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Courts must act to beat methamphetamine ‘pandemic’, says WA Magistrate

Courts must act to beat methamphetamine ‘pandemic’, says WA Magistrate | Alcohol & other drug issues in the media | Scoop.it
A SENIOR magistrate believes courts need to work to provide a disincentive to drug dealers if the “pandemic” of methamphetamine in WA was to be fixed.
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More response to this week's ACC report.

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Child abuse leaves mysterious physical scars in adulthood: psychiatrist (Aus)

Child abuse leaves mysterious physical scars in adulthood: psychiatrist (Aus) | Alcohol & other drug issues in the media | Scoop.it
The effects of child abuse linger in the bodies of victims long after they've grown up, an Australian psychiatrist says.
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Highlighting some of the reasons people who have experienced trauma as a child tend to self-medicate with alcohol and other drugs. 

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Why Tamil Nadu’s women want alcohol banned (India)

Why Tamil Nadu’s women want alcohol banned (India) | Alcohol & other drug issues in the media | Scoop.it
Women in India have forced prohibition on to the political agenda as they blame alcohol sales for a big rise in domestic violence and rape in the region
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See recent related coverage questioning the effectiveness of such measures in protecting Indian women and girls from violence: See today's related post on the geography of the US overdose 'crisis': http://sco.lt/99qvk9.

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Legal highs expected to disappear from shops as ban arrives (UK)

Legal highs expected to disappear from shops as ban arrives (UK) | Alcohol & other drug issues in the media | Scoop.it
Police say trade through ‘head shops’ and UK-based websites will end but some fear underground sale will continue
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...but online trade expected to grow. See the International Journal of Drug Policy's editorial on the UK Psychoactive Substances legislation (FYI, they're not a fan): http://www.ijdp.org/article/S0955-3959%2815%2900313-8/pdf.

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FDA approves first buprenorphine implant for treatment of opioid dependence (USA)

The U.S. Food and Drug Administration today approved Probuphine, the first buprenorphine implant for the maintenance treatment of opioid dependence. Probuphine is designed to provide a constant, low-level dose of buprenorphine for six months in patients who are already stable on low-to-moderate doses of other forms of buprenorphine, as part of a complete treatment program.
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See yesterday's related media coverage: http://sco.lt/6qtkUT

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Saying sorry isn't enough for Indigenous children (Aus)

Saying sorry isn't enough for Indigenous children (Aus) | Alcohol & other drug issues in the media | Scoop.it
More should be done to reduce the rate at which Indigenous children are removed from their families.
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On Sorry Day, Judy Cashmore and Teresa Libesman highlight the need for earlier interventions and support within our communities to address contribution factors (such as AOD use) to abuse and neglect of children and strengthen families.

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Scientists have figured out exactly how much fun it is to get drunk (UK)

Scientists have figured out exactly how much fun it is to get drunk (UK) | Alcohol & other drug issues in the media | Scoop.it
Are the happiness boosting effects of alcohol fleeting or long-lasting?
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While the tone of this article is deliberately light the core arguments are sound: 1. People typically use alcohol (and other drugs because they enjoy the effect; 2. Public health campaigns that ignore this fact are unlikely to affect the behaviour of those already engaged AOD use; 3. It's important to be aware of the increased risk of harm (including emerging dependence) associated with higher levels of consumption. This initiative has obvious similarities to a recent project by a Brazillian photographer, who sought to capture the impacts of drinking three glasses of wine on people's mood: http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/2016/04/08/amazing-photos-capture-how-faces-change-after-1-2-and-3-glasses/

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SA Libs taunted over drug dealer laws

South Australia's attorney-general has challenged the Liberal opposition to "man up" and support a new crackdown on drug dealers.
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This sort of approach is not conducive to the development of effective, evidence based drug policy. Less chest thumping, more consideration of the evidence please.

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U.S. e-cigarette use stalls as health concerns grow: Reuters/Ipsos poll

U.S. e-cigarette use stalls as health concerns grow: Reuters/Ipsos poll | Alcohol & other drug issues in the media | Scoop.it
Use of electronic cigarettes and other vaping devices has stalled in the United States as more Americans question their safety, according to a new online Reuters/Ipsos poll.
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Poll shows that half of those who had ceased using e-cigarettes had returned to using tobacco products.

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'The dogs don't work': NSW Greens say $66m 'wasted' on drug sniffer dog unit

'The dogs don't work': NSW Greens say $66m 'wasted' on drug sniffer dog unit | Alcohol & other drug issues in the media | Scoop.it
David Shoebridge says waste ‘extraordinary’ after figures show NSW police spent an average of more than $9m per year since 2010 on drug detection unit
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Highlighting the need for a redistribution of Australian drug policy funding towards evidence based approaches, like treatment and harm reduction.

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Can a pricey implant to treat opioid addiction save lives? (USA)

Can a pricey implant to treat opioid addiction save lives? (USA) | Alcohol & other drug issues in the media | Scoop.it
The implant promises to treat opioid addiction without the hassle of a daily pill. But doctors and insurers are wary, especially about the cost.
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On the development of a buprenorphine implant. Buprenorphine is effective as an opioid replacement therapy, but is far from providing a silver bullet for the US 'opioid crisis'. As we've seen with naltrexone implants, there are very real dangers associated with implants being seen as a 'cure' for dependence, when they do nothing to address the cognitive and behavioural components of drug dependence. 

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Spate of deaths from bootleg liquor as Indonesia debates alcohol prohibition

Spate of deaths from bootleg liquor as Indonesia debates alcohol prohibition | Alcohol & other drug issues in the media | Scoop.it
It's an excruciating way to die. First comes nausea, vomiting, dizziness and headaches (often mistaken for normal drunkenness), followed by loss of vision
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Methanol poisoning is a common occurrence in Indonesia. A bill currently before parliament proposes a national ban on the production, distribution and sale of any products with more than 1% alcohol content.

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Opioid prescriptions drop for first time in two decades (USA)

Opioid prescriptions drop for first time in two decades (USA) | Alcohol & other drug issues in the media | Scoop.it
(HealthDay)—In a sign that the opioid epidemic might be waning, new data show that the number of opioid prescriptions has dropped for the first time in 20 years.
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New data indicates change in prescribing practice since 2013. It's important to note that this change has not yet resulted in lower overdose fatalities.

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This Is What the Future of Vaping Looks Like (USA)

This Is What the Future of Vaping Looks Like (USA) | Alcohol & other drug issues in the media | Scoop.it
There's a lot of hand-wringing over what the vaping industry will look like, but we already have some clues.
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On moves by Big Tobacco to control the future e-cigarette market.

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Young people embrace technology to help curb binge drinking (Vic)

Young people embrace technology to help curb binge drinking (Vic) | Alcohol & other drug issues in the media | Scoop.it
Researchers with Melbourne's Burnet Institute trial the use of personalised mobile phone messages to help young Australians to curb their binge drinking.
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Nice work by Burnet Institute exploring opportunities to reduce alcohol related harms amongst young people.

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How cracking down on America's painkiller capital led to a heroin crisis

How cracking down on America's painkiller capital led to a heroin crisis | Alcohol & other drug issues in the media | Scoop.it
Critics say Florida’s efforts to contain an epidemic unleashed within its borders have only had limited effect in curbing one crisis while making another worse
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See today's related post on the geography of the US overdose 'crisis': http://sco.lt/99qvk9.

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Party on(line): The link between social media, alcohol use (USA)

One of the undeniable powers of social media is its ability to influence people and their behaviors. This is especially true, a study finds, when it comes to alcohol use. Researchers found that when participants in a study were exposed to ads touting beer, as opposed to those selling bottled water, they were more inclined to consider drinking alcohol.
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More evidence of the role social media plays in alcohol marketing: 'On social media, the line that distinguishes between an ad and regular content is very fine.'

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A deadly crisis: mapping the spread of America's drug overdose epidemic

A deadly crisis: mapping the spread of America's drug overdose epidemic | Alcohol & other drug issues in the media | Scoop.it
Overdoses kill more Americans than car crashes or guns – and experts say the crisis hasn’t peaked. Data reveals how a local problem became a national epidemic
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A brief overview of the geography (and drivers) of the current 'crisis'.

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Temptation grows to use drugs to stay awake in the workplace (Aus)

Temptation grows to use drugs to stay awake in the workplace (Aus) | Alcohol & other drug issues in the media | Scoop.it
The 24/7 economy is pushing so-called 'smart drugs' into the office
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Citing Ian Hickie and Carl Hart on the use (and impacts) of drugs like Modafinil, ADHD medications and other stimulants (like caffeine) in the workplace. See yesterday's related post on the use of 'smart drugs' by students: http://sco.lt/6njAeX

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Australian man dies in Laos after suspected drink spiking

Australian man dies in Laos after suspected drink spiking | Alcohol & other drug issues in the media | Scoop.it
A MELBOURNE man has died while travelling in Laos after his drink was reportedly spiked.
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See yesterday's related post on methanol poisoning in Indonesia: http://sco.lt/9851RR.

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Two-thirds of young people who take legal highs intend to ignore incoming ban (UK)

Two-thirds of young people who take legal highs intend to ignore incoming ban (UK) | Alcohol & other drug issues in the media | Scoop.it
Around two-thirds of young people who take legal highs intend to ignore the incoming ban on the substances, new research suggests.
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Another reminder of the general ineffectiveness of banning particular drug types in reducing consumption.

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As more states legalize marijuana, adolescents' problems with pot decline (USA)

As more states legalize marijuana, adolescents' problems with pot decline (USA) | Alcohol & other drug issues in the media | Scoop.it
A survey of more than 216,000 adolescents from all 50 states indicates the number of teens with marijuana-related problems is declining. Similarly, the rates of marijuana use by young people are falling despite the fact mor
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National study finds overall use increasing following legal reforms, but that use (and harm) amongst young people declines.

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Scotland now a 'nation of home drinkers'

Scotland now a 'nation of home drinkers' | Alcohol & other drug issues in the media | Scoop.it
Adults in Scotland increase their consumption of alcohol for the second year in a row, according to a report.
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NHS Scotland data shows 2015 alcohol sales were 20% than in England and Wales, with increases driven by supermarket and off-licence sales.

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City plans to fight heroin by allowing it

City plans to fight heroin by allowing it | Alcohol & other drug issues in the media | Scoop.it
Ithaca, New York, wants to allow heroin addicts to use the drug in a legal space, which some believe will help fight the epidemic.
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In spite of the headline, this is not about drug law reform. The article provides more coverage of Ithaca's plan to establish a medically supervised injecting centre, and the local politics.

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Dads' age, alcohol intake can harm a foetus (USA)

Dads' age, alcohol intake can harm a foetus (USA) | Alcohol & other drug issues in the media | Scoop.it
WANT to be a dad? Watch what you drink.
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More evidence of the impacts of parents' alcohol intake on the development of their babies. This study links fathers' drinking to FASD.

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Where people drink the most booze and do the most drugs (USA)

Where people drink the most booze and do the most drugs (USA) | Alcohol & other drug issues in the media | Scoop.it
There's a particular group of states where people are most likely to drink too much alcohol and do too many drugs.
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Mapping of SAMHSA data on state's consumption.

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