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Uruguay's battle with 'pasta base'

Uruguay's battle with 'pasta base' | Alcohol & other drug issues in the media | Scoop.it

In December, Uruguay became the first nation in the world to legislate for the production, sale and state regulation of marijuana. Many hope that when the law takes full effect next year, fewer people will use a cheap, highly addictive cocaine derivative called "pasta base". Others fear the opposite.

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Will Uruguay's cannabis laws have an impact on harms associated with the use of this drug?  Time (and research) will tell.

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We have waged war on drugs for a century. So who won?

We have waged war on drugs for a century. So who won? | Alcohol & other drug issues in the media | Scoop.it
Extrajudicial killings in the Philippines show how prohibition has made a global problem far worse
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Alex Wodak argues that, while the killing of over 7,000 Filippinos under President Duterte's brutal drug policies are an extreme example, prohibitionist approaches are responsible for far broader harm to individuals, communities and global order. He also considers the threat such examples pose to emerging support for policy alternatives. Is global drug policy at risk of regression?

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Trust us on welfare changes: minister (Aus)

Social Services Minister Christian Porter has broken an age-old adage in pursuit of a drastic overhaul of Australia's welfare system, urging people to trust him.
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You can see our response to the Turnbull Govt's proposed drug testing of welfare recipients here: http://www.regen.org.au/news-advocacy/regen-in-the-media/848-punitive-drug-testing-of-welfare-recipients-is-not-an-act-of-love-16-05-17

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Police snap selfie with drunk man after escorting him home after a night out (Tas)

Police snap selfie with drunk man after escorting him home after a night out (Tas) | Alcohol & other drug issues in the media | Scoop.it
Tasmania Police officers who helped a drunk man home after a night out have issued a warning for party-goers to plan their night before indulging.
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It's a nice story, but Tas Police's Senior Sergeant Fox's reminder is important: if you're planning a big night out, plan for how you're going to get home, or arrange alternative accommodation.

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Overdose mapping system could be used in fight against heroin (USA)

Overdose mapping system could be used in fight against heroin (USA) | Alcohol & other drug issues in the media | Scoop.it
LOUISVILLE, Ky. (WHAS11) -- First responders in the Louisville Metro area are hoping that a real time overdose mapping system could help them in the fight against the ongoing heroin epidemic.
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A similar exercise in Sydney helped identify the location for Australia's first (and, still, only) Medically Supervised Injecting Centre in Kings Cross.

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Australian drugs users: how likely are you to have a run-in with police?

Australian drugs users: how likely are you to have a run-in with police? | Alcohol & other drug issues in the media | Scoop.it
Drug users in Australia have a one in four chance of having a run in with police, but a tiny proportion copped an arrest, the world's largest drug survey suggests.
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'The researchers behind the 2016 Global Drug Survey say the huge investment in policing illicit drugs in some Western countries including Australia was misguided, had little impact, and put drug uses at risk of immediate and long-term harms.'

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Calls to extend ban on alcohol sales to Aboriginal people at remote roadhouses (Aus)

Calls to extend ban on alcohol sales to Aboriginal people at remote roadhouses (Aus) | Alcohol & other drug issues in the media | Scoop.it
More and more alcohol is being illegally trafficked into the Aboriginal communities of the Ngaanyatjarra Pitjantjatjara Yankunytjatjara Lands in central Australia, an area that is officially 'dry'.
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NPY Women's Council supports extension of current sale restrictions to help reduce alcohol related violence in the region.

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NPY Women's Council supports extension of current sale restrictions to help reduce alcohol related violence in the region.

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I'm a stay-at-home mum. And I'm an addict (USA)

I'm a stay-at-home mum. And I'm an addict (USA) | Alcohol & other drug issues in the media | Scoop.it
The past year has been extraordinarily difficult. It's strange how not doing something is the hardest thing I've ever done.
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An insight into the impacts of prescribing practice and our approach to pain management in driving dependent use amongst those not typically associated with the usual stereotypes. The article also considers some of the complexities for parents who are drug dependent. 

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WA Premier Mark McGowan not open to debate on alternative drug policies

WA Premier Mark McGowan not open to debate on  alternative drug policies | Alcohol & other drug issues in the media | Scoop.it
​West Australian Premier Mark McGowan says personal drug possession won't be decriminalised, after the Australian Medical Association WA called for
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Premier McGowan says he 'had not heard of' the Portuguese decriminalisation model, and that he doesn't support it. It's a bit hard to recognise evidence based policy models when you have a 'tough on drugs' policy as a key pillar of your government. See yesterday's coverage of the AMA position: http://sco.lt/6hHvFJ

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Winnunga 'walking away' from Ngunnawal Bush Healing Farm (ACT)

Winnunga 'walking away' from Ngunnawal Bush Healing Farm (ACT) | Alcohol & other drug issues in the media | Scoop.it
ACT Health officials have admitted they "were not clear enough" with an Aboriginal health service that a $12 million drug and alcohol centre fo
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Seems like some pretty poor communication by the ACT Govt and a flawed service model. 

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Death not from just one drink: Coroner (WA)

Death not from just one drink: Coroner (WA) | Alcohol & other drug issues in the media | Scoop.it
THE death of an 18-year-old who had about 20 drinks at her birthday party can not only be blamed on the potent spirit she consumed at the end of the night, an inquest has been told.
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Coverage of the final day of the coronial inquest into Ms Bicknell's alcohol overdose. See previous coverage: http://sco.lt/6D7mgz

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Renewed call for safe injecting room trial in inner Melbourne - audio

Another Victorian coroner has backed calls for a safe injecting room to be trialled in the inner-Melbourne suburb of North Richmond Its the second coronial finding in a matter of months calling for
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Listen to Judy Ryan from Victorian Street Drug Solutions and Fiona Patten MP, whose MSIC bill is currently being considered by parliamentary committee.

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Most Ecstasy-Related Harm Caused by Preventable Behaviors, Study Finds (UK)

Most Ecstasy-Related Harm Caused by Preventable Behaviors, Study Finds (UK) | Alcohol & other drug issues in the media | Scoop.it
This year’s Global Drug Survey found an increase in the number of people seeking medical treatment for ecstasy-related causes.
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Global Drug Survey findings highlight the importance of changing behaviour to reduce harm.

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The Silk Road Creator’s Life Sentence Actually Boosted Dark Web Drug Sales

The Silk Road Creator’s Life Sentence Actually Boosted Dark Web Drug Sales | Alcohol & other drug issues in the media | Scoop.it
A new study raises questions about the deterrence value of harsh sentencing for dark web crimes.
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See this year's Global Drug Survey findings that show the continued growth of online drug markets: http://sco.lt/62L1kX. Here's related coverage: http://sco.lt/6QxTIf

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Jailing offenders isn't the answer to rehabilitation (SA)

Jailing offenders isn't the answer to rehabilitation (SA) | Alcohol & other drug issues in the media | Scoop.it
THE Magistrates Court has a long history of providing access to programs in appropriate cases to assist defendants address criminal behaviour.
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SA's Chief Magistrate Mary-Louise Hribal highlights the ineffectiveness of imprisonment in preventing future offending and the need for a greater investment in AOD, mental health and family violence services.

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'Giving up drinking saved me $4000 a year' (Aus)

'Giving up drinking saved me $4000 a year' (Aus) | Alcohol & other drug issues in the media | Scoop.it
When I was forced to quit alcohol because of long-term medication, I was not very impressed.
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Kate Robertson considers the financial benefits of reducing alcohol consumption.

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Victoria's ice epicentre under the spotlight

Victoria's ice epicentre under the spotlight | Alcohol & other drug issues in the media | Scoop.it
The Victorian city of Geelong is one of Australia's ice epicentres and local residents are at a loss to how to stem the growing crime wave that has hit as a result.
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The article starts out as the usual A Current Affair stuff, but actually includes some recovery stories in the second half, along with discussion about the potential of drug courts to support changed behaviour.

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Faces of Addiction: Niki Fontaine (USA)

Faces of Addiction: Niki Fontaine (USA) | Alcohol & other drug issues in the media | Scoop.it
“I was ready to die": Fontaine recalls painful road from honor student to drug dealer
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Ms Fontaine's story highlights the role AOD use plays in people self-managing physical and emotional pain.

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Peter Dunne says 'Class C' drugs like cannabis should be made legal and regulated (NZ)

Peter Dunne says 'Class C' drugs like cannabis should be made legal and regulated (NZ) | Alcohol & other drug issues in the media | Scoop.it
Government minister says legalisation of cannabis is the 'logical way forward'.
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Peter Dunne continues his advocacy for evidence based policy measures. In contrast, see the latest example of Australian political leaders refusing to recognise calls for policy reform: http://sco.lt/7xmHlB

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Peter Dunne continues his advocacy for evidence based policy measures. In contrast, see the latest example of Australian political leaders refusing to recognise calls for policy reform: http://sco.lt/7xmHlB

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Opioid abuse helping hepatitis C make a comeback in South Carolina

Opioid abuse helping hepatitis C make a comeback in South Carolina | Alcohol & other drug issues in the media | Scoop.it
Opioid abuse among younger Americans is contributing to a rise in new hepatitis C cases. In South Carolina, the number of cases has more than doubled.
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Highlighting the importance of expanding access to harm reduction services in the US to prevent new infections and help keep people alive.

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WA medics call for end to drug war

WA medics call for end to drug war | Alcohol & other drug issues in the media | Scoop.it
DRUG possession for personal use should be decriminalised in WA, says the States peak doctors group, which is calling for a radical new approach to the war on drugs.
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See today's related post for Premier McGowan's predictable response: http://sco.lt/7xmHlB

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Quitting my addiction was only the first step in rediscovering my identity (Aus)

Quitting my addiction was only the first step in rediscovering my identity (Aus) | Alcohol & other drug issues in the media | Scoop.it
When it comes to reassessing your relationship with drugs and alcohol, I recommend you choose your own adventure.
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An excerpt from Jenny's soon to be released book. You don't have to try everything she has tried to find alternative activities to fill the void left by alcohol or other drugs, but there are some good tips here for discovering what is meaningful for you and what will provide the best support for your own recovery. 

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Modern cigarette filters increase the risk of lung cancer, study finds (USA/Aus)

Modern cigarette filters increase the risk of lung cancer, study finds (USA/Aus) | Alcohol & other drug issues in the media | Scoop.it
Smokers using filtered cigarettes took deeper puffs, inhaled larger particles and smoked more a day, researchers say.
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Citing US study findings and what they indicated about the increased health risks associated with filters.

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Strikes to be wiped from 100 venues under revised penalty scheme (NSW)

Strikes to be wiped from 100 venues under revised penalty scheme (NSW) | Alcohol & other drug issues in the media | Scoop.it
Changes to "three strikes" laws mean a fresh start for more than 100 pubs and clubs.
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More on the NSW Govt's proposed easing of licensing restrictions. See this week's related coverage: http://sco.lt/4vZCaX

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Cost-effective ways to combat HIV risk among intravenous drug users identified (USA)

With the abuse of opioids on the rise in the United States, researchers are concerned that increased HIV transmission from shared needles won't be far behind.
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More support for expanding access to pharmacotherapies in the US. Here, the logic is that increased access will reduce opioid injecting and the risk of HIV transmission.

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Cannabis drug cuts seizures in children with severe epilepsy in trial (UK)

Cannabis drug cuts seizures in children with severe epilepsy in trial (UK) | Alcohol & other drug issues in the media | Scoop.it
Doctors say cannabidiol offers hope for thousands with rare condition who have several life-threatening convulsions a day
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