The alcoholic-drinks industry is waging a multimillion-dollar battle to confront a rapid shift in global government policy based on new research warning that even moderate drinking may be linked to possible cancer risks. Photo: Getty Images.
Expect a wave of industry sponsored research claiming health benefits from alcohol consumption and associated 'Big Alcohol' advocacy. What we'd expect to see is the same sort of approach used by Big Tobacco and climate change deniers: pump out counter claims (evidence based, or not) to muddy public debate and create the impression that experts aren't clear about the nature of the problem, or what to do about it. Given our concerns about declining editorial standards in mainstream media (http://sco.lt/5aHsnJ), we'd expect this industry advocacy to receive a lot of unquestioning coverage.
Australia is set to be flooded with new strains of deadly synthetic designer drugs with new versions entering the market virtually on a daily basis according t
As with today's other Age story (http://sco.lt/9KKge9), this one gets a bit hysterical about the scale and severity of risks. The emergence of increasingly potent synthetics is a genuine cause for concern. Their reduced volume makes them easier to traffick and their potency increases overdose risks in the context of uncertain concentrations in illicit products. One factor that is regularly ignored in discussion of how to respond to new and emerging psychoactives is the role that current drug policy has played (and continues to play) in driving demand for drugs that are not detected by current testing regimes or covered by local legislation. Legislative bans will only ever be playing catch up, in response to identified new substances. They will not prevent their production. We need a greater focus on harm reduction (including drug checking services) and treatment services for people (and families) experiencing related harms.
FOR many Aussies, a trip to Bali is a rite of passage. Just six hours from Sydney, the call of cheap beer, massages, idyllic surf breaks and raucous partying is something all of us heed to eventually.
It's important to remember that most cases of alcohol poisoning in Indonesia result from the substitution of locally produced bootleg alcohol. Whether this would be reduced by Indonesia's proposed alcohol ban (http://sco.lt/8mrJ9F) in Bali remains to be seen.
Ramen noodles are supplanting tobacco as the most valuable commodity among prisoners in the US, according to a study released on Monday.
Not so much an indicator in improvements in public health, but more of an indictment of the quality of care provided for people in US prisons. Cost-cutting sees prisoners (and their families) increasingly forced to provide for basic provisions.
Some think labelling it a disease is a helpful way to think about addiction; others think this makes the addict helpless in their fight against addiction. Two academics debate both sides of the coin.
Nice piece by Nicole Lee and Femke Buisman-Pijlman on the relative merits (and flaws) of the disease model for AOD dependence. Also, check out this good account of the barriers to consistent practice (and new research) in the US created by the competing understandings: http://chronicle.com/article/What-if-Addiction-Is-Not-a/237383/.
A plan to place Australia's first ice inhalation room in Liverpool, in Sydney's south-west, has received a cool reception from local businesses and residents at the first community meeting on the proposal.
The usual fears and myths raised by community members and local businesses in opposition to the proposal provide a good indicator of the challenges when advocating for evidence based responses to AOD use. The 'honeypot effect' has been repeatedly shown to be a myth (but a very resilient one), as have the notion that such centres will increase local crime. Nice work by Matt, Alex and Marianne to keep putting the evidence forward.
Researchers have identified a brain mechanism that could be a drug target to help prevent tolerance and addiction to opioid pain medication, such as morphine, according to a study by Georgia State University and Emory University.
Researchers target immune response to release of cytokines to reduce necessary dosage of opioids.
More than 1,700 Filipinos have been killed in seven weeks since Philippine president Rodrigo Duterte pledged to wipe-out his country's illegal drugs trade.
New figures emerge during senate hearings into the wave of extrajudicial executions resulting from President Dutuerte's policies. The national police chief says: "I admit many are dying but our campaign, now… we have momentum." How many will die when they hit top speed?
Aussie smokers are helping the government to fill up tax coffers. Cigarettes in Australia already cost a bomb and they are set to become more expensive. Currently, a cigarette contributes 53.7 cents to the Federal Government. In another five years, this figure will go up to 80 cents per cigarette, thanks to a series of planned tax increases.
HEALTH officials fear a deadly batch of super-strong or tainted heroin is being sold on Adelaide streets, following eight overdose deaths in the past month, including three in just two days.
The rest of this article is behind the News Ltd paywall, but this sentence is enough to raise overdose concerns in SA and elsewhere in Australia. There's a little more detail here: http://sco.lt/6azLOb. Does anyone have intel on this 'dodgy batch' and whether it's effects are being experienced outside of Adelaide? The other possibility is that this is not the result of a 'bad batch', but another indicator of the continued increase in heroin use in Australia. We have certainly seen this within our services and are aware of two overdoses occurring amongst people connected with our services in the past two days.
A mother finally has her daughter back after her descent into a decade of drug addiction, sparked by a prescribed pain killer.
The author gets a bit carried away with his imagery (and hyperbole) at times, and makes far too frequent use of the usual derogatory terms for people battling AOD dependence, but the story does provide an effective account of a typical family's experiences, and the reality of recovery.
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