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Cocaine – the South Africa connection

Cocaine – the South Africa connection | Alcohol & other drug issues in the media | Scoop.it
South Africa has become a major transit-point for the drugs trade, some of which is destined for Britain.
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Help ice addicts by docking benefits (Aus)

Help ice addicts by docking benefits (Aus) | Alcohol & other drug issues in the media | Scoop.it

ICE addicts could be docked welfare benefits or forced into rehab under a plan being ­considered by the Abbott ­government.

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This article is behind the NewsCorp paywall, but the teaser says it all. It's starting to look like the PM is planning to ignore the recommendations of his own National Ice Taskforce and outsource Australian drug policy to Jacquie Lambie and Andrew Forrest.

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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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Councillor to play role in ending ice crisis (NSW)

Councillor to play role in ending ice crisis (NSW) | Alcohol & other drug issues in the media | Scoop.it
A    NORTHERN beaches councillor said he had seen peninsula families “ripped apart” by ice, as he marked his appointment on the front line of the country’s fight against the drug.
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'Former police officer and Salvation Army boss' Pat Daley outlines his intentions with ANACAD

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One of the largest dark web drug marketplaces is closing down in a surprisingly professional manner

One of the largest dark web drug marketplaces is closing down in a surprisingly professional manner | Alcohol & other drug issues in the media | Scoop.it

When deep web drug markets go offline, the fallout tends to be explosive. It could be a high-profile police raid sowing fear throughout the community, or a sudden disappearance that has short-changed drug dealers and customers calling scam. Not so with Agora.

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The article also cites Agora consumer feedback praising it's approach.

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Daniel Kerr opens up on life, drugs, regrets and redemption (WA)

Daniel Kerr opens up on life, drugs, regrets and redemption (WA) | Alcohol & other drug issues in the media | Scoop.it
Former West Coast Eagles champion Daniel Kerr is a man chasing redemption.
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Interesting to see Mr Kerr reflecting on the importance of structure and routine in sporting success and recovery.

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Middle-aged women are drinking more and putting their health at risk (Qld)

Middle-aged women are drinking more and putting their health at risk (Qld) | Alcohol & other drug issues in the media | Scoop.it
MORE than ever, Australia is a nation of soaks and lushes.
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Jane Fynes-Clinton reflects on recent OECD data on the long-term changes in women's alcohol consumption.

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Kingston paramedics tied up by call-outs for alcohol abuse (Vic)

Kingston paramedics tied up by call-outs for alcohol abuse (Vic) | Alcohol & other drug issues in the media | Scoop.it
ALCOHOL is the biggest single cause of substance abuse call-outs for ambulances in Kingston.
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More local reporting of Turning Point's latest ambulance attendance data.

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Kenya football stadium tackles alcohol abuse (video)

Kenya football stadium tackles alcohol abuse (video) | Alcohol & other drug issues in the media | Scoop.it
A Kenya football stadium is converted into a rehabilitation centre to tackle alcohol abuse.
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New treatment initiative includes vocational training to support recovery.

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Despite petition, government has no plans to legalise cannabis (UK)

Despite petition, government has no plans to legalise cannabis (UK) | Alcohol & other drug issues in the media | Scoop.it
Legalisation would ‘send the wrong message’, it says, but large number of signatories means MPs must consider a parliamentary debate
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The last hope for desperate ice addicts (Aus)

The last hope for desperate ice addicts (Aus) | Alcohol & other drug issues in the media | Scoop.it
EACH Saturday and Wednesday morning, ice addicts from all over Australia arrive at the door of Dr George O’Neil’s Fresh Start clinic in Perth. He is their last hope.
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For the record, we don't endorse the use of naltrexone implants. They are a long way from being the silver bullet they are often claimed to be.  They can work well for some people (when combined with a high level of motivation and complementary treatment), but there are too many risks associated with their use. See Greg Fleet's recent account of how ineffective his implant was in overcoming his AOD dependence: http://sco.lt/9AxxYX.

While work is still being done on developing an evidence based pharmacotherapy option, our own experience has shown that established treatment methods (withdrawal, counselling, rehabilitation) can achieve sustainable benefits for people who are methamphetamine dependent (http://www.regen.org.au/images/reports/ReGen_Methamphetamine_Treatment_Model_Briefing_Paper_DC1.pdf).

 

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Woman 'abandoned' after overdosing on heroin, court hears (Vic)

Woman 'abandoned' after overdosing on heroin, court hears (Vic) | Alcohol & other drug issues in the media | Scoop.it
A heroin user who overdosed and was then "abandoned" by a father and his daughter who had supplied the drug suffered serious injuries after being found unconscious in a car left in temperatures up to 45 degrees, a Melbourne court has heard.
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We don't usually post court reporting. The story for us here isn't the charges against the Montagues, but the clear message of how important it is to respond quickly to overdose. Easily administered naloxone (or even a call to paramedics) could have prevented the permanent injuries to the woman concerned. If you see someone you think may be overdosing, seek if they're ok. You could be saving their life.

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Researchers study ‘sheet of armour’ for heroin (Canada)

Researchers study ‘sheet of armour’ for heroin (Canada) | Alcohol & other drug issues in the media | Scoop.it

Researchers in B.C. are working to study the effects of a long-lasting
“sheet of armour” for those addicted to opiates — medication that completely blocks opiate receptors so users won’t be able to get high even if they used drugs in the middle of treatment.

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For the record, we don't endorse the use of naltrexone implants. They can work well for some people (when combined with a high level of motivation and complementary treatment), but there are too many risks associated with their use.  As with any pharmacotherapy, the key to sustainable change is the development of relapse prevention skills and other supports. See Greg Fleet's recent account of how ineffective his 'sheet of armour' was in overcoming his AOD dependence: http://sco.lt/9AxxYX.

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Not everyone is embracing ‘Hugs and Drugs’ minister (Ireland)

Not everyone is embracing ‘Hugs and Drugs’ minister (Ireland) | Alcohol & other drug issues in the media | Scoop.it
Dubbed the Minister for Hugs and Drugs, Aodhán Ó Ríordáin’s radical ideas regarding heroin and cocaine will not get a warm embrace from everyone.
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Shaun Connolly on the many obstacles to achieving an evidence-based approach to drug policy.

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The people suffering as government delays new hepatitisC treatment (Aus)

The people suffering as government delays new hepatitisC treatment (Aus) | Alcohol & other drug issues in the media | Scoop.it
New treatments that could 'cure 90 per cent' of people with hepatitis C are being kept off the shelves by a government delay.
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Amy Corderoy hightlights the human impacts of the delays in PBS listing for new HepC treatments.

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Drug gurus profile chemicals in fight to tackle Victoria’s ice scourge

Drug gurus profile chemicals in fight to tackle Victoria’s ice scourge | Alcohol & other drug issues in the media | Scoop.it
NEW forensic drug gurus have begun work in the fight to tackle Victoria’s ice scourge.
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Chemical profiling to be used to identify producers.

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Challenging Misguided Assumptions About Addiction (Canada)

Challenging Misguided Assumptions About Addiction (Canada) | Alcohol & other drug issues in the media | Scoop.it
This past week, I had the opportunity to have a small part of my story relating to prescription opiate addiction appear in The Globe & Mail.
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Nice piece by K. Langtree challenging the common assumptions and stereotypes that drive public understanding of AOD dependence. We need more voices like hers to be heard.

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Prescription abuse 'killing more people than ice' (WA)

Prescription abuse 'killing more people than ice' (WA) | Alcohol & other drug issues in the media | Scoop.it
Prescription drug abuse is growing at an alarming rate and is a national emergency, the Australian Medical Association says.
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Good to see Steve Wilson challenging the media obsession with methamphetamine. He calls for national real-time monitoring of prescriptions to prevent 'doctor shopping'.

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Opiate death risk warning (Ireland)

Opiate death risk warning (Ireland) | Alcohol & other drug issues in the media | Scoop.it
Drug users leaving methadone treatment have an almost four-fold increased risk of dying, a major study has found. Researchers have called for users to be encouraged to stay in treatment and offered post-treatment supervision in a bid to tackle the death toll.
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Cormac O'Keeffe highlights the significant risks for people coming off pharmacotherapies without sufficient ongoing support.  The article doesn't cover what the reasons for people stopping methadone treatment might be.

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Family violence and ice hamper Mildura, where Nikki Francis-Coslovich's body was found (Vic)

Family violence and ice hamper Mildura, where Nikki Francis-Coslovich's body was found (Vic) | Alcohol & other drug issues in the media | Scoop.it
Less than 24 hours after the body of two-year-old Nikki Francis-Coslovich was discovered, Mildura police met with a visiting delegation from the Police Association to discuss their burgeoning workload.
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Local police cite three causes of harm within their community: family violence, methamphetamine use and mental health issues. It's also important to note that there's currently no evidence that methamphetamine use was a factor in the toddler's death.

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Push for late night taxi rank for King St, Newtown to reduce alcohol related violence (NSW)

Push for late night taxi rank for King St, Newtown to reduce alcohol related violence (NSW) | Alcohol & other drug issues in the media | Scoop.it
A PUSH is on for a late night taxi rank to be installed on King St in Newtown to help deal with the increased number of late night visitors to the area.
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Forget Amsterdam! Icelandic people smoke the most cannabis

Forget Amsterdam! Icelandic people smoke the most cannabis | Alcohol & other drug issues in the media | Scoop.it
A series of maps shows that Iceland smokes the most weed, with the Netherlands not even making the top five, while Norway is the booziest nation.
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The series of maps only compare the US and Europe, but provide a useful insight into the different patterns of AOD consumption.

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Fight meth through education: WA Labor

JAIL time and law enforcement will not end Western Australia's methamphetamine epidemic, state Labor leader Mark McGowan says.
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While there's some obvious political point-scoring here, it's encouraging to see Mr McGowan taking this position and emphasising the importance of prevention and treatment.

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Govt to commit millions to medical cannabis (Qld)

THE State Government is expected to spend $3 million on trialling the use of medicinal cannabis.
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Researchers evaluate use of pharmacy-based naloxone education and distribution to fight opioid overdoses (USA)

In response to the growing opioid crisis, several states, including Massachusetts and Rhode Island, have granted pharmacists the authority to provide naloxone rescue kits without a prescription to at-risk patients. This model of pharmacy-based naloxone (PBN) education and distribution is one of the public health strategies currently being evaluated at hundreds of pharmacies in both states to determine the impact on opioid overdose death rates.
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Anything that increases the distribution of naloxone to people who are likely to encounter someone who has overdosed is going to be a positive step towards saving lives. Thanks to WHOS for the link.

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Scottish drug deaths reach record levels

Scottish drug deaths reach record levels | Alcohol & other drug issues in the media | Scoop.it
SNP ministers accused of doing too little to tackle a new epidemic after it emerges the number of drug deaths has increased by nearly 46 per cent since they took power.
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Opioids & benzos responsible for great majority of record number of overdose fatalities.

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