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How many calories are in a glass of wine? (Aus)

How many calories are in a glass of wine? (Aus) | Alcohol & other drug issues in the media | Scoop.it
Leading surgeons are lobbying to get weight loss surgery made available through the public health system. In the Medical Journal of Australia yesterday, surgeons Michael Edye and Michael Talbot claim it's the best treatment option for some.
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Jenna Price in response to last week's AMA Alcohol Summit on the need for changes to how alcohol is labelled in Aus.

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The face of addiction is not always what you think (Thailand/Aus)

The face of addiction is not always what you think (Thailand/Aus) | Alcohol & other drug issues in the media | Scoop.it
The face of addiction is sometimes unrecognisable.
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Some challenge here to the usual stereotypes, but this is esentially a long ad for The Cabin Chiang Mia, one of several that have appeared in mainstream Aus media lately.  For the record, there are plenty of FREE treatment services here in Aus.

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Indian court upholds booze ban in Kerala

Indian court upholds booze ban in Kerala | Alcohol & other drug issues in the media | Scoop.it
An Indian court has upheld a ban on alcohol served in most bars in the southern tourist spot of Kerala in a major blow to hoteliers.
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UK smart drug survey reveals student use is not as prevalent as claimed

In the first comprehensive survey of UK student use of smart drugs - those drugs thought to enhance cognitive function and performance - researchers at King’s College London and the London School of Economics (LSE) have revealed that despite anecdotal reports of high usage in UK universities, a majority of students surveyed were not aware of them or were uninterested in their use.

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A good example of the dangers of relying on anecdotal evidence as proof of the latest drug 'epidemic'.

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Lambie calls for forced detox programs for ice addicts (Aus)

Lambie calls for forced detox programs for ice addicts (Aus) | Alcohol & other drug issues in the media | Scoop.it
PUP Senator Jacqui Lambie says she wants parents to have the right to force their drug-addicted children into detoxification programs.
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As we suggested when Senator Lambie's proposal was first reported last week, it appears that Shariah law is not the only subject on which she should do some research before speaking publicly.

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Tas govt to look at drug problems

FOLLOWING media reports of an ice scourge in northwest Tasmania the state government has launched a review into illegal drug use in the region. AUTHORITIES including Tasmania Police admit there is a widespread problem with the abuse of methamphetamine, but the government has cited advice from health experts to claim there is no significant increase.

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More on the challenge for policy makers and service providers of balancing research data and community/media perceptions of methamphetamine-related harms.

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Mayors call for Abbott to reform alcohol tax (Aus)

Mayors call for Abbott to reform alcohol tax (Aus) | Alcohol & other drug issues in the media | Scoop.it
The nation's capital city mayors have asked Prime Minister Tony Abbott to reform alcohol taxation, saying young men "preloading" on cheap wine before hitting city nightspots were behind much booze-fuelled violence.
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More research, regulation needed on energy drinks: study (Europe/USA)

NEW YORK (Reuters Health) - A new review of the existing evidence suggests that energy drinks may represent a looming public health threat in Europe, especially for kids and young adults.The main health
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Chile plants cannabis for medicinal use

Chile plants cannabis for medicinal use | Alcohol & other drug issues in the media | Scoop.it

In most countries in the world, if you asked the local authorities for permission to grow 850 cannabis plants in a residential area of the capital city, you would probably end up in trouble. But in Chile, the state has just agreed to such a project.

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There Is No Ice Epidemic: A Statistical Analysis (Aus)

There Is No Ice Epidemic: A Statistical Analysis (Aus) | Alcohol & other drug issues in the media | Scoop.it
The numbers used to prove Australia is in an ice epidemic don't prove that at all.
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Nice piece by Girard Dorney. It's a tough task to challenge the hysteria around methamphetamines but acknowledge the lived experience of affected communities. See today's earlier post for an example: http://sco.lt/4gu8kj

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Change to liquor licence fees recognises small players (Vic)

Victoria's largest packaged liquor outlets will pay higher licence fees from next year, Minister for Liquor and Gaming Regulation Edward O'Donohue announced today.

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Teen binge drinking effects may last a lifetime, suggests UMass Amherst study

Binge drinking can have lasting effects on brain pathways that are still developing during adolescence, say neuroscience researcher Heather N. Richardson and her colleagues at the University of Massachusetts Amherst and Louisiana State University.
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Ice stats don’t tell real story (Vic)

Ice stats don’t tell real story (Vic) | Alcohol & other drug issues in the media | Scoop.it
THE growing rate of ice use seen in Wangaratta is not matching up with national statistics.
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Citing YoDAA's Dom Ennis.  This article highlights the potential for disconnection between research data and lived experience in regional communities. Public fora like this need to bridge this divide and provide community members with an understanding of key issues and that what they can do to respond.

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True horror story is drug prohibition, not growing ice addiction (Tas)

POLITICIANS love to whip up a crisis. It’s all part of the 24/7 news cycle that is eroding the capacity for rational dialogue in our democracy. And the latest “crisis” is ice. According to Tasmanian Green MP Cassy O’Connor, ice — a methamphetamine also known as crystal meth — “threatens to destroy multiple generations in single families”.

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By Greg Barns, citing Raimondo Bruno, Paul Dietze and others.

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WA FIFO workers fear drug tests will pick up antidepressants

WA FIFO workers fear drug tests will pick up antidepressants | Alcohol & other drug issues in the media | Scoop.it
Fly-in fly-out workers who need antidepressants aren't taking them because they fear the drugs will be detected in workplace urine tests and hurt their career, a union says.
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What About a Regulated Market For Psychoactive Substances? (Aus)

What About a Regulated Market For Psychoactive Substances? (Aus) | Alcohol & other drug issues in the media | Scoop.it
In Australia, a blanket ban on novel psychoactive substances is on the cards. Experts say that will drive producers underground.
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Citing the Australian Sex Party's Nick Wallis.

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Illicit drug use, tourism contribute to elevated HIV/AIDS risk in the Dominican Republic

The Caribbean has the second highest global human immunodeficiency virus (HIV) prevalence in the world outside of Sub-Saharan Africa, with HIV/AIDS as leading cause of death among people aged 20–59 years within the region. Particularly hard-hit are the Dominican Republic (DR) and Haiti, on the island of Hispaniola, accounting for approximately 70% of all people living with HIV in the Caribbean region.
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Truth of ice, alcohol use

ALCOHOL leads to most late-night ambulance callouts in Wangaratta.

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Brief report on the ADF's community forum in Wangaratta.

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The Guardian view on drugs policy: time for the politicians to study the evidence (UK)

The Guardian view on drugs policy: time for the politicians to study the evidence (UK) | Alcohol & other drug issues in the media | Scoop.it
Editorial: The Home Office’s new study shows being tough on drugs has no effect on drug use, only on its costs
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More on the response to the Home Office report. The report is here: http://sco.lt/7Oc0xN

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malek's comment, October 30, 2014 7:40 PM
When a PM insists a policy is working! ..you know
Dana Hoffman's comment, October 30, 2014 7:47 PM
Lol! ... I have always said that the fascination that our country has for trying young children as adults is as about as effective as the war on drugs......so maybe there's a slight glimpse of hope.... :-)
Ziggi Ivan Santini's curator insight, October 31, 2014 5:37 AM

Being tough on drugs has no effect on drug use, only on its costs.

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Drug report highlights concerns for ice use in state’s North and South (Tas)

AN interim Health Department review into the use of the drug ice in Tasmania’s North West has found that while consumption of the purest form of methamphetamine in the region is on the rise, not only does it fall short of being considered an epidemic but that the drug actually presents more of a problem in the state’s south and north.

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Another example of the headline not matching the data on methamphetamine use.

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Medical marijuana: as profitable as Apple stores, but only for high rollers (USA)

Medical marijuana: as profitable as Apple stores, but only for high rollers (USA) | Alcohol & other drug issues in the media | Scoop.it
From limited licenses to a $2m bond, New York’s medical marijuana law is riddled with barriers for small cannabis growers
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Punitive drug law enforcement failing, says Home Office study (UK)

Punitive drug law enforcement failing, says Home Office study (UK) | Alcohol & other drug issues in the media | Scoop.it
UK government study finds no evidence that harsh sentencing curbs illegal use and documents success of Portugal’s decriminalisation
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More on the Home Office report. See it here: http://sco.lt/7Oc0xN 

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Eleven countries studied, one inescapable conclusion – the drug laws don’t work (UK)

Eleven countries studied, one inescapable conclusion – the drug laws don’t work (UK) | Alcohol & other drug issues in the media | Scoop.it
Eight month study shows legalisation policies do not result in wider use, and the US should be watched with interest
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Important data to inform drug policy debates around the world.

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Alcohol the mother of unemployment

Alcohol the mother of unemployment | Alcohol & other drug issues in the media | Scoop.it

UMS who drink while pregnant could be consigning their child to a lifetime of unemployment and dependency an Australian Medical Association conference on alcohol has heard.

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More coverage from this week's AMA alcohol summit, citing Prof Elizabeth Eliot on FASD.

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Mobile HIV tests launched across Qld

Mobile HIV tests launched across Qld | Alcohol & other drug issues in the media | Scoop.it
In an Australian first, a 20-minute rapid HIV testing program is to travel around Queensland in mobile vans.
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