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ADCA Axing – some thoughts and a petition (Aus)

ADCA Axing – some thoughts and a petition (Aus) | Alcohol & other drug issues in the media | Scoop.it
ADCA’s patron Ian Webster AO is an Emeritus Professor of Public Health and Community Medicine at the University of New South Wales. He has held senior appointments in the UNSW Faculty of Medicine as well as Monash, Sheffield and Sydney Universities.
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Please sign the SaveADCA petition!

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Footscray CBD cameras fail to slow heroin trade, reigniting calls for a safe injecting room (Vic)

Footscray CBD cameras fail to slow heroin trade, reigniting calls for a safe injecting room (Vic) | Alcohol & other drug issues in the media | Scoop.it
ILLEGAL drug use has been pushed from public toilets into the street since CCTV cameras were installed in the Footscray CBD, a report has found.
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Citing new a Burnet Institute study that underlines the ineffectiveness of measures such as CCTV in preventing heroin (or other drug) trafficking and use in target areas. The study found the cameras had simply displaced public injecting from public toilets to public streets. Our updated position statement (and supporting evidence) on the establishment of a Medically Supervised Injecting Centre is here: http://www.regen.org.au/news-advocacy/advocacy-in-action

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International law allows for the legalization of cannabis

International law allows for the legalization of cannabis | Alcohol & other drug issues in the media | Scoop.it
The regulated cultivation and trade of cannabis for recreational use is permissible on the basis of states’ positive human rights obligations. Pleas for the regulated cultivation and trade of recreational cannabis are often based on arguments related to individual and public health, the safety of citizens and the fight against crime: the so-called positive human rights obligations. To date, however, no study has been carried out to find out what the legal implications of legalizing cannabis would be.
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Dutch study's findings based on analysis of countries' human rights obligations.

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Onkaparinga Council’s booze ban idea for parks (SA)

Onkaparinga Council’s booze ban idea for parks (SA) | Alcohol & other drug issues in the media | Scoop.it
ONKAPARINGA Council wants the power to temporarily ban people from drinking booze during events at southern reserves.
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The violent men who do change (Aus)

The violent men who do change (Aus) | Alcohol & other drug issues in the media | Scoop.it
Two thirds of violent men who attend behaviour change programs completely stop abusing their families within two years.
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It will be interesting to see this study. Its findings contradict most of the research to date on the impact of Men's Behaviour Change programs, particularly on court-mandated participation.

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‘Undetectable’ drugs seeping Gold Coast and Australia

‘Undetectable’ drugs seeping Gold Coast and Australia | Alcohol & other drug issues in the media | Scoop.it
A STEALTH epidemic of virtually undetectable synthetic drugs is sweeping Australia, says a medical expert.
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David Caldicott on some of the factors driving demand for synthetics, the ineffectiveness of supply control measures (such as sniffer dogs) in preventing their use and the need for a greater policy focus on reducing harm.

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Cold weather fails to cool drug fuelled antics (NSW)

Cold weather fails to cool drug fuelled antics (NSW) | Alcohol & other drug issues in the media | Scoop.it
IT would seem party time is here. It was just like the summer months.
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Dr Gordian Fulde's regular summary of AOD-related presentations at the Emergency Department of St Vincent's hospital in Sydney.

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Why Tamil Nadu’s women want alcohol banned (India)

Why Tamil Nadu’s women want alcohol banned (India) | Alcohol & other drug issues in the media | Scoop.it
Women in India have forced prohibition on to the political agenda as they blame alcohol sales for a big rise in domestic violence and rape in the region
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See recent related coverage questioning the effectiveness of such measures in protecting Indian women and girls from violence: See today's related post on the geography of the US overdose 'crisis': http://sco.lt/99qvk9.

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Legal highs expected to disappear from shops as ban arrives (UK)

Legal highs expected to disappear from shops as ban arrives (UK) | Alcohol & other drug issues in the media | Scoop.it
Police say trade through ‘head shops’ and UK-based websites will end but some fear underground sale will continue
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...but online trade expected to grow. See the International Journal of Drug Policy's editorial on the UK Psychoactive Substances legislation (FYI, they're not a fan): http://www.ijdp.org/article/S0955-3959%2815%2900313-8/pdf.

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FDA approves first buprenorphine implant for treatment of opioid dependence (USA)

The U.S. Food and Drug Administration today approved Probuphine, the first buprenorphine implant for the maintenance treatment of opioid dependence. Probuphine is designed to provide a constant, low-level dose of buprenorphine for six months in patients who are already stable on low-to-moderate doses of other forms of buprenorphine, as part of a complete treatment program.
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See yesterday's related media coverage: http://sco.lt/6qtkUT

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Child abuse leaves mysterious physical scars in adulthood: psychiatrist (Aus)

Child abuse leaves mysterious physical scars in adulthood: psychiatrist (Aus) | Alcohol & other drug issues in the media | Scoop.it
The effects of child abuse linger in the bodies of victims long after they've grown up, an Australian psychiatrist says.
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Highlighting some of the reasons people who have experienced trauma as a child tend to self-medicate with alcohol and other drugs. 

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Temptation grows to use drugs to stay awake in the workplace (Aus)

Temptation grows to use drugs to stay awake in the workplace (Aus) | Alcohol & other drug issues in the media | Scoop.it
The 24/7 economy is pushing so-called 'smart drugs' into the office
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Citing Ian Hickie and Carl Hart on the use (and impacts) of drugs like Modafinil, ADHD medications and other stimulants (like caffeine) in the workplace. See yesterday's related post on the use of 'smart drugs' by students: http://sco.lt/6njAeX

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Australian man dies in Laos after suspected drink spiking

Australian man dies in Laos after suspected drink spiking | Alcohol & other drug issues in the media | Scoop.it
A MELBOURNE man has died while travelling in Laos after his drink was reportedly spiked.
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See yesterday's related post on methanol poisoning in Indonesia: http://sco.lt/9851RR.

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Two-thirds of young people who take legal highs intend to ignore incoming ban (UK)

Two-thirds of young people who take legal highs intend to ignore incoming ban (UK) | Alcohol & other drug issues in the media | Scoop.it
Around two-thirds of young people who take legal highs intend to ignore the incoming ban on the substances, new research suggests.
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Another reminder of the general ineffectiveness of banning particular drug types in reducing consumption.

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Workers high on ice at work (WA)

Workers high on ice at work (WA) | Alcohol & other drug issues in the media | Scoop.it
WA’s peak business body has called for urgent action to confront the growing problem of “ice” use in the workplace, estimating that more than 7000 employees would have the drug in their system if tested today.
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Workplace violence is a serious issue, but focussing on workplace drug testing (without addressing the factors contributing to workers' use) will simply drive people to use substances not included in testing regimes. We've already seen this happening in the mining industry, with increased demand for emerging synthetics that pose a potentially greater risk to health and safety.

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‘Guess who stopped a rape last night?’ (USA)

‘Guess who stopped a rape last night?’ (USA) | Alcohol & other drug issues in the media | Scoop.it
THREE women are being hailed as heroes on Facebook after they thwarted a potential date rape in a restaurant in California.
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While it's important to be aware of the risks of drink spiking, it's also important to remember that the drug most commonly used in drink spiking cases is alcohol (e.g. double shots instead of single). There's a clear to be aware of this behaviour, and call it when you see it.

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Police drug tests on way (Tas)

Police drug tests on way (Tas) | Alcohol & other drug issues in the media | Scoop.it
TASMANIA Polices first random drug testing regime for officers is a step closer.
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The legislation hasn't passed through the Tas parliament yet, but the tender process has already started. More growth opportunities for drug testing businesses.

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Be Free From Hep C (Vic)

Be Free From Hep C (Vic) | Alcohol & other drug issues in the media | Scoop.it
Treatments for Hepatitis C have changed. Find out more.
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New campaign website by Hepatitis Victoria to increase awareness of (and access to) the new HCV treatments.

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The heroin recovery house keeping mums and bubs together (NSW)

The heroin recovery house keeping mums and bubs together (NSW) | Alcohol & other drug issues in the media | Scoop.it
In a creaky, unprepossessing mansion in Sydney's south, nine mothers are roused from their sleep at 7:20am sharp each morning.
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You can find out more about Phoebe House here: http://www.phoebehouse.org.au/. Our Mother and Baby withdrawal unit is on track to open in October 2016. See our website for more info: http://www.regen.org.au/treatment-support/withdrawal/mother-and-baby.

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Young people embrace technology to help curb binge drinking (Vic)

Young people embrace technology to help curb binge drinking (Vic) | Alcohol & other drug issues in the media | Scoop.it
Researchers with Melbourne's Burnet Institute trial the use of personalised mobile phone messages to help young Australians to curb their binge drinking.
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Nice work by Burnet Institute exploring opportunities to reduce alcohol related harms amongst young people.

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How cracking down on America's painkiller capital led to a heroin crisis

How cracking down on America's painkiller capital led to a heroin crisis | Alcohol & other drug issues in the media | Scoop.it
Critics say Florida’s efforts to contain an epidemic unleashed within its borders have only had limited effect in curbing one crisis while making another worse
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See today's related post on the geography of the US overdose 'crisis': http://sco.lt/99qvk9.

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Party on(line): The link between social media, alcohol use (USA)

One of the undeniable powers of social media is its ability to influence people and their behaviors. This is especially true, a study finds, when it comes to alcohol use. Researchers found that when participants in a study were exposed to ads touting beer, as opposed to those selling bottled water, they were more inclined to consider drinking alcohol.
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More evidence of the role social media plays in alcohol marketing: 'On social media, the line that distinguishes between an ad and regular content is very fine.'

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A deadly crisis: mapping the spread of America's drug overdose epidemic

A deadly crisis: mapping the spread of America's drug overdose epidemic | Alcohol & other drug issues in the media | Scoop.it
Overdoses kill more Americans than car crashes or guns – and experts say the crisis hasn’t peaked. Data reveals how a local problem became a national epidemic
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A brief overview of the geography (and drivers) of the current 'crisis'.

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Saying sorry isn't enough for Indigenous children (Aus)

Saying sorry isn't enough for Indigenous children (Aus) | Alcohol & other drug issues in the media | Scoop.it
More should be done to reduce the rate at which Indigenous children are removed from their families.
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On Sorry Day, Judy Cashmore and Teresa Libesman highlight the need for earlier interventions and support within our communities to address contribution factors (such as AOD use) to abuse and neglect of children and strengthen families.

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Scientists have figured out exactly how much fun it is to get drunk (UK)

Scientists have figured out exactly how much fun it is to get drunk (UK) | Alcohol & other drug issues in the media | Scoop.it
Are the happiness boosting effects of alcohol fleeting or long-lasting?
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While the tone of this article is deliberately light the core arguments are sound: 1. People typically use alcohol (and other drugs because they enjoy the effect; 2. Public health campaigns that ignore this fact are unlikely to affect the behaviour of those already engaged AOD use; 3. It's important to be aware of the increased risk of harm (including emerging dependence) associated with higher levels of consumption. This initiative has obvious similarities to a recent project by a Brazillian photographer, who sought to capture the impacts of drinking three glasses of wine on people's mood: http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/2016/04/08/amazing-photos-capture-how-faces-change-after-1-2-and-3-glasses/

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SA Libs taunted over drug dealer laws

South Australia's attorney-general has challenged the Liberal opposition to "man up" and support a new crackdown on drug dealers.
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This sort of approach is not conducive to the development of effective, evidence based drug policy. Less chest thumping, more consideration of the evidence please.

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