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Irish among biggest cocaine users in Europe

IRELAND has one of the highest rates of cocaine use in Europe, a new report shows.
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Drinking alcohol while pregnant 'common' (Aus)

Drinking alcohol while pregnant 'common' (Aus) | Alcohol & other drug issues in the media | Scoop.it
DRINKING alcohol while pregnant is very common, while women who smoke are much more likely to indulge, according to a new study.
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It's worth noting here that the BMJ study also found that those women who did drink during their pregnancy did so 'at very low levels'.

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NRMA supports ACT's zero-tolerance drug-drive regime

NRMA supports ACT's zero-tolerance drug-drive regime | Alcohol & other drug issues in the media | Scoop.it
The ACT Government and NRMA have defended the territory's drug drive laws, as the zero-tolerance regime is criticised for dragging unimpaired motorists before Canberra's courts.
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See last week's article citing David McDonald on the need for an impairment-focussed approach: http://sco.lt/6zvCoj.

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Denver activists campaign to allow cannabis consumption in bars (USA)

Denver activists campaign to allow cannabis consumption in bars (USA) | Alcohol & other drug issues in the media | Scoop.it
Petition seeks to permit ‘limited social marijuana consumption’ with activists hoping to get question on November ballots
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Cannabis should be legal and tobacco illegal, says new survey (UK)

Cannabis should be legal and tobacco illegal, says new survey (UK) | Alcohol & other drug issues in the media | Scoop.it
Cannabis should be legal and tobacco should be made illegal, according to a new survey for young people.
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The survey also highlights risky behaviour, particularly the high rates of people using AOD on their own.

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Hospitals’ ice violence sees staff having to restrain patients in emergency departments and wards (Tas)

Hospitals’ ice violence sees staff having to restrain patients in emergency departments and wards (Tas) | Alcohol & other drug issues in the media | Scoop.it

A GROWING number of ice-affected patients has led to episodes of uncontrollable, unpredictable and violent behaviour in the state’s hospitals. Doctors and nurses are reporting ice-fuelled rages in emergency departments and even in general hospital wards.

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While the role of methamphetamine use in violent incidents in hospitals and other settings does need to be addressed, it's worth noting that, as our Director of Clinical Services noted recently, we've never had higher numbers of people undertaking methamphetamine withdrawal at our residential withdrawal service, yet the rates of violent incidents are at an all time low. Here's a summary of what we've been doing to respond to the needs of people using our services and ensure that they remain a safe environment for everyone: http://www.regen.org.au/images/Meth_Treatment_-_Building_on_successful_strategies_to_enhance_outcomes_v1.0.pdf 

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NT mandatory alcohol rehabilitation has 'little evidence' to justify it, say health experts

NT mandatory alcohol rehabilitation has 'little evidence' to justify it, say health experts | Alcohol & other drug issues in the media | Scoop.it
Medical Journal of Australia article says it is ‘disquieting’ that $27m annually is spent on a ‘potentially discriminatory program lacking in evidence’
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MJA article highlights the Act's criminalisation of alcohol dependence, clear targetting of Aboriginal people and inefficiency. You can see the full text article here: https://www.mja.com.au/journal/2015/203/1/alcohol-mandatory-treatment-act-evidence-ethics-and-law.

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More families affected by ice abuse (Aus)

THE man tasked with arresting Australia's ice epidemic says he has no immediate answer to what is an increasingly grave and complicated problem.
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The usual sensible stuff from Taskforce head Ken Lay as the public consultations come to a close.  Here's our summary of AOD sector recommendations to the Taskforce: http://sco.lt/7qGr4L. We hope the Federal Govt is listening.

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Three-year-old suffers alcohol poisoning after drinking hand gel (Vic)

Three-year-old suffers alcohol poisoning after drinking hand gel (Vic) | Alcohol & other drug issues in the media | Scoop.it
Doctors are warning people to be careful with alcohol-based hand sanitisers after a three-year-old suffered severe alcohol poisoning while playing with a bottle at home.
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Call to make ecstasy legal and sell it at pharmacies (VIC)

Call to make ecstasy legal and sell it at pharmacies (VIC) | Alcohol & other drug issues in the media | Scoop.it
Most of bad consequences from use are due to impurities in illicitly manufactured drug and it being illegal, expert says.
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Citing Josh Donnelly, David Penington and Matthew Frei on reducing potential harms related to illicit MDMA use, with reference to David Nutt's work.
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Understanding is the key in dealing with Harley Bennell (Vic)

Understanding is the key in dealing with Harley Bennell (Vic) | Alcohol & other drug issues in the media | Scoop.it
Harley Bennell needs support from people who understand him, not people who are looking to lecture him.
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Emma Quayle's piece is a much better example of responsible media coverage of AOD use by AFL players than today's Herald Sun editorial (and most of the coverage on this story): http://sco.lt/8gk5Uv.

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Powedered alcohol likely to be banned before reaching Qld shores

Powedered alcohol likely to be banned before reaching Qld shores | Alcohol & other drug issues in the media | Scoop.it
Just add water and shake. Or stir. Mixing powdered alcohol doesn't seem to be the problem.
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See yesterday's related post on the Victorian ban on this product group: http://sco.lt/53LXDl. 

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Peer urges import ban on powdered alcohol (UK)

Peer urges import ban on powdered alcohol (UK) | Alcohol & other drug issues in the media | Scoop.it
Ministers are urged by a Labour MP to ban imports of powdered alcohol as part of a crackdown on so-called legal highs.
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See today's related post on proposed Qld legislation: http://sco.lt/5sJa4H

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10 hospitalised in past year after using synthetic cannabis (NT)

10 hospitalised in past year after using synthetic cannabis (NT) | Alcohol & other drug issues in the media | Scoop.it
TEN people have presented at Royal Darwin Hospital’s emergency department in the past year after smoking synthetic marijuana, including a teenager who is believed to have stopped breathing before being revived by his father.
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Public to have say on legality of drugs (Ireland)

Public to have say on legality of drugs (Ireland) | Alcohol & other drug issues in the media | Scoop.it
Decriminalisation of drugs for personal use to be examined
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Great to see official recognition of the benefits of policy frameworks that prioritise treatment and harm reduction. The committee's report is available here: http://www.drugsandalcohol.ie/24202/1/Justice%20Comm%20Final-Report---Lisbon-2015.pdf.

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Approval set for new outdoor bars in Canberra

Approval set for new outdoor bars in Canberra | Alcohol & other drug issues in the media | Scoop.it
Canberra could be about to see a boom in new outdoor bars as the ACT government moves to allow restaurants and live venues to serve drinks outside as part of changes to regulation.
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Amazon Prime Now to offer one hour delivery on wine and spirits (UK)

Amazon Prime Now to offer one hour delivery on wine and spirits (UK) | Alcohol & other drug issues in the media | Scoop.it
Amazon yesterday launched one hour delivery in London on select products including several of its beer, wine and spirits offerings with its new Prime Now service.
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Home delivery of alcohol has been particularly linked to increased risk of related harms amongst older people.

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Theresa May's legal highs ban is unenforceable, say government advisers (UK)

Theresa May's legal highs ban is unenforceable, say government advisers (UK) | Alcohol & other drug issues in the media | Scoop.it

Home secretary is told legislation banning all psychoactive substances needs a rewrite to avoid unintentionally criminalising people.

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AMCD warns on unintended consequences of a blanket ban.

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NT's forced alcohol rehab scheme 'potentially discriminatory', report says

NT's forced alcohol rehab scheme 'potentially discriminatory', report says | Alcohol & other drug issues in the media | Scoop.it
The NT's policy of dealing with so-called problem drunks is potentially discriminatory, lacking in evidence and expensive, a new report finds.
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More coverage of the MJA article. See related story, with link to full text article: http://sco.lt/5lqdhB. 

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War on synthetic drugs: Dead teen’s dad takes fight to classroom (WA)

War on synthetic drugs: Dead teen’s dad takes fight to classroom (WA) | Alcohol & other drug issues in the media | Scoop.it
THE father of a Perth teenager who died after taking synthetic drugs will visit high schools to warn students about the dangers of narcotics.
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While family members can be powerful advocates for change and Mr Bridge is to be commended for his efforts to prevent harm to other people's children, the weight of Australian and international evidence shows that his 'in your face' approach is unlikely to be successful. 

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Queensland plans crackdown on alcohol-fuelled violence

Proposed changes to liquor licensing laws in Queensland are ruffling the feathers of venue owners and drinkers alike, but data following strict changes in NSW correlate with a sharp fall in assault rates.
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A physician enters rehab. What happens next should disturb you (USA)

A physician enters rehab. What happens next should disturb you (USA) | Alcohol & other drug issues in the media | Scoop.it
I’m sure some physicians are happy with their cure, but many others have privately expressed their anguish.
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Interesting insight into the US treatment system that highlights inconsistencies within recovery-oriented systems, the need for evidence based drug policy and flexible treatment models. FYI, our updated position statement (and supporting evidence) on Recovery Oriented Practice is here: http://www.regen.org.au/advocacy. 

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Heroin heroine: Saving lives in Sydney's public housing

Heroin heroine: Saving lives in Sydney's public housing | Alcohol & other drug issues in the media | Scoop.it
Sara Adey lives in housing commission and has saved the lives of seven heroin users thanks to a Narcan kit she has been trained to use.
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A terrific example of the role that naloxone training and distribution can have in saving lives. What also shines through here is Ms Adey's refusal to resort to the usual stereotypes about people who inject drugs. The extent to which she has become a recognised resource within her community is a clear indicator of the need for wider availability of naloxone and ongoing advocacy to challenge the stigma around overdose.

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Australian Hotels Association wants lower excise rate for wine and spirits consumed in pubs and bars

Australian Hotels Association wants lower excise rate for wine and spirits consumed in pubs and bars | Alcohol & other drug issues in the media | Scoop.it
TAX on wine and spirits sold at pubs should be cut because they provide a safer drinking environment, the hotels lobby says.
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Wow. That's quite the audacious argument from the AHA.

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The Adelaide councillors who want to ban alcohol before official meetings

The Adelaide councillors who want to ban alcohol before official meetings | Alcohol & other drug issues in the media | Scoop.it
TEA Tree Gully Council may consider banning alcohol consumption before official gatherings after claims its deputy mayor appeared intoxicated at Tuesday night’s meeting.
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A Bolivian town banned alcohol for a month to stop sexual abuse

A Bolivian town banned alcohol for a month to stop sexual abuse | Alcohol & other drug issues in the media | Scoop.it
After three minors were raped in less than one week, the residents of a small town of cocoa farmers in Bolivia decided to take the law into their own hands.
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