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Women abusing alcohol at younger age (Aus)

AUSTRALIAN women are developing alcohol abuse problems at a much younger age, health experts say.
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Majority believe Australia has a problem with excess drinking

Majority believe Australia has a problem with excess drinking | Alcohol & other drug issues in the media | Scoop.it
Seventy-eight per cent of people believe Australia has a problem with excess drinking, a poll has found.
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Coverage of FARE Australia's latest annual poll of our attitudes and behaviours relating to alcohol. You can see the report here: http://sco.lt/5GR75t

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Australia's drinking culture exposed in national report

Australia's drinking culture exposed in national report | Alcohol & other drug issues in the media | Scoop.it
ABOUT a million Australian children are harmed as a result of their carer’s drinking, a report on the nation’s relationship with alcohol shows.
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This article on FARE's 2017 Alcohol Poll focuses on the role alcohol plays in family violence. You can see the FARE report here: http://sco.lt/5GR75t

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Redefining the “Recovery Community” (USA)

Redefining the “Recovery Community” (USA) | Alcohol & other drug issues in the media | Scoop.it

Over the past half-century, the meaning of “the recovery community” has undergone considerable changes. First used as an umbrella term to embrace local members of AA, the term was gradually extended to embrace members of Al-Anon and Alateen, members of other Twelve-Step fellowships, and then professional and lay allies of AA and related groups. The term was further stretched through the rise and dispersion of secular and religious alternatives to AA and the phenomenon of “dual citizenship in recovery”—individuals concurrently participating in Twelve Step and alternative recovery mutual aid groups.

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William White responds to a recent article by Parkman and Lloyd and considers the benefits of an 'ecumenical' approach to building recovery communities. If you're interested, our position statement (and supporting evidence) on Recovery Oriented Practice are here: http://www.regen.org.au/news-advocacy/advocacy-in-action

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Fed Up With Losing Their Kids To Drug Overdoses, Parents Share Their Stories (USA)

Fed Up With Losing Their Kids To Drug Overdoses, Parents Share Their Stories (USA) | Alcohol & other drug issues in the media | Scoop.it
“This wasn’t supposed to happen.” Parents take to social media to demand justice for their children.
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Another example of the power that families can have in advocating for evidence based drug policy.

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Opioid-related deaths might be underestimated: CDC (USA)

Opioid-related deaths might be underestimated: CDC (USA) | Alcohol & other drug issues in the media | Scoop.it

America's prescription drug abuse epidemic may be even more deadly than expected, a new report from the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention suggests.

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Recognising that overdose is not the only factor contributing to increased mortality amongst people who are opioid dependent.

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Study finds increase in illicit pot use, abuse in states that allow medical marijuana (USA)

Study finds increase in illicit pot use, abuse in states that allow medical marijuana (USA) | Alcohol & other drug issues in the media | Scoop.it
Illicit marijuana use increased in states with medical marijuana laws, according to a new study in the Journal of the American Medical Association Psychiatry.
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The study reviewed 20 years  of data on the impacts of medicinal cannabis legislation. The authors conclude that: 'professionals and the public should be educated on the risks of cannabis use and the benefits of treatment.' See today's related post on increased use of cannabis (rather than opioids) to manage chronic pain in the US: http://sco.lt/6QSpLl

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Canberra Times Letters to the Editor: Inaction on drugs

Canberra Times Letters to the Editor: Inaction on drugs | Alcohol & other drug issues in the media | Scoop.it

Maybe it's my age but I found reports of last year's Groovin the Moo music festival repulsive ("Security guards accused of mocking sick revellers" April 29, 2016 p6).

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FFDLR's Bill Bush responds (it's the fourth letter) to last week's announcement that the ACT Govt will block drug checking services in the territory. See also David Caldicott's response to the Victorian Govt's similar decision: http://sco.lt/6aoOW1 

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Health Canada to allow more access to prescription heroin to curb opioid crisis

Health Canada to allow more access to prescription heroin to curb opioid crisis | Alcohol & other drug issues in the media | Scoop.it
Health Canada's proposal to loosen regulations on importing prescription-grade heroin to treat opioid addiction is being hailed as a crucial step to reducing fentanyl-fuelled deaths across the country.
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Heroin Assisted Therapy will only ever be appropriate for a very small proportion of people who are opioid dependent (and for whom other treatment options are ineffective), but it's good to see access barriers to what can be a life-saving intervention removed.

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A March for Science in Addiction Treatment and Drug Policy (USA)

A March for Science in Addiction Treatment and Drug Policy (USA) | Alcohol & other drug issues in the media | Scoop.it
If America wants to solve the overdose crisis, policymakers need to listen to real scientists, not so-called experts whose primary qualification is that they beat their own addiction.
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Great to see public support for evidence based drug policy. We need to call out political leaders who refuse to recognise the evidence and help created an informed public debate to build support for effective (but politically unpopular) measures.

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Methadone may reduce need for opioids after surgery (USA)

Patients undergoing spinal fusion surgery who are treated with methadone during the procedure require significantly less intravenous and oral opioids to manage postoperative pain, reports a new study published in the May issue of Anesthesiology, the peer-reviewed medical journal of the American Society of Anesthesiologists (ASA).
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US study indicates potential impacts on development of post-operative chronic pain.

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Alcohol ruling drives Indian bar-goers round bends

Alcohol ruling drives Indian bar-goers round bends | Alcohol & other drug issues in the media | Scoop.it
Business owners walk a fine line in ingenious efforts to skirt supreme court ban on sale of alcohol within 500 metres of highways
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Yet another example of the limitations of supply control measures in preventing consumption.

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Campaigners call for digital cannabis market (UK)

Campaigners call for digital cannabis market (UK) | Alcohol & other drug issues in the media | Scoop.it
Pro-drug legislation think tank Volte Face says that an online-only market place will cut out dealers and make millions in tax.
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You can see the Volteface report here: http://volteface.me/publications/green-screen/. See also this interview with the report's author, Mike Power: https://www.vice.com/en_uk/article/why-britains-legal-cannabis-market-should-be-online-only

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Charge Rodrigo Duterte with mass murder, lawyer tells The Hague (Philippines)

Charge Rodrigo Duterte with mass murder, lawyer tells The Hague (Philippines) | Alcohol & other drug issues in the media | Scoop.it
A Filipino lawyer asked the International Criminal Court to charge the Philippine President with mass murder and crimes against humanity in the killings o
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More evidence of the growing domestic opposition to President Duterte's brutal drug policies. See also recent coverage of charges being brought against police by victims' families: http://sco.lt/5YwAPh

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Allowing pill testing at the Spilt Milk festival would be a big win for public health (Aus)

Allowing pill testing at the Spilt Milk festival would be a big win for public health (Aus) | Alcohol & other drug issues in the media | Scoop.it
With 20 countries already allowing pill testing at music festivals, it’s welcome news that the ACT government is open to a trial later this year
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Alex Wodak, Matt Noffs and Toni Makkai highlight the need for political leadership on pill testing to prevent harm and save lives.

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Donald Trump's Drug Czar Is Very High on Forced Rehab (USA)

Donald Trump's Drug Czar Is Very High on Forced Rehab (USA) | Alcohol & other drug issues in the media | Scoop.it
The man expected to run the Office of National Drug Control Policy is really into "hospital-slash-prison" drug rehab. The only problem is there's a lack of evidence it works.
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Maia Szalavitz highlights some of the significant flaws in arguments for forced treatment. See also Monday's coverage on evaluation findings on the Northern Territory's mandatory alcohol treatment program (including that it had no lasting impact on the health or wellbeing of those forced into it): http://sco.lt/8Ac0uH.

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How Europe’s heroin capital solved its overdose crisis (Portugal/Canada)

How Europe’s heroin capital solved its overdose crisis (Portugal/Canada) | Alcohol & other drug issues in the media | Scoop.it
What Canada can learn from Portugal about opioid addiction, rehab and recovery
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Drug law reform and a co-ordinated, national approach to harm reduction identified as the main lessons for Canada in responding to it's own overdose crisis.

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Medical marijuana may be a salve for the US opioid epidemic

Medical marijuana may be a salve for the US opioid epidemic | Alcohol & other drug issues in the media | Scoop.it
In US states where medical marijuana has been legalised, people seem to be switching from other prescribed drugs to cannabis as a treatment for pain
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This should be read as a companion piece to today's related post on a study of the impacts of medicinal cannabis legislation on US consumption: http://sco.lt/58lwa9. There have now been several studies indicating that people are increasingly choosing to use cannabis (rather than opioids) for chronic pain relief.

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Exposing the global harm caused by the tobacco industry (UK)

Exposing the global harm caused by the tobacco industry (UK) | Alcohol & other drug issues in the media | Scoop.it
Today sees the start of a co-ordinated week of action by ASH and our partners to highlight the global harm caused by the tobacco industry. This action is timed to coincide with annual general…
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More older Australians are drinking booze in a risky way

More older Australians are drinking booze in a risky way | Alcohol & other drug issues in the media | Scoop.it
Older Australians are more likely to drink alcohol at levels putting their long-term health at risk according to new research by La Trobe University.
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Citing a new La Trobe Uni study, on the 28% of people who drink over 80% of the alcohol consumed in Australia (and experience most of the related harm).

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Eloise Walker - OHS 's curator insight, Today, 8:32 AM
After an assessment, risk control needs to be set. Urgent action is required for critical and high risk assessment items. For this scoop the older Australians that are drinking more need to be put in a high risk category as binge drinking can and will lead to a shorter life span. What takes place within the risk control section is a hierarchy and this consists of the elimination of hazards, substitution of hazards, isolation of hazards , engineering controls, administrative controls and personal protective equipment. Although a majority of those steps is not needed for heavy drinking it is useful knowledge. 
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Canada and eight US states have done it. Why can't NSW legalise cannabis?

Canada and eight US states have done it. Why can't NSW legalise cannabis? | Alcohol & other drug issues in the media | Scoop.it

Some big news has come out of North America and it has nothing to do with Trump. Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau has introduced legislation that will legalise and regulate cannabis use in Canada. This would make Canada the second country the world (after Uruguay) to legalise adult use of cannabis. This comes off the heels of some ground-breaking reforms that took place in November last year when California, Massachusetts, Maine and Nevada all voted to legalise and regulate  cannabis use, joining Colorado, Alaska, Washington and Oregon. One in five Americans now live in a state where adult use of cannabis is legal or is in the process of being made legal. So why has the debate barely even begun in Australia?

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NSW MP Mehreen Faruqi makes the case for Australian drug law reform.

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The Opioid Epidemic, the Border Wall, and Trump's Magical Thinking (USA)

The Opioid Epidemic, the Border Wall, and Trump's Magical Thinking (USA) | Alcohol & other drug issues in the media | Scoop.it
President Trump’s confounding approach to drug policy.
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Conor Friedersdorf on some of the major flaws in President Trump's stated drug policy positions. See today's related coverage: http://sco.lt/81JcKfhttp://sco.lt/5497VR

 

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Why not decriminalize drug use? VP urges gov’t to study Portugal move (Philippines)

Why not decriminalize drug use? VP urges gov’t to study Portugal move (Philippines) | Alcohol & other drug issues in the media | Scoop.it
Is decriminalizing drug use the better alternative to killing drug addicts?
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Well, this is unexpected. Is this an indicator of the growth in domestic opposition to President Duterte's brutal drug policies? It will be interesting to see how he responds. See today's related coverage of the call for the President to be indicted for mass murder in The Hague: http://sco.lt/6jpvub 

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'Alarmingly high' risk of death for people with opioid use disorder in general medical care (USA)

Almost one-fifth of patients with opioid use disorder (OUD) in a large healthcare system died during a four-year follow-up period, reports a new study.

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One potential contributing factor not addressed here is the role systemic barriers to people having access to opioid replacement therapies, which have been consistently shown to reduce mortality amongst people who are opioid dependent.

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New plan to legalise and tax cannabis launches in Switzerland

New plan to legalise and tax cannabis launches in Switzerland | Alcohol & other drug issues in the media | Scoop.it
A new plan to legalise cannabis has launched in Switzerland, marking the country's second push for the change within a decade. The new initiative proposes that both cannabis production and consumption for personal use should be made legal. It recommends that its sale should be regulated and taxed by the government. A referendum in 2008 aiming to make the drug legal for everyone failed, but those proposals did not suggest the government would be able to collect tax on it.
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The move will legalise cannabis sales in four cities. See today's related posts from Aus (http://sco.lt/8UKHEf) and the UK (http://sco.lt/79Vo2L). 

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The New Drug Wars Are Looking At The Wrong Enemy (USA)

The New Drug Wars Are Looking At The Wrong Enemy (USA) | Alcohol & other drug issues in the media | Scoop.it
A border wall, no matter how tall, will not stop the drug problem in America
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Stacey Leasca considers some of the biggest flaws in President Trumps stated drug policy positions.

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