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Drug laws a high way to hell (Tas)

Drug laws a high way to hell (Tas) | Alcohol & other drug issues in the media | Scoop.it
THE impact of alcohol on the capacity of a motorist to drive is well-established.
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Greg Barns on (some of) the inconsistencies in Australian drug policy.

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Four women, employed by WA Substance Users Association, charged with offering to supply drugs

Four women, employed by WA Substance Users Association, charged with offering to supply drugs | Alcohol & other drug issues in the media | Scoop.it
FOUR employees of a drug user advocacy group have been charged with offering to supply heroin, cannabis and methamphetamine.
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This is obviously a significant setback for WASUA. No reports have yet indicated that the women were supplying drugs through their paid roles, but people will naturally jump to that conclusion.  Hopefully, WASUA can deal with this issue and get back to providing their essential harm reduction and advocacy work.

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Drug ice 'epidemic': Opposition Leader Luke Foley promises methamphetamine summit (NSW)

Drug ice 'epidemic': Opposition Leader Luke Foley promises methamphetamine summit (NSW) | Alcohol & other drug issues in the media | Scoop.it
The NSW Opposition Leader, Luke Foley, has promised an elected Labor government would call a drug summit in response to an "epidemic" of methamphetamine use.
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You can see a summary of the Victorian Parliamentary Inquiry's findings here: http://sco.lt/8J6qCP

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Drug & Alcohol Clinician Calls For Sniffer Dogs To Be Banned From Festivals (Qld)

Drug & Alcohol Clinician Calls For Sniffer Dogs To Be Banned From Festivals (Qld) | Alcohol & other drug issues in the media | Scoop.it
A Brisbane drug and alcohol clinician – and musician – has called for sniffer dogs to be removed from festivals as the debate over substance use at festivals gathers steam.

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Underage drinkers of flavored alcoholic beverages at increased risk of alcohol-related injuries (USA)

Underage drinkers of flavored alcoholic beverages who exclusively consume the supersized versions are more than six times as likely to report suffering alcohol-related injuries compared to underage youth who drink other types of alcoholic beverages, according to a new study from researchers with the Center on Alcohol Marketing and Youth (CAMY) at the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health and the Boston University School of Public Health.
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Spain wants to ban drunk walking. What next for pedestrians?

Spain wants to ban drunk walking. What next for pedestrians? | Alcohol & other drug issues in the media | Scoop.it
The Spanish proposal to crack down on dangerous walking by reclassifying pedestrians as ‘users of the road’ is the latest salvo in an old turf war between cars and the people they hit
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Dispute over outdoor smoking ban call (UK)

Dispute over outdoor smoking ban call (UK) | Alcohol & other drug issues in the media | Scoop.it

Leading health experts have called for smoking to be banned in outdoor public spaces such as parks.

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Superman-shaped pills could cause death, say Queensland police

Superman-shaped pills could cause death, say Queensland police | Alcohol & other drug issues in the media | Scoop.it
Police are warning people to steer clear of a potentially deadly drug known as Death, Dr Death, Killer and Red Mitsubishi.
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One of the likely reasons behind the recent rise in 'ecstasy' overdoses: PMMA (or PMA) being sold as MDMA. Another example of why wider use of pill-testing kits can save lives.

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Record number of overdoses as heroin epidemic hits WA

Record number of overdoses as heroin epidemic hits WA | Alcohol & other drug issues in the media | Scoop.it
WA is in the grip of a heroin epidemic, with paramedics responding to a record number of narcotic deaths and overdoses in recent months.
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As is often the case in drug reporting, 'epidemic' is innacurately used here.  However, we have also seeing a significant rise in heroin presentations at our services in the past few months.

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Redundancy fears prevent FIFO workers from reporting mental health issues, WA parliamentary inquiry told

Redundancy fears prevent FIFO workers from reporting mental health issues, WA parliamentary inquiry told | Alcohol & other drug issues in the media | Scoop.it
FLY-in fly-out workers are increasingly afraid to report mental health issues because they don’t want to be made redundant by struggling mining companies, a WA parliamentary inquiry has heard.
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More on the human cost of the FIFO model on employees and their families.

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From smoke-stacks to alcohol: NSW public health debate

From smoke-stacks to alcohol: NSW public health debate | Alcohol & other drug issues in the media | Scoop.it
For a debate that was supposed to be about preventative health, there sure was a lot of talk about hospitals.
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NSW Govt pledges funding for specialist FASD unit. Labor looks at expanding Kings Cross alcohol restrictions.

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'A wake-up call': Smoking to kill 1.8 million Australians, or two-thirds of smokers, study finds

'A wake-up call': Smoking to kill 1.8 million Australians, or two-thirds of smokers, study finds | Alcohol & other drug issues in the media | Scoop.it
People who quit smoking before they hit 45 could be adding a full 10 years to their life expectancy, a massive study of people living in NSW has found.
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Using snus doubles the risk of alcohol dependency (Sweden)

People who use snus run twice the risk of developing alcohol dependency compared with non-users, and the more one uses snus, the higher the risk. This has been found in a study from Umeå University which was published in the journal Drug and Alcohol Dependence.

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Hepatitis C: Hunting the silent killer (UK)

Hepatitis C: Hunting the silent killer (UK) | Alcohol & other drug issues in the media | Scoop.it
The long read: More than 150 million people worldwide could have highly infectious hepatitis C without realising. There is a cure, but how will doctors find the people who need it? Patrick Strudwick investigates
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An extended piece on the public health challenges in identifying and treating Hep C.

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So I Can Be Quiet Whenever I Want (USA)

So I Can Be Quiet Whenever I Want (USA) | Alcohol & other drug issues in the media | Scoop.it
It was the same thing every night. Come 11 o' clock, one of the overnight techs would come in the room to bid goodnight to we princes of Washington, we kings of the pacific northwest, before turnin...
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Reflection by US blogger Drew Gibson on some of the struggles for people experiencing opioid dependence and in recovery.  He doesn't address pharmacotherapy in his piece, but his recounting of others' experiences highlights the potentially lifesaving role that Opioid Replacement Therapy can play in supporting sustainable change. Our ORT position statement and supporting evidence is here: http://www.regen.org.au/advocacy.  It's also worth noting that the piece ends with discussion of suicide.  If you're feeling vulnerable now (or after having read it), please contact your local support line. In Australia, that's Lifeline (13 11 14).

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Auto-Disable Syringes Are Not For Needle Programmes

Auto-Disable Syringes Are Not For Needle Programmes | Alcohol & other drug issues in the media | Scoop.it
As you may have seen in the media recently, the World Health Organisation (WHO) has launched new guidelines on medical injections and a global campaign to switch all medical and vaccination injections to syringes that cannot be used more than once. However these guidelines do not apply to needle and syringe programmes for a number of reasons.
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The UK National Needle Exchange Forum raises some concerns about single-use syringes. See related post: http://sco.lt/6TSeSf 

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Holland's New Marijuana Laws Are Changing Old Amsterdam

Holland's New Marijuana Laws Are Changing Old Amsterdam | Alcohol & other drug issues in the media | Scoop.it
Times are changing in the city many associate with drug tourism.
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An interesting insight into the impacts of the gradual shift back towards cannabis prohibition in the Netherlands.

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Ireland passes tobacco plain packaging law

Ireland passes tobacco plain packaging law | Alcohol & other drug issues in the media | Scoop.it
Ireland has became the first EU state to pass a law introducing mandatory plain packaging for tobacco.
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Washington DC legalises marijuana possession and use

Washington DC legalises marijuana possession and use | Alcohol & other drug issues in the media | Scoop.it

Washington DC has become the latest place in the United States to legalise the possession of small amounts of marijuana.

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Portugal Lowers Drug Use By Sending Addicts To Therapy Instead of Jail

Portugal Lowers Drug Use By Sending Addicts To Therapy Instead of Jail | Alcohol & other drug issues in the media | Scoop.it
Portugal's radical efforts have led to a drastic reduction in drug addiction.
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BJC study finds significant drop in drug use (and related harm) since the introduction of Portugal's therapeutic approach to drug policy.

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Number of crimes by ice addicts 'truly frightening' says WA top judge

Number of crimes by ice addicts 'truly frightening' says WA top judge | Alcohol & other drug issues in the media | Scoop.it
The number of murders and armed robberies committed by people addicted to ice is truly frightening, WA's Chief Justice says.
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More on this story. See our earlier post: http://sco.lt/6oy3g9

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Meth scourge spreads into remote WA

Meth scourge spreads into remote WA | Alcohol & other drug issues in the media | Scoop.it
The spread of the methamphetamines into Western Australia's remote communities is terrifying chief justice Wayne Martin, who says existing violence problems will worsen.
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Chief Justice Martin blames methamphetamine use for surge in crimes being prosecuted in WA courts.

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Death of Dan Haslam offers chance to re-examine drug laws (NSW)

Death of Dan Haslam offers chance to re-examine drug laws (NSW) | Alcohol & other drug issues in the media | Scoop.it
Following the death of Dan Haslam, the man who helped make medicinal marijuana trials a reality in NSW, we should take a moment to reflect on our drug laws.
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Crikey Clarifier: how’s the war on drugs going? (Aus)

Crikey Clarifier: how’s the war on drugs going? (Aus) | Alcohol & other drug issues in the media | Scoop.it
Indonesia's hardline stance on Andrew Chan and Myuran Sukumaran is part of its larger
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On the need for drug policy reform, citing David McDonald.

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Aussie Company Wants You To Sneak Alcohol Into Festivals & Gigs

Aussie Company Wants You To Sneak Alcohol Into Festivals & Gigs | Alcohol & other drug issues in the media | Scoop.it

A Melbourne-based start-up company is encouraging Australian music lovers to sneak alcohol into festivals, licensed venues and sporting events in response to what they see as excessive alcohol prices.

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Women twice as likely to see pot as risky: Ten-year decline in perception of marijuana risk (USA)

Women twice as likely to see pot as risky: Ten-year decline in perception of marijuana risk (USA) | Alcohol & other drug issues in the media | Scoop.it
A study on the perceived risk of regularly using cannabis and the characteristics associated with these perceptions found that non-white, low-income women over the age of 50 were most likely to perceive a risk in using the drug. Least likely were those 12 to 25 years old, with a high school diploma ...
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