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Promised grog crackdown hits cash-flow hitch (NT)

Promised grog crackdown hits cash-flow hitch (NT) | Alcohol & other drug issues in the media | Scoop.it
Chief Minister Adam Giles has told the Northern Territory Legislative Assembly his Government is struggling to fund its proposed alcohol and mandatory rehabilitation legislation.
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Shepparton 'drug shame' exposed tonight on Insight (Vic)

Shepparton 'drug shame' exposed tonight on Insight (Vic) | Alcohol & other drug issues in the media | Scoop.it
A CONTROVERSIAL new episode of Insight tonight claims that “everyone is on drugs” in the Victorian regional centre of Shepparton.
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As we've said previously, it's important to remember that anecdotal accounts of patterns of AOD harms within communities are useful, but should not be relied upon as conclusive proof. It's worth noting that other participants contradicted observations that 'everyone' in Shepparton is using illicit drugs. That said, it is clear that regional and rural communities are experiencing significant harms associated with methamphetamine use and that they need more support and better access to treatment services.

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Alcohol stores linked to neighbourhood violence (NT)

Alcohol stores linked to neighbourhood violence (NT) | Alcohol & other drug issues in the media | Scoop.it

TAKEAWAY alcohol stores have been linked to the number of assaults, shootings and stabbings in neighbourhoods with violence rising as the number of alcohol outlets increase.

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More coverage of the FARE Australia & Monash Uni study. See related story: http://sco.lt/72WUrp. 

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UCLA researchers identify a potentially effective treatment for methamphetamine addiction (USA)

UCLA researchers identify a potentially effective treatment for methamphetamine addiction (USA) | Alcohol & other drug issues in the media | Scoop.it
The first study in the United States of Naltrexone's effect on methamphetamine users has found that this medication, approved by the US Food and Drug Administration for the treatment of alcoholism, is potentially a very promising treatment for methamphetamine addiction, UCLA researchers report.
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While the search for an effective pharmacotherapy for methamphetamine dependence continues, our own experience has shown that behavioural approaches can support significant change: http://www.regen.org.au/images/reports/ReGen_Methamphetamine_Treatment_Model_Briefing_Paper_DC1.pdf 

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While Russia grapples with HIV epidemic, Moscow’s addicts share their filthy needles

While Russia grapples with HIV epidemic, Moscow’s addicts share their filthy needles | Alcohol & other drug issues in the media | Scoop.it
Infection rates are set to hit three million, but drug use and unsafe sex - the main causes - are rife
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Without substantial harm reduction initiatives, preventing the spread of HIV (and other blood borne viruses) will never be achieved.  The lack of access to sterile injecting equipment significantly increases the risk to communities.

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Australian to be released after serving time for work with internet drug site Silk Road (USA)

Australian to be released after serving time for work with internet drug site Silk Road (USA) | Alcohol & other drug issues in the media | Scoop.it
THE nightmare is over for former Brisbane resident Peter Nash who is a free man after a New York judge sentenced him to time already served for his work with underground internet bazaar Silk Road.
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Mulligan's Adapt Pharma develops landmark new treatment to save heroin overdose victims (Ireland)

Mulligan's Adapt Pharma develops landmark new treatment to save heroin overdose victims (Ireland) | Alcohol & other drug issues in the media | Scoop.it
Low-profile bio-tech investor Seamus Mulligan is working on a revolutionary new treatment that could save the live of heroin overdose victims. Last year his new business Adapt Pharma ra
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Nasal delivery of naloxone would be a big step forward for increasing it's accessibility.

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Commission set to dump EU alcohol strategy

Commission set to dump EU alcohol strategy | Alcohol & other drug issues in the media | Scoop.it

Vytenis Andriukaitis, the EU's Health and Food Safety Commissioner, said that the executive has no intention of submitting a new strategy to reduce alcohol-related harm in Europe, suggesting that the issue will be tackled as part of a broad range of "risk factors" affecting chronic diseases.

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Marijuana incorporated: cannabis eases into a billion-dollar business high (USA)

Marijuana incorporated: cannabis eases into a billion-dollar business high (USA) | Alcohol & other drug issues in the media | Scoop.it
Legalisation has created a ‘green rush’ as companies find success in edibles, a growing consumer base and a three-day expo at the Hilton
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Tobacco firms challenge plain packaging law (UK)

Tobacco firms challenge plain packaging law (UK) | Alcohol & other drug issues in the media | Scoop.it
British American Tobacco and Philip Morris file legal challenges against the UK government over plain packaging for cigarettes.
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National Ice Taskforce visits Hobart

National Ice Taskforce visits Hobart | Alcohol & other drug issues in the media | Scoop.it
A YOUTH worker who has experience of Hobart’s disadvantaged suburbs will be among four witnesses giving evidence to the National Ice Taskforce when it holds a consultation session in the city.
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'Cocaine didn't seem to do me any physical harm': Stephen Fry (UK)

'Cocaine didn't seem to do me any physical harm': Stephen Fry (UK) | Alcohol & other drug issues in the media | Scoop.it
The comedian said his habit hurt his career, but not his health.
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It's good to see Stephen Fry challenging common preconceptions about drug use. Our current national scare campaign on methamphetamines is a reminder of the risk to public health of simplistic and hyperbolic messaging about the dangers associated with drug use. If we are to respond effectively to the potential harms, we need to have a realistic discussion about the reasons why people use, how it can affect their lives and what can be done to reduce the harm to them, their families and the wider community. For the record, there are physical harms that can result from cocaine use.  Permanent damage to the septum (and the need for subsequent reconstructive surgery) is a common issue with people who are cocaine dependent.

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NT Government’s Select Committee on ‘ice’ hears of the impact the drug is having on the Territory

NT Government’s Select Committee on ‘ice’ hears of the impact the drug is having on the Territory | Alcohol & other drug issues in the media | Scoop.it
DOCTORS, lawyers, teachers, school kids, Inpex workers and juvenile prisoners are using ice, while authorities struggle to deal with the impact the insidious drug is having.
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Good to see content from submissions from treatment providers to the committee included in this article.

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The long-running war on drugs has failed: we need to legalise now (Aus)

The long-running war on drugs has failed: we need to legalise now (Aus) | Alcohol & other drug issues in the media | Scoop.it

The war on drugs has filled our jails, enriched the worst among us, wasted police resources and blotted up millions of dollars that could have been far better ...

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Michael Coulter makes the case for drug law reform. Great to see reference to Carl Hart's work in increasing understanding of the many drivers of drug dependence.
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Illicit use of prescription drugs a bigger problem than ice in rural areas (NSW)

Illicit use of prescription drugs a bigger problem than ice in rural areas (NSW) | Alcohol & other drug issues in the media | Scoop.it
A social work researcher says more people are dying in rural areas from fentanyl overdoses than in the city.
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Good to see more examples of evidence cutting through the hyperbole about methamphetamine use in regional/rural areas. Methamphetamine harms are real, and need to be addressed. They also need to be seen in perspective. Thanks to Lyndon Community for informing public debate.

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More ambulance callouts in areas near big bottle shops: study

More ambulance callouts in areas near big bottle shops: study | Alcohol & other drug issues in the media | Scoop.it

 (Vic)A study has found there are more injuries in neighbourhoods surrounding liquor chain stores.

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Citing FARE Australia & Monash Uni study on alcohol related violence.

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Ana's death by Russian roulette should make us think again about drugs (Ireland)

Ana's death by Russian roulette should make us think again about drugs (Ireland) | Alcohol & other drug issues in the media | Scoop.it

The war on drugs is being lost, one incarcerated or dead young person at a time. Ana Hick was the latest victim, last Sunday. Ana's 19th birthday was a funeral. She was dead because she did what millions of kids before her did, and what millions more will do. She played Russian roulette with pills she bought from a criminal on the street. And she died because our drugs laws do not protect our children, or take into account human nature.

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Nice piece by Brendan O'Connor on the need for greater focus on harm reduction to prevent overdoses and save lives.

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How the Police's war on drugs is jeopardising safety in Scottish clubs

How the Police's war on drugs is jeopardising safety in Scottish clubs | Alcohol & other drug issues in the media | Scoop.it
IT is a decision which prompted an outcry by writers, musicians, poets and DJs and has caused thousands to sign a petition in protest.
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Another reminder that drug policy interventions (particularly those focussing on controlling supply) can often have unintended consequences, and of the need for an ongoing focus on harm reduction.

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End of the legal high: MPs to announce 'blanket ban on ALL' including laughing gas (UK)

End of the legal high: MPs to announce 'blanket ban on ALL' including laughing gas (UK) | Alcohol & other drug issues in the media | Scoop.it
A BLANKET ban on legal highs will reportedly be announced in today's Queen Speech.
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Push for e-cigarettes to be sold only by pharmacies (NZ)

Push for e-cigarettes to be sold only by pharmacies (NZ) | Alcohol & other drug issues in the media | Scoop.it
The Government has been urged to consider restricting sales of nicotine electronic cigarettes to pharmacies, in a blog to be published today by public health experts. - New Zealand Herald
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Love affair with drink rekindled as new figures show surge in alcohol abuse (Ireland)

Love affair with drink rekindled as new figures show surge in alcohol abuse (Ireland) | Alcohol & other drug issues in the media | Scoop.it
Ireland is sliding back to dangerously high levels of alcohol consumption to rival the hedonism of the Celtic Tiger era, shock new figures reveal.
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F1 news: Formula 1 faces renewed call to ban alcohol sponsorship (EU)

F1 news: Formula 1 faces renewed call to ban alcohol sponsorship (EU) | Alcohol & other drug issues in the media | Scoop.it
Formula 1 has again come under fire for its high exposure of alcohol advertising and the contradictory messages it sends out given the FIA's campaign for road safety
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English drink 12 million bottles of wine a week more than estimated

English drink 12 million bottles of wine a week more than estimated | Alcohol & other drug issues in the media | Scoop.it
The amount of alcohol people in England drink is underestimated by the equivalent of 12 million bottles of wine a week, according to new research.
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Just like a winery tour, but with bongs (Aus/USA)

Just like a winery tour, but with bongs (Aus/USA) | Alcohol & other drug issues in the media | Scoop.it
WEED, ganja, pot, hooch, the chronic, the sticky icky, sweet mary-jane, hippie lettuce, bud, skunk, the herb, wacky tobaccy, buddha, the devil’s weed.
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It's probably unrealistic to expect a detailed analysis of cannabis policy from this show, but the article does at least identify a couple of issues: 1. the potential for intoxication from passive smoking in confined spaces, and 2. don't use plastic smoking implements. See our cannabis fact sheet for more harm reduction info: http://www.regen.org.au/resources/drug-factsheets. 

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South Africa set to raise alcohol drinking age limit to 21

South Africa set to raise alcohol drinking age limit to 21 | Alcohol & other drug issues in the media | Scoop.it
SA may raise its drinking age & hold beverage companies liable for unlicensed trade in their products, a step to reduce the cost and impact of alcohol abuse
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Street knowledge needed to temper alarmist approach to ice and other drug trends (Vic)

Street knowledge needed to temper alarmist approach to ice and other drug trends (Vic) | Alcohol & other drug issues in the media | Scoop.it
Department of Health research suggests the use of ice may be declining, but anecdotal reports make worrying reading.
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We've published the following letter in response to this piece on Saturday:


Ice dependence not a death sentence


John Silvester concludes ‘Street knowledge needed in war against ice’ (23/05/15) with a quote from a father of a young man who had become dependent on methamphetamine: ‘The best thing you can do is think that he is already dead’. 

 

The belief that there is nothing that can be done for people who are methamphetamine dependent is understandable, but misguided.  There are effective treatment options available and there is much that family members, friends and service providers can do to reduce the immediate impacts of someone’s methamphetamine use and support longer term recovery.

 

Dependence on methamphetamine, alcohol or any other drug is not a death sentence.  Its impacts on individuals, families and the wider community are significant, but recovery does happen.  This is a message that is conspicuously absent from the Federal Government’s current tv campaign. We need to challenge messages of despair and encourage those directly affected that there is cause for hope, that change is possible.


Laurence Alvis

CEO, UnitngCare ReGen


It's been published under a different title ('hope for ice addicts') here: http://www.theage.com.au/comment/the-age-letters/infrastructure-building-more-roads-to-nowhere-not-the-answer-20150524-gh8fja.html 

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