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Ambulance call-outs sky high for ice and alcohol (Vic)

Ambulance call-outs sky high for ice and alcohol (Vic) | Alcohol & other drug issues in the media | Scoop.it
ICE drug abuse is snowballing in an alarming upward trend that caused substance-abuse ambulance attendances to double in Melbourne and triple in regional Victoria in the past year.
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More of yesterday's coverage on the new Ambulance attendance data.

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Drug rehab centre's first graduate wants to return to help others (Tas)

Drug rehab centre's first graduate wants to return to help others (Tas) | Alcohol & other drug issues in the media | Scoop.it
The first graduate from a new rehab facility set up in response to surging ice use in Tasmania's north-west wants to complete training so he can return and help others.
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Wanting to help others who have been through similar experiences is a pretty common feature of people who participate in AOD treatment services. They know the impacts of dependence and they understand the importance of meaningful support from service providers. If you've used our services and are interested in making a contribution to our work, our next round of Consumer Participation training will be run later this month. More details to follow.

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Redesigning research: The Grog Survey App for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander research (Aus)

Redesigning research: The Grog Survey App for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander research (Aus) | Alcohol & other drug issues in the media | Scoop.it
A multidisciplinary collaboration between the University of Sydney, the Aboriginal Drug and Alcohol Council and digital agency Nest is building an iPad app using human-centred design principles that, for the first time in decades, will produce accurate and reliable data that can be used to inform policy and community efforts to tackle alcohol and drug abuse.
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Nice initiative from Kate Conigrave, ADAC and Nest. We look forward to seeing the outcomes of this project and the research it will enable.

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Chemist behind 'hydration clinics' Shadi Kazeme sued for theft of peptides and steroids (NSW)

Chemist behind 'hydration clinics' Shadi Kazeme sued for theft of peptides and steroids (NSW) | Alcohol & other drug issues in the media | Scoop.it
The chemist to the stars behind a controversial chain of "hydration clinics" has been charged with stealing more than $250,000 worth of prescriptio
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Regardless of the charges against Ms Kazeme, there is plenty of evidence that the various 'hydration clinics' that began appearing last year, were simply money-making ventures, with no real benefits for people using the services. The story includes links to previous critiques of the clinics' methods.

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Online alcohol marketing linked to drinking among European teens

(Reuters Health) - Adolescents in Europe may be just as susceptible to online alcohol marketing as their counterparts elsewhere, according to a recent study in
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More research highlighting the effectiveness of online alcohol marketing, and its impact on public health.

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The opium farmers with the police on their side (Afghanistan)

The opium farmers with the police on their side (Afghanistan) | Alcohol & other drug issues in the media | Scoop.it
Afghanistan's poppy farmers are expecting another bumper opium harvest, despite government efforts to wipe out the crop.
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Highlighting the poverty that drives opium production in many parts of the world. Meanwhile, farmers (and governments) in Australia and other developed countries are keen to get a larger slice of the booming global prescription opioids market: http://sco.lt/5cAuht

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Legal high ban predicted to exacerbate crisis on streets (UK)

Users warn withdrawal from drugs may lead to violence while experts say black-market dealers will cause greater harm
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Citing David Nutt and Transform on the potential impacts of the new UK legislation.

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Workers high on ice at work (WA)

Workers high on ice at work (WA) | Alcohol & other drug issues in the media | Scoop.it
WA’s peak business body has called for urgent action to confront the growing problem of “ice” use in the workplace, estimating that more than 7000 employees would have the drug in their system if tested today.
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Workplace violence is a serious issue, but focussing on workplace drug testing (without addressing the factors contributing to workers' use) will simply drive people to use substances not included in testing regimes. We've already seen this happening in the mining industry, with increased demand for emerging synthetics that pose a potentially greater risk to health and safety.

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What Australia needs to do to stub out smoking

What Australia needs to do to stub out smoking | Alcohol & other drug issues in the media | Scoop.it
Big Tobacco is losing battle after battle. But nearly two million Australians now alive will die prematurely because they smoked.
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Mike Daube reviews some recent developments in public health policy and calls for a greater investment in prevention measures.

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‘Guess who stopped a rape last night?’ (USA)

‘Guess who stopped a rape last night?’ (USA) | Alcohol & other drug issues in the media | Scoop.it
THREE women are being hailed as heroes on Facebook after they thwarted a potential date rape in a restaurant in California.
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While it's important to be aware of the risks of drink spiking, it's also important to remember that the drug most commonly used in drink spiking cases is alcohol (e.g. double shots instead of single). There's a clear to be aware of this behaviour, and call it when you see it.

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Onkaparinga Council’s booze ban idea for parks (SA)

Onkaparinga Council’s booze ban idea for parks (SA) | Alcohol & other drug issues in the media | Scoop.it
ONKAPARINGA Council wants the power to temporarily ban people from drinking booze during events at southern reserves.
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The violent men who do change (Aus)

The violent men who do change (Aus) | Alcohol & other drug issues in the media | Scoop.it
Two thirds of violent men who attend behaviour change programs completely stop abusing their families within two years.
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It will be interesting to see this study. Its findings contradict most of the research to date on the impact of Men's Behaviour Change programs, particularly on court-mandated participation.

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‘Undetectable’ drugs seeping Gold Coast and Australia

‘Undetectable’ drugs seeping Gold Coast and Australia | Alcohol & other drug issues in the media | Scoop.it
A STEALTH epidemic of virtually undetectable synthetic drugs is sweeping Australia, says a medical expert.
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David Caldicott on some of the factors driving demand for synthetics, the ineffectiveness of supply control measures (such as sniffer dogs) in preventing their use and the need for a greater policy focus on reducing harm.

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Cold weather fails to cool drug fuelled antics (NSW)

Cold weather fails to cool drug fuelled antics (NSW) | Alcohol & other drug issues in the media | Scoop.it
IT would seem party time is here. It was just like the summer months.
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Dr Gordian Fulde's regular summary of AOD-related presentations at the Emergency Department of St Vincent's hospital in Sydney.

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Major parties urged to boost booze tax, introduce national lockout laws (Aus)

Major parties urged to boost booze tax, introduce national lockout laws (Aus) | Alcohol & other drug issues in the media | Scoop.it
New proposals around alcohol regulation will see 30,000 fewer hospital admissions per year and three fewer alcohol-related deaths per day, says Australia's largest not-for-profit provider of health and aged care services.
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St Vincent's Health calls for meaningful alcohol policy commitments.

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Drug-affected dismissal call 'simplistic': UnionsWA

Drug-affected dismissal call 'simplistic': UnionsWA | Alcohol & other drug issues in the media | Scoop.it
A business lobby group's call to remove unfair dismissal protections for those who fail workplace drug-testing is simplistic and opportunistic, UnionsWA says.
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See yesterday's related post: http://sco.lt/6jfQRd

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Wondering why your kids drink and use drugs? Look at your own behaviour (Aus)

Wondering why your kids drink and use drugs? Look at your own behaviour (Aus) | Alcohol & other drug issues in the media | Scoop.it
We shouldn't imply an acceptance of this behaviour in the example we set for our children with our own.
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Aubrey Perry draws attention to parental influence on children's attitudes towards prescription medications.

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Alcohol forgotten factor in obesity crisis, says consultant (Ireland) 

Alcohol forgotten factor in obesity crisis, says consultant (Ireland)  | Alcohol & other drug issues in the media | Scoop.it
Doctor warns of the ‘great unspoken hazard of the bottle of wine in front of the telly’
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Highlighting another reason for alcohol policy reform.

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Slap on the wrist: can new wearables help tackle problem drinking? (USA)

Slap on the wrist: can new wearables help tackle problem drinking? (USA) | Alcohol & other drug issues in the media | Scoop.it
New technology is helping alcoholics and casual drinkers alike monitor and manage their consumption
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It's probably only a matter of time before this technology merges with other wearables (such as Fitbits) to become a mainstream approach to health monitoring.

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No, legalised marijuana is not 'dumbing down' teenagers in the US

No, legalised marijuana is not 'dumbing down' teenagers in the US | Alcohol & other drug issues in the media | Scoop.it
But what about the children? If this research is any indication, the kids will be just fine.
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Christopher Ingram cites new US data as providing further evidence that drug law reform (in this case, Colorado's cannabis legalisation) has little impact on young people's use.

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Get smart? The rise of pill-popping executives (Aus)

Get smart? The rise of pill-popping executives (Aus) | Alcohol & other drug issues in the media | Scoop.it
Legal and purportedly safe, they're finding favour among the corporate set.
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More attention to the reported growth in the use of nootropics (such as Modafinil) and other stimulants for work and study. See last week's related coverge: http://sco.lt/86FRR3.

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International law allows for the legalization of cannabis

International law allows for the legalization of cannabis | Alcohol & other drug issues in the media | Scoop.it
The regulated cultivation and trade of cannabis for recreational use is permissible on the basis of states’ positive human rights obligations. Pleas for the regulated cultivation and trade of recreational cannabis are often based on arguments related to individual and public health, the safety of citizens and the fight against crime: the so-called positive human rights obligations. To date, however, no study has been carried out to find out what the legal implications of legalizing cannabis would be.
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Dutch study's findings based on analysis of countries' human rights obligations.

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Footscray CBD cameras fail to slow heroin trade, reigniting calls for a safe injecting room (Vic)

Footscray CBD cameras fail to slow heroin trade, reigniting calls for a safe injecting room (Vic) | Alcohol & other drug issues in the media | Scoop.it
ILLEGAL drug use has been pushed from public toilets into the street since CCTV cameras were installed in the Footscray CBD, a report has found.
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Citing new a Burnet Institute study that underlines the ineffectiveness of measures such as CCTV in preventing heroin (or other drug) trafficking and use in target areas. The study found the cameras had simply displaced public injecting from public toilets to public streets. Our updated position statement (and supporting evidence) on the establishment of a Medically Supervised Injecting Centre is here: http://www.regen.org.au/news-advocacy/advocacy-in-action

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Police drug tests on way (Tas)

Police drug tests on way (Tas) | Alcohol & other drug issues in the media | Scoop.it
TASMANIA Polices first random drug testing regime for officers is a step closer.
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The legislation hasn't passed through the Tas parliament yet, but the tender process has already started. More growth opportunities for drug testing businesses.

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Be Free From Hep C (Vic)

Be Free From Hep C (Vic) | Alcohol & other drug issues in the media | Scoop.it
Treatments for Hepatitis C have changed. Find out more.
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New campaign website by Hepatitis Victoria to increase awareness of (and access to) the new HCV treatments.

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The heroin recovery house keeping mums and bubs together (NSW)

The heroin recovery house keeping mums and bubs together (NSW) | Alcohol & other drug issues in the media | Scoop.it
In a creaky, unprepossessing mansion in Sydney's south, nine mothers are roused from their sleep at 7:20am sharp each morning.
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You can find out more about Phoebe House here: http://www.phoebehouse.org.au/. Our Mother and Baby withdrawal unit is on track to open in October 2016. See our website for more info: http://www.regen.org.au/treatment-support/withdrawal/mother-and-baby.

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