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Payment by results – a 'dangerous idiocy' that makes staff tell lies (UK)

Payment by results – a 'dangerous idiocy' that makes staff tell lies (UK) | Alcohol & other drug issues in the media | Scoop.it
Management based on outcomes makes good people do the wrong thing - and those most in need get a much poorer service, warns Toby Lowe
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Letting Go of God: How 12-Step Programs Are Losing Their Religion (USA)

Letting Go of God: How 12-Step Programs Are Losing Their Religion (USA) | Alcohol & other drug issues in the media | Scoop.it
We atheists and agnostics in AA have faced a long struggle for acceptance. But newer 12-step fellowships are leading the way to a more tolerant form of recovery—despite a "Back to Basics" backlash.
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Interesting piece on changes within the US recovery community.

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Use of synthetic cannabis drops (Aus)

Use of synthetic cannabis has halved among a group of regular stimulant drug users, a national drugs trends conference will hear today (October 20).
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Citing NDARC EDRS data.  It seems the market has spoken on synthetic cannabinoids: briefly popular but people have moved on.

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Fernando Caudevilla: Spanish doctor advises drug users on the dark web's Silk Road

Fernando Caudevilla: Spanish doctor advises drug users on the dark web's Silk Road | Alcohol & other drug issues in the media | Scoop.it
Family physician and illicit drugs expert Dr Fernando Caudevilla has taken doctor-patient confidence to a whole new level. For the past 18 months, 40-year-old Caudevilla has donated his spare time providing tailored harm reduction advice to users of the illicit drug markets on the so-called dark web.
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The Role of Heroin Assisted Treatment in Combating Vancouver Overdoses (Canada)

The Role of Heroin Assisted Treatment in Combating Vancouver Overdoses (Canada) | Alcohol & other drug issues in the media | Scoop.it
With overdoses spiking recently in Vancouver due to a dangerous batch of heroin, it's worth considering the vital role that heroin assisted treatment could play in the
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Woes of opium addiction shape Chinese debate on legalising marijuana

Woes of opium addiction shape Chinese debate on legalising marijuana | Alcohol & other drug issues in the media | Scoop.it
Detention of celebrity cannabis users leads some to question drug penalties, but China hasn't forgotten its 'century of humiliation'
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A useful insight into the ongoing influence of history on contemporary drug policy.

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Fertility warning: Coffee can harm your chances (USA)

Fertility warning: Coffee can harm your chances (USA) | Alcohol & other drug issues in the media | Scoop.it
Drinking too much coffee can radically reduce a man's ability to father children, a study has found.
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plus some odd findings on alcohol

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Ice addicts attacking Salvation Army workers trying to help them (Vic)

Ice addicts attacking Salvation Army workers trying to help them (Vic) | Alcohol & other drug issues in the media | Scoop.it
THE Salvation Army has expressed concerns over the safety of charity workers after four attacks on staff by ice users in the last two months.
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Halloween Candy: Marijuana Snacks Have Colorado And Washington State Warning Parents

Halloween Candy: Marijuana Snacks Have Colorado And Washington State Warning Parents | Alcohol & other drug issues in the media | Scoop.it
Halloween candy may be capable of making you fly high like a ghost due to marijuana legalization in Colorado. Pot shops are apparently selling Halloween candy
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Marijuana crusaders light up en-masse in Melbourne park

Marijuana crusaders light up en-masse in Melbourne park | Alcohol & other drug issues in the media | Scoop.it
A pro-cannabis rally in a Melbourne CBD park has seen people breaking the law, with many in the crowd smoking the drug while pushing for decriminalisation.
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Truckers on piece rates work longer hours, take more drugs, study finds (Aus)

Truckers on piece rates work longer hours, take more drugs, study finds (Aus) | Alcohol & other drug issues in the media | Scoop.it
Truck drivers who are paid incentives to reach their destinations take fewer breaks and more drugs behind the wheel, a new study has found.
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Highlighting some of the drivers (no pun intended) behind AOD use within particular industries.

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Ice Rush (Aus)

Ice Rush (Aus) | Alcohol & other drug issues in the media | Scoop.it

Monday 20th October, 2014 His name is 'Jake'. His name is 'Jake'. At 15 years old, he was an ice dealer, a user and a crystal meth cook. 'Jake' is the new face of crystal meth, or ice, in Australia. It's the drug that's ravaged our major cities. But now it's destroying country towns one by one.

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Preview of next week's Four Corners story on methamphetamines in regional and rural areas.

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Reducing recidivism could save WA millions, says Inspector of Custodial Services

Reducing recidivism could save WA millions, says Inspector of Custodial Services | Alcohol & other drug issues in the media | Scoop.it
WA could save more than $1 million by keeping 10 repeat offenders out of prison for just one year, the independent prisons inspector has said.
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Calls for greater investment in treatment programs.

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French law targets binge drinkers

French law targets binge drinkers | Alcohol & other drug issues in the media | Scoop.it

The French government has drafted a law aimed at tackling the growing problem of youth binge drinking. Anyone found guilty of inciting minors to drink excessive levels of alcohol could be sentenced to a year in prison or fined €15,000 (£12,000, $18,000).

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Not much detail on the police here, other than the reference to target marketing. Could it include something like 'secondary supply' provisions?

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Random breath testing for alcohol more important than drug testing of motorists, Centre for Automotive Safety Research report finds (SA)

Random breath testing for alcohol more important than drug testing of motorists, Centre for Automotive Safety Research report finds (SA) | Alcohol & other drug issues in the media | Scoop.it
ROAD safety experts have warned that time-consuming drug testing of motorists is being carried out at the expense of efforts to catch more dangerous drunk drivers.
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As with most other areas of AOD-related harm, the prevalence of alcohol harms outweigh all others.

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NSW drivers on drugs at a high

NSW drivers on drugs at a high | Alcohol & other drug issues in the media | Scoop.it
THE number of NSW motorists caught driving high on illegal drugs has nearly doubled in the past year.
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An interesting companion piece to our earlier posting on the comparative effectiveness of roadside drug testing, plus the usual complaints about court diversion programs.

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Alcohol blamed for 40% rise in liver disease deaths in 12 years (UK)

Alcohol blamed for 40% rise in liver disease deaths in 12 years (UK) | Alcohol & other drug issues in the media | Scoop.it
Regional study shows significant variations in mortality across country, and men twice as likely to be diagnosed as women
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Liver disease the 'firth big killer' behind heart disease, cancer, strokes and respiratory disease.

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Too much alcohol is again a recipe for pain and damage as punters drink too much and fall over (NSW)

Too much alcohol is again a recipe for pain and damage as punters drink too much and fall over (NSW) | Alcohol & other drug issues in the media | Scoop.it
AGAIN plenty of alcohol damage. On Saturday night damaged drinkers start coming to Emergency in numbers.
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Dr Gordian Fulde's regular update on weekend AOD related presentations at St Vincents' ED.

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Heroin substitute hits a new high as methadone use falls (Scotland)

Heroin substitute hits a new high as methadone use falls (Scotland) | Alcohol & other drug issues in the media | Scoop.it
THE use of expensive heroin substitute Suboxone has increased 11 fold in Scotland since the SNP came to power.
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A few conflicting ideas in this story, but certainly a more balanced discussion of ORT than is typical of mainstream Scottish media.

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Justice reinvestment saves huge costs of law-and-order auctions (Aus)

Justice reinvestment saves huge costs of law-and-order auctions (Aus) | Alcohol & other drug issues in the media | Scoop.it
A number of reports, most recently Victorian and NSW crime statistics, show crime rates are falling. But as election time looms in these states, their governments' focus on tough law-and-order policies…
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Highlighting the need for greater attention to prevention and treatment, as opposed to punishment.  Co-authored by the ANCD's Gino Vumbaca.

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WHO tobacco treaty makes significant progress despite mounting pressure from tobacco industry

MOSCOW - The sixth session of the Conference of the parties (COP6) to the WHO Framework Convention on Tobacco Control (FCTC) concluded today in Moscow. Several landmark decisions were adopted in the course of the six-day session, regarded as one of the most successful in the WHO FCTC’s history.

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Effective alcohol-related bills are unpopular; ineffective ones tend to get OK'd, U study finds (USA)

Effective alcohol-related bills are unpopular; ineffective ones tend to get OK'd, U study finds (USA) | Alcohol & other drug issues in the media | Scoop.it
The inability of our elected officials to pass laws that are effective in reducing excessive alcohol consumption has serious ramifications, researchers say.
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Putting some weight behind the concept that effective drug policies are unpopular and popular policies are ineffective.

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Psychosis fears after 'ice' use rises among injecting drug users (Aus)

Psychosis fears after 'ice' use rises among injecting drug users (Aus) | Alcohol & other drug issues in the media | Scoop.it
Hospitals and drug clinics are bracing themselves for more patients presenting with psychosis and cardiovascular problems after a significant increase in use of the drug "ice".
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Citing NDARC research on shifting patterns of consumption, away from snorting to smoking and injecting.

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‘Vortex of doom’ threat as latest drugs outwit the law (Aus)

‘Vortex of doom’ threat as latest drugs outwit the law (Aus) | Alcohol & other drug issues in the media | Scoop.it
IT is impossible for legislation to keep up with the explosion of new recreational drugs, an expert says.
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Coverage of this week's Australian Drugs Conference discussion.

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Vancouver police say rash of overdoses linked to fentanyl, not heroin (Canada)

Vancouver police say rash of overdoses linked to fentanyl, not heroin (Canada) | Alcohol & other drug issues in the media | Scoop.it
VANCOUVER - Police in Vancouver say a potent and potentially lethal drug called fentanyl, not heroin, is behind a rash of overdoses on the city's Downtown Eastside.
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Follow-up on yesterday's post. Great to see police recommending that people use Insite's superverised injecting centre. This is how harm reduction should work.

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First reported case of Google Glass internet addiction disorder (USA)

First reported case of Google Glass internet addiction disorder (USA) | Alcohol & other drug issues in the media | Scoop.it
Man being treated for alcoholism became irritable when made to take off his wearable tech, journal reports.
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Man says withdrawal from Glass use worse than from alcohol.

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