both sleep duration and sleep quality during late childhood predict alcohol and cannabis use later in adolescence.

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With some obvious implications for parents and youth services.

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Opioids may affect how we perceive 'cuteness' of babies (USA)

Opioid dependence -- which includes dependence on drugs such as heroin -- affects how 'cute' we perceive images of children to be, new research shows. As cuteness can trigger caregiving motivation, this result indicates that the opioid system may have significant effects on our ability to care for others. The implications of this may need to be considered in any consideration of medical or recreational opioid use.

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There are some obvious potential implications here for practice with opioid-dependent mothers with newborns in order to support mother-baby attachment.

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Prescription painkillers are more widely used than tobacco, new federal study finds (USA)

Prescription painkillers are more widely used than tobacco, new federal study finds (USA) | Alcohol & other drug issues in the media | Scoop.it
In 2015, more American adults used prescription painkillers than used cigarettes, smokeless tobacco or cigars -- combined, the study says.
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Citing SAMHSA data: in 2015 38% of Americans used prescription opioids, 31% used tobacco.

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