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Qld Indigenous mayors consulted on alcohol strategies

Qld Indigenous mayors consulted on alcohol strategies | Alcohol & other drug issues in the media | Scoop.it
A far north Queensland MP says the State Government will not allow any changes to alcohol management plans until Indigenous mayors are certain their communities will be safe.
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Strong warning over meth lessons for kids (Aus)

Strong warning over meth lessons for kids (Aus) | Alcohol & other drug issues in the media | Scoop.it
THE debate over ex-ice addicts teaching children about the dangers of meth is heating up after a leading Australian body warned the program would do more harm than good.
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Great to see the ADF taking a strong public position on this ineffective and counterproductive approach. See our response to yesterday's story: http://sco.lt/5gJSrp.

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Overdose reversal drug should be included on painkiller prescriptions, experts say (Aus)

Overdose reversal drug should be included on painkiller prescriptions, experts say (Aus) | Alcohol & other drug issues in the media | Scoop.it
The life-saving overdose drug naloxone should be included on prescriptions for powerful painkillers, NSW researchers say, as fatal overdose rates threaten to exceed the national road toll.
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Citing Nick Lintzeris & NUAA's Megan Stapleton.

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Stigma around drug deaths hurts grieving families (NZ)

Stigma around drug deaths hurts grieving families (NZ) | Alcohol & other drug issues in the media | Scoop.it
Carl Greenwood lost a friend to a drug overdose, and he says the stigma and discrimination from society prevents families from sharing their experiences.
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The stigma associated with a loved one's overdose is a major barrier to seeking help, or even discussing the impact on family members. 

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Drug testing company unfairly sacked worker for refusing drug test (Vic)

Drug testing company unfairly sacked worker for refusing drug test (Vic) | Alcohol & other drug issues in the media | Scoop.it
A leading provider of workplace drug tests unfairly sacked an employee because she refused to take a drug test after allegations from a feuding neighbour.
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Employee refused workplace test by Dorevitch because it's wouldn't have met basic industry standards. The details of this case should provide cause for employers to reconsider their reliance on drug testing to manage risk. See yesterday's related post: http://sco.lt/5eoWKv

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'Nightlife is still alive and well': do critics have it wrong on Sydney's lockout laws?

'Nightlife is still alive and well': do critics have it wrong on Sydney's lockout laws? | Alcohol & other drug issues in the media | Scoop.it
With the NSW government set to deliver an independent review of its divisive lockout laws, a new report reveals a dramatic reduction in assaults in Kings Cross and that rates of business closures have been drastically exaggerated
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More coverage of FARE Australia's report, challenging alcohol industry claims of the impacts of the NSW measures on business. See related coverage: http://sco.lt/8IoYqn.

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NSW lockout law review report delayed

The long-awaited review into NSW's lockout laws has been delayed following a landmark court decision which deemed live music venues exempt from the controversial legislation.
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The release of the has been delayed to consider the impacts of the recent Supreme Court ruling: http://sco.lt/63sSmH.  The report will now be submitted on Sept 13.

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Heroin treatment drug naloxone 'saves lives' in WA trial

Heroin treatment drug naloxone 'saves lives' in WA trial | Alcohol & other drug issues in the media | Scoop.it
A trial giving heroin users' family members and friends a drug to prevent overdoses has been hailed a success, and may even reduce overall heroin use, WA researchers say.
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Coverage of the NDRI evaluation of WASUA's naloxone program. Another great eample of the importance of peer distribution in preventing overdose deaths and injuries. You can see the full report here: http://sco.lt/5pFpSr.

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The Meth Project: Ex-ice addicts aim to speak in every Aussie school

The Meth Project: Ex-ice addicts aim to speak in every Aussie school | Alcohol & other drug issues in the media | Scoop.it
FORMER ice addicts are visiting schools to tell children aged just seven years old about their experiences with crystal methamphetamine.
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We can appreciate the good intentions behind this initiative but there is abundant research demonstrating that this sort of approach does not work and can, in fact, increase the likelihood of future use. This is not the way to protect our children.

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Alcohol-fuelled assault twice as likely to happen at home as in a pub – study (Aus)

Alcohol-fuelled assault twice as likely to happen at home as in a pub – study (Aus) | Alcohol & other drug issues in the media | Scoop.it
Study of alcohol-related injuries treated in Queensland hospitals finds 36% took place in the home compared with 10% in licensed venues and 13% on the street
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See today's related coverage of this study (and related Australian research): http://sco.lt/8H207l.

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Businesseses quizzed about employee drug use (Tas)

Businesseses quizzed about employee drug use (Tas) | Alcohol & other drug issues in the media | Scoop.it
CONCERNS drug abuse is a growing problem in Tasmanian workplaces has moved the states peak business body to ask its members for the first time about illicit substance and alcohol use.
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It's important to remember that workplace drug testing is not (on its own) a solution. It may help employers manage immediate risk but does nothing to address the factors driving employees' AOD use. As with schools and other institutions, businesses need practical supports (such as clear links to appropriate treatment and support services) for responding to the often complex needs of their employees.

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Philippines' drug war hits 2000 deaths

The number of drug-related killings in the Philippines since Rodrigo Duterte became president two months ago on a pledge to wipe out the illegal drug trade, has reached around 2000.
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Executions don't prevent murder. They will not stop illicit drug use. But they will traumatise a generation and sow the seeds of increased future AOD dependence.

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Is Australia really being flooded by new killer drugs?

Is Australia really being flooded by new killer drugs? | Alcohol & other drug issues in the media | Scoop.it
There is a potential for significant harm in Australia if we don't have adequate systems in place to monitor our drug markets and respond rapidly when specific dangers are detected.
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Nice response by Stephen Bright and Monica Barratt on the latest round of media hysteria, making a clear call for evidence based (as opposed to fear driven) responses to actual harm. You can see our comments on recent coverage here: http://sco.lt/9KqrMv, http://sco.lt/8jZEjB

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Young foster girl carved ‘I hate feelings’ into her leg before she died (NSW)

Young foster girl carved ‘I hate feelings’ into her leg before she died (NSW) | Alcohol & other drug issues in the media | Scoop.it
A GIRL who was allegedly repeatedly raped at a Sydney foster care facility by two youth workers carved ‘I hate feelings’ into her leg before she died, an inquest has heard.
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One example of the personal tragedies behind the overdose statistics and a powerful reminder that, for many, AOD use is a survival strategy, for dealing with the impacts of acute and ongoing trauma.
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Weekly Dose: Naloxone, how to save a life from opioid overdose (Aus)

Weekly Dose: Naloxone, how to save a life from opioid overdose (Aus) | Alcohol & other drug issues in the media | Scoop.it
Naloxone is used as an "antidote" for opioid overdose which includes heroin, and opioid pain medicines such as morphine, fentanyl and codeine.
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Suzanne Nielsen & Simon Lenton summaries the benefits of naloxone and some of the current challenges for increased uptake in Australia.

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The failed history of tobacco harm reduction (Aus)

Dark clouds hung over smoking as a likely risky activity long before the watershed case control studies on smoking and lung cancer were published in 1950 by Doll and Hill (on British smokers) and Wynder…
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Simon Chapman on why he doesn't support the promotion of e-cigarettes as a harm reduction measure.

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Pubs, clubs face new binge-booze laws (Tas)

Pubs, clubs face new binge-booze laws (Tas) | Alcohol & other drug issues in the media | Scoop.it
PUB and club owners could face fines for advertising shots, cheap drinks or pouring liquor straight into patrons mouths under tougher new laws aimed at curbing anti-social behaviour.
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New measures target marketing and venue promotions that promote dangerous consumption.

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How Big Alcohol Is About to Get Rich Off California Weed

How Big Alcohol Is About to Get Rich Off California Weed | Alcohol & other drug issues in the media | Scoop.it
With recreational marijuana on the ballot, some worry that big business will transform the way pot is grown, distributed and sold.
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There's already plenty of evidence that Big Tobacco (and other industries) are seeking to control the emerging legal cannabis market. In the context of law reform, it becomes a commodity like any other and subject to the same market forces, which are not necessarily consistent with the public good.

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The truth about pilots and alcohol (UK)

The truth about pilots and alcohol (UK) | Alcohol & other drug issues in the media | Scoop.it
Plenty of professionals in stressful jobs enjoy a drink. Some will occasionally binge, and small proportion may become alcohol dependent. But the risk to life and limb presented to the public by, say, a drunk journalist or lawyer is very low, providing he or she doesn’t do something daft such as driving. At the other extreme, bus and train drivers, ship’s officers and airline pilots are responsible for many lives.
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Simon Calder asks if alcohol bans will improve safety, or discourage pilots from seeking assistance. Similar questions could be asked of other industries relying on workplace testing as a risk management strategy. See today's related post: http://sco.lt/6vpYTR.

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Remembering Those Lost To Overdose (Vic)

Remembering Those Lost To Overdose (Vic) | Alcohol & other drug issues in the media | Scoop.it

Families of people lost to overdose, alcohol and other drug organisations and Members of Parliament came together at Parliament House today to mark International Overdose Awareness Day.

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Vic Govt announces commitment to establishment of peer-led networks to reduce overdose risk and related AOD harms.

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International Overdose Awareness Day: A mother's fight to fix the system that 'failed' her son (Vic)

International Overdose Awareness Day: A mother's fight to fix the system that 'failed' her son (Vic) | Alcohol & other drug issues in the media | Scoop.it
In a brief moment alone between the hugs, tender words and tears, Cherie Short tips her head back and looks up towards the heavens. Ahhh. The sigh slips out.
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One of thousands of events that will be happening around the world today to remember those lost to overdose, the families left behind and advocate for action to prevent future overdose deaths and injuries. For information on events near you, see the OAD website: http://www.overdoseday.com/.

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Sweden moves to battle high rate of drug deaths

Sweden moves to battle high rate of drug deaths | Alcohol & other drug issues in the media | Scoop.it
The Swedish government has launched an inquiry into why Sweden has among the highest number of drug-related deaths in the EU despite its zero-tolerance policy.
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International evidence indicates that the high death rate (particularly from overdose) is a direct  result of Sweden's 'zero tolerance' policy. The way forward is clear: a greater focus on harm reduction

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Labor, Liberals reluctant on pill testing at Canberra festivals

Labor, Liberals reluctant on pill testing at Canberra festivals | Alcohol & other drug issues in the media | Scoop.it
Greens propose pill testing trial, saying it will save lives.
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A predictable response from the libs, but a little puzzling from Labor, given yesterday's commitment to discussing the merits of decriminalisation: http://sco.lt/7qtZ2n. Monica Barratt (as ever) provides a voice of reason (and research evidence) in response to ideological opposition.

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Vaping as bad for your heart as smoking cigarettes, study finds (UK)

Vaping as bad for your heart as smoking cigarettes, study finds (UK) | Alcohol & other drug issues in the media | Scoop.it
Vaping could be as bad for the heart as smoking cigarettes, a new study suggests.
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Drinking alcohol at home is the most dangerous (Aus)

Drinking alcohol at home is the most dangerous (Aus) | Alcohol & other drug issues in the media | Scoop.it
DRINKING alcohol at home is the most dangerous place to enjoy a beverage.
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Highlighting a range of research that identifies the need for a policy approach that doesn't just address public drinking, but the range of harms associated with alcohol consumed at home. See today's related coverage: http://sco.lt/5y2ZLl.

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Prescription drug threat prompts fresh call for overdose treatment naloxone (Vic)

Prescription drug threat prompts fresh call for overdose treatment naloxone (Vic) | Alcohol & other drug issues in the media | Scoop.it

AN urgent campaign to promote the lifesaving qualities of overdose reversal drug naloxone has been called for in the wake of data showing a surge of accidental deaths linked to prescription painkillers.

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Good to see public attention being drawn to the impacts of the withdrawal of naloxone minijets (the most accessible, affordable option currently available) from the Australian market. This will also be addressed at tomorrow's CREIDU colloqium. For more details (or to register) see the website: https://www.burnet.edu.au/events/200_creidu_colloquium Thanks to VAADA for making the content of this article available from behind the NewsLtd paywall.

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