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Ombudsman may probe ambulance painkiller thefts (Vic)

Ombudsman may probe ambulance painkiller thefts (Vic) | Alcohol & other drug issues in the media | Scoop.it
George Brouwer considering full-scale investigation into handing of fentanyl abuse.
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Winnunga 'walking away' from Ngunnawal Bush Healing Farm (ACT)

Winnunga 'walking away' from Ngunnawal Bush Healing Farm (ACT) | Alcohol & other drug issues in the media | Scoop.it
ACT Health officials have admitted they "were not clear enough" with an Aboriginal health service that a $12 million drug and alcohol centre fo
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Seems like some pretty poor communication by the ACT Govt and a flawed service model. 

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Death not from just one drink: Coroner (WA)

Death not from just one drink: Coroner (WA) | Alcohol & other drug issues in the media | Scoop.it
THE death of an 18-year-old who had about 20 drinks at her birthday party can not only be blamed on the potent spirit she consumed at the end of the night, an inquest has been told.
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Coverage of the final day of the coronial inquest into Ms Bicknell's alcohol overdose. See previous coverage: http://sco.lt/6D7mgz

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Renewed call for safe injecting room trial in inner Melbourne - audio

Another Victorian coroner has backed calls for a safe injecting room to be trialled in the inner-Melbourne suburb of North Richmond Its the second coronial finding in a matter of months calling for
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Listen to Judy Ryan from Victorian Street Drug Solutions and Fiona Patten MP, whose MSIC bill is currently being considered by parliamentary committee.

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Most Ecstasy-Related Harm Caused by Preventable Behaviors, Study Finds (UK)

Most Ecstasy-Related Harm Caused by Preventable Behaviors, Study Finds (UK) | Alcohol & other drug issues in the media | Scoop.it
This year’s Global Drug Survey found an increase in the number of people seeking medical treatment for ecstasy-related causes.
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Global Drug Survey findings highlight the importance of changing behaviour to reduce harm.

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The Silk Road Creator’s Life Sentence Actually Boosted Dark Web Drug Sales

The Silk Road Creator’s Life Sentence Actually Boosted Dark Web Drug Sales | Alcohol & other drug issues in the media | Scoop.it
A new study raises questions about the deterrence value of harsh sentencing for dark web crimes.
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See this year's Global Drug Survey findings that show the continued growth of online drug markets: http://sco.lt/62L1kX. Here's related coverage: http://sco.lt/6QxTIf

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The simple way smoking cannabis could be made less dangerous (UK)

The simple way smoking cannabis could be made less dangerous (UK) | Alcohol & other drug issues in the media | Scoop.it
The majority of Europeans continue to roll a cannabis joint with tobacco, according to new data from the Global Drug Survey. A mere 8 per cent of survey respondents from the USA report using cannabis this way, in stark contrast to the UK where 77 per cent of users put tobacco in their joints.
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Highlighting one simple harm reduction strategy for cannabis smoking: don't mix it with tobacco.

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Vancouver police call for prescription heroin amid ongoing overdose crisis

Major gaps in health funding for addictions treatment is taking a huge toll on frontline workers and communities, says a new VPD report.

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Great to see Vancouver police showing leadership in recognising the importance of harm reduction and accessible treatment services. See yesterday's coverage of the Health Minister's support for prescription heroin: http://sco.lt/6A4Jzl 

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Proportion of UK drug users using dark net to buy drugs 'doubles in three years'

Proportion of UK drug users using dark net to buy drugs 'doubles in three years' | Alcohol & other drug issues in the media | Scoop.it
There has been a huge rise in the number of UK drug users using the dark internet to buy illegal substances, a new survey has revealed. The Global Drug Survey, of which The Independent is a partner, found more users are buying their drugs on the dark net in the UK than almost anywhere else in the world. The mass of hidden web pages allows users to connect with online drug dealers while hiding their computer IP addresses to avoid being traced.
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More #GDS2017 coverage.

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For these Philly librarians, drug tourists and overdose drills are part of the job

For these Philly librarians, drug tourists and overdose drills are part of the job | Alcohol & other drug issues in the media | Scoop.it

Since the opioid crisis began surging throughout the country last summer, the McPherson library staff has noticed new settlers on their lawn: "drug tourists." 

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A fascinating piece that highlights both the caring and pragmatic response by McPherson library staff and the extent to which overdose has become normalised in parts of the US. What would be even better would be if people had a Medically Supervised Injecting Centre to use and be monitored by medical professionals, not having the responsibility displaced to librarians.

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Americans favor treatment, not enforcement, to address opioid crisis

Many Americans have been directly touched by the opioid crisis—more than a quarter of Americans and more than a third of millennials, report knowing someone who has been addicted to opioids or prescription painkillers
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Citing a new study by the American Psychiatric Association.

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Study finds mushrooms are the safest recreational drug

Study finds mushrooms are the safest recreational drug | Alcohol & other drug issues in the media | Scoop.it
People taking mushrooms in 2016 needed medical treatment less than for MDMA, LSD and cocaine, while one of the riskiest drugs was synthetic cannabis
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More Global Drug Survey coverage.

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White House dials back cuts to drug control office (USA)

White House dials back cuts to drug control office (USA) | Alcohol & other drug issues in the media | Scoop.it
Trump's budget office declined comment before it releases the full budget today.
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The revised funding cut to the Office of National Drug Control Policy is now 5%, as opposed to the original 95%.

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The intelligent approach is expanding options for families (Qld)

The intelligent approach is expanding options for families (Qld) | Alcohol & other drug issues in the media | Scoop.it

QNADA felt the need to respond to an article in the Gold Coast Bulletin that suggested that "dumb" people with uncontrollable ice problems breeding more kids is the cause of a spike in defendants in the local Children's Court."  We argue for the expansion of treatment options for families.

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Nice response by QNADA (the peak body for the AOD sector in Qld) to the latest example of welfare recipient bashing that shows no understanding of the core issues. It's a particular concern that there are now two faculty members at Bond University that are making the argument that poor people don't have the same reproductive rights as the rest of the population. With this sort of sustained media coverage, it's only a matter of time before we start seeing arguments for forced sterilisations, as regularly proposed by organisations like Project Prevention (http://www.projectprevention.org/). With the Turnbull Govt already racheting up the inflammatory rhetoric (to justify punitive policy measures) on people who receive Centrelink payments, this sort of uninformed stereotyping (and gross simplification of the complex issues in play) is the last thing we need.

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Modern cigarette filters increase the risk of lung cancer, study finds (USA/Aus)

Modern cigarette filters increase the risk of lung cancer, study finds (USA/Aus) | Alcohol & other drug issues in the media | Scoop.it
Smokers using filtered cigarettes took deeper puffs, inhaled larger particles and smoked more a day, researchers say.
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Citing US study findings and what they indicated about the increased health risks associated with filters.

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Strikes to be wiped from 100 venues under revised penalty scheme (NSW)

Strikes to be wiped from 100 venues under revised penalty scheme (NSW) | Alcohol & other drug issues in the media | Scoop.it
Changes to "three strikes" laws mean a fresh start for more than 100 pubs and clubs.
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More on the NSW Govt's proposed easing of licensing restrictions. See this week's related coverage: http://sco.lt/4vZCaX

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Cost-effective ways to combat HIV risk among intravenous drug users identified (USA)

With the abuse of opioids on the rise in the United States, researchers are concerned that increased HIV transmission from shared needles won't be far behind.
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More support for expanding access to pharmacotherapies in the US. Here, the logic is that increased access will reduce opioid injecting and the risk of HIV transmission.

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Cannabis drug cuts seizures in children with severe epilepsy in trial (UK)

Cannabis drug cuts seizures in children with severe epilepsy in trial (UK) | Alcohol & other drug issues in the media | Scoop.it
Doctors say cannabidiol offers hope for thousands with rare condition who have several life-threatening convulsions a day
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Cuts to addiction services in England are 'a false economy' warns expert

Cuts to addiction services in England are a false economy and are instead increasing pressure elsewhere in the NHS, warns an expert in The BMJ today.
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Professor Colin Drummond, Chair of the Addictions Faculty at the Royal College of Psychiatrists states what is obvious to anyone in the sector: removing specialist AOD services simply puts additional strain on generalist services like GPs and hospitals. Drug related deaths have more than doubled since the 2012 reforms, now at their highest recorded level.

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Cocaine is getting stronger, drug experts warn (UK)

Cocaine is getting stronger, drug experts warn (UK) | Alcohol & other drug issues in the media | Scoop.it
Exclusive music news, big interviews, entertainment, social media trends and video from the news people at BBC Radio 1 and 1Xtra.
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With a subsequent increase in potential harm. Citing Global Drug Survey's Adam Winstock and The Loop's Fiona Measham

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These are the faces of addiction and recovery in Canada, report says

These are the faces of addiction and recovery in Canada, report says | Alcohol & other drug issues in the media | Scoop.it
A group of researchers - with their own experience recovering from addictions - surveyed hundreds of Canadians in recovery to find out how the country needs can tackle the ever-growing problem.
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Nice example of personal advocacy challenging stereotypes and increasing public understanding of the issues.

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Heroin combined with fentanyl is driving overdose crisis in US

Heroin combined with fentanyl is driving overdose crisis in US | Alcohol & other drug issues in the media | Scoop.it

New sources of heroin and increasing adulteration with fentanyl and other stronger analogues are contributing to a growing epidemic of opioid overdose deaths in several regions of the US, researchers reported at the 25th International Harm Reduction Conference (HR17) last week in Montréal.

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Recognition of the threat posed by fentanyl and other synthetic opioids is driving public support for prescription heroin to reduce the risk of overdose: http://sco.lt/6A4Jzl.

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Mum didn't know daughter drank (WA)

Mum didn't know daughter drank (WA) | Alcohol & other drug issues in the media | Scoop.it
THE mother of a teenager who died after a night of heavy drinking at her 18th birthday party has told an inquest she did not even know her daughter drank alcohol.
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Coverage of day 2 of the coronial inquest into the apparent alcohol overdose, with greater focus on the possible role of a 'rectified' spirit in Ms Bicknell's death. See yesterday's coverage: http://sco.lt/5J7uNt

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'Someone could die': Does our shearing industry have an ice problem? (Aus)

'Someone could die': Does our shearing industry have an ice problem? (Aus) | Alcohol & other drug issues in the media | Scoop.it
The shearers shake their heads and won't talk about drugs. "We have to work with each other," they say.
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We know that the workplace pressures of many agricultural, mining and transport jobs in rural and regional areas contribute to problematic use of stimulants, as people seek chemical assistance to stay awake/alert in order to work long hours at physically demanding tasks. We also know that rural and regional communities are experiencing particular harms associated with methamphetamine use. There are many issues to be addressed here. Animal welfare is one of them. Another is providing communities with access to appropriate (and sufficiently resourced) treatment and support services as part of a holistic response to the complex issues in play.

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Jane Philpott says pharmaceutical heroin a potential lifesaver in opioid epidemic (Canada)

Jane Philpott says pharmaceutical heroin a potential lifesaver in opioid epidemic (Canada) | Alcohol & other drug issues in the media | Scoop.it
Giving people with severe addictions prescription heroin could save lives as Canada continues to struggle with a opioid overdose epidemic, says Health Minister Jane Philpott.
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Good to see Govt leadership in educating the public about the importance of treatment options like prescription heroin for the small proportion of people for whom other treatment options are ineffective.

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Duterte doing 'unbelievable job': Trump

US President Donald Trump praised Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte for doing an "unbelievable job on the drug problem" during a phone conversation last month, the New York Times has reported, quoting a transcript of the call.
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Is this the most troubling indicator yet for the future of US drug policy under the Trump administration?

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