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Stark 'anti-drugs campaign needed' (N.Ireland)

Stark 'anti-drugs campaign needed' (N.Ireland) | Alcohol & other drug issues in the media | Scoop.it

Young people have died "horrific deaths" from taking multiple drugs, a senior member of the Forensic Science service in Northern Ireland has said.  Twenty people have died in the last year from drugs known as "speckled cherries".

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The usual call for a robust response when 'something must be done'.  Unfortunately, all the evidence tells us that scare campaigns don't work.  They do help people who probably wouldn't have used anyway confirm their decision, but are ineffective for those at the greatest risk of harm.  Harm Reduction is the key.

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Something to chew on – millions of lives blighted by smokeless tobacco (UK)

Something to chew on – millions of lives blighted by smokeless tobacco (UK) | Alcohol & other drug issues in the media | Scoop.it

More than a quarter of a million people die each year from using smokeless tobacco, researchers at the University of York have concluded. Millions more have their lives shortened by ill health due to the effects of chewing tobacco-based products, the study reveals.

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E-cigarette 'safety' study was written by industry funded scientists, Lancet warns (UK)

E-cigarette 'safety' study was written by industry funded scientists, Lancet warns (UK) | Alcohol & other drug issues in the media | Scoop.it
Public Health England claimed e-cigarettes were safe but relied on evidence provided by scientists funded by the vaping industry
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See coverage of the PHE guidelines: http://sco.lt/8xB6gb. The Lancet editorial is here: http://www.thelancet.com/journals/lancet/article/PIIS0140-6736%2815%2900042-2/fulltext#.VeAlhQdUtvM.twitter. 

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Police bid for booze sales ploy rejected (Tas)

TASMANIA Police has failed in a bid to use minors in underage booze stings.
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Retail plea on cigs plan

Retail plea on cigs plan | Alcohol & other drug issues in the media | Scoop.it

 (Tas)RETAILERS are urging politicians to oppose the Tobacco-Free Generation Bill as cigarette price hikes prompt hopes more people will quit.

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Reckless alcohol promotions banned in NSW

Alcohol served in plastic bags and milk bottles are among irresponsible alcohol promotions banned by the NSW Office of Liquor, Gaming and Racing.
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See yesterday's related coverage: http://sco.lt/4m8HUf.

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NSW bans e-cigarettes sales to minors

NSW bans e-cigarettes sales to minors | Alcohol & other drug issues in the media | Scoop.it
SELLING electronic cigarettes to anyone under the age of 18 in NSW is now illegal.
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Ice use rising in grog-free communities (Qld)

Ice use rising in grog-free communities (Qld) | Alcohol & other drug issues in the media | Scoop.it
Top cop says Alcohol Management Plans may need a rethink.
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See yesterday's related coverage on data suggesting alcohol bans may be contributing to shifts to methamphetamine in remote communities: http://sco.lt/7t57A1

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Terrigal bottleshop shut for seven days selling booze to underage teens (NSW)

Terrigal bottleshop shut for seven days selling booze to underage teens (NSW) | Alcohol & other drug issues in the media | Scoop.it
A TERRIGAL bottle shop has been shutdown for seven days after it was caught-out selling booze to underage teenagers.
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Martin Foley: International Overdose Awareness Day Comes As More Support Secured To Prevent Deaths (Vic)

Minister for Mental Health Martin Foley today marked International Overdose Awareness Day by calling for people to remember those lost to drug overdose and the grief felt by their family, friends and loved ones.

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Media release from Minister Foley announcing new harm reduction funding in Melbourne's south. This is a positive move that addresses some the loss of HR programs through the Vic AOD reform process. More of this please.

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International Overdose Awareness Day: 'The system robbed my son' (Vic)

International Overdose Awareness Day: 'The system robbed my son' (Vic) | Alcohol & other drug issues in the media | Scoop.it
Unable to get adequate help for their son with tragic consequences, a grieving family has gone public in their grief to point out gaps in the healthcare system.
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Nice piece by Chloe Booker on the impact of overdose on one Victorian family and the need for continued improvement of our treatment system to ensure that people get effective, evidence based supports when and where they need them. If you're in Melbourne's North and West and someone you care about is struggling with opioids or other drugs, give us a call (1800 700 514).

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Bars getting in trouble for drinking games (NSW)

Bars getting in trouble for drinking games (NSW) | Alcohol & other drug issues in the media | Scoop.it
BUCKETS, milk bottles and plastic bags are just some of the novel ways bars are trying to entice patrons to consume more alcohol.
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More evidence of the need for regulation of alcohol promotion to reduce potential harm to individual and public health.

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Government ice advertisements have turned half the at risk kids off the drug an independent evaluation finds (Aus)

Government ice advertisements have turned half the at risk kids off the drug an independent evaluation finds (Aus) | Alcohol & other drug issues in the media | Scoop.it

HALF the at risk kids who saw the Federal Government’s controversial television advertisements on ice would avoid the drug, an independent evaluation has found.

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The Stancombe Research findings are contradicted by most research evidence on similar scare campaigns. It will be interesting to see the outcome of any review of the study's methodology.

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One leader has stepped up to debate drug law reform; will others? (Aus)

One leader has stepped up to debate drug law reform; will others? (Aus) | Alcohol & other drug issues in the media | Scoop.it

No doubt many in the health sector are hoping that having a political party led by an experienced health professional may bring benefits for health debate and policy. Those supporting drug law reform have been heartened by a recent speech by Senator Richard di Natale, leader of the Greens and contrast his informed, evidence-based approaches with the Prime Minister’s sensationalist responses to the ‘national Ice crisis’.

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Our CEO Laurence Alvis responds to Senator Richard Di Natale's recent speech on the need for a new approach to Australian drug policy. We need more leadership like this, not like this: http://sco.lt/7MQA4X.

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Public Health England under fire for saying e-cigarettes are 95% safer

Public Health England under fire for saying e-cigarettes are 95% safer | Alcohol & other drug issues in the media | Scoop.it
Editorial in Lancet medical journal criticises PHE for basing its advice on research funded by organisations with links to the tobacco industry
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See our previous post for links to the Lancet editorial and related coverage: http://sco.lt/5P1W2D. 

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Prescription drug abuse spiralling, says Heath Ledger’s dad Kim (WA)

Prescription drug abuse spiralling, says Heath Ledger’s dad Kim (WA) | Alcohol & other drug issues in the media | Scoop.it
THE father of late Australian actor Heath Ledger says prescription drug abuse is a spiralling public health epidemic that requires urgent attention.
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Mr Ledger speaking in his role as ScriptWise patron.

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Drunk to eyeballs, no drinks in sight (Qld)

Drunk to eyeballs, no drinks in sight (Qld) | Alcohol & other drug issues in the media | Scoop.it
A FUTURISTIC Brisbane bar where ­alcohol is absorbed directly into the bloodstream has been branded “incredibly dangerous” by medical experts.
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Another example of the alcohol 'vaping' bar. Some obvious risks here, but will it be any more than a short-lived marketing gimmick? Time will tell.

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Calls for overdose drug to be fast-tracked (Vic)

Calls for overdose drug to be fast-tracked (Vic) | Alcohol & other drug issues in the media | Scoop.it
FOUR people die from a drug overdose each day in Victoria.
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Good call from Minister Martin Foley. FYI, here's our submission to the TGA supporting the rescheduling of naloxone to reduce access barriers: http://www.regen.org.au/images/stories/Advocacy/ReGen_submission_naloxone_rescheduling_v1.0.pdf. 

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I've Seen What Happens When You Don't Fund Drug Rehabs (Aus)

I've Seen What Happens When You Don't Fund Drug Rehabs (Aus) | Alcohol & other drug issues in the media | Scoop.it
We called him Peaches. Not because of his cheery disposition, but because the obese dealer was always sucking on a peach whenever we saw him.
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James Fry reflects on the impact of waiting lists on treatment accessibility.

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Life sentence for ice does not address the problem, say drug experts (NSW)

Life sentence for ice does not address the problem, say drug experts (NSW) | Alcohol & other drug issues in the media | Scoop.it
"This will not result in any reduction in ice consumption or ice supply or ice manufacture."
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Another example (following Minister Scott Morrison's recent assertion that methamphetamine use should be dealt with primarily as a 'law and order' problem: http://sco.lt/6kTweX) of an Australian govt turning its back on the clear evidence for effective drug policy responses. As Matt Noffs says, this approach ignores the causes of the problem. As we've quoted many times previously, National Ice Taskforce head (and former Victorian Police Commissioner) Ken Lay has said, 'we can't arrest our way out of this problem'.

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Aus company is selling legal cannabis pills in Europe

Aus company is selling legal cannabis pills in Europe | Alcohol & other drug issues in the media | Scoop.it
A company has sold its first marijuana pills legally, and they are available to buy over the internet in Europe.
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New laws for serious Vic sex offenders

HOURS after convicted killer Sean William Price handed himself in, Victoria Police visited 55 serious sex offenders to check if they were behaving.
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The new laws also increase police powers to conduct AOD testing.

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Ted Noffs Foundation chief to take ice users to confront Scott Morrison (Aus)

Ted Noffs Foundation chief to take ice users to confront Scott Morrison (Aus) | Alcohol & other drug issues in the media | Scoop.it
Matt Noffs criticises social services minister over reported plan to have Centrelink staff put suspected drug users on quarantined payments
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Matt Noffs and Jake Najman respond to the latest evidence that the Federal Govt refuses to recognise the evidence on effective drug policy interventions.

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Calls for trailblazing ACT drug overdose reversal program to be rolled out nation-wide

Calls for trailblazing ACT drug overdose reversal program to be rolled out nation-wide | Alcohol & other drug issues in the media | Scoop.it
A trailblazing ACT initiative to prevent drug overdoses is given a ringing endorsement by an independent panel of experts.
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CAHMA's Sione Crawford shares a personal account highlighting the importance of increasing the availability of naloxone to prevent overdose and save lives.

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Booze bans bring flood of ice to Aboriginal communities (Aus)

Booze bans bring flood of ice to Aboriginal communities (Aus) | Alcohol & other drug issues in the media | Scoop.it
ALCOHOL restrictions are driving indigenous communities to experiment with drugs, including highly addictive ice, the state’s top cop fears.
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 More evidence of the limited effectiveness of supply reduction measures in reducing demand for alcohol or other drugs.

Warning: this story features a video endorsing naltrexone implants, a treatment option we do not support.

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Marc Lewis: the neuroscientist who believes addiction is not a disease (Aus)

Marc Lewis: the neuroscientist who believes addiction is not a disease (Aus) | Alcohol & other drug issues in the media | Scoop.it
Lewis, famous for detailing his own years of drug addiction in a book, divides the medical profession by arguing it is a behavioural problem, not a medical affliction
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Melissa Davey spoke with Marc Lewis (ahead of his appearance today at the Melbourne Writer's Festival) about the impact of language and how addiction/dependence is defined shapes how it is treated. You can see the live discussion of Mr Lewis' presentation on Twitter (search for the #MWF15 tag). See also last week's article on his work by Jenny Valentish: http://sco.lt/7RpoJd.

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