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End the senseless syringe funding ban (USA)

End the senseless syringe funding ban (USA) | Alcohol & other drug issues in the media | Scoop.it
News that Congress reached a budget deal has been met with glee by D.C.
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Senator Nova Peris shocked indigenous Australians returning to rehab to avoid relapse (NT)

Senator Nova Peris shocked indigenous Australians returning to rehab to avoid relapse (NT) | Alcohol & other drug issues in the media | Scoop.it
ABORIGINAL people are opting to stay in residential rehab over returning to impoverished communities to avoid homelessness and the temptation of alcohol and drugs.
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Highlighting the need for post-treatment supports and ongoing attention to the community factors (e.g. housing, violence & unemployment) that contribute to problematic AOD use.

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Families fighting back against ice use (Vic)

Families fighting back against ice use (Vic) | Alcohol & other drug issues in the media | Scoop.it

FAMILIES are the invisible victims of ice. They are torn apart by addiction-fuelled violence, anxiety and debt. Maggie (surname withheld) was shocked last year to learn her son was using ice.

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Another reminder of the impacts on family members, not just of methamphetamine dependence, but of any problematic AOD use by a family member. Good to see discussion of treatment and support options included: citing YoDAA's Dom Ennis, SHARC's Angela Ireland and Turning Point's Matthew Frei.  If you (or someone you care about) are affected by AOD dependence, give us a call: 1800 700 514. 

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Mining attracts highest ice use: national taskforce told

A SUBMISSION to the National Ice Taskforce has highlighted a report which says the mining industry had the highest frequency of ice users in the country.
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On the AIG submission to the National Ice Taskforce. You can see ours here: http://www.regen.org.au/images/stories/Advocacy/ReGen_National_Ice_Taskforce_submission_v1.0.pdf. Also the initial summary of key issues raised by the Taskforce: http://sco.lt/7WH48f. 

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Detox or lose your benefits: new welfare proposals are based on bad evidence and worse ethics (UK)

Detox or lose your benefits: new welfare proposals are based on bad evidence and worse ethics (UK) | Alcohol & other drug issues in the media | Scoop.it
New proposals put drug and alcohol councillors in an ethical bind.
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Nice piece by Ian Hamilton. See related coverage of this highly problematic proposal: http://sco.lt/7mufBJ. 

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‘She didn’t have to die’ (UK/Indonesia)

‘She didn’t have to die’ (UK/Indonesia) | Alcohol & other drug issues in the media | Scoop.it
CHEZNYE Emmons was on a dream holiday with her boyfriend Joe Cook in Indonesia when tragedy struck.
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On one family's efforts to raise awareness of the risks of methanol poisoning.

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Conception drinking risks: study (Qld)

WOMEN who drink alcohol around the time of conception may put their babies at increased risk of type 2 diabetes and middle-age obesity, say researchers.
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More evidence on the potential impacts of alcohol consumption during pregnancy, particularly during the early stages.

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Alcohol prohibition 'promoting sly grog and teenage prostitutes' (WA)

Alcohol prohibition 'promoting sly grog and teenage prostitutes' (WA) | Alcohol & other drug issues in the media | Scoop.it
Liquor restrictions have created a flourishing black market and lured young girls into prostitution in the WA town of Halls Creek, residents say.
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More evidence on the ineffectiveness of supply control measures in minimising AOD related harms, when the underlying factors contributing to demand are not addressed.

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Cool kids more likely to face difficulty in older life, research finds (USA)

Cool kids more likely to face difficulty in older life, research finds (USA) | Alcohol & other drug issues in the media | Scoop.it
FINALLY, some justice for those of us too dorky for the cool crowd.
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10-year US study finds higher risk of AOD dependence & criminal activity, reduced social functioning.

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Newtown bars to trial 3am lockout and shots ban (NSW)

Newtown bars to trial 3am lockout and shots ban (NSW) | Alcohol & other drug issues in the media | Scoop.it
Patrons will be locked out of Newtown bars from 3am on weekends after publicans agreed to trial a suite of self-imposed restrictions designed to ward off late-night revellers and improve safety in the precinct.
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Good to see venues taking active steps to reduce the incidence of alcohol related violence.

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Port Augusta 'ice' forum hears support for youth lacking (SA)

Port Augusta 'ice' forum hears support for youth lacking (SA) | Alcohol & other drug issues in the media | Scoop.it
Lack of support for underage users of 'ice' was the main concern raised at a forum about the drug in Port Augusta last night.
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Nicole Lee spoke at this forum too, but doesn't get a mention here. While 'just say no' may have received a standing ovation, preventing use and responding to the harms being experienced in communities like Port Augusta is much more complicated. It's understandable that families are looking for simple solutions, but it's important to remember that alcohol and other drug use doesn't occur in isolation, but as part of a range of complex and interrelated issues. Dealing with a complex issue requires a holistic and multi-layered approach. This has been recognised by the National Ice Taskforce: http://sco.lt/7WH48f. 

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Not enough rehab centres for ice addicts (Aus)

NO extra money is being spent on drug rehabilitation centres despite a national focus on stopping ice addiction in Australia.
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The Federal Govt's response to the National Ice Taskforce is due by the end of the year. In the meantime, some States are implementing their own responses. The Vic Govt has now funded new non-residential rehab services around the state (http://www.regen.org.au/media-releases/613-regen-welcomes-expansion-of-vic-non-resi-drug-rehabilitation-services-26-06-15) and NSW announced new service funding earlier this week (http://sco.lt/55Nlrt)

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Linking benefits to treatment is unethical, and probably illegal (UK)

Linking benefits to treatment is unethical, and probably illegal (UK) | Alcohol & other drug issues in the media | Scoop.it
Getting people with drug, alcohol or obesity problems back into work is important, but Cameron’s suggestion that doctors recommend sanctions for non-compliance goes too far
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See yesterday's post on this highly problematic proposal: http://sco.lt/8M3Mjx. 

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Care workers must respond to needs of the first generation to grow old with HIV (UK)

Care workers must respond to needs of the first generation to grow old with HIV (UK) | Alcohol & other drug issues in the media | Scoop.it
Like the public, the sector still remains largely unaware of this condition and is unready for the unique challenges it presents
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There are some similar issues for the ageing cohort of people who use heroin. Residential, treatment and other health services are not necessarily prepared to cope with their particular needs.

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Alcohol a larger problem than we care to admit (NSW)

Alcohol a larger problem than we care to admit (NSW) | Alcohol & other drug issues in the media | Scoop.it

At the moment the National Ice Taskforce is consulting around the country with Assistant Minister for Health Senator the Hon Fiona Nash MP in Dubbo this week. We hear that the nation is in the grip of an ice epidemic. I have two thoughts on this. Firstly, does the data support calling the ice problem an ‘epidemic’? What do the numbers say?

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DrinkTank post by the Mayor of Dubbo encouraging a greater recognition of alcohol related harms within our communities and broader focus on the impacts of all drug types, not only methamphetamine. We'd suggest his proposed 'two-fold attack' plan needs some work, but welcome his challenge to the usual 'Ice epidemic' rhetoric.

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Can tech help overcome addiction? (USA)

Can tech help overcome addiction? (USA) | Alcohol & other drug issues in the media | Scoop.it
Though the process of overcoming addiction is a personal one, this generation and those ahead may have some new, innovative options to help with recovery — due to technology and the mobile app phenomenon.
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Jenna Shapiro summarises a variety of apps, wearables and Johann Hari's TED talk, emphasising the importance of connection and the role that apps can play in reducing isolation and supporting recovery.

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Jenna Shapiro summarises a variety of apps, wearables and Johann Hari's TED talk, emphasising the importance of connection and the role that apps can play in reducing isolation and supporting recovery.

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Shame of methadone use clouds heroin addicts’ recovery (USA)

I should be able to write their full names. But because we have made so little progress when it comes to opiate abuse, because we cling to the stereotypes, feeding the stigma, there will be no last names, no identifying details.

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Nice piece by Yvonne Abraham on the ongoing stigmatisation of people who use evidence based pharmacotherapies to manage &/or recover from opioid dependence. Good to see recognition of the stigmatisation of this group by some within recovery communities and the impact of the 'double shame' on those who deserve and need support.

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Drug needle exchanges gain ground after Indiana HIV outbreak (USA)

USA-DRUGS/NEEDLES (FEATURE, PIX):FEATURE-Drug needle exchanges gain ground after Indiana HIV outbreak
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While it is encouraging to see an increase in political support for harm reduction measures, it is a tragedy that it required a major public health crisis to cut through the usual opposition to evidence based drug policy.

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Aussies drink more alcohol despite claims to the contrary

Aussies drink more alcohol despite claims to the contrary | Alcohol & other drug issues in the media | Scoop.it
The average amount of alcohol consumed by Australians increased between surveys undertaken by the Australian Bureau of Statistics in 2001 and 2012, by about 13 per cent.
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ABS data on alcohol taxation and imports challenges the findings of self-reported consumption surveys that have indicated an overally reduction in Aus alcohol consumption.

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Aussie women drinking more than ever

Aussie women drinking more than ever | Alcohol & other drug issues in the media | Scoop.it
WE’VE become a nation of drunks with new research showing alcohol consumption in Australia is on the rise and women and young people are drinking more.
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More coverage on the ABS 'apparent consumption' data: http://sco.lt/7qg2NN. See today's related post on the potential impacts of drinking during early pregnancy: http://sco.lt/6IS1HV. 

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Vic alcohol limit should be zero: police

Vic alcohol limit should be zero: police | Alcohol & other drug issues in the media | Scoop.it
CALLS for the blood alcohol limit in Victoria to be reduced have gone a step further, with a senior policeman saying the limit should be zero.
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Medical cannabis trial to find right dose for end-of-life cancer population (NSW)

Medical cannabis trial to find right dose for end-of-life cancer population (NSW) | Alcohol & other drug issues in the media | Scoop.it
Medical professionals are left in a moral and ethical quandary when it feels like they aren't listening to terminally ill cancer patients who want to try cannabis to relieve symptoms.
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By Jennifer Martin on the trial to be conducted at the Calvary Mater Newcastle.

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Alcohol consumption on rise especially among teenagers

Australians are drinking more alcohol than they were 15 years ago with teenagers drinking significantly more, according to a new study.
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More coverage of the ABS' 'apparent consumption' data that indicates a 13% growth in overall alcohol consumption since 2001: http://sco.lt/7qg2NN. One finding that is consistent with previous self-report studies is the narrowing gender differences in drinking.

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'Safe rooms' for drug addicts a shot in the arm for city centre (Ireland)

'Safe rooms' for drug addicts a shot in the arm for city centre (Ireland) | Alcohol & other drug issues in the media | Scoop.it
If I'm being perfectly honest, Aodhán Ó Ríordáin would not be my favourite politician.
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Interesting to see Melbourne getting a mention in this story. Unfortunately, its as an example of the typically uninformed arguments that get raised in opposition to evidence based harm reduction measures. Our position statement (and supporting evidence) on the establishment of a MSIC in Melbourne is here: http://www.regen.org.au/advocacy. 

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Leading professor in drug and alcohol research Nicholas Lintzeris says there is no ice epidemic (NSW)

Leading professor in drug and alcohol research Nicholas Lintzeris says there is no ice epidemic (NSW) | Alcohol & other drug issues in the media | Scoop.it
PROFESSOR Nicholas Lintzeris wants to talk about ice. And it is not because the head of drug and alcohol services at South Eastern Sydney Local Health District thinks it’s the biggest issue facing Australia, rather it’s not even close.
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Good to see another example of coverage that challenges the usual 'epidemic' assumptions. We're loving Nick Lintzeris' 'Einstein' look ;)

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Scientists have found meditation reduces a person's desire to smoke (USA)

Scientists have found meditation reduces a person's desire to smoke (USA) | Alcohol & other drug issues in the media | Scoop.it
SO it turns out you don’t have to want to quit smoking in order to help kick the habit, you just have to relax.
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Yep, that's meditation, not medication. We run mindfulness sessions in our programs and participants consistently report its effectiveness in dealing with cravings and reducing their use of tobacco (and other drugs).

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Zachary Albrecht's curator insight, August 1, 3:36 AM

This is one of the best method on how to stop cravings. Meditation and not medication.

Functional Family Medicine's curator insight, Today, 12:17 AM

Yep, that's meditation, not medication. We run mindfulness sessions in our programs and participants consistently report its effectiveness in dealing with cravings and reducing their use of tobacco (and other drugs).