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Action needed on Drink Safe (Qld)

Action needed on Drink Safe (Qld) | Alcohol & other drug issues in the media | Scoop.it
THE Queensland Audit Office's damning report on the Drink Safe Precincts trial gives the Newman Government plenty of ammunition for attacking the Bligh administration's reputation.
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Courier Mail editorial on the Drink Safe Precincts initiative.

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150 problem drinkers barred from pubs and clubs (WA)

150 problem drinkers barred from pubs and clubs (WA) | Alcohol & other drug issues in the media | Scoop.it
Almost 150 orders banning people from all pubs and clubs for up to five years have been issued in WA, new figures reveal.
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Heavy Drinking and Smoking Linked to Early Brain Aging (USA)

Heavy Drinking and Smoking Linked to Early Brain Aging (USA) | Alcohol & other drug issues in the media | Scoop.it
New research suggests chronic smoking, excessive alcohol consumption, and increasing age are all associated with increased oxidative damage to brain
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Revisiting the ‘Crack Babies’ Epidemic That Was Not (USA)

Revisiting the ‘Crack Babies’ Epidemic That Was Not (USA) | Alcohol & other drug issues in the media | Scoop.it
This Retro Report video lays out how limited scientific studies in the 1980s led to predictions that a generation of children would be damaged for life. Those predictions turned out to be wrong.
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Alarm at rise of cheap new crystal meth variant (Ireland)

Alarm at rise of cheap new crystal meth variant (Ireland) | Alcohol & other drug issues in the media | Scoop.it
A deadly new drug, dubbed “cocaine of the poor”, which burns the internal organs of users and has a cheap street value, has alarmed health authorities in Greece.
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Multi-buy ban 'cuts alcohol sales' (Scotland)

Multi-buy ban 'cuts alcohol sales' (Scotland) | Alcohol & other drug issues in the media | Scoop.it
The amount of alcohol sold in Scottish shops has fallen by 2.6% in the year since multi-buy promotions were banned, research suggests.
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Record drug haul as steroids and hormones flood the market (Aus)

Record drug haul as steroids and hormones flood the market (Aus) | Alcohol & other drug issues in the media | Scoop.it
Steroids and hormones are flooding into Australia compared to a decade ago and detections of amphetamines and ecstasy at the border increased by more than 50 per cent in a year, the annual report card of drug seizures has found.
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P-platers less able to cope with tiredness (Aus)

YOUNG P-platers are less able to cope with tiredness than older drivers and even a little sleep deprivation can cause a crash, according to an Australian study.
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Push for P-plates until 25 (Vic)

Push for P-plates until 25 (Vic) | Alcohol & other drug issues in the media | Scoop.it
Forcing young drivers to remain on probationary licences until the age of 25 would cut Victoria's road toll, says the state's top traffic police officer.
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Christian Kyriakou's comment, May 21, 2013 7:09 AM
Having P-plates till your 25 and reducing or clearing the Blood Alcohol Reading will result in very little road deaths. I think this is a good idea as people, particularly men in their late 20's are the main cause in road deaths. Having their P-plates till their 25 will increase their decision making and sensibility on the roads
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Injecting Rooms: Have we progressed since the 1970’s (UK)

As the debate heats up in Brighton over the introduction of injecting rooms it is worth reflecting that this contentious discussion has taken place over the last 40 years.  At its heart is the conc...
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The 'unhealthy' drinking culture of MPs isn't a private matter - it also impacts on public policy (UK)

The 'unhealthy' drinking culture of MPs isn't a private matter - it also impacts on public policy (UK) | Alcohol & other drug issues in the media | Scoop.it
Alcohol Concern’s survey of MPs, which showed that a quarter of parliamentarians believe that there is an unhealthy drinking culture in parliament, has received widespread coverage in today’s media, but there is a bigger story behind the headlines.
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Europe and the US should heed Latin America on drugs

Observer editorial: It's time to engage with Latin America and pursue alternatives to the present policy
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Renewed calls for safe injecting rooms (Vic)

Renewed calls for safe injecting rooms (Vic) | Alcohol & other drug issues in the media | Scoop.it
A three-fold increase in syringes left discarded in the city of Yarra in the last two years has prompted calls for bigger needle bins and syringe vending machines.
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‘Synthetic’ drugs legality still confuses some users (Qld)

DON’T be fooled by the labels. Synthetic cannabis-like drugs are likely to land you in as much trouble as using marijuana.
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Ketamine shows significant therapeutic benefit in people with treatment-resistant depression (USA)

Ketamine shows significant therapeutic benefit in people with treatment-resistant depression (USA) | Alcohol & other drug issues in the media | Scoop.it
Drug associated with rapid antidepressant effect in largest clinical trial to date.
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Drug Warriors and Gun Violence: The War on Drugs Fuels Violence (USA)

Drug Warriors and Gun Violence: The War on Drugs Fuels Violence (USA) | Alcohol & other drug issues in the media | Scoop.it
As bad as drugs can be, Drug Warriors are worse. They raise the stakes of the drug fight, incentivize the drug gangs and push them to greater heights of violence. When a solution becomes worse than the problem it is time to abolish the solution.
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Study shows continuing decrease in alcohol consumption (Ireland)

Study shows continuing decrease in alcohol consumption (Ireland) | Alcohol & other drug issues in the media | Scoop.it
New figures show that alcohol volumes in Ireland have dropped by 4.4% in the past 12 months.
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Time to overturn the 1971 drugs law (UK)

Time to overturn the 1971 drugs law (UK) | Alcohol & other drug issues in the media | Scoop.it

The UK government spends around £3 billion a year on its current drugs policy.  We know from research, such as the recent report from the UK Drugs Policy Commission, that the war on drugs isn’t working. 

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New front opens in Australian war on drugs

New front opens in Australian war on drugs | Alcohol & other drug issues in the media | Scoop.it
THE Australian Crime Commission has warned of a dangerous new front in the war on drugs as it revealed a record 23.8 tonnes of illicit substances, worth $5 billion, were seized by customs staff last year.
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23 tonnes of drugs worth $5 billion seized across Australia in 2011-12

The Australian Crime Commission's (ACC) annual illicit drug data report shows drug purity is on the rise and Australia is a target.
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EU's alcohol strategy needs further push, MEPs say

EU's alcohol strategy needs further push, MEPs say | Alcohol & other drug issues in the media | Scoop.it
Europeans are the heaviest drinkers in the world and in some EU member
states, such as Luxembourg and the Czech Republic, the alcohol consumption is
2.5 times more than what an average person in the world drinks.
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Americas Coalition Puts Marijuana Legalization Up for Discussion

A report released by the Organization of American States encouraged “flexibility” in how the drug war is carried out, including considering the legalization of marijuana.
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MPs admit to unhealthy drinking culture in Parliament, new survey reveals (UK)

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Breaking the taboo about drugs

In an open letter, former Latin American leaders call for legal regulation to help undermine organised crime 

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