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International experts back Irish drug injection centre plan

International experts back Irish drug injection centre plan | Alcohol & other drug issues in the media | Scoop.it
Such centres already exist in countries like Australia, Germany, Spain and Canada.
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Good to see the continued growth in support for Irish MSICs.

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Doctors, health groups lobby for SA e-cigarette ban

Doctors, health groups lobby for SA e-cigarette ban | Alcohol & other drug issues in the media | Scoop.it
Doctors and health groups say e-cigarettes should be banned from being advertised or sold in South Australia.
ReGenUC's insight:

E-cigarettes continue to polarise health bodies. In a move that has drawn some criticism, Public Health England recently endorsed them as an effective harm reduction measure: http://sco.lt/8xB6gb.

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Support program for drug recovery (Vic)

Support program for drug recovery (Vic) | Alcohol & other drug issues in the media | Scoop.it
A new $1.2 million rehabilitation program will help tackle Warrnambool’s escalating drug problem.
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WRAD's Sliding Doors program in Warrnambool is one of the nine new non-residential rehab programs funded through the Victorian Ice Action Plan (http://ice.vic.gov.au/18-million-for-treatment-services/). Our new Catalyst program in Narre Warren will be commencing shortly. We'll keep you posted once the details are confirmed.

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Tasmanian community stands up to fight drug scourge

Tasmanian community stands up to fight drug scourge | Alcohol & other drug issues in the media | Scoop.it

LIKE  many small Australian towns, Smithton in Tasmania’s far North-West has been hit by a new wave of drug abuse. From ice use to young people needing medical attention after ingesting an unknown substance they had bought in capsule form outside a local pub, the town has become a focal point of talk about substance abuse in small communities.

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Despite the headline, this is actually a reasonably balanced piece on the challenges affecting a tight-knit community and their response.

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White House Marks Recovery Month With Young People In Recovery (USA)

WASHINGTON -- Over 23 million Americans are in recovery from addictions to alcohol, heroin and other drugs. September has been designated Recovery Month, and the White House, led by Drug Czar Michael Botticelli
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There's not much to the article, but it's a good example of the importance of challenging the stigma associated with AOD dependence and recovery.

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Cost of medical marijuana in Minnesota leads some to return to illegal sources

Cost of medical marijuana in Minnesota leads some to return to illegal sources | Alcohol & other drug issues in the media | Scoop.it
State launched medical cannabis programme two months ago, but patients are struggling with prices up to thousands of dollars per month
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Ice addiction: Let's stop the scare tactics and tell stories of recovery

Ice addiction: Let's stop the scare tactics and tell stories of recovery | Alcohol & other drug issues in the media | Scoop.it
Alarmist media campaigns have left the impression that ice use is so terrible that nothing can be done about it. But recovery is possible and we must ensure that message is spread.
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Nice piece by Sarah MacLean on the damage done by stigmatising public campaigns and the need for increased supports in Indigenous communities.

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Ice addicts: Why is it never their fault? (WA)

Ice addicts: Why is it never their fault? (WA) | Alcohol & other drug issues in the media | Scoop.it
When will methamphetamine, or ice, addicts actually stop and accept responsibility for the havoc they are wreaking on our society?
ReGenUC's insight:

Karalee Katsambanis wheels out the 80's 'just say no' rhetoric to justify her attack on the perceived moral failings of people who use alcohol and other drugs. We agree that public funds would be better directed to treatment than tv scare campaigns, but that's about it. This sort of gross oversimplification of what is a complex set of issues is not new. It's been occurring for a very long time and continues to strengthen the stigmatisation of those affected and make it harder for people to seek help. 'Just say no' didn't work in the 80s and it won't work now. We need a more sophisticated approach to this. On the positive side, it is reported that the recommendations of the National Ice Taskforce will be provided to the Federal Govt 'within days' (http://sco.lt/6qlwOn). We look forward to more their informed policy suggestions.

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Police raise prospect of risk zones to reduce Canberra alcohol related violence

Police raise prospect of risk zones to reduce Canberra alcohol related violence | Alcohol & other drug issues in the media | Scoop.it
ACT Policing has called on the government to consider implementing risk zones in the city.
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Proposal targets venues in precincts identified as contributing to high rates of alcohol related harm.

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Could the ACT decriminalise ice? Discussions over use and abuse welcomed

Could the ACT decriminalise ice? Discussions over use and abuse welcomed | Alcohol & other drug issues in the media | Scoop.it
You get the equivalent of a parking ticket for low level cannabis use in Canberra, so could ice ever be treated the same?
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Citing ATODA and Directions on the need for investment in treatment and wider public drug policy debate. The article also notes that the National Ice Taskforce recommendations are due to be received by the Federal Govt 'within days'.

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ACT Victims of Crime Commissioner does not support a 1am lockout in the city

ACT Victims of Crime Commissioner does not support a 1am lockout in the city | Alcohol & other drug issues in the media | Scoop.it
ACT Victims of Crime Commissioner John Hinchey does not support a 1am lockout in the city to prevent alcohol related violence despite support from many alcohol safety bodies.
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Mr Hinchey instead recommends 3am closures, with alcohol sales to stop 30 mins before closing.

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Revealed: the soaring cost of keeping prisoners locked up (Vic)

Revealed: the soaring cost of keeping prisoners locked up (Vic) | Alcohol & other drug issues in the media | Scoop.it
VICTORIA’S prisons will reach capacity by 2019, according to a scathing report on the state’s jails.
ReGenUC's insight:

More on the Ombudsman's report, highlighting the need for increased focus on treatment, rehabilitation and community integration. See today's related post: http://sco.lt/6D27Fp. 

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Bathtub booze and knock-off whisky: inside China's fake alcohol industry

Bathtub booze and knock-off whisky: inside China's fake alcohol industry | Alcohol & other drug issues in the media | Scoop.it
Drinkers are unwittingly knocking back fake alcohol brewed in bathtubs, which could lead to potentially serious health issues
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Colorado's marijuana tax revenues nearly double last year's figures

Colorado's marijuana tax revenues nearly double last year's figures | Alcohol & other drug issues in the media | Scoop.it
State brought in nearly $73.5m in the first seven months of 2015, putting on pace to take in $125m – compared to just $44m last year
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More booze bans being considered (SA)

More booze bans being considered (SA) | Alcohol & other drug issues in the media | Scoop.it
CASK wine sales in the city could be restricted under a proposal being considered by the Adelaide City Council to combat problem drinking in the Parklands.
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Qld ice-addicted parents to get more help

Qld ice-addicted parents to get more help | Alcohol & other drug issues in the media | Scoop.it

ICE-ADDICTED parents in one of Queensland's communities worst-affected by the drug will be among those targeted for help under a $6 million plan.         

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More detail on yesterday's funding announcement, including AOD screening at Gold Coast University and Royal Brisbane and Women's hospitals.

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Experts say we are failing in fight against drugs as details emerge of moments before Nigel Pauljevic's death (NSW)

Experts say we are failing in fight against drugs as details emerge of moments before Nigel Pauljevic's death (NSW) | Alcohol & other drug issues in the media | Scoop.it
HARROWING details have emerged of the final moments of a NSW man’s life who died at western Sydney’s Defqon.1 music festival on Saturday.
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Gordian Fulde highlights the increased risk of overdose from poly-drug use and David Caldicott makes the argument for pill-testing to help prevent overdose deaths.

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French Senate Gives Green Light to Drug Consumption Rooms

On Thursday, the French Senate discussed the new health law, which was passed by the National Assembly in April. The new law introduces several controversial reforms, such as banning the smoking of tobacco in the presence of minors below the age of 12, accepting gay men as blood donors, and the removal of the compulsory reflection period before an abortion. The most heated point of discussion involved Article 9 - a paragraph which allows for the opening of drug consumption rooms.
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More good news for French harm reduction.

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Healing from ice use in Victorian Aboriginal communities

In this short film Victorian Aboriginal people talk about how they have managed to stop or reduce ice use. The film includes interviews with a worker and ex-...
ReGenUC's insight:

This video stands in stark contrast to this morning's post (http://sco.lt/7noVSD). This is how to have an informed discussion about the impacts of methamphetamine use and recovery: listen to the experiences of those directly affected, keep clear of simplistic assumptions and focus on the humanity at the core of the issue. Powerful stuff. Well done to all concerned.

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Qld govt unveils $6m plan to tackle ice problem

Qld govt unveils $6m plan to tackle ice problem | Alcohol & other drug issues in the media | Scoop.it
State's ice epidemic a problem "we can't arrest our way out of", health minister says.
ReGenUC's insight:

Qld Govt introduces new AOD services around the state but recognises that there is more to be done, with future plans to be informed by the National Ice Taskforce's recommendations. These are due to be presented to the Federal Govt 'within days': http://sco.lt/6qlwOn. The Qld Govt's methamphetamine discussion paper is here: http://www.premiers.qld.gov.au/assets/ways-to-combat-ice-addiction-in-queensland.pdf. 

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Indigenous health: No alcohol debit card backed by Noel Pearson divides Kununurra (WA)

Indigenous health: No alcohol debit card backed by Noel Pearson divides Kununurra (WA) | Alcohol & other drug issues in the media | Scoop.it
The "almost cashless" card supported by Noel Pearson has been accused of targeting the vulnerable.
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Kununurra elder Ted Carlton: 'Penalising people is not the right way'. ANU's Jon Altman says there is no evidence that the new card will have any positive effect on communities.

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Man dies, eight in hospital after Sydney dance festival Defqon.1

Man dies, eight in hospital after Sydney dance festival Defqon.1 | Alcohol & other drug issues in the media | Scoop.it
A man dies and eight others are taken to hospital after attending a dance festival in western Sydney on Saturday night, police say.
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Highlighting the ineffectiveness of 'zero tolerance' approaches to preventing illicit drug use and the need for targetted harm reduction measures (such as pill testing) to prevent overdoses.

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Mental health services inundated with people with drug and alcohol problems (Vic)

Mental health services inundated with people with drug and alcohol problems (Vic) | Alcohol & other drug issues in the media | Scoop.it

GEELONG mental health services are being flooded by people with drug and alcohol problems. Health and Community Services Union (HACSU) State secretary, Lloyd Williams, said up to 70 per cent of people being helped by mental health services in the Barwon region now had drug or alcohol problems.

ReGenUC's insight:

The 70% figure mirrors similar numbers of people using AOD treatment services who have a concurrent mental health issue. If you're concerned about your own (or a loved one's) AOD use and mental health, give us a call: 1800 700 514.

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Lockout laws to stay: NSW police chief

BACKING down on tough lockout laws would be a betrayal of the death of one-punch victim Thomas Kelly, NSW Police Commissioner Andrew Scipione says.
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Commissioner Scipione acknowledges increase in alcohol related violence in Newtown as result of the Kings Cross lockouts, but says overall levels are well down since the introduction of the lockouts.

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Premier Mike Baird speaks out about alcohol-related advertising (Aus)

Premier Mike Baird speaks out about alcohol-related advertising (Aus) | Alcohol & other drug issues in the media | Scoop.it
The advertising adorning the front of one-day cricket uniforms sends a message that riles the Premier.
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Good to see the Premier challenging the status quo. See related coverage of the Thomas Kelly Youth Foundation event: http://sco.lt/726IVN. 

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