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Neuroscience suggests resetting the clock on 'coming of age' (Aus)

Neuroscience suggests resetting the clock on 'coming of age' (Aus) | Alcohol & other drug issues in the media | Scoop.it
For parents who think they can relax when their children finish the VCE and turn 18, neuroscience has some bad news. New techniques for tracking brain growth show radical change extends into at least the mid-20s, suggesting responsible parenting should, too.
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Is the case for raising the drinking age getting stronger?
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Girls much more likely to suffer abuse, violence and trauma, study finds (Vic)

Girls much more likely to suffer abuse, violence and trauma, study finds (Vic) | Alcohol & other drug issues in the media | Scoop.it
A startling snapshot of Victorian young people struggling with drug and alcohol problems has shown girls are suffering much higher rates of abuse, neglect, violence and self-harm than boys.
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Highlighting some of the findings from YSAS' youth census.
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ADHD high among substance abusers (Aus)

ADHD high among substance abusers (Aus) | Alcohol & other drug issues in the media | Scoop.it
ALMOST half of adults who are substance users show symptoms of an attention disorder and are more li
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Suggesting the importance of screening people using AOD services for ADHD.

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The methylamphetamine market (Aus)

The methylamphetamine market remains Australia’s highest risk illicit drug market. The majority of organised crime groups which operate in Australia are involved in illicit drug markets, and collectively those markets generate more than half of the proceeds of crime in this country.

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Media release by the Australian Crime Commission.

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Internet our new source of methamphetamine as bikies vacate turf (Qld)

Internet our new source of methamphetamine as bikies vacate turf (Qld) | Alcohol & other drug issues in the media | Scoop.it
FORGET triads, Russian or Middle East mobsters moving in on the drug turf recently vacated by outlaw bikie gangs in Queensland.
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Warning: this story contains 'Faces of Meth' type footage.

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Dealers swapped for online drugs (NZ)

Dealers swapped for online drugs (NZ) | Alcohol & other drug issues in the media | Scoop.it
Kiwi drug-users are passing up street dealers, instead spending big through online black markets.
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On the reasons why many people prefer not to purchase drugs on the street.

 

The article also mentions this year's Global Drug Survey.  Have you completed it yet? http://globaldrugsurvey.com/

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Heroin addicts launch Charter challenge to prescription ban (Canada)

Heroin addicts launch Charter challenge to prescription ban (Canada) | Alcohol & other drug issues in the media | Scoop.it
Health Canada approved continued provision of diacetylmorphine treatment before its own minister rejected it
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Good luck to all those advocating for evidence based AOD treatment.

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Correctional Services Minister Michael O'Brien praises prisons for more drug busts while prisoner numbers climb (SA)

Correctional Services Minister Michael O'Brien praises prisons for more drug busts while prisoner numbers climb (SA) | Alcohol & other drug issues in the media | Scoop.it
SOUTH Australia's prison population continues to grow while drugs found in prisons have increased by 40 per cent, official figures reveal.
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Weed Pioneers Look To Save Epileptic Kids With New Medical Marijuana Strain (USA)

Weed Pioneers Look To Save Epileptic Kids With New Medical Marijuana Strain (USA) | Alcohol & other drug issues in the media | Scoop.it
"Charlotte's Web" isn't just a classic piece of children's fiction, it's also the name of one of the most coveted medical marijuana strains that is being used to treat children with epilepsy.
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Opium wars (Afghanistan/UK)

Opium wars (Afghanistan/UK) | Alcohol & other drug issues in the media | Scoop.it
Afghanistan, the country we invaded partly to liberate it from the drug trade, has become a narco-state
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We are staggering blind past the danger of excess alcohol (UK)

We are staggering blind past the danger of excess alcohol (UK) | Alcohol & other drug issues in the media | Scoop.it
Louise Rowlinson: If we are to combat the UK's growing drink problem, we must update the NHS's misleading unit guidelines and ban alcohol advertising
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Grog plans vetoed but 20 near approval (NT)

ELEVEN alcohol-management plans devised by Northern Territory Aboriginal communities before the second tranche of the intervention was launched last year have been rejected for not adhering to tough new guidelines created to allow the re-entry of...
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Global Drug Survey partners with Fairfax Media (Aus)

Global Drug Survey partners with Fairfax Media (Aus) | Alcohol & other drug issues in the media | Scoop.it
Fairfax Media is once again partnering with the Global Drug Survey to discover the truth about Australia's drug use.
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Sorry we missed this on Tuesday.  The story has the link to this year's survey.

 

Have you completed it yet?

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Family history of drug despair (Vic)

Family history of drug despair (Vic) | Alcohol & other drug issues in the media | Scoop.it
Tara was five when she first heard gunfire. She woke in the middle of the night to find someone shooting out the windows of her family home.
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A companion piece to the article on YSAS' youth census data. Tara is a former YSAS client, now undertaking Uni studies, with an aim to become a social worker.
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Calcium a treatment for alcoholics (Aus)

One of the most common drugs to treat alcoholism could be replaced by taking a simple dietary supplement: calcium.
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Wow. More evidence of how important diet is to recovery.
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Global Drug Survey 2014 (Aus)

Global Drug Survey 2014 (Aus) | Alcohol & other drug issues in the media | Scoop.it
How much do Australians pay for a gram of cocaine? Which are the most enjoyable drugs to take ... and the least? Has anyone told you in the past year that you have a drinking problem?
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More promotion of the Fairfax partnership which saw good Aus GDS participation last year.

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Victorian jails smoke free in 2015

Victorian jails smoke free in 2015 | Alcohol & other drug issues in the media | Scoop.it
From July 2015 smoking will be banned in Victorian prisons, the state government has announced.
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Precinct liquor accord ‘needed now’ (NSW)

Precinct liquor accord ‘needed now’ (NSW) | Alcohol & other drug issues in the media | Scoop.it
Campaigners for tougher alcohol-sales restrictions in Byron Bay have called for the town's voluntary liquor accord to be abolished and replaced by tighter conditions on all venues.
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Target neurons 'to fight addiction' (USA)

TARGETING a specific group of neurons in the brain could help people quit smoking, say scientists.
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Follow up to yesterday's post refering to brain stimulation.

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Drug fucking the weekend away (UK)

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They stand accused of destroying lives, and some say they’re destroying the gay scene. Stuart Haggas looks at the truths and consequences of drugs like crystal meth, G and mephedrone.

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A frank look at the impacts of methamphetamines and synthetics on the gay scene.

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Recreational ritalin as 'risky' as methamphetamine (NZ)

Recreational ritalin as 'risky' as methamphetamine (NZ) | Alcohol & other drug issues in the media | Scoop.it
Students using Ritalin as a party stimulant need to be aware of the risks, an expert says.
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Alcohol is not a solution in which we should expect problems to dissolve (Ireland)

Alcohol is not a solution in which we  should expect problems to dissolve (Ireland) | Alcohol & other drug issues in the media | Scoop.it
Opinion: We can learn much from the accounts of people who have survived attempts to kill themselves
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Britain faces a liver disease 'epidemic'

Britain faces a liver disease 'epidemic' | Alcohol & other drug issues in the media | Scoop.it
Peter Hetherington: As rates of cirrhosis rise sharply in younger people, the government faces renewed calls for alcohol controls
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Mexican and Colombian drug lords look to make a killing on our suburban streets (Aus)

Mexican and Colombian drug lords look to make a killing on our suburban streets (Aus) | Alcohol & other drug issues in the media | Scoop.it
A KILOGRAM of cocaine bought wholesale in Colombia will set a drug dealer back $US2438 ($2446). In Mexico it will cost $US12,000; across the border in the US, $US32,000.
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4000 face alcohol bans (NT)

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It will be interesting to see if there any distinctions between how these orders are applied to Aboriginal and non-Aboriginal Territorians.

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