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Synthetic marijuana among top three substances abused by high schoolers (USA)

Synthetic marijuana among top three substances abused by high schoolers (USA) | Alcohol & other drug issues in the media | Scoop.it
Synthetic marijuana ranked in the top three substances abused by the nation's high school students in 2012, according to a new report compiled by the Center for Substance Abuse Research at the University of Maryland, College Park .
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The Dandenong drug court that wants to do more (Vic)

The Dandenong drug court that wants to do more (Vic) | Alcohol & other drug issues in the media | Scoop.it
Spring sunshine licks Steve's worn face as he stands near a vegetable garden in Dandenong. He has been addicted to heroin for more than 20 years, and has used drugs since he was 10.
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We'd suggest some tweaking of the language used, but this is a nice piece by Nino Bucci, Tammy Mills & Jane Lee on the impact of the drug court on people's lives and the importance of the model being expanded to other locations.

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Karmichael Hunt cocaine scandal a lesson for the ARU in dealing with drugs issue (Aus)

Karmichael Hunt cocaine scandal a lesson for the ARU in dealing with drugs issue (Aus) | Alcohol & other drug issues in the media | Scoop.it
It will kill Australian rugby's leather patch brigade to read this but rugby league super coach Wayne Bennett offered the code some advice on Thursday that it cannot afford to ignore.
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A good piece by Georgina Robinson, reflecting on the need for recognition by sporting codes that AOD use is a community issue that requires a response based on the welfare of players. Nice to see some recognition for the AFL's illicit drug policy too. Although far from perfect, it is still the best of all Australian football codes.

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NSW state election: Government pulls out of alcohol forum

NSW state election: Government pulls out of alcohol forum | Alcohol & other drug issues in the media | Scoop.it
The NSW government pulled out of a state election forum on alcohol policy raising concerns about its continued commitment to the battle against alcohol-fuelled violence.
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Coverage from last night's #NAAPA alcoho policy forum.

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Longer working hours associated with alcohol misuse - a link with stress? (UK)

Longer working hours associated with alcohol misuse - a link with stress? (UK) | Alcohol & other drug issues in the media | Scoop.it
Earlier this year the BMJ published the first systematic review of research on working hours and alcohol use. The review found that longer working hours increased the likelihood of higher alcohol use by 11% - 13%. Longer working hours are...
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We know the role workplace stress plays in increased use of a range of drugs.  The impact of FIFO working arrangements on AOD use and mental health is well documented: http://sco.lt/99ZBLthttp://sco.lt/4piY89. The use of stimulants (particularly methamphetamines) in the finance, construction, transport and sex work industries is a particular concern.

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Children as young as eight are sniffing petrol in some Top End communities (NT)

Children as young as eight are sniffing petrol in some Top End communities (NT) | Alcohol & other drug issues in the media | Scoop.it
CHILDREN as young as eight are sniffing petrol in Beswick and communities surrounding Katherine, MLA for Arafura Larisa Lee has said.
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Heroin-Related Deaths Have Quadrupled in America - video

Heroin-Related Deaths Have Quadrupled in America - video | Alcohol & other drug issues in the media | Scoop.it
New federal data reports bad news for America's heroin problem
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Yet more evidence of the need for ready access to naloxone to save lives.

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ACMD advice on nitrous oxide abuse (UK)

The chair of the Advisory Council on the Misuse of Drugs (ACMD) writes to Theresa May about nitrous oxide abuse.
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Highlighting some of the potential harms from nitrous use, particularly in combination with other drugs.

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Ice treatment – a balanced response from government (Vic)

The Victorian Alcohol and Drug Association (VAADA) today welcomes the release of the Ice Action Plan which provides a balanced response to a highly complex and challenging problem. The Ice Action Plan details a number of priorities with allocations attached to those priorities.

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The plan's commitment to improve treatment accessibility for individuals and families is welcome, as is the support for harm reduction programs and workforce development.

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Ice Action Plan (Vic)

Ice Action Plan (Vic) | Alcohol & other drug issues in the media | Scoop.it

Across our state, good, smart kids are dropping out of school, running away from their families and falling out of society.

Workers are getting attacked. Innocent people are dying, in their homes and on the roads.

Ice is ruining lives, and the time to act is now.

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Released this morning by the Victorian Government, including a commitment of $18 million for treatment, $19.5 million for police & roadside testing, $1.8 million for NSPs, plus workforce development and community education.

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Released yesterday by the Victorian Government, including a commitment of $18 million for treatment, $19.5 million for police & roadside testing, $1.8 million for NSPs, plus workforce development and community education.

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Alcohol consumption and related problems are way over the limit and it’s time to say no (NSW)

Alcohol consumption and related problems are way over the limit and it’s time to say no (NSW) | Alcohol & other drug issues in the media | Scoop.it
TONIGHT at a forum in Sydney, representatives from our major parties will announce their policies for the upcoming state election to reduce alcohol-related harm and ­violence.
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Longer piece by St Vincent's Health CEO Toby Hall on the need to extend the Sydney lockouts.

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New program aims to get serial drunk offenders on the straight and narrow (Vic)

New program aims to get serial drunk offenders on the straight and narrow (Vic) | Alcohol & other drug issues in the media | Scoop.it
REPEAT drunk offenders will have the option of going into an alcohol diversion program as part of a new Victoria-first initiative launched in Dandenong last week.
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Our Alcohol: Considering Change program (http://www.regen.org.au/education/client-courses/acc) has been running as a de facto diversion program for some time now, but it's good to see a more systematic approach in Dandenong.

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UN drugs body warns US states and Uruguay over cannabis legalisation

UN drugs body warns US states and Uruguay over cannabis legalisation | Alcohol & other drug issues in the media | Scoop.it
International Narcotics Control Board report says US and Uruguay are breaking drug treaties and warns of huge rise in abuse of ADHD treatment Ritalin
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Clegg in drug law election pledge (UK)

Clegg in drug law election pledge (UK) | Alcohol & other drug issues in the media | Scoop.it

The Liberal Democrats' manifesto will include a pledge to hand drugs policy from the Home Office to the Department of Health, Nick Clegg has said.

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Fatal attraction to synthetic cannabis is an unnatural high (Vic)

Fatal attraction to synthetic cannabis is an unnatural high (Vic) | Alcohol & other drug issues in the media | Scoop.it
If someone came along with cannabis-like product that mimicked pot, was borderline legal, and wouldn't be detected on drug tests it would be too good to be true.
That's right – it is too good to be true.
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This is a little overblown, but does provide a useful reminder of some of the risks associated with the use of legal highs and other emerging synthetics.

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Don't hang about and don't be stingy with naloxone... PHE's message to local authorities (UK) - video

Don't hang about and don't be stingy with naloxone... PHE's message to local authorities (UK) - video | Alcohol & other drug issues in the media | Scoop.it

Great presentation from Kevin Jaffray at DDN's national service user involvement conference in February setting out the need for a national take-home naloxone programme, and why drug users and former drug users should be advocating for wider access to naloxone in their local areas.

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Obviously, this isn't just a UK issue. We need to significantly increase naloxone accessibility in Australia.

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Young cricket fans soaking up booze advertising (Aus)

Children watching cricket games on TV are being exposed to thousands of alcohol promotions over many hours because of a loophole in the television broadcasting code, an audit has found.
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Citing Cancer Council of Victoria & University of Wollongong study.

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The Methadone Memoirs

The Scottish Recovery Consortium is now running a new project to learn more about the reality of methadone use and recovery in Scotland. The Methadone Memoirs is gathering lived experience of methadone prescription, treatment and use in Scotland for the first time.

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Methadone treatment is a common target for media and political grandstanding in Scotland. It will be interesting to see the stories of people who actually use it.

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An alternative to medical marijuana for pain? (USA)

Medical marijuana is proliferating across the country due to the ability of cannabis ingestion to treat important clinical problems such as chronic pain. However, negative side effects and the development of tolerance limit the widespread therapeutic use of Δ9-tetrahydrocannabinol (Δ9-THC), the major ...
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Salvation Army to set up shop in Dandenong (Vic)

Salvation Army to set up shop in Dandenong (Vic) | Alcohol & other drug issues in the media | Scoop.it
THE Salvation Army will consolidate a number of ministries and services into a new centralised ‘hub’ as part of the Revitalising Central Dandenong initiative.
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Safe injection facilities: more than just a place to shoot drugs (USA)

Safe injection facilities: more than just a place to shoot drugs (USA) | Alcohol & other drug issues in the media | Scoop.it
Not only can they improve public health and decrease treatment costs, but they can also address one of the root causes of addiction: loneliness.
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Looking at the example of Insite in Vancouver and policy resistance to supervised injecting facilities in the US. Unfortunately, it's not only experienced in the states. Successive Victorian governments have made clear their unwillingness to consider the establishment of what would be Australia's second Medically Supervised Injecting Centre in Melbourne: http://sco.lt/58brLV 

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Ice crackdown: Andrews government's $45m spend to include more rehab, needle programs (Vic)

Ice crackdown: Andrews government's $45m spend to include more rehab, needle programs (Vic) | Alcohol & other drug issues in the media | Scoop.it
Tough new laws, more money for rehabilitation and a boost to needle programs form part of the Andrews government's $45 million crackdown on the drug ice.
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Early coverage of the Govt's 'Ice Action Plan': http://sco.lt/6k6UM5

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Why the CBD lockout should be rolled out right across NSW

Why the CBD lockout should be rolled out right across NSW | Alcohol & other drug issues in the media | Scoop.it
THE CBD’s late-night lockout laws could be rolled out across Sydney and NSW under a push from the state’s top hospital dealing with booze-fuelled violence.
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St Vincent's Health CEO says serious alcohol-related trauma has halved since the start of the lockout system.

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Joint Statement on the Death Penalty for Drug Offences

A new UN report on the global drug situation has highlighted the widening rift between countries on the issue of the death penalty for drug offences. These tensions are set to surface as Member States convene in Vienna next week at the annual meeting of the Commission on Narcotic Drugs, the UN policy making body on drug control issues.

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Joint statement by a range of international harm reduction and drug policy organisations.

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Bitcoin's use by Aussie 'mums and dads' to buy illicit drugs is hindering police investigations, senate inquiry hears

Bitcoin's use by Aussie 'mums and dads' to buy illicit drugs is hindering police investigations, senate inquiry hears | Alcohol & other drug issues in the media | Scoop.it
It's not only hardened criminals using virtual cryptocurrencies for illicit purposes. Mums and dads are too.
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The economic case for legalising cannabis (UK)

The economic case for legalising cannabis (UK) | Alcohol & other drug issues in the media | Scoop.it
The public wants it and it would be good for the economy. Why has the law not been changed?
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