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EDITORIAL: Newman Government’s tougher one-punch laws hit home (Qld)

EDITORIAL: Newman Government’s tougher one-punch laws hit home (Qld) | Alcohol & other drug issues in the media | Scoop.it
TODAY’S announcement by the Newman Government on tougher one-punch laws is long overdue and a testament to the courage of the current administration. It is also a poor reflection on the rabid, zealot-like civil libertarian lobby that has, until now, stopped reform of the laws around alcohol-fuelled violence.
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The Courier Mail makes its position pretty clear.  Pity it doesn't seem to have consulted any research on effective policy initiatives to reduce alcohol related violence before adopting it.

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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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POLL: Should Ireland open supervised injection centres for drug use? (Ireland)

POLL: Should Ireland open supervised injection centres for drug use? (Ireland) | Alcohol & other drug issues in the media | Scoop.it
A think tank meets today at the Mansion House in Dublin to discuss Ireland's drugs policy and new approaches the country can take to battling drug addiction in more modern, effective...
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Online poll finds overwhelming support for establishment of MSICs in Ireland.

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Plan to coerce addicts into treatment 'probably illegal' says Tory health chair (UK)

Plan to coerce addicts into treatment 'probably illegal' says Tory health chair (UK) | Alcohol & other drug issues in the media | Scoop.it
Sarah Woolaston, chair of the Health Select Committee said plans to deny benefits to people who refused treatment were "highly misguided"
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What’s wrong with ordering water?

What’s wrong with ordering water? | Alcohol & other drug issues in the media | Scoop.it
OPINION: AS DRY July draws to a close and participants bid farewell to hangover free mornings they’re also saying goodbye to the only socially acceptable excuse for not drinking.
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Rachel Corbett's reflection on our drinking culture and reliance on alcohol in social settings.

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Doctors to crack down on prescription drug abuse with new guidelines (Aus)

Doctors to crack down on prescription drug abuse with new guidelines (Aus) | Alcohol & other drug issues in the media | Scoop.it
DOCTORS have been ordered to crack down on the deadly abuse of prescription drugs by patients and their on-selling by pensioners.
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The RACGP benzo prescribing guidelines are here: http://sco.lt/5vklMn. 

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Ice the 'drug of choice', Senate inquiry hears (NSW)

Ice the 'drug of choice', Senate inquiry hears (NSW) | Alcohol & other drug issues in the media | Scoop.it
Some young people are choosing to use the drug ice over alcohol at parties because it is cheaper and more readily available, a Senate inquiry has heard.
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Citing Alison Ritter on NDARC's anecdotal reports of emerging patterns of methamphetamine use. The substitution of alcohol with ilicits is not a new phenomenon. Venue owners have been faced with declining revenue from alcohol sales for some time due to pre-loading at home and consumption of cheaper illicit drugs in venues.

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Inquiry hears the use of ice in mining on the rise (Aus)

Inquiry hears the use of ice in mining on the rise (Aus) | Alcohol & other drug issues in the media | Scoop.it
The Federal inquiry into ice has heard the use of the drug is on the rise in the mining industry.
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Stress hormone reduces heroin cravings (Switzerland)

Stress hormone reduces heroin cravings (Switzerland) | Alcohol & other drug issues in the media | Scoop.it
Every addiction is characterized by a strong desire for a certain addictive substance, be it nicotine, alcohol or other drug. Researchers at the University of Basel in Switzerland recently conducted a study on heroin addiction and demonstrated that the stress hormone cortisol can reduce addictive cravings. The findings from the research have been published in the medical journal Translational Psychiatry.
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The study targetted people undergoing Heroin-Assisted Treatment (HAT). Eligibility criteria for HAT usually stipulate that no other treatment measure is effective, so achieving positive results with this cohort is a significant outcome.

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UK petition for parliamentary debate to legalise marijuana

UK petition for parliamentary debate to legalise marijuana | Alcohol & other drug issues in the media | Scoop.it
THE movement to legalise marijuana has been gaining significant momentum and the United Kingdom is set to be the next big battle ground for advocates.
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The size of the response to the petition means that a debate is likely. The outcome of that debate is still difficult to predict. The article also provides a quick summary of Aus policy movements on cannabis, including the likely recommendation for a medical cannabis regulator.

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'Walter White approves of this': Ice sales rife on Melbourne's Craigslist

'Walter White approves of this': Ice sales rife on Melbourne's Craigslist | Alcohol & other drug issues in the media | Scoop.it
Melbourne's Craigslist has become a digital den of iniquity, with ice, weed, LSD, worn underwear and sex being sold on the website.
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Tammy Mills on some of the challenges of controlling online drug markets and risks for consumers.

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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, Today, 3:36 AM

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

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Drugs meeting finds ‘wide consensus’ on decriminalisation (Ireland)

Drugs meeting finds ‘wide consensus’ on decriminalisation (Ireland) | Alcohol & other drug issues in the media | Scoop.it
Aodhán Ó Ríordáin says ‘consumption rooms’ for heroin users will be considered
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See today's related post for more evidence of positive drug policy shifts in Ireland: http://sco.lt/5nMkoj. 

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Australia Has Closed Its Most Controversial Ketamine Clinics

Aura Medical Corporation ran a chain of facilities where people could treat depression, bipolar disorder and PTSD with ketamine – but these clinics were recently shut down amid controversy.
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Editorial: Alcohol laws must have sensible limits (SA)

ALCOHOL is, undoubtedly, the cause of many health, family and community problems in Australia.
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The 'Tiser alludes to the 'nanny state' critique of alcohol policy interventions, but recognises the need for a range of interventions to prevent related violence.

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The most common abused depressant in the United States

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Ice rage crisis hits cops (Vic)

Ice rage crisis hits cops (Vic) | Alcohol & other drug issues in the media | Scoop.it
IT has never before been more dangerous to be a frontline police officer.
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It's a screaming headline for yesterday's Herald Sun editorial, but the content is reasonably restrained and succeeds in avoiding the usual 'epidemic' language and keeping the issue in perspective. Changes proceeds-of-crime legislation may help reduce some of the supply of methamphetamine, but will not address the reasons why people are choosing to use the drug in the first place. The states are starting to implement their own responses with increased funding for treatment and support services. We wait to see what action the Federal Government will take later this year when its national Ice action plan is released. The National Ice Taskforce report isn't yet available, but you can see the key areas it has raised with COAG attendees last week: http://sco.lt/7WH48f. 

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Ice scourge second only to cannabis as the destructive drug soars in popularity in the city (NSW)

Ice scourge second only to cannabis as the destructive drug soars in popularity in the city (NSW) | Alcohol & other drug issues in the media | Scoop.it
But crime had gone down as ice addicts are more likely to be employed and able to afford it at a cost of up to $50 a hit — at least at first.
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Interesting to note this inclusion towards the end of the article: 'But crime had gone down as ice addicts are more likely to be employed and able to afford it at a cost of up to $50 a hit — at least at first.' Our submission to the Senate Joint Committee here: http://www.regen.org.au/advocacy. 

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Hugos Lounge in Kings Cross set to close due to revenue decline (NSW)

Hugos Lounge in Kings Cross set to close due to revenue decline (NSW) | Alcohol & other drug issues in the media | Scoop.it
One of Sydney's highest-profile nightspots, Hugos Lounge in Kings Cross, is set to close after being placed into voluntary administration on Wednesday.
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Owner claims 60% drop in revenue since the introduction of Sydney's lockout system in Kings Cross.

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Police target Frankston night spots (Vic)

Police target Frankston night spots (Vic) | Alcohol & other drug issues in the media | Scoop.it
AN ONGOING police operation targeting Frankston’s entertainment precinct is delivering positive results.
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Including information about the local forum for licensed venues to work with police to reduce alcohol related violence.

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Three more police forces signal that they will turn blind eye to cannabis use (UK)

Three more police forces signal that they will turn blind eye to cannabis use (UK) | Alcohol & other drug issues in the media | Scoop.it
PCC's in Derbyshire, Dorset and Surrey follow Durham in suggesting that catching dangerous criminals must take priority
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See today's related post on a likely parliamentary debate on cannabis legalisation: http://sco.lt/7U0Ocj.

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‘Pain relief’ claimed Michael’s life, friend charged over death (Qld)

‘Pain relief’ claimed Michael’s life, friend charged over death (Qld) | Alcohol & other drug issues in the media | Scoop.it
FOR three days Michael Clayton complained of a sore butt muscle from intensive gym training.
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Fentanyl is a very powerful opioid and carries a significant overdose risk if not used correctly. There may not have been many related overdoses in Qld, but it has been an issue elsewhere in Australia (http://sco.lt/6owTRJ, http://sco.lt/7lP7gH) and overseas (http://sco.lt/6w16v3http://sco.lt/5k95yD)The last part of this article cites claims fentanyl use is an issue amongst body builders. Seems that there's a need for some targetted harm reduction work within this community.

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