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South-west expert to tell parliamentary inquiry of ‘ice’ scourge (Vic)

South-west expert to tell parliamentary inquiry of ‘ice’ scourge (Vic) | Alcohol & other drug issues in the media | Scoop.it
FAMILIES in the south-west are being destroyed by the drug “ice” which is readily available in country towns, according to a south-west drug and alcohol service.
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To see our submission to the inquiry, check our website: http://www.regen.org.au/regen-in-media/407-iceinquirycoverage

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Too Stoned To Drive? Marijuana Breath Test Could Help (USA)

Too Stoned To Drive? Marijuana Breath Test Could Help (USA) | Alcohol & other drug issues in the media | Scoop.it
Can a person be too stoned to drive? That's a question that many states -- including Colorado and Washington, both of which now have recreational marijuana laws on the books -- have tried to address in recent legislation.
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This approach would seem to be more likely to provide a reliable indicator of current intoxication.

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Poll: Clear majority support legalizing marijuana for the first time (USA)

Poll: Clear majority support legalizing marijuana for the first time (USA) | Alcohol & other drug issues in the media | Scoop.it
(CNN) -- More Americans think that marijuana should be legalized than those who want it kept illegal, according to a new poll.
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Minimum price for alcohol to be introduced (Ireland)

Minimum price for alcohol to be introduced (Ireland) | Alcohol & other drug issues in the media | Scoop.it
Cabinet decides to proceed with range of measures but proposed sports sponsorship ban kicked to touch
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South-west agencies combine for drug, alcohol therapy (Vic)

HALF a million dollars has been provided to a new consortium of south-west drug and alcohol agencies to ensure people take the right path through new therapeutic counselling services.
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News of one of the consortia formed in preparation for the recommissioning of Victorian AOD treatment services.

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Street injecting & the case for drug consumption rooms in Birmingham (UK) - video

Philippe Bonnet describes the case for drug consumption rooms in Birmingham UK. Filmed at the National Needle Exchange Forum annual meeting in Bournemouth in...
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NSW suffering post-drinks remorse: survey

Almost one-third of NSW drinkers have experienced some kind of post-drinking remorse and many are being affected by violence, a survey shows.
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Northern Beaches team stopping alcohol supply to minors (NSW)

Northern Beaches team stopping alcohol supply to minors (NSW) | Alcohol & other drug issues in the media | Scoop.it
A CAMPAIGN to prevent the secondary supply of ­alcohol to minors is ramping up this week with the message plastered across buses and shelters.
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AIDS prevention groups want prison needle programs to protect inmates, public (Canada)

AIDS prevention groups want prison needle programs to protect inmates, public (Canada) | Alcohol & other drug issues in the media | Scoop.it
A consortium of AIDS prevention and harm reduction groups are launching a renewed call for needle and syringe programs in Canadian prisons.
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Nice to see sensible reporting about harm reduction in prisons.

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India police probes toxic alcohol deaths

India police probes toxic alcohol deaths | Alcohol & other drug issues in the media | Scoop.it

Officials in India have begun an inquiry after at least 42 people died from drinking toxic alcohol in the northern state of Uttar Pradesh. Dozens of people are recovering in hospitals and officials say they expect the number of dead to rise further.

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Alcohol destroys one in four diets (Aus)

Alcohol destroys one in four diets (Aus) | Alcohol & other drug issues in the media | Scoop.it
IF YOU find that your diet is going well until you have a night out, you're not the only one.
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Public health teams are overlooking middle-class alcohol dependency (UK)

Public health teams are overlooking middle-class alcohol dependency (UK) | Alcohol & other drug issues in the media | Scoop.it
Hannah Fearn: The alcohol debate often focuses on binge drinking on our streets– but is the problem closer to home?
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It's an issue we're facing in Australia too, particularly as the Baby Boomer generation ages.  Are our treatment systems going to be able to cope with increased demand?

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Alcohol Poll: Half Of Kids See Parents Drunk (UK)

Alcohol Poll: Half Of Kids See Parents Drunk (UK) | Alcohol & other drug issues in the media | Scoop.it
"They have seen me drunk, but it doesn't worry me at all," one mother tells Sky News as a poll reveals parents' drinking habits.
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...with obvious consequences for the formation of children's drinking patterns.

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Spike in crime linked to heroin use (Ireland)

Spike in crime linked to heroin use (Ireland) | Alcohol & other drug issues in the media | Scoop.it
A significant rise in muggings and thefts in Cork’s city centre is being blamed on an increase in the number of heroin addicts who need to get money quickly for their next fix.
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Highlighting the importance of pharmacotherapies as part of a broader treatment plan to remove people's need to commit crime to avoid going into withdrawal.

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Only 3% of hepatitis C patients in England receive treatment

A new report, published by The Hepatitis C Trust, has found that hepatitis C is grossly under-prioritised in England. Despite it being curable, only 3% of people receive treatment each year.
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...with obvious implications for health services and policy makers.

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Should MDMA be Legalized for Medicinal Purposes? (Israel)

Should MDMA be Legalized for Medicinal Purposes? (Israel) | Alcohol & other drug issues in the media | Scoop.it
Shalom Life speaks to Mimi Peleg, a clinical research assistant at the Multidisciplinary Association for Psychedelic Studies, on the effects MDMA has in battling Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder
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Scratch and sniff drug card praised

Scratch and sniff drug card praised | Alcohol & other drug issues in the media | Scoop.it

Scratch and sniff cards to help people detect cannabis farms have resulted in a 28% increase in reports of cultivation, Crimestoppers said.

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It's hard to believe, but could this initiative actually have been effective?

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Harm Reduction Cafes: the importance of sharing (UK) - video

Nigel Brunsdon talking about harm reduction cafes at the National Needle Exchange Forum Conference in Bournemouth. September 2013.
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Smoking cessation, even during pregnancy, may reduce infant hospitalizations and death (USA)

Smoking cessation, even during pregnancy, may reduce infant hospitalizations and death (USA) | Alcohol & other drug issues in the media | Scoop.it
Maternal smoking is associated with both respiratory and non-respiratory infections in infants, resulting in increased risk for hospitalization and death, according to an abstract presented...
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AOC announces Alcohol ban for 2016 Rio Olympics (Aus)

AOC announces Alcohol ban for 2016 Rio Olympics (Aus) | Alcohol & other drug issues in the media | Scoop.it
The 2016 Rio Olympics will be an alcohol free zone for Australian athletes with the Australian Olympics Committee announcing a zero tolerance ban will be in place in the Olympic Village and on the flight home.
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Outer area teenagers more canny with grog (Vic)

Outer area teenagers more canny with grog (Vic) | Alcohol & other drug issues in the media | Scoop.it
Underage drinkers in outer growth areas like Melton are more likely to get alcohol from family and friends than buy it themselves.
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As with yesterday's post on this topic, this article raises the issue of packaged alcohol retailers and the relationship between their density within an community and alcohol related harms.

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Targeting cannabis reward-effect could help treat addiction (UK)

Targeting cannabis reward-effect could help treat addiction (UK) | Alcohol & other drug issues in the media | Scoop.it
A new drug that targets the rewarding effects of cannabis could help some to overcome their addiction.
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It will be interesting to see future research on this medication.

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Jaid Gilbert's curator insight, December 13, 2013 9:59 AM

I do not agree with this article at all. Cannabis is a drug that could cause many hallucinations, even though it is by far the least harmful drug of all hallucinogens. 

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Cannabis legalisation: Where do the parties stand? (Ireland)

Cannabis legalisation: Where do the parties stand? (Ireland) | Alcohol & other drug issues in the media | Scoop.it
Independent TD Luke ‘Ming’ Flanagan is due to launch a bill in the coming days proposing the legalisation of the drug.
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New figures confirm 1 in 100 Australians living with chronic hepatitis C

The release of the Kirby Institute’s 2013 Annual Surveillance Report today has confirmed that approximately 1% of the total Australian population is currently living with chronic hepatitis C.
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Inner-city youth 'more liberal' with alcohol (Vic)

Inner-city youth 'more liberal' with alcohol (Vic) | Alcohol & other drug issues in the media | Scoop.it
Young people in Melbourne’s gentrified inner suburbs are more likely to have ‘liberal attitudes to alcohol’ than their counterparts in outer growth areas.
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Melbourne data shows different drinking patterns between inner urban areas (with greater concentration of transport and licensed venues) and growth areas (where private parties are where most YPs drink).

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