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Pub violence: high-risk venues face bans on glasses and shots before midnight (NSW)

Pub violence: high-risk venues face bans on glasses and shots before midnight (NSW) | Alcohol & other drug issues in the media | Scoop.it
The state's most violent licensed venues could be forced to implement a ban on shots and glassware earlier than midnight under a further crackdown by Hospitality Minister George Souris.
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It's interesting to see operators in Tamworth already adopting some of these measures.

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Tony Abbott backs legalisation of medical cannabis (Aus)

Tony Abbott backs legalisation of medical cannabis (Aus) | Alcohol & other drug issues in the media | Scoop.it
Prime Minister Tony Abbott has thrown his support behind the legalisation of cannabis for medical purposes.
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No greater indication of just how far the public debate about cannabis has shifted in recent months.

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Hepatitis C patients push for access to a new drug with 90pc cure rate (Aus)

Hepatitis C patients push for access to a new drug with 90pc cure rate (Aus) | Alcohol & other drug issues in the media | Scoop.it
The health lobby Hepatitis Australia is warning that, without immediate government intervention, there will be a
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More coverage coming out of the Viral Hepatitis Conference.  Follow the conference Twitter feed via #viralhepconf14

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Diners feeling pressured to order alcohol or given attitude for not drinking booze while dining (NSW)

Diners feeling pressured to order alcohol or given attitude for not drinking booze while dining (NSW) | Alcohol & other drug issues in the media | Scoop.it
IT IS the classic case of whine and dine - diners copping attitude for not drinking alcohol.
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The Daily Telegraph is doing an online poll.

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Magic mushrooms defeat tobacco addiction in ground-breaking pilot study (USA)

Magic mushrooms defeat tobacco addiction in ground-breaking pilot study (USA) | Alcohol & other drug issues in the media | Scoop.it
The hallucinogenic substance found in magic mushrooms could help smokers kick the habit, according to a pilot study published this week in the Journal of P
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New trends and regional differences in the manufacturing of methamphetamine

New trends and regional differences in the manufacturing of methamphetamine | Alcohol & other drug issues in the media | Scoop.it
Methamphetamine manufacture has traditionally been concentrated in North America and East and South-East Asia, close to the major consumer markets. The latest UNODC's Global SMART Update study, however, shows that it has recently spread to other countries such as Guatemala, Iran, Kenya, Nigeria and South Africa. The Update also reveals that methamphetamine manufacture is also spreading across Europe, though at low levels.
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Calls for medicinal cannabis to be legalised to help people now turning to the streets for their pain relief (UK)

Calls for medicinal cannabis to be legalised to help people now turning to the streets for their pain relief (UK) | Alcohol & other drug issues in the media | Scoop.it
He's been threatened, his home has been attacked, and he lives in fear of going to jail for possession of cannabis.

But he says he has no choice.
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DrinkWise starts two-year marketing push, including more How to Drink Properly work (Aus)

DrinkWise has kicked off a new initiative that will see Australia's major alcoholic drinks firms push a united message in a show of industry collaboration
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On the next phase of the alcohol industry's marketing campaign to promote 'responsible' drinking.  For more on the relative merits of industry campaigns, see yesterday's #PHAA2014 proceedings on Twitter.

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Push for medical cannabis rolls on (Aus)

Push for medical cannabis rolls on (Aus) | Alcohol & other drug issues in the media | Scoop.it

THE push for medicinal cannabis to be legalised nationwide is gathering steam with NSW and Victoria preparing to conduct clinical trials for the drug. 

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Marijuana hope for terminally ill with NSW reforms

Marijuana hope for terminally ill with NSW reforms | Alcohol & other drug issues in the media | Scoop.it
THE NSW Government will sponsor a clinical trial of marijuana for those suffering terminal illnesses, and formalise a protocol which allows police to a blind eye to its use by patients in their last days of life.
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Medicinal cannabis clinical trial to begin in NSW

Medicinal cannabis clinical trial to begin in NSW | Alcohol & other drug issues in the media | Scoop.it
The use of cannabis by terminally ill adults for medicinal purposes will be the subject of a clinical trial established by the NSW government, Premier Mike Baird has announced.
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Analysis: Rethinking global drug policy

Analysis: Rethinking global drug policy | Alcohol & other drug issues in the media | Scoop.it
What would the world look like if governments - instead of crime syndicates - controlled drug markets and drug use was decriminalized?
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Responding to the new GCDP report.

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State Government backs programs in schools and sports clubs to tackle drugs and alcohol (Vic)

State Government backs programs in schools and sports clubs to tackle drugs and alcohol (Vic) | Alcohol & other drug issues in the media | Scoop.it
SCHOOLS and sporting clubs across the state are the target for a new State Government initiative to combat drug and alcohol issues in young people.
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Also mentioning new funding for the ADF's Good Sports program.  Minister Wooldridge's media release is here: http://victorianalcoholanddrugassociationinc.cmail2.com/t/ViewEmail/j/415B8910C099F299/7D36CD17B563473DC68C6A341B5D209E

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Teenagers defy the stereotype that they are boozing, fornicating, drug-taking layabouts (UK)

Teenagers defy the stereotype that they are boozing, fornicating, drug-taking layabouts (UK) | Alcohol & other drug issues in the media | Scoop.it
Much maligned and misunderstood, Britain's teenagers are increasingly rejecting underage sex, drinking and drugs to become the sensible generation
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It's always good to see a challenge to the usual stereotypes about Gen Y (or young people in general).

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Stalemate over needle exchange hampering prison officers' pay talks (ACT)

Stalemate over needle exchange hampering prison officers' pay talks (ACT) | Alcohol & other drug issues in the media | Scoop.it
ACT Chief Minister Katy Gallagher has called on the Community and Public Sector Union to progress enterprise bargaining negotiations for prison officers, before resolving a long-standing dispute on a needle exchange program inside Canberra's jail.
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It's sad to see vital harm reduction inititiatives being used as a bargaining chip.  Every day this trial is delayed means more BBV transmission in the ACM and an even longer wait before similar measures could be introduced in other Australian prisons.

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Hepatitis C deaths on rise in Australia, syphilis makes comeback

Hepatitis C deaths on rise in Australia, syphilis makes comeback | Alcohol & other drug issues in the media | Scoop.it
More Australians are dying from hepatitis C, even as infection rates remain stable. There were 150 deaths in Victoria last year – more than double the number of fatalities recorded in 2003.
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This report is about to be presented at the Viral Hepatitis Conference.  Follow the Twitter feed via #viralhepconf14

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The Discovery of Mexico's First Coca Plantation Could Upend the Cocaine Business

The Discovery of Mexico's First Coca Plantation Could Upend the Cocaine Business | Alcohol & other drug issues in the media | Scoop.it
Authorities in Mexico recently found 1,639 coca plants near the Guatemalan border, suggesting the country's cartels could eventually try to cut ties with their Colombian suppliers.
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​Big increase in deaths from narcotic painkiller overdoses (USA)

Accidental overdose rate quadrupled in the last decade; what can doctors do to turn it around?
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Alcohol abuse 'costs £900m a year' (N.Ireland)

Alcohol abuse 'costs £900m a year' (N.Ireland) | Alcohol & other drug issues in the media | Scoop.it

The cost of alcohol abuse to taxpayers could be reduced if investment was made in early intervention services, two addiction charities have claimed.  Addiction NI and FASA said alcohol abuse cost £900m a year.

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Here's What I've Finally Concluded About 12-Step Programs (USA)

Here's What I've Finally Concluded About 12-Step Programs (USA) | Alcohol & other drug issues in the media | Scoop.it
AA and the rest remain the biggest and most polarizing force in the addiction community. I quit heroin and cocaine using the Steps and have covered addiction as a journalist for 25 years—and I'd argue that the picture is decidedly mixed.
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By Maia Szalavitz

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Drug experts warn of increasing ice threat in Canberra

Rehabilitation and drug experts from across the ACT are warning that more Canberrans are seeking treatment for dependence on ice or crystal methamphetamine as the purity and strength of the drug increases.
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The increases in demand for methamphetamines treatment mirrors our experience: http://www.regen.org.au/images/Meth_Treatment_-_Building_on_successful_strategies_to_enhance_outcomes_v1.0.pdf

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Supervised injection sites coming to Montreal, Coderre says

Supervised injection sites coming to Montreal, Coderre says | Alcohol & other drug issues in the media | Scoop.it
The city of Montreal will see supervised drug injection sites on its territory in the near future, Mayor
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Good news. Now, if we could only get one established in Melbourne: http://www.regen.org.au/Position_Statements/Medically_Supervised_Injecting_Centre_PositionStatement_ReGen.pdf 

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The User-Dealer: Those Forgotten by Harm Reduction (France)

The User-Dealer: Those Forgotten by Harm Reduction (France) | Alcohol & other drug issues in the media | Scoop.it
Individuals who engage in both the use and selling of illicit narcotics are an often overlooked group in the harm reduction narrative.
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Highlighting the need for AOD services to expand the potential reach of their programs.  The great majority of people experiencing AOD related harms do not walk through the doors of a harm reduction or treatment service.

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Medical Field Urged to Look Within for Solution to Opioid Addiction (USA)

University of Cincinnati (UC) researchers are asking the medical community to consider its own role in the rise in prescription opioid abuse, calling for more research on iatrogenic addiction (addiction resulting from medical treatment) and changes in the way medical providers are educated about pain management.

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Yep, time for a look in the prescribing practices mirror. 

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The war on drugs claimed my father. It didn't get me, but I'm the exception (USA)

The war on drugs claimed my father. It didn't get me, but I'm the exception (USA) | Alcohol & other drug issues in the media | Scoop.it
Victoria Bond: The incarceration of black men has had far-reaching effects on their children. Maybe that’s why my family kept it a secret from me
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Another reminder that the 'war on drugs' is really a war on people who use drugs.

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Tranquilisers: 'Mother's little helper' is no such thing (UK)

Tranquilisers: 'Mother's little helper' is no such thing (UK) | Alcohol & other drug issues in the media | Scoop.it
Benzodiazepines are still being prescribed readily, even though a major study shows that they may be linked to Alzheimer's
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