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Feeling Shame About Past Alcohol Abuse Linked With Increased Risk of Relapse (USA)

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Shame is the core of addiction.  If you don't heal the shame, you will relapse! --RevKev

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Edmonton getting four supervised injection sites 

Edmonton getting four supervised injection sites  | Alcohol & other drug issues in the media | Scoop.it
Facilities announced Wednesday will be anchored in McCauley community.
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While Melbourne waits till September for the report of the Parliamentary inquiry into a trial MSIC in Richmond, Edmonton has announced its FIRST four sites, to open within a year.

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Sydney injecting room a success: PM

The prime minister says a supervised drug injecting room on the edge of his Sydney electorate has been a success, days after the Victorian government baulked at opening one in Melbourne.
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Perhaps the PM could consider funding centres in other cities? The need for MSICs extends well beyond Sydney and Melbourne.

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ReGenUC's curator insight, February 23, 10:37 PM

Perhaps the PM could consider funding centres in other cities.?The need for MSICs extends well beyond Sydney and Melbourne.

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Overdose reversal drug to be subsidised (Vic)

A drug used to reverse the effects of heroin overdose will be subsidised by the Victorian government in a bid to reduce overdose deaths.
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This was announced last night at the Family Drug Support Day event at Parliament House: https://www.facebook.com/pg/ReGenUC/photos/?tab=album&album_id=968463756618481. That's one of Coroner Hawkins' recommendations acted on. Now for the MSIC!

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New law could force more drug and alcohol addicts into compulsory rehabilitation (NZ)

New law could force more drug and alcohol addicts into compulsory rehabilitation (NZ) | Alcohol & other drug issues in the media | Scoop.it
Law change could force more drug addicts into rehab, but will centres be able to cope?
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One question about this measure is sector capacity to cope with increased demand. The other is the effectiveness of forced treatment. Just what impact this legislation will have will depend largely on the detail of how it is implemented (little of which is available here). FYI, you can see our submission to the 2015 review of Victoria's Severe Substance Dependence Treatment Act here: http://www.regen.org.au/images/stories/Advocacy/2015_NDS_consultation_v2.0.pdf

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'I'm tired of watching people die': Organizer of march to end overdose deaths demands action (Canada)

'I'm tired of watching people die': Organizer of march to end overdose deaths demands action (Canada) | Alcohol & other drug issues in the media | Scoop.it
decriminalize drug possession;
grant immediate exemptions to all organizations that want to run supervised drug injection sites; 
increase funding for harm reduction resources and services;
expand access to what it calls opioid substitution therapy, which involves supplying drug users with a replacement drug as part of treatment for addiction.
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Marchers ask for more action from political leaders, including:

  • decriminalize drug possession;
  • grant immediate exemptions to all organizations that want to run supervised drug injection sites; 
  • increase funding for harm reduction resources and services;
  • expand access to what it calls opioid substitution therapy, which involves supplying drug users with a replacement drug as part of treatment for addiction.
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It’s About to Get Way Easier to Buy Medicinal Cannabis in Australia

It’s About to Get Way Easier to Buy Medicinal Cannabis in Australia | Alcohol & other drug issues in the media | Scoop.it
With locally grown weed now staying in the country, and imports legalised, we should have a surplus within eight weeks.
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Vice's take on the immediate impacts of the changes announced this week by Minister Hunt.

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Supervised injection site could house machine to quickly test for tainted drugs (Canada)

Supervised injection site could house machine to quickly test for tainted drugs (Canada) | Alcohol & other drug issues in the media | Scoop.it
Ottawa's first supervised injection site could include a machine that instantly checks street drugs for deadly hidden substances, such as fentanyl. Lynne Leonard, an assistant professor and research scientist at the University of Ottawa, has submitted a research funding proposal to th
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More evidence of how far ahead of Australia Canada is in harm reduction. See today's related post on the naming of Edmonton's first four safe injecting sites: http://sco.lt/5lvILh

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Safe injecting facility: Show some backbone (Vic)

Safe injecting facility: Show some backbone (Vic) | Alcohol & other drug issues in the media | Scoop.it
Premier Daniel Andrews' refusal to consider trialling a safe injecting room smacks of cowardice.
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A great selection of letters in today's Age in support of a MSIC in Richmond (and elsewhere). See today's related post on the positive outcomes from yesterday's parliamentary debate: http://sco.lt/7uxiZV.

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Why there's no legal barrier to a Melbourne drug injecting room, despite political setbacks

Why there's no legal barrier to a Melbourne drug injecting room, despite political setbacks | Alcohol & other drug issues in the media | Scoop.it
There's no legal reason why Victoria can't have its own medically supervised drug injecting room to prevent more overdoses, despite political setbacks.
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Kate Seear considers some of the reasons given for opposing a Richmond MSIC and the need for urgent action to prevent future overdose fatalities.

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More than an addict, Part 1 (Aus)

More than an addict, Part 1 (Aus) | Alcohol & other drug issues in the media | Scoop.it
The very fact drugs were illegal drew me to them. Then discovering new states of mind together with my friends created a special bond between us. We had a naughty secret that others would never understand.
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The first of three installments, this is a great example of the value of people sharing their own experiences to challenge the usual stereotypes and assumptions that underpin public attitudes towards people who use drugs.

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Lockout laws: No evidence supporting claim young women will be separated from friends (Qld)

Lockout laws: No evidence supporting claim young women will be separated from friends (Qld) | Alcohol & other drug issues in the media | Scoop.it
ONE of the top advocates for Premier Annastacia Palaszczuks controversial lockout laws says there is no evidence supporting the claim young women would be separated from their friends if the plan was implemented.
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Jake Najman accuses the alcohol industry of deceptive behaviour in its campaign against Qld Govt alcohol measures. See today's related coverage: http://sco.lt/7YObjN.

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Time to act on cannabis (Tas)

THE Federal Governments decision to clear the way for access to medicinal cannabis is a welcome development. For too long, people with chronic conditions who might benefit from the drug and those in palliative care have been waiting for legislators to catch up with the weight of public opinion. In the meantime, they have either had to forgo the option of a drug which would ease their condition or run the risk involved in obtaining a supply through illicit sources.
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Today's Mercury editorial calls on the Tas Govt to implement the medicinal cannabis trial it announced in April last year.

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Pot stocks rocket higher on Federal government announcement (Aus)

Pot stocks rocket higher on Federal government announcement (Aus) | Alcohol & other drug issues in the media | Scoop.it
Medicinal marijuana stocks soared after the Federal Government pledged to loosen importation laws in a bid to boost supply for patients.
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The Aus greenrush is well underway.

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ACT Health warns of dangerous ecstasy-type 'MDMA' party drug being sold in Canberra

ACT Health warns of dangerous ecstasy-type 'MDMA' party drug being sold in Canberra | Alcohol & other drug issues in the media | Scoop.it
A "potentially fatal" party drug is being sold in Canberra in pink and clear capsules, ACT Health has warned.
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See the ACTINOS Project report here: http://sco.lt/5sATD7 

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Safe injecting room trial wins backing of influential officer Ron Iddles (Vic)

Safe injecting room trial wins backing of influential officer Ron Iddles (Vic) | Alcohol & other drug issues in the media | Scoop.it
A safe injecting room for heroin users should be trialled in Richmond to help curb drug deaths, the departing head of the Police Association has said.
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Yet another example of the 'former...' speaking out in support of evidence based drug policy. Here's hoping our current members of Parliament can finally get behind a MSIC when the announced inquiry reports back in September.

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'High income not the cause for WA's drug epidemic': Top cop

'High income not the cause for WA's drug epidemic': Top cop | Alcohol & other drug issues in the media | Scoop.it
​Western Australia's police commissioner has questioned Premier Colin Barnett's claim that drug use is rife in the state because of high incomes.
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Good to see Commissioner O'Callaghan refuting this dubious claim by Premier Barnett. See this follow-up coverage: https://thewest.com.au/politics/state-election-2017/colin-barnett-sticking-to-meth-use-caused-by-high-wages-line-ng-b88396270z

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Free drug treatment service opens in Moreton Bay and Pine Rivers (Qld)

Free drug treatment service opens in Moreton Bay and Pine Rivers (Qld) | Alcohol & other drug issues in the media | Scoop.it
OPERATORS of a free drug and alcohol treatment service in Pine Rivers expect 70 per cent of their clients to be methamphetamine users.
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Good to see some PHN treatment funding starting to increase local service accessibility.

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Many Smokers With Chronic Conditions Take Up E-Cigarettes (USA)

Sick smokers may be vaping to kick the smoking habit
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2015-15 data shows people with conditions like COPD, asthma & cardiovascular disease (but not cancer) are more likely to try vaping to reduce harm associated with their smoking.

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Study: Many in treatment for opioid addiction are prescribed more opioid painkillers (USA)

Many people receiving the most common medication to treat opioid addiction are being prescribed opioid painkillers at the same time, a surprising finding that helps explain why even the most effective substance-abuse therapies don't work nearly as well as experts say they should. - Don Sapatkin, Philadelphia Inquirer
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The US study also found that people prescribed buprenorphine were ceasing treatment after only two months, well before the greatest benefits of the pharmacotherapy are experienced.

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Ex-correspondent says Reuters will sponsor his rehab after jail release (Indonesia)

Ex-correspondent says Reuters will sponsor his rehab after jail release (Indonesia) | Alcohol & other drug issues in the media | Scoop.it
A former war correspondent arrested in Bali for allegedly possessing hashish has revealed his former employer has agreed to pay for his PTSD treatment when he i
ReGenUC's insight:

The story here is not Mr Fox or who is paying for his treatment, but the role trauma plays in contributing to AOD dependence. Self-medication to cope with trauma, mental health and other issues is a common factor for many of the people we work with.

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Fact Check: Is it not practical to conduct on-the-spot drug tests “safely and quickly”? (Aus)

Fact Check: Is it not practical to conduct on-the-spot drug tests “safely and quickly”? (Aus) | Alcohol & other drug issues in the media | Scoop.it

The Victorian Police Chief Commissioner Graham Ashton’s recent claim that it’s not practical to conduct on-the-spot drug tests “safely and quickly” is, at best, misinformed. These tests have been taking place successfully in Europe for more than a decade.

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David Caldicott responds to recent claims in media coverage that onsite drug checking services are not effective in reducing harm. It's the latest post for the AOD Media Watch project.

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PBS listing of hep C drugs leads to 10x uptake (Aus)

PBS listing of hep C drugs leads to 10x uptake (Aus) | Alcohol & other drug issues in the media | Scoop.it
More Australians were treated for hep C since DAAs were added to the PBS than in the past decade, according to new report Since direct-actin
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Highlighting the impact of the PBS listing on public health. See yesterday's related coverage of the Kirby Institute report: http://sco.lt/4vM0yf.

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Sydney Rd pubs and clubs should close at 2am in Sydney-style lockout, Brunswick sergeant says (Vic)

Sydney Rd pubs and clubs should close at 2am in Sydney-style lockout, Brunswick sergeant says (Vic) | Alcohol & other drug issues in the media | Scoop.it
A SENIOR Brunswick police officer wants all Sydney Rd precinct watering holes to close at 2am to prevent alcohol-fuelled violence.
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Could we see a revisiting of lockouts in Melbourne after the disastrously implemented 2008 trial in the CBD?

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Mandatory ID scanners in pubs: Calls for roll-out to be delayed or changed (Qld)

Mandatory ID scanners in pubs: Calls for roll-out to be delayed or changed (Qld) | Alcohol & other drug issues in the media | Scoop.it
Premier Annastacia Palaszczuk said the decision to remove the 1am lockout was made after extensive consultation.
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Alcohol industry resistance to the new Qld measures continues. See today's related post where Prof Jake Najman accuses the industry of deceptive behaviour in its campaign against the govt's measures to reduce alcohol related violence: http://sco.lt/6Wff1t

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Doctor: Medicinal cannabis is NOT a magic cure (NSW)

Doctor: Medicinal cannabis is NOT a magic cure (NSW) | Alcohol & other drug issues in the media | Scoop.it
A parent tells me about watching helplessly as their infant daughter suffers, a frightened look on her face before her whole body stiffens and face turns purple. This process repeats again and again, day and night, every day. With each day, their daughter seems to lose her spark and her personality as brain development slows.
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John Lawson (who heads the medicinal cannabis trial at Sydney Children's Hospital) describes some of the current challenges and limitations on our understanding of the risks and benefits of using cannabis products on children.

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