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Inquiry reveals grim NT alcohol statistics

Inquiry reveals grim NT alcohol statistics | Alcohol & other drug issues in the media | Scoop.it
THE chief minister's endorsement of drinking as a core social value in the Northern Territory has not helped to tackle the problem drinking of indigenous people, a federal inquiry has heard.
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As services call for the reinstatement of the Banned Drinker's Register.

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Cricket World Cup: 'How thirsty are you?' Social media reacts to Shane Warne's drinking questions and Australia's win

Cricket World Cup: 'How thirsty are you?' Social media reacts to Shane Warne's drinking questions and Australia's win | Alcohol & other drug issues in the media | Scoop.it
Australia has won their fifth Cricket World Cup, but Shane Warne's interrogation of winning players about their post-match drinking plans has caused a stir and generated some laughs on social media.
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Warne's commentary was only slightly more egregious than is usually the case in sports coverage. The fact that there has been this reaction is a good indication of how public attitudes are shifting and the increased awareness of the impacts of pervasive alcohol marketing.

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Now the election is over, NSW badly needs a drug summit

Now the election is over, NSW badly needs a drug summit | Alcohol & other drug issues in the media | Scoop.it
The election is over and it is time for governing to resume. A top priority for whichever party finds itself in charge of NSW today must be dealing with the unfolding ice crisis.
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Sun Herald editorial focusing on the need for a co-ordinated, statewide response to methamphetamines.

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World first trials for hepatitis C wonder drug in Sydney's maximum security jails

World first trials for hepatitis C wonder drug in Sydney's maximum security jails | Alcohol & other drug issues in the media | Scoop.it
Two of NSW's maximum security jails are the focus of a world-first trial of a new wonder drug designed to stop the spread of the blood-borne disease Hepatitis C.
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This is good news.

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Cure For HIV Found? Scientists Successfully Delete HIV From Human DNA (USA)

Researchers from Temple University have successfully deleted the HIV virus from a strand of human DNA for the first time ever, but when will the ground-breaking
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Pub changes hard to swallow for patrons (Qld)

Pub changes hard to swallow for patrons (Qld) | Alcohol & other drug issues in the media | Scoop.it
However, police union welcomes planned pubs and clubs reforms.
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Response to the announced introduction of 1am lockouts and 3am closures in Brisbane's Fortitude Valley precinct.

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A night out in Kings Cross: what the lockout laws have achieved – video (NSW)

King's Cross has changed dramatically since strict lockout and alcohol-sale laws were introduced – but for better or worse?
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Nice piece by Brigid Delaney on some of the broader impacts of the lockouts, including the emergence of alternative entertainment options in the nighttime economy. Featuring Matt Noffs.

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Daniel Andrews backs drug testing on construction sites as ice spreads (Vic)

Daniel Andrews backs drug testing on construction sites as ice spreads (Vic) | Alcohol & other drug issues in the media | Scoop.it
PREMIER Daniel Andrews has backed a new push for construction work site drug tests, two months after he axed an industry watchdog that conducted mandatory drug tests.
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Fortitude Valley pubs and clubs opposed to liquor licensing changes including trading hours and lockouts (Qld)

Fortitude Valley pubs and clubs opposed to liquor licensing changes including trading hours and lockouts (Qld) | Alcohol & other drug issues in the media | Scoop.it
A 3AM closing time, a 1am lockout and a ban on alco­holic shots after midnight are among a raft of liquor licensing changes the State Government plans to introduce.
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See today's other post on this story: http://sco.lt/8VtEUD 

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Updated: Health Canada grants exemption to Insite drug injection centre

Updated: Health Canada grants exemption to Insite drug injection centre | Alcohol & other drug issues in the media | Scoop.it
Health Canada has granted Vancouver’s Insite supervised drug injection site an exemption to operate for another year, Vancouver Coastal Health announced in a statement Wednesday. But the city’s . . .
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This sounds very familiar. Sydney's MSIC was kept in 'pilot' phase for ten years before being given ongoing policy and funding security. This sort of existential drip-feeding places a significant burden on services as they have to devote resources to justifying their existence and fighting for survival, instead of focusing on the job of saving lives and reducing drug-related harm.

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Third group steps down from Diageo alcohol campaign (Ireland)

Third group steps down from Diageo alcohol campaign (Ireland) | Alcohol & other drug issues in the media | Scoop.it
St Patrick’s Mental Health Services have have withdrawn from the Stop Out-of-Control Drinking campaign
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Another example of the problems with alcohol industry involvement in public health campaigns.

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Seattle's sensible approach puts drug offenders into treatment, not jail (USA)

Seattle's sensible approach puts drug offenders into treatment, not jail (USA) | Alcohol & other drug issues in the media | Scoop.it
The influential Law-Enforcement Assisted Diversion, or Lead, program is making waves in criminal justice circles – and it could be coming to other US cities
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There are clear benefits from supporting people to change, rather than putting them in prison. Australia's Diversion programs provide a range of early interventions that allow people to avoid being drawn further into the Justice system for low level, non-violent offences. ReGen runs several education programs for Diversion participants: http://www.regen.org.au/education/client-courses 

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Tassie’s bold anti-smoking strategy lauded on global stage

THE Tobacco-Free Generation amendment before the Legislative Council is attracting global attention. The amendment seeks to create a new generation of citizens born this century who will live lives tobacco-free by means of preventing retailers selling cigarettes to them.

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Ice age: the long wait for treatment (NSW)

Addiction specialists say there are not enough facilities or trained medical staff to address the growing problem of ice addiction. There are only 200 addiction specialists in Australia and NZ. Addicts must wait months for treatment in residential rehab facilities.
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Follow-up coverage to yesterday's ACC methamphetamine report: http://sco.lt/6XenvV. See also recent coverage of Victorian rehab service waiting times: http://sco.lt/8SsIE5 

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Our alcohol-drenched cricketing culture must change (Aus)

Our alcohol-drenched cricketing culture must change (Aus) | Alcohol & other drug issues in the media | Scoop.it
The mix of alcohol, sports, and TV advertising is detrimental to the nation's health.
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By FARE Australia's Michael Thorn. Lot's of discussion happening in the comments section. It's also published on DrinkTank: http://drinktank.org.au/2015/03/cricket-world-cup/ 

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Courts order ice addicts into rehab programs. There's just one problem. There aren't enough (NSW)

Courts order ice addicts into rehab programs. There's just one problem. There aren't enough (NSW) | Alcohol & other drug issues in the media | Scoop.it
NSW courts are repeatedly ordering ice users into treatment programs that do not exist, as funding cuts and staff shortages leave a generation of addicts alone and stranded without support.
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See related NSW methamphetamine coverage: http://sco.lt/7wxSE5 

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We came in lost and we leave damaged and angry - is that what society wants? (NSW)

We came in lost and we leave damaged and angry - is that what society wants? (NSW) | Alcohol & other drug issues in the media | Scoop.it
An inmate at a Sydney jail where an HIV-positive prisoner was found to be shooting up drugs and sharing needles with six other prisoners, has revealed that there were many more prisoners who shared needles with the man.
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See previous post about Hep C treatment in Sydney prisons: http://sco.lt/5TOSrB 

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Marijuana cultivation in California is sucking streams dry, says new report

Marijuana cultivation in California is sucking streams dry, says new report | Alcohol & other drug issues in the media | Scoop.it
The drought-stricken state is facing further water shortages due to unregulated marijuana farms. Researchers say that needs to change - and fast
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Another reminder that drug policy does not exist in a vacuum. Any public policy initiative will have unintended consequences in other areas.

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Lockouts and 3am closing time served up (Qld)

Lockouts and 3am closing time served up (Qld) | Alcohol & other drug issues in the media | Scoop.it
Queensland, last drinks and lock-outs are coming.
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See accounts of the impacts of the Kings Cross lockouts on alcohol related violence and injuries: http://sco.lt/5y9l8zhttp://sco.lt/5E62iH 

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Mandatory drug and alcohol testing on work sites floated by union (Aus)

Mandatory drug and alcohol testing on work sites floated by union (Aus) | Alcohol & other drug issues in the media | Scoop.it
The new policy would prioritise workers' rehabilitation, and keep their jobs for when they returned.
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More on the CFMEU's change of position on workplace testing (see yesterday's post: http://sco.lt/50N34L). Good to see a focus on workers' welfare and reducing potential harms. It will be very interesting to see how employers respond.

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Bendigo nurse practitioner working with ice addicts (Vic)

Bendigo nurse practitioner working with ice addicts (Vic) | Alcohol & other drug issues in the media | Scoop.it
Depressive moods after stopping a prolonged use of ice is one of the challenges AOD nurse, Cameron Cail, faces with his clients.
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Cameron's experience is certainly consistent with ours. Here's an evaluation report of our 'Step-up.Step-down' model for methamphetamine withdrawal: http://www.regen.org.au/images/reports/Step-up_Evaluation_Final_Report_141114.pdf 

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Gold Coast study to probe steroid use

Gold Coast study to probe steroid use | Alcohol & other drug issues in the media | Scoop.it
A Gold Coast criminologist is heading a research project into why the use of performance-enhancing drugs has skyrocketed in Qld.
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Cheap deals drive consumers online for alcohol (Aus)

The online alcohol sales industry in Australia is expected
to be worth more than $1 billion in the next five years as more and more
consumers order their favourite drinks through their computer, tablet or
smartphone.
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There's obvious appeal to the industry for online sales: reduced costs, increased marketing potential and direct access to consumers. We've already seen that online marketing provides the industry with opportunities to get around marketing restrictions that are enforced in traditional media.

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Alcohol companies may have learned some lessons from the fight against Big Tobacco (Ireland)

Alcohol companies may have learned some lessons from the fight against Big Tobacco (Ireland) | Alcohol & other drug issues in the media | Scoop.it

ALCOHOL COMPANIES’ SUPPORT for responsible drinking campaigns is little more than a “clever exercise in corporate branding”, one advertising expert has claimed..

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See the related post on the Diageo campaign: http://sco.lt/5HuYIj

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Bans on using and selling e-cigarettes remain hazy (Vic)

Bans on using and selling e-cigarettes remain hazy (Vic) | Alcohol & other drug issues in the media | Scoop.it
BANS on using or selling e-cigarettes in Victoria are shrouded in haze, with even the authorities responsible for enforcing them seemingly confused about the legalities.
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Ice epidemic to be investigated by Federal Parliament (Aus)

Ice epidemic to be investigated by Federal Parliament (Aus) | Alcohol & other drug issues in the media | Scoop.it
Parliament is set to examine the ice scourge ravaging communities all over the country following the release of a landmark report into the issue.
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More on the response to the ACC methamphetamines report: http://sco.lt/6XenvV. Future details on the inquiry will be posted here: http://www.aph.gov.au/Parliamentary_Business/Committees/Joint/Law_Enforcement/Crystal_methamphetamine 

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