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Leak sparks concern over Victorian paramedics' mental health problems, drug abuse

Leak sparks concern over Victorian paramedics' mental health problems, drug abuse | Alcohol & other drug issues in the media | Scoop.it
About one in five paramedics has reported suffering from stress, depression or anxiety.
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NT's alcohol rehab program 'has no long-term health impacts'

NT's alcohol rehab program 'has no long-term health impacts' | Alcohol & other drug issues in the media | Scoop.it
The NT spent $18 million last year treating alcoholics with a mandatory rehabilitation program that a new report says has had little impact.
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Evaluators highlight the significant flaws in the program's model as well as it's lack of effectiveness.

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Boozing not done by halves/Police powerless to shut down licensed venues (Vic)

MORE than half of the alcohol consumed by Australians is drunk outside safe guidelines, a study has shown. / 

POLICE say they are powerless to shut down pubs and nightclubs awash with drugs, and simply have to watch dancing drug dens party on.

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VAADA has collected a few of the weekend's Victorian AOD coverage here, that were otherwise only available behind the News Ltd paywall.

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Scrutiny needed in WA trucking industry amid 'dangerous stimulant culture' claims

Scrutiny needed in WA trucking industry amid 'dangerous stimulant culture' claims | Alcohol & other drug issues in the media | Scoop.it
It has been alleged some Perth drivers have been forced to complete long-haul runs without a mandatory break in a bid to cut down on delivery times.
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Union highlights the role workplace pressures play in driving stimulant use in industries where workers are required to undertake long hours. It's important to remember that this doesn't only occur in the transport industry.

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WA's meth crisis in the spotlight after state wins appeal of drug lord's 'soft' sentence

WA's meth crisis in the spotlight after state wins appeal of drug lord's 'soft' sentence | Alcohol & other drug issues in the media | Scoop.it
Sentencing laws for methamphetamine dealers have been labelled "insufficient" by WA's new attorney general after state prosecutors successfull
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A continuation of the 'tough on drugs' rhetoric that was a major feature of the recent WA election campaign. See John Silvester's piece on the failings of this sort of policy approach: http://sco.lt/8no5IX.

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My overdose went viral - and it saved my life (USA)

My overdose went viral - and it saved my life (USA) | Alcohol & other drug issues in the media | Scoop.it
A WOMAN whose overdose went viral last month said the negative publicity she received from it has actually given her a second chance at life.
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It's great Ms Henry has started taking steps towards recovery, but there is abundant evidence demonstrating that piling stigma and shame on a person is not an effective strategy in getting them to seek help. While videos like this one generate lots of interest and may have some warning effect, they generally do more harm than good to those directly affected. The story also highlights the growing risks associated with synthetic opioids (such as fentanyl) becoming increasingly present in illicit drug supplies.

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Greens, health professionals hit back at festival pill testing rejection (ACT)

Greens, health professionals hit back at festival pill testing rejection (ACT) | Alcohol & other drug issues in the media | Scoop.it
A prominent pill testing advocate has hit back at claims their proposal to provide the service at Canberra's upcoming Groovin The Moo music festival was not wel
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David Caldicott argues that the ACT govt was provided with all the necessary detail to proceed with the festival pilot. Hopefully, it will not require more overdose deaths to generate sufficient political will to implement such measures.

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Banned drinker's register on the cards for the Kimberley

Banned drinker's register on the cards for the Kimberley | Alcohol & other drug issues in the media | Scoop.it
In an unofficial trial of the system, police officers were stationed outside liquor outlets across the Kimberley in order to weed out problem drinkers over th
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The experience of the NT BDR shows that it can be effective in reducing alcohol related violence. The real test will be how consistently it is applied to non-Aboriginal people.

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Big Tobacco Attacks Sensible F.D.A. Rules on Vaping

Big Tobacco Attacks Sensible F.D.A. Rules on Vaping | Alcohol & other drug issues in the media | Scoop.it
Regulations could restrict the marketing to young people of nicotine products the industry now sells.
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Opinion piece on industry resistance to regulation of vaping products.

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Tobacco - China’s addiction to an outdated and impoverishing economy

Tobacco - China’s addiction to an outdated and impoverishing economy | Alcohol & other drug issues in the media | Scoop.it

Smoking-related diseases are on track to claim more than 200 million lives in China this century, a new joint WHO/UNDP report warns. The majority of these deaths will occur in China’s poorest and most vulnerable communities unless critical steps are taken to reduce China’s dependency on tobacco.

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WHO release on the impacts of the tobacco industry in China: over one million deaths per year.

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Staged crime scenes in Duterte's drug war (Philippines)

Philippine police are receiving cash for executing suspects, planting evidence at crime scenes and have blamed killings on vigilantes under the guise of President Rodrigo Duterte's "war on drugs", according to two senior officers.
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See yesterday's coverage of this story (http://sco.lt/8GUj5N) and today's on President Duterte's latest demonstration of his apparent disregard for the rule of law (and basic human rights): http://sco.lt/8Y4yo5

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Graphic WA alcohol risk ad hits hard as more choose to drink less

Graphic WA alcohol risk ad hits hard as more choose to drink less | Alcohol & other drug issues in the media | Scoop.it

A graphic WA advertisement depicting alcohol spreading in the bloodstream causing cancer has been named the most powerful for making people cut back on their drinking.

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Citing Cancer Council Victoria's Todd Harper on the organisation's plans to screen the add this year. See today's related post on the impact of US point of sale warnings on consumption by pregnant women: http://sco.lt/5JBQh7. Thanks to WA Police's Barry Newell for the link.

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Teaching teens the truth about alcohol (Aus)

High school students are being challenged to think critically about alcohol advertising, as they take part in an innovative new program designed to counter alcohol industry messages.r.

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On FARE's Game Changer+ education program, citing CHaSR's Sandra Jones on the need to counter alcohol industry marketing tactics.

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Group of Addiction Experts, Insurance Executives Unites to Combat Opioid Abuse (USA)

Amid the nation’s escalating opioid-addiction crisis, some of the country’s top substance-abuse experts and a handful of insurance-company executives are uniting to try to force some standards on the fragmented and erratically regulated field.
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These damning findings on the quality and consistency of care in the US treatment system highlight the need for treatment services to provide evidence based treatment (like pharmacotherapy). You'll have to sign in to read the full article, but you can see the (5min) video. 

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The street with no taps: ground zero for Melbourne's new heroin crisis

The street with no taps: ground zero for Melbourne's new heroin crisis | Alcohol & other drug issues in the media | Scoop.it
Vicki Howard bears the scars of life in a street overrun by heroin addicts.
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Highlighting the impacts of public injecting on North Richmond residents and the multiple reasons a MSIC is needed to reduce potential harm for all those currently affected.

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SA frees up use of medicinal cannabis

The South Australian government has moved to make it easier for doctors to prescribe medicinal cannabis to patients.
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Doctors no longer require approval to prescribe, but formal authorisation for use of more than 2 months still  needed.

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Police arrest 20 on drug charges but infuriate nightclub owners (Vic)

The launch of Operation Safenight over the weekend saw dozens of police officers swarm entertainment precincts in Melbourne's south.
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Coverage of the weekend's sniffer dog action in Chapel St. Supt Green says, 'We're not here to arrest our way out of community problems', but this is all such 'crackdowns' offer. Such operations may prevent some use in particular locations, but will do little or nothing to address community-wide issues. We need more than this from our political leaders. We need sustained, evidence based responses, not quick, headline grabbing, methods that give the appearance of action being taken but do nothing to reduce use or potential harm.

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New report halves the number of people infected with hepatitis C worldwide

New report halves the number of people infected with hepatitis C worldwide | Alcohol & other drug issues in the media | Scoop.it
Imprecise tests led researchers to estimate that as many as 150 million were living with the virus
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The WHO report attributes the drop in numbers, not to new treatments, but more accurate screening.

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Law and Order: When the hard line is the weak option (Vic)

Law and Order: When the hard line is the weak option (Vic) | Alcohol & other drug issues in the media | Scoop.it
The crime rate goes up because drug use continues to climb, yet we cling to a failed model like a drowning man to a sinking lifeboat.
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John Silvester (the Age's longtime crime and policing commentator) highlights the enduring political appeal of 'tough on drugs' policy measures, in spite of their demonstrated ineffectiveness in reducing drug related harms within our communities. He calls for political leadership to refocus on investing in expanded treatment and harm reduction services (such as a MSIC), rather than simply pouring more resources into prisons and law enforcement. We hope our political leaders are listening.

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ACT government rejects Harm Reduction Australia's pill testing proposal for Groovin The Moo festival

ACT government rejects Harm Reduction Australia's pill testing proposal for Groovin The Moo festival | Alcohol & other drug issues in the media | Scoop.it
The ACT government has rejected a proposal for pill testing after "careful consideration", but hasn't ruled it out in the near future.
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As well as HRA, the article also cites David Caldicott, ATODA's Carrie Fowlie on the urgent need for drug checking services to prevent overdose deaths.

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New playground a ‘putrid’ drinking spot (Vic)

New playground a ‘putrid’ drinking spot (Vic) | Alcohol & other drug issues in the media | Scoop.it
BOORAN Reserve has turned into a putrid adolescent drinking park, neighbours say.
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It's rare to see media attention being paid to inappropriate disposal of drug paraphenalia that is not about syringes. Discarded glass bottles pose a much greater threat to public safety in playgrounds and other public spaces all over Australia, but do not elicit the same visceral response to a single syringe.

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Nevada Syringe Vending Machines Minimize Possible HIV Outbreak (USA)

Nevada Syringe Vending Machines Minimize Possible HIV Outbreak (USA) | Alcohol & other drug issues in the media | Scoop.it
Nevada hopes Syringe vending machines will promote clean needle use.
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More evidence of the growing acceptance of harm reduction in the US.

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How Do Former Opioid Addicts Safely Get Pain Relief After Surgery? (USA)

How Do Former Opioid Addicts Safely Get Pain Relief After Surgery? (USA) | Alcohol & other drug issues in the media | Scoop.it
Max Baker got treatment for his opioid dependency and kicked the habit. He'd been clean for more than a year when a car accident and subsequent surgery returned him to addiction's spiral.
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Getting access to effective pain management is a major problem for anyone with a (documented) history of opioid dependence. Stigmatising treatment by health providers is the norm and any reporting of pain tends to be regarded as drug seeking behaviour.

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Rodrigo Duterte's 'kill drug addicts' job 'plan' in bizarre (Philippines)

Rodrigo Duterte's 'kill drug addicts' job 'plan' in bizarre (Philippines) | Alcohol & other drug issues in the media | Scoop.it
HE shocked many across the world when he promised to kill 100,000 drug dealers within months of sweeping to power.
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...not to mention illegal. How can it be that the president is not yet facing criminal charges for his repeated death threats, let alone his alleged direct involvement in extrajudicial killings? See today's related coverage: http://sco.lt/6gLJZJ

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AFL and the two-can limit: all bets are not quite off (Aus)

AFL and the two-can limit: all bets are not quite off (Aus) | Alcohol & other drug issues in the media | Scoop.it
In its modern history Australia's peak football body hasn't minded blowing up its rituals.

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The Age's Andrew Tate on the AFL's dependence on alcohol and gambling advertising revenue.

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Police describe kill rewards, staged crime scenes in Duterte's drug war (Philippines)

Police describe kill rewards, staged crime scenes in Duterte's drug war (Philippines) | Alcohol & other drug issues in the media | Scoop.it
The Philippine police have received cash payments for executing drug suspects, planted evidence at crime scenes and carried out most of the killings they have long blamed on vigilantes, said two senior officers who are critical of President Rodrigo Duterte's "war on drugs."
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See today's related coverage of the first legal challenge (by widows and mothers of those executed) to abuses carried out by police under President Duterte's brutal policies: http://sco.lt/5YwAPh

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