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Do Addicted Employees Have Too Many Rights? (USA)

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Daily website for alcohol and drug addiction recovery news and information. Your source for addiction recovery news, rehab reviews and sober living tips.
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Rise in teen deaths blights drownings data (Aus)

Rise in teen deaths blights drownings data (Aus) | Alcohol & other drug issues in the media | Scoop.it
Drowning deaths rose among 15 to 24-year-olds last year, but drownings in children under five were their lowest level in nearly two decades.
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With summer approaching, another reminder of the role alcohol plays in many drowning fatalities.

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DrinkWise a message about alcohol moderation most people support (Aus)

DrinkWise a message about alcohol moderation most people support (Aus) | Alcohol & other drug issues in the media | Scoop.it
More than nine in 10 Australians agree it's important people drink responsibly when attending sporting, arts or cultural events.
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By the CEO of DrinkWise.

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Inside Stockholm's new 'no alcohol' nightclub

Inside Stockholm's new 'no alcohol' nightclub | Alcohol & other drug issues in the media | Scoop.it

Around 900 people packed into Stockholm's Södra Theatre on Friday night to experience Sweden's controversial new alcohol-free night club. The Local's Maddy Sav joined the party

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Alcohol floor price under fire (UK)

Alcohol floor price under fire (UK) | Alcohol & other drug issues in the media | Scoop.it

Introducing minimum pricing for alcohol would be up to 50 times more effective than current government policy, according to health researchers. Hundreds of deaths could be avoided every year with a minimum price for alcohol units, researchers estimated.

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Synthetic designer drugs made in Russia giving legal highs are killers

Synthetic designer drugs made in Russia giving legal highs are killers | Alcohol & other drug issues in the media | Scoop.it
SYNTHETIC designer drugs that give a legal high are being made in Russia and are available online.
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It's not clear whether this is about a particular batch/brand of synthetics, or more about their use more broadly.

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A letter to … My son, who is a drug addict

I remember the time around your birth vividly. My waters had broken and as there were no signs of contractions, you were induced and arrived the following morning at 3.50am – all 7lb 4oz of you. When I held you for the first time, you were truly the most beautiful and perfect thing I had ever seen. Everything and everyone else looked dirty and jaded but you looked and smelled and felt like perfection. I have loved you unreservedly since that moment.

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Powerful piece on the very personal impacts of AOD dependence on families.

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Industrial hemp could be big, but for red tape (Tas)

Industrial hemp could be big, but for red tape (Tas) | Alcohol & other drug issues in the media | Scoop.it

OUT in the fields and talking with farmers it is glaringly obvious Tasmania is missing out on a huge opportunity from one of the oldest sustainable industries on the planet: industrial hemp.

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Geoff Payne writes: A new evidence based approach to drug policy (UK)

Geoff Payne writes: A new evidence based approach to drug policy (UK) | Alcohol & other drug issues in the media | Scoop.it
As Liberal Democrats we have never been afraid to stand up for what we believe in, even if that means standing against the crowd. At conference in Glasgow, the Federal Policy Committee will present its policy paper Doing what Works to Cut Crime, a paper that amongst other issues, revisits and has restarted the debate on drug policy.
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First drink to first drunk: Connection between early age of first drink, heavy drinking (USA)

First drink to first drunk: Connection between early age of first drink, heavy drinking (USA) | Alcohol & other drug issues in the media | Scoop.it
An early age of onset of drinking is a risk factor for subsequent heavy drinking and negative outcomes, researchers report. New research looks at both an early age of onset, as well as a quick progression from initial alcohol use to drinking to the point of intoxication, as risk factors. Findings indicate that both are associated with high-school student alcohol use and binge drinking.
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More research linking early age of initiation into alcohol consumption with subsequent problematic consumption patterns.

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One in five new students admits taking legal highs (UK)

One in five new students admits taking legal highs (UK) | Alcohol & other drug issues in the media | Scoop.it
Campaigners are warning Freshers starting university not to be lulled into a false sense of security by assuming that substances are not dangerous because they are not illegal
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Man dies after injecting synthetic 'heroin' (Qld)

A Gold Coast man has died after injecting a crudely created liquid version of the concentrated opiate drug Fentanyl.
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Supermarkets says tougher liquor laws are anti-competitive (NSW)

Supermarkets says tougher liquor laws are anti-competitive (NSW) | Alcohol & other drug issues in the media | Scoop.it
The big supermarkets and bottle shops have complained the state's tough new liquor laws are unfair.
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Regional communities are being torn about by ice addiction and can’t cope with the problem (Vic)

Regional communities are being torn about by ice addiction and can’t cope with the problem (Vic) | Alcohol & other drug issues in the media | Scoop.it
REGIONAL communities across the country are being torn apart by the drug ice and are ill-equipped to deal with the social, health and crime problems it brings.
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Without having seen the story yet, it's hard to make informed comment about its content.  Accessibility of treatment services in rural and regional areas is certainly an issue, but it's misguided to suggest increasing withdrawal beds will solve the problem.  On it's own, withdrawal provides only a break from use.  Without ongoing work to help people change their behaviour and the factors in their lives that contribute to that behaviour, an investment in withdrawal beds will not provide the 'solution' that local communities are looking for.  If communities are to really get to grips with methampheatmine related harms, we need a better understanding of AOD treatment and the recovery process.  Here's what we've been doing in this area: http://www.regen.org.au/images/Meth_Treatment_-_Building_on_successful_strategies_to_enhance_outcomes_v1.0.pdf 

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Alcohol-related mental health problems are a huge issue for older people (UK)

Alcohol-related mental health problems are a huge issue for older people (UK) | Alcohol & other drug issues in the media | Scoop.it
Tony Rao, a community psychiatrist, spends his days managing vulnerable older people who may be at risk of self-harm
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Another indicator of the need for AOD services to reach out to older people in our communities, not just those who walk through our doors.

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Adelaide’s late night lockout hailed a success as Hindley St ‘reborn’ after alcohol crackdown

ONE of the city’s most popular but problem-plagued precincts has been “reborn” since tough new liquor licensing laws took effect a year ago today.
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Energy drinks ‘iron blow’ to teen girls (Ireland)

Energy drinks ‘iron blow’ to teen girls (Ireland) | Alcohol & other drug issues in the media | Scoop.it
Rising levels of iron deficiency among teenage girls could be linked to an increase in the amount of energy drinks they consume, it has been claimed.
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Painkillers: the opiates of the masses? (UK)

Painkillers: the opiates of the masses? (UK) | Alcohol & other drug issues in the media | Scoop.it
The increasing use of powerful opioid drugs to manage chronic pain is leading to addiction and long-term harm. Should we keep taking the tablets?
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Sober October: when did giving up alcohol become a heroic act? (UK)

Sober October: when did giving up alcohol become a heroic act? (UK) | Alcohol & other drug issues in the media | Scoop.it
Nell Frizzell: Stopping drinking in the name of charity is all well and good. But cut out the social media gloating – it doesn’t deserve a medal
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Most of Maroondah assaults occurring near pubs and clubs (Vic)

Most of Maroondah assaults occurring near pubs and clubs (Vic) | Alcohol & other drug issues in the media | Scoop.it
NEW figures show that alcohol is continuing to cause harm in the Maroondah community, as authorities prepare for an increase in licensed venues.
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Citing police and Turning Point ambulance attendance data

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Why Liberals Love the Disease Theory of Addiction (USA)

The disease model is convenient to liberals because it spares them having to say negative things about poor communities.
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An extended piece by Stanton Peele on broader politics behind the use (and impacts) of the disease model.

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War on synthetic drugs like playing 'whack a mole', expert warns (Aus/NZ)

War on synthetic drugs like playing 'whack a mole', expert warns (Aus/NZ) | Alcohol & other drug issues in the media | Scoop.it
Australia should look at regulating synthetic drugs because banning them is like a game of "whack a mole", with so-called legal highs exposing the weaknesses of prohibition, says the New Zealand Drug Foundation.
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Our kids are dying from this garbage, something must be done now!  -RevKev

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Alcohol responsible for 'nearly 10 per cent' of energy intake in adults (EU)

Alcohol responsible for 'nearly 10 per cent' of energy intake in adults (EU) | Alcohol & other drug issues in the media | Scoop.it

Many people try to watch what they eat, count their calories, and try to cut down on excess sugar and fat. What many people forget to look at is the amount of alcohol they drink; and the extra energy intake can add up surprisingly quickly.  

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No way to block drug supply to AMC inmates (ACT)

Surveillance measures and intense supervision are failing to prevent drugs supplies getting to prisoners in the Alexander Maconochie Centre.
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One example of why supply control measures can ever only be a part of (and why harm reduction services are essential in) balanced drug policy.  Citing CAHMA's Sione Crawford ATODA's Carrie Fowlie.

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City drunks banned three times more than Kings Cross drinkers (NSW)

City drunks banned three times more than Kings Cross drinkers (NSW) | Alcohol & other drug issues in the media | Scoop.it
59 drunks banned from city bars for a year
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Medical cannabis closer to federal approval (Aus)

The push to legalise medical cannabis is gathering pace, with a bill that would make the drug available to patients with chronic pain set to be introduced into Parliament next month.
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Richard Di Natale set to introduce bill next month.

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