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High on moral panic (Aus)

A punitive approach to drugs in sport is overkill. Tackling the culture that produces drug abusers is the answer.
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Life sentence for ice does not address the problem, say drug experts (NSW)

Life sentence for ice does not address the problem, say drug experts (NSW) | Alcohol & other drug issues in the media | Scoop.it
"This will not result in any reduction in ice consumption or ice supply or ice manufacture."
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Another example (following Minister Scott Morrison's recent assertion that methamphetamine use should be dealt with primarily as a 'law and order' problem: http://sco.lt/6kTweX) of an Australian govt turning its back on the clear evidence for effective drug policy responses. As Matt Noffs says, this approach ignores the causes of the problem. As we've quoted many times previously, National Ice Taskforce head (and former Victorian Police Commissioner) Ken Lay has said, 'we can't arrest our way out of this problem'.

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Reckless alcohol promotions banned in NSW

Alcohol served in plastic bags and milk bottles are among irresponsible alcohol promotions banned by the NSW Office of Liquor, Gaming and Racing.
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See yesterday's related coverage: http://sco.lt/4m8HUf.

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NSW bans e-cigarettes sales to minors

NSW bans e-cigarettes sales to minors | Alcohol & other drug issues in the media | Scoop.it
SELLING electronic cigarettes to anyone under the age of 18 in NSW is now illegal.
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Aus company is selling legal cannabis pills in Europe

Aus company is selling legal cannabis pills in Europe | Alcohol & other drug issues in the media | Scoop.it
A company has sold its first marijuana pills legally, and they are available to buy over the internet in Europe.
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New laws for serious Vic sex offenders

HOURS after convicted killer Sean William Price handed himself in, Victoria Police visited 55 serious sex offenders to check if they were behaving.
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The new laws also increase police powers to conduct AOD testing.

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Ted Noffs Foundation chief to take ice users to confront Scott Morrison (Aus)

Ted Noffs Foundation chief to take ice users to confront Scott Morrison (Aus) | Alcohol & other drug issues in the media | Scoop.it
Matt Noffs criticises social services minister over reported plan to have Centrelink staff put suspected drug users on quarantined payments
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Matt Noffs and Jake Najman respond to the latest evidence that the Federal Govt refuses to recognise the evidence on effective drug policy interventions.

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Calls for trailblazing ACT drug overdose reversal program to be rolled out nation-wide

Calls for trailblazing ACT drug overdose reversal program to be rolled out nation-wide | Alcohol & other drug issues in the media | Scoop.it
A trailblazing ACT initiative to prevent drug overdoses is given a ringing endorsement by an independent panel of experts.
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CAHMA's Sione Crawford shares a personal account highlighting the importance of increasing the availability of naloxone to prevent overdose and save lives.

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Booze bans bring flood of ice to Aboriginal communities (Aus)

Booze bans bring flood of ice to Aboriginal communities (Aus) | Alcohol & other drug issues in the media | Scoop.it
ALCOHOL restrictions are driving indigenous communities to experiment with drugs, including highly addictive ice, the state’s top cop fears.
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 More evidence of the limited effectiveness of supply reduction measures in reducing demand for alcohol or other drugs.

Warning: this story features a video endorsing naltrexone implants, a treatment option we do not support.

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Marc Lewis: the neuroscientist who believes addiction is not a disease (Aus)

Marc Lewis: the neuroscientist who believes addiction is not a disease (Aus) | Alcohol & other drug issues in the media | Scoop.it
Lewis, famous for detailing his own years of drug addiction in a book, divides the medical profession by arguing it is a behavioural problem, not a medical affliction
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Melissa Davey spoke with Marc Lewis (ahead of his appearance today at the Melbourne Writer's Festival) about the impact of language and how addiction/dependence is defined shapes how it is treated. You can see the live discussion of Mr Lewis' presentation on Twitter (search for the #MWF15 tag). See also last week's article on his work by Jenny Valentish: http://sco.lt/7RpoJd.

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Changing the way we think about addiction (Aus)

Changing the way we think about addiction (Aus) | Alcohol & other drug issues in the media | Scoop.it
Addiction, whether to substances or behaviours, can wreak havoc on people's lives. But the addicted mind is complex, and we know from history that there's no easy fix. Now, one physician is attempting to heal the 'hungry ghost' of addiction by looking at addicts' childhood environment. Lynne Malcolm and Olivia Willis report.
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Featuring the work of Gabor Mate on promoting a health-based response to AOD dependence. See also this on Marc Lewis' work on challenging common myths about addiction/dependence: http://sco.lt/7RpoJd.  

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Live blog: Ice has become an epidemic across Australia. Share your solution with the experts

Live blog: Ice has become an epidemic across Australia. Share your solution with the experts | Alcohol & other drug issues in the media | Scoop.it
AFTER days of stories on how ice is gripping the nation, today we ask readers to join us in a live blog to discuss the epidemic.
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Let's see what the impact of NewsCorp's week of dubious methamphetamine coverage has been on its readership. We're tipping that there will be strong support for today's 'cut benefits and forced treatment' proposal: http://sco.lt/7MQA4X. 

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Do Icelanders really smoke more cannabis than anyone else?

Do Icelanders really smoke more cannabis than anyone else? | Alcohol & other drug issues in the media | Scoop.it
Earlier this week the Daily Mail ran a story with the headline „Forget Amsterdam! Iceland smokes the most cannabis“. According to the story the reason is that attitudes to cannabis smoking in Iceland are very liberal and its use tolerated by the authorities. The story has received considerable attention, being shared more than two thousand times.
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The original story is here: http://sco.lt/7tyBCj. 

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Naloxone legal changes (UK)

Naloxone legal changes (UK) | Alcohol & other drug issues in the media | Scoop.it
Last month the Human Medicines (Amendment) (No. 3) Regulations 2015 were laid before Parliament, amending the 2012 Regulations which restrict the supply etc. of medicines, and we got the first glimpse of the changes that are to be introduced from 1st October. The main change is that: "Persons e
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Kristie Douse on the impacts of the policy change process on naloxone accessibility.

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Calls for overdose drug to be fast-tracked (Vic)

Calls for overdose drug to be fast-tracked (Vic) | Alcohol & other drug issues in the media | Scoop.it
FOUR people die from a drug overdose each day in Victoria.
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Good call from Minister Martin Foley. FYI, here's our submission to the TGA supporting the rescheduling of naloxone to reduce access barriers: http://www.regen.org.au/images/stories/Advocacy/ReGen_submission_naloxone_rescheduling_v1.0.pdf. 

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I've Seen What Happens When You Don't Fund Drug Rehabs (Aus)

I've Seen What Happens When You Don't Fund Drug Rehabs (Aus) | Alcohol & other drug issues in the media | Scoop.it
We called him Peaches. Not because of his cheery disposition, but because the obese dealer was always sucking on a peach whenever we saw him.
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James Fry reflects on the impact of waiting lists on treatment accessibility.

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Ice use rising in grog-free communities (Qld)

Ice use rising in grog-free communities (Qld) | Alcohol & other drug issues in the media | Scoop.it
Top cop says Alcohol Management Plans may need a rethink.
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See yesterday's related coverage on data suggesting alcohol bans may be contributing to shifts to methamphetamine in remote communities: http://sco.lt/7t57A1

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Terrigal bottleshop shut for seven days selling booze to underage teens (NSW)

Terrigal bottleshop shut for seven days selling booze to underage teens (NSW) | Alcohol & other drug issues in the media | Scoop.it
A TERRIGAL bottle shop has been shutdown for seven days after it was caught-out selling booze to underage teenagers.
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Martin Foley: International Overdose Awareness Day Comes As More Support Secured To Prevent Deaths (Vic)

Minister for Mental Health Martin Foley today marked International Overdose Awareness Day by calling for people to remember those lost to drug overdose and the grief felt by their family, friends and loved ones.

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Media release from Minister Foley announcing new harm reduction funding in Melbourne's south. This is a positive move that addresses some the loss of HR programs through the Vic AOD reform process. More of this please.

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International Overdose Awareness Day: 'The system robbed my son' (Vic)

International Overdose Awareness Day: 'The system robbed my son' (Vic) | Alcohol & other drug issues in the media | Scoop.it
Unable to get adequate help for their son with tragic consequences, a grieving family has gone public in their grief to point out gaps in the healthcare system.
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Nice piece by Chloe Booker on the impact of overdose on one Victorian family and the need for continued improvement of our treatment system to ensure that people get effective, evidence based supports when and where they need them. If you're in Melbourne's North and West and someone you care about is struggling with opioids or other drugs, give us a call (1800 700 514).

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Bars getting in trouble for drinking games (NSW)

Bars getting in trouble for drinking games (NSW) | Alcohol & other drug issues in the media | Scoop.it
BUCKETS, milk bottles and plastic bags are just some of the novel ways bars are trying to entice patrons to consume more alcohol.
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More evidence of the need for regulation of alcohol promotion to reduce potential harm to individual and public health.

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Government ice advertisements have turned half the at risk kids off the drug an independent evaluation finds (Aus)

Government ice advertisements have turned half the at risk kids off the drug an independent evaluation finds (Aus) | Alcohol & other drug issues in the media | Scoop.it

HALF the at risk kids who saw the Federal Government’s controversial television advertisements on ice would avoid the drug, an independent evaluation has found.

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The Stancombe Research findings are contradicted by most research evidence on similar scare campaigns. It will be interesting to see the outcome of any review of the study's methodology.

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One leader has stepped up to debate drug law reform; will others? (Aus)

One leader has stepped up to debate drug law reform; will others? (Aus) | Alcohol & other drug issues in the media | Scoop.it

No doubt many in the health sector are hoping that having a political party led by an experienced health professional may bring benefits for health debate and policy. Those supporting drug law reform have been heartened by a recent speech by Senator Richard di Natale, leader of the Greens and contrast his informed, evidence-based approaches with the Prime Minister’s sensationalist responses to the ‘national Ice crisis’.

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Our CEO Laurence Alvis responds to Senator Richard Di Natale's recent speech on the need for a new approach to Australian drug policy. We need more leadership like this, not like this: http://sco.lt/7MQA4X.

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'Holistic' approach to govt drug plan (NZ)

'Holistic' approach to govt drug plan (NZ) | Alcohol & other drug issues in the media | Scoop.it
The Government is going to take a wider approach to the harm caused by alcohol and drugs in a five-year policy released today
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The language is good, but has anyone had a chance to review the detail of the policy?  Meanwhile, the Aus govt considers cutting benefits and forced treatment for people who use methamphetamine: http://sco.lt/7MQA4X. 

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Documentary Makes The Case For Supervised Heroin Injection Sites in New York

Documentary Makes The Case For Supervised Heroin Injection Sites in New York | Alcohol & other drug issues in the media | Scoop.it
"If we don't come up with a plan, we're going to lose a lot of human life."
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The rise in heroin use in the US certainly helps make the case for evidence based harm reduction measures like supervised injecting facilities.

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Glasgow victims of drug abuse remembered during overdose awareness week (Scotland)

Glasgow victims of drug abuse remembered during overdose awareness week (Scotland) | Alcohol & other drug issues in the media | Scoop.it
RELATIVES and friends of drug abuse victims in Glasgow are remembering lost loved ones during overdose awareness week.
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See http://www.overdoseday.com/ for more info on remembrance events happening around the world.

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