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Doctors 'turning to drugs' (UK)

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Doctors 'turning to drugs' | UK | - Breaking news from around the UK
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Cuts to Indigenous anti-smoking programs will contribute to early deaths of smokers (Aus)

Cuts to Indigenous anti-smoking programs will contribute to early deaths of smokers (Aus) | Alcohol & other drug issues in the media | Scoop.it
The Tackling Indigenous Smoking Program has suffered budget cuts of $130 million over five years according to its national coordinator Tom Calma He says cutting the programs anti-smoking initiative
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Uruguay marijuana sales delayed until 2015

Uruguay marijuana sales delayed until 2015 | Alcohol & other drug issues in the media | Scoop.it
Sales of marijuana in Uruguay have been delayed till next year due to difficulties in legalising the drug.
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How Will Police Regulate Stoned Driving? (US)

How Will Police Regulate Stoned Driving? (US) | Alcohol & other drug issues in the media | Scoop.it
When Colorado and Washington state each passed ballot measures legalizing marijuana for recreational use late last year, one legal challenge was resolved, but another was just beginning Before, marijuana was simply prohibited. Now it has to be regulated. With their new legal standards for possession and use, Colorado and Washington now have to draw hard lines on a rather hazy landscape, creating legal standards not just for for taxation and licensing, but also some far more nebulous questions, like how much marijuana is reasonable for a single person to possess, and even what constitutes legal intoxication. Meanwhile, forty-eight other states are watching closely to see exactly how they do it.
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Alarming number of drink-drivers allowed to stay on road as .02 limit mooted (Vic)

Alarming number of drink-drivers allowed to stay on road as .02 limit mooted (Vic) | Alcohol & other drug issues in the media | Scoop.it
SENIOR police are again calling for debate on reducing the legal drink-driving limit to .02. Currently first offenders who are just over the limit of 0.05 are fined and lose points but are often keep their licence and continue to drive.
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Pubs agree to serve weaker house wines in deal to beat alcohol laws (UK)

Pubs agree to serve weaker house wines in deal to beat alcohol laws (UK) | Alcohol & other drug issues in the media | Scoop.it
More than 20,000 pubs and bars across England have said they would offer house wines containing no more than 12 per cent alcohol to head of new alcohol laws.
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How the Drug Trade Criminalizes Women Disproportionately (South America)

How the Drug Trade Criminalizes Women Disproportionately (South America) | Alcohol & other drug issues in the media | Scoop.it
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Marijuana Is A Boomer Business (US)

Cause met commerce at the Cannabis Business Summit.
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An interesting article looking at the burgeoning marijuana industry in the U.S.  It also explains the interaction between the state and federal government laws around marijuana. 

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The Obama administration does not approve of a law making it a crime to use drugs while pregnant (US)

The Obama administration does not approve of a law making it a crime to use drugs while pregnant (US) | Alcohol & other drug issues in the media | Scoop.it
The Tennessee law is the first of its kind and is aimed at the nationwide rise in opiate abuse.
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Ice: wave of madness (Aus)

Ice: wave of madness (Aus) | Alcohol & other drug issues in the media | Scoop.it
Crystal meth is rocketing in popularity and presents very different health issues to other illicit drugs.
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An article quoting Professor Nicole Lee, who spoke at our Innovations seminar this year. 

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Ceduna income management scheme aims to stop cycle of alcohol, violence (SA)

There are high hopes a new income management scheme launched on South Australias west coast today will help stop the cycle of alcohol and violence The people of Ceduna and surrounding communities wi
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Legal cannabis, ecstasy campaigner named Victorian of the Year (Vic)

Legal cannabis, ecstasy campaigner named Victorian of the Year (Vic) | Alcohol & other drug issues in the media | Scoop.it
A professor who wants cannabis and ecstasy legalised is named Victorian of the Year at a Melbourne ceremony.
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ReGen congratulates Professor Penington on being named Victorian of the Year.

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Injecting rooms just the start of much-needed drug reform (Aus)

Injecting rooms just the start of much-needed drug reform (Aus) | Alcohol & other drug issues in the media | Scoop.it
After my son Damien died in 1997 due to a heroin overdose I became convinced that we needed to do everything in our power to keep people who use drugs safe and alive.
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Schizophrenia and cannabis use may share common genes (UK)

Schizophrenia and cannabis use may share common genes (UK) | Alcohol & other drug issues in the media | Scoop.it
Genes that increase the risk of developing schizophrenia may also increase the likelihood of using cannabis, according to a new study led by King's College London, published today in Molecular Psychiatry.
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Scary to think it could cause irreversible brain damage

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As A Mom In Recovery, How Do I Explain My Addiction To My Kids?

As A Mom In Recovery, How Do I Explain My Addiction To My Kids? | Alcohol & other drug issues in the media | Scoop.it
All this not drinking sometimes made me want to drink. The realization that my sons would need to understand my recovery made me want to drink even more....
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We know this is something most parents recovering from problematic AOD use think about.  A good read. 

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This is Nimbin: inside the “refugee camp for the war on drugs” (NSW)

This is Nimbin: inside the “refugee camp for the war on drugs” (NSW) | Alcohol & other drug issues in the media | Scoop.it

"A look inside Australia's pot paradise." 

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Australians are smoking fewer cigarettes, drinking less alcohol but getting fatter, a Roy Morgan survey shows

Australians are smoking fewer cigarettes, drinking less alcohol but getting fatter, a Roy Morgan survey shows | Alcohol & other drug issues in the media | Scoop.it
WE’RE smoking eight million fewer cigarettes a day, drinking fewer glasses of alcohol and exercising more, but our better habits are not cutting our waistlines which are growing by 200g a year.
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Drug cartels are causing a refugee crisis (Central, North & South America)

Drug cartels are causing a refugee crisis (Central, North & South America) | Alcohol & other drug issues in the media | Scoop.it

"Officials in the United States might be tempted to view the disturbing surge in young refugees as simply a border security issue. But the problem is far more complex than that – the drug cartels are now major players in Central American countries, driving vulnerable populations northward to the United States to enhance their own profits.  And America’s hardline prohibitionist drug war is only making things worse."

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Australia comes top of global list for recreational drug use in United Nation’s 2014 World Drug Report

Australia comes top of global list for recreational drug use in United Nation’s 2014 World Drug Report | Alcohol & other drug issues in the media | Scoop.it
AUSTRALIA, a country of sports champions, innovators … and drug takers.
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Health to tackle drinking and babies (Aus)

Health to tackle drinking and babies (Aus) | Alcohol & other drug issues in the media | Scoop.it
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Indigenous alcohol inquiry slams industry (WA)

Indigenous alcohol inquiry slams industry (WA) | Alcohol & other drug issues in the media | Scoop.it
The WA Police Commissioner has slammed alcohol suppliers for their inaction in resolving chronic alcohol abuse issues in regional WA communities.
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The paradox of Iran’s war on drugs and its progressive treatment of addiction

The paradox of Iran’s war on drugs and its progressive treatment of addiction | Alcohol & other drug issues in the media | Scoop.it
There are stories some people might not expect to read about Iran – and its progressive drugs policy is one. As a number of countries begin to slowly reconsider their approach towards illicit drugs, following…
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Ministers unite in opposition to medical marijuana trials (Tas)

Ministers unite in opposition to medical marijuana trials (Tas) | Alcohol & other drug issues in the media | Scoop.it
Key Tasmanian legislators unite in opposition to the cultivation and processing of medical cannabis.
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Young Australian women out-drink their mothers (Aus)

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Campaign will see free kits to help reduce overdose death handed out (Wales)

Campaign will see free kits to help reduce overdose death handed out (Wales) | Alcohol & other drug issues in the media | Scoop.it
DRUGS workers will be handing out free kits to reverse the fatal effects of heroin overdoses this week as part of a major health promotion across Swansea, Neath and Port Talbot and Bridgend. The...
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Victoria tops nation in meth arrests (Vic)

Victoria tops nation in meth arrests (Vic) | Alcohol & other drug issues in the media | Scoop.it
Victorian Police made the most amphetamine-related arrests in the country last year, and also arrested a record number of drug traffickers.
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