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Death toll rises as prescription drug abuse grows | theage.com.au

Death toll rises as prescription drug abuse grows | theage.com.au | Alcohol & other drug issues in the media | Scoop.it
More people are dying from abusing prescription drugs, which are being misused at historic rates and increasingly for recreational purposes.
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Police hit with 661 criminal charges (Vic)

Police hit with 661 criminal charges (Vic) | Alcohol & other drug issues in the media | Scoop.it
Victorian police officers have been charged more than 600 times with criminal offences including drug trafficking, rape and possession and production of child pornography since 2006.
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The hidden problem of middle-class drinking (Aus)

The hidden problem of middle-class drinking (Aus) | Alcohol & other drug issues in the media | Scoop.it
A largely invisible group of professional Australians are drinking excessively, new research finds.
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The respectable drug-taker (Aus)

The respectable drug-taker (Aus) | Alcohol & other drug issues in the media | Scoop.it
Every day Simon gets up at 5.30am to do yoga. Afterwards he heads to his full-time job at a university. Sometimes, he throws in some volunteer work as well.
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Coverage of Global Drug Survey's Australian findings

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Almost 150,000 people convicted for drug-related crimes in Russia - drug control chief

Thousands of people have been convicted for drug-related crimes in Russia, Director of the Russian Federal Drug Control Service, Viktor Ivanov, said in an interview with Rossiyskaya Gazeta newspaper published on Monday...
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Claim of 200k 'addicts' per year detected in nightclubs. Wonder what their criteria for addiction are?

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'Preloading' drunks cause concern in West End (SA)

'Preloading' drunks cause concern in West End (SA) | Alcohol & other drug issues in the media | Scoop.it
"PRELOADING" on alcohol should be targeted in a State Government eduction campaign, says the Adelaide West End Association.
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Rules for online drug sales (Japan)

The government panel tasked with recommending regulations reform has decided to give top priority in its discussions to the sale of nonprescription drugs over the Internet, along with such issues ...
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Cigarette Companies Sidestep 'Light' Ban With Colored Packaging: 'A Long History Of Deception' (USA)

Words like "light" can't appear in cigarette marketing, but two Harvard researchers say the message is getting through via color-coded packages.
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Council fuels call to switch to Opal (Qld)

MOUNT Isa’s Deputy Mayor Brett Peterson is leading a push for the city to use opal fuel in a bid to combat youth substance use.
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Summit plea to cut the grog toll (NSW)

THE availability, price and promotion of alcohol should be reined in to tackle the chronic binge-drinking and violent culture that exists across NSW, experts say.
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thomas chadrawy1's curator insight, May 20, 2013 7:49 AM

I strongly agree with some of the points mentioned in the article and think this is one of the best ways to crack down on alchol related violence, especially on a domestic scale. I understand that restiction and added pice and taxes and such, has its flaws, but i belive this is the most effective way to cut to the heart of the problem. 

 

Especially as the article stated that. "Every NSW cop's operational focus is now on alcohol-related crime, which takes up half of all police work." This is an alarming fact as a simple aspect such as binge drinking is taking up such a major part of police work when there resources could be much better allocated to tackling the major problems of society. 

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Late-night Sydney lockout 'not the answer'

Alcohol-related violence and hospitalisations have risen because NSW governments have failed to implement evidence based policies, a report says.
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Colorado's Marijuana Task Force Releases Anticipated Report

Colorado's Marijuana Task Force Releases Anticipated Report | Alcohol & other drug issues in the media | Scoop.it
Colorado's Marijuana Task Force issued its final recommendations for how the state ought to implement Amendment 64, though the actual regulations will be made by state lawmakers.
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Alcohol stance will win mixed reviews (UK)

Alcohol stance will win mixed reviews (UK) | Alcohol & other drug issues in the media | Scoop.it
A failure to agree a minimum pricing scheme for alcohol may not please doctors - but might win votes.
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Legal drugs might represent a quick fix but dependency proves hard to swallow | theage.com.au

Legal drugs might represent a quick fix but dependency proves hard to swallow | theage.com.au | Alcohol & other drug issues in the media | Scoop.it
The silent generation - those who came before the baby boomers - we're a stoic bunch who resisted taking drugs to treat even the worst ailments.
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More coverages of Global Drud Survey's Aus findings
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'Psychonauts' and mystery white powder (Aus) - video

'Psychonauts' and mystery white powder (Aus) - video | Alcohol & other drug issues in the media | Scoop.it
The average Australian drug user wouldn't warrant a second glance in the street, according to Adam Winstock of the Global Drug Survey.
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Fairfax interview with Adam challenging common stereotypes about people who use drugs.

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'I associated drinking with having a good time' (Aus)

When Jessie started experimenting with alcohol as a teenager, there was no indication it would tear her life apart.
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The Global Drug Survey - Australian findings

The Global Drug Survey - Australian findings | Alcohol & other drug issues in the media | Scoop.it
The Survey proves that Australians are drinking like fish, with alcohol taking out the top spot as the most commonly used drug.
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Three cheers for the possibility of sensible alcohol policy (Aus)

Three cheers for the possibility of sensible alcohol policy (Aus) | Alcohol & other drug issues in the media | Scoop.it
Many Australians believe that there isn’t much we can do about our dangerous levels of alcohol consumption.
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Wisconsin binge drinkers are taxpayer burden (USA)

Wis. binge drinkers are taxpayer burden
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Young smoking less, more overweight (Aus)

Young smoking less, more overweight (Aus) | Alcohol & other drug issues in the media | Scoop.it
A new portrait of young Australians shows they are better educated and smoking less but are increasingly overweight, using illicit drugs and drinking at risky levels.
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Wasted Lives: Getting to the heart of drug use (Qld)

Wasted Lives: Getting to the heart of drug use (Qld) | Alcohol & other drug issues in the media | Scoop.it
It can start in the schoolyard, behind the toilets.
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Top Sydney cop slams grog shop numbers (NSW)

A top Sydney cop says the almost limitless quantity of alcohol available beyond pubs and clubs is a challenge for police.
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Crackdown on cruise-ship crimes (Aus)

Crackdown on cruise-ship crimes (Aus) | Alcohol & other drug issues in the media | Scoop.it
NEW guidelines need to be introduced for Australia's fast-growing cruise industry to ensure crimes at sea are properly investigated, a parliamentary inquiry has heard.
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'All this damage, from just one punch,' the heartbreaking letter for James Macready-Bryan (Vic)

'All this damage, from just one punch,' the heartbreaking letter for James Macready-Bryan (Vic) | Alcohol & other drug issues in the media | Scoop.it
IN October 2006, 20-year-old James Macready-Bryan was out celebrating his twentieth birthday in Melbourne when he found himself in an altercation.
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Minimum alcohol price still in balance as Cameron fudges his booze pledge (UK)

Minimum alcohol price still in balance as Cameron fudges his booze pledge (UK) | Alcohol & other drug issues in the media | Scoop.it
Prime minister tells Commons he wants to curb amount of cheap booze but will not explicitly promise unit price change
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