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NGO sounds alarm on rising hepatitis deaths in Asia

NGO sounds alarm on rising hepatitis deaths in Asia | Alcohol & other drug issues in the media | Scoop.it
A Singapore-based group fighting the spread of viral hepatitis called for greater political will to combat the disease, as new data showed it killed one person every 30 seconds in Asia
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Drug users targeted in bid to stop hep C transmission (Vic)

Drug users targeted in bid to stop hep C transmission (Vic) | Alcohol & other drug issues in the media | Scoop.it
Injecting drug users will be offered a breakthrough treatment for hepatitis C as part of a Melbourne study to assess whether treating them can reduce transmission of the virus in the community.
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More on the Burnet Institute ledipasvir and sofosbuvir study.

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Call for ban on alcohol advertising at sport events (NZ)

Call for ban on alcohol advertising at sport events (NZ) | Alcohol & other drug issues in the media | Scoop.it
The Government has been told to end alcohol sponsorship of sports clubs and ban any advertising of beer, wine and spirits during televised matches by a ministerial forum. - New Zealand Herald
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Coverage of the NZ Govt's alcohol policy consultation, including the 14 recommendations for reducing alcohol related harm.

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Call for medical injection centres for drug users (Ireland)

Call for medical injection centres for drug users (Ireland) | Alcohol & other drug issues in the media | Scoop.it
Draft legislation may be brought before Government in second quarter of next year
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Citing Ana Liffey Drug Project's Tony Duffin on the organisation's advocacy for the establishment of a MSIC in Dublin.

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Scottish trials for new cannabis drug to help children with severe epilepsy

Children with severe epilepsy could be helped by a new treatment derived from the cannabis plant which is to be trialled in the UK.
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Victorian ‘beer doctor’ creates ale test to close drink-drive loophole

Victorian ‘beer doctor’ creates ale test to close drink-drive loophole | Alcohol & other drug issues in the media | Scoop.it
A VICTORIAN “beer doctor” could put the brakes on a popular defence used by drink-drivers to escape the law.
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Drunken visits to emergency departments a 'phenomenal burden' heading to Christmas (ACT)

Drunken visits to emergency departments a 'phenomenal burden' heading to Christmas (ACT) | Alcohol & other drug issues in the media | Scoop.it
A spike in drunken visits to Canberra’s two emergency departments has created a “phenomenal burden” for medical professionals
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While the immediate harms associated with alcohol spike around Christmas and New Year, we typically start to see the longer-term impacts from late January, as people who have relapsed or experienced significant harms start seeking treatment following what, for many, is a very difficult time of year.

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Study supports 'male idiot theory' (UK)

Study supports 'male idiot theory' (UK) | Alcohol & other drug issues in the media | Scoop.it

In 1998, South Carolina murderer Michael Anderson Godwin had his death sentence reduced to life in prison. It was ironic then, that he died by electrocution. Godwin was sitting on a metal toilet in his cell and attempting to fix the television when he bit down on a live wire.  He later became the recipient of a Darwin Award – a posthumous accolade given to people who eliminate themselves from the gene pool in such an idiotic manner that their action ensures one less idiot will survive.

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'...men and excessive alcohol is a bad combination which often results in injuries, probably a lot of these being due to increased risk-taking behaviour while under the influence.'

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Combining social media and behavioral psychology could lead to more HIV testing (USA)

Social media such as Twitter and Facebook can be valuable in the fight against HIV in the United States, where research has demonstrated they can prompt high-risk populations to request at-home testing kits for the virus that causes AIDS, suggesting a way to potentially boost testing rates.

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Study finds membership of targetted SM groups can double likelihood of people getting tested.

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Teen Marijuana Use (And Also Alcohol And Drug Use) Down Since States Started Legalizing (USA)

Teen Marijuana Use (And Also Alcohol And Drug Use) Down Since States Started Legalizing (USA) | Alcohol & other drug issues in the media | Scoop.it
Marijuana use among teenagers dropped this year, despite two states (Colorado and Washington) legalizing pot, CNN reports. Additionally, alcohol, tobacco, and
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These findings are broadly consistent with the impacts of similar drug law reforms in other countries.

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Occasional heroin use may worsen HIV infection (USA)

Researchers at Yale and Boston University and their Russian collaborators have found that occasional heroin use by HIV-positive patients may be particularly harmful to the immune system and worsens HIV disease, compared to persistent or no heroin use.

The findings are published in the journal AIDS and Behavior.
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Legal drugs cause 75% of poisoning deaths (Ireland)

Legal drugs cause 75% of poisoning deaths (Ireland) | Alcohol & other drug issues in the media | Scoop.it
Legal drugs, including prescription medication and alcohol, account for three out of four of all deaths directly due to the effects of drugs.
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Alcohol most prevalent contributor, followed by benzos and anti-depressants.

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Intoxiphobia: Discrimination against people who use drugs (UK)

Speaking at HIT Hot Topics 2014, Dr Russell Newcombe discusses his research into what he has termed ‘intoxiphobia’. The ways in which some drugs, and the peo...
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Another Hit Hot Topics presentation captured by Jon Derricott.

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More than 300 million people in at least 70 countries use smokeless tobacco

CDC joins National Cancer Institute to release historic report on global smokeless tobacco use

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Drug policy in Sweden: a repressive approach that increases harm

Drug policy in Sweden: a repressive approach that increases harm | Alcohol & other drug issues in the media | Scoop.it

The central aim of Swedish drug policy is to create a drug-free society. To achieve this aim, the country has adopted a punitive, enforcement-led approach to drugs. It is this approach, some have argued, that is responsible for Sweden’s historically low levels of drug use. This apparent success of the Swedish model is therefore often presented as an argument against drug policy reforms such as decriminalisation and legal regulation. 

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See also the related piece by Richard Branson on his participation at a Swedish Drug Users' Union event: http://sco.lt/6scoIz 

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Survey: Teen marijuana use declines even as states legalize (USA)

Survey: Teen marijuana use declines even as states legalize (USA) | Alcohol & other drug issues in the media | Scoop.it
University of Michigan's Monitoring the Future study, now in its 40th year, surveys 40,000 to 50,000 students in 8th, 10th and 12th grade about their use of alcohol, legal and illegal drugs and cigarettes.
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See also yesterday's related post: http://sco.lt/4xIQW9 

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France plans to stub out e-joints

France plans to stub out e-joints | Alcohol & other drug issues in the media | Scoop.it
Health minister seeks court ban amid fears new cannabis-laced electronic cigarette could incite further use of drug
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Following on from yesterday's post: http://sco.lt/9BZmhl 

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Public health and public interest journalism (Aus)

Public health and public interest journalism (Aus) | Alcohol & other drug issues in the media | Scoop.it

Today, much of the important work of journalism is no longer being performed within the traditional institutions of journalism. So too, audience behaviour is changing. I know from the seismic shift that has occurred in my own news consumption habits. I now rarely visit media websites as a first port of call – receiving most news and content via links circulated on Twitter.

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Nice piece on social journalism by Melissa Sweet, editor of the influential Croakey health blog (amongst other things), highlighting the potential for online health advocacy.

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NT police to patrol Katherine bottle shops

NORTHERN Territory police will patrol Katherine bottle shops in a bid to reduce alcohol-related violence.
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Article cites People's Alcohol Acton Coalition's John Boffa on the de facto racial targetting of this approach and the ongoing support for a return of the Banned Drinkers Register (which included non-Aboriginal people).

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Prison inmates using desperate measures to traffic medication (Tas)

Prison inmates using desperate measures to traffic medication (Tas) | Alcohol & other drug issues in the media | Scoop.it
Tasmanian prisoners are hiding and trafficking medication, sources and documents reveal.
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One of the inevitable consequences of prohibition and another indicator of why law-enforcement-only approaches are insufficient to address the complexities of AOD dependence. Where there is demand for psychoactive medications (particularly in environments like prisons), diversion is always going to occur.

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Bureaucratic hold-ups for outback rehabilitation center (SA)

Bureaucratic hold-ups for outback rehabilitation center (SA) | Alcohol & other drug issues in the media | Scoop.it
Funding for an Indigenous drug and alcohol rehabilitation unit in the South Australian outback could run out before the centre even opens. The clinic is meant to be operating out of an old detention centre. A year after the tender was awarded the Federal Government still hasn't handed over the keys for the centre. There's a desperate need for the clinic, but funding has only been allocated until mid next year and there are fears it won't open by then.
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Cocaine, amphetamine users more likely to take their own lives (Canada)

Cocaine, amphetamine users more likely to take their own lives (Canada) | Alcohol & other drug issues in the media | Scoop.it

Stimulants use such as cocaine and amphetamine is associated with a nearly two-fold greater likelihood of suicidal behaviour amongst people who inject drugs, say researchers at the University of Montreal and the CHUM Research Centre.

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Study finds suicide attempts most common amongst people who inject.

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Nicholas Patrie's curator insight, Today, 1:54 PM

It certainly is sad that people want to take their own lives in any case but in Canada it shows that people who suffer from addictions to Cocaine and Amphetamines are more likely to take their lives other then users of alcohol and other drugs like marijuana and opiates because of the affect it has on their brains. it causes more mood swings and causing many to take their lives. i think it is vital that they found this out because if they hadn't then they wouldn't be able to educate and help people get through their addiction. hopefully this study teaches people not to take drugs and if they do they can get the proper help before it is too late.

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Peter Thiel's Fund Is Leading A $75 Million Round In Marijuana Startup Privateer At A Whopping $425 Million Valuation (USA)

Peter Thiel's Fund Is Leading A $75 Million Round In Marijuana Startup Privateer At A Whopping $425 Million Valuation (USA) | Alcohol & other drug issues in the media | Scoop.it
Earlier this year, Peter Thiel caused a stir when he accused Twitter’s management of being high on pot. 
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One indicator of the scale of financial interests in emerging mainstream cannabis markets.

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'Legal' marijuana e-cigs to be launched in France

'Legal' marijuana e-cigs to be launched in France | Alcohol & other drug issues in the media | Scoop.it
Electronic cigarettes containing cannabis extracts which give you the relaxing and pain-killing effect of the drug but without the high are about to go on sale in France.
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Alcohol, other Drugs and Sight Loss: A Scoping Study (UK)

  • People with sight loss are more likely than their sighted peers to abstain from drinking alcohol. Analysis of two UK datasets showed that they are also more likely to drink fewer units of alcohol per week.
  • An international review of the literature found very little evidence for substance use leading directly to sight loss.
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Presumably, one contributing factor would be that people with sight loss recognise that they are at increased risk of harm when intoxicated.

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The dirty motivation behind Gilead’s hepatitis C agreement (USA/India)

It’s not about increasing medicine access but about ensuring market control
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