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Tennessee set to criminalise pregnant women who use illegal drugs

Tennessee set to criminalise pregnant women who use illegal drugs | Alcohol & other drug issues in the media | Scoop.it
Women's rights groups seek to sway Governor Bill Haslam not to sign bill that holds women accountable for harm to fetuses or newborns
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Obviously, there are legitimate concerns to protect unborn children, but there are some serious problems with this approach.

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Bush drug busters to be deployed across state in Coalition plan (Vic)

Bush drug busters to be deployed across state in Coalition plan (Vic) | Alcohol & other drug issues in the media | Scoop.it
TEAMS of alcohol and drug experts would be deployed around the state to identify and deal with local substance abuse issues under a re-elected Napthine Government.
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The Napthine govt responds to AOD treatment access concerns in regional areas.  The article cite's Odyssey's Stefan Gruenert on the need for additional resi rehab beds to meet demand.  As we well know from running our own statewide services, there are still significant barriers to people from regional areas attending programs in Melbourne. It's not all about waiting lists.  There's some detail on the proposed measures in Minister Wooldridge's media release: http://sco.lt/8DWz8T. 

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Record funding to improve alcohol and drug treatment under Napthine Government (Vic)

Victorians battling drug and alcohol addiction will have access to expanded treatment services as a result of a $56.8 million boost under a re-elected Napthine Government.

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Media release from Minister Wooldridge providing some detail to go with today's 'bush drug busters' story: http://sco.lt/7qfS1B

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Tas govt rejects cannabis recommendation

THE Tasmanian government has rejected the recommendation of an interim parliamentary report calling for the immediate decriminalisation of medicinal cannabis.
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Police urge school leavers — Look after yourselves and your mates (WA)

Police urge school leavers — Look after yourselves and your mates (WA) | Alcohol & other drug issues in the media | Scoop.it

LOOK after yourselves and your mates. That’s the message from WA Police to the thousands of school leavers who are about to descend on Rottnest Island and the South West next week.

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China arrests 24,000 drugs suspects in 50 days

China arrests 24,000 drugs suspects in 50 days | Alcohol & other drug issues in the media | Scoop.it
Chinese police arrest almost 24,000 people and investigate more than 100,000 during a 50-day campaign against illegal drugs
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Restaurants fined for failing to report sales in Kings Cross licensing crackdown (NSW)

Restaurants fined for failing to report sales in Kings Cross licensing crackdown (NSW) | Alcohol & other drug issues in the media | Scoop.it
Conditions introduced in response to community concerns about alcohol-fuelled violence are hitting smaller venues instead.
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Bucket drinks: the shock Schoolies danger (Thailand)

Bucket drinks: the shock Schoolies danger (Thailand) | Alcohol & other drug issues in the media | Scoop.it
GETTING leglessly drunk during Schoolies Week is regarded as a dubious right of passage for many teens.
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A silly headline, but some reasonable harm reduction advice included here.

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Aussie drinkers go fancy as champagne sales sky rocket

Aussie drinkers go fancy as champagne sales sky rocket | Alcohol & other drug issues in the media | Scoop.it
AUSTRALIANS may be living each day on beer budgets but we certainly have champagne taste.
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More on the shift (at least, within some parts of our communities) towards consumption of more expensive alcohol. 

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Alcohol-related health is worse in Scottish neighbourhoods with more alcohol outlets

Alcohol-related health is worse in Scottish neighbourhoods with more alcohol outlets | Alcohol & other drug issues in the media | Scoop.it
By Elizabeth Richardson Alcohol-related death rates in Scottish neighbourhoods with the most alcohol outlets are more than double those in neighbourhoods with the fewest, even once socioeconomic de...
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Mirroring the findings of Aus research.

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Booze reform needed - inquiry (NZ)

Booze reform needed - inquiry (NZ) | Alcohol & other drug issues in the media | Scoop.it
The Glenn Inquiry's upcoming final report will demand a wholesale reform of alcohol law, saying it would cut family violence.
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Report to recommend increased taxation and marketing restrictions, raising age for legal purchases, reduced trading hours and improved treatment: some familiar themes in international research on the responses most likely to have an impact on alcohol-related harm.

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NRL booze shock: it's now a poster boy (Aus)

Here is what you might call a twist top. In line for an Australian Drug Foundation award on Thursday for demonstrating leadership in changing the attitude of sport towards alcohol is no less than the National Rugby League.
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Obviously, there's still a long way to go, but the NRL deserves credit for the work it's doing on trying to change our drinking culture.

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Ban on people with drug convictions living in Redfern or Waterloo public housing is unrealistic, warns Sydney councillor Irene Doutney

Ban on people with drug convictions living in Redfern or Waterloo public housing is unrealistic, warns Sydney councillor Irene Doutney | Alcohol & other drug issues in the media | Scoop.it
Greens  councillor Irene Doutney has fired back at calls for people with drug convictions to be banned from obtaining public housing in Redfern.
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More on this story.  See our previous post: http://sco.lt/5cz6WX

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Qld ambos demand rethink on trading hours

THE Queensland government needs to reassess pub trading hours to prevent attacks on ambulance officers, their union says.
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Mike Baird 'open' to government-grown marijuana (NSW)

Mike Baird 'open' to government-grown marijuana (NSW) | Alcohol & other drug issues in the media | Scoop.it
The NSW Premier says his government is considering growing its own marijuana, as part of a clinical trial that the government's medical advisers have advocated be extended to child patients.
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In contrast to the Tas govt's rejections of a parliamentary report recommending decriminalisation: http://sco.lt/4ouccb. 

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Medical marijuana: Tasmanian report calls for immediate decriminalisation

Medical marijuana: Tasmanian report calls for immediate decriminalisation | Alcohol & other drug issues in the media | Scoop.it
Laws should be changed on compassionate grounds so current users are not prosecuted, parliamentary report recommends
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More coverage of the report's interim recommendations.  The recommendations have been rejected by the Hodgman govt: http://sco.lt/99vx9F

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Why there should be safe use limits for illegal drugs, much like for alcohol (UK)

Why there should be safe use limits for illegal drugs, much like for alcohol (UK) | Alcohol & other drug issues in the media | Scoop.it
Last year almost 80,000 people took part in the Global Drug Survey and helped us produce the world’s first harm-reduction guide. These experts are people who like taking drugs but want to keep themselves…
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By Global Drug Survey's Adam Winstock.

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Smoking cessation drug bupropion may cause more harm than thought (Canada)

Smoking cessation drug bupropion may cause more harm than thought (Canada) | Alcohol & other drug issues in the media | Scoop.it
A drug used to help quit smoking and treat depression can lead to harm both accidentally and when abused, a poison control centre in British Columbia warns.
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Beliefs trump evidence in medicinal marijuana debate (Aus)

Beliefs trump evidence in medicinal marijuana debate (Aus) | Alcohol & other drug issues in the media | Scoop.it
Question: What is the scientific evidence on medicinal cannabis?
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Response provided by Alex Wodak and Sydney Uni's Laurie Mather.

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Alcohol taxes may lead to more jobs, improve health (USA)

Alcohol tax increases reduce the harms resulting from excessive alcohol consumption, and may lead to a small net increase in the number of jobs, according to new research released today at the American Public Health Association's 142nd Annual Meeting in New Orleans.
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1100 drivers under the influence of illicit drugs on our roads in 2014 (NSW)

More than 1100 drivers have been detected under the influence of illicit drugs on our roads so far this year. Since January 1, random drug-testing operations have seen 29500 drivers tested and 1160 return positive results, compared to 729 drivers out of 34280 in total in 2013.

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NSW Police media release.

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Brimbank ambos chasing drug overdose surge (Vic)

Brimbank had 19 fatal drug overdoses last year, compared with nine in 2012 and 15 in 2011.
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Female alcoholics need help, not vilification (UK)

Female alcoholics need help, not vilification (UK) | Alcohol & other drug issues in the media | Scoop.it
Amy Mason: If you’re a woman with a drink problem, you get the wrong sort of attention – too much from the media, not enough from support services
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Alarming Increase in Marijuana Poisonings in Washington State

Alarming Increase in Marijuana Poisonings in Washington State | Alcohol & other drug issues in the media | Scoop.it
An increase in marijuana exposure incidents, or ‘pot poisonings’, in Washington State have become concerning to the Washington Poison Center and have bolstered
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The impacts of cannabis' integration within the mainstream economy continue to play out in the US.

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Frankston has one of the highest rates of hospital admissions for alcohol and drug abuse in Victoria

Frankston has one of the highest rates of hospital admissions for alcohol and drug abuse in Victoria | Alcohol & other drug issues in the media | Scoop.it
Frankston has among the highest rates of hospital admissions for alcohol, illicit drug and pharmaceutical abuse of any local government area in the state, new health figures show. 
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Citing VAADA data.

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Schoolies safety guide applies wherever you choose to celebrate (Qld)

Schoolies safety guide applies wherever you choose to celebrate (Qld) | Alcohol & other drug issues in the media | Scoop.it
A Queensland drug and alcohol support organisation says Schoolies heading overseas should be just as careful – if not more so – as those following the traditional road to the Gold Coast.
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Including Lives Lived Well's tips for preventing and reducing harm.

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