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Alarm over child drinking, multiple liquor outlets (Aus)

Alarm over child drinking, multiple liquor outlets (Aus) | Alcohol & other drug issues in the media | Scoop.it
Children as young as 12 who live in areas saturated with liquor outlets are more likely to drink than their peers, researchers say.
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More evidence about the role liquor outlet density plays in increased alcohol related harm in our communities.

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‘Real improvements’ in drinking culture among Australians in their 20s, lowest level since the 1960s

AUSTRALIANS in their 20s are drinking almost half as much as young people their age were consuming a decade ago despite alcohol never being more readily available, a new study shows.

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CAPR's Michael Livingston on the review of NDSHS data showing the decline in alcohol consumption by people born in the 1990s. More evidence that problematic drinking is not specifically a young person's problem. Thanks to VAADA for making the content of this article available (the original is behind the NewsLtd paywall).

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Legal pot and 'S' plates for seniors? Young people gather for Youth Parliament (Vic)

Legal pot and 'S' plates for seniors? Young people gather for Youth Parliament (Vic) | Alcohol & other drug issues in the media | Scoop.it
As far as sitting weeks in the Victorian Parliament go, this one's a doozy.
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Victorian Youth Parliament delegates to debate legalising cannabis and the introduction of mandatory drug checking at festivals.

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FDA approves first pill to treat all forms of hepatitis C (USA)

FDA approves first pill to treat all forms of hepatitis C (USA) | Alcohol & other drug issues in the media | Scoop.it
The Food and Drug Administration approved the combination pill, Epclusa, from Gilead Sciences for patients with and without liver damage.
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Epclusa combination pill approval offers potential to simplify treatment.

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Four reasons LGBT communities may have better insight into the ‘war on drugs’

Four reasons LGBT communities may have better insight into the ‘war on drugs’ | Alcohol & other drug issues in the media | Scoop.it

A while ago, somebody asked me a strange question and, at first I was a little bit offended.

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Johann Hari reflects on LGBTI people's experience of stigmatisation, trauma and social exclusion as providing relevant insights into key drug policy issues. One thing he doesn't refer to is the higher rates of mental illness (which is another key contributor to problematic AOD use) within LGBTI communities.

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Unproven claims run rampant in e-cigarette business: Long-term public perception could be colored by misinformation, study authors say (USA)

Electronic cigarette makers and sellers are making all kinds of health claims, many of which likely won't stand up to scrutiny under recently announced FDA regulation, a new study has found.
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US study assesses whether e-cigarette marketing claims would stand up to legal challenge, finds many wouldn't.

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Watch America's foremost authority on drugs smash a huge misconception about addiction -- with chocolate

Watch America's foremost authority on drugs smash a huge misconception about addiction  --  with chocolate | Alcohol & other drug issues in the media | Scoop.it

If drug addiction is a disease like cancer or Alzheimer's, how do you explain the seemingly amoral behavior - the lying, cheating, and hiding - that has come to be linked with so many addicts?

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NIDA Director Dr Nora Volkow describes some of the neurological factors contributing to drug dependence.

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Doctors propose 'supervised consumption rooms' (UK)

Doctors propose 'supervised consumption rooms' (UK) | Alcohol & other drug issues in the media | Scoop.it

Some drug addicts should be given access to "supervised consumption rooms", leading doctors have said.
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British Medical Association passes motion supporting 'evidence based treatment', including Heroin Assisted Treatment and supervised injecting centres

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Why won't politicians admit the truth: life is hard, and drugs are fun? (UK)

Why won't politicians admit the truth: life is hard, and drugs are fun? (UK) | Alcohol & other drug issues in the media | Scoop.it
True, drugs can also be dangerous - but criminalising them makes them even more so.
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Laurie Penny makes the case for drug law reform: 'Nowhere is public policy more profoundly at odds with the sicentific and medical consensus'.

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Inside the world of drug users who mess with unregulated research chemicals in Alberta

Inside the world of drug users who mess with unregulated research chemicals in Alberta | Alcohol & other drug issues in the media | Scoop.it
An Alberta man, who goes by the pseudonym RunTheDMT, often takes to Reddit to share snippets of his experiences with illicit and unregulated drugs, while offering expertise to other users seeking advice.
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Extended piece on individuals' exploration of NPS and implications for service providers, citing Monica Barratt.

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Why Ben Cousins' drug addiction is no longer a laughing matter to people (WA)

Why Ben Cousins' drug addiction is no longer a laughing matter to people (WA) | Alcohol & other drug issues in the media | Scoop.it
The media will continue to report on Ben Cousins' troubles because it's a matter of public interest. But the tide of public opinion has swung in sympathy wit
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There's a bit going on here: pathologising, stigmatising language, the assumption that a famous person's recovery journey needs to receive media attention and the reported shift in public attitudes towards the former footballer. It's the last bit that is perhaps the most galling: the idea that Mr Cousins is only deserving of sympathy once he begins to conform with public stereotypes of people who use drugs (or, as described here, 'a full-blown drug addict'). The real story is not Mr Cousins. There will be the usual ups and downs in his recovery as there are in most other peoples. The real story here is public attitudes to people who use drugs and our demand for media coverage like this that both feeds our need for celebrity gossip and confirms our misinformed stereotypes.

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'Chase and hit' drug dealers: Jokowi (Indonesia)

'Chase and hit' drug dealers: Jokowi (Indonesia) | Alcohol & other drug issues in the media | Scoop.it
Indonesias president has called on people to chase, catch and hit drug dealers, saying they have found new ways to trick people and must be stopped.
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President Widodo taking a lead from the Philippines' Rodrigo Duterte (http://bigstory.ap.org/58fc2315d488426ca2512fc9fc8d6427)? Encouraging vigilante justice is not the way to go.

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Strange bedfellows fight lockout laws (Qld)

Strange bedfellows fight lockout laws (Qld) | Alcohol & other drug issues in the media | Scoop.it
Queensland's upcoming lockout laws have led to an alliance between uneasy bed partners, as the industry and its supporters continue to rally against th
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See today's related post on the introduction of the statewide measures to reduce alcohol-related violence: http://sco.lt/7cgjrd.

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Switzerland to Get New Supervised Injection Facility in 2017

Switzerland to Get New Supervised Injection Facility in 2017 | Alcohol & other drug issues in the media | Scoop.it
Legislators in Lausanne hope to open the Swiss city’s first supervised injection facility (SIF) in 2017.
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Good to see the continued international growth in political support for evidence based harm reduction measures. Meanwhile, the establishment of a Medically Supervised Injecting Centre in Melbourne remains a taboo subject for both major political parties. See our position statement: http://www.regen.org.au/images/stories/Advocacy/Medically-Supervised-Injecting-Centre_Position-Statement_ReGen_v3.0.pdf

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Can you get addicted to ice after just one use? (Aus)

Can you get addicted to ice after just one use? (Aus) | Alcohol & other drug issues in the media | Scoop.it
Ice has been called the most dangerous drug of our times, and there's no doubt the impact of ice addiction can be devastating. But is one use enough to get you hooked?
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NDRI's Steve Allsop challenges the common misconception and discusses some of the many factors that contribute to AOD dependence.

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Heroin killed my brother 38 years ago. Too many still suffer in its clutches (USA)

Heroin killed my brother 38 years ago. Too many still suffer in its clutches (USA) | Alcohol & other drug issues in the media | Scoop.it
The heartbreak of losing a loved one to a drug overdose never goes away. I hope the trend toward treatment instead of punishment prevents future suffering
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A personal account highlighting the importance of globabl drug policy reform to prioritise treatment and harm reduction over punishment: 'As long as there are substances to relieve that pain, they will be used. That’s why our historical emphasis on prohibition will never work.' See today's related post on the potential long term impacts of mismanaging children's pain: http://sco.lt/50WGY5

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Why aren't we managing childrens' pain? (USA)

Why aren't we managing childrens' pain? (USA) | Alcohol & other drug issues in the media | Scoop.it
Experts say that paediatric pain has long been underrecognized and undertreated, with serious long-term consequences.
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For many of the people we see in our services, their alcohol or other drug dependence emerged from difficulties managing pain. This work highlights the potential risk of responses to childhood injuries contributing to heightened sensitivity to pain as in adulthood. See today's related post on the need for drug policy change to reduce the harm for people self-medicating with opioids to manage pain: http://sco.lt/8LOGjh.

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Mexico's opium poppy farmers are fed up with the job's dangers

Opium farmers in the state of Guerrero are starting to complain loudly about toxic fumigation, cartel violence, and poverty. The new activism comes amid tentative political moves towards legalization.
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Highlighting the extreme pressures (from Govts and criminal organisations) subsistence farmers producing drug crops are subjected.

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Programs to thwart prescription drug misuse exist, not always used (USA)

Misuse of prescription pain medications remains a major public health problem -- but programs to prevent it may be underused, according to a study in the July issue of the Journal of Studies on Alcohol and Drugs.
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US study finds individual states' prescription monitoring systems are underutilised.

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As Heroin Epidemic Rages, Nurses Who Treat Addicts Need Resources -- and Respect (USA)

As Heroin Epidemic Rages, Nurses Who Treat Addicts Need Resources -- and Respect (USA) | Alcohol & other drug issues in the media | Scoop.it

As a nurse in a busy Emergency Room, I’ve treated my share of addicts. But, in the ER — where we typically see overdoses and other emergencies — these patients are usually in and out.

I have a special respect for the nurses and health professionals who work with struggling addicts for the long haul.

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Patty Eakin highlights the impact of stigma on the AOD treatment sector, it's capacity to attract and retain quality staff and, most importantly, provide effective supports to some of the most marginalised and vulnerable people within our communities. Anyone who works in the sector and has had to answer the 'So, what do you do?' question at a party or bbq knows how our services (and the people who use them) are perceived by the general public. It's important that all of us continue to challenge this stigma wherever we encounter it.

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NHS 'ill-equipped' to provide help for cannabis users, despite surge in numbers seeking help, experts warn (UK)

NHS 'ill-equipped' to provide help for cannabis users, despite surge in numbers seeking help, experts warn (UK) | Alcohol & other drug issues in the media | Scoop.it
Health experts have warned that the public health care system is unprepared and ill-equipped to provide help for cannabis users, despite a rapid increase in the number of people seeking treatment for problems relating to the drug. Researchers gathering at a conference at the University of York highlighted the discovery of “concerning, unexpected” new symptoms reported by intensive users of cannabis and synthetic alternatives, including agitation and impulse control problems, contradicting the perception of cannabis as a suppressive drug.
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Highlighting the lack of research and service development on the impacts of synthetic cannabis products (and other NPS) and the impact of competitive tendering processes on collaboration by treatment providers.

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Canada's opioid crisis: five areas the feds must lead

Canada's opioid crisis: five areas the feds must lead | Alcohol & other drug issues in the media | Scoop.it
Health Canada will speed the review of a more user-friendly anti-overdose drug, among other efforts to prevent opioid deaths.
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Prescription monitoring and intra-nasal naloxone named as key measures by Health Canada.

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Alcohol ads seen once a minute at Euro 16

Alcohol ads seen once a minute at Euro 16 | Alcohol & other drug issues in the media | Scoop.it
Alcohol marketing was viewed by soccer fans watching the England and Wales group stage matches of Euro 16 almost once a minute during game time, a UK charity says.
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This, in spite of French restrictions on alcohol advertising during sporting broadcasts.

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Missiondale drug rehabilitation centre fears bed closures without funding lifeline (Tas)

Missiondale drug rehabilitation centre fears bed closures without funding lifeline (Tas) | Alcohol & other drug issues in the media | Scoop.it
Northern Tasmania could lose half its drug rehabilitation beds without a government lifeline for the Missiondale centre at Evandale.
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See our piece from last year on the impacts of ongoing funding uncertainty on the viability of AOD treatment services: http://sco.lt/8hKirh.

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Last drinks in Queensland coming from July 1

Last drinks in Queensland coming from July 1 | Alcohol & other drug issues in the media | Scoop.it
Queensland's nightlife industry is gearing up for one last fight against the Palaszczuk Government's alcohol-fuelled violence legislation, with last drinks t
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Citing FARE Australia survey data showing community support for the measures.

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Liquor leaves bitter taste for Costco, ALDI (Aus)

Liquor leaves bitter taste for Costco, ALDI (Aus) | Alcohol & other drug issues in the media | Scoop.it
Supermarket challengers Costco and Aldi find it isn't always easy to sell alcohol in Australia.
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Dominant players in Australian alcohol sales (Woolworths and the AHA) join forces to shut out competitor in SA. See other recent coverage of the inconsistencies in WA licensing decisions: http://sco.lt/5MtX9d.

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