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Plan to ban strong marijuana unworkable, experts say (Netherlands)

The government’s plan to classify strong varieties of marijuana as a class A drug under the opium laws will be impossible to put into practice, experts say in Friday’s Telegraaf.
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'Powers to deal with difficult patrons': ACT government proposes major liquor law overhaul

'Powers to deal with difficult patrons': ACT government proposes major liquor law overhaul | Alcohol & other drug issues in the media | Scoop.it
Drunk and disorderly patrons who loiter around licensed venues after being kicked out could soon face prosecution.
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Proposed measures also include increasing licensing fees for 'big box' alcohol retailers, reduced fees for small bars and a change in the legal definition of 'intoxicated' to include impairment by other drugs. There's a full summary of the measures at the bottom.

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MP pushes to make medicinal cannabis cheaper through PBS listing (Qld)

MP pushes to make medicinal cannabis cheaper through PBS listing (Qld) | Alcohol & other drug issues in the media | Scoop.it
Health Minister Cameron Dick is calling for medicinal cannabis to be subsidised on the Pharmaceutical Benefits Scheme.
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More evidence of the rapid shift in Aus cannabis policy.

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Vietnam sentences 9 men to death for drug trafficking

Vietnamese state media say a court has sentenced nine men to death for trafficking more than 1,000 pounds of heroin.

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In spite of its demonstrated ineffectiveness at preventing trafficking, the use of the death penalty for drug offences has only increased in SE Asia since countries like Vietnam and Indonesia obstructed global policy change at last year's special session of the UN General Assembly.

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What’s like to be 16 and addicted to ice (ACT)

What’s like to be 16 and addicted to ice (ACT) | Alcohol & other drug issues in the media | Scoop.it
CANBERRA teenager Adam* has just returned to school after spending two years addicted to ice. He told his story to Kristen Henry.
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This is a good example of how to report people's lived experience of AOD dependence: keep comment to a minimum, avoid sensationalism, treat people with respect and get out of the way and let them tell their story. Good to see inclusion of support service details too. The video also features Noffs Foundation's ACT Street University.

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Safe injecting room recommended in North Richmond, supported by Port Phillip councillors (Vic)

Safe injecting room recommended in North Richmond, supported by Port Phillip councillors (Vic) | Alcohol & other drug issues in the media | Scoop.it
A MELBOURNE council has backed the push to trial safe injecting rooms — just not in their own backyard.
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More evidence of political and local community support for a Richmond MSIC. It's time for the Andrews govt to recognise that the tide has turned.

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'I owe my parents my life': Parents imprison meth addict daughter in bedroom (SA)

'I owe my parents my life': Parents imprison meth addict daughter in bedroom (SA) | Alcohol & other drug issues in the media | Scoop.it
A South Australian family were forced to turn their home into a rehab facility in a desperate bid to save their meth-addicted daughter's life.
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This is typical tabloid stuff. The desperation of families to protect their children in such situations is entirely understandable but, for the record, we do not endorse this approach. There are publicly funded services available (including our own) to keep people safe during withdrawal and early recovery. Depending on the individual (and what drugs they have been using), withdrawal can be a dangerous period, with seizures being a particular risk for some. If someone you care about is considering withdrawal, speak to a doctor or treatment provider about the potential risks and the services that are available. You don't have to do it alone.

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When Chronic Pain Leads to a Dangerous Addiction (USA)

When Chronic Pain Leads to a Dangerous Addiction (USA) | Alcohol & other drug issues in the media | Scoop.it
How did an educated, elderly engineer wind up with a heroin habit? 
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Another example of the need to address pain management practice and the risks associated with opioids as default treatment.

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Reducing drug harm through decriminalisation and regulation makes good sense (Aus)

Reducing drug harm through decriminalisation and regulation makes good sense (Aus) | Alcohol & other drug issues in the media | Scoop.it
We are not advocating the misuse of dangerous substances. We are motivated by harm minimisation.
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Today's Age editorial takes up the recommendations in the new Australia 21 report (http://sco.lt/9MwSTh) and calls for national drug policy reform. If you're interested, our submission to the current Victorian Parliamentary Inquiry into Drug Law Reform is here: http://www.regen.org.au/images/stories/Advocacy/Inquiry_into_Drug_Law_Reform_ReGen_v1.0.pdf

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Overdose deaths and the failure of 'tough on drugs' (Vic)

Overdose deaths and the failure of 'tough on drugs' (Vic) | Alcohol & other drug issues in the media | Scoop.it

With independent public policy thinktank Australia21 publishing a landmark report Monday calling for a complete overhaul in the nation's approach to illicit drugs, Professor Dan Lubman and Christian Smyth argue that the current system is broken. In this piece for Croakey coinciding with the Australia21 release, Lubman and Smyth from Turning Point and Monash University warn that fatal overdoses in Victoria now exceed the number of road deaths and this is just the tip of the iceberg. 

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Dan Lubman and Christian Smyth highlight the looming pharmacotherapy crisis, caused by increasing opiod use (and overdose risk) and a small, ageing cohort of doctors willing to prescribe pharmactherapies.

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Heroin overdoses lead to fears of death toll (NSW)

Heroin overdoses lead to fears of death toll (NSW) | Alcohol & other drug issues in the media | Scoop.it
POLICE are concerned about a spike in drug overdoses on the peninsula in recent weeks and fear a rise in drug-related deaths will follow.
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Citing Matt Noffs and NUAA's Mary Harrod. We know that heroin containing fentanyl has been responsible for overdose deaths in Melbourne. Based on the information presented here, it is a likely contributor to this increase. 

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Why South Africa should follow Portugal and decriminalise drug use

Why South Africa should follow Portugal and decriminalise drug use | Alcohol & other drug issues in the media | Scoop.it

In 2015 I started joining police in the South African port city of Durban on their “drug operations”. Most of my journeys were at night. They focused mainly on the policing of street level drug users.

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Monique Marks highlights the failure of SA's 'war on drugs' and reliance on moralistic narratives about drug use to prevent their supply, use and related harm, and calls for a different approach.

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Positive Real-World Data for Naloxone Nasal Spray (USA)

Adapt Pharma's naloxone nasal spray (Narcan) has been working well in the real world, reversing the vast majority of opioid overdoses for which it's deployed, researchers reported here.

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Anecdotal reports we've heard from people involved in trialling the use of nasal administration suggests the opposite: that it is not as effective or reliable as intramuscular injection.

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Poor, minority neighborhoods have more tobacco-selling shops per capita (USA)

By Carolyn Crist(Reuters Health) - Neighborhoods with a high proportion of black residents or high poverty tend to have the greatest density of store
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In Australia, the same goes for alcohol retailers.

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Police blitz nabs 'alarming' number of truck drivers under influence of drugs (Vic)

Police blitz nabs 'alarming' number of truck drivers under influence of drugs (Vic) | Alcohol & other drug issues in the media | Scoop.it
One in 37 Victorian truck drivers tested positive to drug-driving, almost double the national figure, in a Victoria Police blitz this week.
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Not mentioned here is the workplace pressure that contributes to use of stimulants in this and other industries that require employees to work long hours to be able to make a living.

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'What drugs do to you': Concerned brother films disturbing video of drugged pair (NZ)

An Auckland man has posted a disturbing video of the impact drugs caused on his sister and a friend when they comatosed after taking what is being described as a "demon drug".
ReGenUC's insight:

As with other similar US examples that have received a lot of attention, this may be well-intentioned but is unlikely to dissuade many people from using synthetic cannabis products. We know that scare campaigns (whether govt funded or home made) are not effective and have often been found to actually increase the likelihood of future use. What these sort of videos (and the associated social media commentary) typically achieve is to further entrench the stigmatisation of people who use illicit drugs, and the two people featured here in particular. We're not posting the image here as we don't want to add to the feeding frenzy that occurs with this sort of content.

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Zero-alcohol Heineken is soon going to hit shelves (UK)

Zero-alcohol Heineken is soon going to hit shelves (UK) | Alcohol & other drug issues in the media | Scoop.it
Deciding not to drink booze at a party is a totally normal thing to do nowadays.
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OK, the article is pure marketing spin for this particular product, but it is also an indicator of the apparent growth in demand for alcohol-free beer products. It will be interesting to see how this market segment develops. If you haven't seen it already, it's also worth looking at FARE Australia's campaign that calls bullshit on the alcohol industry's marketing claims about 'healthy' beer: http://beertheobvioustruth.com/

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Ice Taskforce forum at Murray Bridge (SA)

Ice Taskforce forum at Murray Bridge (SA) | Alcohol & other drug issues in the media | Scoop.it
Families affected by ice addiction speak out at Murray Bridge forum.
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Lack of service accessibility in regional areas a key issue. Good to see the voices of individuals and families affected by methamphetamine use being heard by the Taskforce.

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Move illicit drugs to 'white' economy: report (Aus)

Move illicit drugs to 'white' economy: report (Aus) | Alcohol & other drug issues in the media | Scoop.it
Pharmacists could have a greater role in harm minimisation under the recommendations of a new report The Australia 21 report, Can Australia respond to drug
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More coverage of the Australia 21 report, also citing Fiona Patten (whose MSIC bill has been sent to committee for consideration) on the need for drug policy reform. See today's related Age editorial: http://sco.lt/6VCEOv.

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E-cigarettes exploding in popularity: New data (USA)

E-cigarettes exploding in popularity: New data (USA) | Alcohol & other drug issues in the media | Scoop.it
How much do Americans smoke? Not nearly as much as they used to. But e-cigarettes are exploding in popularity. And sales of traditional cigarettes are not falling as quickly as they were.
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Citing new Centers for Disease Control and Prevention data.

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Mixing alcohol and energy drinks can make nights out more dangerous, researchers warn (UK)

Mixing alcohol and energy drinks can make nights out more dangerous, researchers warn (UK) | Alcohol & other drug issues in the media | Scoop.it
Mixing alcohol with highly-caffeinated soft drinks can increase the risk of injury on a night out, researchers have warned. Popular cocktails like vodka and red bull, espresso martinis and jagerbombs, where a shot is dropped into a glass of energy drink, can be more dangerous than drinking alcohol on its own, they said.
ReGenUC's insight:

More evidence that mixing alcohol and caffeinated drinks increases alcohol consumption, and increased risk. See also this study by Australian researchers, based on Global Drug Survey data: http://www.drugandalcoholdependence.com/article/S0376-8716(17)30082-0/abstract?cc=y=

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Stigma, aggression and fear: ‘Ice Wars’ a lost opportunity (Aus)

Stigma, aggression and fear: ‘Ice Wars’ a lost opportunity (Aus) | Alcohol & other drug issues in the media | Scoop.it

Believe it or not ice is affecting all of our communities. For me, as a recovered user I believe the biggest impact to my day-to-day life is stigma, aggression and fear. The ABC formulated a strong fear based “campaign” and smothered it in emotional music, frightening scenes and struggling police officers just trying to do their job, I have a couple of problems with this.

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Jay's response to the recent ABC series and the impact he has observed on public understanding of methamphetamine and the people who use it.

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Richmond safe injecting room will help put an end to users shooting up in front yards, resident says (Vic)

Richmond safe injecting room will help put an end to users shooting up in front yards, resident says (Vic) | Alcohol & other drug issues in the media | Scoop.it

Amber Dawson lives on Lennox St, Richmond, the home of Melbourne's biggest, and most visible, heroin trade. She says it's the worst it's ever been.

"Every day there's needles all around our house and our car, around our bins. It's awful," she says.

ReGenUC's insight:

More evidence of public support for the establishment of a Medically Supervised Injecting Centre in Richmond. You can show your support by making a submission to the Parliamentary Inquiry (due to report in September). Details here: https://www.parliament.vic.gov.au/lsic/article/3552.

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It's time to decriminalise drugs: report (Aus)

Australias prohibition-based drugs strategy is futile, counterproductive and unfair, according to a report that calls for the progressive decriminalisation of illicit substances.
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Coverage of yesterday's Australia 21 report launch by Bob Carr and Jeff Kennett, citing Alex Wodak. You can see today's related coverage (http://sco.lt/7Eghyj) or the report here: http://sco.lt/9MwSTh

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America’s drug problem now 10 times worse than in 1971 — the year it declared a war on drugs

America’s drug problem now 10 times worse than in 1971 — the year it declared a war on drugs | Alcohol & other drug issues in the media | Scoop.it
THE United States is experiencing a drug addiction crisis of rare proportions.
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This isn't a great article (basically, it's a repackaging of various bits of US coverage), but it's a great headline, highlighting the systemic failures of the 'war on drugs' to prevent illicit drug supply, use and associated harm. We need a global shift in policy, as indicated by yesterday's Australia 21 report: http://sco.lt/9MwSTh

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Duterte's bloody crackdown drives drug users to rehab (Philippines) - video

Duterte's bloody crackdown drives drug users to rehab (Philippines) - video | Alcohol & other drug issues in the media | Scoop.it
In the Philippines, drug users try to turn their lives around and stay safe amid Duterte's anti-drugs campaign.
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Fear of being murdered in your home can be a powerful motivator. In the early days of President Duterte's brutal 'crackdown', thousands of people sought the comparative safety of prison or rehab programs. Other than the gross human rights abuses carried out under the President's policies (current counts put the death toll at 8,000), there is no indication that anything has been done to address the various factors driving people's use in the first place. As one of the participants in the video says, he uses stimulants to enable him to work. Without them, how is he going to be able to work long enough hours to support his family when he gets out of rehab?

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