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Mental health drug toll (Tas)

Mental health drug toll (Tas) | Alcohol & other drug issues in the media | Scoop.it
A study has found Tasmania has the highest rate of drug-related mental health problems.
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Hefty damages awarded for 'drunk at work' sacking (Aus)

An insurance broker that sacked a state manager accused of being drunk at a work training conference has been ordered to pay him almost $300,000 after a court found his behaviour did not amount to gross misconduct, particularly in light of the company’s practices in relation to alcohol.

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A timely reminder of the impact workplace practices and culture can have on alcohol-related harms.

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South Australia has highest drink-driving rates in nation, police figures show

SOUTH AUSTRALIA has the highest drink-driving rates in the nation, according to state police annual reports.
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It’s the weekend before Christmas and there were very few severe injuries (NSW)

It’s the weekend before Christmas and there were very few severe injuries (NSW) | Alcohol & other drug issues in the media | Scoop.it
For the weekend before Christmas there were very few severe injuries.
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Dr Gordian Fulde's regular summary of AOD-related presentations at St Vincents' ED.  Typically, the last working day before Christmas sees a spike in alcohol-related presentations.

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UNODC Trains Journalists On New Dimension to Drug, Crime Reporting, Others (Nigeria)

WITH reporting on drugs and crime mostly taking the dimension of the negative impact of drug effect on its users, United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime (UNODC), last week held a 2-day Media Roundtable for selected health reporters across the nation where they were trained and urged to look for a more compassionate way of reporting the menace that would be more beneficial to the society.

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'He finally urged reporters to avoid sensationalism, present the solution and not the problem stating that it will pave the way for informed discussion.' Some good advice for Aus media producers too!

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Abolition of Indigenous drug and alcohol panel came without warning, members say (Aus)

Abolition of Indigenous drug and alcohol panel came without warning, members say (Aus) | Alcohol & other drug issues in the media | Scoop.it
Co-chairman of committee scrapped in budget update says government is silencing Indigenous voices on health outcomes
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More on the ANCD/ANACAD & NIDAC announcements. See yesterday's post: http://sco.lt/5Y0hF3.

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Indonesian President Joko Widodo hardens line on drug offenders on death row

Indonesian President Joko Widodo hardens line on drug offenders on death row | Alcohol & other drug issues in the media | Scoop.it
Indonesia's President has entrenched his hard line against mercy for drug offenders on death row, stressing he "will never" grant them clemency.
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We hope, for everyone's sake, that President Widodo changes his position on this issue.

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Police in a funk over definition of being drunk, or is that intoxicated? (Vic)

Police in a funk over definition of being drunk, or is that intoxicated? (Vic) | Alcohol & other drug issues in the media | Scoop.it
While at a Christmas gathering, between the third and sixth toast, some of us may ponder: is there a difference between being intoxicated and being drunk?
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Comparing NSW & Vic definitions of intoxication and their implications for enforcement of alcohol policy.

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Parklands dry zone trial approved by State Government (SA)

Parklands dry zone trial approved by State Government (SA) | Alcohol & other drug issues in the media | Scoop.it
A PARKLANDS-WIDE dry zone trial has been approved just days before Christmas after months of alcohol-fuelled violence and anti-social problems in the city’s south.
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Congress quietly ends federal government's ban on medical marijuana (USA)

Congress quietly ends federal government's ban on medical marijuana (USA) | Alcohol & other drug issues in the media | Scoop.it
Tucked deep inside the 1,603-page federal spending measure is a provision that effectively ends the federal government's prohibition on medical marijuana and signals a major shift in drug policy.
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Obama commutes prison sentences of eight drug convicts under new policy (USA)

Obama commutes prison sentences of eight drug convicts under new policy (USA) | Alcohol & other drug issues in the media | Scoop.it
First reductions of harsh punishments imposed under outdated guidelines and officials expect him to grant more clemency petitions in final two years in office
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'Cannabis e-cigarettes' are coming to the UK

'Cannabis e-cigarettes' are coming to the UK | Alcohol & other drug issues in the media | Scoop.it
The vaping trend seemingly knows no bounds as the first “cannabis” e-cigarette goes on sale in the UK tomorrow.
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See recent related posts from France: http://sco.lt/60o9nV

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Drunken visits to emergency departments a 'phenomenal burden' heading to Christmas (ACT)

Drunken visits to emergency departments a 'phenomenal burden' heading to Christmas (ACT) | Alcohol & other drug issues in the media | Scoop.it
A spike in drunken visits to Canberra’s two emergency departments has created a “phenomenal burden” for medical professionals
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While the immediate harms associated with alcohol spike around Christmas and New Year, we typically start to see the longer-term impacts from late January, as people who have relapsed or experienced significant harms start seeking treatment following what, for many, is a very difficult time of year.

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1st lesson for new inquiry into ice: we've lost the war on drugs (Aus)

1st lesson for new inquiry into ice: we've lost the war on drugs (Aus) | Alcohol & other drug issues in the media | Scoop.it
The appointment of prohibitionist Kay Hull to lead an inquiry into ice use in Australia is another example of the Abbott government’s ham fisted approach to policy
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Alex Wodak on this week's ANCD/ANACAD announcements.

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Abbott supports NSW marijuana trial

PRIME Minister Tony Abbott supports the NSW trial for medicinal cannabis but has dodged suggestions a national experiment should happen.
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Alcohol sales triple in lead up to Christmas as figures show six in 10 people buy alcohol for the festive season (NSW)

Alcohol sales triple in lead up to Christmas as figures show six in 10 people buy alcohol for the festive season (NSW) | Alcohol & other drug issues in the media | Scoop.it
IT’S not just Santa getting merry this Christmas as Aussie revellers prepare to spend record amounts on festive drinks for themselves, friends and family.
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See previous post about alcohol-related harms.

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No excuses, our booze culture must change (Vic)

No excuses, our booze culture must change (Vic) | Alcohol & other drug issues in the media | Scoop.it
I WAS on a flight from Melbourne to Byron Bay a few months ago when I noticed two women across the aisle drinking Smirnoff Ice.
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By VicHealth's Jerril Rechter.

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Premier Daniel Andrews hope to have bill on legalising medical marijuna before Parliament before end of next year (Vic)

Premier Daniel Andrews hope to have bill on legalising medical marijuna before Parliament before end of next year (Vic) | Alcohol & other drug issues in the media | Scoop.it
A bill to legalise medical marijuana could be put to Victorian parliament before the end of next year.
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Children with ADHD spend most of their childhood without medication (Aus)

Australian families are reluctant to medicate children with attention deficit hyperactivity disorder, a 20-year study has found.
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Challenging common assumptions about parents' readiness to rely on medication to manage behaviour and raising the obvious question, if they're not using medication, what other supports are they getting?

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Drunk or intoxicated: is there a difference? (Vic) - audio

Under law it's the same which is "nonsensical" according to alcohol-related violence researcher Peter Miller.
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Citing Deakin's Peter Miller on challenges in enforcing responsible service of alcohol provisions in Victoria and implementation of the Newcastle lockouts.

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E-cigarettes come under govt spotlight (Aus)

E-cigarettes come under govt spotlight (Aus) | Alcohol & other drug issues in the media | Scoop.it

THE merits and perils of e-cigarettes will come under scrutiny in a federal government discussion paper.

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Are You Outraged by the Drug War Yet?

This holiday season, a time when I am normally filled with thoughts of light and hope, I find myself reflecting on the horrors of our failed war on drugs....
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Drug Policy Alliance's Julie Netherland considers some of the tragic personal consequences of US drug policies.

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Legal move to provide heroin use sites (Ireland)

Legal move to provide heroin use sites (Ireland) | Alcohol & other drug issues in the media | Scoop.it
A leading addiction service has sought the expertise of the Bar Council to draft proposed laws which would allow addicts to legally inject heroin in a medical setting.
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More on Ana Liffey's bid to establish MSIC's in Ireland. See yesterday's post: http://sco.lt/7HRJsP

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Smoking in cars carrying children set to become illegal in England next year

Smoking in cars carrying children set to become illegal in England next year | Alcohol & other drug issues in the media | Scoop.it
Subject to vote by MPs and peers, ban will criminalise smoking by parents, carers or other adults in a car with under-18s
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Paiboon: Thailand drugs hub of Asean

Paiboon: Thailand drugs hub of Asean | Alcohol & other drug issues in the media | Scoop.it
Thailand has become the hub of the drug trade in the Association of Southeast Asean Nations (Asean), with the highest rate of proliferation, Justice Minister Paiboon Koomchaya said on Thursday.
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There's a lot going on in this article. Things that stood out for us include:

- 60-70% of Thai military recruits 'were found to be drug users or dealers'; &

- Gen Paiboon recgonises that imprisonment is not an effective form of rehabilitation but is committed to compulsory treatment.

Thanks to BedlamFury for the link.

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Govt agencies to be axed with job losses (Aus)

The Abbott government is set to scrap 175 agencies to make budget savings, a measure unions fear could result in up to 9000 job cuts.
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In addition to the ANCD/ANACAD changes announced earlier this week, it seems there was some other bad news for the Australian AOD sector. Federal cost-cutting will now include the axing of the National Indigenous Drug and Alcohol Committee. Thanks to Kate Conigrave and Luke Pearson for drawing it to our attention.

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