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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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Psychosis fears after 'ice' use rises among injecting drug users (Aus)

Psychosis fears after 'ice' use rises among injecting drug users (Aus) | Alcohol & other drug issues in the media | Scoop.it
Hospitals and drug clinics are bracing themselves for more patients presenting with psychosis and cardiovascular problems after a significant increase in use of the drug "ice".
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Citing NDARC research on shifting patterns of consumption, away from snorting to smoking and injecting.

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Ice addicts attacking Salvation Army workers trying to help them (Vic)

Ice addicts attacking Salvation Army workers trying to help them (Vic) | Alcohol & other drug issues in the media | Scoop.it
THE Salvation Army has expressed concerns over the safety of charity workers after four attacks on staff by ice users in the last two months.
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Halloween Candy: Marijuana Snacks Have Colorado And Washington State Warning Parents

Halloween Candy: Marijuana Snacks Have Colorado And Washington State Warning Parents | Alcohol & other drug issues in the media | Scoop.it
Halloween candy may be capable of making you fly high like a ghost due to marijuana legalization in Colorado. Pot shops are apparently selling Halloween candy
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Marijuana crusaders light up en-masse in Melbourne park

Marijuana crusaders light up en-masse in Melbourne park | Alcohol & other drug issues in the media | Scoop.it
A pro-cannabis rally in a Melbourne CBD park has seen people breaking the law, with many in the crowd smoking the drug while pushing for decriminalisation.
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‘Vortex of doom’ threat as latest drugs outwit the law (Aus)

‘Vortex of doom’ threat as latest drugs outwit the law (Aus) | Alcohol & other drug issues in the media | Scoop.it
IT is impossible for legislation to keep up with the explosion of new recreational drugs, an expert says.
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Coverage of this week's Australian Drugs Conference discussion.

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Vancouver police say rash of overdoses linked to fentanyl, not heroin (Canada)

Vancouver police say rash of overdoses linked to fentanyl, not heroin (Canada) | Alcohol & other drug issues in the media | Scoop.it
VANCOUVER - Police in Vancouver say a potent and potentially lethal drug called fentanyl, not heroin, is behind a rash of overdoses on the city's Downtown Eastside.
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Follow-up on yesterday's post. Great to see police recommending that people use Insite's superverised injecting centre. This is how harm reduction should work.

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First reported case of Google Glass internet addiction disorder (USA)

First reported case of Google Glass internet addiction disorder (USA) | Alcohol & other drug issues in the media | Scoop.it
Man being treated for alcoholism became irritable when made to take off his wearable tech, journal reports.
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Man says withdrawal from Glass use worse than from alcohol.

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Brave Dan is stirring pot for sufferers (NSW)

Brave Dan is stirring pot for sufferers (NSW) | Alcohol & other drug issues in the media | Scoop.it
I AM kicking myself. I lost my mother to cancer earlier this year.
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New study reveals ways to reduce HIV rates in Mexico

To address the HIV epidemic in Mexico is to address it among men who have sex with men (MSM), because they account for a large percentage of the country's new infections, says Omar Galárraga, assistant professor of health services policy and practice in the Brown University School of Public Health.
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Tony Abbott: let's see what we can do with medical marijuana (Aus) video

Tony Abbott: let's see what we can do with medical marijuana (Aus) video | Alcohol & other drug issues in the media | Scoop.it
Tony Abbott has called for state governments to consider legislating for the use of medical marijuana
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Could this be a 'Howard moment' for the PM? Mr Howard used 'tough on drugs' rhetoric, while implementing Harm Minimisation as our national drug policy framework.

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Marianne Porkonijntje Lenaerts's curator insight, October 16, 5:39 AM

Yeah  kill more  people ....   and  after  you  can  blame  it  on  the  natural  weed ..  

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Soldiers returning from war turn to drugs and crime - but are we letting them down? (Aus)

Soldiers returning from war turn to drugs and crime - but are we letting them down? (Aus) | Alcohol & other drug issues in the media | Scoop.it
Soldiers returning from Iraq and Afghanistan are turning to drugs and crime, with one support group estimating 500 veterans are in prison across Australia, so can we do more to support them?
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Another reminder of the links between trauma and AOD use.

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It's time to extend successful lockout to curb violence (NSW)

It's time to extend successful lockout to curb violence (NSW) | Alcohol & other drug issues in the media | Scoop.it
It is now more than six months since the introduction of lockout laws and predictably there are differing opinions as to their effectiveness, with more opposition than support. Rob McEwen argues that rather than wind back, the lock-out laws should be uniform throughout the state.
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Survey to help parents tackle teen drinking challenges (NSW)

A new online survey developed by researchers from the University of Newcastle and Hunter New England Population Health, in collaboration with the Australian Drug Foundation, aims to help families navigate the challenges of teenage alcohol use.

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Parents can access the survey at www.hmri.com.au/children-alcohol-survey, or the ADF's 'The Other Talk' materials www.thothertalk.org.au

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Justice reinvestment saves huge costs of law-and-order auctions (Aus)

Justice reinvestment saves huge costs of law-and-order auctions (Aus) | Alcohol & other drug issues in the media | Scoop.it
A number of reports, most recently Victorian and NSW crime statistics, show crime rates are falling. But as election time looms in these states, their governments' focus on tough law-and-order policies…
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Highlighting the need for greater attention to prevention and treatment, as opposed to punishment.  Co-authored by the ANCD's Gino Vumbaca.

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WHO tobacco treaty makes significant progress despite mounting pressure from tobacco industry

MOSCOW - The sixth session of the Conference of the parties (COP6) to the WHO Framework Convention on Tobacco Control (FCTC) concluded today in Moscow. Several landmark decisions were adopted in the course of the six-day session, regarded as one of the most successful in the WHO FCTC’s history.

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Effective alcohol-related bills are unpopular; ineffective ones tend to get OK'd, U study finds (USA)

Effective alcohol-related bills are unpopular; ineffective ones tend to get OK'd, U study finds (USA) | Alcohol & other drug issues in the media | Scoop.it
The inability of our elected officials to pass laws that are effective in reducing excessive alcohol consumption has serious ramifications, researchers say.
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Putting some weight behind the concept that effective drug policies are unpopular and popular policies are ineffective.

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Truckers on piece rates work longer hours, take more drugs, study finds (Aus)

Truckers on piece rates work longer hours, take more drugs, study finds (Aus) | Alcohol & other drug issues in the media | Scoop.it
Truck drivers who are paid incentives to reach their destinations take fewer breaks and more drugs behind the wheel, a new study has found.
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Highlighting some of the drivers (no pun intended) behind AOD use within particular industries.

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Ice Rush (Aus)

Ice Rush (Aus) | Alcohol & other drug issues in the media | Scoop.it

Monday 20th October, 2014 His name is 'Jake'. His name is 'Jake'. At 15 years old, he was an ice dealer, a user and a crystal meth cook. 'Jake' is the new face of crystal meth, or ice, in Australia. It's the drug that's ravaged our major cities. But now it's destroying country towns one by one.

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Preview of next week's Four Corners story on methamphetamines in regional and rural areas.

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Reducing recidivism could save WA millions, says Inspector of Custodial Services

Reducing recidivism could save WA millions, says Inspector of Custodial Services | Alcohol & other drug issues in the media | Scoop.it
WA could save more than $1 million by keeping 10 repeat offenders out of prison for just one year, the independent prisons inspector has said.
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Calls for greater investment in treatment programs.

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French law targets binge drinkers

French law targets binge drinkers | Alcohol & other drug issues in the media | Scoop.it

The French government has drafted a law aimed at tackling the growing problem of youth binge drinking. Anyone found guilty of inciting minors to drink excessive levels of alcohol could be sentenced to a year in prison or fined €15,000 (£12,000, $18,000).

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Not much detail on the police here, other than the reference to target marketing. Could it include something like 'secondary supply' provisions?

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English booze culture fuels nearly 10 million hospital admissions each year

English booze culture fuels nearly 10 million hospital admissions each year | Alcohol & other drug issues in the media | Scoop.it
One in five people in England now drinks too much with hospital admissions rocketing, alarming new figures show
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Junk food, alcohol and gambling sponsors 'saturate' sport (Aus)

Junk food, alcohol and gambling sponsors 'saturate' sport (Aus) | Alcohol & other drug issues in the media | Scoop.it
Australian sport is rife with the promotion of alcohol, junk food and gambling, with nearly three quarters of sports sponsored by a company that sells those products, a study shows.
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Bitcoin drug millions seized in Victoria

In what is believed to be an Australian first, Victorian authorities have restrained millions of dollars of the digital currency Bitcoin, allegedly the proceeds of online drug trafficking. 
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Funding initiatives to reduce the harm of ice (Vic)

The Victorian Coalition Government has today announced new measures to respond to the harm arising from the use of the drug ice. Announcing new harm reduction programs to the value of $5.1 million at the Penington Institute's 2014 Australian Drugs Conference – Ice and altered realities, Minister for Mental Health Mary Wooldridge said the investment builds on the Napthine Government's recent initiatives to tackle ice.

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This announcement includes additional funding to improve accessibility of withdrawal services for people who use methamphetamines, plus a range of other initiatives. FYI the $600k isn't all for us, but will be spread across Victoria's residential withdrawal services. It's good to see the Govt's commitment to harm reduction and an expansion of HRV's Dancewise program. 

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HIV Treatment News: Russian HIV/AIDS Vaccine To Be Tested With Humans; HIV Prevention Pill takes Centre Stage In Sydney Forum

Russia’s pioneer HIV/AIDS vaccine to enter second phase of trials; An HIV Prevention Pill will be discussed in Sydney on October.
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Two bits of news for HIV prevention and treatment.

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