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Global Drug Survey findings: more people buying drugs online in the UK

Global Drug Survey findings: more people buying drugs online in the UK | Alcohol & other drug issues in the media | Scoop.it
The latest results reveal that more people are buying drugs online and that almost a third of UK survey respondents aged between 18 and 24 admit to having taken mystery white powders. Read the key findings
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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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Ice in Sydney; a casual users' story

Ice in Sydney; a casual users' story | Alcohol & other drug issues in the media | Scoop.it
The descent into ice addiction is a highway to hell for addicts and their loved ones.
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By Matt Noffs, CEO of the Ted Noffs Foundation.  Good to hear the voice of a real person and see a challenge to the 'all ice use destroys lives' line that dominates our media coverage.  We know that there are many people who use it recreationally, without becoming dependent.  If we ignore this, we limit the potential effectiveness of harm reduction programs, treatment services and community education campaigns.

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Ice epidemic prompts calls for national strategy (Aus)

Ice epidemic prompts calls for national strategy (Aus) | Alcohol & other drug issues in the media | Scoop.it
Drug experts have backed up calls for a national strategy to deal with the scourge of ice. The chief of NSW police Andrew Scipione says Australia should consider a national summit or taskforce to tackle the rampant use and manufacture of ice, while drug policy experts say a national strategy needs to be a joint effort between law enforcement, government services and health workers.
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Citing James Pitts from Odyssey House in NSW and LeeJenn's Nicole Lee

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Marijuana effect on drivers and deaths still hazy, researchers say (USA)

Marijuana effect on drivers and deaths still hazy, researchers say (USA) | Alcohol & other drug issues in the media | Scoop.it
Officials worry that marijuana consumption, like alcohol, will increase traffic incidents, but studies still lack answers
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Go-ahead for WA opium crops

Go-ahead for WA opium crops | Alcohol & other drug issues in the media | Scoop.it
State Govt will support farmers who want to grow opium after Canberra allows poppies to be grown outside Tasmania.
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Alcohol lockout zone gets mixed report in parliamentary inquiry (NSW)

Alcohol lockout zone gets mixed report in parliamentary inquiry (NSW) | Alcohol & other drug issues in the media | Scoop.it
Aggressive behaviour has increased outside Sydney bars but the number of alcohol-related injuries in Kings Cross has declined since the city's 1.30am lockout was introduced, according to submissions made to a parliamentary inquiry.
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To save lives, let addicts inject (USA)

To save lives, let addicts inject (USA) | Alcohol & other drug issues in the media | Scoop.it
Wolfson-Stokfo: We are in the midst of an epidemic of opioid abuse, of which heroin addiction is the most visible manifestation.
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Making the case for supervised injecting facilities

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Addiction is often boiled down to sound bites – but the truth is complex (Ireland)

Addiction is often boiled down to sound bites – but the truth is complex (Ireland) | Alcohol & other drug issues in the media | Scoop.it
We need to reflect on how addiction affects an individual, their experience of seeking help, and what the throes of addiction are like.
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By Ana Liffey's Tony Duffin

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Experts argue for drink price plan (Scotland)

Experts argue for drink price plan (Scotland) | Alcohol & other drug issues in the media | Scoop.it

Health professionals say they are stepping up efforts to see alcohol minimum pricing in place in Scotland, with a seminar being held in Brussels.

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Scientologists use anti-drugs campaign to target families (Scotland)

Scientologists use anti-drugs campaign to target families (Scotland) | Alcohol & other drug issues in the media | Scoop.it
An anti-drugs campaign targeting Scotland is funded by the Church of Scientology, the Sunday Herald can reveal.
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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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Transformation in alcohol and drug services (Vic)

From today, Victorians seeking drug and alcohol treatment will benefit from the Victorian Coalition Government’s new, enhanced and integrated addiction services.  Minister for Mental Health Mary Wooldridge said that as part of a statewide recommissioning process, significant improvements had been made to the way treatment and support for alcohol and drug addiction is delivered.

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Media release on the current changes to the Vic treatment system from Minister for Mental Health, Mary Wooldridge.

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Concerns Indigenous Victorians aren't served by drug treatment system

The drug and alcohol sector in Victoria is undergoing a major change that will streamline the way drug-users access services. But there are concerns the new system doesn't allow enough time to engage with Aboriginal drug users in a culturally sensitive way, and there are calls for a culturally-specific rehabilitation facility in Geelong.
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It's up to all of us involved in the Victorian AOD reforms to make sure that we continue to develop respectful and long-term relationships with Aboriginal communities to improve the accessibility and effectiveness of our services for Aboriginal people.

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New law to crack down on alcohol-fuelled violence takes effect today (Vic)

A tough new law comes into force today that will see violent drunks banned from licensed premises for two years.   Attorney-General, Robert Clark, said the new law would help deter and prevent alcohol-fuelled violence and keep streets and licensed venues safer for young people and others who want to have an enjoyable night out.

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Media release from Vic Attorney-General, Robert Clark.

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Age and purity contribute to overdose capital (WA)

Age and purity contribute to overdose capital (WA) | Alcohol & other drug issues in the media | Scoop.it
Drug support services say WA's ageing population and the purity of local heroin are contributing to the State's high rates of fatal overdoses.
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#OD14 coverage, citing the good folk at WASUA.

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National study seeks to clarify different approaches to policing cannabis (Aus)

National study seeks to clarify different approaches to policing cannabis (Aus) | Alcohol & other drug issues in the media | Scoop.it
Authorities have limited understanding of how different approaches to policing cannabis work, warns researcher.
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Citing NDARC study.

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Banned dope doctor Andrew Katelaris vows to keep supplying patients with medical cannabis (Aus)

Banned dope doctor Andrew Katelaris vows to keep supplying patients with medical cannabis (Aus) | Alcohol & other drug issues in the media | Scoop.it
A DOPE doctor says he will defy authorities and supply medical cannabis to Australian children, despite the threat of legal action.
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Fears of addiction keep cancer patients from getting pain relief (USA)

NEW YORK (Reuters Health) – Fears of opioid abuse and addiction might be keeping patients with advanced cancer from getting enough pain medicine, researchers say. “At the end of life, we should feel
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Treatment for ‘benzos’ addiction soars (Ireland)

Treatment for ‘benzos’ addiction soars (Ireland) | Alcohol & other drug issues in the media | Scoop.it
The number of people seeking treatment for addiction to benzodiazepines has more than doubled since 2009, according to figures released by the Health Service Executive.
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Study finds plain cigarette pack fears 'unfounded' (UK/Aus)

Study finds plain cigarette pack fears 'unfounded' (UK/Aus) | Alcohol & other drug issues in the media | Scoop.it

Cigarette plain packaging fear campaign unfounded," reports The Guardian.

After Australia introduced plain packaging laws in 2012, opponents of the legislation argued it would lead to a number of unintended consequences, including:

  • the market would become flooded by cheap Asian brands
  • smokers would be more likely to buy illegal unbranded tobacco (including raw unbranded loose tobacco known locally in Australia as "chop-chop")
  • smokers would be less likely to buy their cigarettes from smaller mixed businesses such as convenience stores and petrol stations, meaning that small businesses would suffer
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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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