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UN: cannabis law changes pose 'very grave danger to public health'

UN: cannabis law changes pose 'very grave danger to public health' | Alcohol & other drug issues in the media | Scoop.it
International Narcotics Control Board calls US and Uruguay moves on cannabis 'misguided initiatives'
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The INCB comes out swinging against the international shift towards cannabis law reform.

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This surprising factor can make people 4600 percent more prone to addiction (USA)

This surprising factor can make people 4600 percent more prone to addiction (USA) | Alcohol & other drug issues in the media | Scoop.it
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We missed this when it was published a month ago, but it's a great piece by Johann Hari on the cumulative impact of childhood trauma on people's ability to self-manage stress and negative emotions. Developing the internal resources, rather than relying on external influences (like AOD), is a key enabler of people's recovery.
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Medical cannabis trial: First details revealed (NSW)

Medical cannabis trial: First details revealed (NSW) | Alcohol & other drug issues in the media | Scoop.it
New details of the medical cannibas trial show the innovative way it will appease those who are uncomfortable with the idea of using marijuana.
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See today's related post on the Qld medical cannabis trial: http://sco.lt/4ytWVt. 

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I Want to Be a Harm Reduction Counselor (USA)

I Want to Be a Harm Reduction Counselor (USA) | Alcohol & other drug issues in the media | Scoop.it
How the phrase means more than just the opposite of abstinence.
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Nice piece by Adam Sledd on the importance of an ongoing focus on harm reduction within AOD treatment and recovery contexts.

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WHO calls for urgent action to curb hepatitis

On World Hepatitis Day (28 July) WHO highlights the urgent need for countries to enhance action to prevent viral hepatitis infection and to ensure that people who have been infected are diagnosed and offered treatment. This year, the Organization is focusing particularly on hepatitis B and C, which together cause approximately 80% of all liver cancer deaths and kill close to 1.4 million people every year.
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Follow #4000voices on Twitter for World Hepatitis Day discussion.

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Federal Prisons Could Release 1,000 Times More Drug Offenders Than Obama Did (USA)

Colloquially known as "drugs minus two," a sentencing tweak made last year could reduce the prison time of as many as 46,000 inmates.
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Rural health poorer than in cities: report (Aus)

SUICIDE rates are 66 per cent higher in the country than in Australian cities, while deaths from all causes in remote areas is 40 per cent higher. The data is contained in the inaugural Medical Research and Rural Health report, released by Sydney's Garvan Institute of Medical Research on Tuesday.

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Amidst the usual media coverage of regional, rural and remote communities 'devastated by Ice', it's important to remember that there are many factors that contribute to methamphetamine use within those communities. Problematic AOD use is only ever a part of the bigger picture.

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Baird government backs down on drunk rules after Liberal donors, alcohol lobby complain (NSW)

Baird government backs down on drunk rules after Liberal donors, alcohol lobby complain (NSW) | Alcohol & other drug issues in the media | Scoop.it
The Baird government dropped its plan to limit drinks on Australia Day, Melbourne Cup, footy finals after complaints by the alcohol lobby before the March election. The Australian Hotels Association met with Premier Mike Baird.
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Kirsty Needham provides more proof of alcohol industry influence over Australian drug policy.

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The kids who grow up in rehab: Parents battling ice addictions bring children to treatment (NSW)

The kids who grow up in rehab: Parents battling ice addictions bring children to treatment (NSW) | Alcohol & other drug issues in the media | Scoop.it
WHEN eight-year-old Sally* gets home from school she changes out of her clothes and heads downstairs to play in the well-equipped playground-sized backyard outside the family’s homely two-bedroom unit.
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Extended piece that highlights the benefits of family inclusive treatment services, in this case Odyssey House's residential rehabilitation program.

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Australian-first helpline for FIFO workers battling drug, alcohol ills (WA)

Australian-first helpline for FIFO workers battling drug, alcohol ills (WA) | Alcohol & other drug issues in the media | Scoop.it
A NEW helpline for fly-in, fly-out workers battling alcohol and drug problems will be launched on Sunday.
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The 24/7 Working Away Alcohol and Drug Support Line no. is 1800 721 997. It will provide direct counselling and referrals into treatment services.

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Italians 'OK to drink behind the wheel'

Italians 'OK to drink behind the wheel' | Alcohol & other drug issues in the media | Scoop.it
Campaigners have warned that new drink-drive regulations are a "crippling blow" in the battle to clean up the country's roads, which are among the most dangerous in the European Union.
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It seems this isn't just about a political decision but a systemic issue, with clear judicial reticence to enforce drink driving laws.

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The ice town where meth use is so rampant it has been nicknamed the ‘South Pole’ (NSW)

The ice town where meth use is so rampant it has been nicknamed the ‘South Pole’ (NSW) | Alcohol & other drug issues in the media | Scoop.it
A DISTURBING interim report into methamphetamine use has revealed Australians consume more ice than any other country.
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While there's abundant evidence to refute the repeated media (and political) references to a national 'epidemic', it's undeniable that some rural, regional and remote communities are experiencing severe methamphetamine-related harms. If you're in Victoria, there will be nine new non-residential rehabilitation programs commencing around the state in October: http://www.regen.org.au/media-releases/613-regen-welcomes-expansion-of-vic-non-resi-drug-rehabilitation-services-26-06-15. 

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E-Cigarettes Might Be Just As Addictive As Cigarettes (USA)

E-Cigarettes Might Be Just As Addictive As Cigarettes (USA) | Alcohol & other drug issues in the media | Scoop.it
The addictive nicotine type in cigarettes are often found in e-cigarettes.
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Costly to Treat, Hepatitis C Gains Quietly in U.S.

Costly to Treat, Hepatitis C Gains Quietly in U.S. | Alcohol & other drug issues in the media | Scoop.it
A sharp increase in reported cases of the disease among people who often cannot afford treatment has prompted officials to create programs to try to stop its spread.
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Highlighting the importance of harm reduction to prevent the transmission of HCV and other blood borne viruses and the need for accessible treatment.

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Queensland's denial of drug treatment to prisoners 'breaches obligations'

Queensland's denial of drug treatment to prisoners 'breaches obligations' | Alcohol & other drug issues in the media | Scoop.it
High-profile drug and alcohol researchers accuse the Queensland Government of failing to provide adequate healthcare to prisoners.
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Citing Igor Koutsenok (keynote speaker at last week's Australian Winter School conference) on the dangers of abrupt cessation of ORT.

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Trial start brings medical marijuana closer in Queensland

Trial start brings medical marijuana closer in Queensland | Alcohol & other drug issues in the media | Scoop.it
Medical marijuana is one step closer in Queensland after New South Wales announced its first adult trials with the drug will begin next year.
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MP's daughter triumphs over ice addiction (WA)

THE daughter of a Western Australian MP has been fined $1200 for stealing money from her mother during a time she was addicted to ice.
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There's a lot going on here, but the takeaway message is clear: if you or a loved one are struggling with the impacts of dependent AOD use, you don't have to do it alone. Ask for help. If you're in Victoria, you can call us on 1800 700 514.

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Cannabis spray considered for public funding (NZ)

Cannabis spray considered for public funding (NZ) | Alcohol & other drug issues in the media | Scoop.it
A cannabis spray used to treat epilepsy, pain and multiple sclerosis will be considered for public funding next month. - New Zealand Herald
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Teen dies ‘after taking laughing gas’ (UK)

Teen dies ‘after taking laughing gas’ (UK) | Alcohol & other drug issues in the media | Scoop.it
A TEENAGER has died of a heart attack after inhaling nitrous oxide, otherwise known as laughing gas.
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Make that: nitrous oxide and alcohol. While it's important to recognise that there are risks associated with nitrous, it's perhaps more necessary to highlight the fact that poly drug use is a common factor in most overdose deaths.

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Suicide Prevention Australia calls for action after women's self-harm rates surge

Suicide Prevention Australia calls for action after women's self-harm rates surge | Alcohol & other drug issues in the media | Scoop.it
A sharp rise in the number of women who end up in hospital because of severe self-harm has prompted Suicide Prevention Australia to call for more to be done to help suicidal women.
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Highlighting the particular risk for Aboriginal, lesbian and bisexual women.

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Ice epidemic brought home (Aus)

Ice epidemic brought home (Aus) | Alcohol & other drug issues in the media | Scoop.it
What disturbs me the most is how quickly we now all move on. That is the cruellest thing about this product – it makes those who are not customers not give a damn about those who are.
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A passionate piece by Barnaby Joyce on the impact of methamphetamine use within our communities and the stigmatisation of those affected. A summary of the National Ice Taskforce's initial areas for policy focus is available here: http://sco.lt/7WH48f

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Cops seek more powers to fight ice (Qld)

Cops seek more powers to fight ice (Qld) | Alcohol & other drug issues in the media | Scoop.it
POLICE across Australia want the power to strip search people who are not under arrest, in a desperate bid to identify ice users and dealers.
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Citing QNADA.

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Alcohol, junk food next plain packaging targets, lawyer warns (Aus)

Alcohol, junk food next plain packaging targets, lawyer warns (Aus) | Alcohol & other drug issues in the media | Scoop.it
A beer bottle with a picture of a cirrhotic liver could soon grace Australia's table, a litigator warns.
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Could we see plain packaging requirements for alcohol? 

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Senators give medical marijuana the green light (Aus)

Senators give medical marijuana the green light (Aus) | Alcohol & other drug issues in the media | Scoop.it
Health Department warns move could conflict with Australian law and an international convention.
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Cross party committee to 'strongly recommend' pass bill to create Federal regulator.
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Three towns to trial cashless welfare card (Aus)

Three towns to trial cashless welfare card (Aus) | Alcohol & other drug issues in the media | Scoop.it
A CLOSE-TO-CASHLESS welfare card will be trialled in three remote communities, aimed at stopping people spending welfare payments on drugs, alcohol and gambling.
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There have been plenty of concerns expressed about this model. We'll have to wait and see what the impacts are on the residents of Kununurra, Halls Creek and Ceduna.

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UN health agency to mark World Hepatitis Day with pilot initiative to curb unsafe injections

UN health agency to mark World Hepatitis Day with pilot initiative to curb unsafe injections | Alcohol & other drug issues in the media | Scoop.it
The World Health Organization (WHO) announced today that it will commemorate the fifth World Hepatitis Day next week with a global ?injection safety initiative campaign in three pilot countries together with the foundation arm of IKEA to combat the “silent epidemic” that kills more than 1.4 million each year.
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16 billion injections a year, with up to 40% of them considered unsafe. The need for global harmreduction is pretty clear.

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