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Nasal spray gives families the power to reverse overdose (USA)

Nasal spray gives families the power to reverse overdose (USA) | Alcohol & other drug issues in the media | Scoop.it
Since 2006, health officials in Massachusetts have been distributing an overdose antidote called naloxone to outreach workers, homeless shelter operators, drug users themselves, and, most recently, family members.
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Leaked government research suggests drop in ice use (Aus)

Leaked government research suggests drop in ice use (Aus) | Alcohol & other drug issues in the media | Scoop.it
Confidential federal government research suggests a decline in the use of the drug ice, in contrast to recent warnings of an "ice epidemic" by senior politicians and police.
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Great to see this on the front page of the Age, and further coverage questioning the current fear-based tv campaign (http://sco.lt/7BbjI9).  Perhaps the evidence (as opposed to the 'epidemic' rhetoric) is finally starting to gain some traction in the public debate.

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Don't believe the hype, teens are drinking less than they used to (Aus)

Don't believe the hype, teens are drinking less than they used to (Aus) | Alcohol & other drug issues in the media | Scoop.it
Ask your friends and colleagues about young Australians and alcohol and I bet they’ll say something about a generation out of control or a binge-drinking epidemic.
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By Michael Livingston and Amy Pennay, linking Aus data to a global pattern of decline in drinking by young people.

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Ahead of Sentencing, Ulbricht Defense Argues Silk Road Made Drug Use Safer (USA)

Ahead of Sentencing, Ulbricht Defense Argues Silk Road Made Drug Use Safer (USA) | Alcohol & other drug issues in the media | Scoop.it
Just two weeks before his sentencing, Ross Ulbricht's defense has asked a judge to consider the ethical benefits of Silk Road’s organized, non-violent drug sales.
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Many people who have used Silk Road would agree. The product review features and not having to make street purchases are clear benefits for consumers.

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Heroin users to be given antidote (Ireland)

Heroin users to be given antidote (Ireland) | Alcohol & other drug issues in the media | Scoop.it
Heroin addicts, their friends, and immediate relations are to be provided with a series of measures, including an antidote to the Class A drug, in an effort to prevent deaths from overdosing.
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Good to see increased access to naloxone.

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Abbott government defends almost identical anti-ice TV ads (Aus)

Abbott government defends almost identical anti-ice TV ads (Aus) | Alcohol & other drug issues in the media | Scoop.it
TV ad criticised for similarity to 2007 version, with health academic arguing ‘running the same campaign over and over again ... doesn’t work’
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No indication of what evidence the Govt has for the 'success' of the previous campaign. Generally the main impacts of this sort of campaign are to alienate those engaged in the target behaviour, terrify those who aren't and make the Govt appear to be 'doing something'. None of those count as success in our estimation.  Here's what we said on this issue yesterday: http://sco.lt/7aXiNd. See also the original story identifying the repetition: http://sco.lt/6Hh72n. 

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Australia’s ice ‘epidemic’: ‘service cuts, scare campaigns, stigma not the answer to complex issue’ (Aus)

Australia’s ice ‘epidemic’: ‘service cuts, scare campaigns, stigma not the answer to complex issue’  (Aus) | Alcohol & other drug issues in the media | Scoop.it
The Federal Coalition last week announced it was launching a new advertising campaign aimed at educating families and the broader community about the dangers of the drug ice, or crystal methamphetamine. Health Minister Sussan Ley said it would assist the National Ice Taskforce, announced last month by the Prime Minister. See its key points in [...]
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Our response to the Federal Govt's response to methamphetamine use in Aus.  FYI, we think they can do better.

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Meet flakka, the drug police say is making people run around nude and have sex with trees (USA)

But how dangerous is it, really?
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A great piece by German Lopez on the power of sensationalist media coverage to distort community perceptions of drug related harm (particularly in relation to emerging drug types) and create public pressure for non-evidence based drug policy.

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MildGreen Initiative's curator insight, May 21, 5:14 AM

Flakka!, if these so called informed enough to have an opinion folk were to be honest with themselves and the wider public they would have to admit, its prevalence and harms are consequence of, a thus a direct product of prohibition.

It's the rules, stooped! 

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NZ doctors want ban on booze to teens

NEW Zealand doctors want all teens banned from buying alcoholic drinks at the pub and pregnant women routinely warned not to let any booze pass their lips.
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Other recommendations include increased taxation of alcohol, expanded treatment programs and bans of marketing at sporting or cultural events.

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Substance abuse risk not greater in those using medical marijuana with prescribed opioids (USA)

Among people who use medical cannabis for chronic pain, those who also take prescription pain medications are not at increased risk for serious alcohol and other drug involvement, according to a study in the May issue of the Journal of Studies on Alcohol and Drugs.
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Potential dependence is a clear risk for people using any medication for pain management. It's important to avoid focussing too much on the type of drug, rather than the dependence itself, it's impacts and how to manage (or overcome) them.

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Fall in public order offences linked to fewer late bars (Ireland)

Fall in public order offences linked to fewer late bars (Ireland) | Alcohol & other drug issues in the media | Scoop.it
Drop in special exemption orders allowing alcohol until early hours saw fewer crimes
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Vaping risks: Chemicals used to flavor e-cigarettes could damage your lungs in a similar way to tobacco (USA)

Vaping risks: Chemicals used to flavor e-cigarettes could damage your lungs in a similar way to tobacco (USA) | Alcohol & other drug issues in the media | Scoop.it
Some of the chemicals used to flavour e-cigarettes could alter cellular functions in lung tissue in a similar way to tobacco and could also be toxic in high doses, according to new research.
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Cannabis may stunt boys' growth (Pakistan/EU)

Cannabis may stunt boys' growth (Pakistan/EU) | Alcohol & other drug issues in the media | Scoop.it
SMOKING cannabis may cause early puberty and stunted growth in boys.
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Illicit drugs: we need the questions before the answer (Aus)

Illicit drugs: we need the questions before the answer (Aus) | Alcohol & other drug issues in the media | Scoop.it
I'm not concerned whether the AFL changes its policy on illicit drugs from three strikes to two, as it seems determined to do, or decides to lose the strike system entirely. What does concern me, however, is the lack of informed public discussion about illicit drug use in football.
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Carlton's Chris Judd raises many important points that are generally absent from much public discussion of the AFL's illicit drug policy.  There is a lot of uninformed commentary on this issue. Hopefully, the fact that these matters are being raised by a player with Mr Judd's profile will help encourage a more considered approach to what are complex issues.

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Shock and awe ice campaigns a turn off: research

The government has launched a hard-hitting anti-ice campaign despite its own research warning that such advertising is ineffective.
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More of today's Age coverage, citing Penington's John Ryan.  Here's what we had to say earlier this week: http://sco.lt/7aXiNd.

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The case for taking drugs at work (Aus/USA)

The case for taking drugs at work (Aus/USA) | Alcohol & other drug issues in the media | Scoop.it
Plenty of people are on the gear at the office. Does this give them an unfair advantage?
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The role of workplace pressures in driving alcohol and other drug use is well recognised. The finance industry (together with construction, transport and sex work) is recognised for its high prevalence of methamphetamine use. This article raises some questions but some serious issues are ignored. There's no mention of emerging dependence as having any impact on workers' productivity and competence to perform their jobs safely, let alone the impacts on their personal wellbeing. As anyone with an awareness of the impacts of stimulant use (or basic physics) knows: what goes up, must come down. One question not asked here is what responsibilities employers have for their employee's wellbeing in creating workplace cultures where AOD use is expected?

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To an absent friend: Dry NSW Blues State of Origin camp worth a toast

To an absent friend: Dry NSW Blues State of Origin camp worth a toast | Alcohol & other drug issues in the media | Scoop.it
Here's a sobering thought: not one NSW player has had one single drink since coming into camp.*
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Not drinking the product, but still advertising it.

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Ths small island exploiting a legal loophole in order to grow cannabis (Aus)

Ths small island exploiting a legal loophole in order to grow cannabis (Aus) | Alcohol & other drug issues in the media | Scoop.it
A company on a tiny island off the coast of Australia is exploiting a unique legal loophole that may allow it to grow and export up to ten tonnes of cannabis.
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Clearing the cigarette smoke haze (Vic)

Clearing the cigarette smoke haze (Vic) | Alcohol & other drug issues in the media | Scoop.it
SMOKING rates in Australia have been steadily declining for the past 30 years.
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...but tobacco use continues to be the leading cause of preventable death.

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'Hard-hitting new anti-ice ad' an identical remake of 2007 ad (Aus)

'Hard-hitting new anti-ice ad' an identical remake of 2007 ad (Aus) | Alcohol & other drug issues in the media | Scoop.it
A hard-hitting new advertising campaign video warning of the dangers of the drug ice is a scene-for-scene remake of a 2007 ad.
ReGenUC's insight:

Now we know why this ad seemed so familiar. Our concern about the current tv campaign is more with the content of the messages, rather than their repetitiveness. As we've said previously, this sort of purely fear-driven campaign will achieve very little in terms of behaviour change and will only serve to further stigmatise many people (individuals and family members) who are already vulnerable and in need of support. We'll be publishing an article on this subject shortly on the Croakey health blog.

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Ice driving organised crime in Australia

ICE is now one of the main drivers of organised crime in Australia.
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While illicit drug markets are so profitable, it is inevitable that criminal organisations will be involved. Removing their motivation to be involved in drug production and trafficking is one argument for drug law reform.

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Largest U.S. needle exchange tries free meth pipes in Seattle

Largest U.S. needle exchange tries free meth pipes in Seattle | Alcohol & other drug issues in the media | Scoop.it
SEATTLE (Reuters) - Occasional crystal meth smoker Richard Russell ambles up to a church storage garage in a Seattle alley and a recovering drug addict hands him two brand new meth pipes, no questions
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A sensible measure which will no doubt be met with misinformed community outrage.

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Home-brew heroin: soon anyone will be able to make illegal drugs

Home-brew heroin: soon anyone will be able to make illegal drugs | Alcohol & other drug issues in the media | Scoop.it
In a few years, people could be using modified yeast to make drugs such as heroin and cocaine as easily as brewing beer. The impact on drug traffickers could be huge
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Obvious implications here for harm reduction, treatment and drug policy.

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Johann Hari: Heroin injection centres could save State money (Ireland)

Johann Hari: Heroin injection centres could save State money (Ireland) | Alcohol & other drug issues in the media | Scoop.it
Bestselling author says attitude shift needed in Ireland to better treat drug addiction
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See previous coverage of proposals for a MSIC in Dublin: http://sco.lt/946R9d 

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Australian company to export marijuana for medical use

Australian company to export marijuana for medical use | Alcohol & other drug issues in the media | Scoop.it
AN AUSTRALIAN company has been given permission to begin exporting marijuana overseas.
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Police Commissioner Gary Burns wants late night drinkers banned from bar hopping an hour earlier (SA)

Police Commissioner Gary Burns wants late night drinkers banned from bar hopping an hour earlier (SA) | Alcohol & other drug issues in the media | Scoop.it
POLICE Commissioner Gary Burns wants late night drinkers banned from bar hopping an hour earlier by setting Adelaide’s pub-and-club lockout at 2am.
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