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Let the young have their week of recklessness at Schoolies celebrations (Qld)

Let the young have their week of recklessness at Schoolies celebrations (Qld) | Alcohol & other drug issues in the media | Scoop.it

FINGERS poised, ready for wagging?

Tongues ready to tut-tut?

Departing Year 12s are loaded in the chute, ready to be expelled headlong into their week of celebration.

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A rare case of non-hysterical coverage.  It's this sort of mindset that enables #harmreduction: recognising the reality of people's AOD use and engaging with it directly to minimise risk and keep people safe.

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Pregnant nurse attack rated 'minor' as healthcare violence reporting fails (Vic)

The Auditor-General's report into occupational violence has found doctors and nurses faced unacceptable, and preventable, risks.
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In response to Minister Hennessy's assertion that, 'it would not be easy to reduce violence against healthcare workers, particularly when they had to deal with patients with drug, alcohol or mental health issues', we would note that we experience very low rates of workplace violence in our work with people fitting this description. While these issues clearly play a role in incidents, service providers need to be aware of factors within their own practice and physical environments that contribute to aggressive behaviour.

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Beer sales are low: Changing tastes are sinking schooners (Aus)

Beer sales are low: Changing tastes are sinking schooners (Aus) | Alcohol & other drug issues in the media | Scoop.it
IT gives new meaning to brewer’s droop: Beer sales have hit a 68-year low — figures labelled by economists as a “stunning result”.
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More coverage of the ABS data. See our previous post: http://sco.lt/96VDPt

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Austerity policies and failures on public health have cost lives, say senior doctors (UK)

Austerity policies and failures on public health have cost lives, say senior doctors (UK) | Alcohol & other drug issues in the media | Scoop.it
Coalition’s closeness to food and drinks industry prevents it from tackling obesity and alcohol misuse, while welfare changes have increased suicide rate, letter claims
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The impacts of austerity measures on the already marginalised and vulnerable have had a clear impact in the UK, Greece and elsewhere. Australia has its own issues: http://sco.lt/8hKirh. 

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Indiana governor to sign needle exchange bill to curb HIV outbreak (USA)

Indiana governor to sign needle exchange bill to curb HIV outbreak (USA) | Alcohol & other drug issues in the media | Scoop.it
State governor Mike Pence issued public health emergency last month, as health officials linked HIV to intravenous drug use, particularly in rural communities
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While this is a great step forward and an opportunity to build public and political support for evidence based drug policy, it is a great shame that it has required this level of public health crisis to generate action. See previous coverage: http://sco.lt/8Z3l7x 

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The Nicotine Fix (USA)

The Nicotine Fix (USA) | Alcohol & other drug issues in the media | Scoop.it
America’s cigarette addiction may seem to be mostly over. But low-income Americans continue to smoke—and die—at alarming rates. A radical new strategy could help them quit once and for all.
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An extended piece on the varying approaches to tobacco policy, including the continued rise of prohibitionist approaches.

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One in 10 people around the world gets high off designer drugs

One in 10 people around the world gets high off designer drugs | Alcohol & other drug issues in the media | Scoop.it
Terrifying headlines about synthetic drugs like...
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Citing Global Drug Survey data.

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The Italian army has begun growing 100kg of weed a year

The Italian army has begun growing 100kg of weed a year | Alcohol & other drug issues in the media | Scoop.it
The Italian army has unveiled its first cannabis farm, which has been established to drive down the cost of medical marijuana in the country.
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The army facility (that also produces other drugs) becomes a key supplier of medical cannabis in Italy.

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A bar owner is on trial for the death of a customer who drank 56 shots (France)

A bar owner is on trial for the death of a customer who drank 56 shots (France) | Alcohol & other drug issues in the media | Scoop.it
A French bar owner is standing trial for manslaughter after one of his customers died after drinking 56 shots of spirits, after he beat the bar's previous record of 55.
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Narcotics, international law and the death penalty: The way forward (Aus)

Australia can lead in calling for a regional moratorium on capital punishment for narcotics offences, if not more generally.
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Norway an unlikely base for a campaign to bring back LSD and other psychedelic drugs

Norway an unlikely base for a campaign to bring back LSD and other psychedelic drugs | Alcohol & other drug issues in the media | Scoop.it
In a country so wary of drug abuse that it limits the sale of aspirin, Pal-Orjan Johansen, a Norwegian researcher, is pushing what would seem a doomed cause: the rehabilitation of LSD.
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Citing Prof David Nutt on current medical research into therapeutic applications of various psychedelics.

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How much is needed to curb ice use in Canberra?

How much is needed to curb ice use in Canberra? | Alcohol & other drug issues in the media | Scoop.it
The dramatic increase in purity and strength of the crystalline form of methamphetamine threatens to overwhelm drug treatment services.
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Citing ATODA's Carrie Fowlie on the need for increased treatment funding. You can see the ATODA briefing paper here: http://www.atoda.org.au/wp-content/uploads/ATODA_Paper_NGO_drug_treatment_demand_and_methamphetamine_harms_Final_0515.pdf 

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Illegal tobacco costs govt $1.35bn (Aus)

A record level of illegal tobacco consumption has cost the Australian Government an estimated tax loss of $1.35 billion, a report by KPMG shows. 

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More children going to rehab for ice addictions (Vic)

More children going to rehab for ice addictions (Vic) | Alcohol & other drug issues in the media | Scoop.it

The number of children going to rehab and seeking other treatments for their ice addictions is increasing and has trebled in the last 18 months at Victoria's largest youth drug and alcohol network.

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Citing YSAS's Paul Bird on treatment demand amongst young people. See the companion piece on one young woman's story of treatment and early recovery: http://sco.lt/58UHpp 

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Australian alcohol consumption at 50-year low, ABS says

Australian alcohol consumption at 50-year low, ABS says | Alcohol & other drug issues in the media | Scoop.it
Australians appear to be drinking less alcohol now than at any time in the past 50 years, according to figures released on Wednesday by the Australian Bureau of Statistics.
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These findings reflect previous data indicating a downward trend in overall levels of consumption. What they don't reflect is the increase in alcohol related harm at a population level (as pointed out by Nadine Ezard) concentration of short-term harm amongst those people engaged in binge drinking.

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Ice: dangerously addictive or party drug? We ask the users (Aus)

Ice: dangerously addictive or party drug? We ask the users (Aus) | Alcohol & other drug issues in the media | Scoop.it
Ice has been called the most dangerous drug anyone could use but some experts fear the over-hyped language could mean the message won't be taken seriously, while users describe the range of experiences from party use to addiction.
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Good to see coverage that reflects on the range of people's experiences with methamphetamines, from occasional, recreational use to full dependence. Very important recognition of the impact of hyperbolic language on the credibility of public health campaigns. Featuring Nicole Lee and Stephen Bright.

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Drugs minister urged to look at supervised injecting centres plan (Ireland)

MINISTER Aodhan O Riordain hasn't ruled out the prospect of Australian-style medically supervised injecting centres (MSICs) to help battle the capital's drug problem.
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While there's no apparent progress on the proposal to establish a MSIC in Melbourne (our position statement is here: http://www.regen.org.au/Position_Statements/Medically_Supervised_Injecting_Centre_PositionStatement_ReGen.pdf), it's encouraging to see that it's still on the agenda in Dublin.

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Think before you drink: alcohol's calories end up on your waistline (Aus)

A gram of alcohol has almost as many calories as the equivalent weight in fat. But most people who drink aren't aware of the extra fuel they're getting from alcohol.
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Obviously, weight gain isn't the most important factor to consider when making decisions about alcohol consumption, but it's important to remember that there are a wide range of heath impacts associated with drinking.

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Authorities are cracking down on the new street drug flakka known as '$5 insanity' (USA)

Authorities are cracking down on the new street drug flakka known as '$5 insanity' (USA) | Alcohol & other drug issues in the media | Scoop.it

There's a new drug in town called flakka.
It's popping up in a handful of states across the country and, in particular, sweeping the streets of Florida.

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See Carl Hart's recent piece on the hyperbole in media coverage of Flakka: http://sco.lt/8qQyDx. 

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Ireland can lead the world on alcohol control

Ireland can lead the world on alcohol control | Alcohol & other drug issues in the media | Scoop.it
Lloyd Mudiwa summarises the RCPI Policy Group on Alcohol’s detailed Submission on the Public Health (Alcohol) Bill 2015
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RCPI recommendations for govt action on minimum unit pricing and sports sponsorship.

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California looks to bring law and order to decades-old medical marijuana market

California looks to bring law and order to decades-old medical marijuana market | Alcohol & other drug issues in the media | Scoop.it
‘There are no rules or regulations,’ says senator putting forward one of three bills competing to create a framework for how medical marijuana is grown and sold
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'Our purity is above 99%': the Chinese labs churning out legal highs for the west

'Our purity is above 99%': the Chinese labs churning out legal highs for the west | Alcohol & other drug issues in the media | Scoop.it
Chinese factories are mass producing novel psychoactive substances that mimic banned substances, destined for an eager market in the US and UK
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The allure of tricks boosting the popularity of e-cigarettes among teenagers (USA)

The allure of tricks boosting the popularity of e-cigarettes among teenagers (USA) | Alcohol & other drug issues in the media | Scoop.it
'I don't do it to show off," the 18-year-old says of his smoke rings. 'I just do them because I'm bored.'
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Welcome to Meth-stralia: shocking extent of Australia's illegal online drug trade exposed

Welcome to Meth-stralia: shocking extent of Australia's illegal online drug trade exposed | Alcohol & other drug issues in the media | Scoop.it
A NEWS.COM.AU investigation has exposed the shocking extent of Australia’s online drug trade, with $7.5 million in illicit substances available to buy in any given week.
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The study focussed on the Agora marketplace, but the article also refers to NDARC's broader ongoing research on online markets. While the hyperbole of the headline isn't very helpful, the study does highlight the influence of online markets in shaping new patterns of drug purchases in Australia.

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Homeless, young job seekers miss out as services close (Vic)

Homeless, young job seekers miss out as services close (Vic) | Alcohol & other drug issues in the media | Scoop.it
Victorian welfare agencies that have helped hundreds of homeless people hunt for jobs will have to close their specialist employment services after missing out on millions of dollars in federal funding.
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On the impacts on vulnerable young people of cuts to Youth Projects' Good2go program and Hanover's employment services.

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Cocaine use causes 'profound changes' in the brain that make relapse more likely (USA)

Cocaine use causes 'profound changes' in the brain that make relapse more likely (USA) | Alcohol & other drug issues in the media | Scoop.it
Using cocaine results in "profound changes" in the brain that makes relapse much more common under stressful situations.
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Thanks to @GenNextVoice for the link to this article. It's always interesting to see research that helps explain the complex relationship between brain chemistry and behaviour, particularly with reference to AOD treatment and recovery.

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