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Providing education on harm reduction through the media (Hungary)

Providing education on harm reduction through the media (Hungary) | Alcohol & other drug issues in the media | Scoop.it

HCLU's European Drug Policy Initiative invited a group of journalists to cover the world's largest assembly on harm reduction. Find out how they covered the Harm Reduction International Conference in Vilnius.

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Spirits Industry on Offensive Over Health Warnings

Spirits Industry on Offensive Over Health Warnings | Alcohol & other drug issues in the media | Scoop.it
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.
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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. 

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Designer death: new killer drugs to flood local market (Vic)

Designer death: new killer drugs to flood local market (Vic) | Alcohol & other drug issues in the media | Scoop.it
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
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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.

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Pub drunks set to face no-go zones (Tas)

Pub drunks set to face no-go zones (Tas) | Alcohol & other drug issues in the media | Scoop.it
DRUNKS can be banned from pubs, clubs and entertainment precincts under tough new laws from next week.
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Tas Hotels Association taking pre-emptive measures to keep lockouts, restricted trading hours at bay?

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Tourists warned about drink spiking on our favourite party island (Aus/Indonesia)

Tourists warned about drink spiking on our favourite party island (Aus/Indonesia) | Alcohol & other drug issues in the media | Scoop.it
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.
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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.

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Ramen surpasses cigarettes as most valuable commodity in US prisons

Ramen surpasses cigarettes as most valuable commodity in US prisons | Alcohol & other drug issues in the media | Scoop.it
Ramen noodles are supplanting tobacco as the most valuable commodity among prisoners in the US, according to a study released on Monday.
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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. 

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Qld's premier says alcohol laws are working

Qld's premier says alcohol laws are working | Alcohol & other drug issues in the media | Scoop.it
Queensland Premier Annastacia Palaszczuk says the state's controversial liquor licensing laws are working.
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(Very) early data indicates the state's new laws are having an impact on alcohol related violence.

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Warning after spate of SA heroin deaths

A health warning has been issued by the South Australian government after a spate of heroin-related deaths in recent weeks.
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A little more detail on the recent overdose fatalities in SA: 8 from heroin, 2 from fentanyl.

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A Look Inside Cape Town’s Only Harm Reduction Project

A Look Inside Cape Town’s Only Harm Reduction Project | Alcohol & other drug issues in the media | Scoop.it
Last month, I was lucky enough to take part in the 21st International AIDS Conference (AIDS 2016) in Durban, South Africa.
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Nice piece by Ivan Varentsov on the work of the Step Up project, run by the TB/HIV Care Association.

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Smokers who switch to vaping may have fewer respiratory infections, study reveals (UK)

The majority of smokers who successfully switch to vaping say they have fewer respiratory infections, according to a study led by Queen Mary University of London.
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Viewpoints: is addiction a disease? (Aus)

Viewpoints: is addiction a disease? (Aus) | Alcohol & other drug issues in the media | Scoop.it
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.
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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/

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Alcohol ads to be banned on public transport (SA)

Alcohol ads to be banned on public transport (SA) | Alcohol & other drug issues in the media | Scoop.it
ADVERTISING beer, wine and spirits on the sides of buses, trains or trams will be banned from next year.
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The rest of this article is behind the News Ltd paywall, but this paragraph probably gives you a reasonable synopsis.

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'It's become a joke':  MoVida chef bemoans the decline of Hosier Lane (Vic)

'It's become a joke':  MoVida chef bemoans the decline of Hosier Lane (Vic) | Alcohol & other drug issues in the media | Scoop.it
'I think the homeless problem in the city is getting out of hand completely.'
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More evidence of the increasing problems associated with homelessness in Melbourne. It's a depressing (but very common) reality that vulnerable people are simply framed as a problem by local businesses, without any consideration of the broad, systemic factors that are driving homelessness in our city. People who are homeless are not simply a problem to be moved elsewhere (where they won't be seen and won't be seen to pose a threat to business) they are people with very basic needs and a clear indicator of what we are getting wrong as a society. See this afternoon's follow-up coverage: http://www.theage.com.au/victoria/we-are-homeless-not-terrorists-hosiers-homeless-speak-out-as-lord-mayor-robert-doyle-reignites-prospect-of-cameras-20160822-gqy4rs.html

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Most comprehensive booze injury study ever undertaken in Australia

Most comprehensive booze injury study ever undertaken in Australia | Alcohol & other drug issues in the media | Scoop.it
Study to examine how we drink, and the devastating impact.
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Outlining the multi-site study to be led by Peter Miller.

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Liverpool community members express unease with plans for Australia's first ice inhalation room (NSW)

Liverpool community members express unease with plans for Australia's first ice inhalation room (NSW) | Alcohol & other drug issues in the media | Scoop.it

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.

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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.

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Ice scourge strikes schools (Vic)

Ice scourge strikes schools (Vic) | Alcohol & other drug issues in the media | Scoop.it
The devastating impact of the drug ice has hit Victorian schools, with agencies fielding calls from desperate principals wanting help.
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If someone you care about is struggling with the impacts of metahmphetamine (or other drug) use, our free services can help. We work with individuals and families to reduce immediate harms, develop integrated treatment plans and support affected family members. Give us a call to discuss your options (1800 700 514) or see our website for more info on our family services (http://www.regen.org.au/treatment-support/family-services) or methamphetamine education programs for individuals and family members (http://www.regen.org.au/education-training/client-courses).

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We love our gritty city laneways ... until they're a bit too gritty (Vic)

We love our gritty city laneways ... until they're a bit too gritty (Vic) | Alcohol & other drug issues in the media | Scoop.it
The world's most liveable city apparently – not for the growing number of those without shelter.
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Nice response by Meg Mundell to Monday's focus on the presence of homeless people in Hosier Lane: http://sco.lt/8rqppB.

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New drug target could prevent tolerance and addiction to opioids, neuroscience study finds (USA)

New drug target could prevent tolerance and addiction to opioids, neuroscience study finds (USA) | Alcohol & other drug issues in the media | Scoop.it
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.
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Researchers target immune response to release of cytokines to reduce necessary dosage of opioids.

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Killings soar in the Philippines amid President Rodrigo Duterte's anti-drugs crackdown

Killings soar in the Philippines amid President Rodrigo Duterte's anti-drugs crackdown | Alcohol & other drug issues in the media | Scoop.it
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.
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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?

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VICE Asks: What Are The Ethics of Getting High? (Aus) - video

Taking drugs isn't a fringe activity, it's one of the most common illegal things we do. But in our eagerness to either celebrate or criticise drugs, we often sweep the ethics aside.
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Video footage of the recent panel discussion run by VICE and the Ethics Centre.

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Australian cigarettes to cost more; Smokers Down Under filling government coffers with taxes

Australian cigarettes to cost more; Smokers Down Under filling government coffers with taxes | Alcohol & other drug issues in the media | Scoop.it
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.
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After 14 Years Undercover, Ex-Cop Reveals He Only Made Drug Gangs 'Nastier And Nastier' (UK)

After 14 Years Undercover, Ex-Cop Reveals He Only Made Drug Gangs 'Nastier And Nastier' (UK) | Alcohol & other drug issues in the media | Scoop.it
'I only caused harm'.
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Neil Woods (now chairman of LEAP UK) on the futility of the war on drugs and the need for drug law reform.

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Dodgy heroin batch kills eight (SA)

Dodgy heroin batch kills eight (SA) | Alcohol & other drug issues in the media | Scoop.it

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.

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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.

It's worth noting that this article states that Drug and Alcohol Services South Australia are not aware of an increased overall level of opioid use within the state: http://www.abc.net.au/.../warning-issued-as.../7775542

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How a Brisbane schoolgirl became a drug addict, then made her way back

How a Brisbane schoolgirl became a drug addict, then made her way back | Alcohol & other drug issues in the media | Scoop.it
A mother finally has her daughter back after her descent into a decade of drug addiction, sparked by a prescribed pain killer.
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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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'I still hear corruption': Philippines president lays off thousands

'I still hear corruption': Philippines president lays off thousands | Alcohol & other drug issues in the media | Scoop.it
Rodrigo Duterte sacks thousands of appointed government officials without producing any evidence against them.
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President Duterte moves from summary executions to summary dismissals. Meanwhile, the death toll since June now stands at over 1,500.

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Around midnight seems to be the danger period for weekend injuries (NSW)

Around midnight seems to be the danger period for weekend injuries (NSW) | Alcohol & other drug issues in the media | Scoop.it
IN pagan times it was referred to as the Witching Hour but it seems in modern times it is the Injury Hour and our emergency departments know nothing good happens after midnight.
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Dr Gordian Fulde's regular summary of AOD-related presentations at St Vincent's Emergency Department.

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