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Gangs move growhouses underground to protect drugs crops (Ireland)

Gangs move growhouses underground to protect drugs crops (Ireland) | Alcohol & other drug issues in the media | Scoop.it
GARDAI are driving the illegal cannabis growhouse business underground – with gangs moving their operations into bunkers to avoid detection.
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Let's talk about drugs, not demonise them (Aus)

I have used drugs and that is why I am coming forward to tell my story. I am a lawyer and my drug use has no connection with my job. It is a choice I have made.
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Referencing the new Global Drug Survey findings, an individual's perspective on drug policy and the stigmatisation of people who use drugs.

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Women paying price of Latin America drug wars

Women paying price of Latin America drug wars | Alcohol & other drug issues in the media | Scoop.it
As growing numbers of women languish in Latin American jails on drug-trafficking charges, their role in organized crime is under the spotlight - as is the prison system that incarcerates them, and the patriarchal society that appears to be failing them.
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Legal Experts Rebelling Against German Drug Laws (Germany)

Legal Experts Rebelling Against German Drug Laws (Germany) | Alcohol & other drug issues in the media | Scoop.it
The country's Criminal Law professors are demanding decriminalisation.
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Legal high 'timebomb' (NZ)

Legal high 'timebomb' (NZ) | Alcohol & other drug issues in the media | Scoop.it
Synthetic cannabis puts more New Zealanders in hospital per use than any other drug.
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New Zealand media exploring the implications of the Global Drug Survey results around synthetic cannabis use in New Zealand.

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Naloxone auto-injector important step to saving lives (USA)

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Kings Cross culture: Youth worker reflects on Sydney's 'shadow at night'

Kings Cross culture: Youth worker reflects on Sydney's 'shadow at night' | Alcohol & other drug issues in the media | Scoop.it
Images of drinking, drugs and alcohol-fuelled violence are commonly associated with Kings Cross, but for Matt Noffs, there is far more to understand about the Cross, its people and its culture.
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See the program tonight on the ABC.  It highlights the impact of pre-loading on public violence.

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Naloxone 'Stigma' a Barrier to Prescribing? (USA)

Naloxone 'Stigma' a Barrier to Prescribing? (USA) | Alcohol & other drug issues in the media | Scoop.it
Although giving out naloxone to patients at high risk of overdose sounds like a good idea, researchers who work with the drug say the stigma surrounding its use may be a barrier to wider uptake among
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The power of stigma: prescription opioids patients fear being treated like people who inject opioids.

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Middle class drinks heavily (NZ)

A swathe of middle-class Kiwis drink heavily and indulge in drugs - survey

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More NZ coverage of Global Drug Survey findings.

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Crafty alcohol advertising directed at US adolescents through music, branding

Crafty alcohol advertising directed at US adolescents through music, branding | Alcohol & other drug issues in the media | Scoop.it
Links between adolescents' involvement with music and their drinking-related behaviors have been reviewed by researchers. Results indicate strong associations between liking, owning, and correctly identifying music containing alcohol branding and two early problematic alcohol outcomes. Study authors suggest policy or educational interventions to reduce the impact of these exposures.
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Call to expand drug treatment in prison (Ireland)

Call to expand drug treatment in prison (Ireland) | Alcohol & other drug issues in the media | Scoop.it
Penal reformers have called on prison bosses to expand treatment provision for drug users within jails and to create drug-free sections for other inmates.
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Pyramid Tour Guides Turn to Opium Farming as Visitors Shun Egypt

Pyramid Tour Guides Turn to Opium Farming as Visitors Shun Egypt | Alcohol & other drug issues in the media | Scoop.it
As number of tourists to Egypt plummets, local guides are cultivating poppy fields for heroin to survive.
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Global Drug Survey findings: more people buying drugs online in the UK

Global Drug Survey findings: more people buying drugs online in the UK | Alcohol & other drug issues in the media | Scoop.it
The latest results reveal that more people are buying drugs online and that almost a third of UK survey respondents aged between 18 and 24 admit to having taken mystery white powders. Read the key findings
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Knee-jerk drugs policy increases risk (Tas)

Knee-jerk drugs policy increases risk (Tas) | Alcohol & other drug issues in the media | Scoop.it
THE Sunday Tasmanian is right to highlight the harms associated with new and emerging drugs.
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Nice piece by Barb de Graaf on the futility of the 'War on Drugs', as experienced at the local level.

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Can Safer Drug Use Be More Enjoyable Drug Use?

Can Safer Drug Use Be More Enjoyable Drug Use? | Alcohol & other drug issues in the media | Scoop.it
The results of the world's biggest drug survey came out on April 14....
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A great article by Adam Winstock, the founder of the Global Drug Survey and keynote speaker at our Innovations seminar in 2013. 

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Mildura violence crackdown: Alcohol-fuelled behaviour targeted (VIC)

Mildura violence crackdown: Alcohol-fuelled behaviour targeted (VIC) | Alcohol & other drug issues in the media | Scoop.it
MILDURA police have called on Melbourne-based reinforcements for the Easter long weekend to help combat a rise in alcohol-fuelled violence.
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As the police in Mildura and Melbourne get ready for a big weekend, we remind everyone to stay safe this Easter holidays.  Remember to look after your mates and never get in a car when drink or drug affected.

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E-cigarette poisoning figures soar as vaping habit spreads across UK

E-cigarette poisoning figures soar as vaping habit spreads across UK | Alcohol & other drug issues in the media | Scoop.it
Experts urge users to ensure liquids stored safely following surge in number of poisoning cases in children and adults
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Even casual use of cannabis alters brain, warn scientists (UK)

Even casual use of cannabis alters brain, warn scientists (UK) | Alcohol & other drug issues in the media | Scoop.it
Smoking marijuana once or twice a week for a matter of months found to have effects on the brain in sections that govern emotion, motivation and addiction
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E-cigarette sales in WA stubbed out

E-cigarette sales in WA stubbed out | Alcohol & other drug issues in the media | Scoop.it
Selling electronic cigarettes has effectively been banned in WA after the Supreme Court ruled the products were designed to look like the real thing - breaching State tobacco control laws.
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Early lockout imposed (Vic)

Early lockout imposed (Vic) | Alcohol & other drug issues in the media | Scoop.it
The Latrobe Valley’s largest late-night venue will shut at 4am on weekends and impose a lockout of 1.30am following a decision by the liquor licensing watchdog.
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GPs back move to report effects of legal highs (NZ)

GPs back move to report effects of legal highs (NZ) | Alcohol & other drug issues in the media | Scoop.it
General practitioners are backing a Government initiative to encourage doctors to report any adverse health effects of patients who have used legal highs, in a bid to ban the products - New Zealand Herald
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Hepatitis C trial a 'turning point' (UK)

Hepatitis C trial a 'turning point' (UK) | Alcohol & other drug issues in the media | Scoop.it

A new treatment for hepatitis C "cured" 90% of patients with the infection in 12 weeks, scientists said. The study is a "major breakthrough" and marks a "turning point" in hepatitis C treatment, said experts.

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We Can End Overdose Deaths in New York

Officials recently announced big news in the battle against drug overdose deaths. But how can we eradicate the problem once and for all?
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South Korea sues tobacco firms

South Korea sues tobacco firms | Alcohol & other drug issues in the media | Scoop.it

South Korea's state health insurer is suing three tobacco firms, including the local unit of Philip Morris, to offset smoking-related treatment costs.

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Third of Scots have turned up at work suffering from drink or drugs

Third of Scots have turned up at work suffering from drink or drugs | Alcohol & other drug issues in the media | Scoop.it
One in three of the working population of Scotland has turned up at work under the influence of alcohol or other drugs, a ground-breaking survey has revealed.
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Citing new Global Drug Survey findings.

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The ice age (Aus)

Record levels of methamphetamine seizures and emergency call-outs are ringing alarm bells across Australia. In the state of Victoria, the number of deaths fr...
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Slightly hysterical coverage, but it does highlight some of the impacts for individuals, families and frontline service providers.  Unfortunately, it does feature the 'Faces of Meth' campaign.

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