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Police Nab 80 Drug Users On Soi Nern Plub Wan (Thailand)

Police Nab 80 Drug Users On Soi Nern Plub Wan (Thailand) | Alcohol & other drug issues in the media | Scoop.it
A total of 80 male drug users were arrested within a span of only two hours at a police checkpoint on soi Nern Plub Wan.
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Vic prison to get bonus if recidivism cut

IN what the Victorian government has described as an Australian first, it will pay financial incentives to a private prison operator if it can reduce the rate of reoffending.

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It will be interesting to see how this plays out.  Greater access to therapeutic programs in our prisons is a good thing, but if there is no corresponding focus on the social drivers behind offending (accommodation, employment, health & family support services...), then their effectiveness will be undermined.  Disclaimer: ReGen provides AOD programs at Melbourne's private Port Phillip Prison.

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DrinkWise starts two-year marketing push, including more How to Drink Properly work (Aus)

DrinkWise has kicked off a new initiative that will see Australia's major alcoholic drinks firms push a united message in a show of industry collaboration
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On the next phase of the alcohol industry's marketing campaign to promote 'responsible' drinking.  For more on the relative merits of industry campaigns, see yesterday's #PHAA2014 proceedings on Twitter.

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Push for medical cannabis rolls on (Aus)

Push for medical cannabis rolls on (Aus) | Alcohol & other drug issues in the media | Scoop.it

THE push for medicinal cannabis to be legalised nationwide is gathering steam with NSW and Victoria preparing to conduct clinical trials for the drug. 

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Marijuana hope for terminally ill with NSW reforms

Marijuana hope for terminally ill with NSW reforms | Alcohol & other drug issues in the media | Scoop.it
THE NSW Government will sponsor a clinical trial of marijuana for those suffering terminal illnesses, and formalise a protocol which allows police to a blind eye to its use by patients in their last days of life.
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Medicinal cannabis clinical trial to begin in NSW

Medicinal cannabis clinical trial to begin in NSW | Alcohol & other drug issues in the media | Scoop.it
The use of cannabis by terminally ill adults for medicinal purposes will be the subject of a clinical trial established by the NSW government, Premier Mike Baird has announced.
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Analysis: Rethinking global drug policy

Analysis: Rethinking global drug policy | Alcohol & other drug issues in the media | Scoop.it
What would the world look like if governments - instead of crime syndicates - controlled drug markets and drug use was decriminalized?
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Responding to the new GCDP report.

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State Government backs programs in schools and sports clubs to tackle drugs and alcohol (Vic)

State Government backs programs in schools and sports clubs to tackle drugs and alcohol (Vic) | Alcohol & other drug issues in the media | Scoop.it
SCHOOLS and sporting clubs across the state are the target for a new State Government initiative to combat drug and alcohol issues in young people.
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Also mentioning new funding for the ADF's Good Sports program.  Minister Wooldridge's media release is here: http://victorianalcoholanddrugassociationinc.cmail2.com/t/ViewEmail/j/415B8910C099F299/7D36CD17B563473DC68C6A341B5D209E

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Teenagers defy the stereotype that they are boozing, fornicating, drug-taking layabouts (UK)

Teenagers defy the stereotype that they are boozing, fornicating, drug-taking layabouts (UK) | Alcohol & other drug issues in the media | Scoop.it
Much maligned and misunderstood, Britain's teenagers are increasingly rejecting underage sex, drinking and drugs to become the sensible generation
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It's always good to see a challenge to the usual stereotypes about Gen Y (or young people in general).

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Community concerns over ice use among gay men in Victoria

Community concerns over ice use among gay men in Victoria | Alcohol & other drug issues in the media | Scoop.it
A REPORT into the use of ice in Victoria has sparked concerns over a high prevalence of the drug among young gay men. An inquiry into methamphetamine use and supply in
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Note the interesting comment at the bottom, relating to our earlier posts about Grindr.

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Media Watch: Headline facts v fiction (Aus)

The so-called ice epidemic is all over the media. But do the headlines tell the true story?

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Nice work by Media Watch on the beat up over the recent methamphetamines wastewater data.

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WA Health Minister Kim Hames pushes to legalise medicinal marijuana

WA Health Minister Kim Hames pushes to legalise medicinal marijuana | Alcohol & other drug issues in the media | Scoop.it
In a massive turnabout, Health Minister Kim Hames says he is supportive of a move to legalise medicinal marijuana.
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ALP offers bipartisan support for medicinal cannabis in NSW

ALP offers bipartisan support for medicinal cannabis in NSW | Alcohol & other drug issues in the media | Scoop.it
NSW moves closer to decriminalising cannabis for medical use.
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Evidence of the dubious tactics of the alcohol industry (NZ)

Nicky Hager’s latest book “Dirty Politics” reports the alcohol industry works behind the scenes to actively try and smear the professional reputation of people

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Here's What I've Finally Concluded About 12-Step Programs (USA)

Here's What I've Finally Concluded About 12-Step Programs (USA) | Alcohol & other drug issues in the media | Scoop.it
AA and the rest remain the biggest and most polarizing force in the addiction community. I quit heroin and cocaine using the Steps and have covered addiction as a journalist for 25 years—and I'd argue that the picture is decidedly mixed.
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By Maia Szalavitz

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Drug experts warn of increasing ice threat in Canberra

Rehabilitation and drug experts from across the ACT are warning that more Canberrans are seeking treatment for dependence on ice or crystal methamphetamine as the purity and strength of the drug increases.
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The increases in demand for methamphetamines treatment mirrors our experience: http://www.regen.org.au/images/Meth_Treatment_-_Building_on_successful_strategies_to_enhance_outcomes_v1.0.pdf

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Supervised injection sites coming to Montreal, Coderre says

Supervised injection sites coming to Montreal, Coderre says | Alcohol & other drug issues in the media | Scoop.it
The city of Montreal will see supervised drug injection sites on its territory in the near future, Mayor
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Good news. Now, if we could only get one established in Melbourne: http://www.regen.org.au/Position_Statements/Medically_Supervised_Injecting_Centre_PositionStatement_ReGen.pdf 

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The User-Dealer: Those Forgotten by Harm Reduction (France)

The User-Dealer: Those Forgotten by Harm Reduction (France) | Alcohol & other drug issues in the media | Scoop.it
Individuals who engage in both the use and selling of illicit narcotics are an often overlooked group in the harm reduction narrative.
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Highlighting the need for AOD services to expand the potential reach of their programs.  The great majority of people experiencing AOD related harms do not walk through the doors of a harm reduction or treatment service.

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Medical Field Urged to Look Within for Solution to Opioid Addiction (USA)

University of Cincinnati (UC) researchers are asking the medical community to consider its own role in the rise in prescription opioid abuse, calling for more research on iatrogenic addiction (addiction resulting from medical treatment) and changes in the way medical providers are educated about pain management.

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Yep, time for a look in the prescribing practices mirror. 

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The war on drugs claimed my father. It didn't get me, but I'm the exception (USA)

The war on drugs claimed my father. It didn't get me, but I'm the exception (USA) | Alcohol & other drug issues in the media | Scoop.it
Victoria Bond: The incarceration of black men has had far-reaching effects on their children. Maybe that’s why my family kept it a secret from me
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Another reminder that the 'war on drugs' is really a war on people who use drugs.

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Tranquilisers: 'Mother's little helper' is no such thing (UK)

Tranquilisers: 'Mother's little helper' is no such thing (UK) | Alcohol & other drug issues in the media | Scoop.it
Benzodiazepines are still being prescribed readily, even though a major study shows that they may be linked to Alzheimer's
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Humans of AU Special: The ice epidemic (Vic)

Humans of AU Special: The ice epidemic (Vic) | Alcohol & other drug issues in the media | Scoop.it
We get four different perspectives on the ice epidemic from those directly affected.
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Once you get past the headline, it's not a bad article.  Good to see Chris Middendorp challenging some of the sterotypes about methamphetamine use and violence.  It's very important to remember that a service's physical enviornment and how you treat people has a large impact on their behaviour.

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Destructive brotherhood of ice users (Vic)

Destructive brotherhood of ice users (Vic) | Alcohol & other drug issues in the media | Scoop.it
It's mid-afternoon and he is scrolling through torso and genital shots on his mobile phone at a table in a cafe in Swanston Street in the heart of Melbourne.
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More of Tammy Mill's piece on use of methamphetamines within the gay community

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Paramedics have the riskiest job in the country with highest fatality rate and twice the injuries of police (Qld)

Paramedics have the riskiest job in the country with highest fatality rate and twice the injuries of police (Qld) | Alcohol & other drug issues in the media | Scoop.it
PARAMEDICS have a higher fatality rate than any other occupation in Australia.
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Anecdotally, we've heard that increasing concern amongst paramedics about risk of violence is changing the tradition of not attending overdose calls with police.  If this becomes the norm, people will be less likely to call for help.  All the more reason for getting naloxone into as many hands as possible.

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Anecdotally, we've heard that increasing concern amongst paramedics about risk of violence is changing the tradition of not attending overdose calls with police.  If this becomes the norm, people will be less likely to call for help.  All the more reason for getting naloxone into as many hands as possible.

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Bill to remove barriers for medical marijuana trials in Victoria

Bill to remove barriers for medical marijuana trials in Victoria | Alcohol & other drug issues in the media | Scoop.it
A bill to make it easier to conduct clinical trials of medical marijuana will be introduced to parliament on Tuesday, Victorian Health Minister David Davis says.
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Charity wins funds to help children abandoned by drug addicted parents, including ice users (Vic)

Charity wins funds to help children abandoned by drug addicted parents, including ice users (Vic) | Alcohol & other drug issues in the media | Scoop.it
A CAULFIELD North children’s charity is blaming the ice epidemic for growing numbers of abandoned children.
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Shocking headline, but good to see support for Mirabel's work.  It's easy to stereotype parents who use AOD, but the reality is usually a bit more complicated.  Here's what we've had to say on the subject previously: http://sco.lt/9J80n3

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Shocking headline, but good to see support for Mirabel's work.  It's easy to stereotype parents who use AOD, but the reality is usually a bit more complicated.  Here's what we've had to say on the subject previously: http://sco.lt/9J80n3