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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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Lockout laws: Mike Baird defends laws as 'independent' review approaches (NSW)

Lockout laws: Mike Baird defends laws as 'independent' review approaches (NSW) | Alcohol & other drug issues in the media | Scoop.it
The NSW Premier has made no secret of his opinion as lockout laws go to review.
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Good to see the Premier standing by the policy in the face of recent public criticism:

"The main complaints seem to be that you can't drink till dawn any more and you can't impulse-buy a bottle of white after 10pm," Mr Baird wrote, in a reference to recent criticism that claims the laws depress Sydney's nightlife and undercut its claims to be a global city.

"I understand that this presents an inconvenience. Some say this makes us an international embarrassment.

"Except, assaults are down by 42.2 per cent.

"And there is nothing embarrassing about that."


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New laws could restrict trading hours for bottle shops (Qld)

New laws could restrict trading hours for bottle shops (Qld) | Alcohol & other drug issues in the media | Scoop.it
Queenslanders would not be able to buy alcohol from bottle shops after 10pm under a new proposal Labor MPs have added to the government's alcohol-fuelled ...
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No mention here of the lockouts proposal. The article includes a link to the committee's full report.

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A medication used to treat heroin addiction could become the first anti-suicide drug (USA)

A medication used to treat heroin addiction could become the first anti-suicide drug (USA) | Alcohol & other drug issues in the media | Scoop.it

Millions of Americans experience suicidal thoughts, and there are no quick fixes available. But a commonly used painkiller could offer some much-needed relief.

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Citing US study on the impact of short-term, ultra-low doses of burprenorphine on suicidal thoughts. See today's related posts on the need for greater access to pharmacotherapy in the US: http://sco.lt/85Z7NB and the role opioids play in the increase in suicide rates in rural areas: http://sco.lt/8Gv4Zl. 

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Meet the Man Leading the Fight Against Opioids (USA)

Meet the Man Leading the Fight Against Opioids (USA) | Alcohol & other drug issues in the media | Scoop.it
For U.S. Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack, the fight against opioid abuse is personal.
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Focus on opioid use, mental health and suicide in rural areas. See today's related posts on the need for greater access to pharmacotherapies in the US (http://sco.lt/85Z7NB)and the potential role for buprenorphine in reducing suicide risk: http://sco.lt/5x4qPZ. 

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Qld's lockout laws far from a sure thing

Queensland's proposed pub lockout laws are looking shaky, with the minority Labor government yet to secure crucial crossbench support.

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See today's related post on proposed bottle shop restrictions: http://sco.lt/7UargH. 

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Fearmongering & Football: A Look At The Ridiculous Anti-Drug PSA Airing During The Super Bowl (USA)

Fearmongering & Football: A Look At The Ridiculous Anti-Drug PSA Airing During The Super Bowl (USA) | Alcohol & other drug issues in the media | Scoop.it
All things being considered, I'd have to say my abilities as a job interviewee aren't stellar. Don't get me wrong, I've got no problem tooting my own horn, answering questions on the fly and being engaging and all that noise. My main issue is that I suffer from what I like to call Chandler Bing…
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Drew Gibson on the weird 'All American Girl' ad to be screened in the US during the Super Bowl. See other commentary here: http://makingnoiseinthesouth.com/index.php/2016/02/05/1651/. See similar discussion of last year's Super Bowl ad: http://www.adweek.com/adfreak/bizarrely-bleak-super-bowl-ad-about-heroin-was-even-darker-nationwides-162715. Given the size of the likely tv audience (and the cost associated with Super Bowl ad placement), you'd think they could do better than this.

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Mum reveals ice’s harrowing toll in private diary excerpts (Vic)

Mum reveals ice’s harrowing toll in private diary excerpts (Vic) | Alcohol & other drug issues in the media | Scoop.it
BETWEEN 365 and 730 methamphetamine-affected people are being taken to Casey and Dandenong emergency departments each year, wasting police time and requiring emergency rooms to be rearranged to accommodate them.
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The article starts out looking at Monash Health's response to methamphetamine related violence in it's Emergency Departments. It goes on to quote our Trevor King and our submission to last year's review of Victoria's Severe Substance Dependence Treatment Act (see it here: http://www.regen.org.au/images/stories/Advocacy/2015_NDS_consultation_v2.0.pdf) before getting to the diary entries. These provide a powerful insight into the impacts of a loved one's AOD use on family members and their understandable frustration with service access. If your family is affected by methamphetamine or other drug use, we're running our free Family Methamphetamine First Aid program at our Coburg site on Feb 12, 12-4pm (call Sam Mastro on 9384-8895 for details). If you're in the Casey area, our free Catalyst non-residential rehab program could is an effective support for people seeking to make long term changes to their methamphetamine and other drug use: http://www.regen.org.au/catalyst. 

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Report due on lockout laws (Qld)

A parliamentary committee is set to reveal its take on the Queensland government's controversial lockout legislation on Monday.

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See last week's related coverage: http://sco.lt/8JCucD. 

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Sydney being a party pooper is saving lives

Sydney being a party pooper is saving lives | Alcohol & other drug issues in the media | Scoop.it
Matt Barries widely circulated essay, Would The Last Person in Sydney Please Turn The Lights Out, published by various news outlets this week, claims that the new lockout laws have caused businesses to close and customers to disappear in Sydneys late-night district.
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Head of Emergency Medicine at St Vincents (& recently Senior Australian of the Year) Gordian Fulde's response to Matt Barrie's rant against the impact of lockout laws on Sydney's nightlife. You can see an edited version of it here: http://sco.lt/8ESYpF.

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Don't drink if planning a pregnancy: avoiding fetal alcohol spectrum disorders (Aus)

Don't drink if planning a pregnancy: avoiding fetal alcohol spectrum disorders (Aus) | Alcohol & other drug issues in the media | Scoop.it
It's one of the worst things you can do while pregnant, yet 60 per cent did it without realising.
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Citing new US data, NDARC's Clare McCormack, Prof Elizabeth Elliott and NoFASD's Vicki Russell

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Cancer deaths fall 10 per cent in a decade - but alcohol fuels rise in liver cases (UK)

Cancer deaths fall 10 per cent in a decade - but alcohol fuels rise in liver cases (UK) | Alcohol & other drug issues in the media | Scoop.it
On World Cancer Day, UK figures show a 10 per cent fall in cancer deaths in a
decade - but types of disease which can be fuelled by lifestyle factors have
seen a sharp increase
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Citing Cancer Research UK data.

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One in five 'legal highs' contain illegal substances, but nearly half of ecstasy tablets don't have any MDMA, report reveals (UK)

One in five 'legal highs' contain illegal substances, but nearly half of ecstasy tablets don't have any MDMA, report reveals (UK) | Alcohol & other drug issues in the media | Scoop.it
The Welsh Emerging Drugs and Identification of Novel Substances Project (WEDINOS) report analysed new 'psychoactive substances'  
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Another reminder of the potential risks for people consuming what they think is ecstasy.

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Victorian children with epilepsy to take part in medical marijuana trial

Victorian children with epilepsy to take part in medical marijuana trial | Alcohol & other drug issues in the media | Scoop.it
Premier Daniel Andrews announces that Victorian children living with epilepsy will be part of an international clinical trial of synthetic cannabis.
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The Austin hospital is recruiting 60 children for the CBD trial.

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Qld lockout laws to have 18-month trial

Qld lockout laws to have 18-month trial | Alcohol & other drug issues in the media | Scoop.it

Queensland's opposition has again questioned whether there is enough evidence to support the government's proposed lockout laws to tackle alcohol-fuelled violence.

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See today's related post for a link to the committee's full report: http://sco.lt/7UargH.

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Why Isn't America Doing the One Thing That Would Reduce Heroin Deaths Right Now?

Addicts are needlessly dying of overdose because so many powerful people view "drugs to fight drugs" as suspect.
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Maia Szalavitz on the obvious need for a greater openness to opioid pharmacotherapies in US drug policy and treatment systems. See today's related post on recent findings on the impact of short-term, ultra-low doses of buprenorphine on suicidal thoughts: http://sco.lt/5x4qPZ. 

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Financial despair, addiction and the rise of suicide in white America

Financial despair, addiction and the rise of suicide in white America | Alcohol & other drug issues in the media | Scoop.it
Officials in Montana wrestle to explain why the state has the highest rate of suicide in the US at nearly twice the national average – and it’s rising
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See today's related posts on the US Govt's response to opioid overdose, mental health and suicide in rural areas (http://sco.lt/8Gv4Zl) and a study indicating a possible role for buprenorphine in reducing suicidal thoughts (http://sco.lt/5x4qPZ).

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Teens risking death ‘huffing’ deodorant (NSW)

Teens risking death ‘huffing’ deodorant (NSW) | Alcohol & other drug issues in the media | Scoop.it
HILLS teenagers are risking death in a bid to get a high from aerosol cans in a dangerous practice called huffing.
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Signs of a comeback for chroming? We haven't seen any evidence in our services. Good to see a link to ADF resources.

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Improvised naloxone nasal sprays lack evidence of absorption and effect (USA/UK)

As the US FDA approves nasal Narcan, researchers at Britain's National Addiction Centre warn against using poorly-tested drug delivery systems

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Another problem with nasal naloxone is it's cost. Injectible mini jets remain the most affordable option.

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Moral abandonment and the opiate epidemic (USA)

Moral abandonment and the opiate epidemic (USA) | Alcohol & other drug issues in the media | Scoop.it
Dr. Tseng is the first physician to be convicted of murder for contributing to the current epidemic of prescription-opiate addiction.
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Kevin D Williamson on the first US doctor to be convicted of murder as a result of opioid prescribing practice and the broader implications of our reliance of opioids for pain management.

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Why alcohol causes so much damage that is so hard to fix (Aus)

Why alcohol causes so much damage that is so hard to fix (Aus) | Alcohol & other drug issues in the media | Scoop.it
The industry opposes every attempt to encourage us to moderate our drinking.
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Ross Fitzgerald on patterns of consumption, prevalence of harm and industry tactics to minimise regulation.

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Flawed City of Sydney report fuels alcohol lobby

Flawed City of Sydney report fuels alcohol lobby | Alcohol & other drug issues in the media | Scoop.it
It is vital that public policy be driven by reputable and rigorous research, and there are many problems in a recent City of Sydney report on the city's ...
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Peter Miller on the report's misrepresentations of the impacts of Sydney's lockouts. See last week's related coverage: http://sco.lt/5tYKvJ. 

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Would the last person in Sydney please turn the lights out?

Would the last person in Sydney please turn the lights out? | Alcohol & other drug issues in the media | Scoop.it
IN 1999, Sydney was at its peak. The Olympic Games were imminent and there was unbridled optimism that Sydney was about to emerge as an international city as the millennium approached.
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Matt Barrie's rant against the impact of the lockout laws, that has picked up plenty of interest. See Gordian Fulde's response here: http://sco.lt/5tYKvJ.

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What's the impact of new marijuana laws? The data so far... (USA)

How has new legislation affected marijuana use in the United States? The best available data suggest that marijuana use is increasing in adults but not teens, with a decrease in marijuana-related arrests but an increase in treatment admissions, according to an update in the January/February Journal of Addiction Medicine, the official journal of the American Society of Addiction Medicine. The journal is published by Wolters Kluwer.
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Interesting initial findings. Good to see that the change in policy appears to be contributing to improving treatment access.

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Smoking bans reduce harm from passive smoking, study finds

Smoking bans reduce harm from passive smoking, study finds | Alcohol & other drug issues in the media | Scoop.it
Evidence of 77 reports from 21 countries finds the general post-ban reduction in heart disease is greatest among non-smokers
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Cochrane review of international data.

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Greens move to stop cashless welfare card

The Greens have moved to stop trials of the cashless welfare debit card in the South Australian town of Ceduna.

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See previous coverage of the concerns associated with this initiative: http://sco.lt/5xxXPd. 

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