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Alcohol abuse's hidden world (UK) - audio

Alcohol abuse's hidden world (UK) - audio | Alcohol & other drug issues in the media | Scoop.it
Sally Marlow, a researcher in alcohol addiction at King's College London, examines the challenge of tackling alcohol abuse - and how it can best be understood.
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Mum reveals ice’s harrowing toll in private diary excerpts (Vic)

Mum reveals ice’s harrowing toll in private diary excerpts (Vic) | Alcohol & other drug issues in the media | Scoop.it
BETWEEN 365 and 730 methamphetamine-affected people are being taken to Casey and Dandenong emergency departments each year, wasting police time and requiring emergency rooms to be rearranged to accommodate them.
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The article starts out looking at Monash Health's response to methamphetamine related violence in it's Emergency Departments. It goes on to quote our Trevor King and our submission to last year's review of Victoria's Severe Substance Dependence Treatment Act (see it here: http://www.regen.org.au/images/stories/Advocacy/2015_NDS_consultation_v2.0.pdf) before getting to the diary entries. These provide a powerful insight into the impacts of a loved one's AOD use on family members and their understandable frustration with service access. If your family is affected by methamphetamine or other drug use, we're running our free Family Methamphetamine First Aid program at our Coburg site on Feb 12, 12-4pm (call Sam Mastro on 9384-8895 for details). If you're in the Casey area, our free Catalyst non-residential rehab program could is an effective support for people seeking to make long term changes to their methamphetamine and other drug use: http://www.regen.org.au/catalyst. 

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Moral abandonment and the opiate epidemic (USA)

Moral abandonment and the opiate epidemic (USA) | Alcohol & other drug issues in the media | Scoop.it
Dr. Tseng is the first physician to be convicted of murder for contributing to the current epidemic of prescription-opiate addiction.
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Kevin D Williamson on the first US doctor to be convicted of murder as a result of opioid prescribing practice and the broader implications of our reliance of opioids for pain management.

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Report due on lockout laws (Qld)

A parliamentary committee is set to reveal its take on the Queensland government's controversial lockout legislation on Monday.

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See last week's related coverage: http://sco.lt/8JCucD. 

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Sydney being a party pooper is saving lives

Sydney being a party pooper is saving lives | Alcohol & other drug issues in the media | Scoop.it
Matt Barries widely circulated essay, Would The Last Person in Sydney Please Turn The Lights Out, published by various news outlets this week, claims that the new lockout laws have caused businesses to close and customers to disappear in Sydneys late-night district.
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Head of Emergency Medicine at St Vincents (& recently Senior Australian of the Year) Gordian Fulde's response to Matt Barrie's rant against the impact of lockout laws on Sydney's nightlife. You can see an edited version of it here: http://sco.lt/8ESYpF.

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Don't drink if planning a pregnancy: avoiding fetal alcohol spectrum disorders (Aus)

Don't drink if planning a pregnancy: avoiding fetal alcohol spectrum disorders (Aus) | Alcohol & other drug issues in the media | Scoop.it
It's one of the worst things you can do while pregnant, yet 60 per cent did it without realising.
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Citing new US data, NDARC's Clare McCormack, Prof Elizabeth Elliott and NoFASD's Vicki Russell

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Cancer deaths fall 10 per cent in a decade - but alcohol fuels rise in liver cases (UK)

Cancer deaths fall 10 per cent in a decade - but alcohol fuels rise in liver cases (UK) | Alcohol & other drug issues in the media | Scoop.it
On World Cancer Day, UK figures show a 10 per cent fall in cancer deaths in a
decade - but types of disease which can be fuelled by lifestyle factors have
seen a sharp increase
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Citing Cancer Research UK data.

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One in five 'legal highs' contain illegal substances, but nearly half of ecstasy tablets don't have any MDMA, report reveals (UK)

One in five 'legal highs' contain illegal substances, but nearly half of ecstasy tablets don't have any MDMA, report reveals (UK) | Alcohol & other drug issues in the media | Scoop.it
The Welsh Emerging Drugs and Identification of Novel Substances Project (WEDINOS) report analysed new 'psychoactive substances'  
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Another reminder of the potential risks for people consuming what they think is ecstasy.

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Victorian children with epilepsy to take part in medical marijuana trial

Victorian children with epilepsy to take part in medical marijuana trial | Alcohol & other drug issues in the media | Scoop.it
Premier Daniel Andrews announces that Victorian children living with epilepsy will be part of an international clinical trial of synthetic cannabis.
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The Austin hospital is recruiting 60 children for the CBD trial.

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NT cops facing drug testing in 2016

NT cops facing drug testing in 2016 | Alcohol & other drug issues in the media | Scoop.it
TERRITORY police may undergo on-the-job drug and alcohol testing this year.
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More evidence of the continued growth of workplace AOD testing.  Most state and territory police are already subjected to such measures.

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White House proposes new funding for heroin, prescription opioid abuse

White House  proposes new funding for heroin, prescription opioid abuse | Alcohol & other drug issues in the media | Scoop.it
New federal funding for heroin, prescription opioid abuse proposed Tuesday in 2017 budget.
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President Obama seeks $1.1 billion for treatment in 2017 budget.

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England's medical chief gives stark alcohol warning

England's medical chief gives stark alcohol warning | Alcohol & other drug issues in the media | Scoop.it
England's chief medical officer says people must take personal responsibility for their drinking and consider cancer risks with each glass.
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Dame Sally said: "I would like people to make their choice knowing the issues and do as I do when I reach for my glass of wine and think, 'Do I want my glass of wine or do I want to raise my risk of breast cancer?'. And I take a decision each time I have a glass."

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Australians quadrupled use of codeine, morphine

Australians quadrupled use of codeine, morphine | Alcohol & other drug issues in the media | Scoop.it
Australians have quadrupled their use of painkillers such as codeine and morphine for cancer and other chronic illnesses over a decade, a study says.
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Lancet article finds global growth in demand for opioids being driven by wealthy contries. See this week's related post on the potential complications associated with the TGA proposal to make codeine only available by prescription: http://sco.lt/9ID0Dp.

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LNP 'wait to be convinced' on lockout laws

LNP 'wait to be convinced' on lockout laws | Alcohol & other drug issues in the media | Scoop.it

The LNP are still yet to commit to a position regarding the government's alcohol fuelled violence laws, stating it is waiting to be convinced by evidence, but could not say what that evidence would be.

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Fearmongering & Football: A Look At The Ridiculous Anti-Drug PSA Airing During The Super Bowl (USA)

Fearmongering & Football: A Look At The Ridiculous Anti-Drug PSA Airing During The Super Bowl (USA) | Alcohol & other drug issues in the media | Scoop.it
All things being considered, I'd have to say my abilities as a job interviewee aren't stellar. Don't get me wrong, I've got no problem tooting my own horn, answering questions on the fly and being engaging and all that noise. My main issue is that I suffer from what I like to call Chandler Bing…
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Drew Gibson on the weird 'All American Girl' ad to be screened in the US during the Super Bowl. See other commentary here: http://makingnoiseinthesouth.com/index.php/2016/02/05/1651/. See similar discussion of last year's Super Bowl ad: http://www.adweek.com/adfreak/bizarrely-bleak-super-bowl-ad-about-heroin-was-even-darker-nationwides-162715. Given the size of the likely tv audience (and the cost associated with Super Bowl ad placement), you'd think they could do better than this.

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Why alcohol causes so much damage that is so hard to fix (Aus)

Why alcohol causes so much damage that is so hard to fix (Aus) | Alcohol & other drug issues in the media | Scoop.it
The industry opposes every attempt to encourage us to moderate our drinking.
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Ross Fitzgerald on patterns of consumption, prevalence of harm and industry tactics to minimise regulation.

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Flawed City of Sydney report fuels alcohol lobby

Flawed City of Sydney report fuels alcohol lobby | Alcohol & other drug issues in the media | Scoop.it
It is vital that public policy be driven by reputable and rigorous research, and there are many problems in a recent City of Sydney report on the city's ...
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Peter Miller on the report's misrepresentations of the impacts of Sydney's lockouts. See last week's related coverage: http://sco.lt/5tYKvJ. 

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Would the last person in Sydney please turn the lights out?

Would the last person in Sydney please turn the lights out? | Alcohol & other drug issues in the media | Scoop.it
IN 1999, Sydney was at its peak. The Olympic Games were imminent and there was unbridled optimism that Sydney was about to emerge as an international city as the millennium approached.
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Matt Barrie's rant against the impact of the lockout laws, that has picked up plenty of interest. See Gordian Fulde's response here: http://sco.lt/5tYKvJ.

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What's the impact of new marijuana laws? The data so far... (USA)

How has new legislation affected marijuana use in the United States? The best available data suggest that marijuana use is increasing in adults but not teens, with a decrease in marijuana-related arrests but an increase in treatment admissions, according to an update in the January/February Journal of Addiction Medicine, the official journal of the American Society of Addiction Medicine. The journal is published by Wolters Kluwer.
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Interesting initial findings. Good to see that the change in policy appears to be contributing to improving treatment access.

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Smoking bans reduce harm from passive smoking, study finds

Smoking bans reduce harm from passive smoking, study finds | Alcohol & other drug issues in the media | Scoop.it
Evidence of 77 reports from 21 countries finds the general post-ban reduction in heart disease is greatest among non-smokers
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Cochrane review of international data.

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Greens move to stop cashless welfare card

The Greens have moved to stop trials of the cashless welfare debit card in the South Australian town of Ceduna.

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See previous coverage of the concerns associated with this initiative: http://sco.lt/5xxXPd. 

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New York City pharmacies to offer overdose-combatting drug

New York City pharmacies to offer overdose-combatting drug | Alcohol & other drug issues in the media | Scoop.it
Beginning Monday, naloxone will be available without a prescription at 650 New York City pharmacies in an effort to curb opioid overdoses in the city.
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Free naloxone without a prescription! Now that's removing access barriers. See Tuesday's related post on pharmacy chains doing some good work on this issue: http://sco.lt/62COhd. 

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Scary findings from SA energy drink study

Scary findings from SA energy drink study | Alcohol & other drug issues in the media | Scoop.it
DO you enjoy guzzling down an energy drink to stay awake Or like mixing a can with vodka on a Saturday night A new study may make you think again.
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Uni of Adelaide study finds link between energy drinks and hospital admissions for heart problems.

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Alcohol industry ‘misleads’ the public, says study (Ireland)

Alcohol industry ‘misleads’ the public, says study (Ireland) | Alcohol & other drug issues in the media | Scoop.it

The alcohol industry engages in “false” arguments to block efforts by countries to regulate alcohol marketing, according to a systematic review of research.

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Study finds industry seeks to 'shift the blame' for alcohol harm from the product (and how it is marketed) to the consumer.

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‘Drop Dead’ drug fentanyl spurred by amateur chemists (USA)

‘Drop Dead’ drug fentanyl spurred by amateur chemists (USA) | Alcohol & other drug issues in the media | Scoop.it
IT’S the drug nicknamed “Drop Dead” because just a few grains of the pure product can kill you.
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Another example of the misuse of 'epidemic' and a pretty salacious article, but concern about fentanyl related overdoses is very real.  We've seen it here, but it seems to be a particular issue in the States and Canada: http://sco.lt/5QjHOL.

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Synthetic drugs are killing our kids, so let's take control (Aus)

Synthetic drugs are killing our kids, so let's take control (Aus) | Alcohol & other drug issues in the media | Scoop.it
Prohibiting recreational drugs hasn't worked, so it's time to try regulating them.
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Matt Noffs makes the case for regulation (as opposed to prohibition) to reduce potential harms associated with use of synthetics.

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