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Police in £5m cocaine haul (UK)

Police in £5m cocaine haul (UK) | Alcohol & other drug issues in the media | Scoop.it
Cocaine with an estimated street value of at least £5m is seized by police in a raid in central London.
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Talking Point: Funding cuts to welfare NGO make no sense (Tas)

Talking Point: Funding cuts to welfare NGO make no sense (Tas) | Alcohol & other drug issues in the media | Scoop.it

N 1989, Peter Cullen, a worker at the Sacred Heart Mission in St Kilda in Melbourne, wondered how the welfare system could better serve those dependent on it.

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Greg Barns highlights the community impacts of Federal funding cuts to services working with some of the most vulnerable members of our society. Here's what we've said on this issue recently: http://sco.lt/8hKirh 

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Queensland Rail staff test positive to alcohol, drugs

Queensland Rail staff test positive to alcohol, drugs | Alcohol & other drug issues in the media | Scoop.it
Nearly a dozen Queensland Rail train drivers and guards have been caught under the influence of alcohol or drugs at work in the last two years.
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Over-the-counter sale of codeine pain killers such as Nurofen Plus and Panadeine may end (Aus)

Over-the-counter sale of codeine pain killers such as Nurofen Plus and Panadeine may end (Aus) | Alcohol & other drug issues in the media | Scoop.it

Access to Nurofen Plus, Panadeine and other common painkillers sold to millions of Australians each year could soon be curtailed by health authorities amid ...

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Citing Turning Point's Matthew Frei, this piece highlights some of the challenges for policy makers in developing effective responses to our overuse of pain medications.

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Everyone loves my dad – they don’t know he’s an alcoholic (UK)

Everyone loves my dad – they don’t know he’s an alcoholic (UK) | Alcohol & other drug issues in the media | Scoop.it
Alcohol is so entrenched in our society, it’s not easy to spot someone with a problem. But my dad’s drinking is making him ill, and even that won’t stop him
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Nice piece on the long-term impacts of western drinking cultures on individuals and family members.

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Craft beers: Why you might just be drinking a lot more than you think... (Ireland)

Craft beers: Why you might just be drinking a lot more than you think... (Ireland) | Alcohol & other drug issues in the media | Scoop.it

More and more Irish people are saying make mine a craft beer, as they swap their usual pints for a seemingly more sophisticated tipple. 

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Highlighting the need for greater public awareness of the higher alcohol content of many craft beers.

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Here’s the new minister for drugs (Ireland)

Here’s the new minister for drugs (Ireland) | Alcohol & other drug issues in the media | Scoop.it
The government has agreed the appointment of a minister to deal with the National Drugs Strategy.
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Ice the "drug of choice" for miners (Aus)

Health professionals and resources executives are growing concerned crystalline methamphetamine, or ice, is becoming a "drug of choice" for miners intent on circumventing on-site testing.
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Citing the ADF's Phillip Collins. Stimulant use has long been an issue in industries requiring workers to spend long hours on the job in stressful environments. We know that methamphetamine use is a particular issue in the construction, finance and sexwork industries.

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Could ADHD drug solve the ice epidemic? Sydney doctor starting clinical trial at St Vincent’s Hospital

Could ADHD drug solve the ice epidemic? Sydney doctor starting clinical trial at St Vincent’s Hospital | Alcohol & other drug issues in the media | Scoop.it
ST VINCENT’S Hospital is about to embark on a clinical trial using a high dosage of the ADHD drug to combat Australia’s ice epidemic.
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On Nadine Ezard's work to find an effective pharmacotherapy for methamphetamine dependence.

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It’s time to listen to the science on medical cannabis, not the ideology (NSW)

It’s time to listen to the science on medical cannabis, not the ideology (NSW) | Alcohol & other drug issues in the media | Scoop.it
Queensland has woken up — or at least arched its eyebrow and propped one lid open.
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Jane Fynes-Clinton looks to international examples and evidence. See our related post from yesterday about contradictions between current (and emerging) cannabis policy and political discourse about 'gateway drugs': http://sco.lt/8PGBhR

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Drop in binge drinking leads to 10% fewer injuries due to serious violence (UK)

Drop in binge drinking leads to 10% fewer injuries due to serious violence (UK) | Alcohol & other drug issues in the media | Scoop.it
Figures show decline in violent incidents at weekends involving men aged 18 to 30, easing pressure on A&Es, Cardiff University study finds
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See recent coverage of the impact of Sydney's lockouts and their proposed adoption in Qld: http://sco.lt/8VtEUD

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'Parallel highway' paves way for Africa as market of future for illegal drugs

'Parallel highway' paves way for Africa as market of future for illegal drugs | Alcohol & other drug issues in the media | Scoop.it
Massive amounts of cocaine and other narcotics already pass through Africa on their way from Latin America to Europe.
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UNODC says it's just a matter of time before Africa is a destination, not a staging post for internatioinal drug trafficking.

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Foetal alcohol syndrome child refused Supreme Court compensation bid (UK)

Foetal alcohol syndrome child refused Supreme Court compensation bid (UK) | Alcohol & other drug issues in the media | Scoop.it
A child born with foetal alcohol syndrome is refused permission to take her case for criminal injuries compensation to the UK Supreme Court.
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Ice advice: 24-hour line offers help to addicts and their families

A 24-HOUR helpline has been launched to combat the effects of the ice scourge.

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Coverage of today's launch. See the Premier's media release (http://www.premier.vic.gov.au/ice-help-line-to-support-families-and-treatment-for-users) and the new Govt website (http://ice.vic.gov.au/), linked to the 'Ice Action Plan'.

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It’s a time of need for our true heroes (Aus)

THE outpouring of love and respect for Australia’s war dead and all who served our nation in combat was strongly evident during Saturday’s Anzac Day commemorations.
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Daily Telegraph editorial on mental illness, AOD misuse and relationship problems amongst military personnel.

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Ron Walker hails melanoma 'wonder drug' recommended for PBS listing (Aus)

Ron Walker hails melanoma 'wonder drug' recommended for PBS listing (Aus) | Alcohol & other drug issues in the media | Scoop.it
Businessman Ron Walker is thrilled that the drug he credits with saving his life could be made publicly available.
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At the end of this piece is news of confirmation that three new HCV treatment drugs have been recommended for PBS inclusion. This is good news for the 99% of the 230,000 Australians living with HCV but not receiving treatment.
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This year's scary new drug is neither new nor scary (USA)

This year's scary new drug is neither new nor scary (USA) | Alcohol & other drug issues in the media | Scoop.it
Dr. Carl Hart explains Flakka, the latest drug hysteria. Flakka is the new Bath Salts.
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With any emerging drug type, there is usually a fair degree of hysterical coverage (http://sco.lt/5lcMsr), Carl Hart cuts through the hype around Flakka.

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Expert slams drinks industry health campaigns (UK)

Expert slams drinks industry health campaigns (UK) | Alcohol & other drug issues in the media | Scoop.it
A leading expert on alcohol harm has hit out at drinks industry-funded health campaigns, arguing they are compounding the normalisation of excessive drinking.
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Citing the Institute of Alcohol Studies.

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An important message for cancer patients: Beware the ‘cannabis oil’ scammers UK)

An important message for cancer patients: Beware the ‘cannabis oil’ scammers UK) | Alcohol & other drug issues in the media | Scoop.it
We have become aware that scammers are tricking cancer patients and their families into handing over money for ‘cannabis oil’, yet receiving nothing in return. At least one of these fraudsters is using the email address ukcancerresearchcentre @ gmail.com and claiming to be based at 407 St John Street, London, which is the address of our London office. We [...]
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We've seen media reports of similar examples in Aus. Avoiding such scenarios is one clear argument for cannabis regulation.

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E-cigarettes are smoke of choice for US schoolchildren

E-cigarettes are smoke of choice for US schoolchildren | Alcohol & other drug issues in the media | Scoop.it
US high schoolers are opting for e-cigarettes over conventional cigarettes. Good news? Or have we just shifted the problem?
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Father's transparent obituary about daughter Molly Parks and her heroin addiction hits nerve (USA)

Father's transparent obituary about daughter Molly Parks and her heroin addiction hits nerve (USA) | Alcohol & other drug issues in the media | Scoop.it
There were promising signs, her family says, that Molly Parks had begun to reclaim her life.
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Highlighting the very personal impacts of rising heroin use in the US. We're also seeing a significant increase in heroin presentations through our services, particularly since the start of the year. Stories like this only reinforce the importance of increasing the availability of naloxone to peers and family members to prevent overdoses and save lives.

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Labor puts banned drinker register back on the cards for Northern Territory

Labor puts banned drinker register back on the cards for Northern Territory | Alcohol & other drug issues in the media | Scoop.it
New opposition leader says he will reintroduce the controversial alcohol management policy if elected in 2016
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When introduced, the BDR did show signs of having a significant impact on problem drinking. Allegedly, opposition grew when people other than Aborignals began to be included on it.

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Sixteen people charged after fights in Cherbourg (Qld)

Sixteen people charged after fights in Cherbourg (Qld) | Alcohol & other drug issues in the media | Scoop.it
Police have charged 16 people over a series of alcohol-fuelled fights in a remote Queensland community, which saw one man hospitalised.
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See our previous post about similar events in Doomadgee. The causes may well be different in these distinct communities, but alcohol (and official alcohol restrictions) are common factors.

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Medicinal cannabis caution urged (Aus)

USING medicinal cannabis to relieve chronic pain in people who don't have cancer is likely to be far more risky than beneficial, say specialists.
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Citing the Aus & NZ College of Anaesthetists on treating chronic pain.

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Clean Slate Clinic to treat alcohol addiction at the Kildare Road Medical Centre with Bridges Blacktown (NSW)

Clean Slate Clinic to treat alcohol addiction at the Kildare Road Medical Centre with Bridges Blacktown (NSW) | Alcohol & other drug issues in the media | Scoop.it
IT’S one of the most socially accepted drugs around but Dr Chris Davis wants people to rethink their drinking habits.
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Interesting collaboration between Bridges and a medical centre to provide non-residential withdrawal. To find out more about our non-resi withdrawal services in Melbourne's North and West, give our Intake team a call: http://www.regen.org.au/treatment-support/north-and-west-aod-service/intake

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Ice addiction: Growing numbers of Australians travelling to Thai drug rehabilitation centres

Ice addiction: Growing numbers of Australians travelling to Thai drug rehabilitation centres | Alcohol & other drug issues in the media | Scoop.it
Thai rehab centres offering cheap, anonymous treatment say they are plugging the gaps in Australia's failing approach to ice addiction.
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You can see the video of last night's Lateline story here: http://www.abc.net.au/lateline/content/2015/s4221860.htm. Ryan's experience with methamphetmaine dependence is a common one, but it's important to remember that, while there are still issues with waiting lists and regional access, there are FREE treatment options available here in Australia. If you're in Vic, you can call the new 'Ice Advice Line' (launched this morning, see below). If you're in NSW, you can call the Stimulant Treatment Line ( 02 9361 8088 1800 101 188). If you're interested, here's our briefing on the work we've been doing in this area and our recommendations for future service development: http://regen.org.au/.../ReGen_Methamphetamine_Treatment...

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