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Sons of cocaine-using fathers may resist addiction to drug (USA)

A father's cocaine use may make his sons less sensitive to the drug and thereby more likely to resist addictive behaviors, suggests new findings from an animal study.
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OK, this is unexpected.  It would be interesting to see if this 'protective' factor also reduces risk of problematic use of other drugs.

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Australians are smoking fewer cigarettes, drinking less alcohol but getting fatter, a Roy Morgan survey shows

Australians are smoking fewer cigarettes, drinking less alcohol but getting fatter, a Roy Morgan survey shows | Alcohol & other drug issues in the media | Scoop.it
WE’RE smoking eight million fewer cigarettes a day, drinking fewer glasses of alcohol and exercising more, but our better habits are not cutting our waistlines which are growing by 200g a year.
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Drug cartels are causing a refugee crisis (Central, North & South America)

Drug cartels are causing a refugee crisis (Central, North & South America) | Alcohol & other drug issues in the media | Scoop.it

"Officials in the United States might be tempted to view the disturbing surge in young refugees as simply a border security issue. But the problem is far more complex than that – the drug cartels are now major players in Central American countries, driving vulnerable populations northward to the United States to enhance their own profits.  And America’s hardline prohibitionist drug war is only making things worse."

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Australia comes top of global list for recreational drug use in United Nation’s 2014 World Drug Report

Australia comes top of global list for recreational drug use in United Nation’s 2014 World Drug Report | Alcohol & other drug issues in the media | Scoop.it
AUSTRALIA, a country of sports champions, innovators … and drug takers.
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Health to tackle drinking and babies (Aus)

Health to tackle drinking and babies (Aus) | Alcohol & other drug issues in the media | Scoop.it
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Indigenous alcohol inquiry slams industry (WA)

Indigenous alcohol inquiry slams industry (WA) | Alcohol & other drug issues in the media | Scoop.it
The WA Police Commissioner has slammed alcohol suppliers for their inaction in resolving chronic alcohol abuse issues in regional WA communities.
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The paradox of Iran’s war on drugs and its progressive treatment of addiction

The paradox of Iran’s war on drugs and its progressive treatment of addiction | Alcohol & other drug issues in the media | Scoop.it
There are stories some people might not expect to read about Iran – and its progressive drugs policy is one. As a number of countries begin to slowly reconsider their approach towards illicit drugs, following…
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Ministers unite in opposition to medical marijuana trials (Tas)

Ministers unite in opposition to medical marijuana trials (Tas) | Alcohol & other drug issues in the media | Scoop.it
Key Tasmanian legislators unite in opposition to the cultivation and processing of medical cannabis.
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Young Australian women out-drink their mothers (Aus)

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Campaign will see free kits to help reduce overdose death handed out (Wales)

Campaign will see free kits to help reduce overdose death handed out (Wales) | Alcohol & other drug issues in the media | Scoop.it
DRUGS workers will be handing out free kits to reverse the fatal effects of heroin overdoses this week as part of a major health promotion across Swansea, Neath and Port Talbot and Bridgend. The...
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Victoria tops nation in meth arrests (Vic)

Victoria tops nation in meth arrests (Vic) | Alcohol & other drug issues in the media | Scoop.it
Victorian Police made the most amphetamine-related arrests in the country last year, and also arrested a record number of drug traffickers.
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AMA set to examine supporting a permanent ban on cigarette sales to anyone born after the year 2000 (Aus)

AMA set to examine supporting a permanent ban on cigarette sales to anyone born after the year 2000 (Aus) | Alcohol & other drug issues in the media | Scoop.it
The Australian Medical Association says it will examine the idea of supporting a permanent ban on the sale of cigarettes to anyone born after the year 2000 Doctors in the UK have voted overwhelmingly
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Is the Australian Medical Association set to follow the lead of their British counterparts? 

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Our unhealthy view of drink is a pain for A&E (Ireland)

Our unhealthy view of drink is a pain for A&E (Ireland) | Alcohol & other drug issues in the media | Scoop.it
A friend of mine is known as Johnny A&E. He doesn’t drink much or very often, but once or twice a year when he gets properly hammered — he’s a birthdays and Christmas kind of drunk — he always ends up in A&E.
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Giving International Drug Policies a Chance to Turn the Tide (Austria)

Giving International Drug Policies a Chance to Turn the Tide (Austria) | Alcohol & other drug issues in the media | Scoop.it
If just a small fraction of the money spent each year on drug-related law enforcement globally -- about $100 billion per year -- was re-directed towards drug-related health and social services, countless lives would be saved....
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Alarming number of drink-drivers allowed to stay on road as .02 limit mooted (Vic)

Alarming number of drink-drivers allowed to stay on road as .02 limit mooted (Vic) | Alcohol & other drug issues in the media | Scoop.it
SENIOR police are again calling for debate on reducing the legal drink-driving limit to .02. Currently first offenders who are just over the limit of 0.05 are fined and lose points but are often keep their licence and continue to drive.
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Pubs agree to serve weaker house wines in deal to beat alcohol laws (UK)

Pubs agree to serve weaker house wines in deal to beat alcohol laws (UK) | Alcohol & other drug issues in the media | Scoop.it
More than 20,000 pubs and bars across England have said they would offer house wines containing no more than 12 per cent alcohol to head of new alcohol laws.
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How the Drug Trade Criminalizes Women Disproportionately (South America)

How the Drug Trade Criminalizes Women Disproportionately (South America) | Alcohol & other drug issues in the media | Scoop.it
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Marijuana Is A Boomer Business (US)

Cause met commerce at the Cannabis Business Summit.
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An interesting article looking at the burgeoning marijuana industry in the U.S.  It also explains the interaction between the state and federal government laws around marijuana. 

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The Obama administration does not approve of a law making it a crime to use drugs while pregnant (US)

The Obama administration does not approve of a law making it a crime to use drugs while pregnant (US) | Alcohol & other drug issues in the media | Scoop.it
The Tennessee law is the first of its kind and is aimed at the nationwide rise in opiate abuse.
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Ice: wave of madness (Aus)

Ice: wave of madness (Aus) | Alcohol & other drug issues in the media | Scoop.it
Crystal meth is rocketing in popularity and presents very different health issues to other illicit drugs.
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An article quoting Professor Nicole Lee, who spoke at our Innovations seminar this year. 

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Ceduna income management scheme aims to stop cycle of alcohol, violence (SA)

There are high hopes a new income management scheme launched on South Australias west coast today will help stop the cycle of alcohol and violence The people of Ceduna and surrounding communities wi
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Legal cannabis, ecstasy campaigner named Victorian of the Year (Vic)

Legal cannabis, ecstasy campaigner named Victorian of the Year (Vic) | Alcohol & other drug issues in the media | Scoop.it
A professor who wants cannabis and ecstasy legalised is named Victorian of the Year at a Melbourne ceremony.
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ReGen congratulates Professor Penington on being named Victorian of the Year.

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Injecting rooms just the start of much-needed drug reform (Aus)

Injecting rooms just the start of much-needed drug reform (Aus) | Alcohol & other drug issues in the media | Scoop.it
After my son Damien died in 1997 due to a heroin overdose I became convinced that we needed to do everything in our power to keep people who use drugs safe and alive.
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Schizophrenia and cannabis use may share common genes (UK)

Schizophrenia and cannabis use may share common genes (UK) | Alcohol & other drug issues in the media | Scoop.it
Genes that increase the risk of developing schizophrenia may also increase the likelihood of using cannabis, according to a new study led by King's College London, published today in Molecular Psychiatry.
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Scary to think it could cause irreversible brain damage

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World Drug Report 2014 to be presented in Vienna by Executive Director on 26 June (UN)

World Drug Report 2014 to be presented in Vienna by Executive Director on 26 June (UN) | Alcohol & other drug issues in the media | Scoop.it
The World Drug Report 2014, an annual overview of the major developments in various drug categories, ranging from production to trafficking, including development of new routes and modalities, as well as consumption, will be presented to Member States on 26 June by UNODC's Executive Director, Yury Fedotov, in Vienna, during the International Day against Drug Abuse and Illicit Trafficking. 
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Doctors vote for ban on UK cigarette sales to those born after 2000 (UK)

British Medical Association hails vote as step towards achieving goal of a tobacco-free society by 2035, but critics call it 'illiberal'
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