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Malcolm Turnbull's NBN adviser Stephen Ellis charged for indecent act, drugs (Aus)

Malcolm Turnbull's NBN adviser Stephen Ellis charged for indecent act, drugs (Aus) | Alcohol & other drug issues in the media | Scoop.it
A senior adviser to Malcolm Turnbull was held in custody overnight for alleged indecent act and drug possession.
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Mr Ellis does deserve to, as the PM says, 'be given all the support and all the encouragement that they possibly can to work through those issues'. However, the Govt's position on the behaviour of a Ministerial staffer is in stark contrast to its rhetoric about other people who use illicit drugs, particularly amphetamine type stimulants. For exhibit one, see today's media release by Justice Minister Michael Keenan: http://sco.lt/5gDt9V.

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Critics stick needle into injecting vans (Vic)

Critics stick needle into injecting vans (Vic) | Alcohol & other drug issues in the media | Scoop.it

This article was behind the News Ltd paywall in today's Herald Sun.

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It's a pity the paper doesn't question Drug Free Australia's and Dalgarno's assertions, which ignore the abundant evidence for the effectiveness of harm reduction measures in general, and MSICs in particular. FYI, our position statement (and supporting evidence) on the need to establish a MSIC in Melbourne is here: http://www.regen.org.au/news-advocacy/advocacy-in-action.  See some of last week's coverage here: http://sco.lt/7qnqkL, http://sco.lt/7Bvc13

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Opioids 'little benefit' to back pain (Aus)

Opioid painkillers, even at high doses, provide minimal benefit for people with low back pain, new research suggests. "People have the mistaken belief that opioids are strong pain killers," says Professor Chris Maher from The George Institute. "When you look closely at the evidence from the low back pain trials, a completely different picture emerges." 

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Citing new Uni of Sydney findings.

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Children of Heroin Crisis Find Refuge in Grandparents’ Arms (USA)

Children of Heroin Crisis Find Refuge in Grandparents’ Arms (USA) | Alcohol & other drug issues in the media | Scoop.it
Grandparents have long provided safe harbor for grandchildren for a host of reasons, but not since the crack epidemic of the 1990s, analysts say, have so many children appeared to be at risk because of parental drug addiction.
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Grandparents becoming the primary carers for grandchildren is a common occurrence when their parents are unable to care for them due to AOD dependence. This article provides an insight into the impacts on US families.

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The teenagers who poison themselves (UK)

The teenagers who poison themselves (UK) | Alcohol & other drug issues in the media | Scoop.it
The number of young women in the UK who are poisoning themselves is reportedly on the rise. Why do they do it?
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There's a common (but problematic) argument that problematic AOD use amounts to self harm. This article provides an insight into instances where self-harm is the intended outcome.

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No plain packaging for cigarettes in Ireland - yet

No plain packaging for cigarettes in Ireland - yet | Alcohol & other drug issues in the media | Scoop.it

Plain packaging on tobacco products is not coming into force today as planned

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Wristband that can tell if you've been drinking wins US award

Wristband that can tell if you've been drinking wins US award | Alcohol & other drug issues in the media | Scoop.it
Device helps doctors accurately measure patient’s drinking history, and not just depend on most recent tests
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There's been a bit of coverage about these devices. Regardless of your position on abstinence monitoring regimes, this is certainly a step up from the bulky ankle bracelets that are used in many correctional contexts.

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The Opioid Epidemic: It’s Time to Place Blame Where It Belongs (USA)

The Opioid Epidemic: It’s Time to Place Blame Where It Belongs (USA) | Alcohol & other drug issues in the media | Scoop.it
Allow me to place blame for our current opioid crisis and provide a roadmap for further investigation.
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Ronald Hirsch blames doctors for overprescribing, the pharmaceutical industry for unethical practice and Govt bodies for providing policy frameworks that allowed the 'opioid epidemic' to occur.

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Free blue VB cans are a new low for State of Origin’s partnership with alcohol (Aus)

Free blue VB cans are a new low for State of Origin’s partnership with alcohol (Aus) | Alcohol & other drug issues in the media | Scoop.it

Since my days proudly representing New South Wales (NSW) in the State of Origin I have become increasingly dismayed as the Blues have become ever more saturated with alcohol sponsorship. Sadly, it has become increasingly difficult to know where the game ends and alcohol advertising begins.

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Steve Ella calls out the NRL for allowing itself to be so out of step with community expectations on the responsible promotion of alcohol. See today's related Age editorial on the need for change in alcohol promotion in sport: http://sco.lt/63BWU5

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Breathalysers coming to public car parks (Vic)

Breathalysers coming to public car parks (Vic) | Alcohol & other drug issues in the media | Scoop.it
Drivers will be forced to pass a breathalyser test before leaving a public car park under a state government trial starting next year.
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Vic Govt to introduce Swedish approach.

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We Asked Students What Drugs They Take to Study (Aus)

With exams looming around Australia, we asked college students what they take, how often, and why.
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Vice provides an insight into the motivations and patterns of use of nootropics (such as Modafinil and Adderall) by uni students.

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Push for amnesty for medicinal cannabis users fails (ACT)

Push for amnesty for medicinal cannabis users fails (ACT) | Alcohol & other drug issues in the media | Scoop.it
The police minister has rebuffed a push to create an effective amnesty for medicinal cannabis users to protect them from prosecution.
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Shane Rattenbury's proposal would have provided interim protection to people using medicinal cannabis until further legislative change occurs.

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Excessive alcohol advertising in sport is out of bounds (Aus)

Excessive alcohol advertising in sport is out of bounds (Aus) | Alcohol & other drug issues in the media | Scoop.it
While the community foots the bill for alcohol's ills, sporting bodies rake in tens of millions of dollars from sponsorship.
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Age editorial picks up the findings of FARE's annual alcohol poll to call for change on alcohol marketing in sport.

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ACT budget to provide millions for drug rehab and treatment

ACT budget to provide millions for drug rehab and treatment | Alcohol & other drug issues in the media | Scoop.it
ACT to fill gaps in drug rehab left by federal funding shortfall.
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Great news for AOD treatment in the ACT.

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The Rich Go To Rehab, The Poor Go To Jail (Aus)

The Rich Go To Rehab, The Poor Go To Jail (Aus) | Alcohol & other drug issues in the media | Scoop.it
Treatment is available, if you can afford it.
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Vernon White on the shortage of publicly funded treatment services in Australia and the booming market for for-profit services. See our recent release on unethical practice by for-profit providers: http://www.regen.org.au/news-advocacy/regen-in-the-media/media-releases/717-regen-welcomes-the-ages-focus-on-for-profit-treatment-services-11-03-16

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Ice scourge: regional drug courts touted as possible answer in Warnambool drug fight (Vic)

Ice scourge: regional drug courts touted as possible answer in Warnambool drug fight (Vic) | Alcohol & other drug issues in the media | Scoop.it
One of south-west Victoria's top policemen says regional drug courts could be the key to breaking the cycle of drug use and incarceration.
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See also the recent announcement of the expansion of Melbourne's Drug Court: http://sco.lt/8R4LKb

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Legal high ban 'could force dealers onto the dark web' (UK)

Legal high ban 'could force dealers onto the dark web' (UK) | Alcohol & other drug issues in the media | Scoop.it
Dealers of so-called legal highs could move to the "dark web" as a blanket ban on the drugs comes into force later this week, a senior police offic
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Any new drug policy measure will have unintended effects. The growth in appeal for synthetics has been driven, at least in part, by the legal (and social) sanctions applied to more established drug types. With the new legislation coming into effect in a couple of days, the extent of unintended harms will be remain to be seen. See today's related post on risk of prosecution for possession/dealing: http://sco.lt/5a84xd

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Medical students demand better training for opioid addiction (USA)

Medical students demand better training for opioid addiction (USA) | Alcohol & other drug issues in the media | Scoop.it
Harvard students are teaching themselves to treat opioid addiction, as critics say most medical schools need to better prepare doctors for a deadly crisis.
ReGenUC's insight:

Great to see medical students taking up the challenge to inform themselves about prescribing naloxone, in spite of institutional inertia from medical schools. It's another step towards recognising naloxone prescribing as standard practice for any doctor and another chip removed from the stigmatisation of people who use opioids. If you, or someone you care about, face potential overdose risk from opioid use, we have our own naloxone program that provides people with free access to the medication and training on how to use it. If you would like find out more about the program, speak to your worker or give us a call (1800 700 514).

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Marijuana millionaires cashing in on cannabis legalisation (USA)

Marijuana millionaires cashing in on cannabis legalisation (USA) | Alcohol & other drug issues in the media | Scoop.it
Jeremy Moberg has gone from illegal grower to tax-paying multi-million dollar businessman in Washington state. Lucy Rock catches up with him between meetings
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More on the huge profits to be made in the emerging licit cannabis industry.

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Prosecution for sharing legal highs with friends unlikely under ban (UK)

Prosecution for sharing legal highs with friends unlikely under ban (UK) | Alcohol & other drug issues in the media | Scoop.it
Police expect high street shops selling new psychoactive substances to close after ban, but trading could head to dark web
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The new legislation is due to come into effect in a couple of days.

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UK prison buzzing with drone-delivered drug trade

UK prison buzzing with drone-delivered drug trade | Alcohol & other drug issues in the media | Scoop.it
Amazon has been beaten to it. According to the claims of a former con, a commercially viable drone-delivery parcel service is up and running - of all places
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Another example of the limitations of supply control measures in even the most controlled environments. Where there is demand for drugs, there will always be supply.

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Little if any heroin left in Vancouver, all fentanyl: drug advocates

Little if any heroin left in Vancouver, all fentanyl: drug advocates | Alcohol & other drug issues in the media | Scoop.it
As government data tracks a spike of fentanyl across Canada, people who use illicit drugs in Vancouver's Downtown Eastside say there is virtually no heroin left on the street after it has been pushed out by the cheaper and more potent fentanyl.
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More on the growth in fentanyl use in Canada and the subsequent increased overdose risk amongst people using opioids.

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Cigarette bans and laws to apply to vaping (VIC)

Cigarette bans and laws to apply to vaping (VIC) | Alcohol & other drug issues in the media | Scoop.it
Vaping will be outlawed in Victoria's smoke-free spaces and e-cigarette advertising banned in shops.
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Govt to introduce new legislation next week to classify e-cigarettes as tobacco products.
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New drug and alcohol detox beds in the Goldfields a positive step (WA)

New drug and alcohol detox beds in the Goldfields a positive step (WA) | Alcohol & other drug issues in the media | Scoop.it
Health professionals and ex-drug users welcome new funding for medical detox beds in Kalgoorlie-Boulder, calling it a step in the right direction, but also saying there's still room to shorten waiting times for people ready to clean up their lives.
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Goldfields Rehabilitation Service Incorporated (GRSI) to expand current service from seven to 18 beds.

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Every driver should be stone cold sober - like me (Vic)

Every driver should be stone cold sober - like me (Vic) | Alcohol & other drug issues in the media | Scoop.it
It's time we lowered the drink-drive limit to zero.
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David Campbell picks up on last week's suggestion to reduce the legal limit to .02 BAC and considers our relationship with alcohol and the stigmatisation experienced by those who abstain. See today's related post on the need to address alcohol advertising in sport: http://sco.lt/63BWU5

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PolicyCheck: the Greens' Harm Reduction Innovation Fund drug policy (Aus)

PolicyCheck: the Greens' Harm Reduction Innovation Fund drug policy (Aus) | Alcohol & other drug issues in the media | Scoop.it
PolicyCheck unpacks the details and history of the Greens' proposed $10 million Harm Reduction Innovation Fund drug policy.
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Nicole Lee provides a brief review of the potential impacts of the proposed fund.

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