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Yarra Council will ban alcohol from all public spaces for New Year’s Eve in effort to break the cycle of past two years (Vic)

Yarra Council will ban alcohol from all public spaces for New Year’s Eve in effort to break the cycle of past two years (Vic) | Alcohol & other drug issues in the media | Scoop.it
ALCOHOL will be banned from all public spaces in Yarra, including Fitzroy North’s Edinburgh Gardens, over New Year’s Eve.
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Not just Edinburgh Gardens, as previously reported.

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Global strategy to cut off meth supply to Australia

Global strategy to cut off meth supply to Australia | Alcohol & other drug issues in the media | Scoop.it
AUSTRALIA will work closely with other countries under a new international strategy to intercept drug syndicates and stop methamphetamine reaching our shores.
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In spite of the abundant evidence of the limitations of such measures in having a meaningful impact on illicit drug supplies, Justice Minister Michael Keenan continues to do what Justice Minsters do: invest in law enforcement approaches. We need our political leaders to recognise the evidence and follow the consistent expert advice that they have received for a long time now: direct more resources into treatment and harm reduction services and less into law enforcement if you want to minimise the harm associated with illicit drug use in Australia.

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Spiking a drink could now get you five years jail in ACT

Spiking a drink could now get you five years jail in ACT | Alcohol & other drug issues in the media | Scoop.it
Spiking someone's drink or food could land you in jail for up to five years, under new laws that passed the ACT Legislative Assembly on Tuesday.
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A timely reminder that the drug most commonly used in drink spiking is alcohol.

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McGowan wants to consult Pilbara community before beer ban (WA)

McGowan wants to consult Pilbara community before beer ban (WA) | Alcohol & other drug issues in the media | Scoop.it
Western Australian Premier Mark McGowan says the Pilbara community must be consulted before full-strength beer is banned from bottle shops in an attempt to cur
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While the Premier's words here certainly don't reflect the strident tone of his 'tough on ice' rhetoric from the last WA election campaign, it is at least encouraging to see that he is willing to consider the potential consequences of policy interventions and to consult with those directly affected. See today's related coverage: http://sco.lt/6RM6i1

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States ask insurers to prioritize non-opioid pain treatment (USA)

States ask insurers to prioritize non-opioid pain treatment (USA) | Alcohol & other drug issues in the media | Scoop.it
Attorneys general representing the majority of states are asking the insurance industry to encourage pain treatment through means other than prescriptions for opioid painkillers.
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See today's related post on the role insurance companies have played in driving demand for prescription opioids: http://sco.lt/8R7DQ9.

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Philippine prisons overflowing with hungry inmates as drug war intensifies

Philippine prisons overflowing with hungry inmates as drug war intensifies | Alcohol & other drug issues in the media | Scoop.it
Quezon City Jail in the Philippines was built to house 262 inmates — but in reality, it's home to about 3,000, who live and sleep almost on top of each other.
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Regardless of the terrible conditions, for many of these inmates, this is preferable to facing extra-judicial execution on the streets as President Duterte again ramps up his brutal 'war on drugs'.

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UP government plans death penalty for illicit liquor manufacturers (India)

UP government plans death penalty for illicit liquor manufacturers (India) | Alcohol & other drug issues in the media | Scoop.it
The government will amend various sections of UP Excise Act, 2010 to punish the guilty with life imprisonment or Rs 10 lakh penalty or both or capital punishment in cas
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More on the growing pattern of state govt 'crackdowns' on alcohol in India.

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Total alcohol ban enforced on Port Hedland after night of alcohol-fueled violence (WA)

Total alcohol ban enforced on Port Hedland after night of alcohol-fueled violence (WA) | Alcohol & other drug issues in the media | Scoop.it
Liquor outlets in Port Hedland were forced to close on Tuesday after a spate of alcohol-fuelled violence overnight which left one person in an induced coma an
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The move comes the day after the WA Police Commissioner called for a permanent ball on full-strength alcohol sales across the Pilbara.

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'Ludicrous' policy will drive drug services backwards (NZ)

'Ludicrous' policy will drive drug services backwards (NZ) | Alcohol & other drug issues in the media | Scoop.it
Threats and forcing people further into poverty will make it harder for those with addiction problems to get help, writes Victoria's Dr Fiona Hutton.
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Reflecting on inflammatory 'tough on drugs' political rhetoric and dumb drug policy that will be depressingly familiar to Australian readers, Fiona Hutton highlights the likely harm to be done by the Nationals' proposed measures.

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Until my son became dependent, drugs weren't part of my world. I hope they're never part of yours (Aus)

Until my son became dependent, drugs weren't part of my world. I hope they're never part of yours (Aus) | Alcohol & other drug issues in the media | Scoop.it
The government wants to waste $20mn on a trial and yet commit only half of that on what people with a drug dependence desperately need: treatment and support
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Tony Trimmingham calls on the Turnbull Govt to forget about its punitive welfare drug testing measures and to invest in treatment and support services instead.

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Dodgy stats blamed for Mandurah's drug reputation (WA)

Dodgy stats blamed for Mandurah's drug reputation (WA) | Alcohol & other drug issues in the media | Scoop.it
THE City of Mandurah has accused the Turnbull Government of using dodgy statistics to justify using the city as a trial site for its new drug-testing regime
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More on the consistent lack of evidence supporting the Turnbull Govt's punitive drug testing measures. See similar arguments made by the Mayor of Logan, the Qld site for the proposed pilot: http://sco.lt/6EFhqL. See also today's related post on ABS data showing that people receiving welfare payments spend a lower proportion of their income on alcohol than the rest of the population: http://sco.lt/6hSxnd

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Dole bludger myth busted as ABS shows welfare recipients spend less on alcohol (Aus)

Dole bludger myth busted as ABS shows welfare recipients spend less on alcohol (Aus) | Alcohol & other drug issues in the media | Scoop.it
WELFARE recipients spend less on alcohol as a portion of their income than all other Australians, new figures show.
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See yesterday's related coverage of the ABS data that gives the lie to Federal Govt rhetoric on the prevalence of AOD dependence amongst people receiving Newstart payments: http://sco.lt/7NL6fJ.

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Festival Drug Deaths Don't Need to Happen (UK)

Festival Drug Deaths Don't Need to Happen (UK) | Alcohol & other drug issues in the media | Scoop.it
Another suspected drug-related death at Bestival is a tragic reminder of how avoidable drug harms can be.
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See today's related post on apparent ACT Govt support for festival  pill testing: http://sco.lt/99gMIj

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Overdoses on opioid painkillers more than double in a decade (UK)

Overdoses on opioid painkillers more than double in a decade (UK) | Alcohol & other drug issues in the media | Scoop.it
Number of hospital admissions in England rose to 11,660 last year as doctors say drugs are being prescribed too readily
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Highlighting the need to change prescribing practices and the broader issue of how we manage pain.

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‘We mustn't continue to fear the addict’ (Vic)

‘We mustn't continue to fear the addict’ (Vic) | Alcohol & other drug issues in the media | Scoop.it

I have been asked why, as a pharmacist, I feel so strongly about the issues that affect people who inject drugs. The question surprises me because I’d hope we were all concerned with the drug use pandemic gripping so many as we approach 2020, not just pharmacists.

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Anyone who has had to attend a pharmacist to pick up pharmacotherapies knows just how poorly they are treated. Angelo Pricolo calls for change to pharmacists' practice ahead of Greens leader Richard DiNatale's address to the PSA/Guild Harm Minimisation Forum. 

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Victorian Parliament can save lives by trialling safe injecting room

Victorian Parliament can save lives by trialling safe injecting room | Alcohol & other drug issues in the media | Scoop.it
This is all about minimising harm. Substance use is dangerous, and addiction a terrible burden for individuals and society.
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Yesterday's Age editorial calls for political leadership from the Andrews Govt and the Opposition. See yesterday's related coverage of the Vic Police Association's decision to support a Richmond MSIC: https://au.news.yahoo.com/vic/a/37124376/police-wont-oppose-vic-injecting-room/?cmp=st

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WA Government mulls minimum price on takeaway alcohol

WA Government mulls minimum price on takeaway alcohol | Alcohol & other drug issues in the media | Scoop.it
Bottle shops could be required to sell alcohol at a minimum price set by the government, as Health Minister Roger Cook slams the sale of cheap wine by Aldi as a significant threat to the public health of our community.
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Aldi alcohol pricing prompts Govt concern about its impacts on publich health. See today's related coverage of the WA Govt's alcohol policy considerations: http://sco.lt/9FdoZd

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Prince William asks if drugs should be legalised (UK)

Prince William asks if drugs should be legalised (UK) | Alcohol & other drug issues in the media | Scoop.it
Prince William has asked recovering addicts whether they think drugs should be legalised.
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Good to see the Prince listening to those directly impacted by UK drug policy. Hopefully, the UK govt will follow his example.

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The opioid epidemic is so bad it's driving down life expectancy in the US

The opioid epidemic is so bad it's driving down life expectancy in the US | Alcohol & other drug issues in the media | Scoop.it
More than 52,000 people died of overdoses in 2015
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New data shows US life expectancy dropped from 78.8 to 76.8 years between 2000 & 2015.

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Drinking hours cut in Darwin public spaces

Drinking hours cut in Darwin public spaces | Alcohol & other drug issues in the media | Scoop.it
Changes to reduce the hours of alcohol consumption across four key public spaces in Darwin will take place from today.
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See today's related post on WA alcohol restrictions to improve public safety: http://sco.lt/6RM6i1

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Amid Opioid Crisis, Insurers Restrict Pricey, Less Addictive Painkillers (USA)

Amid Opioid Crisis, Insurers Restrict Pricey, Less Addictive Painkillers (USA) | Alcohol & other drug issues in the media | Scoop.it
Drug companies and doctors have been accused of fueling the opioid crisis, but some question whether insurers have played a role, too.
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Another example of how the US health system has contributed the the country's opiod crisis. See today's related post on a response by Attorney's General from most US states urging insurance companies to prioritise non-opioid treatments: http://sco.lt/5aZXf7

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New trial programs will tackle youth alcohol and drug-related problems in Frankston (Vic)

TWO new trial programs will tackle youth alcohol and drug-related problems in central Frankston.

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See the coverage of the original study and its role in challenging public perceptions about a stigmatised group: http://sco.lt/8WRB33

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ACT to make decision on pill testing by November: helath minister

ACT to make decision on pill testing by November: helath minister | Alcohol & other drug issues in the media | Scoop.it
ACT Health minister Meegan Fitzharris says the government will make a decision on a pill testing trial by November, after 1000 people have signed a petitio
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Minister Fitzharris shows support for pill testing at the Spilt Milk festival, sets up working group to examine proposal. 

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Could The Dark Net Pave The Way To A Less Harmful Illicit Drug Trade? (Aus)

Could The Dark Net Pave The Way To A Less Harmful Illicit Drug Trade? (Aus) | Alcohol & other drug issues in the media | Scoop.it
Australian criminologist James Martin thinks so.
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Lara Pearce considers the harm reduction potential of online markets.

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Spanish Authorities Providing Free Cocaine-Crushing Cards

Spanish Authorities Providing Free Cocaine-Crushing Cards | Alcohol & other drug issues in the media | Scoop.it
Authorities in the northern Spanish city of Bilbao are distributing cards for people to crush cocaine with prior to snorting, in a bid to reduce the potential harms of
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Nice harm reduction and education initiative, targetting those most at risk. 

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E-cigarette science – is scaremongering hampering research opportunities?

E-cigarette science – is scaremongering hampering research opportunities? | Alcohol & other drug issues in the media | Scoop.it
We need more research in to the long-term impacts of e-cigarettes, but is disagreement between scientists over their effects putting people off taking part?
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Suzi Gage reflects on the impacts of the public health divide evident in discussion of e-cigarettes and the impacts of this division on our understanding of how to most effectively prevent and reduce tobacco related harm.

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