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Sex not drugs behind hep C cluster in HIV+ men (Vic)

Sex not drugs behind hep C cluster in HIV+ men (Vic) | Alcohol & other drug issues in the media | Scoop.it
In HIV-positive men who have sex with men, hepatitis C infections are mostly transmitted through high-risk sexual activities rather than injecting drug use, a Victorian study finds.
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580 police Tasers to hit the streets across Victoria

580 police Tasers to hit the streets across Victoria | Alcohol & other drug issues in the media | Scoop.it
Most frontline police in regional Victoria will carry stun guns under a $13.5 million government plan to roll out nearly 600 weapons to 24-hour police stations.
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With obvious implications for people with a mental illness or who are intoxicated.

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$16m demand to stop wave of lethal domestic violence (Vic)

$16m demand to stop wave of lethal domestic violence (Vic) | Alcohol & other drug issues in the media | Scoop.it
CAMPAIGNERS are calling for $16 million in urgent funding to help stop a horrific run of domestic violence homicides in Victoria.
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AOD experts to be included in 'super panels'.

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Law change a comedown for legal high industry (NZ)

Law change a comedown for legal high industry (NZ) | Alcohol & other drug issues in the media | Scoop.it
If Star Trek has taught me anything, it is that sometimes you need to change the rules in order to win. When faced with his third attempt at a no-win situation, the Kobayashi Maru - New Zealand Herald
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What contribution can Star Trek make to drug policy debate? NZ Drug Foundation's Ross Bell explains.

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Big Changes Are Coming To The E-Cigarette Industry (USA)

Big Changes Are Coming To The E-Cigarette Industry (USA) | Alcohol & other drug issues in the media | Scoop.it
RICHMOND, Va. (AP) — Smokers are increasingly turning to battery-powered electronic cigarettes to get their nicotine fix. They're about to find out what federal regulators have to say about the popular devices.
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Two women found dead had taken PMA, thinking it was Ecstasy, inquest hears (UK)

Two women found dead had taken PMA, thinking it was Ecstasy, inquest hears (UK) | Alcohol & other drug issues in the media | Scoop.it
Rachel Clayton, 34, and Emma Speed, 30, were found dead on April 7 last year after consuming Paramethoxyamphetamine (PMA), apparently believing the drug was Ecstasy
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Science not fear - drug policy and medical research: Virginia Wright (USA) - video

Science not fear - drug policy and medical research: Virginia Wright (USA) - video | Alcohol & other drug issues in the media | Scoop.it
Director for MAPS Virginia Wright makes the case for legislating drug policy based on science, rather than fear.
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New TEDx talk.

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Tennessee set to criminalise pregnant women who use illegal drugs

Tennessee set to criminalise pregnant women who use illegal drugs | Alcohol & other drug issues in the media | Scoop.it
Women's rights groups seek to sway Governor Bill Haslam not to sign bill that holds women accountable for harm to fetuses or newborns
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Obviously, there are legitimate concerns to protect unborn children, but there are some serious problems with this approach.

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Stronger teen drinking fears (Tas)

Stronger teen drinking fears (Tas) | Alcohol & other drug issues in the media | Scoop.it
COMMUNITY groups have called for stricter regulations surrounding alcohol laws and advertising, with fears the current system is promoting a stronger teen drinking culture in Tasmania.
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Citing new NDARC data.

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Pre-job testing finds few on drugs (NZ)

Pre-job testing finds few on drugs (NZ) | Alcohol & other drug issues in the media | Scoop.it
Just one in 100 beneficiaries who had pre-employment drug tests under a new government policy showed any sign of drug abuse. - New Zealand Herald
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The Power of Stigma and its Impact on Drug Use among Sex Workers (Canada)

Why are people involved in sex work more likely to use “hard” drugs such as cocaine and heroin than someone working as a server in a restaurant? Is it because they are “immoral” or “bad” people, or...
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Justice Department prepares for clemency requests (USA)

Justice Department prepares for clemency requests (USA) | Alcohol & other drug issues in the media | Scoop.it
Attorney General Holder expects thousands of applications from non-violent drug offenders.
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Denver celebrates 'holy day of pot' but cannabis backlash begins

Denver celebrates 'holy day of pot' but cannabis backlash begins | Alcohol & other drug issues in the media | Scoop.it
Tens of thousands gather for 'biggest cannabis rally in history' on World Weed Day, but opponents seize on two recent marijuana-related deaths
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New ‘Google’ for the Dark Web Makes Buying Dope and Guns Easy (USA)

New ‘Google’ for the Dark Web Makes Buying Dope and Guns Easy (USA) | Alcohol & other drug issues in the media | Scoop.it
The dark web just got a little less dark with the launch of a new search engine that lets you easily find illicit drugs and other contraband online.
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Codeine addicts abuse pharmacists (Vic)

Codeine addicts abuse pharmacists (Vic) | Alcohol & other drug issues in the media | Scoop.it
Pharmacists are copping abuse and threats from customers incensed after being refused addictive over-the-counter pills, in outbursts some have dubbed “codeine tantrums”.
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This is not just about dependent codeine use, but about expectations of access to opioids amongst the general population and stereotyping by pharmacists.  Someone's appearance should not determine their access to medication.

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Violence drops as booze costs go up: study (UK)

Violence drops as booze costs go up: study (UK) | Alcohol & other drug issues in the media | Scoop.it
AN increase in alcohol prices in the UK is partly responsible for a reduction in binge drinking and serious violence for the sixth consecutive year, a study says.
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Study finds changes in drinking behaviour: reduced incidence of binge drinking, increase in no.s of young people not consuming any alcohol.

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The Low-Down on Legal Highs (USA)

The Low-Down on Legal Highs (USA) | Alcohol & other drug issues in the media | Scoop.it
Will Nicoll writes in The Wall Street Journal Europe that Britain has among the harshest drug laws in Europe, and among the worst drug problems. A new survey sheds light on why.
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More Global Drug Survey Coverage.

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Rethinking Punishment For Drug Offenders (USA)

The Department of Justice is opening up the clemency process to a new category of drug offenders. Host Michel Martin discusses the move with NPR justice correspondent Carrie Johnson.
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Alcohol industry's complaints about TV advert's cancer link thrown out (UK)

Alcohol industry's complaints about TV advert's cancer link thrown out (UK) | Alcohol & other drug issues in the media | Scoop.it
Advertisement, which was shown in the north-east of England, showed tumour growing in beer glass as a man takes a drink
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New measures to counter blood borne viruses and STIs: $5.1m for needle & syringe program, particularly in rural & regional areas (Aus)

New measures to counter blood borne viruses and STIs: $5.1m for needle & syringe program, particularly in rural & regional areas (Aus) | Alcohol & other drug issues in the media | Scoop.it

NEW MEASURES TO COUNTER BLOOD BORNE VIRUSES AND STIs
The Australian Government is investing $22.45 million over four years for prevention programmes to help address increasing rates of sexual transmissible infections (STIs) and blood borne viruses including HIV, hepatitis B and hepatitis C.

 


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Some good news from the Federal Govt.

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Powdered alcohol for US market hits label snag

Powdered alcohol for US market hits label snag | Alcohol & other drug issues in the media | Scoop.it
Washington (AFP) - A powder that would give new meaning to mixed drinks may take time to hit the US market, the company said Tuesday after regulators found a labeling problem.
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OK, this is getting confusing. Is it, or isn't it approved?  See yesterday's reporting: http://sco.lt/5SkXA1

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Top paramedic reveals how music festival injuries can turn ugly (Qld)

Top paramedic reveals how music festival injuries can turn ugly (Qld) | Alcohol & other drug issues in the media | Scoop.it
STILETTO heels embedded in people’s heads, and faces hit by flying glow sticks are just some of the injuries Queensland paramedic Malcolm Moss treats on a regular basis.
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Inside the politics of pot (NZ)

Inside the politics of pot (NZ) | Alcohol & other drug issues in the media | Scoop.it
Most users of cannabis would not use more if the drug became legal, survey reveals.
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Citing Global Drugs Survey data.

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Legislative committee passes new restrictions on marijuana edibles (USA)

Legislative committee passes new restrictions on marijuana edibles (USA) | Alcohol & other drug issues in the media | Scoop.it
A bill in the Colorado legislature to put extra safety restrictions on marijuana-infused edible products passed its first test Thursday.
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Time to take the high road and legalize marijuana – at the federal level (USA)

Time to take the high road and legalize marijuana – at the federal level (USA) | Alcohol & other drug issues in the media | Scoop.it
Nushin Rashidian and Alyson Martin:Pot is now more available to patients. But if more states legalize, the majority will be at odds with the US government. What then?
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Pot-smoking parents explain the rules of getting high at home around the kids (USA)

Pot-smoking parents explain the rules of getting high at home around the kids (USA) | Alcohol & other drug issues in the media | Scoop.it
With marijuana more socially acceptable than ever, mothers and fathers explain the ins-and-outs of toking up with children nearby
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