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Do Addicted Employees Have Too Many Rights? (USA)

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Failure to publish tobacco and alcohol submissions to drug policy review 'alarming', say experts (Aus)

Failure to publish tobacco and alcohol submissions to drug policy review 'alarming', say experts (Aus) | Alcohol & other drug issues in the media | Scoop.it
Public Health Research & Practice journal says not disclosing content of companies’ submissions may breach World Health Organisation convention
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Citing Sydney Uni's Becky Freeman on the risks of alcohol and tobacco industry influence on future Australian drug policy. See our related opinion piece on the Federal Govt's neglect of our (now lapsed) national policy framework: http://sco.lt/5aoaxd

If you're interested, you can see our response to the 2016 draft National Drug Strategy document (http://www.regen.org.au/images/stories/Advocacy/ReGen_response_to_draft_NDS_2016-25_v1.0.pdf) and to the subsequent sector consultation (http://www.regen.org.au/images/stories/Advocacy/2015_NDS_consultation_v1.0.pdf). 

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$81m for rehab and more as government looks to fix Victoria's raging ice crisis

$81m for rehab and more as government looks to fix Victoria's raging ice crisis | Alcohol & other drug issues in the media | Scoop.it
Thirty extra drug rehabilitation beds will open and land will be acquired to build three new treatment centres in regional Victoria under an Andrews governmen
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We're still waiting to see the detail of what this funding will mean on the ground, but it appears to be a step in the right direction i.e. increasing the capacity of the treatment sector to meet community demand.

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Meet the Harm Reduction Worker Who Called Out Trudeau on the Opioid Crisis (Canada)

Meet the Harm Reduction Worker Who Called Out Trudeau on the Opioid Crisis (Canada) | Alcohol & other drug issues in the media | Scoop.it
“It’s a national disaster, you are not doing enough. The bodies keep mounting.”
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If you haven't seen the video of Ms Dodd's call to President Trudeau for more (and more immediate) action to address Canada's overdose crisis, it's definitely worth a look. While there is much to praise in recent Canadian drug policy, there is also a clear and pressing need for greater resourcing of harm reduction services to save lives. This is what speaking truth to power looks like.

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British American Tobacco: A “Killer” in Africa

British American Tobacco: A “Killer” in Africa | Alcohol & other drug issues in the media | Scoop.it
While tobacco consumption globally is decreasing, in the coming decades the number of smokers in Africa is anticipated to rise by nearly 40% from 2010 levels. This is the largest expected increase in…
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Faced with increasing regulation (and reduced profitability), the tobacco industry has long sought to develop markets with less legislative restrictions. While the industry's focus on developing economies has helped maintain their bottom line, it has obvious public health implications for billions of people around the world. See this recent post on WHO data showing 1 million tobacco-related deaths a year in China alone: http://sco.lt/9KcO37

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The Failed ‘War on Drugs’ 

The Failed ‘War on Drugs’  | Alcohol & other drug issues in the media | Scoop.it

A remarkable event went almost unnoticed over the Easter weekend – Canada’s prime minister, Justin Trudeau, introduced a Bill to legalise the recreational use of cannabis. Only one other country – tiny Uruguay in South America – has completely legalised cannabis as a consumer product, although eight US states have done so to various extents. Portugal decriminalised all drugs in 2001. There, drug use among the 15-24 year-old population has declined steeply, as have drug-related deaths.

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Gary Mead on the Canadian changes, the global impacts of 'war on drugs' approaches and the need for change. See today's related post on the need for further action by the Canadian Govt to address its overdose crisis: http://sco.lt/5ThXBB.

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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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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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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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Junkie shame on Sydney streets

Junkie shame on Sydney streets | Alcohol & other drug issues in the media | Scoop.it
SHOCKING images of addicts brazenly shooting up and doing dope deals in broad daylight have horrified authorities, who admit the drug problem is out of control and they are unsure how to solve the crisis.
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'Brazen', 'shameless', 'horrific', 'total lack of respect or regard for members of the community'. The Tele, Police Minister Grant, local police and the opposition spokesman all make it very clear where they think the blame for opioid dependence lies (hint, it's not social and structural determinants of health) and what members of the public should think about people who use illicit drugs in public spaces. This really is lowest common denominator stuff. We need better from our political leaders and news organisations. Thanks to Jenny Valentish for the link (hopefully it's still outside the NewsLtd paywall).

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One-hour test aims to improve hep C diagnosis (Aus)

One-hour test aims to improve hep C diagnosis (Aus) | Alcohol & other drug issues in the media | Scoop.it
A one-hour, point-of-care test for hepatitis C is set to revolutionise treatment of the infection, Australian researchers say.
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Good news for future HepC screening, treatment and Australian public health. More great work from the Kirby Institute.

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West Aussies the biggest boozers

WA has Australias highest rate of drinkers, and more of them have increased their alcohol consumption in the past year compared to drinkers in other States.
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Local coverage of FARE's annual alcohol poll findings, providing a timely reminder that it's not only methamphetamine that poses a significant threat to public health and community wellbeing in WA. You can see the full FARE report here: http://sco.lt/5GR75t.

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Acute alcohol consumption can disrupt heart rhythms, study finds (Germany)

Acute alcohol consumption can disrupt heart rhythms, study finds (Germany) | Alcohol & other drug issues in the media | Scoop.it

Binge drinking can increase your risk of developing abnormal heart rhythms, a study has found.

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New German research targets health warning for people attending this year's Oktoberfest.

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New alcohol marketing report suspects foul play (UK)

The Arsenal Emirates Stadium saw the launch of a new report, Foul Play? Alcohol marketing during UEFA Euro 2016, which highlighted how alcohol producers worked to circumvent legislation designed to protect children during the UEFA Euro 2016 football tournament.

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Analysis of broadcast footage found alcohol advertising appeared, on average, once every two minutes.

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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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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, April 27, 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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