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Teens in child welfare system show higher drug abuse rate (USA)

Teenagers in the child welfare system are at higher-than-average risk of abusing marijuana, inhalants and other drugs. However, the study also shows that parental involvement matters.
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The central finding is entirely unsurprising, but the study also highlights the impact a loving parent/carer can have on preventing problematic AOD use.

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Gustavo Black's curator insight, November 18, 2014 6:07 PM

Teenagers have been doing more drugs and the welfare system is worried

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Why Troy Grant is so wrong about the Kings Cross injecting room (NSW)

Why Troy Grant is so wrong about the Kings Cross injecting room (NSW) | Alcohol & other drug issues in the media | Scoop.it
Anyone living in Kings Cross during the heroin "boom" of the late 1990s found it almost impossible to not stumble across the often distressing impac
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Great response by Sean Nicholls to the Deputy Premier's latest demonstration of his unwillingness to listen to expert opinion on drug policy matters. See the original coverage here: http://sco.lt/8CfKTJ.

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ACT government abandons plan for 3am Canberra nightclub fee hikes

ACT government abandons plan for 3am Canberra nightclub fee hikes | Alcohol & other drug issues in the media | Scoop.it
Plans for massive fee hikes for early-morning nightclubs abandoned, other reforms put on ice.
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The govt has also put off changes to closing times and introducing 'last drinks' measures. Greens' Shane Rattenbury cites fears of 'killing off Canberra nightlife' as reason for not supporting measures.

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One woman's terrifying story of being the victim of drink spiking (Aus)

One woman's terrifying story of being the victim of drink spiking (Aus) | Alcohol & other drug issues in the media | Scoop.it
TRIGGER WARNING: This story contains description of sexual assault, which may cause distress to some readers.
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While Michelle's story needs to be heard (and perpetrators of such predatory behaviour need to be held to account), it's important to remember that the most commonly used drug in cases of drink spiking is not rohypnol, but alcohol. If someone else is getting your drinks, be aware of the risk that you may be consuming more alcohol than you realise. 

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Philippines president promises 'no let up' in brutal anti-drugs crackdown

Philippines president promises 'no let up' in brutal anti-drugs crackdown | Alcohol & other drug issues in the media | Scoop.it
The Philippines leader known as “The Punisher” has defended his government’s brutal crackdown on the drugs trade in his inaugural State of the Nation address, insisting complaints about human rights would not deter him from his campaign against criminality. President Rodrigo Duterte, who was elected in a landslide in May, also promised an end to separatist violence, announcing a unilateral ceasefire in the decades-long conflict with Maoist rebels.
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The death toll from Mr Dutuerte's war on people who use and deal illicit drugs now stands at 240.

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Top politician backs changes to Sydney’s lockout laws

Top politician backs changes to Sydney’s lockout laws | Alcohol & other drug issues in the media | Scoop.it
A TOP politician in NSW backs changes to Sydney’s controversial lockout laws, despite NSW Premier Mike Baird refusing to budge.
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Troy Grant wants to wind back the lockout laws. The Premier defers to the findings of the Callinan review. See also today's other post on the Deputy Premier's political grandstanding on Sydney's MSIC: http://sco.lt/8CfKTJ.

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The Cabin Chiang Mai: back from the brink of addiction

The Cabin Chiang Mai: back from the brink of addiction | Alcohol & other drug issues in the media | Scoop.it
It is not without irony that in a country with a well-deserved reputation for hedonism, this well-respected addiction treatment centre is providing a program in which sobriety success rates far outstrip those offered by Australian rehabilitation centres.
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If you're considering rehab options for yourself or someone you care about, be very wary of this sort of marketing claim:

'It is not without irony that in a country with a well-deserved reputation for hedonism, this well-respected addiction treatment centre is providing a program in which sobriety success rates far outstrip those offered by Australian rehabilitation centres.'

Here's our recent release on concerns with for-profit treatment services: http://www.regen.org.au/news-advocacy/regen-in-the-media/media-releases/717-regen-welcomes-the-ages-focus-on-for-profit-treatment-services-11-03-16

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Splendour in the Grass a 'missed opportunity' for drug testing, advocates say (NSW)

Splendour in the Grass a 'missed opportunity' for drug testing, advocates say (NSW) | Alcohol & other drug issues in the media | Scoop.it
Advocates of minimising the dangers of drugs are frustrated that tens of thousands of young partygoers at one of the biggest events on the music festival calendar this weekend have no organised drug testing available to them.
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Citing David Caldicott on the need for drug checking services to reduce potential harms at festivals.
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Decades on, old foes unite for new drug approach (NSW)

Decades on, old foes unite for new drug approach (NSW) | Alcohol & other drug issues in the media | Scoop.it
Two old political foes are uniting to bring onto the agenda the debate about broadening Sydney's lone medically-supervised drug consumption centre to new part
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On the upcoming NSW parliamentary drug policy summit. See Unharm's heat post on how this summit is a sign of the limitations of Australia's Harm Minimisation model and the lack of progress in our drug policies over the past 20-30 years: https://www.facebook.com/unharm/posts/1118182311575577.
Today, it's timely that we're off to hear Margaret Hamilton & David Penington on drug policy advocacy. We're looking forward to learning from their tremendous experience in this area and (hopefully) apply it to our own advocacy efforts.
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Ice nation: Australia’s drug challenge

Ice nation: Australia’s drug challenge | Alcohol & other drug issues in the media | Scoop.it
Australia’s Ice epidemic continues to cause major concern. Byron Writers Festival will feature three guests with firsthand experience of the impact this drug is having on Australian society.
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Interview with Matt Noffs, Luke Williams and Gary Ramage ahead of the Byron Writers' Festival.

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Funding cut to body policing liquor laws (Qld)

Funding cut to body policing liquor laws (Qld) | Alcohol & other drug issues in the media | Scoop.it
Cut comes as alcohol-fuelled violence laws come into effect.
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While the headline suggests a major cut, it's a drop of just over $1million (from a budget of $33million) over three years. There's no real detail here on the rationale for the sliding scale, but the story does provide another opportunity for opponents of the state's lockout measures to take another swing at the Qld Govt.

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Fortitude Valley counts cost of Queensland lockout laws

Fortitude Valley counts cost of Queensland lockout laws | Alcohol & other drug issues in the media | Scoop.it
Venues report revenue drops and staff cutbacks, while Chaplain Watch says its volunteers are encountering ‘heavily wasted’ drinkers earlier in the night
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See today's related Qld coverage: http://sco.lt/7svUB7

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David Seymour: Cannabis figures ignore human cost of prohibition (NZ)

David Seymour: Cannabis figures ignore human cost of prohibition (NZ) | Alcohol & other drug issues in the media | Scoop.it
A Treasury document estimating the Government could save more than $500 million a year by legalising cannabis ignored the human costs of prohibition, Act Party leader David Seymour - New Zealand Herald
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While NZ treasury figures on cost savings from cannabis law reform help make the case for drug law reform, they don't tell the whole story.

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Buprenorphine implants may be effective relapse prevention tool for adults with opioid dependence (USA)

While buprenorphine has long been used to treat adults with opioid dependence, its efficacy can be hindered by lack of adherence to daily, sublingual (beneath the tongue) doses of the medication. New research led by the Icah
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While there is a tendency to see any form of implant (including naltrexone and disulfiram) as a simple 'cure' for AOD dependence, the reality is a lot more complicated. These ones may provide a useful addition to other forms of treatment to support recovery, but we'll need to see the findings of further research to have a clearer idea of their effectiveness.

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Pharmaceutical opioid addiction patients delay treatment due to stigma (Aus)

Pharmaceutical opioid addiction patients delay treatment due to stigma (Aus) | Alcohol & other drug issues in the media | Scoop.it
Jessica Khachan is not the type of person that springs to mind when most Australians think of a drug addict. 
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Great article featuring the story of Ms Khachan and the work of Scriptwise. It provides yet another example of how stigmatisation of people who are AOD dependent makes it harder for them to seek help, and the need for change in public attitudes.

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Tackling ice addiction a complex issue (Tas)

Tackling ice addiction a complex issue (Tas) | Alcohol & other drug issues in the media | Scoop.it
HOW our society responds to illegal drugs users has been controversial for decades.
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Good to see the Tas Green's position is consistent with the Federal party's drug policies. Initial reporting about Ms Woodruff's response to the inhalation room proposal suggested otherwise. You can see the original article by Greg Barns here: http://sco.lt/6bQlpB 

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I spent my weekend testing drugs at a festival (UK)

I spent my weekend testing drugs at a festival (UK) | Alcohol & other drug issues in the media | Scoop.it
"This Is A Serious Party." That’s the motto of hedonistic Cambridgeshire festival Secret Garden Party. It’s also one that it can lay claim to like no other, after playing host to a remarkable first this weekend. For while plenty of festivals are comfortable providing the fun, they are coy about one of the most serious aspects of festival culture – drugs.
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Henry Fisher makes the obvious (but frequently ignored) point: 'if you treat people who want to use drugs with respect, they will respond to the advice given to them sensibly.'

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Smokers who try to quit 'drink less alcohol' too (UK)

Smokers who try to quit 'drink less alcohol' too (UK) | Alcohol & other drug issues in the media | Scoop.it

"How quitting smoking can be good for your liver: Those who have given up cigarettes 'drink less alcohol too'," the Mail Online reports.

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NHS Choices summary of the research indicating the multiple benefits of smoking cessation within AOD treatment. See our website for details on the changes we've made to the smoking policy at our adult residential withdrawal service: http://www.regen.org.au/treatment-support/withdrawal/adult-residential.

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MP says injecting rooms won't open to kids (NSW)

Calls to open a heroin-injecting centre to pregnant women and teenagers has been slammed by the NSW Deputy Premier as "absolute nonsense".
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Mr Grant appears to fundamentally misunderstand the purpose of services such as the MSIC. Denying access to young people or pregnant women who inject drugs only places them (and their unborn babies) at increased risk. Such political grandstanding stifles sensible debate. It's politically safe, but very dangerous for public health.

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Rural South Australians more open to drug addiction support than city dwellers, report finds

Rural South Australians more open to drug addiction support than city dwellers, report finds | Alcohol & other drug issues in the media | Scoop.it
Adelaide dwellers with a family member struggling with drug or alcohol addiction are less likely to seek support from friends than their regional counterparts, a new report has found.
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Citing Family Drug Support's Tony Trimingham on the findings of the report and the implications for the AOD sector.

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How safe is your DMT high? (Aus)

How safe is your DMT high? (Aus) | Alcohol & other drug issues in the media | Scoop.it
IT’S incredibly euphoric and your mind loses all sense of reality.
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There's no detail here indicating an increased demand for DMT in Aus, just more assertions by Andrew Liebie (& free promotion of his drug testing business). Is anyone aware of this being an issue?
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China pledges support for Philippines President Duterte’s war on drugs

China pledges support for Philippines President Duterte’s war on drugs | Alcohol & other drug issues in the media | Scoop.it

SOFTENING the diplomatic row over the recent international court ruling on the South China Sea, China now says it is keen on backing Philippines President Rodrigo Duterte's controversial war on drugs, which had seen a slew of deaths among suspected dealers lately.

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Good grief. It's one step forward (http://sco.lt/4iGXlx), two steps back for Asian drug policy at the moment. See our recent post about the more than 200 extrajudicial executions that have occurred since Duterte took power: http://sco.lt/4oEgfR

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Over 65s out-drink youth daily, report shows (NSW)

Over 65s out-drink youth daily, report shows (NSW) | Alcohol & other drug issues in the media | Scoop.it
Young people cop all the bad press but who really drinks the most alcohol?
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More evidence of lower levels of risky drinking amongst young people, and of increased risk amongst older Australians. You can see the full report here: http://www.health.nsw.gov.au/hsnsw/Pages/chief-health-officers-report-2016.aspx

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Quitting smoking during pregnancy: Beneficial for both mother and child (Canada)

Quitting smoking during pregnancy: Beneficial for both mother and child (Canada) | Alcohol & other drug issues in the media | Scoop.it
The results of a study conducted by Dr. Anick Bérard, Professor and Fonds de recherche du Québec - Santé Research Chair on Medications and Pregnancy, at the University of Montreal's Faculty of Pharmacy and the Ste-Justin
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Study finds use of NRT patches reduces risk of premature birth and low birth weight.

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WA woman suffers methanol poisoning after drinking cheap alcohol in Bali

WA woman suffers methanol poisoning after drinking cheap alcohol in Bali | Alcohol & other drug issues in the media | Scoop.it
A PERTH woman is in intensive care in a Bali hospital with suspected methanol poisoning after drinking cheap alcohol.
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See this week's related story about 21 fatalities from bootleg liquor in India: http://sco.lt/50r0oD

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Fraser Health prepares to bring supervised-injection sites for drug users to the Vancouver suburbs

Fraser Health prepares to bring supervised-injection sites for drug users to the Vancouver suburbs | Alcohol & other drug issues in the media | Scoop.it
Fraser Health, the authority responsible for care across most Vancouver’s suburbs, has revealed it plans to open multiple sites where users can inject heroin, cocaine, methamphetamine, and other drugs.
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More proof of the positive changes underway in Canadian drug policy.

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