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Draft grog rehab laws take turn to lighter brew (NT)

Draft grog rehab laws take turn to lighter brew (NT) | Alcohol & other drug issues in the media | Scoop.it
The Northern Territory Government has backed down on how it will enforce its proposed mandatory alcohol rehabilitation program legislation. Chief Minister Adam Giles says it will refine the scheme after extensive consultation.
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Backdown fails to spell out a plan for addressing alcohol-related violence (ACT)

Backdown fails to spell out a plan for addressing alcohol-related violence (ACT) | Alcohol & other drug issues in the media | Scoop.it
There are at least two ways of interpreting the Barr government's decision to rule out reforming ACT liquor laws.
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Canberra Times editorial asks what alternatives the ACT Govt has in place to address alcohol related violence, now it has taken lockouts, last drinks and increased licence fees for late night operators. It appears that govts' willingness to implement such measures is emerging as a national benchmark for political courage. See yesterday's related coverage: http://sco.lt/8xxCzJ and the ACT police response: http://sco.lt/5fAglt

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Forced rehab in new meth plan (WA)

Forced rehab in new meth plan (WA) | Alcohol & other drug issues in the media | Scoop.it
Families could apply to put addicted loved ones into rehab under laws the Government wants to import.
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Family members' desperation for a 'solution' to the harms of a loved one's methamphetamine use are understandable, but this is not the answer. Forced treatment may help a small proportion of people, but it will do more harm than good.

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"I Have Rights Like Any Other Person"—How the World's Drug Users Created Something Great in Durban Last Week

"I Have Rights Like Any Other Person"—How the World's Drug Users Created Something Great in Durban Last Week | Alcohol & other drug issues in the media | Scoop.it
July 26th, 2016
Many stereotypes are ascribed to drug users, almost all of them negative. Of course, people who use drugs are just as diverse as the general population. But if there is one thing many of us are, it is resourceful.
We are also used to social exclusion, and we have ways of handling i
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Nice piece by Shaun Shelley on the creative (and productive) response to the exclusion of people who inject drugs at the recent International AIDS Society conference. Staging a public parallel helped to increase the recognition of PWID as having a meaningful (and essential) contribution to make to preventing the spread of HIV and provided a visible reminder of the importance of harm reduction.

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Poll: for first time, more Republicans support marijuana legalization than oppose it (USA)

Poll: for first time, more Republicans support marijuana legalization than oppose it (USA) | Alcohol & other drug issues in the media | Scoop.it
A big breaking point.
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More signs of change in US drug policy.

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Indonesia ready to execute 14 this week despite doubts over prisoners' guilt

Indonesia ready to execute 14 this week despite doubts over prisoners' guilt | Alcohol & other drug issues in the media | Scoop.it
Ten foreign nationals and four Indonesians face firing squad, in spite of claims of forced confessions, torture allegations and ongoing legal appeals
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Indonesia indicated that it was preparing for another round of executions at the recent special drug policy session of the UN General Assembly. Use of the death penalty for drug related crimes was one of the most divisive topics at the session.

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We Went Drug Testing at Secret Garden Party to See What Weird Shit Ends Up in Your Drugs (UK)

The Loop, a drugs harm reduction organisation, pioneered a drug testing scheme at the festival that found – among other things – concrete and malaria pills in what was supposed to be ecstasy and ketamine.
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David Hiller looks at the work of Transform's The Loop harm reduction project and the current policy context in the UK.

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ACT government abandons plan for 3am Canberra nightclub fee hikes

ACT government abandons plan for 3am Canberra nightclub fee hikes | Alcohol & other drug issues in the media | Scoop.it
Plans for massive fee hikes for early-morning nightclubs abandoned, other reforms put on ice.
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The govt has also put off changes to closing times and introducing 'last drinks' measures. Greens' Shane Rattenbury cites fears of 'killing off Canberra nightlife' as reason for not supporting measures.

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One woman's terrifying story of being the victim of drink spiking (Aus)

One woman's terrifying story of being the victim of drink spiking (Aus) | Alcohol & other drug issues in the media | Scoop.it
TRIGGER WARNING: This story contains description of sexual assault, which may cause distress to some readers.
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While Michelle's story needs to be heard (and perpetrators of such predatory behaviour need to be held to account), it's important to remember that the most commonly used drug in cases of drink spiking is not rohypnol, but alcohol. If someone else is getting your drinks, be aware of the risk that you may be consuming more alcohol than you realise. 

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Philippines president promises 'no let up' in brutal anti-drugs crackdown

Philippines president promises 'no let up' in brutal anti-drugs crackdown | Alcohol & other drug issues in the media | Scoop.it
The Philippines leader known as “The Punisher” has defended his government’s brutal crackdown on the drugs trade in his inaugural State of the Nation address, insisting complaints about human rights would not deter him from his campaign against criminality. President Rodrigo Duterte, who was elected in a landslide in May, also promised an end to separatist violence, announcing a unilateral ceasefire in the decades-long conflict with Maoist rebels.
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The death toll from Mr Dutuerte's war on people who use and deal illicit drugs now stands at 240.

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Why Troy Grant is so wrong about the Kings Cross injecting room (NSW)

Why Troy Grant is so wrong about the Kings Cross injecting room (NSW) | Alcohol & other drug issues in the media | Scoop.it
Anyone living in Kings Cross during the heroin "boom" of the late 1990s found it almost impossible to not stumble across the often distressing impac
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Great response by Sean Nicholls to the Deputy Premier's latest demonstration of his unwillingness to listen to expert opinion on drug policy matters. See the original coverage here: http://sco.lt/8CfKTJ.

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MP says injecting rooms won't open to kids (NSW)

Calls to open a heroin-injecting centre to pregnant women and teenagers has been slammed by the NSW Deputy Premier as "absolute nonsense".
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Mr Grant appears to fundamentally misunderstand the purpose of services such as the MSIC. Denying access to young people or pregnant women who inject drugs only places them (and their unborn babies) at increased risk. Such political grandstanding stifles sensible debate. It's politically safe, but very dangerous for public health.

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Rural South Australians more open to drug addiction support than city dwellers, report finds

Rural South Australians more open to drug addiction support than city dwellers, report finds | Alcohol & other drug issues in the media | Scoop.it
Adelaide dwellers with a family member struggling with drug or alcohol addiction are less likely to seek support from friends than their regional counterparts, a new report has found.
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Citing Family Drug Support's Tony Trimingham on the findings of the report and the implications for the AOD sector.

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How safe is your DMT high? (Aus)

How safe is your DMT high? (Aus) | Alcohol & other drug issues in the media | Scoop.it
IT’S incredibly euphoric and your mind loses all sense of reality.
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There's no detail here indicating an increased demand for DMT in Aus, just more assertions by Andrew Liebie (& free promotion of his drug testing business). Is anyone aware of this being an issue?
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Hepatitis C will be eradicated from Australia in a decade, doctors say

Hepatitis C will be eradicated from Australia in a decade, doctors say | Alcohol & other drug issues in the media | Scoop.it
Doctors are predicting the eradication of hepatitis C from Australia by 2026.
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Today is World Hepatitis Day. New treatments (and their listing on the PBS to increase accessibility) have the real potential for a public health 'cure'. See http://worldhepatitisday.org/ for more info.

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Police slam ACT government decision to back-down on liquor reform, nightclubs ask for written guarantee

Police slam ACT government decision to back-down on liquor reform, nightclubs ask for written guarantee | Alcohol & other drug issues in the media | Scoop.it
Mixed response to government's decision to back down from post-3am liquor licensing fee hike.
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See today's related Canberra Times editorial, which asks what alternative measures the Barr Govt has in mind to address alcohol related violence: http://sco.lt/7noJOb

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Amid opioid epidemic, rules for drug companies are loosened (USA)

Amid opioid epidemic, rules for drug companies are loosened (USA) | Alcohol & other drug issues in the media | Scoop.it

When it comes to combating the nation’s opioid epidemic, politicians of all stripes say they are fully committed.

President Obama wants to spend a billion dollars on new treatment programs. Hillary Clinton and Donald Trump talk about the ravages of addiction and the need for solutions. And Congress earlier this month passed a package of legislation to prevent overdoses, bolster law enforcement and improve recovery programs.

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...but new law reduces accountability of pharmaceutical companies by making it easier to evade prosecution.

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Marijuana exposure in kids rose after recreational use legalized in Colorado

Marijuana exposure in kids rose after recreational use legalized in Colorado | Alcohol & other drug issues in the media | Scoop.it
The legalization of recreational marijuana in Colorado was associated with both increased hospital visits and cases at a regional poison center because of unintentional exposure to the drug by children, suggesting effective preventive measures are needed as more states consider legalizing the drug, according to a new article.
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These findings highlight issues about increased availability of cannabis, and safe storage in the home. Storage is an important issue for any drug or potentially harmful chemical and should be addressed. However, it's important to note that current research indicates that cannabis law reform changes in Colorado have not led to increased use of the drug: http://sco.lt/7uukDZ

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Italian army aims to produce 'the best quality' medical marijuana after finding current batches deficient

Italian army aims to produce 'the best quality' medical marijuana after finding current batches deficient | Alcohol & other drug issues in the media | Scoop.it
The Italian army is growing large crops of cannabis in order to force the price of the drug down to about €8 per gram, according to the colonel overseeing production. In September 2014, the country’s government announced the army would help increase the production of medical marijuana, with the first secure growing facility unveiled in Florence in April last year.
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Highlighting one of the benefits of regulated supply: quality control.

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Pharmaceutical opioid addiction patients delay treatment due to stigma (Aus)

Pharmaceutical opioid addiction patients delay treatment due to stigma (Aus) | Alcohol & other drug issues in the media | Scoop.it
Jessica Khachan is not the type of person that springs to mind when most Australians think of a drug addict. 
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Great article featuring the story of Ms Khachan and the work of Scriptwise. It provides yet another example of how stigmatisation of people who are AOD dependent makes it harder for them to seek help, and the need for change in public attitudes.

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Tackling ice addiction a complex issue (Tas)

Tackling ice addiction a complex issue (Tas) | Alcohol & other drug issues in the media | Scoop.it
HOW our society responds to illegal drugs users has been controversial for decades.
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Good to see the Tas Green's position is consistent with the Federal party's drug policies. Initial reporting about Ms Woodruff's response to the inhalation room proposal suggested otherwise. You can see the original article by Greg Barns here: http://sco.lt/6bQlpB 

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I spent my weekend testing drugs at a festival (UK)

I spent my weekend testing drugs at a festival (UK) | Alcohol & other drug issues in the media | Scoop.it
"This Is A Serious Party." That’s the motto of hedonistic Cambridgeshire festival Secret Garden Party. It’s also one that it can lay claim to like no other, after playing host to a remarkable first this weekend. For while plenty of festivals are comfortable providing the fun, they are coy about one of the most serious aspects of festival culture – drugs.
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Henry Fisher makes the obvious (but frequently ignored) point: 'if you treat people who want to use drugs with respect, they will respond to the advice given to them sensibly.'

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Smokers who try to quit 'drink less alcohol' too (UK)

Smokers who try to quit 'drink less alcohol' too (UK) | Alcohol & other drug issues in the media | Scoop.it

"How quitting smoking can be good for your liver: Those who have given up cigarettes 'drink less alcohol too'," the Mail Online reports.

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NHS Choices summary of the research indicating the multiple benefits of smoking cessation within AOD treatment. See our website for details on the changes we've made to the smoking policy at our adult residential withdrawal service: http://www.regen.org.au/treatment-support/withdrawal/adult-residential.

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Top politician backs changes to Sydney’s lockout laws

Top politician backs changes to Sydney’s lockout laws | Alcohol & other drug issues in the media | Scoop.it
A TOP politician in NSW backs changes to Sydney’s controversial lockout laws, despite NSW Premier Mike Baird refusing to budge.
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Troy Grant wants to wind back the lockout laws. The Premier defers to the findings of the Callinan review. See also today's other post on the Deputy Premier's political grandstanding on Sydney's MSIC: http://sco.lt/8CfKTJ.

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The Cabin Chiang Mai: back from the brink of addiction

The Cabin Chiang Mai: back from the brink of addiction | Alcohol & other drug issues in the media | Scoop.it
It is not without irony that in a country with a well-deserved reputation for hedonism, this well-respected addiction treatment centre is providing a program in which sobriety success rates far outstrip those offered by Australian rehabilitation centres.
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If you're considering rehab options for yourself or someone you care about, be very wary of this sort of marketing claim:

'It is not without irony that in a country with a well-deserved reputation for hedonism, this well-respected addiction treatment centre is providing a program in which sobriety success rates far outstrip those offered by Australian rehabilitation centres.'

Here's our recent release on concerns with for-profit treatment services: http://www.regen.org.au/news-advocacy/regen-in-the-media/media-releases/717-regen-welcomes-the-ages-focus-on-for-profit-treatment-services-11-03-16

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Splendour in the Grass a 'missed opportunity' for drug testing, advocates say (NSW)

Splendour in the Grass a 'missed opportunity' for drug testing, advocates say (NSW) | Alcohol & other drug issues in the media | Scoop.it
Advocates of minimising the dangers of drugs are frustrated that tens of thousands of young partygoers at one of the biggest events on the music festival calendar this weekend have no organised drug testing available to them.
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Citing David Caldicott on the need for drug checking services to reduce potential harms at festivals.
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