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Action ensures Kelly's death 'not in vain' (NSW)

Action ensures Kelly's death 'not in vain' (NSW) | Alcohol & other drug issues in the media | Scoop.it
A DROP in violent incidents at Sydney's Kings Cross nightspot shows that actions taken by authorities are ensuring king-hit victim Thomas Kelly's death is not in vain, the NSW premier says.
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Fantasy drug seizures on the rise (Qld)

Fantasy drug seizures on the rise (Qld) | Alcohol & other drug issues in the media | Scoop.it
Anti-bikie police have noted a worrying jump in seizures of the dangerous party drug fantasty.
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Hopefully, this indicator of increased avaialbility of GHB in Qld will not lead to an increase in overdoses. Please be aware that the difference between a safe dose and an overdose of this drug is very small.

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A finishing school for crims

A finishing school for crims | Alcohol & other drug issues in the media | Scoop.it
ONE of the conundrums of criminal justice today is that most offenders are simultaneously victims — of drugs and alcohol misuse, of acquired brain injury, of mental illness, of unemployment, of racism and of multiple chronic social disadvantages.
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Rob White cites the new Red Cross report to consider the need for a greater focus on Restorative Justice and addressing the various factors (including AOD use) that contribute to offending. You can see the report here: http://www.redcross.org.au/files/VulnerabilityReport2016.pdf

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Scientists want to study marijuana. Big Pot just wants to sell it (USA)

Scientists want to study marijuana. Big Pot just wants to sell it (USA) | Alcohol & other drug issues in the media | Scoop.it
When it comes to changing marijuana's federal status, medical researchers and the cannabis industry have very different goals.
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David T Courtwright warns of the emergence of Big Tobacco (and the likely ensuing harm to public health) if cannabis policy is left solely in the hands of politicians and not subject to rigorous research.

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Legalization of marijuana in Washington had no effect on teens' access to drug (USA)

Legalization of marijuana in Washington had no effect on teens' access to drug (USA) | Alcohol & other drug issues in the media | Scoop.it
Despite concerns that legalizing marijuana use for adults would make it easier for adolescents to get ahold of it, a new study in Washington State shows that teens find it no easier now than before the law was passed in 2012.
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Researchers note that (during the same period) young people did report increased difficulty gaining access to other drug types.

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Australia's prohibition of e-cigarettes is out of step with the evidence

Australia's prohibition of e-cigarettes is out of step with the evidence | Alcohol & other drug issues in the media | Scoop.it

A new report by the Royal College of Physicians in the United Kingdom says electronic cigarettes (e-cigarettes) are much safer than smoking and encourages their widespread use by smokers. It concludes that e-cigarettes have huge potential to prevent death and disease from tobacco use.

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Colin Mendelsohn considers the international evidence and the potential public health benefits likely to result from a greater uptake of e-cigarettes in Australia.

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Synthetic cannabis labelled intense incense being sold at Of Ya Tree in Northland Shopping centre (Vic)

Synthetic cannabis labelled intense incense being sold at Of Ya Tree in Northland Shopping centre (Vic) | Alcohol & other drug issues in the media | Scoop.it
SYNTHETIC cannabis is being sold over the counter in Darebin despite deaths linked to the mock pot.
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We can see what the Preston Leader is trying to do here but, essentially, this article serves as free advertising for the Northland shop and the Of Ya Tree chain. The only details missing were the prices of the synthetics on sale.

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Drinkers and smokers may be hit by price hikes (Aus)

DRINKERS and smokers may be slugged with hikes to the cost of cigarettes and alcohol in tomorrow’s budget.
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Budget likely to include removal of Wine Equalisation Tax and introduction of volumetric taxation of alcohol content.

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Northbridge brawl: State's top doctor calls for nightclub lockout trial (WA)

Northbridge brawl: State's top doctor calls for nightclub lockout trial (WA) | Alcohol & other drug issues in the media | Scoop.it
A nightclub lockout trial is needed according to the state's top doctor following a vicious brawl that broke out in Northbridge on Sunday morning.
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The AMA calls for lockouts. The alcohol industry says there's no need for change.

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Youth homelessness is Australia's preventable $600m problem

Youth homelessness is Australia's preventable $600m problem | Alcohol & other drug issues in the media | Scoop.it
ITS the serious social problem affecting more than 44,000 Australian children and young people, and costing us hundreds of millions.
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Citing Mission Australia research into the social cost of homelessness and the role it plays in entrenching disadvantage amongst young people.

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Queensland paramedics given power to chemically sedate violent patients

Queensland paramedics given power to chemically sedate violent patients | Alcohol & other drug issues in the media | Scoop.it
All Queensland paramedics will be able to chemically sedate violent patients as part of new powers announced on Thursday.
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While ensuring a safe work environment for paramedics is clearly important, the use of these new powers will need to be carefully monitored to ensure patients' rights are also respected.

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Drugs, alcohol worry 90% of Territorians

NINE out of 10 respondents to the NT News survey say they are concerned or very concerned about the impact of drugs and alcohol on their community.
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Study finds psychedelic drugs may reduce domestic violence (Canada)

Study finds psychedelic drugs may reduce domestic violence (Canada) | Alcohol & other drug issues in the media | Scoop.it
Psychedelic drugs may help curb domestic violence committed by men with substance abuse problems, according to a new UBC study.
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Study suggests potential role for LSD, psilcybin and MDMA.

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Opioid-Antidote Drug Now Available to US High Schools for Free

Opioid-Antidote Drug Now Available to US High Schools for Free | Alcohol & other drug issues in the media | Scoop.it
The opioid-abuse epidemic has continued to rise in the U.S.
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Another example of progress in US approaches to overdose prevention and the growing mainstream acceptance of harm reduction.

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Greens MP John Kaye was preparing to introduce medicinal cannabis bill (NSW)

Greens MP John Kaye was preparing to introduce medicinal cannabis bill (NSW) | Alcohol & other drug issues in the media | Scoop.it
Greens MP's beliefs were strengthened by the "benefit he received from cannabis as pain relief," fellow MP says.
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Greens argue NSW Govt needs to bypass its medicinal cannabis trial and move straight to law reform.

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Report backs 'shift' away from criminalising drug possession for personal use (Ireland)

Report backs 'shift' away from criminalising drug possession for personal use (Ireland) | Alcohol & other drug issues in the media | Scoop.it
New drugs strategy should have ‘realistic expectations’, panel says
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Report endorses increased use of diversion programs for personal possession and shift in police focus to supply.

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Medicinal cannabis users risk prosecution by telling their stories (NSW)

Medicinal cannabis users risk prosecution by telling their stories (NSW) | Alcohol & other drug issues in the media | Scoop.it

Medicinal cannabis users risked prosecution by publicly telling their stories at the 2016 Mardi Grass Hemposium.

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UNGASS 2016: Evolution Rather Than Revolution In The War On Drugs

UNGASS 2016: Evolution Rather Than Revolution In The War On Drugs | Alcohol & other drug issues in the media | Scoop.it
UNGASS 2016 was controversial by UN standards. While it stopped well short of a drug reform revolution, it has provided some very important first steps in the evolution of global drug policies.
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John Coyne considers the modest outcomes from the Special Sitting on drug policy and its implicit message that countries can continue to pursue reform without fear of sanctions.

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NT communities could regain more control over alcohol

NT communities could regain more control over alcohol | Alcohol & other drug issues in the media | Scoop.it
Remote Northern Territory Indigenous communities could be on the cusp of regaining more control over alcohol management for the first time in a decade.
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NT Govt looks to develop consistent alcohol policy for the whole territory and return choice about alcohol management to Aboriginal communities.

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Evil of drugs and alcohol have medics and society on back foot (NSW)

Evil of drugs and alcohol have medics and society on back foot (NSW) | Alcohol & other drug issues in the media | Scoop.it
SATURDAY was really big on drugs and alcohol. The whole weekend we saw a lot of patients intoxicated, injured or badly drug-affected.
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Dr Gordian Fulde's regular summary of weekend AOD-related harms presenting at the Emergency Department of St Vincent's Hospital in Sydney.

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Drink at home partygoers prove drink laws target wrong end of the evening (Qld)

Drink at home partygoers prove drink laws target wrong end of the evening (Qld) | Alcohol & other drug issues in the media | Scoop.it
The Labor Government is targeting the "wrong end of the evening" with drinking precinct legislation, with Griffith University research provin
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Griffith Uni study highlights the role of pre-loading in alcohol related harm.

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Path clears for pill testing at summer music festivals - outside NSW

Path clears for pill testing at summer music festivals - outside NSW | Alcohol & other drug issues in the media | Scoop.it
Senior police and politicians are supporting a nationwide pill testing trial at music festivals - outside NSW
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Last weekend's festival overdoses provided another reminder of the need for introducing drug checking at such events. Good to see progress being made here and that authorities are willing to support harm reduction services to help save lives.
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Older drivers - not teens - a bigger risk of drug driving: new report (Aus)

Older drivers - not teens - a bigger risk of drug driving: new report (Aus) | Alcohol & other drug issues in the media | Scoop.it
THE war on drugs has hit the road, but if the latest study is a guide drivers aren’t getting the message.
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Police data shows 25-34 year-olds the highest risk group.

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Banning problem patrons driving down pub and club assaults by half (NSW)

Banning problem patrons driving down pub and club assaults by half (NSW) | Alcohol & other drug issues in the media | Scoop.it
Going out for a few drinks on the Central Coast is gettingshy safer, with new figures showing plummeting assault rates in pubs and clubs across the region.
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While the alcohol industry obviously has an interest in promoting alternatives to lockouts, measures such as violent patron bans can make a meaningful contribution to reducing alcohol related violence in venues and entertainment precincts.

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Could cannabis help treat heroin and painkiller addiction? (USA)

Could cannabis help treat heroin and painkiller addiction? (USA) | Alcohol & other drug issues in the media | Scoop.it
The growing number of patients who claim marijuana helped them drop their painkiller habit has intrigued lawmakers and emboldened advocates, who are pushing for cannabis as a treatment for the abuse of opioids and illegal narcotics like heroin, as well as an alternative to painkillers.
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There is a long history of people using cannabis to self-medicate in response to a wide range of health concerns. There are clearly risks associated with self-medication, but it's common practice. For the record, we would always advocate for people seeking professional advice about how to make changes to their AOD use.

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Scottish Government should consider using proceeds of crime to set up supervised injecting facilities, says drug expert

Scottish Government should consider using proceeds of crime to set up supervised injecting facilities, says drug expert | Alcohol & other drug issues in the media | Scoop.it

The next Scottish government should consider using proceeds of crime cash to fund supervised injecting facilities in a bid to reduce drug-related deaths, according to a leading drug expert.

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Sensible, evidence based advice from Kirsten Horsburgh. See her report on her study of Sydney's MSIC here: http://sco.lt/9LOpF3.

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