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Uruguay marijuana move: Why 2014 will see global drugs debate redefined

Uruguay marijuana move: Why 2014 will see global drugs debate redefined | Alcohol & other drug issues in the media | Scoop.it
After 50 years, a seismic shift is taking place in the international drug policy debate, both at the level of individual countries and also at the U.N.
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The Preventable Epidemic: How Safe-Injection Sites Are Being Brought To Toronto

The Preventable Epidemic: How Safe-Injection Sites Are Being Brought To Toronto | Alcohol & other drug issues in the media | Scoop.it
Fentanyl has now become the number one cause of opiate-related overdose death in Ontario.
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Extended piece on the public health crisis driving demand for harm reduction.

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Australian woman Summa Simmonds dies in Bali after suspected vodka binge: police

Australian woman Summa Simmonds dies in Bali after suspected vodka binge: police | Alcohol & other drug issues in the media | Scoop.it
An Australian woman has died at a luxury seaside villa in Bali, after Indonesian police say she consumed more than a bottle of vodka.
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Another reminder that illicit drugs are not the only threat to people's safety. See this related story from a couple of weeks ago: http://sco.lt/8U7rhh

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'Good Samaritan' Overdose Bill Fails in Oklahoma Legislature

A so-called 'Good Samaritan' bill that wouldn't criminally charge a person who is either having or observing a drug overdose and calls police for help has failed to advance in the Oklahoma Legislature.

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This is a failure in political leadership. Given the overdose crisis affecting all levels of US society, political leaders should be removing barriers to people seeking assistance when a peer or loved one's life is in danger.

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These Are The 2 Key Ways People Get Hooked On Prescription Opioids (USA)

These Are The 2 Key Ways People Get Hooked On Prescription Opioids (USA) | Alcohol & other drug issues in the media | Scoop.it
How opioid crisis trickled down to American's youth.
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Two studies highlight the role overprescription of opioids and access to medications has contributed to the current public health crisis.

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Now is no time to lose focus in war on drugs (NSW)

Now is no time to lose focus in war on drugs (NSW) | Alcohol & other drug issues in the media | Scoop.it
A report that ice is the most-used illicit drug may not be a surprise but the impact is truly shocking.
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This editorial starts out looking like it's going to replicate the simplistic rubbish in yesterday's Herald Sun (http://sco.lt/77yKjh), but it actually shows a more informed awareness of the issues and ends with a recognition of the impact of stigma and the need for increased support services. The headline is unhelpful but this is better than most of media reporting since the release of the wastewater analysis report:  http://sco.lt/99mCzh

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Number of Canberra liquor licences up almost 40 per cent in four years

Number of Canberra liquor licences up almost 40 per cent in four years | Alcohol & other drug issues in the media | Scoop.it
The ACT Government is approving an average of 50 new liquor licences in Canberra every year.
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Citing FARE's Amy Ferguson on the community impacts of this level of growth in the availability of alcohol. See last week's related coverage of the proposed changes to the ACT's liquor laws: http://sco.lt/7h1HKj

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WA meth crisis: Perth woman's fightback from ice addiction

WA meth crisis: Perth woman's fightback from ice addiction | Alcohol & other drug issues in the media | Scoop.it
EVEN though she was in the middle of a drug-induced psychosis at the time, Dee-anne Allender can still clearly recall the turning point that helped her break free of her entrenched meth addiction.
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While there are a few problems with this article, it's at least good to see WA media using the current bout of methamphetamine coverage to tell a positive recovery story.

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Meth Border Force to break WA ice scourge

Meth Border Force to break WA ice scourge | Alcohol & other drug issues in the media | Scoop.it
MARK McGowan says tackling WAs meth epidemic is a top priority and work has already started on creating a Meth Border Force to crack down on the drug entering and spreading across WA.
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Proving who was toughest on preventing methamphetamine supply was a big part of the recent WA election campaign. Expect to see more statements like this from the new McGowan government. See today's related coverage of WA findings in the National Wastewater Drug Monitoring report, released yesterday: http://sco.lt/7g6b7x

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CUB pulls stumps on Australian cricket

CUB pulls stumps on Australian cricket | Alcohol & other drug issues in the media | Scoop.it
Carlton & United Breweries has pulled up stumps on its 20-year sponsorship of the Australian cricket team.
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...but Cricket Australia is expected to announce its new alcohol sponsor shortly. It's a great shame the sport is so dependent on alcohol marketing dollars.
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Deadliest Place to Deal review – the carnage at the heart of Duterte’s war on drugs (Philippines/UK)

Deadliest Place to Deal review – the carnage at the heart of Duterte’s war on drugs (Philippines/UK) | Alcohol & other drug issues in the media | Scoop.it

Livvy Haydock trails the cops, vigilantes and victims caught up in the Filipino president’s drive to rid his country of drugs.

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This program promises to provide a powerful insight into the deep impacts of President Duterte's brutal drug policies. See today's related post on complaints that media coverage of the killings is bad for tourism in the country: http://sco.lt/7Yvi7t

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Port Hedland alcohol industry backs welfare card over restrictions (WA)

Port Hedland alcohol industry backs welfare card over restrictions (WA) | Alcohol & other drug issues in the media | Scoop.it
Police are pushing for restrictions on the sale of spirits and full strength beer in Port Hedland, but the alcohol industry wants a trial of the Commonwealth's cashless welfare card first.
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Obviously, whatever the alcohol industry advocates for will be the option that best protects industry profits.

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‘The rate of drug-related deaths is at scandalous proportions’ (UK)

‘The rate of drug-related deaths is at scandalous proportions’ (UK) | Alcohol & other drug issues in the media | Scoop.it

New psychoactive drugs will add to the problem if we don’t deal with them properly, says Lord Carlile, chairman of Addaction.

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Calling for changes in sentencing practices and increased treatment sector capacity.

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Police blitz nabs 'alarming' number of truck drivers under influence of drugs (Vic)

Police blitz nabs 'alarming' number of truck drivers under influence of drugs (Vic) | Alcohol & other drug issues in the media | Scoop.it
One in 37 Victorian truck drivers tested positive to drug-driving, almost double the national figure, in a Victoria Police blitz this week.
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Not mentioned here is the workplace pressure that contributes to use of stimulants in this and other industries that require employees to work long hours to be able to make a living.

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School axes controversial drugs assignment (Vic)

School axes controversial drugs assignment (Vic) | Alcohol & other drug issues in the media | Scoop.it
A Victorian school has axed an assignment which asked students to create "attractive" packaging for an illegal drug.
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Not really that controversial. It's easy to see what the school is doing, and why a parent complained.  There is certainly a debate to be had about age-appropriate discussion of AOD issues, but simply seeking to prevent discussion of the topic is unlikely to produce positive outcomes.  If a year 10 student can work out the profit-making opportunities provided by the illicit drug market, it's an opportunity to discuss the impacts of our current policy framework, how it enables criminal (and, increasingly, terrorist) networks and how it contributes to increased harm amongst people who use illicit drugs. 

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When a President Says, ‘I’ll Kill You’ (Philippines)

When a President Says, ‘I’ll Kill You’ (Philippines) | Alcohol & other drug issues in the media | Scoop.it
On the streets of Manila, the body count rises daily as journalists document the crusade of President Rodrigo Duterte.
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15-min video on the impacts of President Duterte's brutal drug policies.

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Colorado Has a Plan to Avoid a Marijuana Crackdown by Trump

It's the boldest attempt yet by a U.S. marijuana state to avoid federal intervention
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Proposed legislation to allow producers and retailers of recreational product to reclassify as medicinal.

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Study confirms prescription weight-loss medication helps with opiate addiction recovery (USA)

Study confirms prescription weight-loss medication helps with opiate addiction recovery (USA) | Alcohol & other drug issues in the media | Scoop.it
Researchers from The University of Texas Medical Branch at Galveston have confirmed that a prescription weight-loss pill decreases the urge to use opiates such as oxycodone.
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Preclinical studies suggest possible role for lorcaserin in AOD treatment.

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Never give in on drugs fight (Vic)

THE numbers are staggering. More than seven tonnes of illicit drugs and their precursors. More than 2.5 tonnes of crystal methamphetamine, or ice, both here and in China.

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Today's Herald Sun editorial. After some encouraging signs of a recent shift in the way the paper frames drug policy issues (with sustained support for the establishment of a MSIC in Melbourne), the paper has returned to type here, focussing on the size of police seizures, rather than the abundant evidence demonstrating the limited effectiveness of supply reduction measures. As in so many editorials before it, instead of recognising the failure of law enforcement to prevent supply, or affect demand for illicit drugs, the paper simply calls for more of the same. This is a failure of journalistic principles and a failure of leadership, with the Federal Govt continuing to frame drug policy as a criminal, rather than a health issue. We need genuine policy change, not more of the same damaging, ineffective (but politically popular) policy. Thanks to VAADA for making the content of the article available from behind the News Ltd paywall.

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Australians world's 2nd biggest meth users

SNAPSHOT OF NATIONAL WASTEWATER DRUG MONITORING:
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The first national wastewater monitoring report reduced to seven bullet points. You can see the full report here: http://sco.lt/99mCzh.

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Sewerage tests show Aust meth use soaring

Secret tests of sewerage around Australia show methylamphetamine is the most popular illicit drug, with levels of use in WA far outstripping the rest of the nation.
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As well as the figures on methamphetamine use, the wastewater monitoring report also highlights higher rates of fentanyl use in regional NSW, SA and WA. You can see the full report here: http://sco.lt/99mCzh

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WA's raw sewerage testing reveals highest ice use in the nation

WA's raw sewerage testing reveals highest ice use in the nation | Alcohol & other drug issues in the media | Scoop.it
The study found the Perth daily consumption average was one dose per 17 people.
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National wastewater analysis data will provide a very useful indicator of changing patterns of illicit drug consumption across the country. While, as with any data, it will always be prone to misinterpretation (or selective reporting of findings), these reports will provide an important source of information for future policy and treatment service planning. You can see the report here: http://sco.lt/99mCzh

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ReGenUC's curator insight, March 26, 6:32 PM

National wastewater analysis data will provide a very useful indicator of changing patterns of illicit drug consumption across the country. While, as with any data, it will always be prone to misinterpretation (or selective reporting of findings), these reports will provide an important source of information for future policy and treatment service planning. You can see the report here: http://sco.lt/99mCzh

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Legalise drugs, says mother who lost daughter to ecstasy (UK) - video

Five years ago Anne-Marie Cockburn's 15 year-old daughter Martha died from taking 1/2g of MDMA powder that turned out to be 91% pure. She is now calling for the legalisation of all drugs for people over 18.

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A powerful (5 min) interview. Ms Cockburn's experience should resonate with any parent and be a wake up call for anyone who thinks 'it wouldn't happen to my kids'.

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Nadia Bakhsh's curator insight, March 24, 4:57 AM
After loosing her daughter, she should probably have lost her mind by saying that drugs should be legalised. Yes people should be educated and should get familiar with drugs and they should be educated about the specific harms it can cause. however by making drugs legal it will just cause more deaths and other problems. i just don't see how the future would look and be better by having drugs legalised. 
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If tighter alcohol licensing laws don't work tighter measures will need to be considered (ACT)

The smaller, "boutique" style, venues who stand to gain most under the ACT government liquor law reform package this week aren't usually the types o
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Today's Canberra Times editorial. See yesterday's related coverage of the proposed measures: http://sco.lt/87ka25

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Can Old Prescription Drugs Provide New Treatments for Alcoholism? (USA)

Can Old Prescription Drugs Provide New Treatments for Alcoholism? (USA) | Alcohol & other drug issues in the media | Scoop.it
By scouring thousands of medications created for other conditions, a researcher wants to find pills that can help overcome addiction.
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While we regularly see headlines proclaiming the latest 'cure' for AOD dependence, it's good to see that this piece concludes with the section: 'There's just no silver bullet' that at least provides some brief recognition of the complex factors contributing to dependence and the need for a range of evidence based approaches that allow people to find a treatment model that works for them.

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Philippines’ complains drug war reports are hurting tourism

Philippines’ complains drug war reports are hurting tourism | Alcohol & other drug issues in the media | Scoop.it
THE Philippines tourism secretary has urged the media to “tone down” coverage of President Rodrigo Duterte’s deadly drug war, complaining that reports on extrajudicial killings were scaring away foreigners.
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Perhaps the Duterte govt should consider that stopping state sanctioned murders of thousands of its own citizens (and a small number of internationals) would be more likely to encourage people to visit the country? What will they do next, claim reports of the 8,000 people killed to date are 'fake news'? See today's related post on a UK documentary providing an insight into the impacts of the brutality unleashed by President Duterte: http://sco.lt/6cWk77

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