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A pregnant pause on alcohol (Aus)

A pregnant pause on alcohol (Aus) | Alcohol & other drug issues in the media | Scoop.it
THE advice from experts is clear: there's no "safe" level of alcohol consumption in pregnancy. But that message becomes impacted by a lot of human factors
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Why the Government should stand firm on sports alcohol sponsorship clampdown (Ireland)

Why the Government should stand firm on sports alcohol sponsorship clampdown (Ireland) | Alcohol & other drug issues in the media | Scoop.it
‘Somewhere between €10 and €20 million in funding each year is provided to sports bodies by alcohol drinks companies’
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State gets over hemp (Tas)

State gets over hemp (Tas) | Alcohol & other drug issues in the media | Scoop.it

FINALLY the red tape binding Tasmania’s industrial hemp industry is beginning to unravel. It has been a long time coming.

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Tas govt to remove control of hemp via the Poisons Act

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Almost 10 per cent of SA motorists drink drive, one quarter speed

Almost 10 per cent of SA motorists drink drive, one quarter speed | Alcohol & other drug issues in the media | Scoop.it
LIVES are being put at risk on South Australian roads by almost one-in-10 motorists who admit to driving under the influence of alcohol.
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NSW government announces $2.1 million funding boost for mental illness

NSW government announces $2.1 million funding boost for mental illness | Alcohol & other drug issues in the media | Scoop.it
The NSW government has announced that it will contribute an extra $2.1 million to a support program for young people with a mental illness.
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Highlighting the importance of integrated care and keeping people engaged with support services.

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Abbott supports NSW marijuana trial

PRIME Minister Tony Abbott supports the NSW trial for medicinal cannabis but has dodged suggestions a national experiment should happen.
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Alcohol sales triple in lead up to Christmas as figures show six in 10 people buy alcohol for the festive season (NSW)

Alcohol sales triple in lead up to Christmas as figures show six in 10 people buy alcohol for the festive season (NSW) | Alcohol & other drug issues in the media | Scoop.it
IT’S not just Santa getting merry this Christmas as Aussie revellers prepare to spend record amounts on festive drinks for themselves, friends and family.
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See previous post about alcohol-related harms.

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No excuses, our booze culture must change (Vic)

No excuses, our booze culture must change (Vic) | Alcohol & other drug issues in the media | Scoop.it
I WAS on a flight from Melbourne to Byron Bay a few months ago when I noticed two women across the aisle drinking Smirnoff Ice.
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By VicHealth's Jerril Rechter.

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Kyle Rutherford's curator insight, January 5, 11:59 AM

This relates to how culture is not inherited but learned whether it is a negative or positive trait. Culture is fast spreading and difficult to stop once it gains momentum. Future generations would not be affected if everybody cut out alcohol for good. However, alcoholism IS passed down genetically. So, if the growing culture of alcohol at any time continues, we can expect an increase in alcoholics as well as other alcohol related problems.

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Premier Daniel Andrews hope to have bill on legalising medical marijuna before Parliament before end of next year (Vic)

Premier Daniel Andrews hope to have bill on legalising medical marijuna before Parliament before end of next year (Vic) | Alcohol & other drug issues in the media | Scoop.it
A bill to legalise medical marijuana could be put to Victorian parliament before the end of next year.
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Children with ADHD spend most of their childhood without medication (Aus)

Australian families are reluctant to medicate children with attention deficit hyperactivity disorder, a 20-year study has found.
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Challenging common assumptions about parents' readiness to rely on medication to manage behaviour and raising the obvious question, if they're not using medication, what other supports are they getting?

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Drunk or intoxicated: is there a difference? (Vic) - audio

Under law it's the same which is "nonsensical" according to alcohol-related violence researcher Peter Miller.
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Citing Deakin's Peter Miller on challenges in enforcing responsible service of alcohol provisions in Victoria and implementation of the Newcastle lockouts.

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E-cigarettes come under govt spotlight (Aus)

E-cigarettes come under govt spotlight (Aus) | Alcohol & other drug issues in the media | Scoop.it

THE merits and perils of e-cigarettes will come under scrutiny in a federal government discussion paper.

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Are You Outraged by the Drug War Yet?

This holiday season, a time when I am normally filled with thoughts of light and hope, I find myself reflecting on the horrors of our failed war on drugs....
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Drug Policy Alliance's Julie Netherland considers some of the tragic personal consequences of US drug policies.

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Half the picture – beyond drug overdose as a cause of death in opioid using people (UK)

The big rise in heroin and other opioid drug poisonings that the ONS reported last year has been real focus of concern amongst service providers, policy makers and anyone who cares about the lives of vulnerable people. But new research from the University of Manchester suggests that while overdoses in opioid users remains the largest cause of death (43%) there are other causes which providers, commissioners and policy makers need to be conscious of particularly amongst older drug users.

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Highlighting the cumulative health impacts for the ageing cohort of people who use heroin.

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Cigarette packs opposition 'growing' in Tory ranks (UK)

Cigarette packs opposition 'growing' in Tory ranks (UK) | Alcohol & other drug issues in the media | Scoop.it

The government is facing growing opposition from some Tory MPs over its plans to introduce standardised cigarette packaging in England.

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Indonesia's war on drugs lays ground for injustices

Indonesia's war on drugs lays ground for injustices | Alcohol & other drug issues in the media | Scoop.it
For the most part we are repulsed by punishment for revenge, or if it cuts off a criminal's chance of reform or rehabilitation.
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Queensland Labor to broaden bikie laws to cover all organised crime

Queensland Labor to broaden bikie laws to cover all organised crime | Alcohol & other drug issues in the media | Scoop.it
LABOR has promised a royal commission and a committee to tackle Queensland’s law and order issues.
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Labor seeking the 'Law and Order' high ground ahead of the Qld election.

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Hefty damages awarded for 'drunk at work' sacking (Aus)

An insurance broker that sacked a state manager accused of being drunk at a work training conference has been ordered to pay him almost $300,000 after a court found his behaviour did not amount to gross misconduct, particularly in light of the company’s practices in relation to alcohol.

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A timely reminder of the impact workplace practices and culture can have on alcohol-related harms.

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South Australia has highest drink-driving rates in nation, police figures show

SOUTH AUSTRALIA has the highest drink-driving rates in the nation, according to state police annual reports.
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It’s the weekend before Christmas and there were very few severe injuries (NSW)

It’s the weekend before Christmas and there were very few severe injuries (NSW) | Alcohol & other drug issues in the media | Scoop.it
For the weekend before Christmas there were very few severe injuries.
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Dr Gordian Fulde's regular summary of AOD-related presentations at St Vincents' ED.  Typically, the last working day before Christmas sees a spike in alcohol-related presentations.

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UNODC Trains Journalists On New Dimension to Drug, Crime Reporting, Others (Nigeria)

WITH reporting on drugs and crime mostly taking the dimension of the negative impact of drug effect on its users, United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime (UNODC), last week held a 2-day Media Roundtable for selected health reporters across the nation where they were trained and urged to look for a more compassionate way of reporting the menace that would be more beneficial to the society.

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'He finally urged reporters to avoid sensationalism, present the solution and not the problem stating that it will pave the way for informed discussion.' Some good advice for Aus media producers too!

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Abolition of Indigenous drug and alcohol panel came without warning, members say (Aus)

Abolition of Indigenous drug and alcohol panel came without warning, members say (Aus) | Alcohol & other drug issues in the media | Scoop.it
Co-chairman of committee scrapped in budget update says government is silencing Indigenous voices on health outcomes
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More on the ANCD/ANACAD & NIDAC announcements. See yesterday's post: http://sco.lt/5Y0hF3.

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Indonesian President Joko Widodo hardens line on drug offenders on death row

Indonesian President Joko Widodo hardens line on drug offenders on death row | Alcohol & other drug issues in the media | Scoop.it
Indonesia's President has entrenched his hard line against mercy for drug offenders on death row, stressing he "will never" grant them clemency.
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We hope, for everyone's sake, that President Widodo changes his position on this issue.

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Police in a funk over definition of being drunk, or is that intoxicated? (Vic)

Police in a funk over definition of being drunk, or is that intoxicated? (Vic) | Alcohol & other drug issues in the media | Scoop.it
While at a Christmas gathering, between the third and sixth toast, some of us may ponder: is there a difference between being intoxicated and being drunk?
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Comparing NSW & Vic definitions of intoxication and their implications for enforcement of alcohol policy.

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Parklands dry zone trial approved by State Government (SA)

Parklands dry zone trial approved by State Government (SA) | Alcohol & other drug issues in the media | Scoop.it
A PARKLANDS-WIDE dry zone trial has been approved just days before Christmas after months of alcohol-fuelled violence and anti-social problems in the city’s south.
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