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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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Ice epidemic to be investigated by Federal Parliament (Aus)

Ice epidemic to be investigated by Federal Parliament (Aus) | Alcohol & other drug issues in the media | Scoop.it
Parliament is set to examine the ice scourge ravaging communities all over the country following the release of a landmark report into the issue.
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More on the response to the ACC methamphetamines report: http://sco.lt/6XenvV. Future details on the inquiry will be posted here: http://www.aph.gov.au/Parliamentary_Business/Committees/Joint/Law_Enforcement/Crystal_methamphetamine 

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A night out in Kings Cross: what the lockout laws have achieved – video (NSW)

King's Cross has changed dramatically since strict lockout and alcohol-sale laws were introduced – but for better or worse?
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Nice piece by Brigid Delaney on some of the broader impacts of the lockouts, including the emergence of alternative entertainment options in the nighttime economy. Featuring Matt Noffs.

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Daniel Andrews backs drug testing on construction sites as ice spreads (Vic)

Daniel Andrews backs drug testing on construction sites as ice spreads (Vic) | Alcohol & other drug issues in the media | Scoop.it
PREMIER Daniel Andrews has backed a new push for construction work site drug tests, two months after he axed an industry watchdog that conducted mandatory drug tests.
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Fortitude Valley pubs and clubs opposed to liquor licensing changes including trading hours and lockouts (Qld)

Fortitude Valley pubs and clubs opposed to liquor licensing changes including trading hours and lockouts (Qld) | Alcohol & other drug issues in the media | Scoop.it
A 3AM closing time, a 1am lockout and a ban on alco­holic shots after midnight are among a raft of liquor licensing changes the State Government plans to introduce.
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See today's other post on this story: http://sco.lt/8VtEUD 

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Updated: Health Canada grants exemption to Insite drug injection centre

Updated: Health Canada grants exemption to Insite drug injection centre | Alcohol & other drug issues in the media | Scoop.it
Health Canada has granted Vancouver’s Insite supervised drug injection site an exemption to operate for another year, Vancouver Coastal Health announced in a statement Wednesday. But the city’s . . .
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This sounds very familiar. Sydney's MSIC was kept in 'pilot' phase for ten years before being given ongoing policy and funding security. This sort of existential drip-feeding places a significant burden on services as they have to devote resources to justifying their existence and fighting for survival, instead of focusing on the job of saving lives and reducing drug-related harm.

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Third group steps down from Diageo alcohol campaign (Ireland)

Third group steps down from Diageo alcohol campaign (Ireland) | Alcohol & other drug issues in the media | Scoop.it
St Patrick’s Mental Health Services have have withdrawn from the Stop Out-of-Control Drinking campaign
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Another example of the problems with alcohol industry involvement in public health campaigns.

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Seattle's sensible approach puts drug offenders into treatment, not jail (USA)

Seattle's sensible approach puts drug offenders into treatment, not jail (USA) | Alcohol & other drug issues in the media | Scoop.it
The influential Law-Enforcement Assisted Diversion, or Lead, program is making waves in criminal justice circles – and it could be coming to other US cities
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There are clear benefits from supporting people to change, rather than putting them in prison. Australia's Diversion programs provide a range of early interventions that allow people to avoid being drawn further into the Justice system for low level, non-violent offences. ReGen runs several education programs for Diversion participants: http://www.regen.org.au/education/client-courses 

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Tassie’s bold anti-smoking strategy lauded on global stage

THE Tobacco-Free Generation amendment before the Legislative Council is attracting global attention. The amendment seeks to create a new generation of citizens born this century who will live lives tobacco-free by means of preventing retailers selling cigarettes to them.

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Colorado's pot legalization does little to solve racial disparity in drug arrests

Colorado's pot legalization does little to solve racial disparity in drug arrests | Alcohol & other drug issues in the media | Scoop.it
Overall marijuana-related arrests drop but study finds rate for black people still 2.5 times higher and accounts for 18% of such arrests in 2014
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Changing a drug's legal status clearly doesn't address underlying drivers of disadvantage.

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'When it starts having consequences, it's extreme': ice addict (NSW)

Addicts say that ice has a very powerful hold over their lives. One Sydney ice addict, who asked to remain anonymous, told us he'd unsuccessfully tried to quit the drug several times. He's been using ice for 12 years and says in the last few years it's become widely available.
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The repeated use of 'ice addict' here is certainly less than ideal. There are many other ways to refer to someone without resorting to pejorative terms. That said, it is good to see people with direct experience of methamphetamine dependence having the opportunity to tell their stories.

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Drugs aren’t football’s problem, disregard for player welfare is (Aus)

Drugs aren’t football’s problem, disregard for player welfare is (Aus) | Alcohol & other drug issues in the media | Scoop.it
AFL: The revelations this week that ice has been used in rural and regional football as a performance-enhancing drug has rocked the community. In a week in whic
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Nice piece by The Roar's Sarah Olle. Amidst the furious positioning about illicit drug use by current and former players, their welfare is usually very low on the list of public priorities. This needs to change.

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Not enough evidence to say whether e-cigarettes help smokers quit: research council

Not enough evidence to say whether e-cigarettes help smokers quit: research council | Alcohol & other drug issues in the media | Scoop.it
There is not enough evidence to know whether electronic cigarettes help smokers quit or whether they are harmful, according to the nation's expert health research body.
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Editorial: We must break the 'ice' craze (Qld)

THE impact of illicit drugs on families and the community has always been obvious but we have not seen anything as damaging, destructive and deadly as the current methylamphetamine – or “ice” as it is known on the streets and in criminal gangs – epidemic.

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This is the second part of the editorial (scroll down). It focuses on reports that the joint Polaris task force is to be defunded as part of Federal budget cuts.

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Lockouts and 3am closing time served up (Qld)

Lockouts and 3am closing time served up (Qld) | Alcohol & other drug issues in the media | Scoop.it
Queensland, last drinks and lock-outs are coming.
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See accounts of the impacts of the Kings Cross lockouts on alcohol related violence and injuries: http://sco.lt/5y9l8zhttp://sco.lt/5E62iH 

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Mandatory drug and alcohol testing on work sites floated by union (Aus)

Mandatory drug and alcohol testing on work sites floated by union (Aus) | Alcohol & other drug issues in the media | Scoop.it
The new policy would prioritise workers' rehabilitation, and keep their jobs for when they returned.
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More on the CFMEU's change of position on workplace testing (see yesterday's post: http://sco.lt/50N34L). Good to see a focus on workers' welfare and reducing potential harms. It will be very interesting to see how employers respond.

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Bendigo nurse practitioner working with ice addicts (Vic)

Bendigo nurse practitioner working with ice addicts (Vic) | Alcohol & other drug issues in the media | Scoop.it
Depressive moods after stopping a prolonged use of ice is one of the challenges AOD nurse, Cameron Cail, faces with his clients.
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Cameron's experience is certainly consistent with ours. Here's an evaluation report of our 'Step-up.Step-down' model for methamphetamine withdrawal: http://www.regen.org.au/images/reports/Step-up_Evaluation_Final_Report_141114.pdf 

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Gold Coast study to probe steroid use

Gold Coast study to probe steroid use | Alcohol & other drug issues in the media | Scoop.it
A Gold Coast criminologist is heading a research project into why the use of performance-enhancing drugs has skyrocketed in Qld.
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Cheap deals drive consumers online for alcohol (Aus)

The online alcohol sales industry in Australia is expected
to be worth more than $1 billion in the next five years as more and more
consumers order their favourite drinks through their computer, tablet or
smartphone.
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There's obvious appeal to the industry for online sales: reduced costs, increased marketing potential and direct access to consumers. We've already seen that online marketing provides the industry with opportunities to get around marketing restrictions that are enforced in traditional media.

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Alcohol companies may have learned some lessons from the fight against Big Tobacco (Ireland)

Alcohol companies may have learned some lessons from the fight against Big Tobacco (Ireland) | Alcohol & other drug issues in the media | Scoop.it

ALCOHOL COMPANIES’ SUPPORT for responsible drinking campaigns is little more than a “clever exercise in corporate branding”, one advertising expert has claimed..

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See the related post on the Diageo campaign: http://sco.lt/5HuYIj

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Bans on using and selling e-cigarettes remain hazy (Vic)

Bans on using and selling e-cigarettes remain hazy (Vic) | Alcohol & other drug issues in the media | Scoop.it
BANS on using or selling e-cigarettes in Victoria are shrouded in haze, with even the authorities responsible for enforcing them seemingly confused about the legalities.
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Ice age: the long wait for treatment (NSW)

Addiction specialists say there are not enough facilities or trained medical staff to address the growing problem of ice addiction. There are only 200 addiction specialists in Australia and NZ. Addicts must wait months for treatment in residential rehab facilities.
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Follow-up coverage to yesterday's ACC methamphetamine report: http://sco.lt/6XenvV. See also recent coverage of Victorian rehab service waiting times: http://sco.lt/8SsIE5 

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Calls for drug tests for agricultural and construction workers (Vic)

Calls for drug tests for agricultural and construction workers (Vic) | Alcohol & other drug issues in the media | Scoop.it
There are calls for drug shearers and workers on construction sites to be drug tested, amid concerns of a growing ice epidemic.
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See today's related coverage of the CFMEU's call for mandatory workplace testing: http://sco.lt/50N34L

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Darcy Leahy's curator insight, March 27, 6:43 AM

although this articval was very short and not really descriptive i believe drug tests should be implicated to these workers. i have to take drug tests for my work just so the goverment can take one third of my tax in pay and give it to those who go and buy drugs. i also believe any one on the doll or wellfare payments should have to submit drug tests to recieve their payments. back to the original topic though, every one no matter what task you are performing should be cleen and not affected by drugs or any other substance as it may not only put them selves at risk but the people and workers around them as well.

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NT Government establish parliamentary committee to determine best approach to ice epidemic in Northern Territory

THE ice epidemic across the NT is so bad the CLP Government has agreed to establish a parliamentary committee to determine the best approaches for combating use of the devastating drug.
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Booze news: Australians’ alcohol habits by age

Booze news: Australians’ alcohol habits by age | Alcohol & other drug issues in the media | Scoop.it
The latest findings from Roy Morgan Research show that 66% of Aussies aged between 18 and 29 drink alcohol in any given weeks, compared with 69% of those aged 30 and older.
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Ice addiction is tearing Canberra families apart with violence, says drug experts

Canberra’s treatment community fears the devastating influence of ice will lead to more domestic violence in the territory.
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Citing Directions ACT and the Salvation Army.

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