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Alcohol bans could be removed (Qld)

Alcohol bans could be removed (Qld) | Alcohol & other drug issues in the media | Scoop.it
Premier Campbell Newman vows to push ahead with a review of alcohol bans in indigenous communities, saying the bans are a "policy of discrimination"
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Global Week of Action: Crisis for People who Use Drugs in the Philippines

Global Week of Action: Crisis for People who Use Drugs in the Philippines | Alcohol & other drug issues in the media | Scoop.it

Over the past months, thousands of people who use drugs and people suspected of using and/or selling drugs have been killed in the Philippines. The Filipino President, Rodrigo Duterte, is responsible: he has repeatedly encouraged the police and the general public to murder people suspected of being drug users and/or of dealing drugs. As a result, people who use drugs no longer have the right to life in the Philippines.

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See details of how you can join the INPUD campaign, starting Oct 10.

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Quitting alcohol a social challenge: study (Aus)

Australia's drinking culture is so ingrained that people wanting to cut back on the booze often feel stigmatised and socially isolated, new research has found. A study conducted at the University of Adelaide and published in the journal Drug and Alcohol Review has highlighted the social pressures Australians experience when they try to stop or reduce their alcohol consumption.
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More evidence of the ongoing challenges for people seeking to cease their alcohol consumption and maintain the changes in the long term.

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Students shunning cigarettes (Aus)

It was once a habit taken up by the cool kids at school but smoking is now being shunned by students. There's been a drop in the number of high school students taking up the habit, with fewer than a fifth having puffed on a cigarette in 2014 compared to 23 per cent three years earlier. There's also fewer adults, including pregnant women, smoking regularly and a rise in the number who have quit the fags altogether.
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Citing a new AIHW study. You can see the full report here: http://www.aihw.gov.au/publication-detail/?id=60129557116

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Action group to fight the drug ice in Liverpool (NSW)

Action group to fight the drug ice in Liverpool (NSW) | Alcohol & other drug issues in the media | Scoop.it
THE presence of the drug ice on Liverpools streets is too big to ignore anymore, with an MP creating an action group to fight it.
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There's no indication yet of what actions Ms Gibbons is proposing to undertake. We hope she considers the evidence of effectiveness for any measures put forward.

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Supermarket beer sales overtake pubs for first time (UK)

Supermarket beer sales overtake pubs for first time (UK) | Alcohol & other drug issues in the media | Scoop.it
Bulk retail price deals plus changing habits and tastes among drinkers blamed as off-sales total 51% in 2015
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More evidence of the need to address the harms associated with drinking in the home, not just in licensed premises.

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For Small-Town Cops, Opioid Scourge Hits Close to Home (USA)

For Small-Town Cops, Opioid Scourge Hits Close to Home (USA) | Alcohol & other drug issues in the media | Scoop.it
Flood of fentanyl and heroin is straining budgets, putting police at risk as drug networks spread.
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Longread on the impacts of the emergence of fentanyl and other synthetic opioids on the capacity of local police.

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VCAT rejects tobacco giant's push to access schoolchildren smoking data (Vic)

VCAT rejects tobacco giant's push to access schoolchildren smoking data (Vic) | Alcohol & other drug issues in the media | Scoop.it

A judge has quashed a move by big tobacco to access a confidential survey of thousands of Australian schoolchildren that reveals their views on smoking and which brands they prefer.

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Justice Garde finds releasing the Cancer Council of Victoria research would be contrary to the public interest.

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Former drug addict turns his life around (NSW)

Former drug addict turns his life around (NSW) | Alcohol & other drug issues in the media | Scoop.it
When Daniel Baxter was 16, he had already been expelled from school and was addicted to the drug ice.
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A good example of the importance of family support and employment pathways in supporting recovery.

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Holding space for the unredeemed: harm reduction and justice (USA)

I spent last Friday in Chicago at the Midwest Harm Reduction Institute’s annual conference. The theme was Growing from Our Roots:
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Harm Reduction Coalition's Daniel Raymond on the need for harm reduction advocacy to be focussed on promoting social justice.

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Is this the most miserable place in the world? Quezon city jail overflows as Duterte cracks down on drugs (Philippines)

Is this the most miserable place in the world? Quezon city jail overflows as Duterte cracks down on drugs (Philippines) | Alcohol & other drug issues in the media | Scoop.it
Surely there can be few places as miserable as the jail in metropolitan Manila's most populous city as president Rodrigo Duterte wages his deadly war on drug
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The conditions are appalling, but those who have handed themselves in would probably see it as preferable to being executed by President Duterte's death squads.

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Gold Coast council to spend up to $1 million drug testing 50 workers a week 

Gold Coast council to spend up to $1 million drug testing 50 workers a week  | Alcohol & other drug issues in the media | Scoop.it

GOLD Coast council staff are about to be subject to random drug and alcohol testing for at least the next two years. Council are currently seeking a contractor to conduct drug and alcohol tests on staff on a random basis.

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More evidence of the boom market for drug testing companies. See our recent piece on the role unquestioning media coverage plays in creating demand for these services, in spite of the lack of evidence for their effectiveness: http://sco.lt/5aHsnJ.

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'Hangover free alcohol' could replace all regular alcohol by  2050, says David Nutt (UK)

'Hangover free alcohol' could replace all regular alcohol by  2050, says David Nutt (UK) | Alcohol & other drug issues in the media | Scoop.it
A new type of synthetic alcohol has been discovered which could allow people to enjoy the sociable effects of a few pints, but skip the hangover that usually follows.
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Prof Nutt has been talking about developing such a product for a while now. It will be interesting to see how it is accepted by policy makers and the general public.

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High Hitler: how Nazi drug abuse steered the course of history

High Hitler: how Nazi drug abuse steered the course of history | Alcohol & other drug issues in the media | Scoop.it
German writer Norman Ohler’s astonishing account of methamphetamine addiction in the Third Reich changes what we know about the second world war
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Another example from the long (and continuing) history of stimulant use by the military.

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Australia leading world in hep C treatment but disease more prevalent in Aboriginal people

Australia leading world in hep C treatment but disease more prevalent in Aboriginal people | Alcohol & other drug issues in the media | Scoop.it
More people are on track to be cured of hepatitis C in Australia this year than over the past two decades combined, indicating Australia is a world-leader in treatment for the disease, an expert says.
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Citing a new Kirby Institute report and Greg Dore, Carla Treloar and Glen Wagner on the need for greater treatment access within Aboriginal communities.

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Man charged after woman's death linked to MDMA at Sydney music event

Man charged after woman's death linked to MDMA at Sydney music event | Alcohol & other drug issues in the media | Scoop.it
A woman has died after taking the drug MDMA at a music event in Sydney's inner west. 
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We don't usually post court reporting, but this case is worth considering. It's now the second example of people being charged for supplying drugs following an overdose fatality. We'd question whether this approach will have any impact on preventing future overdoses. We's also suggest that such cases will not prevent friends sharing their drugs, but could prevent people seeking help for their friends when they suspect they may be overdosing. If we think back to the investigation of Anna Woods' case in 1995, the main factor in her death was her friends' fear of getting in trouble (and not seeking help). 

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Government proposes reforms for South Australia's liquor laws

Government proposes reforms for South Australia's liquor laws | Alcohol & other drug issues in the media | Scoop.it
SOUTH Australias liquor laws have hardly changed over the past two decades.
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The article provides a summary of the proposed measures, including no change to the 3am lockouts and changes to licencing fees to reflect risk associated with individual venues.

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Drug, crime experts say posting shocking photos of unconscious drug addicts is wrong (USA)

Drug, crime experts say posting shocking photos of unconscious drug addicts is wrong (USA) | Alcohol & other drug issues in the media | Scoop.it
Photos of unconscious drug addicts with children in Ohio and Massachusetts are unforgettable. But many experts say they do more harm than good.
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Good to see more people speaking out about the damage done by such examples of public shaming.

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Drug-related hospital stays rise by almost 500 in last year (Scotland)

Drug-related hospital stays rise by almost 500 in last year (Scotland) | Alcohol & other drug issues in the media | Scoop.it

There were 7,537 hospital admissions with a diagnosis of drug misuse in 2015/16, up from 7,054 in the previous year.
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See last week's related post on the high cost of relying on hospitals to provide AOD treatment: http://sco.lt/6966M5 

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Torture 'flourishing' in Thailand: Amnesty

No torture-chambers or special instruments were discovered by Amnesty researchers when they began investigating incidents of torture by military and police in Thailand.
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A reminder that the Philippines is not the only SE Asian country with a growing human rights problem in the enforcement of its drug policies.

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Could European Court of Human Rights Overturn Russia’s Ban on Drugs to Treat Heroin Dependence?

Could European Court of Human Rights Overturn Russia’s Ban on Drugs to Treat Heroin Dependence? | Alcohol & other drug issues in the media | Scoop.it
A recent decision in the European Court of Human Rights (ECHR) could have significant implications for an upcoming challenge against Russia’s ban on opioid substitutio
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See recent coverage of the personal risks being taken by the three activists bringing this case to court: http://sco.lt/9GvZMP

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The opioid addict next door: Drug abuse where you least expect it (USA)

The opioid addict next door: Drug abuse where you least expect it (USA) | Alcohol & other drug issues in the media | Scoop.it
"It can happen to anyone and it does happen to anybody,” according to Behshad Sheldon, a member of Female Opioid-addiction Research and Clinical Experts.
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Highlighting the role stigma plays in making it harder for people to seek support.

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Life Becomes Even More Dangerous for American Heroin Users

The feds are set to make Kratom, a popular herbal painkiller used as an alternative to heroin and Oxy, schedule I. This is very bad for America's addicts and others who use opioids.
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Maia Szalavitz on the potential impacts of the recently increased restrictions on Kratom.

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A health assessment of welfare reforms: likely to be 'politically popular, but ineffective and potentially harmful' (Aus)

A health assessment of welfare reforms: likely to be 'politically popular, but ineffective and potentially harmful' (Aus) | Alcohol & other drug issues in the media | Scoop.it

Health leaders this week urged the wider health sector to engage with welfare reform debate and processes, noting the significant impacts that such reforms could have upon healthcare systems and the community’s health and wellbeing. In the article below, the CEO of UnitingCare ReGen, Laurence Alvis, urges the Federal Government to be cautious about adopting approaches that are based upon simplistic understandings of complex issues, such as alcohol and other drug dependence, and that do little to address the structural and social determinants of health. 

ReGenUC's insight:

Our response to last week's indications from the Federal Government that future welfare reforms could see payments being linked to recipients 'obligation to refrain' from AOD use. 

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Cannabis trials at Hunter hospitals (NSW)

Cannabis trials at Hunter hospitals (NSW) | Alcohol & other drug issues in the media | Scoop.it
Medicinal cannabis is edging forward in the Hunter.
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Researchers say the trial will accept its first patients 'in the coming months'.

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Nursing Drug Policy back to Health

Nursing Drug Policy back to Health | Alcohol & other drug issues in the media | Scoop.it
The human rights implications of drug policy and drug use are many and varied. In the latest instalment of their exclusive series of articles for VolteFace, Kate Thompson and Petr Kudêlka explore the interface between the two, and, in particular, how drug policy impacts on the right to health. One of the focal points of any discussion about drugs, drug … Continued
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Highlighting the global impacts of prohibitionist policy models.

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