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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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Ice addict's struggle: 'We're not all down-and-outs with missing teeth'

Ice addict's struggle: 'We're not all down-and-outs with missing teeth' | Alcohol & other drug issues in the media | Scoop.it
An ice addict opens up about his struggles with the drug in a bid to show addiction is a problem that affects people from all walks of life.
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Nice piece challenging the usual stereotypes associated with methamphetamine use and providing an unsensationalised account of the impacts of dependent use on one person's life (and his girlfriend's).

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EU court to issue opinion on minimum alcohol price

EU court to issue opinion on minimum alcohol price | Alcohol & other drug issues in the media | Scoop.it
The top court in Europe will provide the first indication this week as to whether it will allow minimum alcohol pricing
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Minimum pricing is being opposed by the alcohol industry, part of the increasing pattern of the success of public health measures being determined by the courts.

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Alcohol sales get higher after weed legalization contrary to industry fears (USA)

Alcohol sales get higher after weed legalization contrary to industry fears (USA) | Alcohol & other drug issues in the media | Scoop.it
Alcohol businesses are seeing ‘phenomenal growth’ alongside marijuana industry in Colorado, dispelling concerns that consumers prefer pot over booze
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Drinking water doesn't prevent a hangover, study says (Netherlands)

Drinking water doesn't prevent a hangover, study says (Netherlands) | Alcohol & other drug issues in the media | Scoop.it
Snacking or drinking water after a heavy night of drinking alcohol does not prevent a hangover, research on Dutch students suggests.
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Study finds water/food consumption before/during/after drinking does not significantly affect scale of hangover symptoms. They can affect your blood alcohol concentration while you're drinking but, as the article says, the only way to avoid a hangover is to consume less alcohol.

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Time for peace in the drug war? (Aus) - audio

Time for peace in the drug war? (Aus) - audio | Alcohol & other drug issues in the media | Scoop.it
Despite decades of policing and anti-drug campaigns ,we're still no closer to winning the war on drugs. So is it time to think differently about drugs and addiction?
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Radio National story featuring the visiting Marc Lewis and Johann Hari. See also recent coverage of Lewis' approach to understanding AOD dependence: http://sco.lt/7bxPKT, http://sco.lt/7RpoJd.

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Public Health England under fire for saying e-cigarettes are 95% safer

Public Health England under fire for saying e-cigarettes are 95% safer | Alcohol & other drug issues in the media | Scoop.it
Editorial in Lancet medical journal criticises PHE for basing its advice on research funded by organisations with links to the tobacco industry
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See our previous post for links to the Lancet editorial and related coverage: http://sco.lt/5P1W2D. 

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Prescription drug abuse spiralling, says Heath Ledger’s dad Kim (WA)

Prescription drug abuse spiralling, says Heath Ledger’s dad Kim (WA) | Alcohol & other drug issues in the media | Scoop.it
THE father of late Australian actor Heath Ledger says prescription drug abuse is a spiralling public health epidemic that requires urgent attention.
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Mr Ledger speaking in his role as ScriptWise patron.

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Drunk to eyeballs, no drinks in sight (Qld)

Drunk to eyeballs, no drinks in sight (Qld) | Alcohol & other drug issues in the media | Scoop.it
A FUTURISTIC Brisbane bar where ­alcohol is absorbed directly into the bloodstream has been branded “incredibly dangerous” by medical experts.
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Another example of the alcohol 'vaping' bar. Some obvious risks here, but will it be any more than a short-lived marketing gimmick? Time will tell.

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Calls for overdose drug to be fast-tracked (Vic)

Calls for overdose drug to be fast-tracked (Vic) | Alcohol & other drug issues in the media | Scoop.it
FOUR people die from a drug overdose each day in Victoria.
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Good call from Minister Martin Foley. FYI, here's our submission to the TGA supporting the rescheduling of naloxone to reduce access barriers: http://www.regen.org.au/images/stories/Advocacy/ReGen_submission_naloxone_rescheduling_v1.0.pdf. 

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I've Seen What Happens When You Don't Fund Drug Rehabs (Aus)

I've Seen What Happens When You Don't Fund Drug Rehabs (Aus) | Alcohol & other drug issues in the media | Scoop.it
We called him Peaches. Not because of his cheery disposition, but because the obese dealer was always sucking on a peach whenever we saw him.
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James Fry reflects on the impact of waiting lists on treatment accessibility.

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Life sentence for ice does not address the problem, say drug experts (NSW)

Life sentence for ice does not address the problem, say drug experts (NSW) | Alcohol & other drug issues in the media | Scoop.it
"This will not result in any reduction in ice consumption or ice supply or ice manufacture."
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Another example (following Minister Scott Morrison's recent assertion that methamphetamine use should be dealt with primarily as a 'law and order' problem: http://sco.lt/6kTweX) of an Australian govt turning its back on the clear evidence for effective drug policy responses. As Matt Noffs says, this approach ignores the causes of the problem. As we've quoted many times previously, National Ice Taskforce head (and former Victorian Police Commissioner) Ken Lay has said, 'we can't arrest our way out of this problem'.

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Aus company is selling legal cannabis pills in Europe

Aus company is selling legal cannabis pills in Europe | Alcohol & other drug issues in the media | Scoop.it
A company has sold its first marijuana pills legally, and they are available to buy over the internet in Europe.
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New laws for serious Vic sex offenders

HOURS after convicted killer Sean William Price handed himself in, Victoria Police visited 55 serious sex offenders to check if they were behaving.
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The new laws also increase police powers to conduct AOD testing.

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Drug prohibition killed heroin users. Who thinks ice will be different? (Aus)

Drug prohibition killed heroin users. Who thinks ice will be different? (Aus) | Alcohol & other drug issues in the media | Scoop.it
The man at the centre of Australia’s heroin shift from prohibition to harm minimisation, Alex Wodak, wants to apply the same principles to ice. We need to listen to him
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A nice piece by Matt Noffs reflecting on Alex Wodak's work on making space for harm reduction within Australia's drug policy framework and the need for a similar emphasis today to reduce harms associated with methamphetamine use.

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Mexican opium production has risen to meet heroin demand in U.S.

Mexican opium production has risen to meet heroin demand in U.S. | Alcohol & other drug issues in the media | Scoop.it
Opium production in Mexico increased by 50 per cent in 2014, as farmers tried to meet the growing levels of heroin use across the border in the US.
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While Donald Trump is the latest in a very long list of politicians to blame Mexico for US drug problems, his proposed wall will not prevent those seeking to meet the huge US demand for opiates.

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Daily pot smoking on US college campuses at 35-year high, study finds

Daily pot smoking on US college campuses at 35-year high, study finds | Alcohol & other drug issues in the media | Scoop.it
More relaxed marijuana policies in many states may have contributed to rise as teens and young adults increasingly see the drug as harmless
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Tobacco tax increase helps reduce harms of smoking (Vic)

Tobacco tax increase helps reduce harms of smoking (Vic) | Alcohol & other drug issues in the media | Scoop.it
A tobacco tax increase taking effect today has been welcomed by health stakeholders. Quit Victoria Director Dr Sarah White says regular price increases for cigarettes ...
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See today's related post on retailer opposition to tobacco tax increases: http://sco.lt/5Rvu7N.

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Something to chew on – millions of lives blighted by smokeless tobacco (UK)

Something to chew on – millions of lives blighted by smokeless tobacco (UK) | Alcohol & other drug issues in the media | Scoop.it

More than a quarter of a million people die each year from using smokeless tobacco, researchers at the University of York have concluded. Millions more have their lives shortened by ill health due to the effects of chewing tobacco-based products, the study reveals.

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E-cigarette 'safety' study was written by industry funded scientists, Lancet warns (UK)

E-cigarette 'safety' study was written by industry funded scientists, Lancet warns (UK) | Alcohol & other drug issues in the media | Scoop.it
Public Health England claimed e-cigarettes were safe but relied on evidence provided by scientists funded by the vaping industry
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See coverage of the PHE guidelines: http://sco.lt/8xB6gb. The Lancet editorial is here: http://www.thelancet.com/journals/lancet/article/PIIS0140-6736%2815%2900042-2/fulltext#.VeAlhQdUtvM.twitter. 

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Police bid for booze sales ploy rejected (Tas)

TASMANIA Police has failed in a bid to use minors in underage booze stings.
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Retail plea on cigs plan

Retail plea on cigs plan | Alcohol & other drug issues in the media | Scoop.it

 (Tas)RETAILERS are urging politicians to oppose the Tobacco-Free Generation Bill as cigarette price hikes prompt hopes more people will quit.

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Reckless alcohol promotions banned in NSW

Alcohol served in plastic bags and milk bottles are among irresponsible alcohol promotions banned by the NSW Office of Liquor, Gaming and Racing.
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See yesterday's related coverage: http://sco.lt/4m8HUf.

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NSW bans e-cigarettes sales to minors

NSW bans e-cigarettes sales to minors | Alcohol & other drug issues in the media | Scoop.it
SELLING electronic cigarettes to anyone under the age of 18 in NSW is now illegal.
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Ice use rising in grog-free communities (Qld)

Ice use rising in grog-free communities (Qld) | Alcohol & other drug issues in the media | Scoop.it
Top cop says Alcohol Management Plans may need a rethink.
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See yesterday's related coverage on data suggesting alcohol bans may be contributing to shifts to methamphetamine in remote communities: http://sco.lt/7t57A1

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Terrigal bottleshop shut for seven days selling booze to underage teens (NSW)

Terrigal bottleshop shut for seven days selling booze to underage teens (NSW) | Alcohol & other drug issues in the media | Scoop.it
A TERRIGAL bottle shop has been shutdown for seven days after it was caught-out selling booze to underage teenagers.
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