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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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Ice epidemic requires new solutions (Vic)

Ice epidemic requires new solutions (Vic) | Alcohol & other drug issues in the media | Scoop.it
WHO] Sam Biondo, head of the Victorian Alcohol and Drug Association.[WHAT] We need to change the way we are reacting to the increase in the use of crystal methamphetamine, a highly potent stimulant known as ice.[HOW] Prohibition does not work, but a range of treatment and other harm-reduction measures do.
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Extended interview with Sam Biondo, including Sam's responses to today's reader comments. To see some of what we're doing to improve treatment options for people who use methamphetamines, see our website: http://www.regen.org.au/about-us/reports

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The demise of the ANPHA: why it will be ‘drinks all round’ for the alcohol industry and others (Aus)

A recent seminar at the University of Sydney examined the legacy of the Australian National Preventive Health Agency (ANPHA) in an event also billed by some as “a wake for preventive health”. In the article below, Stephen Leeder, Emeritus Professor of Public Health and Community Medicine at the University of Sydney and Editor-in-Chief of The [...]
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A good insight into the cumulative impact of the defunding of public health bodies in Australia.  Service providers (like us) can do some advocacy, but our main focus will always be on our consumers.  Removing bodies like the ANPHA is an effective way to prevent co-ordinated (and potentially critical) public health advocacy.

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Popular painkiller oxycodone has been linked to more overdose deaths than heroin for the first time (Aus)

POPULAR prescription painkiller oxycodone has surpassed heroin as the deadliest opioid drug in Australia.
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#OD14 coverage, citing Penington Institute's Wendy Dodd.  The accompanying media release highlights the increasing incidence of overdoses involving fentanyl: http://victorianalcoholanddrugassociationinc.cmail1.com/t/ViewEmail/j/B75B6A8C088238AD/7D36CD17B563473DC68C6A341B5D209E

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More than 480 people fined for cannabis possession in ACT since 2009

More than 480 people fined for cannabis possession in ACT since 2009 | Alcohol & other drug issues in the media | Scoop.it
ACT Policing has issued more than 530 infringement notices for simple cannabis offences since July 2009.
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Citing CAHMA's Sione Crawford

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North Brisbane is Australia’s worst binge alcohol drinking area (Qld)

North Brisbane is Australia’s worst binge alcohol drinking area (Qld) | Alcohol & other drug issues in the media | Scoop.it
MORE than 700,000 Australians are binge drinking on at least 11 drinks in a sitting on a weekly basis and it’s a growing middle class problem.
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Citing ABS data.

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Despite the wet weather there were still plenty of people injuring themselves after drinking far too much (NSW)

Despite the wet weather there were still plenty of people injuring themselves after drinking far too much (NSW) | Alcohol & other drug issues in the media | Scoop.it
NOT really a good Saturday night outside! The cold and wet weather may well have saved a lot of people from injuries especially from alcohol violence and injuries.
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Gordian Fulde's regular update on AOD-related ED presentations at Sydeney's St Vincent's hospital.

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Patients risk prosecution as medicinal cannabis faces long road to legalisation (VIC)

Patients risk prosecution as medicinal cannabis faces long road to legalisation (VIC) | Alcohol & other drug issues in the media | Scoop.it
After a week of political announcements, Victorians who believe in the healing powers of marijuana feel no closer to sourcing the drug legally and say they will continue to risk prosecution for buying questionable products on the black market.
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The Church frontman Steve Kilbey reveals his battle with heroin (Aus)

The Church frontman Steve Kilbey reveals his battle with heroin (Aus) | Alcohol & other drug issues in the media | Scoop.it
AT the age of 37, Steve Kilbey found himself at a crossroads. He’d become a pop star fronting the Church, a band whose song Under the Milky Way, the lead single from their fifth album, Starfish, became a worldwide hit in 1988. He’d made quite a lot of money: he had a house and a recording studio in Sydney, a couple of cars, a load of instruments and some cash to spare. He wasn’t filthy rich, but he was certainly very comfortable.
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Nice piece by Andrew McMillen, an excerpt from his larger work looking at drug use in the Aus music scene.

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ACT government denies asking company for medical marijuana

ACT government denies asking company for medical marijuana | Alcohol & other drug issues in the media | Scoop.it
Medical marijuana company claims ACT government asked about organising medicinal cannabis for sick Canberrans.
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Scientists link alcohol-dependence gene to neurotransmitter (USA)

Scientists at The Scripps Research Institute (TSRI) have solved the mystery of why a specific signaling pathway can be associated with alcohol dependence.
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Somali paradise flower chewers savour low-price bliss after UK ban

MOGADISHU, Aug 26 (Reuters) - "The president has arrived, the president has arrived," chant youths in Mogadishu's Beerta Khaatka market, as armed men in trucks mounted with machine guns escort lorries with horns blaring through the throng.

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More Colorado marijuana seized en route to other states, report finds

More Colorado marijuana seized en route to other states, report finds | Alcohol & other drug issues in the media | Scoop.it
Postal inspectors seized more than 493lbs of pot from packages in 2013, quadruple the amount from 2010
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Victorian government medicinal marijuana trials plan described as 'nonsense' by expert

Victorian government medicinal marijuana trials plan described as 'nonsense' by expert | Alcohol & other drug issues in the media | Scoop.it
A Victorian Government plan to make clinical trials of medicinal marijuana easier to conduct will do little to expand access to the drug, an expert on drug law reform says.
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Alex Wodak says yesterday's Govt announcement is more about delaying, rather than enabling, medical cannabis.

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How stigma prevents wider understanding of risks and prevention of overdose (Aus)

In the wake of International Overdose Awareness Day (August 31), UnitingCare ReGen’s Donna Ribton-Turner says the taboos surrounding deaths from alcohol and other drug overdose magnify the burden for grieving families and increase the risk for all of us. She looks at how we are improving, or not, with public awareness through the media coverage [...]
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Our piece for International Overdose Awareness Day.  A little late, but still very relevant.

For a look at some of our other #OD14 activities, check our FB page: https://www.facebook.com/media/set/?set=a.511582155639979.1073741869.157420044389527&type=1

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Eviction plan for housing commission criminals: Those convicted of serious crimes will be ineligible for taxpayer-funded homes (NSW)

Eviction plan for housing commission criminals: Those convicted of serious crimes will be ineligible for taxpayer-funded homes (NSW) | Alcohol & other drug issues in the media | Scoop.it
DRUG dealers and criminals will be barred from living in public housing under a radical planned shake-up following an extraordinary tribunal decision to allow a convicted crack lord to remain in his taxpayer-funded apartment.
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As we've commented previously on similar proposals in Victoria, how a 'dealer' is defined can target the wrong people, resulting in unnecessary suffering for people who sell to friends: http://www.regen.org.au/media-releases/107-media-release-moreland-hall-urges-caution-in-targeting-of-public-housing-drug-dealers.

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Ice is pure evil and must be eradicated (NSW)

DRUG epidemics of various types have periodically swept through Sydney and NSW. Indeed, it could be said that the first drug problem faced by our city was alcohol abuse among early settlers, who consumed frightening amounts of rum.
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A tough-talking, typically inflammatory Daily Telegraph editorial.

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Canadian criminals find ‘high reward’ in Australian drug trade: police

Canadian criminals find ‘high reward’ in Australian drug trade: police | Alcohol & other drug issues in the media | Scoop.it
Most of the cocaine brought into Australia comes from Chile, with Canada second, climbing three spots since 2010.
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Queensland government hands out $25m in HIV and STI funding

Queensland government hands out $25m in HIV and STI funding | Alcohol & other drug issues in the media | Scoop.it
The Queensland government will provide $25.1 million over three years to help community groups combat HIV, sexually transmitted diseases and other blood-borne viruses.
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Medical marijuana needs brave course (Vic)

Neither side is likely to see medical marijuana being prescribed any time soon.
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Sunday Age editorial on last week's pre-election policy announcements.

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#Ketum leaves to be scheduled under Dangerous Drugs Act (Malaysia)

#Ketum leaves to be scheduled under Dangerous Drugs Act (Malaysia) | Alcohol & other drug issues in the media | Scoop.it
GEORGE TOWN: Ketum abusers will soon be facing charges under the Dangerous Drugs Act 1952 instead of the Poisons Act 1952.
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Survey shows drinking and smoking on the decline among generation Y (Aus)

Survey shows drinking and smoking on the decline among generation Y (Aus) | Alcohol & other drug issues in the media | Scoop.it
YOU’VE heard of generation Y, but how much do you really know about its health, wellbeing and lifestyle choices?
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Citing recent National Drug Strategy Household Survey data.

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Methadone treatment suppresses testosterone in opioid addicts (Canada)

Treatment for opioid addiction tampers with the testosterone levels of male but not female opioid users, McMaster University research has shown. In a paper
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Highlighting the importance of gradual transition to low maintenance dosages for people on ORT.

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Heroin’s Death Toll Rising in New York, Amid a Shift in Who Uses It

In all, 420 people in New York City fatally overdosed on heroin in 2013 out of a total of 782 drug overdoses, rising to a level not seen in a decade.
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New laws will ban the sale of e-cigarettes to those under 18 (Ireland)

New laws will ban the sale of e-cigarettes to those under 18 (Ireland) | Alcohol & other drug issues in the media | Scoop.it
The sale of e-cigarettes to teenagers and children under the age of 18 will be banned in the second quarter of next year, it has emerged.
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Cannabis-smoking couples are 'less likely to engage in domestic violence' (USA)

Cannabis-smoking couples are 'less likely to engage in domestic violence' (USA) | Alcohol & other drug issues in the media | Scoop.it
Husbands and wives who frequently smoke cannabis are less likely to engage in domestic violence than those who consume the drug less regularly, a new study has suggested.
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