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Medical marijuana: Couple fears for daughter after supplier charged (Vic)

Medical marijuana: Couple fears for daughter after supplier charged (Vic) | Alcohol & other drug issues in the media | Scoop.it
Mia Mia parents Cheri and David O'Connell fear their daughter 'will die' if the supply of medical cannabis she relies on to control her severe epilepsy is stopped.
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Welcome to Meth-stralia: shocking extent of Australia's illegal online drug trade exposed

Welcome to Meth-stralia: shocking extent of Australia's illegal online drug trade exposed | Alcohol & other drug issues in the media | Scoop.it
A NEWS.COM.AU investigation has exposed the shocking extent of Australia’s online drug trade, with $7.5 million in illicit substances available to buy in any given week.
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The study focussed on the Agora marketplace, but the article also refers to NDARC's broader ongoing research on online markets. While the hyperbole of the headline isn't very helpful, the study does highlight the influence of online markets in shaping new patterns of drug purchases in Australia.

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Homeless, young job seekers miss out as services close (Vic)

Homeless, young job seekers miss out as services close (Vic) | Alcohol & other drug issues in the media | Scoop.it
Victorian welfare agencies that have helped hundreds of homeless people hunt for jobs will have to close their specialist employment services after missing out on millions of dollars in federal funding.
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On the impacts on vulnerable young people of cuts to Youth Projects' Good2go program and Hanover's employment services.

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Cocaine use causes 'profound changes' in the brain that make relapse more likely (USA)

Cocaine use causes 'profound changes' in the brain that make relapse more likely (USA) | Alcohol & other drug issues in the media | Scoop.it
Using cocaine results in "profound changes" in the brain that makes relapse much more common under stressful situations.
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Thanks to @GenNextVoice for the link to this article. It's always interesting to see research that helps explain the complex relationship between brain chemistry and behaviour, particularly with reference to AOD treatment and recovery.

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Legally available drug wreaks more havoc than ice (NT)

Legally available drug wreaks more havoc than ice (NT) | Alcohol & other drug issues in the media | Scoop.it

Like most people, I’m sick to death of aggressive addicts. That look in their glassy eyes and that all too familiar stagger as they try to keep balance while threatening the nearest person.

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With nearly double the national average for per capita consumption of alcohol, Corey Sinclair looks at the impacts of the Northern Territory's 'real drug epidemic'.

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'Like night and day' – calls for federal government to approve new Hep C drugs (Aus)

'Like night and day' – calls for federal government to approve new Hep C drugs (Aus) | Alcohol & other drug issues in the media | Scoop.it
Advocates in Canberra have called on the government to urgently subsidise new, advanced treatments for hepatitis C, saying each month they delay about 50 people die from the condition.
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Featuring CAHMA's Sione Crawford. See recent coverage: http://sco.lt/5oIjXV 

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‘We rave all night to fight lock-out laws’ (NSW)

‘We rave all night to fight lock-out laws’ (NSW) | Alcohol & other drug issues in the media | Scoop.it
THEY are the rave parties of the social media generation and they’re allowing young Sydneysiders to avoid the city’s lockout laws and party all night long without restrictions.
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Unlicensed warehouse parties are nothing new. What remains to be seen is how prevalent they become as more lockout regimes are introduced around Australia.

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Paracetamol poisoning: how addiction to over-the-counter medication took Imogen Cunningham's life (Aus)

Paracetamol poisoning: how addiction to over-the-counter medication took Imogen Cunningham's life (Aus) | Alcohol & other drug issues in the media | Scoop.it
Imogen Cunningham did not realise she was slowly poisoning herself with her addiction to over-the-counter pain pills.
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Amy Corderoy on the ever growing impacts of our over-reliance on pain killers.
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Alcohol research finds Australians support greater restrictions on industry

Alcohol research finds Australians support greater restrictions on industry | Alcohol & other drug issues in the media | Scoop.it
Foundation for Alcohol Research and Education says four-fifths of voters want bars to close at 3am, but Australian Hotels Association dismisses findings
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More #AlcPoll2015 coverage, here by Melissa Davey. You can find the full FARE Australia report here: http://sco.lt/8rQhhh 

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ACT moving too slow on alcohol law reform: report authors

ACT moving too slow on alcohol law reform: report authors | Alcohol & other drug issues in the media | Scoop.it
75% of poll respondents think Australians have a drink problem – so what is the ACT waiting for?
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More on the FARE alcohol survey findings.

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Drug and alcohol treatment court in the ACT could reduce prisoner numbers saving millions of dollars

Ordering addicts into treatment instead of jail in a separate court system for drug-related crime could slash prisoner numbers and save the ACT millions of dollars.
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Citing Directions ACT's CEO Fiona Trevelyan. See also recent coverage of calls to expand Victoria's Drug Court: http://sco.lt/8z0BJh

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Fund To Help Communities Tackle Ice In Their Local Area (Vic)

Community groups in rural and regional Victoria can now apply for grants of up to $10,000 to help combat ice in their local areas. The Andrews Labor Government is providing $500,000 to fund grassroots Community Ice Action Groups across regional and rural Victoria.

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Media release from Minister Martin Foley MP.

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The other prisoners executed by Indonesia

THE SIX OTHERS EXECUTED BY INDONESIA ON WEDNESDAY
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It's important to remember that it's not just Australia that has been affected by last night's executions.

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The 25 tests and medicines doctors say you don’t need (Aus)

The 25 tests and medicines doctors say you don’t need (Aus) | Alcohol & other drug issues in the media | Scoop.it
DOCTORS have identified 25 wasteful tests and treatments they say shouldn’t be given because they are costing Medicare billions of dollars each year — without improving patient outcomes.
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Includes RACGP recommendations on benzos prescribing.

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How much is needed to curb ice use in Canberra?

How much is needed to curb ice use in Canberra? | Alcohol & other drug issues in the media | Scoop.it
The dramatic increase in purity and strength of the crystalline form of methamphetamine threatens to overwhelm drug treatment services.
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Citing ATODA's Carrie Fowlie on the need for increased treatment funding. You can see the ATODA briefing paper here: http://www.atoda.org.au/wp-content/uploads/ATODA_Paper_NGO_drug_treatment_demand_and_methamphetamine_harms_Final_0515.pdf 

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Illegal tobacco costs govt $1.35bn (Aus)

A record level of illegal tobacco consumption has cost the Australian Government an estimated tax loss of $1.35 billion, a report by KPMG shows. 

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More children going to rehab for ice addictions (Vic)

More children going to rehab for ice addictions (Vic) | Alcohol & other drug issues in the media | Scoop.it

The number of children going to rehab and seeking other treatments for their ice addictions is increasing and has trebled in the last 18 months at Victoria's largest youth drug and alcohol network.

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Citing YSAS's Paul Bird on treatment demand amongst young people. See the companion piece on one young woman's story of treatment and early recovery: http://sco.lt/58UHpp 

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Rehab centre Tandana Place: Erin beats ice addiction (Vic)

Rehab centre Tandana Place: Erin beats ice addiction (Vic) | Alcohol & other drug issues in the media | Scoop.it
After an abused childhood and early introduction to drugs, mother-of-one Erin is now turning her life around at Tandana Place.
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Companion piece to previous post on YSAS services (http://sco.lt/6hqhRx), featuring one young woman's recovery story (so far).

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Helping people outside of hospital is key for mental health reform in the ACT

Helping people outside of hospital is key for mental health reform in the ACT | Alcohol & other drug issues in the media | Scoop.it
To improve our mental health care provision, we need to start by taking the healthcare to the people.
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Sebastian Rosenberg on the importance of community mental health services.

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Budget to boost treatment of ‘ice’ users and add beds for North-West Coast (Tas)

Budget to boost treatment of ‘ice’ users and add beds for North-West Coast (Tas) | Alcohol & other drug issues in the media | Scoop.it
THE State Government will spend $4.8 million over four years to improve treatment of drug users, including users of methylamphetamine or “ice”.
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The Tas Govt's response to a review of methamphetamine impacts and treatment accessibility around the state.

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Debate brews over liquor licence to drink late in Melbourne

Debate brews over liquor licence to drink late in Melbourne | Alcohol & other drug issues in the media | Scoop.it

With a freeze on new late-night liquor licences set to roll over for another two years on June 30, many boutique bar and nightclub owners are calling on the ...

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Discussion of the current 1am limit for serving alcohol by venues opened since 2008. Citing FARE's Michael Thorn.

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Australia 'facing 24/7 alcohol ads on TV'

Australia 'facing 24/7 alcohol ads on TV' | Alcohol & other drug issues in the media | Scoop.it
AUSTRALIA is heading towards round-the-clock advertising of alcohol on TV and a drinking research body is urging the Abbott government to intervene.
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More #AlcPoll2015 coverage. You can see the FARE Australia report here: http://sco.lt/8rQhhh  

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Alcohol in Australia: Young people preloading and getting drunk in greater numbers

Alcohol in Australia: Young people preloading and getting drunk in greater numbers | Alcohol & other drug issues in the media | Scoop.it
Latest FARE poll finds 75 per cent of Australians think we have a problem with alcohol, yet 34 per cent still drink to get drunk.
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Coverage from yesterday's launch of FARE Australia's annual alcohol poll findings. Check the tweets from the event using #AlcPoll2015.

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The long road back from addiction (WA)

The long road back from addiction (WA) | Alcohol & other drug issues in the media | Scoop.it
For those battling drug addiction and their despairing loved ones rehabilitation offers hope of ending the misery.
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Nice piece on the range of publicly funded treatment services available in Western Australia for people affected by methamphetamine use.

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UnitingCare ReGen 2015 ‘Innovation in Action’ Seminar - YouTube

ReGen invites anyone with an interest in the development of Victoria’s alcohol and other drug treatment system to our annual Innovation Seminar. To be opened...
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Unedited video from today's Innovation seminar, presenting some of our work and discussing the current state of the Victorian AOD treatment reforms. For more details on the event, see: http://www.regen.org.au/more-events/582-2015-innovation-seminar-30-april-10am-1pm 

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Unedited video from our recent Innovation seminar, presenting some of our work and discussing the current state of the Victorian AOD treatment reforms. For more details on the event, see: http://www.regen.org.au/more-events/582-2015-innovation-seminar-30-april-10am-1pm 

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World condemns Bali Nine executions

WORLD leaders and activists have condemned the execution of eight prisoners, including Bali Nine ringleaders Andrew Chan and Myuran Sukumaran.
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