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Last Calls on Methadone...Russia's in Charge (Ukraine)

Last Calls on Methadone...Russia's in Charge (Ukraine) | Alcohol & other drug issues in the media | Scoop.it
Igor on the situation for drug users in the Crimea post Russian referendum
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An extended personal account of the direct impacts of political events on drug treatment and people's wellbeing.  For all the criticisms that can be made about Australian drug policy and treatment systems, events like the one's Igor describes are a reminder of how much worse things are for people who use AOD (and their families) in other parts of the world.

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Hume mother tells how ‘ice’ tore her life apart (Vic)

Hume mother tells how ‘ice’ tore her life apart (Vic) | Alcohol & other drug issues in the media | Scoop.it
A HUME mother’s fleeting decision to try “ice” after a relationship breakup left her instantly hooked on the drug and sent her life violently spiralling out of control.
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Featuring our Trevor King on some of the drivers behind methamphetamines use and available supports for those affected.  To learn more about what we've been doing to develop appropriate responses for people who use methamphetamies, check this report: http://www.regen.org.au/images/Meth_Treatment_-_Building_on_successful_strategies_to_enhance_outcomes_v1.0.pdf

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CPSU position on NSP in ACT prison unjustifiable

CPSU position on NSP in ACT prison unjustifiable | Alcohol & other drug issues in the media | Scoop.it
Michael Moore, CEO of the Public Health Association of Australia, responds to Wednesday's article.
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Following on from yesterday's post about the obstruction of the NSP trial, PHAA's Michael Moore makes the case for harm reduction as an integral part of public health policy.

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Pain relief into context (Tas)

PRIME Minister Tony Abbott has changed the dynamic of our public discourse by supporting   the legalisation  of cannabis for medicinal use.  Mr Abbott’s strong support drags the cannabis debate — often the subject of stigma, fear and suspicion — forever out of the margins  and into  mainstream consideration.

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A pretty good editorial from The Mercury.

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Vic introduces 'coward punch' laws

Vic introduces 'coward punch' laws | Alcohol & other drug issues in the media | Scoop.it
SO-CALLED coward punch laws have been introduced in Victoria, mandating 10 years' jail for an unexpected punch that takes a life.
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Stalemate over needle exchange hampering prison officers' pay talks (ACT)

Stalemate over needle exchange hampering prison officers' pay talks (ACT) | Alcohol & other drug issues in the media | Scoop.it
ACT Chief Minister Katy Gallagher has called on the Community and Public Sector Union to progress enterprise bargaining negotiations for prison officers, before resolving a long-standing dispute on a needle exchange program inside Canberra's jail.
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It's sad to see vital harm reduction inititiatives being used as a bargaining chip.  Every day this trial is delayed means more BBV transmission in the ACM and an even longer wait before similar measures could be introduced in other Australian prisons.

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Colorado marijuana industry battles stoner stereotypes in pot push

Colorado marijuana industry battles stoner stereotypes in pot push | Alcohol & other drug issues in the media | Scoop.it
Industry workers and activists, tired of Cheech & Chong jokes, skewer old ads from the 1980s to promote safe consumption
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Hepatitis C deaths on rise in Australia, syphilis makes comeback

Hepatitis C deaths on rise in Australia, syphilis makes comeback | Alcohol & other drug issues in the media | Scoop.it
More Australians are dying from hepatitis C, even as infection rates remain stable. There were 150 deaths in Victoria last year – more than double the number of fatalities recorded in 2003.
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This report is about to be presented at the Viral Hepatitis Conference.  Follow the Twitter feed via #viralhepconf14

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The Discovery of Mexico's First Coca Plantation Could Upend the Cocaine Business

The Discovery of Mexico's First Coca Plantation Could Upend the Cocaine Business | Alcohol & other drug issues in the media | Scoop.it
Authorities in Mexico recently found 1,639 coca plants near the Guatemalan border, suggesting the country's cartels could eventually try to cut ties with their Colombian suppliers.
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​Big increase in deaths from narcotic painkiller overdoses (USA)

Accidental overdose rate quadrupled in the last decade; what can doctors do to turn it around?
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Alcohol abuse 'costs £900m a year' (N.Ireland)

Alcohol abuse 'costs £900m a year' (N.Ireland) | Alcohol & other drug issues in the media | Scoop.it

The cost of alcohol abuse to taxpayers could be reduced if investment was made in early intervention services, two addiction charities have claimed.  Addiction NI and FASA said alcohol abuse cost £900m a year.

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Tony Abbott backs legalisation of medical cannabis (Aus)

Tony Abbott backs legalisation of medical cannabis (Aus) | Alcohol & other drug issues in the media | Scoop.it
Prime Minister Tony Abbott has thrown his support behind the legalisation of cannabis for medical purposes.
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No greater indication of just how far the public debate about cannabis has shifted in recent months.

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DrinkWise starts two-year marketing push, including more How to Drink Properly work (Aus)

DrinkWise has kicked off a new initiative that will see Australia's major alcoholic drinks firms push a united message in a show of industry collaboration
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On the next phase of the alcohol industry's marketing campaign to promote 'responsible' drinking.  For more on the relative merits of industry campaigns, see yesterday's #PHAA2014 proceedings on Twitter.

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Push for medical cannabis rolls on (Aus)

Push for medical cannabis rolls on (Aus) | Alcohol & other drug issues in the media | Scoop.it

THE push for medicinal cannabis to be legalised nationwide is gathering steam with NSW and Victoria preparing to conduct clinical trials for the drug. 

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Study finds increase in HIV linked to 'ice' (Vic)

Melbourne men believe they contracted HIV through ice use with a ground-breaking study finding a "convincing significant association" between the drug and soaring rates of the infection.
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Suggesting most infections occur through unprotected sex, not injecting.  Highlighting the increased risk taking often associated with methamphetamines use and the need for an ongoing focus on harm reduction.

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Queensland slow on medical marijuana take up

Queensland slow on medical marijuana take up | Alcohol & other drug issues in the media | Scoop.it

Tony Abbott is on board. So is New South Wales Premier Mike Baird.

And Victorian opposition leader Daniel Andrews has promised to make it  happen. But Campbell Newman, while "sympathetic" has not shifted his views on the  legalisation of medical cannabis.

 

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Another indicator of how rapidly the debate has shifted here: a premier being chided for not keeping up with cannabis reforms!

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Alcohol — mother’s little helper (Aus)

I KNOW why women drink. I know exactly what it is that makes middle-class, middle-aged wo­men drink because I am one. Or I mean I was one.
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A first person account of the often overlooked alcohol concerns amongst 'middle-class, middle-aged' people.

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'Safe drinking' campaign prompts calls for sober rethink of alcohol-related advertising during football games (Aus)

'Safe drinking' campaign prompts calls for sober rethink of alcohol-related advertising during football games (Aus) | Alcohol & other drug issues in the media | Scoop.it
Families who sit down to watch the AFL preliminary final on Friday night are likely to be swamped with alcohol advertising throughout the game, experts say.
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Post #PHAA2014 coverage, citing MCAAY's Mike Daube and FARE Australia's Michael Thorne & US keynot speaker David Jernigan.

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Alcohol and drug service to conduct rehab review (Tas)

Alcohol and drug service to conduct rehab review (Tas) | Alcohol & other drug issues in the media | Scoop.it
A REVIEW into the adequacy of drug rehabilitation services on the North-West Coast will be conducted by the Tasmanian Alcohol and Drug Service.
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Hepatitis C patients push for access to a new drug with 90pc cure rate (Aus)

Hepatitis C patients push for access to a new drug with 90pc cure rate (Aus) | Alcohol & other drug issues in the media | Scoop.it
The health lobby Hepatitis Australia is warning that, without immediate government intervention, there will be a
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More coverage coming out of the Viral Hepatitis Conference.  Follow the conference Twitter feed via #viralhepconf14

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Diners feeling pressured to order alcohol or given attitude for not drinking booze while dining (NSW)

Diners feeling pressured to order alcohol or given attitude for not drinking booze while dining (NSW) | Alcohol & other drug issues in the media | Scoop.it
IT IS the classic case of whine and dine - diners copping attitude for not drinking alcohol.
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The Daily Telegraph is doing an online poll.

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Magic mushrooms defeat tobacco addiction in ground-breaking pilot study (USA)

Magic mushrooms defeat tobacco addiction in ground-breaking pilot study (USA) | Alcohol & other drug issues in the media | Scoop.it
The hallucinogenic substance found in magic mushrooms could help smokers kick the habit, according to a pilot study published this week in the Journal of P
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New trends and regional differences in the manufacturing of methamphetamine

New trends and regional differences in the manufacturing of methamphetamine | Alcohol & other drug issues in the media | Scoop.it
Methamphetamine manufacture has traditionally been concentrated in North America and East and South-East Asia, close to the major consumer markets. The latest UNODC's Global SMART Update study, however, shows that it has recently spread to other countries such as Guatemala, Iran, Kenya, Nigeria and South Africa. The Update also reveals that methamphetamine manufacture is also spreading across Europe, though at low levels.
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Calls for medicinal cannabis to be legalised to help people now turning to the streets for their pain relief (UK)

Calls for medicinal cannabis to be legalised to help people now turning to the streets for their pain relief (UK) | Alcohol & other drug issues in the media | Scoop.it
He's been threatened, his home has been attacked, and he lives in fear of going to jail for possession of cannabis.

But he says he has no choice.
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Here's What I've Finally Concluded About 12-Step Programs (USA)

Here's What I've Finally Concluded About 12-Step Programs (USA) | Alcohol & other drug issues in the media | Scoop.it
AA and the rest remain the biggest and most polarizing force in the addiction community. I quit heroin and cocaine using the Steps and have covered addiction as a journalist for 25 years—and I'd argue that the picture is decidedly mixed.
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By Maia Szalavitz

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Drug experts warn of increasing ice threat in Canberra

Rehabilitation and drug experts from across the ACT are warning that more Canberrans are seeking treatment for dependence on ice or crystal methamphetamine as the purity and strength of the drug increases.
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The increases in demand for methamphetamines treatment mirrors our experience: http://www.regen.org.au/images/Meth_Treatment_-_Building_on_successful_strategies_to_enhance_outcomes_v1.0.pdf

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