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Justice system failing to deal with Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorder (Aus) - audio

Justice system failing to deal with Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorder (Aus) - audio | Alcohol & other drug issues in the media | Scoop.it
When people suffering from Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorder come to the attention of the law, they often encounter a system that is unable to cope with the challenging behaviours that their disorder brings.
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Highlighting the lifelong impacts of FASD.

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Why more drug consumption rooms are a must (Aus)

Why more drug consumption rooms are a must (Aus) | Alcohol & other drug issues in the media | Scoop.it
Spiralling problems with ice ended with Harriet Wran pleading guilty to accessory after the fact of murder.
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Ross Fitzgerald on the need for increased investment in evidence based harm reduction and treatment services. He also suggests that DCRs represent just the sort of 'nimble and innovative' approach that Prime Minister Turnbull has been calling for.

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Ice nation: Australia’s drug challenge

Ice nation: Australia’s drug challenge | Alcohol & other drug issues in the media | Scoop.it
Australia’s Ice epidemic continues to cause major concern. Byron Writers Festival will feature three guests with firsthand experience of the impact this drug is having on Australian society.
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Interview with Matt Noffs, Luke Williams and Gary Ramage ahead of the Byron Writers' Festival.

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Funding cut to body policing liquor laws (Qld)

Funding cut to body policing liquor laws (Qld) | Alcohol & other drug issues in the media | Scoop.it
Cut comes as alcohol-fuelled violence laws come into effect.
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While the headline suggests a major cut, it's a drop of just over $1million (from a budget of $33million) over three years. There's no real detail here on the rationale for the sliding scale, but the story does provide another opportunity for opponents of the state's lockout measures to take another swing at the Qld Govt.

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Fortitude Valley counts cost of Queensland lockout laws

Fortitude Valley counts cost of Queensland lockout laws | Alcohol & other drug issues in the media | Scoop.it
Venues report revenue drops and staff cutbacks, while Chaplain Watch says its volunteers are encountering ‘heavily wasted’ drinkers earlier in the night
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See today's related Qld coverage: http://sco.lt/7svUB7

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David Seymour: Cannabis figures ignore human cost of prohibition (NZ)

David Seymour: Cannabis figures ignore human cost of prohibition (NZ) | Alcohol & other drug issues in the media | Scoop.it
A Treasury document estimating the Government could save more than $500 million a year by legalising cannabis ignored the human costs of prohibition, Act Party leader David Seymour - New Zealand Herald
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While NZ treasury figures on cost savings from cannabis law reform help make the case for drug law reform, they don't tell the whole story.

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Buprenorphine implants may be effective relapse prevention tool for adults with opioid dependence (USA)

While buprenorphine has long been used to treat adults with opioid dependence, its efficacy can be hindered by lack of adherence to daily, sublingual (beneath the tongue) doses of the medication. New research led by the Icah
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While there is a tendency to see any form of implant (including naltrexone and disulfiram) as a simple 'cure' for AOD dependence, the reality is a lot more complicated. These ones may provide a useful addition to other forms of treatment to support recovery, but we'll need to see the findings of further research to have a clearer idea of their effectiveness.

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Alcohol protection order review timeframe not discriminatory, court told (NT)

Alcohol protection order review timeframe not discriminatory, court told (NT) | Alcohol & other drug issues in the media | Scoop.it
Judges hearing a challenge to the Northern Territory's alcohol protection order laws are told an extraordinary timeframe for review of an order is not discriminatory.
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See yesterday's related coverage of the concerns presented on the use of APOs: http://sco.lt/8GvV8z

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Soaring prison population prompts Thailand to re-think "lost" drug war

By Amy Sawitta Lefevre BANGKOK, July 17 (Reuters) - Somsak Sreesomsong was 18 when he was jailed for selling illegal drugs. Now, turning 30, he is not ye
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More signs of change in SE Asian drug policy?
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One-punch victim Thomas Kelly's father says restricting alcohol key to reducing violence

One-punch victim Thomas Kelly's father says restricting alcohol key to reducing violence | Alcohol & other drug issues in the media | Scoop.it
The father of Kings Cross one-punch victim Thomas Kelly says the way to reduce the number of one-punch attacks in Canberra is to follow NSW's lead an
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Get tough on ice dealers, top court says (Vic)

VICTORIA’S top court has called on the State Government to consider increasing penalties for ice trafficking.

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While intuitively popular, such calls for increased sentencing measures for particular drug types are generally regarded by those familiar with the evidence as largely ineffective in changing the target behaviour. Thanks to VAADA for bringing the text of this article out from behind the NewsLtd paywall.

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New money for homeless as rough sleeper numbers surge (Vic)

New money for homeless as rough sleeper numbers surge (Vic) | Alcohol & other drug issues in the media | Scoop.it
The Victorian government has investigated using empty office space to house homeless people as it struggles to deal with a sudden surge of rough sleeping in th
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See yesterday's related coverage of the growth in homelessness in the CBD: http://sco.lt/6tJV1F

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The 'War On Drugs' is driving a global epidemic of HIV, TB and hepatitis

The 'War On Drugs' is driving a global epidemic of HIV, TB and hepatitis | Alcohol & other drug issues in the media | Scoop.it
Major new study says jails hothouse infectious diseases, which are then passed on to the wider community.
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Highlighting the global impacts of policy frameworks that prioritise law enforcement over harm reduction measures.

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Canberra jail may get supervised injecting room under prison syringe scheme

Canberra's adult jail may get a medically supervised injecting room, after it was chosen as the preferred model for a prison needle and syringe program.
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It would be terrific to see this get up, but road has been very rocky up to this point, with plenty of delays and opposition to the introduction of harm reduction measures at the AMC.

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China pledges support for Philippines President Duterte’s war on drugs

China pledges support for Philippines President Duterte’s war on drugs | Alcohol & other drug issues in the media | Scoop.it

SOFTENING the diplomatic row over the recent international court ruling on the South China Sea, China now says it is keen on backing Philippines President Rodrigo Duterte's controversial war on drugs, which had seen a slew of deaths among suspected dealers lately.

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Good grief. It's one step forward (http://sco.lt/4iGXlx), two steps back for Asian drug policy at the moment. See our recent post about the more than 200 extrajudicial executions that have occurred since Duterte took power: http://sco.lt/4oEgfR

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Over 65s out-drink youth daily, report shows (NSW)

Over 65s out-drink youth daily, report shows (NSW) | Alcohol & other drug issues in the media | Scoop.it
Young people cop all the bad press but who really drinks the most alcohol?
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More evidence of lower levels of risky drinking amongst young people, and of increased risk amongst older Australians. You can see the full report here: http://www.health.nsw.gov.au/hsnsw/Pages/chief-health-officers-report-2016.aspx

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Quitting smoking during pregnancy: Beneficial for both mother and child (Canada)

Quitting smoking during pregnancy: Beneficial for both mother and child (Canada) | Alcohol & other drug issues in the media | Scoop.it
The results of a study conducted by Dr. Anick Bérard, Professor and Fonds de recherche du Québec - Santé Research Chair on Medications and Pregnancy, at the University of Montreal's Faculty of Pharmacy and the Ste-Justin
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Study finds use of NRT patches reduces risk of premature birth and low birth weight.

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WA woman suffers methanol poisoning after drinking cheap alcohol in Bali

WA woman suffers methanol poisoning after drinking cheap alcohol in Bali | Alcohol & other drug issues in the media | Scoop.it
A PERTH woman is in intensive care in a Bali hospital with suspected methanol poisoning after drinking cheap alcohol.
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See this week's related story about 21 fatalities from bootleg liquor in India: http://sco.lt/50r0oD

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Fraser Health prepares to bring supervised-injection sites for drug users to the Vancouver suburbs

Fraser Health prepares to bring supervised-injection sites for drug users to the Vancouver suburbs | Alcohol & other drug issues in the media | Scoop.it
Fraser Health, the authority responsible for care across most Vancouver’s suburbs, has revealed it plans to open multiple sites where users can inject heroin, cocaine, methamphetamine, and other drugs.
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More proof of the positive changes underway in Canadian drug policy.

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'If you don't have a beer you're not a man' – rural workplaces made more dangerous by drugs and alcohol (Aus)

'If you don't have a beer you're not a man' – rural workplaces made more dangerous by drugs and alcohol (Aus) | Alcohol & other drug issues in the media | Scoop.it
''If you don't have a beer you're not a man' – rural workplaces made more dangerous by drugs and alcohol' on Yahoo7 Finance Australia. Rural workplaces often tacitly encourage excessive drinking and even drug-taking.
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Citing new research by Julaine Allan on the impacts of our problematic relationship with alcohol and other drugs. You can see the published study on AOD use by farm and fishing workers here: https://rirdc.infoservices.com.au/items/12-061

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Marijuana task force faces ‘fascinating journey’ in crafting legal framework (Canada)

Marijuana task force faces ‘fascinating journey’ in crafting legal framework (Canada) | Alcohol & other drug issues in the media | Scoop.it
The government called on former Liberal cabinet minister Anne McLellan last month to lead a nine-member task force on cannabis legalization and regulation
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The task force is due to present its recommendations to the Canadian Govt in November.
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Governments urged to tackle alcohol abuse (Aus)

Governments urged to tackle alcohol abuse (Aus) | Alcohol & other drug issues in the media | Scoop.it
Governments need to do more to prevent alcohol abuse through effective policies, according to retiring Northern Territory Chief Justice Trevor Riley, QC.
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Marking Chief Justice Riley's appointment as the new Director of FARE Australia.
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Muslim prisoners in Ararat fight drug use with religion (Vic)

Muslim prisoners in Ararat fight drug use with religion (Vic) | Alcohol & other drug issues in the media | Scoop.it
Prisoners at Hopkins Correctional Centre make use of the chaplaincy program to strengthen their Islamic practice in the fight against drugs.
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For some people, the structure and discipline required for religious observances, together with a sense of community can be effective supports for recovery. We'd always recommend seeking advice from services like ours to decide what other supports will be most likely to support sustainable change in people's lives.

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NT's alcohol protection orders 'discriminatory'

NT's alcohol protection orders 'discriminatory' | Alcohol & other drug issues in the media | Scoop.it
The Northern Territory's alcohol protection order (APO) regime is under scrutiny in the Court of Appeal, with lawyers arguing the laws discriminate against Aboriginal people.
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Human Rights Law Center makes the sound argument that punishing vulnerable people is not an effective response to alcohol dependence.

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Drug addiction sector questions meth epidemic claims (NZ)

Drug addiction sector questions meth epidemic claims (NZ) | Alcohol & other drug issues in the media | Scoop.it
The Government needs to back up meth-demand rhetoric with funding and resources, according to sector workers.
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Good to see AOD sector representatives challenging the headlines and seeking to provide a more detailed understanding of the issues.

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Tabloid Scare Stories About Drugs Actually Make People Buy More Drugs (UK)

When the tabloids write horror stories about drugs such as mephedrone or laughing gas, searches for how to buy those drugs go through the roof.
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Max Daly highlights some recent examples of sensationalist (and unfounded) media coverage and the impact such stories have on driving demand for illicit drugs.

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