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Psychiatric patients given smoking-cessation treatment less likely to be rehospitalized (Canada)

Psychiatric patients given smoking-cessation treatment less likely to be rehospitalized (Canada) | Alcohol & other drug issues in the media | Scoop.it
Patients who participated in a smoking-cessation program during hospitalization for mental illness were able to quit smoking and were less likely to be hospitalized again for their psychiatric conditions, according to a new study led by a Stanford...
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Medical cannabis needed 'as soon as possible' (Ireland)

Medical cannabis needed 'as soon as possible' (Ireland) | Alcohol & other drug issues in the media | Scoop.it
MS Ireland says people are ‘extremely frustrated and tired’ of waiting for the legalisation of medicinal cannabis
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Kyrgyz 'alcohol pipeline' discovered

Border officials in Kyrgyzstan say they have found an underwater pipeline used to smuggle alcohol into the country from neighbouring Kazakhstan.
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Russia: gay relationships like drug or alcohol abuse, says sports minister – video

Russia: gay relationships like drug or alcohol abuse, says sports minister – video | Alcohol & other drug issues in the media | Scoop.it
Russia's sports minister, Vitaly Mutko, likens 'non-traditional sexual relationships' to drug and alcohol abuse, at a World Athletics Championships press conference on Sunday
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Good grief.

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How Peru became the cocaine capital of the world

How Peru became the cocaine capital of the world | Alcohol & other drug issues in the media | Scoop.it
It is at least conceivable that when a sniffer dog approached the two young women at Lima’s Jorge Chavez International Airport last week, their fear was tinged with relief.
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HIV Drug Resistance found in PNG (audio)

There's evidence that HIV in Papua New Guinea is becoming drug resistant.
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DrinkSavvy: how your straw could help you stay safe (UK)

DrinkSavvy: how your straw could help you stay safe (UK) | Alcohol & other drug issues in the media | Scoop.it
New drinkware changes color and pattern in the presence of common 'date-rape' drugs GHB, ketamine, or Rohypnol
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As in any discussion of drink spiking, it's important to remember that the drug most commonly used in such cases is alcohol.

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Young binge drinkers may be on the road to heart disease (USA)

Young binge drinkers may be on the road to heart disease
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Councillors refuse drug testing (Qld)

TWEED councillors have refused to sit random drug and alcohol tests despite expecting the shire's employees to undergo screening at work. | goldcoast.com.au
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Heroin Use Rises with Stricter Regulation of Prescription Pain Medication (USA)

Heroin Use Rises with Stricter Regulation of Prescription Pain Medication (USA) | Alcohol & other drug issues in the media | Scoop.it
In the last few years,prescription pain medication has received a lot of attention due to the high abuse and addiction rates associated with them. As a result, opiate based pain pills have been muc...
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Police Union calls for more funding for mental health (Qld)

Police Union calls for more funding for mental health (Qld) | Alcohol & other drug issues in the media | Scoop.it
FRUSTRATED police have warned that dangerous mental health patients are being let into the community too early and have called for an urgent funding increase for the sector.
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Melissa Jardine's curator insight, August 19, 2013 4:07 AM

Always police picking up the pieces when health services are underfunded.

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More Koori women end up in prison (Vic)

More Koori women end up in prison (Vic) | Alcohol & other drug issues in the media | Scoop.it
Koori women have become the fastest growing segment of Victoria's prison population, a new report from the state's human rights commission has revealed.
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Australian boffins brew up a hydrating beer

Australian boffins brew up a hydrating beer | Alcohol & other drug issues in the media | Scoop.it
Quenching a hard earned thirst with a big cold beer just got better for you - thanks to the work of some clever Queensland scientists.
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Wonder who could be funding this 'research'?

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North Carolina: Drug Testing for Welfare Aid Vetoed

Gov. Pat McCrory vetoed a measure on Thursday that would have imposed a drug-testing mandate on some welfare applicants.
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Many heavy drinkers believe they drink only 'socially', expert claims (Ireland)

Many heavy drinkers believe they drink only 'socially', expert claims (Ireland) | Alcohol & other drug issues in the media | Scoop.it
Many people who consider themselves social drinkers are in fact heavy drinkers, one of Ireland's alcohol policy experts has claimed.
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Drug addiction in Iran: The other religion

THE Islamic Republic has always had its addicts. Its long border with Afghanistan, the world’s biggest opium producer, and the Islamic stigma against drinking alcohol mean that opium and its derivatives are cheap, strong and readily available.

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Drug smuggling: folly of youth or the most heinous crime? (UK)

Drug smuggling: folly of youth or the most heinous crime? (UK) | Alcohol & other drug issues in the media | Scoop.it
Caught with heroin, Sandra Gregory has a cautionary tale of the emotional impact of imprisonment abroad, writes Zoe Williams
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Thinking Allowed, Drug users and enforcement; 'Militant' Liverpool (UK)

Thinking Allowed, Drug users and enforcement; 'Militant' Liverpool (UK) | Alcohol & other drug issues in the media | Scoop.it
Laurie Taylor considers the impact of drug enforcement operations.
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`Suitcase drug labs' keep cops on run (Qld)

`Suitcase drug labs' keep cops on run (Qld) | Alcohol & other drug issues in the media | Scoop.it
MINI drug labs small enough to fit inside suitcases are being set up in high-end, inner-city Gold Coast hotels to feed an illicit substance epidemic. | goldcoast.com.au
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Why the asylum problem is like the drug problem (Aus)

Why the asylum problem is like the drug problem (Aus) | Alcohol & other drug issues in the media | Scoop.it
What does Australia’s handling of asylum seekers have
in common with our approach to illicit drugs? Quite a lot, writes
Desmond Manderson, who argues we
should abandon the zero tolerance approach and focus on harm reduction.
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Interim ban on synthetic drugs extended (Qld)

AN interim national ban on synthetic drugs has been extended as the government works to implement a permanent prohibition.
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Seven reasons why life is better with booze (Aus)

Seven reasons why life is better with booze (Aus) | Alcohol & other drug issues in the media | Scoop.it
I WAS shy, a social wallflower and then I discovered bars.
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Toungue in cheek response to previous article.

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Seven reasons life is better without booze (Aus)

Seven reasons life is better without booze (Aus) | Alcohol & other drug issues in the media | Scoop.it
I WAS the consummate party girl for 20 years before I finally realised that alcohol was taking more than it was giving.
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Coalition call: butt out on grog (NT)

A COALITION election candidate has urged outsiders to stop "dictating" alcohol rules for indigenous communities, after being asked to support the reintroduction of full-strength beer and takeaway alcohol sales on the Tiwi Islands.
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Police hand out munchies to pot smokers (USA)

Police hand out munchies to pot smokers (USA) | Alcohol & other drug issues in the media | Scoop.it
Seattle: They're calling it Operation Orange Fingers. Really.
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Nice to see police showing some creativity. Here's their 'Marijwhatnow' site: http://spdblotter.seattle.gov/2012/11/09/marijwhatnow-a-guide-to-legal-marijuana-use-in-seattle/

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