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Scientists explain 'beer goggles' (UK)

Scientists explain 'beer goggles' (UK) | Alcohol & other drug issues in the media | Scoop.it
‘Beer goggles’, the phenomenon used to explain how a few stiff drinks can transform the plainest face into something much more attractive, has been revealed as a myth by a brain expert.
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Why we can't wait for a safe drug injecting room (Vic)

Why we can't wait for a safe drug injecting room (Vic) | Alcohol & other drug issues in the media | Scoop.it
The evidence in favour of a supervised drug injecting room is now too compelling to ignore.
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Benjamin Preiss asks why the Andrews Govt is still refusing to move on a MSIC in Melbourne, particularly given the potential political gains. See today's related coverage: http://sco.lt/8bZVYX

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Premier Daniel Andrews rejects coroner's call for a safe injecting room (Vic)

Premier Daniel Andrews rejects coroner's call for a safe injecting room (Vic) | Alcohol & other drug issues in the media | Scoop.it
Supervised drug use in a heroin hot spot will be a key political issue in the battle between Labor and the Greens for Melbourne's inner city, after the Premie
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'The refusal to adopt the Coroner's recommendations flies in the face of a groundswell of support from residents, health groups and emergency services workers for a supervised injecting room.' Will the prospect of losing the marginal seat of Richmond to the Greens help motivate the Andrews Govt to recognise the evidence for a change in policy? See today's related post: http://sco.lt/5H4sWf

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Hepatitis C may be eradicated in Australia in 10 years, researchers say

Hepatitis C may be eradicated in Australia in 10 years, researchers say | Alcohol & other drug issues in the media | Scoop.it
Australia is well on its way to eradicating the potentially deadly virus Hepatitis C by 2026 thanks to aggressive funding of treatments and cures, researchers say.
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Citing a new Kirby Institute report. You can see it's 2016 surveillance report here: http://kirby.unsw.edu.au/surveillance/2016-annual-surveillance-report-hiv-viral-hepatitis-stis

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Town seeks restrictions to alcohol (SA)

Port Hedland may be faced with even strong alcohol restrictions
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Proposed measures include bans on sale of full-strength beer & pre-mixed alcohol, along with limitations on take-away purchases.

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Majority of opioid medications not safely stored in homes with children, survey finds (USA)

Nearly 70 percent of prescription opioid medications kept in homes with children are not stored safely, a new study by researchers at the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health finds.

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Some obvious implications here for overdose risk. Safe storage of any drugs (licit or otherwise) is a major issue and one that requires greater attention by the wider population.

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Peter Dunne urges doctors to have 'open mind' about prescribing medical cannabis for patients (NZ)

Peter Dunne urges doctors to have 'open mind' about prescribing medical cannabis for patients (NZ) | Alcohol & other drug issues in the media | Scoop.it
Associate Health Minister Peter Dunne has written to medical and pharmaceutical groups to tell them to have an open mind about prescribing cannabis products for patients. - New Zealand Herald
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See today's related post about Victoria's medicinal cannabis pilot: http://sco.lt/4sFFh3

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WA Greens push to decriminalise drug use

Greens leader Richard Di Natale has called for the decriminalisation of drug possession for personal use while campaigning in Perth for the WA election.
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Good to see the Greens supporting law reform and harm reduction in a campaign where the major parties seem to have been competing to prove which is 'toughest' on drugs, especially methamphetamine.

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Law changes are key to cutting drug harm (Vic)

Law changes are key to cutting drug harm (Vic) | Alcohol & other drug issues in the media | Scoop.it
We believe the dangerous black market would be all but destroyed by decriminalising substances and regulating their production and sale.
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Great editorial in today's Age, calling on our political leaders to recognise the evidence for a greater focus on harm reduction measures to save lives and support change.

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Victoria’s coroner calls for legal drug-injecting room

VICTORIA’S coroner has asked the Andrews Government to set up a legalised drug-injecting room following the death of a 34-year-old mother of two.

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Thanks to VAADA for making the content of this article available. Our media release in response to Coroner Hawkins' recommendations is here: http://regen.org.au/news-advocacy/regen-in-the-media/media-releases/832-regen-backs-coroner-s-call-for-a-medically-supervised-injecting-centre-21-02-17.

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The drug that caused almost 40 overdoses in Melbourne

The drug that caused almost 40 overdoses in Melbourne | Alcohol & other drug issues in the media | Scoop.it
A DRUG that melts plastic and has the nickname “coma in a bottle” has had a devastating impact on Melbourne’s party scene.
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There's some of the usual tabloid treatment here, but at least there's some sensible stuff from the ADF's Ilka Burnham-King on the need for a greater focus on harm reduction e.g. drug checking.

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Call to reform Australia’s alcohol laws

Call to reform Australia’s alcohol laws | Alcohol & other drug issues in the media | Scoop.it

An increase in alcohol taxation, a reduction in the hours of alcohol sales, and changes to how alcohol is promoted are all needed to reduce alcohol-related harm, a public health policy expert has argued.

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Wayne Hall calls for volumetric taxation and a floor price for alcohol to reduce harm within our communities.

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Sharp Rise Reported in Older Americans’ Use of Multiple Psychotropic Drugs

Sharp Rise Reported in Older Americans’ Use of Multiple Psychotropic Drugs | Alcohol & other drug issues in the media | Scoop.it
Almost half of these people were not diagnosed with any mood, chronic pain or sleep problem, researchers reported in the journal JAMA Internal Medicine.
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Highlighting the increased overdose risk amongst older people on a mix of medications.This is not just a US issue.

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Theresa May's Religion Has Made Her A Drugs Policy 'Extremist', David Nutt Says

Theresa May's Religion Has Made Her A Drugs Policy 'Extremist', David Nutt Says | Alcohol & other drug issues in the media | Scoop.it
Exclusive: Former government advisor hits out at PM.
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Prof Nutt claims the Prime Minister 'actively excluded evidence' from drug policy discussion during her time as Home Secretary.

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WA Election 2017: Greens say drug use health issue, not criminal

WA Election 2017: Greens say drug use health issue, not criminal | Alcohol & other drug issues in the media | Scoop.it
THE West Australian Greens say illicit drug use should be treated as a health issue rather than a criminal one.
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See today's related coverage: http://sco.lt/76cQYT.

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Safe injecting room trial recommended after surge of heroin overdoses (Vic)

Safe injecting room trial recommended after surge of heroin overdoses (Vic) | Alcohol & other drug issues in the media | Scoop.it
The Victorian coroner has recommended the implementation of a safe injecting room trial in order to curb the rising number of heroin overdoses in the state, which is at its' highest numbers since before the mid 2000s.
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Last night's 7.30 Report story featuring Greg Denham and cohealth's Lyn Moran. It's also great to see the voices of people who inject in North Richmond included in the story. They provide perhaps the clearest case for why such a centre is needed.

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First medicinal cannabis crop harvested at secret Victorian site

First medicinal cannabis crop harvested at secret Victorian site | Alcohol & other drug issues in the media | Scoop.it
THE Andrews Government has harvested Australias first medical cannabis crop.
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The crop is now being tested and prepared for use by the first patients in Victoria's medicinal cannabis trial.

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Don't punish pregnant women for opioid use, docs say (USA)

Don't punish pregnant women for opioid use, docs say (USA) | Alcohol & other drug issues in the media | Scoop.it
(HealthDay)—Prevention and treatment, not legal action, should be the focus when dealing with pregnant women who use opioids, a leading pediatricians' group says.
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Good to see some push back against the growing criminalisation of pregnancy in the US. The American Academy of Pediatrics says punitive measures have no health benefits for mothers or their children and prevent women seeking help.

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FactCheck: Do supervised injection centres reduce drug-related deaths? (Ireland)

FactCheck: Do supervised injection centres reduce drug-related deaths? (Ireland) | Alcohol & other drug issues in the media | Scoop.it
In the final instalment of our three-part series on drug policy, FactCheck examines a claim made by Dublin City Councillor Mannix Flynn on Tonight With Vincent Browne.
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Nice summary of the evidence that SIFs do save in the areas where they are established.

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Philippine's Rodrigo Duterte urged to drop charges against leading  war on drugs critic

Philippine's Rodrigo Duterte urged to drop charges against leading  war on drugs critic | Alcohol & other drug issues in the media | Scoop.it
Human Rights Watch has demanded the Philippines drop “politically motivated” charges against a fierce critic of a war on drugs that has killed over 7,700 people in the last seven months.
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See yesterday's posts on domestic opposition to President Duterte's brutal policies: http://sco.lt/689qmf

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Political leadership needed to save lives (Vic)

Political leadership needed to save lives (Vic) | Alcohol & other drug issues in the media | Scoop.it
UnitingCare ReGen urges the Andrews Government to establish a safe injecting centre in North Richmond to prevent heroin overdose deaths.
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Good to see Crosslight (the Uniting Church paper) picking up our response to Coroner Hawkins' recommendation that the Victorian Government prioritise the establishment of a MSIC pilot in Richmond. You can see our full release here: http://regen.org.au/news-advocacy/regen-in-the-media/media-releases/832-regen-backs-coroner-s-call-for-a-medically-supervised-injecting-centre-21-02-17. Our submission to the coronial inquiry and the Coroner's report are here (under 'Policy and inquiry submissions'): http://regen.org.au/news-advocacy/advocacy-in-action

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Harm reduction the key to preventing future overdoses (Vic) - video

Following a spate of suspected GHB overdoses, Dr Stephen Bright calls for more harm reduction to be made available at festivals, including education and drug checking at festivals.

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Stephen Bright describes some of the likely contributing factors to the weekend's overdoses and what preventative measures could have been in place. Good advice here for the Vic Govt on how to respond. (6 mins)

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Melbourne overdoses 'could have been avoided' if drug testing was available

Melbourne overdoses 'could have been avoided' if drug testing was available | Alcohol & other drug issues in the media | Scoop.it
The majority of Australians support legal drug-testing. But for many politicians, offering a service which tests illegal substances is a hard pill to swallow
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Johnboy Davidson and Alex Wodak on the urgent need for drug checking services to prevent overdose events such as the GBL overdoses in Melbourne last weekend: http://sco.lt/5uSyo5.

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Pill Testing May Have Helped Avoid Melbourne Overdoses, Advocates Say

Pill Testing May Have Helped Avoid Melbourne Overdoses, Advocates Say | Alcohol & other drug issues in the media | Scoop.it
'Kids do dumb stuff, but it shouldn't be a death penalty.'
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Citing David Caldicott and Alex Wodak on the need for a greater focus on harm reduction to reduce future overdose risk and the potential benefits of drug checking at festivals and other public events.

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Children and Duterte's drug war: Lessons from the past

Children and Duterte's drug war: Lessons from the past | Alcohol & other drug issues in the media | Scoop.it
More than 30 children have been killed since the Philippine president launched his controversial war on drugs in June.
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See today's related coverage of the lasting social and psychological impacts of president Duterte's brutal policies (http://sco.lt/7aqgqH) and local opposition (http://sco.lt/689qmf).

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Thousands of Filipino Catholics march against death penalty, war on drugs 

Thousands of Filipino Catholics march against death penalty, war on drugs  | Alcohol & other drug issues in the media | Scoop.it
Thousands of Roman Catholics marched in the Philippines capital Manila on Saturday in the biggest gathering denouncing extra-judicial killings and a government plan to reimpose the death penalty for criminals.
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More evidence of local opposition to President Duterte's brutal policies. See today's related coverage on the social and psychological impacts on those targetted by (http://sco.lt/7Z5WQT) and implementing (http://sco.lt/7aqgqH) these policies.

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