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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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Self-driving cars will not help the drinking driver (Aus)

Self-driving cars will not help the drinking driver (Aus) | Alcohol & other drug issues in the media | Scoop.it
There is an unexpected revolution underway in road safety. True, the highly visible community-wide programs continue, but behind the scenes there are major changes underway in how safety will be managed…
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Who's truly driving anyway?  If I don't hold the steering wheel I'm not the driver! Hehheheh. Backseat driver--mumbles incoherent instructions..Haha

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Child liquid nicotine exposure up sharply (USA)

AS the e-cigarette industry booms, poison control workers say the number of children exposed to the liquid nicotine that gives hand-held vaporizing gadgets their kick also has spiked.
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As with any drug, safe storage at home is essential. This is not a practice typically associated with cigarettes, but people who use ecigarettes need to be aware of the potential risks of nicotine poisoning.

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Research supports benefits of medicinal cannabis (Aus)

Research supports benefits of medicinal cannabis (Aus) | Alcohol & other drug issues in the media | Scoop.it
Studies of the use of medicinal cannabis suggest it has measurable benefits for several serious conditions.
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By Alex Wodak.

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Legal highs process 'crazy' (NZ)

Controls over the sale of psychoactive substances are 'wasteful, embarrassing, stupid' say councils.
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Local councils call for a nation-wide policy.

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More people are using steroids, and they're unaware of dangers (Aus)

More people are using steroids, and they're unaware of dangers (Aus) | Alcohol & other drug issues in the media | Scoop.it
As the inquest into the death of bodybuilder Luke Wood makes headlines, researchers have revealed that there is still a lot they need to find out about the fast-growing community of steroid users in Australia.
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Coverage from this week's Australian Drug Trends Conference, highlighting the need for targetted harm reduction initiatives for people who inject image and performance enhancing drugs.  For the record, Ingrid van Beek works is at the Kirketon Road Centre not Kirkwood.

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Australian-born parents more likely to supply their teens with alcohol

A Deakin University study has found that Australian-born parents living in areas with a high number of bottle shops are the most likely to buy alcohol for their teenage children.

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Crikey: 'The results show that when both parents are born in Australia every bottle shop in their area doubles the likelihood that they will supply alcohol for their teens' 

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Do the media talk down to teenagers over drugs? (UK)

Do the media talk down to teenagers over drugs? (UK) | Alcohol & other drug issues in the media | Scoop.it
As a study suggests teenage cannabis users risk "impairing" their educational ability, a leading researcher claims young people are being let down by media reporting on the dangers of drugs.
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A brief look at how media reporting (and headlines in particular) of AOD research often distorts findings and misinforms the public.

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Crackdown bid on hookah pipe cafes (Vic)

Crackdown bid on hookah pipe cafes (Vic) | Alcohol & other drug issues in the media | Scoop.it
Doctors and a coalition of public health groups have called for the main political parties to commit to a ban on indoor shisha smoking in Victoria.
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Debate rages over depth of Tasmania's ice problem

Tasmania's peak body for drug treatment denies the use of crystal methamphetamine, or ice, is increasing dramatically, despite one charity insisting there is an alarming rise and lawyers attributing most property crimes to the drug.
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This highlights the challenge of having an informed public discussion about methamphetmaines.  National data shows no overall increase in stimulant use, but a shift to Ice from other forms of amphetamine.  However, it is also clear that some communities are being hit particularly hard.  

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Education and prevention the key to tackling ice epidemic (Aus)

Education and prevention the key to tackling ice epidemic (Aus) | Alcohol & other drug issues in the media | Scoop.it
A Sydney doctor on the frontline of the crystal meth or ice scourge says education and prevention is the key to combating the epidemic. Last night, the Four Corners program highlighted a desperate lack of treatment services in regional areas and the under-resourced police force struggling to cope. Professor Gordian Fulde from St Vincent's Hospital in Sydney says its crucial education is part of the solution.
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More follow-up to Monday's 4Corners story, citing St Vincents' Gordian Fulde.

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Police vow fightback on scourge of Ice and have bikie gangs firmly in their sights (Tas)

Police vow fightback on scourge of Ice and have bikie gangs firmly in their sights (Tas) | Alcohol & other drug issues in the media | Scoop.it

TASMANIA Police have acknowledged the island state could never be immune to the Ice scourge that is ravaging the nation and put outlaw motorcycle gangs on notice that they are squarely in the sights of law-enforcement agencies.

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Police say post (not ferry) main trafficking route.

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ACC staff member caught using drugs prompts call for wider tests (Aus)

The Australian Commission for Law Enforcement Integrity has called for more "high risk" public service agencies to consider drug testing.
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Tasmanian Government urged to take action over ice problem

Tasmanian Government urged to take action over ice problem | Alcohol & other drug issues in the media | Scoop.it
The Tasmanian Government is under pressure to take urgent action over reports of skyrocketing ice use.
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In related news, Senator Lambie demonstrates that shariah law isn't the only thing she needs to do a bit of research on.

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Rejection of costly Hep C treatment a 'death sentence' (Aus)

Rejection of costly Hep C treatment a 'death sentence' (Aus) | Alcohol & other drug issues in the media | Scoop.it
Liver experts are warning Australia is on the verge of a catastrophic death spiral from Hepatitis C.
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Citing Dr Miriam Levy, director of gastroenterology at Sydney's Liverpool Hospital.

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Lord Mayor wants new planning powers to combat drugs (Tas)

Lord Mayor wants new planning powers to combat drugs (Tas) | Alcohol & other drug issues in the media | Scoop.it

PLANNING laws should be overhauled to help councils thwart an “explosion of ice” in the Tasmanian community, Hobart Lord Mayor Damon Thomas says.

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Proposal to use alcohol licensing laws to restricting motorcycle club activity.

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To reduce drug-related harm, it's time to be honest about the pleasure (UK)

To reduce drug-related harm, it's time to be honest about the pleasure (UK) | Alcohol & other drug issues in the media | Scoop.it
Despite the language we use about drugs, many people don’t see themselves as “drug users” but as rational adults who aren’t on a mission to seek moral disintegration and cause themselves harm. People who…
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By Global Drug Survey's Adam Winstock

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Labor urges bigger response to combat 'ice' woes (Vic)

Labor urges bigger response to combat 'ice' woes (Vic) | Alcohol & other drug issues in the media | Scoop.it
The State Opposition says a generation of children could be lost if Victoria's 'ice' scourge is not addressed.
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More responses to this week's 4Corners episode.

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We are People - Not Addicts, Criminals, Inmates, and Convicts

We are People - Not Addicts, Criminals, Inmates, and Convicts | Alcohol & other drug issues in the media | Scoop.it
Media coverage of drugs and drug policy has grown much more sophisticated in the past few years. Yet many media outlets -- even some of the most well-meaning ones -- still often use inaccurate, offens
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Nice piece on the importance of person-centred language and the power of media reporting in reinforcing stigma.

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5 Ridiculous Anti-Drugs Posters (UK/USA)

5 Ridiculous Anti-Drugs Posters (UK/USA) | Alcohol & other drug issues in the media | Scoop.it
Anti-drugs ads have always had a tendency to veer toward the extreme, or indeed the downright ridiculous. 
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It's not just media who restigmatise.  This short piece is an effective reminder that governments and service providers have a responsibility not to do further damage to the people they are supposed to be helping.

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Legal highs fuelling growing levels of violence in British jails, annual prison report warns

Legal highs fuelling growing levels of violence in British jails, annual prison report warns | Alcohol & other drug issues in the media | Scoop.it
The soaring use of so-called “legal highs” in prisons has fuelled growing levels of violence and bullying behind bars, the Chief Inspector of Prisons warned in his annual report today.
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Big Tobacco puts Uruguay on trial

Big Tobacco puts Uruguay on trial | Alcohol & other drug issues in the media | Scoop.it
TINY Uruguay may not seem a likely front line in the war of the quit smoking brigade against Big Tobacco.
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That's right: a story about Uruguay that isn't cannabis related.

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British American Tobacco says sales slump

British American Tobacco says sales slump | Alcohol & other drug issues in the media | Scoop.it
British American Tobacco says sales sank in the first nine months of 2014 and blames adverse currency moves.
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Spice – the synthetic drug gaining a grip on Russia

Spice – the synthetic drug gaining a grip on Russia | Alcohol & other drug issues in the media | Scoop.it
Cannabis substitute smoked in a pipe appears to be a soft drug, but it is addictive and can be lethal
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Meanwhile, use of synthetic cannibinoids appears to be on the wane in Australia: http://sco.lt/90DF0T 

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Vegan diner Lentil As Anything celebrates alcohol-free addition to its Newtown diner (NSW)

Vegan diner Lentil As Anything celebrates alcohol-free addition to its Newtown diner (NSW) | Alcohol & other drug issues in the media | Scoop.it
FOR a city famous for its drinking culture, and its bars and pubs, it takes a lot of faith to open an Australian first alcohol-free mocktail bar.
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Yes, it's a puff piece for a restaurant, but it's encouraging to see the growth in recovery-friendly venues in Australia.

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