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Kenya appeals to UK not to ban khat

Kenya appeals to UK not to ban khat | Alcohol & other drug issues in the media | Scoop.it

Kenyan MPs have appealed to the UK not to "condemn people" by banning the herbal stimulant khat.

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Science not fear - drug policy and medical research: Virginia Wright (USA) - video

Science not fear - drug policy and medical research: Virginia Wright (USA) - video | Alcohol & other drug issues in the media | Scoop.it
Director for MAPS Virginia Wright makes the case for legislating drug policy based on science, rather than fear.
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New TEDx talk.

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Tennessee set to criminalise pregnant women who use illegal drugs

Tennessee set to criminalise pregnant women who use illegal drugs | Alcohol & other drug issues in the media | Scoop.it
Women's rights groups seek to sway Governor Bill Haslam not to sign bill that holds women accountable for harm to fetuses or newborns
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Obviously, there are legitimate concerns to protect unborn children, but there are some serious problems with this approach.

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Stronger teen drinking fears (Tas)

Stronger teen drinking fears (Tas) | Alcohol & other drug issues in the media | Scoop.it
COMMUNITY groups have called for stricter regulations surrounding alcohol laws and advertising, with fears the current system is promoting a stronger teen drinking culture in Tasmania.
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Citing new NDARC data.

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Pre-job testing finds few on drugs (NZ)

Pre-job testing finds few on drugs (NZ) | Alcohol & other drug issues in the media | Scoop.it
Just one in 100 beneficiaries who had pre-employment drug tests under a new government policy showed any sign of drug abuse. - New Zealand Herald
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The Power of Stigma and its Impact on Drug Use among Sex Workers (Canada)

Why are people involved in sex work more likely to use “hard” drugs such as cocaine and heroin than someone working as a server in a restaurant? Is it because they are “immoral” or “bad” people, or...
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Justice Department prepares for clemency requests (USA)

Justice Department prepares for clemency requests (USA) | Alcohol & other drug issues in the media | Scoop.it
Attorney General Holder expects thousands of applications from non-violent drug offenders.
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Denver celebrates 'holy day of pot' but cannabis backlash begins

Denver celebrates 'holy day of pot' but cannabis backlash begins | Alcohol & other drug issues in the media | Scoop.it
Tens of thousands gather for 'biggest cannabis rally in history' on World Weed Day, but opponents seize on two recent marijuana-related deaths
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New ‘Google’ for the Dark Web Makes Buying Dope and Guns Easy (USA)

New ‘Google’ for the Dark Web Makes Buying Dope and Guns Easy (USA) | Alcohol & other drug issues in the media | Scoop.it
The dark web just got a little less dark with the launch of a new search engine that lets you easily find illicit drugs and other contraband online.
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Focus on damage drugs do, not how they are classified (Scotland)

POLICE smart when they hear the term. The term cropped up a few years ago to describe the new generation of synthetic drugs designed to mimic the effects of prescribed substances. Since then some of them have been banned.

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Pregnant women should be paid not to smoke: research (USA)

Pregnant women should be paid not to smoke: research (USA) | Alcohol & other drug issues in the media | Scoop.it
It's no secret that smoking during pregnancy is not the smartest move for a expecting mother.. Smoking is linked to everything from miscarriage and premature birth to stunted foetal growth and poor health in later life, but getting women – particularly those from low socioeconomic communities – to quit can be challenging for health workers.
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The cocept of financial incentives for people undertaking treatment has been getting increasing attention lately.

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Can Safer Drug Use Be More Enjoyable Drug Use?

Can Safer Drug Use Be More Enjoyable Drug Use? | Alcohol & other drug issues in the media | Scoop.it
The results of the world's biggest drug survey came out on April 14....
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A great article by Adam Winstock, the founder of the Global Drug Survey and keynote speaker at our Innovations seminar in 2013. 

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Mildura violence crackdown: Alcohol-fuelled behaviour targeted (VIC)

Mildura violence crackdown: Alcohol-fuelled behaviour targeted (VIC) | Alcohol & other drug issues in the media | Scoop.it
MILDURA police have called on Melbourne-based reinforcements for the Easter long weekend to help combat a rise in alcohol-fuelled violence.
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As the police in Mildura and Melbourne get ready for a big weekend, we remind everyone to stay safe this Easter holidays.  Remember to look after your mates and never get in a car when drink or drug affected.

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E-cigarette poisoning figures soar as vaping habit spreads across UK

E-cigarette poisoning figures soar as vaping habit spreads across UK | Alcohol & other drug issues in the media | Scoop.it
Experts urge users to ensure liquids stored safely following surge in number of poisoning cases in children and adults
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New measures to counter blood borne viruses and STIs: $5.1m for needle & syringe program, particularly in rural & regional areas (Aus)

New measures to counter blood borne viruses and STIs: $5.1m for needle & syringe program, particularly in rural & regional areas (Aus) | Alcohol & other drug issues in the media | Scoop.it

NEW MEASURES TO COUNTER BLOOD BORNE VIRUSES AND STIs
The Australian Government is investing $22.45 million over four years for prevention programmes to help address increasing rates of sexual transmissible infections (STIs) and blood borne viruses including HIV, hepatitis B and hepatitis C.

 


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Some good news from the Federal Govt.

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Powdered alcohol for US market hits label snag

Powdered alcohol for US market hits label snag | Alcohol & other drug issues in the media | Scoop.it
Washington (AFP) - A powder that would give new meaning to mixed drinks may take time to hit the US market, the company said Tuesday after regulators found a labeling problem.
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OK, this is getting confusing. Is it, or isn't it approved?  See yesterday's reporting: http://sco.lt/5SkXA1

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Top paramedic reveals how music festival injuries can turn ugly (Qld)

Top paramedic reveals how music festival injuries can turn ugly (Qld) | Alcohol & other drug issues in the media | Scoop.it
STILETTO heels embedded in people’s heads, and faces hit by flying glow sticks are just some of the injuries Queensland paramedic Malcolm Moss treats on a regular basis.
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Inside the politics of pot (NZ)

Inside the politics of pot (NZ) | Alcohol & other drug issues in the media | Scoop.it
Most users of cannabis would not use more if the drug became legal, survey reveals.
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Citing Global Drugs Survey data.

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Legislative committee passes new restrictions on marijuana edibles (USA)

Legislative committee passes new restrictions on marijuana edibles (USA) | Alcohol & other drug issues in the media | Scoop.it
A bill in the Colorado legislature to put extra safety restrictions on marijuana-infused edible products passed its first test Thursday.
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Time to take the high road and legalize marijuana – at the federal level (USA)

Time to take the high road and legalize marijuana – at the federal level (USA) | Alcohol & other drug issues in the media | Scoop.it
Nushin Rashidian and Alyson Martin:Pot is now more available to patients. But if more states legalize, the majority will be at odds with the US government. What then?
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Pot-smoking parents explain the rules of getting high at home around the kids (USA)

Pot-smoking parents explain the rules of getting high at home around the kids (USA) | Alcohol & other drug issues in the media | Scoop.it
With marijuana more socially acceptable than ever, mothers and fathers explain the ins-and-outs of toking up with children nearby
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Is Britain hooked on happy pills?

Is Britain hooked on happy pills? | Alcohol & other drug issues in the media | Scoop.it
Is Britain depressed or just medicalising a normal range of emotions, asks psychiatrist Dr Joanna Moncrieff
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Cannabis linked to brain differences in the young (UK)

Cannabis linked to brain differences in the young (UK) | Alcohol & other drug issues in the media | Scoop.it
“Using cannabis just once a week harms young brains,” the Daily Mail reports. The newspaper reports on an US study that took one-off brain MRI scans of a group of 20 young adult recreational cannabis users, and a comparison group of 20 non-users…
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NHS Choices response to he usual Daily Mail hyperbole

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Powdered alcohols fail to get approval (USA)

Powdered alcohols fail to get approval (USA) | Alcohol & other drug issues in the media | Scoop.it
DON’T expect powdered alcohol to hit store shelves anytime soon.
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Women paying price of Latin America drug wars

Women paying price of Latin America drug wars | Alcohol & other drug issues in the media | Scoop.it
As growing numbers of women languish in Latin American jails on drug-trafficking charges, their role in organized crime is under the spotlight - as is the prison system that incarcerates them, and the patriarchal society that appears to be failing them.
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Legal Experts Rebelling Against German Drug Laws (Germany)

Legal Experts Rebelling Against German Drug Laws (Germany) | Alcohol & other drug issues in the media | Scoop.it
The country's Criminal Law professors are demanding decriminalisation.
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