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Crime Stoppers to tackle issue of synthetic marijuana (Qld)

Crime Stoppers to tackle issue of synthetic marijuana (Qld) | Alcohol & other drug issues in the media | Scoop.it
THEY come with names like Spice, K2, No More Mr Nice Guy but most often these drugs are labelled synthetic marijuana.
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HRI launches 10 by 20 campaign

HRI launches 10 by 20 campaign | Alcohol & other drug issues in the media | Scoop.it

At the recent opening of the Commission on Narcotic Drugs in Vienna, Harm Reduction International launched its 10 by 20 campaign, calling on governments to redirect 10% of the resources that they currently spend in the war on drugs to harm reduction.

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See DPMP's 2013 contrast of Aus govt spending on law enforcement, compared to treatment and harm reduction: http://sco.lt/6yicgz

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Fentanyl deaths prompt expansion of Edmonton overdose program across Alberta

Fentanyl deaths prompt expansion of Edmonton overdose program across Alberta | Alcohol & other drug issues in the media | Scoop.it
Alberta’s chief medical officer of health says the province has approved $300,000 in new funding to help combat the deadly potential of the drug fentanyl around the province.
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Great to see an evidence-based response: NSPs, harm reduction programs and naloxone distribution.

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Stigma means poor mental health and high drug use for LGBT Australians

Stigma means poor mental health and high drug use for LGBT Australians | Alcohol & other drug issues in the media | Scoop.it
Australia's largest survey of lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) people shows it remains difficult for many people.
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FYI, you can see VAC counsellors at our Coburg site. Call our Intake service (1800 700 514) for more info.

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This is what happens inside an ice rehab centre - with heartbreak and inspiration (NSW)

This is what happens inside an ice rehab centre - with heartbreak and inspiration (NSW) | Alcohol & other drug issues in the media | Scoop.it
The number of daily or monthly crystal methamphetamine users has doubled since 2010 but rehab facilities across Australia are giving addicts help, role models and strategies, and we go inside one centre where there is both heartbreak and inspiration.
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Last night's 7.30 report story. See today's related post about The Glen: http://sco.lt/6T3TYP

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NT Indigenous communities still waiting to have a say on alcohol management

NT Indigenous communities still waiting to have a say on alcohol management | Alcohol & other drug issues in the media | Scoop.it
Federal Government plans to give Indigenous people in the Northern Territory a say in the management of alcohol in their communities have stalled. In 2009, the then federal Labor government mooted the idea of allowing communities to develop their own alcohol management plans. It was an attempt to give Indigenous communities more of a say, after the federal intervention in the Northern Territory in 2007 imposed blanket alcohol bans on Indigenous land. But six years on, only one Indigenous communi
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Indiana health workers face HIV outbreak 'with two hands tied behind our back' (USA)

Indiana health workers face HIV outbreak 'with two hands tied behind our back' (USA) | Alcohol & other drug issues in the media | Scoop.it
The state’s nickname, ‘the crossroads of America’, portended the possibility of an infectious disease outbreak – and yet the public health system is underprepared to deal with the growing crisis
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More on the obvious need for more harm reduction in Indiana. See our previous post: http://sco.lt/5F0N0L 

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Liquor giant sour on mixed alcohol taxes (Aus)

Liquor giant sour on mixed alcohol taxes (Aus) | Alcohol & other drug issues in the media | Scoop.it
THE biggest distributor of liquor in Australia has stepped up its calls for the nation’s “convoluted and unfair” alcohol tax system to be simplified.
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More positioning within the alcohol industry. The simplest measure is still volumetric taxation, based on the amount of alcohol contained in any product, rather than the type of product.

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Increasing alcohol taxes reduces fatal alcohol-related car crashes in Illinois

Increasing state alcohol taxes could prevent thousands of deaths a year from car crashes, say University of Florida Health researchers, who found alcohol-related motor vehicle crashes decreased after taxes on beer, wine and spirits went up in Illinois.
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Infection outbreak from legal highs (Scotland)

AN OUTBREAK of infections among people using legal highs has been reported by doctors.
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Skin infection associated with high frequency of injecting.

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Indian media: Cigarette warning delay 'absurd'

Indian media: Cigarette warning delay 'absurd' | Alcohol & other drug issues in the media | Scoop.it
Spotlight on anger over delay in bigger health warnings on cigarette packets, and a court's decision to uphold alcohol ban in Kerala.
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See yesterday's related post: http://sco.lt/7O4xUH 

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President Obama commutes the sentences of 22 drug offenders (USA)

President Obama commutes the sentences of 22 drug offenders (USA) | Alcohol & other drug issues in the media | Scoop.it
President Barack Obama on Tuesday increased his effort to get nonviolent offenders out of US prisons by commuting the sentences of 22 people imprisoned on drug charges.
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Leading drugs charity DrugScope to close due to lack of funds (UK)

Leading drugs charity DrugScope to close due to lack of funds (UK) | Alcohol & other drug issues in the media | Scoop.it
Organisation representing professionals tackling drug and alcohol abuse forced to shut after 15 years because of ‘worsening financial situation’
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It seems that it's not only Australian peak and advocacy bodies that are under funding pressure.  This is a big loss for the international AOD sector. See DrugScope's announcement: http://sco.lt/5cNGlN

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Kings Cross crime rates plummet as enforcement of pub lock-outs work (NSW)

Kings Cross crime rates plummet as enforcement of pub lock-outs work (NSW) | Alcohol & other drug issues in the media | Scoop.it
IT was once seething with violence, where coward-punch assaults were all too common and young people put their lives at risk just to enjoy a night out.
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More evidence of the effectiveness of the lockout system in reducing alcohol related violence in public spaces.

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Mental Health funding confirmed (Aus)

Mental health services will have their funding renewed in a move to give them certainty, Minister for Health Sussan Ley announced today. Ms Ley said the 12 month extension – worth almost $300 million – would allow frontline services to continue to be delivered while work progressed on the current Mental Health Review. 

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Following yesterday's similar announcement for Federal AOD treatment service funding: http://sco.lt/6QxzeL.  The full AOD funding release is here: http://www.health.gov.au/internet/ministers/publishing.nsf/Content/health-mediarel-yr2015-nash010.htm

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Regional Victoria's drug problem 'not all about' ice

Regional Victoria's drug problem 'not all about' ice | Alcohol & other drug issues in the media | Scoop.it
The focus on regional drug use has been around crystal methamphetamine, but experts say ice is just part of a much larger issue.
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Citing VAADA's Sam Biondo on the need for improved treatment accessibility and a policy response that focuses not just on methamphetamine but the full range of AOD related harm within Victorian communities.

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Corrective Services staff to vote on Alexander Maconochie Centre needle exchange program (ACT)

Corrective Services staff to vote on Alexander Maconochie Centre needle exchange program (ACT) | Alcohol & other drug issues in the media | Scoop.it
The ACT government will shelve controversial plans for a needle and syringe exchange program at the Alexander Maconochie Centre until it can gain support from the majority of the prison’s staff.
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Citing PHAA, Hepatitis ACT/Australia & Penington Institute on the problems associated with giving prison officers an effective veto on the program. See Hepatitis Australia's full response here: http://www.hepatitisaustralia.com/newsarticles/prison-based-needle-syringe-program-doomed-without-government-leadership/1/4/2015 

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Ice now 'drug of choice' for Indigenous population (NSW)

Ice now 'drug of choice' for Indigenous population (NSW) | Alcohol & other drug issues in the media | Scoop.it
Ice addiction is overtaking alcohol as the biggest problem facing Indigenous populations, the head of a rehabilitation centre says.
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Citing CEO of The Glen: http://www.theglencentre.org.au/

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Where are our beer caves? Convenience stores want US-style alcohol sales (Aus)

Where are our beer caves? Convenience stores want US-style alcohol sales (Aus) | Alcohol & other drug issues in the media | Scoop.it
US retailing giant Costco is appealing a court decision blocking it from selling alcohol at its new Adelaide store, as the government is urged to review restrictions on supermarkets selling alcohol.
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Says convenience store assoc chief executive: 'It's a difficult category [alcohol], generally, because a lot of people tend to look at the social impacts, without really considering the commercial impacts'.

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Misplaced concerns over cancer risk factors as weight and alcohol consumption ignored (Aus)

People are too often placing undue emphasis on factors like stress and pollution as causes of cancer ahead of real risks like drinking and obesity, Cancer Council NSW says.
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Citing Cancer Council NSW study on public awareness of cancer causes.

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Synthetic drug raids aid organised crime: lobby group (Qld)

Synthetic drug raids aid organised crime: lobby group (Qld) | Alcohol & other drug issues in the media | Scoop.it
The Queensland police officer responsible for Tuesday's widespread raids on shops selling synthetic drugs has laughed off claims the action will push the drugs onto the street.
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Coverage of the Eros Association response to the week's high profile crackdown on sales of legal highs.

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Common pain killers a heart attack and stroke risk. New warning labels (Aus)

Common pain killers a heart attack and stroke risk. New warning labels (Aus) | Alcohol & other drug issues in the media | Scoop.it
COMMONLY used over-the-counter painkillers like Nurofen, Voltaren and Naproxen will have new labels warning they increase the risk of heart attacks and stroke.
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Flemington trader's marijuana online sale prompts police warning (Vic)

A Flemington internet trader offering medical marijuana for “donations” is breaking the law, police say.
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Quoting our Donna Ribton-Turner on potential concerns about online drug purchases.

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Former Blackwater gets rich as Afghan drug production hits record high

Former Blackwater gets rich as Afghan drug production hits record high | Alcohol & other drug issues in the media | Scoop.it
Opium poppy cultivation is up in Afghanistan despite the infamous mercenary firm formerly known as Blackwater being paid $569m by the Pentagon to stop it
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Highlighting some of the obvious problems with focusing only on supply reduction measures.

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Mobile booze buses could be coming to a town centre near you (UK)

Mobile booze buses could be coming to a town centre near you (UK) | Alcohol & other drug issues in the media | Scoop.it
Mobile “booze buses” to treat drunken revellers could soon become a common sight in towns and cities across England, after a pilot project led to dramatic decreases in A&E admissions and saved the NHS hundreds of thousands of pounds.
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Drug rehab centres win last-minute reprieve from Federal Government cuts

Drug and alcohol centres around the country win a last-minute reprieve from funding cuts after an outcry from health groups.
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Following from yesterday's coverage (http://sco.lt/680hYP), these measures may do something to stem the immediate flow of experienced workers out of the AOD sector, but do little to provide them, or people who use their services, with any sense of security. This sort of drip-feed funding keeps programs in place for the short term, but limits their capacity to plan for the future or commit resources to developing innovative responses to emerging community needs.

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