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Cocaine shipped to the Vatican

Cocaine shipped to the Vatican | Alcohol & other drug issues in the media | Scoop.it
The drug haul was unremarkable, but the destination raised eyebrows.
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Drug overdose deaths rise in Victoria

Drug overdose deaths rise in Victoria | Alcohol & other drug issues in the media | Scoop.it
More than 470 Victorians died of a drug overdose in 2016, figures released by the Coroner's Court on Wednesday show.
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Chloe Booker on the ongoing growth in overdose fatalities (mostly involving opioids and benzos, but also MDMA, methamphetamine and other drugs) and the clear need for a greater investment in treatment services and harm reduction measures, such as a Medically Supervised Injecting Centre. You can see State Coroner Hinchey's opinion piece here: http://sco.lt/7oY87F

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Accountability for Duterte (Philippines)

Accountability for Duterte (Philippines) | Alcohol & other drug issues in the media | Scoop.it
President Rodrigo Duterte of the Philippines relishes his image as a defiant crusader, willing to encourage the slaughter of thousands in the name of saving his nation from the scourge of drugs. More than 7,000 suspected drug users and dealers, witnesses and bystanders — including children — have been killed by the police or vigilantes in the Philippines since last July.
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NY Times editorial on the rising domestic opposition to President Duterte's brutal drug policies.
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Pot legalization: Canada doesn’t need another profit-seeking drug industry

Pot legalization: Canada doesn’t need another profit-seeking drug industry | Alcohol & other drug issues in the media | Scoop.it
When Canadians have expressed concerns about upcoming cannabis legalization, the government has assured them that the legal cannabis industry will be strictly regulated to protect public health.
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Michael Devillaer raises some genuine concerns about the impacts of cannabis law reform. When it becomes just another consumer product, it is subject to the same market forces and predatory business practices as alcohol, tobacco and pharmaceuticals. Our experience with the impacts of these industries indicates the potential harms from a Canadian 'greenrush'.
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Senator to investigate opioid makers’ role in drug crisis (USA)

Senator to investigate opioid makers’ role in drug crisis (USA) | Alcohol & other drug issues in the media | Scoop.it
Sen. Claire McCaskill alleges that the epidemic is the result of a “calculated sales and marketing strategy."
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Good to see greater attention being paid to Big Pharma's role in creating this public health crisis.
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Is the US facing an epidemic of 'deaths of despair'? These researchers say yes

Is the US facing an epidemic of 'deaths of despair'? These researchers say yes | Alcohol & other drug issues in the media | Scoop.it
Anne Case and Angus Deaton’s findings on mortality rates have made waves. A new paper looks deeper at a divided America – and its crisis of suicide, overdoses, and drug- and alcohol-fueled diseases
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A powerful reminder of the role social and economic factors play in contributing to AOD use and related harms. It's important to remember that problematic AOD use is typically a symptom of a deeper problem, as people seek for a way to cope with an otherwise intolerable situation.
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Ben Cousins, a drug addict like any other. And not. (Aus)

Ben Cousins, a drug addict like any other. And not. (Aus) | Alcohol & other drug issues in the media | Scoop.it
Ben Cousins was in court, just another drug addict jailed for a year on just another day in courts across Australia. A drug addict like any other. Except he wasn't.
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This is why sports reporters should (as a rule) stick to reporting on sport. Michael Gleeson here uses the phrase 'drug addict' eight times (not counting the headline) to describe Mr Cousins. While this is a particularly odious example of the deliberate use of derogatory terms to dehumanise a person who is alcohol or other drug dependent, the practice is as common as it is insidious.  It undermines our ability to see people within this group as anything but a stereotype and as less deserving of our support. Due to his previous sporting success, Mr Cousins has received far greater attention than most other people struggling with similar issues, but the impact of this sort of stigmatising language and attitudes is universally felt. This experience of stigma has been repeatedly shown to contribute to AOD related harm and make it harder for people to seek support and maintain hard-won changes. Mr Cousins' case helps sell papers, but journalists need to be aware of the impact of their words on the lives of those who are directly affected by AOD dependence, both those people who are dependent and their loved ones.

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Breaking the ice cycle (NSW)

Breaking the ice cycle (NSW) | Alcohol & other drug issues in the media | Scoop.it
A Wagga former ice addict has pleaded for a focus on medical treatment of drug users.
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Mr Morris and the Wagga Police Superintendent Bob Noble explain the importance of treatment services, as opposed to imprisonment. You can also see Mr Morris' response to the ABC's recent 'Ice Wars' series, published by AOD Media Watch: http://aodmediawatch.com.au/

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Senator condemns cannabis as a scourge (Aus)

As Canada moves to legalise recreational marijuana, Australia may still have a while to wait before it can enjoy similar highs.
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A brief summary of recent senate commentary on cannabis policy: Eric Abetz (very, very against reform), David Leyonhjelm & Derryn Hinch (in support) & Louise Pratt deferring the issue to the states.

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Hepatitis C drug faces fresh battle

Hepatitis C drug faces fresh battle | Alcohol & other drug issues in the media | Scoop.it
Medical groups mounted a new legal bid Monday to break a US pharma giant's hold on a hepatitis C drug whose price—costing thousands of dollars for a typical course—has unleashed a fierce patent battle.
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The latest example of Big Pharma players fighting over who gets the biggest share of the spoils while those in need of treatment are denied access to potentially life saving medications.

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School axes controversial drugs assignment (Vic)

School axes controversial drugs assignment (Vic) | Alcohol & other drug issues in the media | Scoop.it
A Victorian school has axed an assignment which asked students to create "attractive" packaging for an illegal drug.
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Not really that controversial. It's easy to see what the school is doing, and why a parent complained.  There is certainly a debate to be had about age-appropriate discussion of AOD issues, but simply seeking to prevent discussion of the topic is unlikely to produce positive outcomes.  If a year 10 student can work out the profit-making opportunities provided by the illicit drug market, it's an opportunity to discuss the impacts of our current policy framework, how it enables criminal (and, increasingly, terrorist) networks and how it contributes to increased harm amongst people who use illicit drugs. 

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The Preventable Epidemic: How Safe-Injection Sites Are Being Brought To Toronto

The Preventable Epidemic: How Safe-Injection Sites Are Being Brought To Toronto | Alcohol & other drug issues in the media | Scoop.it
Fentanyl has now become the number one cause of opiate-related overdose death in Ontario.
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Extended piece on the public health crisis driving demand for harm reduction.

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'Good Samaritan' Overdose Bill Fails in Oklahoma Legislature

A so-called 'Good Samaritan' bill that wouldn't criminally charge a person who is either having or observing a drug overdose and calls police for help has failed to advance in the Oklahoma Legislature.

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This is a failure in political leadership. Given the overdose crisis affecting all levels of US society, political leaders should be removing barriers to people seeking assistance when a peer or loved one's life is in danger.

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These Are The 2 Key Ways People Get Hooked On Prescription Opioids (USA)

These Are The 2 Key Ways People Get Hooked On Prescription Opioids (USA) | Alcohol & other drug issues in the media | Scoop.it
How opioid crisis trickled down to American's youth.
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Two studies highlight the role overprescription of opioids and access to medications has contributed to the current public health crisis.

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New Drug Court To Drive Down Ice Use And Crime (VIC)

New Drug Court To Drive Down Ice Use And Crime (VIC) | Alcohol & other drug issues in the media | Scoop.it
The Andrews Labor Government has launched the new $32 million Melbourne Drug Court which will make our community safer by driving down ice use and crime.
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Media release from Premier Andrews. Together with our partners at Odyssey House Victoria, we'll be providing AOD counselling services at the court.
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Cricket Australia has dropped the ball on alcohol sponsorship

Cricket Australia has dropped the ball on alcohol sponsorship | Alcohol & other drug issues in the media | Scoop.it
Study after study shows the danger of exposure to alcohol promotion on children. If sports won’t stop it, the government must
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St Vincent's CEO Toby Hall on Cricket Australia's apparent dependence on alcohol industry marketing dollars.
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Would legalizing medical marijuana help curb the opioid epidemic? (USA)

Would legalizing medical marijuana help curb the opioid epidemic? (USA) | Alcohol & other drug issues in the media | Scoop.it
In states that legalized medical marijuana, hospitals failed to see the predicted influx of pot smokers, and in an unexpected twist, they treated far fewer opioid users, a new study shows.
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This study reflects similar early findings on the impacts of cannabis law reform, which clearly showed a pattern of people seeking to manage pain without opioids.
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ACLU asks Ohio city to stop charging drug overdose survivors

ACLU asks Ohio city to stop charging drug overdose survivors | Alcohol & other drug issues in the media | Scoop.it
WASHINGTON COURT HOUSE, Ohio — An Ohio community is endangering drug addicts by criminally charging people revived by an overdose antidote, which could discourage calls for help, the American Civil Liberties Union said Tuesday.
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See also our post on Tuesday on the failure of the Oklahoma legislature to pass a 'Good Samaritan' bill. This sort of approach costs lives.
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Why We Launched the First Ever VICE MDMA Census (Aus)

Why We Launched the First Ever VICE MDMA Census (Aus) | Alcohol & other drug issues in the media | Scoop.it
We tested party drugs in eight cities around Australia.
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Nice work by the Vice crew and those who assisted with this project to highlight the need for accessible drug checking services to reduce harm and save lives. Interesting (but not surprising) to note that only 1/3 of the tested samples contained MDMA. Also worth noting is the finding that only 1/3 of participants purchased their drugs from a 'dealer', with the most common mode of supply being amongst friends.
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Drug related deaths have seen a 'significant jump' since 2014 (Vic)

Drug related deaths have seen a 'significant jump' since 2014 (Vic) | Alcohol & other drug issues in the media | Scoop.it
In 2015, the number of overdose deaths rose by 17 per cent, from 387 to 453 deaths.
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State Coroner Sara Hinchey on some of the factors behind the continued growth in overdose deaths in Victoria (e.g. polydrug use involved in 70% of all cases), particularly since 2014. You can see Coroner Hawkins' recommendations for the Andrews Govt to prioritise the development of a MSIC here: http://www.regen.org.au/images/stories/Advocacy/FINDINGS_Ms_A_COR_2016_2418.pdf

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First-ever 'MDMA Census' shows need for pill testing, drug expert says (Aus)

First-ever 'MDMA Census' shows need for pill testing, drug expert says (Aus) | Alcohol & other drug issues in the media | Scoop.it
A team of reporters armed with $20 lab kits have conducted the most thorough pill testing survey in Australia since 2005, highlighting the lack of anything better, according to drug expert Dr David Caldicott.
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Highlighting both the clear need for drug checking services to prevent overdose deaths and the inaction of State and Federal Governments on this key public health issue.

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Record drownings in WA's Pilbara region

There was a record number of drownings in Western Australia's Pilbara region last year, putting the spotlight on the dangers of drinking alcohol and swimming.
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Canada to legalise marijuana by 2018

Canada to legalise marijuana by 2018 | Alcohol & other drug issues in the media | Scoop.it

Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau's government is reportedly planning to announce legislation that will legalise recreational marijuana use across the country. 

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The proposed measures, 18 would be the legal age for purchases, but provinces could set a higher limit. They would also allow for home production, with a limited number of plants. See today's related brief summary of Australian senate commentary on Cannabis policy reform: http://sco.lt/4sfeWP

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Australian woman Summa Simmonds dies in Bali after suspected vodka binge: police

Australian woman Summa Simmonds dies in Bali after suspected vodka binge: police | Alcohol & other drug issues in the media | Scoop.it
An Australian woman has died at a luxury seaside villa in Bali, after Indonesian police say she consumed more than a bottle of vodka.
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Another reminder that illicit drugs are not the only threat to people's safety. See this related story from a couple of weeks ago: http://sco.lt/8U7rhh

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When a President Says, ‘I’ll Kill You’ (Philippines)

When a President Says, ‘I’ll Kill You’ (Philippines) | Alcohol & other drug issues in the media | Scoop.it
On the streets of Manila, the body count rises daily as journalists document the crusade of President Rodrigo Duterte.
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15-min video on the impacts of President Duterte's brutal drug policies.

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Colorado Has a Plan to Avoid a Marijuana Crackdown by Trump

It's the boldest attempt yet by a U.S. marijuana state to avoid federal intervention
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Proposed legislation to allow producers and retailers of recreational product to reclassify as medicinal.

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