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Suboxone Alternatives? - An Epidemic of Addiction (USA)

Suboxone Alternatives? - An Epidemic of Addiction (USA) | Alcohol & other drug issues in the media | Scoop.it
Generic tablets and monthly injections are the newest products with potential to unseat Reckitt Benckiser's Suboxone.
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Victorian government medicinal marijuana trials plan described as 'nonsense' by expert

Victorian government medicinal marijuana trials plan described as 'nonsense' by expert | Alcohol & other drug issues in the media | Scoop.it
A Victorian Government plan to make clinical trials of medicinal marijuana easier to conduct will do little to expand access to the drug, an expert on drug law reform says.
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Alex Wodak says yesterday's Govt announcement is more about delaying, rather than enabling, medical cannabis.

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The Church frontman Steve Kilbey reveals his battle with heroin (Aus)

The Church frontman Steve Kilbey reveals his battle with heroin (Aus) | Alcohol & other drug issues in the media | Scoop.it
AT the age of 37, Steve Kilbey found himself at a crossroads. He’d become a pop star fronting the Church, a band whose song Under the Milky Way, the lead single from their fifth album, Starfish, became a worldwide hit in 1988. He’d made quite a lot of money: he had a house and a recording studio in Sydney, a couple of cars, a load of instruments and some cash to spare. He wasn’t filthy rich, but he was certainly very comfortable.
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Nice piece by Andrew McMillen, an excerpt from his larger work looking at drug use in the Aus music scene.

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ACT government denies asking company for medical marijuana

ACT government denies asking company for medical marijuana | Alcohol & other drug issues in the media | Scoop.it
Medical marijuana company claims ACT government asked about organising medicinal cannabis for sick Canberrans.
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Scientists link alcohol-dependence gene to neurotransmitter (USA)

Scientists at The Scripps Research Institute (TSRI) have solved the mystery of why a specific signaling pathway can be associated with alcohol dependence.
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Somali paradise flower chewers savour low-price bliss after UK ban

MOGADISHU, Aug 26 (Reuters) - "The president has arrived, the president has arrived," chant youths in Mogadishu's Beerta Khaatka market, as armed men in trucks mounted with machine guns escort lorries with horns blaring through the throng.

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More Colorado marijuana seized en route to other states, report finds

More Colorado marijuana seized en route to other states, report finds | Alcohol & other drug issues in the media | Scoop.it
Postal inspectors seized more than 493lbs of pot from packages in 2013, quadruple the amount from 2010
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Napthine government to overhaul law to allow clinical trials of medical cannabis (Vic)

Napthine government to overhaul law to allow clinical trials of medical cannabis (Vic) | Alcohol & other drug issues in the media | Scoop.it

The Napthine government will overhaul the law to allow clinical trials  of medical cannabis.

Health Minister David Davis will announce an advisory committee, made up of  medical and regulatory experts, that will also work through the complex issues  to allow a trial examining the use of cannabis compounds in treating or  relieving symptoms for a range of illnesses and conditions.

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More coverage to follow.

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Labor promises 25-year jail terms for ice offences (Vic)

Labor promises 25-year jail terms for ice offences (Vic) | Alcohol & other drug issues in the media | Scoop.it
Dealing the drug ice to schoolchildren would carry a 25-year jail term under a promised suite of offences related to crystal methamphetamine announced by Labor.
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More on yesterday's announcement by the Opposition leader.

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Newman confident Queensland will lead the way with Safe Night strategy

Newman confident Queensland will lead the way with Safe Night strategy | Alcohol & other drug issues in the media | Scoop.it
Premier Campbell Newman said he was "very confident" that the other states will soon be looking to the "Queensland model" to address their alcohol and drug fuelled violence problems, saying he didn't believe other jurisdictions went far enough in addressing the issue.
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So, that's an emphatic no to pricing and lockouts, two policy approaches that have plenty of evidence behind them.

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Lock out laws shut down Sydney's Oxford Street

Lock out laws shut down Sydney's Oxford Street | Alcohol & other drug issues in the media | Scoop.it
Answering violence with a lockout is like answering a forest ambush with clear-felling. And Oxford Street is suffering.
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Obviously, not everyone's a fan of lockouts.

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Fears patients may be smuggling drugs into psychiatric hospital (Vic)

Fears patients may be smuggling drugs into psychiatric hospital (Vic) | Alcohol & other drug issues in the media | Scoop.it
PATIENTS on unsupervised leave from Victoria’s secure mental hospital are smuggling alcohol and drugs back inside, staff believe.
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No prison or secure facility is watertight.  Where there is a demand for drugs, some will always get in.  One issue not raised here is the likely pressure (from other patients) people going on leave may be under to bring drugs back with them. 

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Family violence, ice drive crime up in Vic

Family violence, ice drive crime up in Vic | Alcohol & other drug issues in the media | Scoop.it
PUTTING more police on the beat won't fix Victoria's growing problem with family violence and the drug ice, the state's police chief says.
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Good to see Commissioner Lay recognising that we need more than an a 'law and order' policy response to problems associated with the use of methamphetamines.  Earlier interventions (including treatment) are the key.  We hope our politicians are listening.

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Aussies are bigger boozers than the Brits, but Belarus tops the list

Aussies are bigger boozers than the Brits, but Belarus tops the list | Alcohol & other drug issues in the media | Scoop.it
Australian culture is marinated in alcohol, but where do we sit in the worldwide list of biggest boozers?
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#Ketum leaves to be scheduled under Dangerous Drugs Act (Malaysia)

#Ketum leaves to be scheduled under Dangerous Drugs Act (Malaysia) | Alcohol & other drug issues in the media | Scoop.it
GEORGE TOWN: Ketum abusers will soon be facing charges under the Dangerous Drugs Act 1952 instead of the Poisons Act 1952.
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Survey shows drinking and smoking on the decline among generation Y (Aus)

Survey shows drinking and smoking on the decline among generation Y (Aus) | Alcohol & other drug issues in the media | Scoop.it
YOU’VE heard of generation Y, but how much do you really know about its health, wellbeing and lifestyle choices?
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Citing recent National Drug Strategy Household Survey data.

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Methadone treatment suppresses testosterone in opioid addicts (Canada)

Treatment for opioid addiction tampers with the testosterone levels of male but not female opioid users, McMaster University research has shown. In a paper
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Highlighting the importance of gradual transition to low maintenance dosages for people on ORT.

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Heroin’s Death Toll Rising in New York, Amid a Shift in Who Uses It

In all, 420 people in New York City fatally overdosed on heroin in 2013 out of a total of 782 drug overdoses, rising to a level not seen in a decade.
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New laws will ban the sale of e-cigarettes to those under 18 (Ireland)

New laws will ban the sale of e-cigarettes to those under 18 (Ireland) | Alcohol & other drug issues in the media | Scoop.it
The sale of e-cigarettes to teenagers and children under the age of 18 will be banned in the second quarter of next year, it has emerged.
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Cannabis-smoking couples are 'less likely to engage in domestic violence' (USA)

Cannabis-smoking couples are 'less likely to engage in domestic violence' (USA) | Alcohol & other drug issues in the media | Scoop.it
Husbands and wives who frequently smoke cannabis are less likely to engage in domestic violence than those who consume the drug less regularly, a new study has suggested.
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Top medico Alex Wodak urges intervention to curb black market for illness marijuana (Aus)

Top medico Alex Wodak urges intervention to curb black market for illness marijuana (Aus) | Alcohol & other drug issues in the media | Scoop.it
The only way to protect people from questionable black market marijuana is to regulate the supply of medicinal forms of the drug that can be prescribed to suitable people, doctors say.
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See earlier post about fake cannabis oil being sold to parents of sick children.

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Bogus medical cannabis putting chronically ill children at risk (Vic)

Bogus medical cannabis putting chronically ill children at risk (Vic) | Alcohol & other drug issues in the media | Scoop.it
Desperate parents who believe they are using cannabis oil to treat chronically ill children could be administering nothing but methylated spirits, alcohol and water.
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Quality control is one of the arguments for regulation of illicit drugs.

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The rehab centres that lock up addicts (Guatemala)

The rehab centres that lock up addicts (Guatemala) | Alcohol & other drug issues in the media | Scoop.it

In Guatemala, behind barred and locked doors, thousands of drug addicts are offered treatment by Protestant churches. Christianity offers salvation for some but many are held against their will, and some are swept off the street by "hunting" parties.

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Not good practice, obviously. But this approach is not only practised in Guatemala. We see too many stories of similar 'treatment' from around the world. It highlights the importance of improving public understanding of AOD dependence, treatment and recovery, and of recognising people's basic human rights.

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Modified yeast makes opiates for the first time (USA)

Modified yeast makes opiates for the first time (USA) | Alcohol & other drug issues in the media | Scoop.it
Yeast that can make opiates from other molecules raise the prospect of tanks of drug-producing microorganisms replacing open fields of opium poppies
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What impact will this development have on the apparent rush by Vic and other states to join Tas in poppy production?

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The Muscular Elephant in the Room: Gay Men and Steroid Use

The Muscular Elephant in the Room: Gay Men and Steroid Use | Alcohol & other drug issues in the media | Scoop.it
The title's muscular elephant is not a pun; it's purely proverbial: We don't talk about anabolic-androgenic steroid (AAS) abuse in gay men, but we know it's there....
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Citing NDARC research.

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Drug overdose deaths in Adelaide closing in on the road toll (SA)

ADELAIDE just trails Perth as the nation’s accidental drug death capital, with the state’s death toll now approaching the road toll.
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