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Drug addict became heroin dealer after heart transplant (UK)

Drug addict became heroin dealer after heart transplant (UK) | Alcohol & other drug issues in the media | Scoop.it
A drug addict has been criticised for returning to his habits and becoming a heroin dealer after receiving a £40,000 NHS heart transplant to save his life
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So, there's no discussion about whether Mr Gates' alleged heroin use has any impact on the viability of his transplant, just moral outrage that he is somehow gaming the system.  Where is the public fury about people who use tobacco or alcohol after their transplants?

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AMA calls for security to protect doctors from ice related psychosis and aggression (Aus)

AMA calls for security to protect doctors from ice related psychosis and aggression (Aus) | Alcohol & other drug issues in the media | Scoop.it
The Australian Medical Association has warned crystal methamphetamine or ice is making the work of doctors more dangerous and called for additional security in hospitals.
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The AMA position paper is here: https://ama.com.au/position-statement/methamphetamine-2015.  In addition to the need for increased security, it also recommends increased funding for treatment services and a range of other policy measures.

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Hillary Clinton proposes $10bn plan to combat substance abuse 'epidemic' (USA)

Hillary Clinton proposes $10bn plan to combat substance abuse 'epidemic' (USA) | Alcohol & other drug issues in the media | Scoop.it
The Democratic frontrunner’s proposal shifts emphasis toward treatment and would reward states that produce comprehensive plans with grant money
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Further evidence of the changes underway in US drug policy, with a greater emphasis on treatment instead of law enforcement.

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New beds in the fight on drugs (Tas)

New beds in the fight on drugs (Tas) | Alcohol & other drug issues in the media | Scoop.it
TWELVE new beds will be available to those needing drug and alcohol rehabilitation in the state’s North-West under a deal between the State Government and Salvation Army.
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More good news on the treatment funding front. New residential rehab to open in Burnie by the end of the year.

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Mum who built cage for ice-addict son speaks with Qld Health Minister

Mum who built cage for ice-addict son speaks with Qld Health Minister | Alcohol & other drug issues in the media | Scoop.it
Drug-addicted teenagers "really need our help", a desperate Queensland mother who built a cage to house her son, caught in the grip of ice dependency.
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Mr Dick's comment could have been taken out of context, but it does imply a lack of recognition of the very real needs of people under 18 who are AOD dependent (and their families). See yesterday's coverage of the original A Current Affair story: http://sco.lt/8aSvJJ. 

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DC needle exchange program prevented 120 new cases of HIV in two years (USA)

DC needle exchange program prevented 120 new cases of HIV in two years (USA) | Alcohol & other drug issues in the media | Scoop.it
The District of Columbia's needle exchange program prevented 120 new cases of HIV infection and saved an estimated $44 million over just a two-year period, according to a first-of-a-kind study published today by researchers at the Milken Institute School of Public Health (Milken Institute SPH) at the George Washington University.
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More evidence of the economic (as well as the obvious health) benefits of harm reduction.

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Kingston Liquor Accord to stamp out booze-fuelled behaviour (Vic)

Kingston Liquor Accord to stamp out booze-fuelled behaviour (Vic) | Alcohol & other drug issues in the media | Scoop.it
KINGSTON Council, police and licensed venues are joining forces to streamline rules about serving alcohol and stamp out booze-fuelled behaviour.
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Ice fuelling homeless crisis (WA)

Ice fuelling homeless crisis (WA) | Alcohol & other drug issues in the media | Scoop.it

A tsunami of broken lives caused by an epidemic of methamphetamine use will swell the number of homeless people sleeping on Perth’s streets, a frontline emergency department doctor has warned.

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Wow, a tsunami and an epidemic in the same sentence. That's a bit OTT, even by the usual methamphetamine reporting standards, but the interelationship between AOD dependence and homelessness is a very real concern. Providing someone with a home can be the most powerful thing we can do to address other problems. Remove that source of chronic risk and vulnerablility and other issues become easier to deal with.

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Over 1000 WA mine workers screened for drugs

Over 1000 WA mine workers screened for drugs | Alcohol & other drug issues in the media | Scoop.it
POLICE have screened more than 1000 people for illicit drugs in remote WA worksites — and found just one bag of cannabis.
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Concern about AOD use in the mining industry is valid. There is abundant evidence of the role AOD use plays in exacerbating health and social concerns amongst workers in remote settings. However, it's important to note here: 1000 people were tested, one was found to be in possession of illicit drugs.

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Sticking two fingers up to sensible guidance fuels drinking appeal – and alcohol brands know it (UK)

Sticking two fingers up to sensible guidance fuels drinking appeal – and alcohol brands know it (UK) | Alcohol & other drug issues in the media | Scoop.it
Why alcohol policy will never keep up with the marketers.
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A good piece by Chris Hackley on the power of marketing, particularly when leveraging off public resistance to recommended alcohol consumption guidelines.

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Recovery Festival (UK)

Recovery Festival (UK) | Alcohol & other drug issues in the media | Scoop.it
Recovery Festival 2015. Celebrating the Achievements of those in Recovery from Alcohol & Drugs. Friday 4th September. The 3rd Annual Recovery Festival in the South West, attracting people from across Bristol, Bath, South Gloucestershire and Somerset.
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Great initiative building public understanding of recovery and treatment.

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Cannabis Use May Influence Brain Maturation In Young Males (USA)

Male teens who experiment with cannabis before age 16, and have a high genetic risk for schizophrenia, show a different brain development trajectory than low risk peers who use cannabis.

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Teen son is kept in $3000 cage by his mother to stop him taking methamphetamine (Qld)

Teen son is kept in $3000 cage by his mother to stop him taking methamphetamine (Qld) | Alcohol & other drug issues in the media | Scoop.it
A DESPERATE mother who locks her son in a cage to stop him using ice is a sign of “desperation and anguish” that could easily backfire, an addiction expert says.
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Coverage of a recent A Current Affair story on one family's approach to managing a son's methamphetamine dependence. While it's clearly done with the best of intentions, this is not the way to go. As VAADA's Sam Biondo indicates, locking someone away could place them at increased risk during withdrawal and could prevent them from getting urgent medical care in case of an emergency. There are less drastic (and less costly) measures avaialble. If someone you care about is struggling with methamphetamine dependence, give us a call (1800 700 514).

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EU court to issue opinion on minimum alcohol price

EU court to issue opinion on minimum alcohol price | Alcohol & other drug issues in the media | Scoop.it
The top court in Europe will provide the first indication this week as to whether it will allow minimum alcohol pricing
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Minimum pricing is being opposed by the alcohol industry, part of the increasing pattern of the success of public health measures being determined by the courts.

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Australia’s marketing-driven drug abuse

Australia’s marketing-driven drug abuse | Alcohol & other drug issues in the media | Scoop.it
TODD Parkinson sits in the back of a car and holds a flame to an opiate-based prescription pain medicine and inhales the fumes. He is addicted to the mellow high, he tells the camera. It’s the same addiction that claimed his brother Drew and in years to come would claim him.
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Citing Matthew Frei on some of the factors driving our significant problem with prescription opioids.

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Labor pledges cash for rehab in Canning (WA)

Labor pledges cash for rehab in Canning (WA) | Alcohol & other drug issues in the media | Scoop.it
LABOR has promised another $3.2 million in funding to tackle crime and domestic violence in the Canning electorate as it continues its by-election campaign.
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A positive sign of Federal commitment to increased treatment funding. Let's hope this pattern continues outside of election campaigns.

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Drug drivers split between ice and marijuana (Vic)

Drug drivers split between ice and marijuana (Vic) | Alcohol & other drug issues in the media | Scoop.it
MORE than 100 drug-drivers have been busted by Yarra Ranges highway patrol since routine roadside drug testing started in April.
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Highlighting both some of the broad patterns of drugdriving and some of the concerns about the effectiveness of roadside testing in measuring impairment. Victorian drivers are now liable to new penalties if both alcohol and illicits are detected: http://sco.lt/5t8YZl. 

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Snorted, injected or smoked? It can affect a drug's addictiveness (Canada)

Snorted, injected or smoked? It can affect a drug's addictiveness (Canada) | Alcohol & other drug issues in the media | Scoop.it
The way you take a drug affects how much of it gets to your brain, and how rapidly drug levels rise and fall.
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Anne-Noël Samaha highlights the effects that routes of administration can have increasing or reducing AOD related harm. Usually, injecting is perceived as the most risky method, but ecently, we've seen evidence that smoking is associated with increased methamphetamine harm and rapid onset of dependence.

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Amphetamines arrests rise in NSW

ARRESTS for amphetamines have continued to rise at an alarming level in NSW, according to the latest crime statistics.

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Citing BOCSAR data: property crime down but offences for possession significantly increased.

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US health watchdog to take legal action against e-cigarette makers

US health watchdog to take legal action against e-cigarette makers | Alcohol & other drug issues in the media | Scoop.it
Center for Environmental Health says tests concluded majority of popular brands contained cancer-causing chemicals formaldehyde and acetaldehyde
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More on the see-sawing e-cigarette debate. See also yesterday's criticism of the new Public Health England guidelines: http://sco.lt/5P1W2D

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Rob Hulls: Paperless arrests will increase Aboriginal deaths in custody (NT)

Rob Hulls: Paperless arrests will increase Aboriginal deaths in custody (NT) | Alcohol & other drug issues in the media | Scoop.it
More Aborigines will die unless we overturn laws such as those in the NT that allow arrests with no police accountability.
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Paperless arrests allow police to detain people without charge, for longer periods if they are deemed to be intoxicated. Rob Hulls outlines some of the damage these powers can do the the marginalised and vulnerable. See the NSW & Qld Solicitors General defending the powers: http://sco.lt/7iFXSz. 

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States defend Northern Territory's paperless arrests regime

Solicitor-Generals for NSW and Queensland have defended the Northern Territory government's "paperless arrests" regime, arguing there was nothing wrong with officers being given the power to investigate, prosecute and then judge cases without a judicial process.
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See former Vic Attorney General Rob Hull's piece on the likely impacts of paperless arrest powers: http://sco.lt/74Nfdp. 

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Alcohol addiction is ruining older lives, too (UK)

Alcohol addiction is ruining older lives, too (UK) | Alcohol & other drug issues in the media | Scoop.it
A radio documentary about my beloved Uncle Pad shows how easily ‘normal’ drinking can escalate in response to the stresses that come with ageing
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More on the growing alcohol related harms amongst older people.

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FDA issues warning letters to powdered caffeine distributors (USA)

The Food and Drug Administration has issued warning letters to five distributors of pure powdered caffeine, saying the products put consumers at risk of illness or injury.
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Missouri man freed after spending two decades in prison for marijuana charge

Missouri man freed after spending two decades in prison for marijuana charge | Alcohol & other drug issues in the media | Scoop.it
Jeff Mizanskey, 62, who was sentenced to life without parole, says he intends to spend the rest of his life advocating for marijuana legalisation
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Drug prohibition killed heroin users. Who thinks ice will be different? (Aus)

Drug prohibition killed heroin users. Who thinks ice will be different? (Aus) | Alcohol & other drug issues in the media | Scoop.it
The man at the centre of Australia’s heroin shift from prohibition to harm minimisation, Alex Wodak, wants to apply the same principles to ice. We need to listen to him
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A nice piece by Matt Noffs reflecting on Alex Wodak's work on making space for harm reduction within Australia's drug policy framework and the need for a similar emphasis today to reduce harms associated with methamphetamine use.

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