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Ecstasy and synthetic drug use increases (Aus)

Ecstasy and synthetic drug use increases (Aus) | Alcohol & other drug issues in the media | Scoop.it
ECSTASY use is on the rise among recreational drug users while synthetic drug use is also climbing, a new report shows.
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Citing NDARC data.

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Garrett Wesch's curator insight, November 7, 2014 10:38 PM

I chose this topic because the use of Ecstasy and Molly are increasing at EDM festivals as time goes on. This is one of the most popular drugs among the club scene.

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W-18: The new street drug that is 10,000 times more toxic than morphine (Aus)

W-18: The new street drug that is 10,000 times more toxic than morphine (Aus) | Alcohol & other drug issues in the media | Scoop.it
W-18 promised to be a potent, less addictive pain killer, but the dangerous drug has found its way into the hands of consumers in search of a cheap and lega
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The ACC says it has seen evidence of W-18 entering Australia, but NDARC research hasn't found any evidence of its use to date. Has anyone seen or heard of it's presence (and use) here? See recent coverage of US concerns about the potential impacts of the drug and the obvious increased risk of overdose: http://sco.lt/8jbDOr

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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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Sports clubs defeat alcohol ban (NSW)

Sports clubs defeat alcohol ban (NSW) | Alcohol & other drug issues in the media | Scoop.it
THREE sport clubs from different codes have won a campaign to overturn an alcohol ban at a Coogee hall despite desperate calls for community consultation.
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Clubs argued a site ban on alcohol would mean that they were unable to host major events. Randwick council removes ban without community consultation.

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Families of ice addicts call for more support (Vic)

People trying to help family members deal with ice addiction are seeking more support People asked questions about what they could or should do at a forum in Frankston in southern Melbourne last nig
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If you're in the Frankston area and are looking for change in your methamphetamine (or other drug use), our free South East Catalyst program in Narre Warren might be able to help. See our website (http://www.regen.org.au/catalyst) or call our team in Narre Warren for details (03 9704 1220)

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Police push to crackdown on drugs in pubs and clubs (ACT)

Police push to crackdown on drugs in pubs and clubs (ACT) | Alcohol & other drug issues in the media | Scoop.it
Police are pushing for stronger powers to penalise pubs and clubs for turning a blind eye to patrons who use or sell drugs on their premises. But not everyon
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See last week's related post on police seizures of methamphetamine and ecstasy at Melbourne venues: http://sco.lt/6dOxOr.

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Police are investigating “king hit” on Navy officer on Anzac Day (NSW)

Police are investigating “king hit” on Navy officer on Anzac Day (NSW) | Alcohol & other drug issues in the media | Scoop.it
THE girlfriend of a serving Navy officer who was the victim of a one-punch attack on Anzac Day has described the terrifying moment he was attacked by a group of drunk men.
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The darker side of ANZAC day: 'The carriage reeked of alcohol.'

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Three suspected drug related deaths leads minister to call for action plan (Ireland)

Three suspected drug related deaths leads minister to call for action plan (Ireland) | Alcohol & other drug issues in the media | Scoop.it
Drugs strategy minister Aodhan ORiordain has called for action against drug usage after three suspected drug related deaths in April
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Good to see ongoing calls for a focus on harm reduction to reduce overdose risk, but are we seeing a stalling in the reform of Ireland's drug policy? 

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Rethinking the Global War on Drugs (USA)

Rethinking the Global War on Drugs (USA) | Alcohol & other drug issues in the media | Scoop.it
A United Nations meeting didn’t deliver a direly needed overhaul, but it was a step in the right direction.
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NY Times editorial on the missed opportunity for global reform at the UNGASS special sitting and the urgent need for change to international drug policy agreements.

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What Ever Happened to New Zealand’s Lauded Drug Regulation?

What Ever Happened to New Zealand’s Lauded Drug Regulation? | Alcohol & other drug issues in the media | Scoop.it
The New Zealand Psychoactive Substances Act 2013 (PSA 2013) was never world leading drug reform, as frequently claimed by drug reformers at the time and re-asserted in an article by one of the Act’s key flag bearers. It was however, ground breaking drug legislation, that succeeded in gaining unanimous support across New Zealand Parliament (apart from one independent … Continued
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Julian Buchanan looks at some of the issues with the NZ legislation.

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Four festival drug overdoses in 24 hours as two collapse at Midnight Mafia (NSW)

Four festival drug overdoses in 24 hours as two collapse at Midnight Mafia (NSW) | Alcohol & other drug issues in the media | Scoop.it
Two people were hospitalised after overdoses at the Midnight Mafia dance party at Homebush overnight, according to NSW police, a day after another two wer
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More evidence of the need for drug checking at festivals to prevent overdoses and save lives. See today's related post: http://sco.lt/78SIaX

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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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VicHealth tries to nudge us into healthier habits to reduce sugar and alcohol intake

VicHealth tries to nudge us into healthier habits to reduce sugar and alcohol intake | Alcohol & other drug issues in the media | Scoop.it
Victorians have been subjected to a campaign of clandestine "nudges" to encourage us to consume healthier alternatives to the alcohol and suga
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Including details on some of the challenges in promoting water consumption in licenced venues.

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The 'unsexy' branch of medicine being robbed of funding (NSW)

The 'unsexy' branch of medicine being robbed of funding (NSW) | Alcohol & other drug issues in the media | Scoop.it
Thirty-eight per cent of practitioners are likely or highly likely to leave their jobs.
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If mental health is 'unsexy', addiction medicine is an even less attractive option for doctors. The stigmatisation of AOD treatment services (and the people who use them) are a key factor in the chronic shortages of health professionals willing to provide AOD treatment in Victoria and nationally.

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Grieving father in plea to police drug sale websites (WA)

Grieving father in plea to police drug sale websites (WA) | Alcohol & other drug issues in the media | Scoop.it
The father of a Perth teenager whose son died after taking synthetic drugs has urged authorities to better police websites still selling the potentially lethal products.
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Rod Bridge calls for greater action on Australian-based sites. See NDARC's latest research on the functioning of 'darkweb' marketplaces: http://sco.lt/5ftpK5

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The shelter that gives wine to alcoholics (Canada)

The shelter that gives wine to alcoholics (Canada) | Alcohol & other drug issues in the media | Scoop.it
The Long Read: Giving free booze to homeless alcoholics sounds crazy. But it may be the key to helping them live a stable life
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See coverage of a similar initiative in Sydney: http://sco.lt/8FAoZF

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Buenos Aires bans electronic music festivals after five deaths

Buenos Aires bans electronic music festivals after five deaths | Alcohol & other drug issues in the media | Scoop.it
Mayor of Argentinian capital announces step until new drug laws in place after Time Warp festival left five people dead from overdoses and more in hospital
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If the mayor is expecting new legislation to stop people using illicit drugs at such events, he's bound to be disappointed. Better to invest in evidence based harm reduction measures, necessary medical services and help people make informed decisions about their use.

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Street opioids are getting deadlier. Overseeing drug use can reduce deaths (USA)

Street opioids are getting deadlier. Overseeing drug use can reduce deaths (USA) | Alcohol & other drug issues in the media | Scoop.it
Crackdowns on prescriptions are sending addicts to find a fix in the street. But drugs there are more often being made with rapidly fatal doses of fentanyl
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Maia Szalavitz highlights some of the unintended consequences of drug policy interventions and the need for an increased investment in harm reduction and treatment services.

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Should parents let their children have a sip of alcohol? (Aus/USA)

Should parents let their children have a sip of alcohol? (Aus/USA) | Alcohol & other drug issues in the media | Scoop.it
Why you should think twice before giving your child their first taste of alcohol.
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Perri Klass looks at new research and the risks associated with early introduction of alcohol.

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