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Crafty alcohol advertising directed at US adolescents through music, branding

Crafty alcohol advertising directed at US adolescents through music, branding | Alcohol & other drug issues in the media | Scoop.it
Links between adolescents' involvement with music and their drinking-related behaviors have been reviewed by researchers. Results indicate strong associations between liking, owning, and correctly identifying music containing alcohol branding and two early problematic alcohol outcomes. Study authors suggest policy or educational interventions to reduce the impact of these exposures.
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Synthetics in Aus

Synthetics in Aus | Alcohol & other drug issues in the media | Scoop.it
SBS World News Australia - bringing you the global & national news that matters. Watch SBS ONE 6.30pm nightly and 10.30pm Mon-Fri, listen at 6am & 6pm Mon-Fri.
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Last night's The Feed episode featuring a story on the use and impacts of synthetic drugs in Australia.

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Man escapes conviction for driving under influence of drugs after eating hemp seeds (ACT)

Man escapes conviction for driving under influence of drugs after eating hemp seeds (ACT) | Alcohol & other drug issues in the media | Scoop.it
A Canberra magistrate has urged ACT lawmakers to test hemp seeds to see if they could trigger drug-driving screening tests.
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Another point to consider in the debate about the effectiveness of roadside testing in determining current intoxication/impairment.

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Deadly high: The legal drugs killing our kids

Deadly high: The legal drugs killing our kids | Alcohol & other drug issues in the media | Scoop.it
THEY are the deadly drugs hitting our streets, and they just keep on coming.
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Coverage from last night's episode of episode of The Feed: http://sco.lt/5pQ1b7

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Drug-drive changes & 'drugalysers' come into force (UK)

Drug-drive changes & 'drugalysers' come into force (UK) | Alcohol & other drug issues in the media | Scoop.it

New regulations aimed at stopping people driving while on drugs have come into force in England and Wales.

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Darwin Tongans welcome dialogue on kava ban - audio

A Tongan community spokesperson in Australia has welcomed an assurance by a federal minister that consultations will be held with Pacific islander communities in Australia before any move is made to implement a total ban on kava.
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Demon crack pipe artist in talks with council about doing paid ‘street art’ (Vic)

Demon crack pipe artist in talks with council about doing paid ‘street art’ (Vic) | Alcohol & other drug issues in the media | Scoop.it
PORT Phillip Council has painted over graffiti of a demon smoking a crack pipe in Balaclava — but may now give the same artist commissioned work.
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Another example of the challenges of having an informed public discussion about drugs and drug policy.

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Victoria police estimate 'hydro' a $1.5 billion drug industry

Victoria police estimate 'hydro' a $1.5 billion drug industry | Alcohol & other drug issues in the media | Scoop.it
Police say the blue-chip stock of choice for drug rings these days is actually green – hydroponically grown cannabis.
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One obvious argument for drug law reform is reducing the profitability of illicit drug production.

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Police out in force at Sydney Soundwave and Future music festivals

Police out in force at Sydney Soundwave and Future music festivals | Alcohol & other drug issues in the media | Scoop.it
DOZENS of revellers have been caught trying to smuggle drugs into the Future Music Festival at Randwick today, as Sydney enjoys its biggest weekend of live music for the year.
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See our previous post where Dr Gordian Fulde describes some of the unintended harms resulting from our approach to policing at festivals.

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DPP to become a ‘debt collector’ under drug crackdown (SA)

SOUTH Australia’s Director of Public Prosecutions office will become a debt collector for the State Government under a plan to confiscate drug traffickers’ assets, MPs warn.
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SA opposition wants to see funds go to Victims of Crime and treatment programs. The Govt responds with a 'tough on drugs' wedge.

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Children admitted to hospital because of alcohol use in NSW

Children admitted to hospital because of alcohol use in NSW | Alcohol & other drug issues in the media | Scoop.it
Thousands of children and young people in NSW are being harmed by alcohol.
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More coverage generated by the release of FARE's Hidden Harm report last week.

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So I Can Be Quiet Whenever I Want (USA)

So I Can Be Quiet Whenever I Want (USA) | Alcohol & other drug issues in the media | Scoop.it
It was the same thing every night. Come 11 o' clock, one of the overnight techs would come in the room to bid goodnight to we princes of Washington, we kings of the pacific northwest, before turnin...
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Reflection by US blogger Drew Gibson on some of the struggles for people experiencing opioid dependence and in recovery.  He doesn't address pharmacotherapy in his piece, but his recounting of others' experiences highlights the potentially lifesaving role that Opioid Replacement Therapy can play in supporting sustainable change. Our ORT position statement and supporting evidence is here: http://www.regen.org.au/advocacy.  It's also worth noting that the piece ends with discussion of suicide.  If you're feeling vulnerable now (or after having read it), please contact your local support line. In Australia, that's Lifeline (13 11 14).

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Auto-Disable Syringes Are Not For Needle Programmes

Auto-Disable Syringes Are Not For Needle Programmes | Alcohol & other drug issues in the media | Scoop.it
As you may have seen in the media recently, the World Health Organisation (WHO) has launched new guidelines on medical injections and a global campaign to switch all medical and vaccination injections to syringes that cannot be used more than once. However these guidelines do not apply to needle and syringe programmes for a number of reasons.
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The UK National Needle Exchange Forum raises some concerns about single-use syringes. See related post: http://sco.lt/6TSeSf 

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Holland's New Marijuana Laws Are Changing Old Amsterdam

Holland's New Marijuana Laws Are Changing Old Amsterdam | Alcohol & other drug issues in the media | Scoop.it
Times are changing in the city many associate with drug tourism.
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An interesting insight into the impacts of the gradual shift back towards cannabis prohibition in the Netherlands.

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Teens are being used as guinea pigs in the synthetic drugs market. And police can't keep up (Aus)

Teens are being used as guinea pigs in the synthetic drugs market. And police can't keep up (Aus) | Alcohol & other drug issues in the media | Scoop.it
The low volume, high frequency internet drugs market makes it hard for police to target. And even harder for teenagers to know what they’re taking
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More from Andy Park on the use and impacts of synthetics in Aus: http://sco.lt/5pQ1b7

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Tasmanian poppy crops cuts likely at UN drug commission meeting

Tasmanian poppy crops cuts likely at UN drug commission meeting | Alcohol & other drug issues in the media | Scoop.it
Tasmanian poppy growers expect to hear their crop area will be cut at a UN conference this week.
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City chiefs may ban methadone handouts in heart of Dundee (Scotland)

City chiefs may ban methadone handouts in heart of Dundee (Scotland) | Alcohol & other drug issues in the media | Scoop.it
City chiefs may ban methadone handouts in heart of Dundee
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More from the rich vein of methadone bashing in Scotland. Why describe the practice of dispensing medication as a 'handout'?

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Drug drivers 'over-represented' in Northern Grampians (Vic)

Drug drivers 'over-represented' in Northern Grampians (Vic) | Alcohol & other drug issues in the media | Scoop.it
Northern Grampians' police have revealed that half of the drivers they drug-tested over the summer had illicit substances in their system.
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Police seize ‘party pills’ linked to stroke (NSW)

Police seize ‘party pills’ linked to stroke (NSW) | Alcohol & other drug issues in the media | Scoop.it
Police have warned the public to be vigilant after ‘party pills’ seized from an Erina Fair shop were found to contain an illegal drug linked to stroke.
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Call for ACT government to help disadvantaged Canberrans quit smoking

Call for ACT government to help disadvantaged Canberrans quit smoking | Alcohol & other drug issues in the media | Scoop.it
ANU research finds two-thirds of Australian smokers will be killed by their habit unless they are able to quit in coming years.
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Citing ATODA's Carrie Fowlie.

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Steroid seizures on track for rise (Qld)

Steroid seizures on track for rise (Qld) | Alcohol & other drug issues in the media | Scoop.it

Seizures of steroids and other image enhancing drugs are on track for a significant rise this year, adding weight to the idea steroid use is on the increase. It's an idea familiar to University of Queensland psychologist Scott Griffiths, who moved from Sydney on the weekend to start new research including the largest ever survey of steroid users.

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More evidence of the growth in demand for PIEDs, and the need for targetted harm reduction measures. We know that this is a group who are unlikely to access established NSPs or other harm reduction programs.

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In their attempts to smuggle drugs into festivals our youths are putting themselves in serious danger (NSW)

In their attempts to smuggle drugs into festivals our youths are putting themselves in serious danger (NSW) | Alcohol & other drug issues in the media | Scoop.it
NOT that far away up the road a big music festival should have been pure enjoyment of music and being young.
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Dr Gordian Fulde's regular summary of the weekend's AOD-related presentations at St Vincents' ED. His examples highlight some of the unintended harms caused by our current approach to policing at festivals.

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Public Health Association backs medicinal cannabis (ACT)

Public Health Association backs medicinal cannabis (ACT) | Alcohol & other drug issues in the media | Scoop.it
Doctors should manage a tightly regulated, compassionate regime for the use of medicinal cannabis in Australia, a leading public health organisation has told an ACT inquiry. 
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Parents enrol in Drugs 101 to help their teens (Vic)

Parents enrol in Drugs 101 to help their teens (Vic) | Alcohol & other drug issues in the media | Scoop.it
Schools are educating parents about the drugs, gaming, pornography and party culture their teenagers are exposed to.
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ReGen also provides a range of resources suitable for use by parents in supporting discussions with their children about AOD use and the potential harms: http://unitingcare-regen.myshopify.com/ 

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Drug ice 'epidemic': Opposition Leader Luke Foley promises methamphetamine summit (NSW)

Drug ice 'epidemic': Opposition Leader Luke Foley promises methamphetamine summit (NSW) | Alcohol & other drug issues in the media | Scoop.it
The NSW Opposition Leader, Luke Foley, has promised an elected Labor government would call a drug summit in response to an "epidemic" of methamphetamine use.
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You can see a summary of the Victorian Parliamentary Inquiry's findings here: http://sco.lt/8J6qCP

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Drug & Alcohol Clinician Calls For Sniffer Dogs To Be Banned From Festivals (Qld)

Drug & Alcohol Clinician Calls For Sniffer Dogs To Be Banned From Festivals (Qld) | Alcohol & other drug issues in the media | Scoop.it
A Brisbane drug and alcohol clinician – and musician – has called for sniffer dogs to be removed from festivals as the debate over substance use at festivals gathers steam.

Police dog operations…
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