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Doctor urges reform of NT's controversial alcohol rehabilitation program (video)

Doctor urges reform of NT's controversial alcohol rehabilitation program (video) | Alcohol & other drug issues in the media | Scoop.it
The doctor who helped start the Northern Territory's controversial alcohol rehabilitation program says he is not sure it is having any effect. The program sees repeat offenders arrested for drunkeness locked up and forced to undergo treatment.
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Let's talk about drugs, not demonise them (Aus)

I have used drugs and that is why I am coming forward to tell my story. I am a lawyer and my drug use has no connection with my job. It is a choice I have made.
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Referencing the new Global Drug Survey findings, an individual's perspective on drug policy and the stigmatisation of people who use drugs.

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E-cigarette sales in WA stubbed out

E-cigarette sales in WA stubbed out | Alcohol & other drug issues in the media | Scoop.it
Selling electronic cigarettes has effectively been banned in WA after the Supreme Court ruled the products were designed to look like the real thing - breaching State tobacco control laws.
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Early lockout imposed (Vic)

Early lockout imposed (Vic) | Alcohol & other drug issues in the media | Scoop.it
The Latrobe Valley’s largest late-night venue will shut at 4am on weekends and impose a lockout of 1.30am following a decision by the liquor licensing watchdog.
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GPs back move to report effects of legal highs (NZ)

GPs back move to report effects of legal highs (NZ) | Alcohol & other drug issues in the media | Scoop.it
General practitioners are backing a Government initiative to encourage doctors to report any adverse health effects of patients who have used legal highs, in a bid to ban the products - New Zealand Herald
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Hepatitis C trial a 'turning point' (UK)

Hepatitis C trial a 'turning point' (UK) | Alcohol & other drug issues in the media | Scoop.it

A new treatment for hepatitis C "cured" 90% of patients with the infection in 12 weeks, scientists said. The study is a "major breakthrough" and marks a "turning point" in hepatitis C treatment, said experts.

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We Can End Overdose Deaths in New York

Officials recently announced big news in the battle against drug overdose deaths. But how can we eradicate the problem once and for all?
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South Korea sues tobacco firms

South Korea sues tobacco firms | Alcohol & other drug issues in the media | Scoop.it

South Korea's state health insurer is suing three tobacco firms, including the local unit of Philip Morris, to offset smoking-related treatment costs.

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Third of Scots have turned up at work suffering from drink or drugs

Third of Scots have turned up at work suffering from drink or drugs | Alcohol & other drug issues in the media | Scoop.it
One in three of the working population of Scotland has turned up at work under the influence of alcohol or other drugs, a ground-breaking survey has revealed.
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Citing new Global Drug Survey findings.

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The ice age (Aus)

Record levels of methamphetamine seizures and emergency call-outs are ringing alarm bells across Australia. In the state of Victoria, the number of deaths fr...
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Slightly hysterical coverage, but it does highlight some of the impacts for individuals, families and frontline service providers.  Unfortunately, it does feature the 'Faces of Meth' campaign.

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Drug tests on the rise for workers (Aus)

Drug tests on the rise for workers (Aus) | Alcohol & other drug issues in the media | Scoop.it
Workplace drug testing is likely to become increasingly common as employers attempt to cut ''presenteeism'' and ensure safety, one of Australia's leading workplace drug experts says.
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Citing Global Drug Survey findings and NCETA's Ken Pidd. 

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Controversial facility works to curb H.I.V. spread (Canada)

British Columbia has successfully stemmed an epidemic of AIDS in one of the hardest to reach populations: intravenous drug addicts. Correspondent William Bra...
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Some pretty heavy stigmatisation early on, but an otherwise good piece on Vancouver's approach to HIV treatment and harm reduction, particularly through the Insite MSIC.

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Drugs 'don't define me' says user (NZ)

Drugs 'don't define me' says user (NZ) | Alcohol & other drug issues in the media | Scoop.it
Look around your workplace and you are almost guaranteed to see a regular drug user.
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Local coverage of Global Drug Survey 2014 findings, including nice challenge to the typical assumptions made about people who use drugs.

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Denmark opens more 'drug rooms'

The Danish government has decided to provide national funding for drug taking rooms after the ones financed by the city of Copenhagen were deemed a success.
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Nice to see evidence based policy being supported (and expanded).

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Naloxone auto-injector important step to saving lives (USA)

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Kings Cross culture: Youth worker reflects on Sydney's 'shadow at night'

Kings Cross culture: Youth worker reflects on Sydney's 'shadow at night' | Alcohol & other drug issues in the media | Scoop.it
Images of drinking, drugs and alcohol-fuelled violence are commonly associated with Kings Cross, but for Matt Noffs, there is far more to understand about the Cross, its people and its culture.
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See the program tonight on the ABC.  It highlights the impact of pre-loading on public violence.

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Naloxone 'Stigma' a Barrier to Prescribing? (USA)

Naloxone 'Stigma' a Barrier to Prescribing? (USA) | Alcohol & other drug issues in the media | Scoop.it
Although giving out naloxone to patients at high risk of overdose sounds like a good idea, researchers who work with the drug say the stigma surrounding its use may be a barrier to wider uptake among
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The power of stigma: prescription opioids patients fear being treated like people who inject opioids.

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Middle class drinks heavily (NZ)

A swathe of middle-class Kiwis drink heavily and indulge in drugs - survey

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More NZ coverage of Global Drug Survey findings.

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Crafty alcohol advertising directed at US adolescents through music, branding

Crafty alcohol advertising directed at US adolescents through music, branding | Alcohol & other drug issues in the media | Scoop.it
Links between adolescents' involvement with music and their drinking-related behaviors have been reviewed by researchers. Results indicate strong associations between liking, owning, and correctly identifying music containing alcohol branding and two early problematic alcohol outcomes. Study authors suggest policy or educational interventions to reduce the impact of these exposures.
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Call to expand drug treatment in prison (Ireland)

Call to expand drug treatment in prison (Ireland) | Alcohol & other drug issues in the media | Scoop.it
Penal reformers have called on prison bosses to expand treatment provision for drug users within jails and to create drug-free sections for other inmates.
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Pyramid Tour Guides Turn to Opium Farming as Visitors Shun Egypt

Pyramid Tour Guides Turn to Opium Farming as Visitors Shun Egypt | Alcohol & other drug issues in the media | Scoop.it
As number of tourists to Egypt plummets, local guides are cultivating poppy fields for heroin to survive.
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Global Drug Survey findings: more people buying drugs online in the UK

Global Drug Survey findings: more people buying drugs online in the UK | Alcohol & other drug issues in the media | Scoop.it
The latest results reveal that more people are buying drugs online and that almost a third of UK survey respondents aged between 18 and 24 admit to having taken mystery white powders. Read the key findings
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Knee-jerk drugs policy increases risk (Tas)

Knee-jerk drugs policy increases risk (Tas) | Alcohol & other drug issues in the media | Scoop.it
THE Sunday Tasmanian is right to highlight the harms associated with new and emerging drugs.
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Nice piece by Barb de Graaf on the futility of the 'War on Drugs', as experienced at the local level.

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Can ‘drug rooms’ tackle addiction? (Denmark)

The gangly father of three speaks five languages and talks effortlessly about international politics. What he can’t do is kick his cocaine and heroin habit.
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Indian coverage of Denmark's consumption rooms makes a direct comparison of the harm reduction approach with neighbouring Sweden's more hardline policy (that has seen low reported rates of AOD use but an escalation in overdose deaths).

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As needle exchange programs become accepted, intravenous drug users are pushed out (USA)

An activist for intravenous drug users who founded a drug users union discusses how the harm reduction movement has changed over the years, and the problems with current needle exchange programs.
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A great insight into the dangers of marginalising consumers in the planning and delivery of AOD sevices.

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UK buying more legal and illegal drugs online, survey finds

UK buying more legal and illegal drugs online, survey finds | Alcohol & other drug issues in the media | Scoop.it
Global Drugs Survey (GDS) finds users moving from dealers to internet, while extent of alcohol use remains 'very worrying'
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