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Let's find better rites of passage than drugs Aus)

Let's find better rites of passage than drugs Aus) | Alcohol & other drug issues in the media | Scoop.it
Due to a tragic incident, the hot topic over the past few days has been synthetic drugs. Everyone is talking about it, screaming for something to be done.
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Door left open for a safe injecting room for Richmond (Vic)

Door left open for a safe injecting room for Richmond (Vic) | Alcohol & other drug issues in the media | Scoop.it
The Andrews government has left the door open on setting up safe injecting rooms after it backed the parliament to investigate how it would work.
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This is a good result.  It provides an opportunity for further public discussion of the evidence supporting establishing a MSIC in Richmond and time to secure the necessary (and, hopefully, bipartisan) support for this much needed measure. Well done to Fiona Patten, Colleen Hartland and everyone who has been involved in the campaign to date. See this related coverage for mention of a public meeting in Richmond on March 14, organised by the Greens: http://www.news.com.au/national/breaking-news/vic-politicians-to-review-drug-decision/news-story/416287bc3c6919fb895bcef5e7b29577

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Fact Check: Is it not practical to conduct on-the-spot drug tests “safely and quickly”? (Aus)

Fact Check: Is it not practical to conduct on-the-spot drug tests “safely and quickly”? (Aus) | Alcohol & other drug issues in the media | Scoop.it

The Victorian Police Chief Commissioner Graham Ashton’s recent claim that it’s not practical to conduct on-the-spot drug tests “safely and quickly” is, at best, misinformed. These tests have been taking place successfully in Europe for more than a decade.

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David Caldicott responds to recent claims in media coverage that onsite drug checking services are not effective in reducing harm. It's the latest post for the AOD Media Watch project.

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PBS listing of hep C drugs leads to 10x uptake (Aus)

PBS listing of hep C drugs leads to 10x uptake (Aus) | Alcohol & other drug issues in the media | Scoop.it
More Australians were treated for hep C since DAAs were added to the PBS than in the past decade, according to new report Since direct-actin
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Highlighting the impact of the PBS listing on public health. See yesterday's related coverage of the Kirby Institute report: http://sco.lt/4vM0yf.

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Sydney Rd pubs and clubs should close at 2am in Sydney-style lockout, Brunswick sergeant says (Vic)

Sydney Rd pubs and clubs should close at 2am in Sydney-style lockout, Brunswick sergeant says (Vic) | Alcohol & other drug issues in the media | Scoop.it
A SENIOR Brunswick police officer wants all Sydney Rd precinct watering holes to close at 2am to prevent alcohol-fuelled violence.
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Could we see a revisiting of lockouts in Melbourne after the disastrously implemented 2008 trial in the CBD?

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Mandatory ID scanners in pubs: Calls for roll-out to be delayed or changed (Qld)

Mandatory ID scanners in pubs: Calls for roll-out to be delayed or changed (Qld) | Alcohol & other drug issues in the media | Scoop.it
Premier Annastacia Palaszczuk said the decision to remove the 1am lockout was made after extensive consultation.
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Alcohol industry resistance to the new Qld measures continues. See today's related post where Prof Jake Najman accuses the industry of deceptive behaviour in its campaign against the govt's measures to reduce alcohol related violence: http://sco.lt/6Wff1t

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Doctor: Medicinal cannabis is NOT a magic cure (NSW)

Doctor: Medicinal cannabis is NOT a magic cure (NSW) | Alcohol & other drug issues in the media | Scoop.it
A parent tells me about watching helplessly as their infant daughter suffers, a frightened look on her face before her whole body stiffens and face turns purple. This process repeats again and again, day and night, every day. With each day, their daughter seems to lose her spark and her personality as brain development slows.
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John Lawson (who heads the medicinal cannabis trial at Sydney Children's Hospital) describes some of the current challenges and limitations on our understanding of the risks and benefits of using cannabis products on children.

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Congress Moves To Expand Drug Testing Of Benefit Applicants (USA)

Congress Moves To Expand Drug Testing Of Benefit Applicants (USA) | Alcohol & other drug issues in the media | Scoop.it
The bill, which now moves to a Senate vote, would undo limitations on which applicants for unemployment benefits can be dru
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These measures have been shown to be counterproductive and a waste of public funds when implemented at a state level (http://sco.lt/8faLjt, http://sco.lt/8RmUgT). The obvious question is why Congress would seek to expand this to a national level. Unfortunately, this isn't only a US phenomenon. In Aus our own Federal Govt is undertaking it's own campaign to punish some of our most vulnerable and marginalised: http://sco.lt/8oLcOn.

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Randomised controlled trial evaluation of Tweet2Quit: a social network quit-smoking intervention (USA)

Background We evaluated a novel Twitter-delivered intervention for smoking cessation, Tweet2Quit, which sends daily, automated communications to small, private, self-help groups to encourage high-quality, online, peer-to-peer discussions.

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WA Election 2017: Greens say drug use health issue, not criminal

WA Election 2017: Greens say drug use health issue, not criminal | Alcohol & other drug issues in the media | Scoop.it
THE West Australian Greens say illicit drug use should be treated as a health issue rather than a criminal one.
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See today's related coverage: http://sco.lt/76cQYT.

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Safe injecting room trial recommended after surge of heroin overdoses (Vic)

Safe injecting room trial recommended after surge of heroin overdoses (Vic) | Alcohol & other drug issues in the media | Scoop.it
The Victorian coroner has recommended the implementation of a safe injecting room trial in order to curb the rising number of heroin overdoses in the state, which is at its' highest numbers since before the mid 2000s.
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Last night's 7.30 Report story featuring Greg Denham and cohealth's Lyn Moran. It's also great to see the voices of people who inject in North Richmond included in the story. They provide perhaps the clearest case for why such a centre is needed.

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First medicinal cannabis crop harvested at secret Victorian site

First medicinal cannabis crop harvested at secret Victorian site | Alcohol & other drug issues in the media | Scoop.it
THE Andrews Government has harvested Australias first medical cannabis crop.
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The crop is now being tested and prepared for use by the first patients in Victoria's medicinal cannabis trial.

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Don't punish pregnant women for opioid use, docs say (USA)

Don't punish pregnant women for opioid use, docs say (USA) | Alcohol & other drug issues in the media | Scoop.it
(HealthDay)—Prevention and treatment, not legal action, should be the focus when dealing with pregnant women who use opioids, a leading pediatricians' group says.
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Good to see some push back against the growing criminalisation of pregnancy in the US. The American Academy of Pediatrics says punitive measures have no health benefits for mothers or their children and prevent women seeking help.

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FactCheck: Do supervised injection centres reduce drug-related deaths? (Ireland)

FactCheck: Do supervised injection centres reduce drug-related deaths? (Ireland) | Alcohol & other drug issues in the media | Scoop.it
In the final instalment of our three-part series on drug policy, FactCheck examines a claim made by Dublin City Councillor Mannix Flynn on Tonight With Vincent Browne.
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Nice summary of the evidence that SIFs do save in the areas where they are established.

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Safe injecting facility: Show some backbone (Vic)

Safe injecting facility: Show some backbone (Vic) | Alcohol & other drug issues in the media | Scoop.it
Premier Daniel Andrews' refusal to consider trialling a safe injecting room smacks of cowardice.
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A great selection of letters in today's Age in support of a MSIC in Richmond (and elsewhere). See today's related post on the positive outcomes from yesterday's parliamentary debate: http://sco.lt/7uxiZV.

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Why there's no legal barrier to a Melbourne drug injecting room, despite political setbacks

Why there's no legal barrier to a Melbourne drug injecting room, despite political setbacks | Alcohol & other drug issues in the media | Scoop.it
There's no legal reason why Victoria can't have its own medically supervised drug injecting room to prevent more overdoses, despite political setbacks.
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Kate Seear considers some of the reasons given for opposing a Richmond MSIC and the need for urgent action to prevent future overdose fatalities.

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More than an addict, Part 1 (Aus)

More than an addict, Part 1 (Aus) | Alcohol & other drug issues in the media | Scoop.it
The very fact drugs were illegal drew me to them. Then discovering new states of mind together with my friends created a special bond between us. We had a naughty secret that others would never understand.
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The first of three installments, this is a great example of the value of people sharing their own experiences to challenge the usual stereotypes and assumptions that underpin public attitudes towards people who use drugs.

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Lockout laws: No evidence supporting claim young women will be separated from friends (Qld)

Lockout laws: No evidence supporting claim young women will be separated from friends (Qld) | Alcohol & other drug issues in the media | Scoop.it
ONE of the top advocates for Premier Annastacia Palaszczuks controversial lockout laws says there is no evidence supporting the claim young women would be separated from their friends if the plan was implemented.
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Jake Najman accuses the alcohol industry of deceptive behaviour in its campaign against Qld Govt alcohol measures. See today's related coverage: http://sco.lt/7YObjN.

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Time to act on cannabis (Tas)

THE Federal Governments decision to clear the way for access to medicinal cannabis is a welcome development. For too long, people with chronic conditions who might benefit from the drug and those in palliative care have been waiting for legislators to catch up with the weight of public opinion. In the meantime, they have either had to forgo the option of a drug which would ease their condition or run the risk involved in obtaining a supply through illicit sources.
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Today's Mercury editorial calls on the Tas Govt to implement the medicinal cannabis trial it announced in April last year.

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Pot stocks rocket higher on Federal government announcement (Aus)

Pot stocks rocket higher on Federal government announcement (Aus) | Alcohol & other drug issues in the media | Scoop.it
Medicinal marijuana stocks soared after the Federal Government pledged to loosen importation laws in a bid to boost supply for patients.
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The Aus greenrush is well underway.

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Scaring young people about substance use won’t work (Ireland)

Scaring young people about substance use won’t work (Ireland) | Alcohol & other drug issues in the media | Scoop.it
Jacky Jones: Whole school approach requires time and commitment from parents and teachers
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What the research tells us is that fear-based campaigns are only effective with those young people who only had a low chance of engaging in the target behaviour in the first place. For those who are actually at risk, such approaches are typically counterproductive. Education needs to focus on helping young (and old) people make informed choices: to be aware of the risks, how to reduce harms and how to respond if someone is experiencing AOD-related harm.

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Dutch MPs vote in favour of regulated cannabis cultivation

Dutch MPs vote in favour of regulated cannabis cultivation | Alcohol & other drug issues in the media | Scoop.it
Dutch lawmakers on Tuesday voted in favor of tolerating the cultivation of cannabis, a move that could bring to an end a key paradox of the relaxed Dutch policy on marijuana and hashish.
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Premier Daniel Andrews rejects coroner's call for a safe injecting room (Vic)

Premier Daniel Andrews rejects coroner's call for a safe injecting room (Vic) | Alcohol & other drug issues in the media | Scoop.it
Supervised drug use in a heroin hot spot will be a key political issue in the battle between Labor and the Greens for Melbourne's inner city, after the Premie
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'The refusal to adopt the Coroner's recommendations flies in the face of a groundswell of support from residents, health groups and emergency services workers for a supervised injecting room.' Will the prospect of losing the marginal seat of Richmond to the Greens help motivate the Andrews Govt to recognise the evidence for a change in policy? See today's related post: http://sco.lt/5H4sWf

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Hepatitis C may be eradicated in Australia in 10 years, researchers say

Hepatitis C may be eradicated in Australia in 10 years, researchers say | Alcohol & other drug issues in the media | Scoop.it
Australia is well on its way to eradicating the potentially deadly virus Hepatitis C by 2026 thanks to aggressive funding of treatments and cures, researchers say.
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Citing a new Kirby Institute report. You can see it's 2016 surveillance report here: http://kirby.unsw.edu.au/surveillance/2016-annual-surveillance-report-hiv-viral-hepatitis-stis

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Town seeks restrictions to alcohol (SA)

Port Hedland may be faced with even strong alcohol restrictions
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Proposed measures include bans on sale of full-strength beer & pre-mixed alcohol, along with limitations on take-away purchases.

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Majority of opioid medications not safely stored in homes with children, survey finds (USA)

Nearly 70 percent of prescription opioid medications kept in homes with children are not stored safely, a new study by researchers at the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health finds.

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Some obvious implications here for overdose risk. Safe storage of any drugs (licit or otherwise) is a major issue and one that requires greater attention by the wider population.

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