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

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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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Poll Reveals Workers on Drugs (Vic)

One in 10 Victorian employees have either taken a day off or gone to work feeling the effects of their drug use, according to a poll by the Australian Drug Foundation.
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Police ask licensees for support to fight domestic violence (NSW)

Police ask licensees for support to fight domestic violence (NSW) | Alcohol & other drug issues in the media | Scoop.it
A NEW police initiative being rolled out across NSW licensed venues aims to tackle a leading factor behind domestic violence - alcohol.
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NT government focusing on pregnant drinkers (NT)

NT government focusing on pregnant drinkers (NT) | Alcohol & other drug issues in the media | Scoop.it
An NT government committee is focusing on reducing the number of pregnant women drinking alcohol.
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From cigarettes and alcohol to marathon man (UK)

Having only taken up running seven years ago, 40-year-old Steve Way finishes 10th in the marathon for England at the Commonwealth Games.
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A bit of inspiration for your Tuesday afternoon!

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Alcohol abuse in pregnancy could become a crime, legal papers claim (UK)

Alcohol abuse in pregnancy could become a crime, legal papers claim (UK) | Alcohol & other drug issues in the media | Scoop.it
Advice groups bid to combat ruling they believe could undermine pregnant women's freedom to make decisions for themselves
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Ellis Close detention facility officially named site for rehabilitation centre (SA)

Ellis Close detention facility officially named site for rehabilitation centre (SA) | Alcohol & other drug issues in the media | Scoop.it
A long-awaited drug and alcohol rehabilitation centre will be located at the old Ellis Close detention facility in Port Augusta.
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The WHO calls for decriminalisation

"JAMAICA, Uruguay, Colorado, Washington—more and more places are rebelling against the UN conventions that established the criminalisation of narcotics half a century ago. But the latest organisation to weigh in against the UN’s line is rather surprising. It is a branch of the UN itself."

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Smoking and mental health, what's the connection? (UK)

Smoking and mental health, what's the connection? (UK) | Alcohol & other drug issues in the media | Scoop.it

People with mental health problems who smoke cost the UK economy £2.34bn, according to new research. But why is smoking so prevalent in this group?

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National Drugs Strategy Household Surveys Highlights 2013 (Aus)

National Drugs Strategy Household Surveys Highlights 2013 (Aus) | Alcohol & other drug issues in the media | Scoop.it
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New Mom Charged With Drug 'Assault' on Fetus (US)

Woman in Tennessee is charged under controversial law that criminalizes drug use during pregnancy.
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Criminalising problematic drug and alcohol use does nothing to help families.  Evidence shows that becoming a parent is a powerful agent of change for many drug users, and for those who aren't able to change their behaviour, treatment and support will be far more useful for both the parent and the child. 

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More harm than good: Aussie muso continues crusade to ban sniffer dogs (Aus)

More harm than good: Aussie muso continues crusade to ban sniffer dogs (Aus) | Alcohol & other drug issues in the media | Scoop.it
Dan McNamee, guitarist from popular Australian band ‘Art Vs. Science,’ is continuing his crusade to decrease the number of people affected by drug use at music festivals.
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Long-term smokers find plain-packaged cigarettes taste worse (Aus)

Australian study also finds smokers can no longer differentiate between brands, saying they all taste the same
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Drug Testing and Racial Profiling (US)

Drug Testing and Racial Profiling (US) | Alcohol & other drug issues in the media | Scoop.it
Check out the stats below: whites significantly trump blacks in all drug use except crack. So why do so many employers assume that black job applicants are drug users?
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The New York Times Calls for Marijuana Legalization (US)

The New York Times Calls for Marijuana Legalization (US) | Alcohol & other drug issues in the media | Scoop.it
The federal government should follow the growing movement in the states and repeal the ban on marijuana for both medical and recreational use.
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Increased tobacco ban impending in Turkey

Increased tobacco ban impending in Turkey | Alcohol & other drug issues in the media | Scoop.it
More than 22,000 retailers risk losing their license to sell cigarettes as the government’s new plan over tobacco use are impending.
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Australia's success in methadone treatment could guide Russia, UN says

Australia's experience with methadone programs means it can explain why they should be reinstated in Crimea, UN envoy says
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Breakingviews: Reckitt ditches Suboxone

Breakingviews: Reckitt ditches Suboxone | Alcohol & other drug issues in the media | Scoop.it
Reckitt Benckiser, maker of Durex and Nurofen, is demerging its pharma business whose lead product is a heroin substitute. Revenue and profit declines mean valuations could be thin says Breakingviews.
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Perth magistrate Catherine Crawford wants Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorder classed as disability (WA)

Perth magistrate Catherine Crawford wants Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorder classed as disability (WA) | Alcohol & other drug issues in the media | Scoop.it
CHILDREN’S Court magistrate Catherine Crawford has said that “explicit” consideration needs to be given for fetal alcohol spectrum disorder to be a “mitigating factor” in sentencing.
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FedEx charged with trafficking drugs for Web pharmacies (US)

FedEx charged with trafficking drugs for Web pharmacies (US) | Alcohol & other drug issues in the media | Scoop.it
FedEx is facing drug-trafficking charges after a federal grand jury indicted the overnight shipping company, accusing it of conspiring to deliver drugs for illegal Internet pharmacies.
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The success of Portugal’s decriminalisation policy – in seven charts

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Is Dry July really that good for you? (Aus)

Is Dry July really that good for you? (Aus) | Alcohol & other drug issues in the media | Scoop.it
LEADING alcohol experts have questioned whether Dry July’s all-or-nothing approach to alcohol is better for our health in the long term.
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This article rightly points out that a consistent approach to reducing problematic substance use produces the best health outcomes. 

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Health Minister challenged to debate medicinal cannabis (Tas)

Health Minister challenged to debate medicinal cannabis (Tas) | Alcohol & other drug issues in the media | Scoop.it
President of drug law reform body challenges Michael Ferguson to a debate on medicinal cannabis.
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Plunge in smoking attributed to plain packaging (Aus)

Plunge in smoking attributed to plain packaging (Aus) | Alcohol & other drug issues in the media | Scoop.it
A dramatic decline in smoking rates has coincided with the introduction of plain packaging laws. The daily smoking rate plunged from 15.1 per cent to 12.8 per cent between 2010 and 2013, according to the largest and longest running national survey on drug statistics.
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Scientists reveal how THC – found in cannabis – ‘could slow cancer tumour growth’ (UK)

Scientists reveal how THC – found in cannabis – ‘could slow cancer tumour growth’ (UK) | Alcohol & other drug issues in the media | Scoop.it
Scientists at a British university have made a major breakthrough in revealing how cannabis could be used as a treatment to prevent the growth of cancer.
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'Too many pregnant women smoking' (UK)

'Too many pregnant women smoking' (UK) | Alcohol & other drug issues in the media | Scoop.it
Too many women are still smoking while pregnant, paediatricians warn as they launch a major report into causes of child mortality.
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