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Naloxone auto-injector important step to saving lives (USA)

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Drug users targeted in bid to stop hep C transmission (Vic)

Drug users targeted in bid to stop hep C transmission (Vic) | Alcohol & other drug issues in the media | Scoop.it
Injecting drug users will be offered a breakthrough treatment for hepatitis C as part of a Melbourne study to assess whether treating them can reduce transmission of the virus in the community.
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More on the Burnet Institute ledipasvir and sofosbuvir study.

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Study supports 'male idiot theory' (UK)

Study supports 'male idiot theory' (UK) | Alcohol & other drug issues in the media | Scoop.it

In 1998, South Carolina murderer Michael Anderson Godwin had his death sentence reduced to life in prison. It was ironic then, that he died by electrocution. Godwin was sitting on a metal toilet in his cell and attempting to fix the television when he bit down on a live wire.  He later became the recipient of a Darwin Award – a posthumous accolade given to people who eliminate themselves from the gene pool in such an idiotic manner that their action ensures one less idiot will survive.

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'...men and excessive alcohol is a bad combination which often results in injuries, probably a lot of these being due to increased risk-taking behaviour while under the influence.'

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Combining social media and behavioral psychology could lead to more HIV testing (USA)

Social media such as Twitter and Facebook can be valuable in the fight against HIV in the United States, where research has demonstrated they can prompt high-risk populations to request at-home testing kits for the virus that causes AIDS, suggesting a way to potentially boost testing rates.

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Study finds membership of targetted SM groups can double likelihood of people getting tested.

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Teen Marijuana Use (And Also Alcohol And Drug Use) Down Since States Started Legalizing (USA)

Teen Marijuana Use (And Also Alcohol And Drug Use) Down Since States Started Legalizing (USA) | Alcohol & other drug issues in the media | Scoop.it
Marijuana use among teenagers dropped this year, despite two states (Colorado and Washington) legalizing pot, CNN reports. Additionally, alcohol, tobacco, and
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These findings are broadly consistent with the impacts of similar drug law reforms in other countries.

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Occasional heroin use may worsen HIV infection (USA)

Researchers at Yale and Boston University and their Russian collaborators have found that occasional heroin use by HIV-positive patients may be particularly harmful to the immune system and worsens HIV disease, compared to persistent or no heroin use.

The findings are published in the journal AIDS and Behavior.
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Legal drugs cause 75% of poisoning deaths (Ireland)

Legal drugs cause 75% of poisoning deaths (Ireland) | Alcohol & other drug issues in the media | Scoop.it
Legal drugs, including prescription medication and alcohol, account for three out of four of all deaths directly due to the effects of drugs.
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Alcohol most prevalent contributor, followed by benzos and anti-depressants.

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Intoxiphobia: Discrimination against people who use drugs (UK)

Speaking at HIT Hot Topics 2014, Dr Russell Newcombe discusses his research into what he has termed ‘intoxiphobia’. The ways in which some drugs, and the peo...
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Another Hit Hot Topics presentation captured by Jon Derricott.

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More than 300 million people in at least 70 countries use smokeless tobacco

CDC joins National Cancer Institute to release historic report on global smokeless tobacco use

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Can Sweden break the taboo?

Can Sweden break the taboo? | Alcohol & other drug issues in the media | Scoop.it
The lovely Jenny Strömstedt took me on a journey down Virgin memory lane, and the wonderful audience response reminded me once again just how much the our brand’s story resonates with people around the world. We also found time in Gothenburg to screen Breaking the Taboo, Sundog Pictures' critical...
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Richard Branson discusses his participation in drug policy debates as a guest of the Swedish Drug Users' Union and his frustration with local politicians' refusal to recognise the evidence for harmreduction.

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What would an evidence based drug policy be like? (UK)

In their foreword to the UK Home Office’s comparison of drug policies in various countries, government ministers stated that “the UK will continue to advocate a balanced, evidence-based approach to the misuse of drugs internationally.”1 In a subsequent Commons debate there was cross party support for the motion that “this House . . . believes that an evidence-based approach is required in order for . . . the Government to pursue the most effective drugs policy.”2 This flurry of attention raises the question: what would an evidence-based drug policy look like?

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See also John Strang's report on the UK treatment guidelines consultation: http://sco.lt/62T19d

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Pregnant woman's drug use equivalent to 'child abuse', court says (USA)

Pregnant woman's drug use equivalent to 'child abuse', court says (USA) | Alcohol & other drug issues in the media | Scoop.it
Tammy Loertscher jailed following disclosure she’d used drugs in the past, with federal civil rights suit planned
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Another example of the growing pattern of attempts to criminalise women's behaviour during pregnancy. As we've said before, this is not the way to prevent harm to children or to address mothers' AOD dependence. See also this from Tennessee http://sco.lt/8eYnZZ 

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Uruguay opens its first marijuana fair

URUGUAY'S first marijuana fair, dubbed "Expocannabis" has opened in Montevideo, a year after the growing and sale of the drug was legalised in this conuntry.
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Citing Drug Policy Alliance's Hannah Hetzer.

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NSW Mental Health Commission: major strategic plan for mental health released

NSW Mental Health Commission: major strategic plan for mental health released | Alcohol & other drug issues in the media | Scoop.it
The NSW Mental Health Commission has revealed an overhaul of mental healthcare in the state.
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Featuring the power of consumer participation, through the story of Fay Jackson (now a deputy commissioner). The plan includes substantial allocation of resources for early interventions.

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Prison inmates using desperate measures to traffic medication (Tas)

Prison inmates using desperate measures to traffic medication (Tas) | Alcohol & other drug issues in the media | Scoop.it
Tasmanian prisoners are hiding and trafficking medication, sources and documents reveal.
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One of the inevitable consequences of prohibition and another indicator of why law-enforcement-only approaches are insufficient to address the complexities of AOD dependence. Where there is demand for psychoactive medications (particularly in environments like prisons), diversion is always going to occur.

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Bureaucratic hold-ups for outback rehabilitation center (SA)

Bureaucratic hold-ups for outback rehabilitation center (SA) | Alcohol & other drug issues in the media | Scoop.it
Funding for an Indigenous drug and alcohol rehabilitation unit in the South Australian outback could run out before the centre even opens. The clinic is meant to be operating out of an old detention centre. A year after the tender was awarded the Federal Government still hasn't handed over the keys for the centre. There's a desperate need for the clinic, but funding has only been allocated until mid next year and there are fears it won't open by then.
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Cocaine, amphetamine users more likely to take their own lives (Canada)

Cocaine, amphetamine users more likely to take their own lives (Canada) | Alcohol & other drug issues in the media | Scoop.it

Stimulants use such as cocaine and amphetamine is associated with a nearly two-fold greater likelihood of suicidal behaviour amongst people who inject drugs, say researchers at the University of Montreal and the CHUM Research Centre.

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Study finds suicide attempts most common amongst people who inject.

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Nicholas Patrie's curator insight, Today, 1:54 PM

It certainly is sad that people want to take their own lives in any case but in Canada it shows that people who suffer from addictions to Cocaine and Amphetamines are more likely to take their lives other then users of alcohol and other drugs like marijuana and opiates because of the affect it has on their brains. it causes more mood swings and causing many to take their lives. i think it is vital that they found this out because if they hadn't then they wouldn't be able to educate and help people get through their addiction. hopefully this study teaches people not to take drugs and if they do they can get the proper help before it is too late.

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Peter Thiel's Fund Is Leading A $75 Million Round In Marijuana Startup Privateer At A Whopping $425 Million Valuation (USA)

Peter Thiel's Fund Is Leading A $75 Million Round In Marijuana Startup Privateer At A Whopping $425 Million Valuation (USA) | Alcohol & other drug issues in the media | Scoop.it
Earlier this year, Peter Thiel caused a stir when he accused Twitter’s management of being high on pot. 
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One indicator of the scale of financial interests in emerging mainstream cannabis markets.

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'Legal' marijuana e-cigs to be launched in France

'Legal' marijuana e-cigs to be launched in France | Alcohol & other drug issues in the media | Scoop.it
Electronic cigarettes containing cannabis extracts which give you the relaxing and pain-killing effect of the drug but without the high are about to go on sale in France.
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Alcohol, other Drugs and Sight Loss: A Scoping Study (UK)

  • People with sight loss are more likely than their sighted peers to abstain from drinking alcohol. Analysis of two UK datasets showed that they are also more likely to drink fewer units of alcohol per week.
  • An international review of the literature found very little evidence for substance use leading directly to sight loss.
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Presumably, one contributing factor would be that people with sight loss recognise that they are at increased risk of harm when intoxicated.

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The dirty motivation behind Gilead’s hepatitis C agreement (USA/India)

It’s not about increasing medicine access but about ensuring market control
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Capital v Capitol: DC on collision course with Congress over legalising marijuana (USA)

Capital v Capitol: DC on collision course with Congress over legalising marijuana (USA) | Alcohol & other drug issues in the media | Scoop.it
Washington voters approved Initiative 71 to decriminalise the drug but Congress, which oversees the city’s affairs, has ruled it cannot spend to enact the measure
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Drug policy: we need brave politicians and open minds (UK)

When it comes to policies for tackling drug misuse, we need an evidence based approach. These are not my sentiments, though I share them; these are the views of the leaders of all the UK political parties as expressed in recent government reports and a debate in parliament that gained cross party support.

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More from the BMJ, following the editorial by Nicola Singleton and John Strang: http://sco.lt/9Cxpwn

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MildGreen Initiative's curator insight, Today, 3:55 PM

NZ's Labour Party thinks such evidenced based thinking surrounding is a nonsense and of no import!

OK, so is cannabis a problem or not, Mr Little?
It cannot be both at the same time. 

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Drug-testing welfare recipients: War on drugs or war on the poor? (USA)

Drug-testing welfare recipients: War on drugs or war on the poor? (USA) | Alcohol & other drug issues in the media | Scoop.it
The Michigan Senate passed a bill Wednesday that would require welfare recipients undergo drug testing. If welfare recipients refuse to be tested, they would lose benefits for at least six months.
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As well as being a highly flawed approach, it's also been found to be illegal by a federal court: http://sco.lt/5ChLyj

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The State Where Giving Birth Can Be Criminal (USA)

The State Where Giving Birth Can Be Criminal (USA) | Alcohol & other drug issues in the media | Scoop.it
Tennessee is arresting women for having used drugs in pregnancy—but in a cruel Catch-22, many can't get the treatment they need.
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The second post today on the push to criminalise women's behaviour during pregnancy. See our earlier post from Wisconsin: http://sco.lt/7VRjOL

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Independent liquor retailers join forces with Australian Hotels Association to fight market dominance (SA)

Independent liquor retailers join forces with Australian Hotels Association to fight market dominance (SA) | Alcohol & other drug issues in the media | Scoop.it
SOUTH Australia’s independent bottle shops have joined forces with the Australian Hotels Association to form a new lobby group to counter the dominance of Coles and Woolworths in the sector.
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