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Research finds potential long-term effects of marijuana use in adolescence (USA)

Regular marijuana use in adolescence, but not adulthood, may permanently impair brain function and cognition, and may increase the risk of developing serious psychiatric disorders such as schizophrenia, according to a recent study from the...
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$87 Million Boost For Family Violence Support Services (Vic)

$87 Million Boost For Family Violence Support Services (Vic) | Alcohol & other drug issues in the media | Scoop.it

The Andrews Labor Government is getting on with implementing Family Violence Royal Commission recommendations through further investments in support services for victims of family violence and sexual assault and the appointment of an Implementation Monitor.

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The Vic Govt announces its funding response to the Family Violence Royal Commission recommendations. Our new Caring Dad's program (now into the second week of it's first round) is part of this response.  

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How a Canberra father beat an ice addiction to regain his daughter from foster care

How a Canberra father beat an ice addiction to regain his daughter from foster care | Alcohol & other drug issues in the media | Scoop.it
A Canberra father who overcame an ice addiction to regain his young daughter from foster care has told how he threw his crack pipe away the day he lost her.
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Nice recovery story, citing the supports received from SMART Recovery groups and the Uniting Children and Families program. 

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Duterte's drug crackdown hits home as man shot dead in front of his pregnant wife, family (Philippines)

Duterte's drug crackdown hits home as man shot dead in front of his pregnant wife, family (Philippines) | Alcohol & other drug issues in the media | Scoop.it
Manila woman says police assassinated her husband in case of mistaken identity.
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So, 'crime is well down', if you don't count the more than 3,500 state sanctioned murders that have been committed in the past few months. Another tragic example of the impacts of President Duterte's brutal policies, with no end in sight.

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Drug rehabilitation program funded by blueberries (NSW)

Drug rehabilitation program funded by blueberries (NSW) | Alcohol & other drug issues in the media | Scoop.it
A drug and alcohol rehabilitation program in northern New South Wales enters the blueberry industry to raise money and train its clients.
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On Adele's facility in Bucca. See more about Adele's services here: http://adele.org.au/.

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More training on how to deal with methamphetamine affected people for frontline workers (WA)

More training on how to deal with methamphetamine affected people for frontline workers (WA) | Alcohol & other drug issues in the media | Scoop.it
FRONTLINE workers, from council rangers to festival staff, will receiving extra training on how to deal with methamphetamine-affected people as part of the Barnett Governments strategy to tackle the scourge.
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Good to see NDRI involved in developing training for workers in de-escalation: a key skill in responding to AOD-related aggression.

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Drug suspect 'rises from dead' to declare support for Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte's war on drugs

Drug suspect 'rises from dead' to declare support for Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte's war on drugs | Alcohol & other drug issues in the media | Scoop.it
Lindsay Murdoch reports from the war that will not end until every drug suspect surrenders, is caught or killed.
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A telling example of the power of internalised stigma. There is no greater indication of just how deep the problems associated with illicit drug use go in the Philippines than the fact that people believe that this is how they deserve to be treated. It's also worth noting that the President has also made threats of violence against domestic critics and begun removing opponents from public office: http://www.nytimes.com/2016/09/21/world/asia/duterte-philippines-drug-war.html?_r=0. In such an environment (where people are seeking imprisonment in the belief that it will reduce their chances of being extrajudicially executed by police or death squads), it will be hard to find many amongst those who are directly at risk who are willing to go on record to challenge the President's brutal policies. To take action, see Amnesty International's request for urgent action in demanding that Philippine authorities respect basic human rights: https://www.amnesty.org/en/documents/asa35/4857/2016/en/

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Teenager's drug treatment cost $1.3m over three years (WA)

Teenager's drug treatment cost $1.3m over three years (WA) | Alcohol & other drug issues in the media | Scoop.it
A study of Perth teenagers treated for drug and alcohol problems at hospital emergency departments has revealed one was readmitted 272 times in three years at a cost of $1.3 million.
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Featuring NDRI research on the costs associated with managing AOD use in Emergency Department settings and highlighting the need for early interventions.

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There's a Breaking Bad showbag at the Royal Melbourne Show

There's a Breaking Bad showbag at the Royal Melbourne Show | Alcohol & other drug issues in the media | Scoop.it
There's no blue crystal meth inside -- or the sophisticated chemistry equipment required to manufacture it -- but there's still something for Walter Whit
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Do we really need the merchandising of fictional methamphetamine producers being sold alongside kids' toys? No. Will it sell? Almost certainly.

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Australian Bar Association calls for gambling and alcohol companies to pay legal services levy

Australian Bar Association calls for gambling and alcohol companies to pay legal services levy | Alcohol & other drug issues in the media | Scoop.it

GAMBLING and alcohol companies should pay a levy to help fund legal services, according to a peak lawyers’ group.

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The proposal is based on the link between gambling, alcohol and other drugs and court workloads.

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Opioid Epidemic Costs U.S. $78.5 Billion Annually: CDC

Opioid Epidemic Costs U.S. $78.5 Billion Annually: CDC | Alcohol & other drug issues in the media | Scoop.it
Economic burden includes health care, lost productivity and treatment programs
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Underlying the economic imperatives for greater investment in treatment and evidence based policy measures.

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Why do poor people have more alcohol-related deaths than rich people? (UK)

Why do poor people have more alcohol-related deaths than rich people? (UK) | Alcohol & other drug issues in the media | Scoop.it

Medic Conor Walsh has won an award for his essay on why lower socioeconomic groups suffer more alcohol-related harm, even though they drink less.

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Mr Walsh argues that, while there are greater numbers of people who abstain from aclohol use amongst disdavantaged groups, there are also higher rates of binge drinking, resulting in high concentrations of alcohol related harm. He also recognises the impacts of the social determinants of health as contributing to alcohol related harm. You can see the essay here: http://www.m-c-a.org.uk/documents/2016_essay_2. See also yesterday's post on Scottish figures about problematic drinking by wealthy Scots: http://sco.lt/94whnt.

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Ice Action Grants Support Local Communities (Vic)

Twelve Victorian community groups will receive Community Ice Action Grants with almost $118,000 in funding announced today.

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Media release from Vic Minister for Mental Health, Martin Foley

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Wealthy Scots drinkers consuming hazardous levels of alcohol

Wealthy Scots drinkers consuming hazardous levels of alcohol | Alcohol & other drug issues in the media | Scoop.it
The wealthiest Scots are drinking the most dangerous levels of alcohol, with 35 per cent of the richest households consuming hazardous amounts of drink compared to 18 per cent of the poorest households.
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More evidence challenging the common assumption that alcohol related harm is concentrated within disadvantaged communities.

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Tougher Ice Dealer Laws To Reduce Harm In Victoria

Those who peddle in the misery of the ice trade will face tougher penalties under new laws proposed by the Andrews Labor Government. New legislation is being drafted which will see a lowering of commercial and large commercial quantities for ice trafficking – giving police greater capacity to prosecute dealers.

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Media release from Police Minister Lisa Neville. While such measures are politically popular, there's little evidence they are effective in reducing illicit drug related harm within our communities.

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Jail needle exchange veto shows unions 'dictating' public health policy: researchers (ACT)

Jail needle exchange veto shows unions 'dictating' public health policy: researchers (ACT) | Alcohol & other drug issues in the media | Scoop.it
Researchers have slammed the voting down of the a needle exchange program at Canberra's Alexander Maconochie Centre saying it should be evidence rather tha
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Marke Stoove and Carla Treloar make the clear case for greater harm reduction in Australian prisons and highlight the ongoing lack of political will to support it.

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Fewer police sniffer dog searches but most still don't find drugs (NSW)

Fewer police sniffer dog searches but most still don't find drugs (NSW) | Alcohol & other drug issues in the media | Scoop.it
More than two-thirds of searches done last year in NSW did not find drugs
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New data provides more evidence of the ineffectiveness of using sniffer dogs and shows Redfern is one of the most frequently targetted suburbs, in spite of the fact that it has one of the lowest levels of positive search results.

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Coroner warns over use of drugs while playing sport after linking ice use to death of footballer (Tas)

Coroner warns over use of drugs while playing sport after linking ice use to death of footballer (Tas) | Alcohol & other drug issues in the media | Scoop.it
A TASMANIAN coroner has issued a warning about the dangers of using ice while playing sport as she handed down her findings into the death of a Railton man at his local football ground.
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Important to note here that methamphetamine use was only one of the factors (together with hear disease) found to have contributed to Mr White's death.

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Labor unveils liquor reform package, Liberals issue public housing plan (ACT

Labor unveils liquor reform package, Liberals issue public housing plan (ACT | Alcohol & other drug issues in the media | Scoop.it
Labor would hike fees for large alcohol retailers, and curb them for small, low-risk venues.
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New laws may force SA kids into drug rehab

Kids addicted to drugs in South Australia could be forced to spend up to a year at a treatment facility under new laws proposed by the state opposition.
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In spite of the well-recognised lack of evidence for forced treatment models as being any more effective than voluntary treatment, the SA opposition follows the lead of the WA (http://sco.lt/6J0WrR) and NT (http://sco.lt/8fOTZ3) governments. This article gives no indication of whether the proposed legislation would be accompanied by new funding for increased capacity within the SA treatment system, or whether those subjected to such orders would simply displace people voluntarily seeking treatment.

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Injecting centre hits back at critics (NSW)

Injecting centre hits back at critics (NSW) | Alcohol & other drug issues in the media | Scoop.it

CLAIMS that overdose cases at the Kings Cross drug injecting centre are being handballed to hospitals to cover up overdose deaths are untrue, the centre’s head Marianne Jauncey has said.

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Marianne counters some of the myths (and deliberate misrepresentations) about the MSIC's work, amidst calls for it to be moved.

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Canberra judge says prison needle exchange could help ease infection problem

Canberra judge says prison needle exchange could help ease infection problem | Alcohol & other drug issues in the media | Scoop.it
An ACT Supreme Court judge has told a court a prison needle exchange "would do much to resolve" the spread of infection among inmates who used share
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Good to see Justice Refshauge recognising the evidence supporting prison NSPs. This article indicates that, while the proposal has been comprehensively rejected by prison officers, there may still be options to keep it alive.

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Don't bother locking up your daughters, but keep a close eye on your sons (Aus)

Don't bother locking up your daughters, but keep a close eye on your sons (Aus) | Alcohol & other drug issues in the media | Scoop.it
High school finishes for 70,000 young women and men in NSW on Friday at 3pm. You've spent the last six years talking to them about what it means to be an adult
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Jenna Price on the importance of parental role modelling of responsible alcohol consumption.

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The town that started national anti-ice drug campaign reports mixed results one year on (NSW)

The town that started national anti-ice drug campaign reports mixed results one year on (NSW) | Alcohol & other drug issues in the media | Scoop.it
A country community in New South Wales unites to fight the myths and stigma surrounding the drug ice, one year after it began a national campaign to dob in dealers.
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Wellington community members stand up against stigma and call for greater resourcing of treatment services in their area.

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Ex police chief in cannabis rethink call (UK)

Ex police chief in cannabis rethink call (UK) | Alcohol & other drug issues in the media | Scoop.it
Former deputy chief constable Alan McQuillan says it is time to consider decriminalising cannabis.
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Mr McQuillan makes the obvious argument that current policies mean that illicit drugs are 'a cash cow for organised crime'.

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Pain Patients Are Opting For Cannabis Over Pharmaceuticals, New Studies Show (USA)

Pain Patients Are Opting For Cannabis Over Pharmaceuticals, New Studies Show (USA) | Alcohol & other drug issues in the media | Scoop.it
The Washington Post have reported on the findings of newly published research which reveals that, in U.S. states with access to medicinal cannabis, purchases of pharmaceutical painkillers have plummeted. Indeed, the long running assumption that cannabis has value as an effective analgesic, buoyed by an enormous backlog of anecdotal evidence, is beginning to find scientific grounding in the … Continued
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More on the early impacts of cannabis law reform on demand for prescription and illicit drugs in the US. See other recent coverage on this topic: http://sco.lt/4kIhxR, http://sco.lt/87IdMH

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