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Needle program change worries health workers (Vic)

Needle program change worries health workers (Vic) | Alcohol & other drug issues in the media | Scoop.it
The closure of a needle exchange program in Dandenong may reduce injecting drug users' access to clean syringes, health workers say.
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Nation's $7b drug splurge (Aus)

Nation's $7b drug splurge (Aus) | Alcohol & other drug issues in the media | Scoop.it
Australians are spending $7 billion a year on illicit drugs, reaping huge rewards for manufacturers and dealers.
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Wonder what the figure would be when you add prescription drugs, legal highs, alcohol & tobacco?
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Time to cut the ties between alcohol and sport (Aus)

Time to cut the ties between alcohol and sport (Aus) | Alcohol & other drug issues in the media | Scoop.it
Momentum is growing for a ban on alcohol advertising during live sports broadcasts, after Western Australian Police Commissioner Karl O'Callaghan lambasted the alcohol industry at a national alcohol forum…...
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Austrailia seems to be getting it right. Maybe it will make it to the states?

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SHUT IT DOWN (Vic)

SHUT IT DOWN (Vic) | Alcohol & other drug issues in the media | Scoop.it

Greater Bendigo council has backed a call for community education about unlabelled synthetic drugs which are sold over-the-counter in shops.

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Calls for federal ban on synthetic drugs (Aus)

PRESSURE is mounting on the federal government to introduce a permanent ban on synthetic drugs in Australia after the death of a Sydney teenager.
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Walking away from drug and alcohol addiction (Vic)

Walking away from drug and alcohol addiction (Vic) | Alcohol & other drug issues in the media | Scoop.it
Around 55 people walked the streets of Morwell today to raise awareness of the recovery from drug and alcohol addiction.
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Young people trapped by drugs and alcohol (NSW)

Young people trapped by drugs and alcohol (NSW) | Alcohol & other drug issues in the media | Scoop.it
YOUNG people who binge drink on weekends or take recreational drugs can easily become trapped by drug and alcohol addiction, according to an Orange drug and alcohol counsellor.
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'Hillbilly heroin' risk (NZ)

'Hillbilly heroin' risk (NZ) | Alcohol & other drug issues in the media | Scoop.it
Alarming prescription rates for oxycodone have prompted a nationwide call to curb its use.
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We Can't Arrest Our Way Out of This Problem (USA)

How to Make Money Selling Drugs makes the argument that we should end the war on drugs. As a former cop, my reasons are simple: Drug prohibition is bad for public safety, and it's never going to work.
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Beckley Foundation Scientific Committee Member Disputes Logic that Allows Heroin but not Cannabis in Hospitals (UK)

Beckley Foundation Scientific Committee Member Disputes Logic that Allows Heroin but not Cannabis in Hospitals (UK) | Alcohol & other drug issues in the media | Scoop.it
A leading psychedelics researcher and member of the Beckley Foundation Scientific Committee has co-authored a paper describing the legislative and bureaucratic barriers to legitimate investigation of psychoactive substances.
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Shops snub federal ban on synthetic drugs (Vic)

Shops snub federal ban on synthetic drugs (Vic) | Alcohol & other drug issues in the media | Scoop.it
VICTORIAN shops are flouting a national ban on synthetic drugs by continuing to sell the deadly substances.
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Harper should embrace safe-injection sites: They're the law-and-order option (Canada)

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Law enforcement takes the lion’s share of illicit drug spend (Aus)

Law enforcement takes the lion’s share of illicit drug spend (Aus) | Alcohol & other drug issues in the media | Scoop.it

Law enforcement still accounts for the lion’s share of Australian governments’ spending on illicit drugs, according to the first comprehensive review of drug policy spending since 2003.   

The review Government Drug Policy Expenditure in Australia – 2009/10, which looked at spending on prevention, treatment, harm reduction and law enforcement, found that spending on harm reduction measures fell over the period while prevention and treatment spending remained steady.
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Customs officers' links to bikies (Aus)

Corruption 'denial' in Australia's customs service enabled crooked officers to exploit security gaps and turn a steroid importing ring into an international drug trafficking business.
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Can fight, can drink: Newman

Can fight, can drink: Newman | Alcohol & other drug issues in the media | Scoop.it
Old enough to go to war, old enough to drink. That's the view of Premier Campbell Newman, who has rejected arguments to raise the legal drinking age to 21.

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Calls to re-direct dollars to fight drug problem (Aus) - audio

The head of the Federal Government's drugs policy advisory body believes Australia is going about its drug problem the wrong way.
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Raids on synthetic drug outlets (NSW)

Raids on synthetic drug outlets (NSW) | Alcohol & other drug issues in the media | Scoop.it
SEVERAL shops in St George and Sutherland Shire were found to be stocking banned synthetic drugs after a statewide blitz by Fair Trading last week.
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Henry Kwan's father to speak at drug forum following the death of his son (NSW)

Henry Kwan's father to speak at drug forum following the death of his son (NSW) | Alcohol & other drug issues in the media | Scoop.it
THE father of Henry Kwan, who died after taking a synthetic drug, will speak at a community drug forum on Monday night to help inform parents.
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Drug action week forum for the Sunraysia region (Vic)

Drug action week forum for the Sunraysia region (Vic) | Alcohol & other drug issues in the media | Scoop.it
As part of Drug Action Week 2013 ABC Mildura Swan Hill invited several members of the Sunraysia community to discuss issues and solutions surrounding drug use in the region.
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Australian Independents Will Raise Drinking Age to 21 (Qld)

Dr Patricia Petersen Leader of the Australian Independents said
that it was now her partys official position to raise the drinking
age to 21 | News Article
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Drug use in South Africa has increased by 600 per cent in the last decade

The South African Government is warning that drug abuse could pose an even bigger threat to its young people than the HIV/AIDS pandemic It says drug use has increased by 600 per cent in the last deca
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Hospital rebuilds smoking shelters (UK)

Hospital rebuilds smoking shelters (UK) | Alcohol & other drug issues in the media | Scoop.it
The Royal Bolton Hospital is to rebuild its smoking shelters, four years after they were taken down.
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Misguided claims alcohol in pregnancy helps baby (UK)

Misguided claims alcohol in pregnancy helps baby (UK) | Alcohol & other drug issues in the media | Scoop.it
“A glass of wine every day in pregnancy could be good for your baby,” is the entirely incorrect headline in The Daily Telegraph today. Other newspapers reported that drinking while pregnant does ‘no harm’, these claims are also misleading...
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Drug policing spend tops $1.1bn (Aus)

Australia spends more on policing drug  abuse than on treatment, prevention and harm reduction combined,  according to a new report. This is concerning,  says lead author Professor Alison Ritter,  director of the drug policy modelling program at the University of  NSW.

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Baby boomers driving drug rehab programs (WA)

Australia's ageing baby boomers are driving demand for drug addiction services, with a doubling of the proportion of over-50s seeking help to get off opioid drugs such as heroin.
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