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The waking nightmare (Vic)

The waking nightmare (Vic) | Alcohol & other drug issues in the media | Scoop.it
Believing they were getting the best of medical care, these women instead received a life sentence.
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Legalise cannabis for medical use: top professor (Aus)

Legalise cannabis for medical use: top professor (Aus) | Alcohol & other drug issues in the media | Scoop.it
The NSW government’s clinical trial of medicinal cannabis is inappropriate for patients suffering extreme pain and the drug should be legally approved, a paper in a top medical journal argues.
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More on David Penington's MJA paper.

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Andrews government to introduce youth diversion program (Vic)

Court Services Victoria last week posted a request for tender for organisations to run a youth diversion program.
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Helping young people get the support they need will generally be preferable to sending them to prison. Diversion programs are an effective strategy for preventing future offending. You can see the educational group programs we run for established diversion programs here: http://www.regen.org.au/education/client-courses.

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Builders warn Labor plan to scrap building site drug tests will risk workers (Vic)

Builders warn Labor plan to scrap building site drug tests will risk workers (Vic) | Alcohol & other drug issues in the media | Scoop.it
VICTORIAN building sites will be more dangerous when mandatory drug and alcohol testing is removed under a Labor Government plan, builders say.
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Along with people in the sexwork and finance industries, those who work in construction are more likely to use methamphetamines than the general population.

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Australia a new growth market for medicinal cannabis

Australia a new growth market for medicinal cannabis | Alcohol & other drug issues in the media | Scoop.it
Two Australian companies are leading the charge to introduce medical cannabis, hoping to launch a local industry estimated to be worth $100 billion globally.
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5000 Victorian drink-drivers will pay for breath-testing devices this year

5000 Victorian drink-drivers will pay for breath-testing devices this year | Alcohol & other drug issues in the media | Scoop.it
HUNDREDS of drink drivers have been forced to install ­alcohol interlocks in their cars in the first few weeks of a new crackdown on bloody idiots.
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Seattle gets its first Marijuana vending machine (USA)

GRABBING cannabis in Seattle will be as easy as indulging in crisps, candy and cola next month, when a marijuana vending machine will open in the city.
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Echuca vows to fight ice epidemic (Vic)

Echuca vows to fight ice epidemic (Vic) | Alcohol & other drug issues in the media | Scoop.it
Devastated residents of Echuca are vowing to fight the scrounge of ice after drugs were found in the wreckage of a car crash that claimed the lives of four young friends. Emily Angwin reports.
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Local response to early suggestions horror crash may have been result of drug driving.

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Almost 10 per cent of SA motorists drink drive, one quarter speed

Almost 10 per cent of SA motorists drink drive, one quarter speed | Alcohol & other drug issues in the media | Scoop.it
LIVES are being put at risk on South Australian roads by almost one-in-10 motorists who admit to driving under the influence of alcohol.
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State gets over hemp (Tas)

State gets over hemp (Tas) | Alcohol & other drug issues in the media | Scoop.it

FINALLY the red tape binding Tasmania’s industrial hemp industry is beginning to unravel. It has been a long time coming.

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Tas govt to remove control of hemp via the Poisons Act

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There’s A Treatment For Heroin Addiction That Actually Works. Why Aren’t We Using It? (USA)

There’s A Treatment For Heroin Addiction That Actually Works. Why Aren’t We Using It? (USA) | Alcohol & other drug issues in the media | Scoop.it
A yearlong HuffPost investigation into the heroin treatment industry.
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This is predominantly the telling of one man's story, but highlights some of the barriers to suboxone treatment in the US.

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Why the Government should stand firm on sports alcohol sponsorship clampdown (Ireland)

Why the Government should stand firm on sports alcohol sponsorship clampdown (Ireland) | Alcohol & other drug issues in the media | Scoop.it
‘Somewhere between €10 and €20 million in funding each year is provided to sports bodies by alcohol drinks companies’
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Half the picture – beyond drug overdose as a cause of death in opioid using people (UK)

The big rise in heroin and other opioid drug poisonings that the ONS reported last year has been real focus of concern amongst service providers, policy makers and anyone who cares about the lives of vulnerable people. But new research from the University of Manchester suggests that while overdoses in opioid users remains the largest cause of death (43%) there are other causes which providers, commissioners and policy makers need to be conscious of particularly amongst older drug users.

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Highlighting the cumulative health impacts for the ageing cohort of people who use heroin.

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Cigarette packs opposition 'growing' in Tory ranks (UK)

Cigarette packs opposition 'growing' in Tory ranks (UK) | Alcohol & other drug issues in the media | Scoop.it

The government is facing growing opposition from some Tory MPs over its plans to introduce standardised cigarette packaging in England.

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Women caught in booze trap (Tas)

Women caught in booze trap (Tas) | Alcohol & other drug issues in the media | Scoop.it

THERE is growing alcohol abuse among middle-aged women in Tasmania, health professionals warn. Support providers say problems with alcohol abuse often go unreported, especially among professional women.

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This story reflects 2013 Global Drug Survey data for Australia, which highlighted the extent of problematic drinking amongst women aged 30-50 yrs.

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Ice forums to be held in Bendigo, Shepparton, Horsham axed (Vic)

Ice forums to be held in Bendigo, Shepparton, Horsham axed (Vic) | Alcohol & other drug issues in the media | Scoop.it
ICE forums that were to be held in towns at the forefront of Victoria’s drug epidemic have been axed by the ­Andrews government.
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We're all eager to see more detail on the Andrews government's proposals.

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Cigarette smoking ban in Victorian prisons may spark riots

Cigarette smoking ban in Victorian prisons may spark riots | Alcohol & other drug issues in the media | Scoop.it
A SMOKING ban in Victorian jails may spark riots as prisoners reportedly are already starting to hoard tobacco on prison grounds, insiders say.
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Expert argues medical marijuana trials of little use (ACT)

Expert argues medical marijuana trials of little use (ACT) | Alcohol & other drug issues in the media | Scoop.it
Governments including the ACT have contributed to confusion over the use of medical marijuana by pursuing clinical trials of the substance, according to University of Melbourne expert Professor David Penington. 
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Surge in drug abusers at Adelaide hospitals

Surge in drug abusers at Adelaide hospitals | Alcohol & other drug issues in the media | Scoop.it
EMERGENCY departments have been hit with a surge in drug abusers admissions amid claims the State Government is soft on drugs.
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There's not much to this story, other than a minor party politician with an agenda. It's worth remembering that most of the violence that occurs in hospital Emergency Departments is alcohol related.

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NSW government announces $2.1 million funding boost for mental illness

NSW government announces $2.1 million funding boost for mental illness | Alcohol & other drug issues in the media | Scoop.it
The NSW government has announced that it will contribute an extra $2.1 million to a support program for young people with a mental illness.
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Highlighting the importance of integrated care and keeping people engaged with support services.

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Queensland Labor to broaden bikie laws to cover all organised crime

Queensland Labor to broaden bikie laws to cover all organised crime | Alcohol & other drug issues in the media | Scoop.it
LABOR has promised a royal commission and a committee to tackle Queensland’s law and order issues.
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Labor seeking the 'Law and Order' high ground ahead of the Qld election.

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Indonesia's war on drugs lays ground for injustices

Indonesia's war on drugs lays ground for injustices | Alcohol & other drug issues in the media | Scoop.it
For the most part we are repulsed by punishment for revenge, or if it cuts off a criminal's chance of reform or rehabilitation.
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No Hoax! 2015 Legal Marijuana Ban By Facebook, Social Media Says New Report (USA)

No Hoax! 2015 Legal Marijuana Ban By Facebook, Social Media Says New Report (USA) | Alcohol & other drug issues in the media | Scoop.it
Legal marijuana is shunned by social media giants in 2015 like BuzzFeed, Facebook, Instagram, and Apple.
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See also today's related post on cannabis related Twitter activity: http://sco.lt/6N2jUf 

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Paul Yabor's curator insight, January 30, 3:49 PM

But it is ok to sell guns . go figure!!!

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Moderate lifetime marijuana smoking associated with airway irritation but not lung function (USA)

A research study based on analysis of publicly available data has found that recent marijuana use was associated with symptoms of airway inflammation, but that moderate lifetime use was not associated with clinically significant changes in measures of lung function. The study is the largest cross-sectional analysis of the relationship between marijuana use and measures of lung health to date.

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A Crucial Fact About The Economics Of The Drug Trade (USA)

A Crucial Fact About The Economics Of The Drug Trade (USA) | Alcohol & other drug issues in the media | Scoop.it
In early January,Rolling Stonepublished a fascinating feature about the evolving drug trade at the Texas border.
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California Says E-Cigarettes a Health Risk

California Says E-Cigarettes a Health Risk | Alcohol & other drug issues in the media | Scoop.it
Department of health advises Californians to stay away from e-cigs
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