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OPINION: Time to scare people straight on dangers of ice (NSW)

IF you want to know how big the problem with the drug ice is in our region, there has been one arrest per day since the start of this year.
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This is what you get when drug policy discussions are not informed by credible evidence.  The 'common sense' appeal of initiatives like the 'Faces of Meth' (here's what we've said previously: http://sco.lt/8hdH3h) is clear, but we know that scare campaigns are ineffective amongst those most likely to engage in the target behaviour and that the stigmatisation created only serves to make people less likely to seek help. 

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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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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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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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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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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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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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Why Tamil Nadu’s women want alcohol banned (India)

Why Tamil Nadu’s women want alcohol banned (India) | Alcohol & other drug issues in the media | Scoop.it
Women in India have forced prohibition on to the political agenda as they blame alcohol sales for a big rise in domestic violence and rape in the region
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See recent related coverage questioning the effectiveness of such measures in protecting Indian women and girls from violence: See today's related post on the geography of the US overdose 'crisis': http://sco.lt/99qvk9.

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Legal highs expected to disappear from shops as ban arrives (UK)

Legal highs expected to disappear from shops as ban arrives (UK) | Alcohol & other drug issues in the media | Scoop.it
Police say trade through ‘head shops’ and UK-based websites will end but some fear underground sale will continue
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...but online trade expected to grow. See the International Journal of Drug Policy's editorial on the UK Psychoactive Substances legislation (FYI, they're not a fan): http://www.ijdp.org/article/S0955-3959%2815%2900313-8/pdf.

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FDA approves first buprenorphine implant for treatment of opioid dependence (USA)

The U.S. Food and Drug Administration today approved Probuphine, the first buprenorphine implant for the maintenance treatment of opioid dependence. Probuphine is designed to provide a constant, low-level dose of buprenorphine for six months in patients who are already stable on low-to-moderate doses of other forms of buprenorphine, as part of a complete treatment program.
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See yesterday's related media coverage: http://sco.lt/6qtkUT

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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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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.
ReGenUC's insight:

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.
ReGenUC's insight:

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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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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Young people embrace technology to help curb binge drinking (Vic)

Young people embrace technology to help curb binge drinking (Vic) | Alcohol & other drug issues in the media | Scoop.it
Researchers with Melbourne's Burnet Institute trial the use of personalised mobile phone messages to help young Australians to curb their binge drinking.
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Nice work by Burnet Institute exploring opportunities to reduce alcohol related harms amongst young people.

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How cracking down on America's painkiller capital led to a heroin crisis

How cracking down on America's painkiller capital led to a heroin crisis | Alcohol & other drug issues in the media | Scoop.it
Critics say Florida’s efforts to contain an epidemic unleashed within its borders have only had limited effect in curbing one crisis while making another worse
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See today's related post on the geography of the US overdose 'crisis': http://sco.lt/99qvk9.

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Party on(line): The link between social media, alcohol use (USA)

One of the undeniable powers of social media is its ability to influence people and their behaviors. This is especially true, a study finds, when it comes to alcohol use. Researchers found that when participants in a study were exposed to ads touting beer, as opposed to those selling bottled water, they were more inclined to consider drinking alcohol.
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More evidence of the role social media plays in alcohol marketing: 'On social media, the line that distinguishes between an ad and regular content is very fine.'

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