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Concerns About A.D.H.D. Practices and Amphetamine Addiction (USA)

Concerns About A.D.H.D. Practices and Amphetamine Addiction (USA) | Alcohol & other drug issues in the media | Scoop.it
The suicide of Richard Fee highlights issues in the treatment of A.D.H.D., as youths fake symptoms to feed their addictions to potentially dangerous stimulants.
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Suicide prevention services losing staff over health funding uncertainty (Vic)

Suicide prevention services losing staff over health funding uncertainty (Vic) | Alcohol & other drug issues in the media | Scoop.it
Organisations unable to get answers about whether they will be funded and fear their money will be cut.
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See also our recent piece on the impact of ongoing funding uncertainty on AOD services: http://sco.lt/8hKirh

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Lockout laws: assaults down 40 per cent in Sydney city, but no evidence we are drinking less

Lockout laws: assaults down 40 per cent in Sydney city, but no evidence we are drinking less | Alcohol & other drug issues in the media | Scoop.it
Incidents of violence are dramatically down in Kings Cross and the city and the first comprehensive analysis of the effect of lockout laws reveals a lot about the rest of Sydney.
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More on the impacts of the lockouts on violence and public safety, not only in Kings Cross, but across Sydney.

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Number of Qld prisoners testing positive to drugs doubles

Number of Qld prisoners testing positive to drugs doubles | Alcohol & other drug issues in the media | Scoop.it
The number of Queensland prisoners testing positive to drugs doubles since the last year.
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See also yesterday's post on the seemingly stalled process for the ACT prison NSP pilot: http://sco.lt/7Z5QoL

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Head trauma statistics back neurosurgeon's hunch (NSW)

Head trauma statistics back neurosurgeon's hunch (NSW) | Alcohol & other drug issues in the media | Scoop.it
It used to be a weekly occurrence for Dr Mark Winder – sitting a family down to break the news that their child had sustained a serious head injury that could be catastrophic.
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More on the impact of Sydney's lockouts on alcohol related injuries and assaults.

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Tasmania to greenlight cannabis farming, Capital Mining in deal for first licence

Tasmania to greenlight cannabis farming, Capital Mining in deal for first licence | Alcohol & other drug issues in the media | Scoop.it
Tasmania is set to give the green light for Australia's first legal medical marijuana grower, in what is expected to be the start of a new industry for the state. Capital Mining, a failed explorer with a plan to transform itself as the second ASX-listed cannabis company, has struck a deal that puts it in line to be granted the first license.
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Early days in the Australian greenrush.

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Underage grog shock: Coast bottleshops fail ID test (NSW)

Underage grog shock: Coast bottleshops fail ID test (NSW) | Alcohol & other drug issues in the media | Scoop.it
MORE than a third of Central Coast bottleshops have been caught selling alcohol to teenagers without ID, amid fears 250 illegal liquor sales are made to under-18s each week.
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Drug users should be able to get heroin from the health system (Canada)

Politicians may not like it, but evidence shows that giving heroin to some users reduces harm, argues Martin T Schechter

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Making the argument for Heroin Assisted Therapy: an effective response for the small proportion of people for whom other treatment options don't work.

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As heroin deaths rise, parents learn to give antidote (USA)

As heroin deaths rise, parents learn to give antidote (USA) | Alcohol & other drug issues in the media | Scoop.it
A blue nylon bag and 90 minutes of your time could mean the difference between life and death. The bag contains a kit with naloxone, the drug that can stop a heroin overdose. The hour and a half is the time it
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Highlighting the importance of getting naloxone to as many people as possible to prevent overdose fatalities.

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Developing a Human Rights Framework for the Study & Implementation of Drug Policy

Developing a Human Rights Framework for the Study & Implementation of Drug Policy | Alcohol & other drug issues in the media | Scoop.it
Drug control is a neglected and under-researched human rights theme despite the scale of human rights abuses occurring in its name each year. 
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Tobacco distributor fights plain packaging change (Ireland)

A distributor of a number of well-known tobacco brands says the Government cannot unilaterally introduce plain packaging on its products as a member of the EU.
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Marijuana stays on most dangerous drugs list after federal judge's ruling (USA)

Marijuana stays on most dangerous drugs list after federal judge's ruling (USA) | Alcohol & other drug issues in the media | Scoop.it
California judge declines to remove cannabis from Schedule 1 alongside heroin and LSD, saying: ‘This is not the court and this is not the time’
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Protection or Harm? Suppressing Substance-Use Data (USA)

What if it were impossible to closely study a disease affecting 1 in 11 Americans over 11 years of age — a disease that's associated with more than 60,000 deaths in the United States each year, that tears families apart, and that costs society hundreds of billions of dollars? What if the affected population included vulnerable and underserved patients and those more likely than most Americans to have costly and deadly communicable diseases, including HIV–AIDS? What if we could not thoroughly evaluate policies designed to reduce costs or improve care for such patients?

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Changes to health data reporting pose a particular challenge for AOD research and policy development in the US.

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Lockout laws have reduced numbers hospitalised due to alcohol-related violence (NSW)

Lockout laws have reduced numbers hospitalised due to alcohol-related violence (NSW) | Alcohol & other drug issues in the media | Scoop.it
Today we will receive the first official word on whether Sydney's lockout laws have been a success.
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By Toby Hall, CEO of St Vincent's Health Australia.

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Violence: Blaming the bloke but not the booze

Violence: Blaming the bloke but not the booze | Alcohol & other drug issues in the media | Scoop.it
Is alcohol-fuelled violence caused by the booze itself or by the macho culture in which the drinking occurs? If we are to believe a recent study commissioned by the alcohol company Lion, it’s the culture…
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Rod Brooks responds to the recent assertions by Anne Fox that violence is driven by culture, not alcohol.  Obviously, it's a bit more complex than that. 

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Queensland determined to call last drinks

Queensland determined to call last drinks | Alcohol & other drug issues in the media | Scoop.it
Sydney's last drinks plan a 'success', but Qld says it can do better.
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Extra measures to include earlier lockouts and restricting sale of shots.

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Opioids may not be the most harmful pain drugs after all... (Vic)

Opioids may not be the most harmful pain drugs after all... (Vic) | Alcohol & other drug issues in the media | Scoop.it
We have seen plenty of media reporting of the harm done by ‘overprescribing’ of opioid drugs for chronic pain (I use the parentheses because I challenge anyone to identify what the ‘right’ level of opioid…

Via Lives Lived Well
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Michael Vagg on the challenges of prescribing effectively for pain management and broader concerns about overuse of medications within our communities.

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Roll out lockout laws across NSW: doctor

Roll out lockout laws across NSW: doctor | Alcohol & other drug issues in the media | Scoop.it
THE "spectacular" results from late-night pub lockout laws in inner Sydney have sparked a fresh push to roll them out across NSW.
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Shane Warne astray on drinking advice

Shane Warne astray on drinking advice | Alcohol & other drug issues in the media | Scoop.it
Former cricketer Shane Warne caused a stir recently when he asked Australia’s victorious World Cup players, repeatedly, if they would celebrate by drinking alcohol.
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Sean Parnell on the shift in public attitudes towards alcohol and the Federal Govt's AOD policy/funding record.

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Substance misuse: why it's an exciting time to be on the frontline of recovery (UK)

Substance misuse: why it's an exciting time to be on the frontline of recovery (UK) | Alcohol & other drug issues in the media | Scoop.it
I’ve never been so enthusiastic about the change my job can deliver, yet I’m floored by the scale of the task and decreasing resources
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A nice piece on the motivating factors for workers in AOD treatment, research and policy, and the challenges imposed by emerging harms and funding cuts.

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Seattle Is Helping Drug Addicts Instead of Locking Them Up — and So Far It’s Working (USA)

Seattle is taking a revolutionary approach to treating drug abuse, diverting addicts who potentially face criminal charges to housing, treatment, and other services.
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See our related post on the expansion of Diversion programs in the States: http://sco.lt/9DoYXR

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Moving Beyond the War on Drugs: Using Evidence to Tackle the Causes of Drug Use (UK)

Moving Beyond the War on Drugs: Using Evidence to Tackle the Causes of Drug Use (UK) | Alcohol & other drug issues in the media | Scoop.it
Last week I hosted an open debate about substance misuse. It proved so popular we spent the evening adding chairs at the back of the room. In the midst of an election focused on austerity, inequality and our housing crisis, why is it that so many peo...
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Link between social anxiety and drug use offers opportunities for more effective treatment (USA)

A team led by Case Western Reserve researchers has identified a promising approach to lowering relapse rates among youths addicted to illegal drugs or alcohol. In a study of nearly 200 teenagers admitted to a residential treatment center, Maria Pagano, Ph.D., confirmed the prevalence of social anxiety issues as well as the benefits of measures designed to alleviate social distress. These findings were posted online this month in the journal Alcoholism: Clinical and Experimental Research.
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‘Public health’ initiatives by the drinks industry do not work and should not be allowed (Ireland)

Commercial interests have no place in public health, writes addiction counsellor Rolande Anderson.
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Alcohol in films linked to adolescents' drinking habits (UK)

Alcohol in films linked to adolescents' drinking habits (UK) | Alcohol & other drug issues in the media | Scoop.it

The more adolescents witness alcohol consumption in films, the more likely they are to try alcohol and participate in risky drinking behaviour, according to new research from the University of Bristol, published today in Pediatrics.

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Opposition calls for co-ordinated government response to ice (ACT)

Opposition calls for co-ordinated government response to ice (ACT) | Alcohol & other drug issues in the media | Scoop.it
A co-ordinated approach is needed to reduce ice addiction in the territory, says ACT Opposition Leader Jeremy Hanson.
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Citing Directions' Fiona Trevelayn.

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