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Alprazolam and heroin related deaths (Vic)

Alprazolam and heroin related deaths (Vic) | Alcohol & other drug issues in the media | Scoop.it

A powerful anti-anxiety drug has been involved in a rising number of heroin-related deaths (HRDs) in Victoria in recent years, according to new research.

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Fears rising over hazards of marijuana substitutes (ACT)

Fears rising over hazards of marijuana substitutes (ACT) | Alcohol & other drug issues in the media | Scoop.it
Products sold as marijuana substitutes and reviewed by teenage customers as giving a 25-minute-long ''eight out of 10'' high continue to be sold in Canberra stores.
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Hospital slams AHA for 'denial' of alcohol problems (NSW)

Hospital slams AHA for 'denial' of alcohol problems (NSW) | Alcohol & other drug issues in the media | Scoop.it
A BIG Sydney hospital has accused the Australian Hotels Association of misleading the public and mocking emergency staff by persistently denying the severity of alcohol-fuelled violence.
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The nurse will see you now – sharing patient care in general practice (Aus)

The nurse will see you now – sharing patient care in general practice (Aus) | Alcohol & other drug issues in the media | Scoop.it
With Australia’s population growing, living longer, and experiencing more disease and disability, there’s no doubt demand for health services will increase. But how are we going to pay for it?
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China parades prisoners before execution

China parades prisoners before execution | Alcohol & other drug issues in the media | Scoop.it
During a two-hour television broadcast that was part morality play, part propaganda tour de force, the Chinese government sent four foreign drug traffickers to their deaths.
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Port Adelaide acts on sports crime threat by appointing integrity officer (Aus)

Port Adelaide acts on sports crime threat by appointing integrity officer (Aus) | Alcohol & other drug issues in the media | Scoop.it
PORT Adelaide is the first AFL club to react to the drug crisis in Australian sport by declaring a minimal-tolerance policy at Alberton.
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Australian experts back British call for ad ban to curb alcohol harm

Australian experts back British call for ad ban to curb alcohol harm | Alcohol & other drug issues in the media | Scoop.it
Radical steps are needed to stem the rise in alcohol-related death and injury, according to a strategy plan.
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Ice ice baby: record seizure won't freeze crystal meth market (Aus)

Ice ice baby: record seizure won't freeze crystal meth market (Aus) | Alcohol & other drug issues in the media | Scoop.it
Yesterday’s record 585 kg crystal methamphetamine seizure made headlines, but then so do many others. Was this one big enough to deserve special attention?
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Electronic cigarettes gaining awareness, use (USA)

Increased awareness and use of electronic cigarettes in the U.S. outlined in a study released Thursday highlights the need for government regulation and evaluation, the head of the Centers for Disease ...
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Future Fund gives the flick to tobacco shares (Aus)

The Future Fund will drop tobacco producers from its investment portfolio.
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Fear, stigma and prejudice limit pharmacy methadone delivery (Aus)

Fear, stigma and prejudice limit pharmacy methadone delivery (Aus) | Alcohol & other drug issues in the media | Scoop.it
Fear of the impact on existing customers is one of the key reasons that 60 per cent of community pharmacies in Australia do not provide opioid substitution treatment (OST) services, new research reveals.
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Adelaide Uni criminologist David Caruso warns of rising drugs use

Adelaide Uni criminologist David Caruso warns of rising drugs use | Alcohol & other drug issues in the media | Scoop.it
THOUSANDS more people are being caught using, possessing, producing and trading illicit drugs compared with five years ago.
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Drinkers are kidding themselves: study (UK)

Drinkers are kidding themselves: study (UK) | Alcohol & other drug issues in the media | Scoop.it
TRUTH and alcohol may not mix, particularly when people are asked how much they drink.
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New party wants drug decriminalisation (Aus)

A NEW political party hopes to put the issue of drug decriminalisation on the agenda at the upcoming federal election.
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Cannabis linked to heart attack, stroke (USA/NZ)

Cannabis use may also double the stroke risk in young adults, besides being linked with heart attack and emphysema, a progressive lung disease causing shortness of breath, says a new study.
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MildGreen Initiative's comment, March 6, 2013 1:22 AM
Cool, now we will finally be able to troll the hospital wards and actually find some of these people. That is of course after you have waded through the alcohol and tobacco 'burden', where had they smoked pot all that time they would probably have gone onto their death beds at 92 'dying of nuttin much'. Infact contrary to the research saying how they have managed to find a deficit from pot, using the science of small numbers, I would press these same researchers to show us the dead people... shiow us the health burden, exactly which ward(s) are they in... because, I've looked. I've asked, and I have found nothing to substatiate the claims made here. They just dont seem to be found? Why is that? They vapourise, they vanish, they diguise themselves as alcoholics? nah? alcoholics arent poly drug users, they are to moral to do illegal stuff like that surely?
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Battle against booze culture (WA)

Battle against booze culture (WA) | Alcohol & other drug issues in the media | Scoop.it
More prominent West Australians have backed Fiona Stanley’s call for tougher laws and a change in attitude to stamp out WA’s growing culture of heavy drinking and alcohol-fuelled violence.
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Marijuana-friendly Colorado has a sensible debate about the problem of establishing THC blood-level limits.

Marijuana-friendly Colorado has a sensible debate about the problem of establishing THC blood-level limits. | Alcohol & other drug issues in the media | Scoop.it
Since it legalized pot, the state has been wrestling with how to regulate the drug — and drugged driving.

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Julian Buchanan's curator insight, March 3, 2013 2:14 PM

Driving intoxicated and impaired is wrong and irresponsibile, but there has been too much over simplistic thinking and scare tactics that make important debate in this area difficult. For example, having a substance in your system doesn't necessarily provide evidence of intoxication or impairement. Another example of the complexity is how can the police (in some areas) recommend Red Bull for tired drivers then stop and arrest drivers for traces of 'other' stimulant drugs? Some drugs like cannabis can be detected over a month later. A calm, carefully considered and non-emotive debate based upon science and evidence is needed - instead of moral panic and punitive populism.

MildGreen Initiative's curator insight, March 4, 2013 4:04 PM

Unintended consequence, displaced alcohol harm?

 

Are we measuring "what happens" before we make a law that, by all accounts provides a net benefit for cheaper than all the  coercive, enforced and health, law and other biopsychosocial deficits required for 'alcohol prevention'.

 

Do the Policy Impact Statement and measure from there.policy 'adjustments'  where evidence informs debate.'

 

 / Blair

 

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Frank memoir explores the cost of our drinking culture (Aus)

Frank memoir explores the cost of our drinking culture (Aus) | Alcohol & other drug issues in the media | Scoop.it
SCOTTISH-BORN journalist Jill Stark was a health reporter with a blind spot: despite writing about Australia's binge-drinking culture for The Age newspaper, she would regularly drink to excess, as she'd done since her teens.
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GHB tops drug visits to hospitals with most patients coming from private residences and licensed venues (Vic)

GHB tops drug visits to hospitals with most patients coming from private residences and licensed venues (Vic) | Alcohol & other drug issues in the media | Scoop.it
RECREATIONAL drug users who end up in hospital are more likely to be picked up from homes, clubs and pubs than dance parties and music festivals.
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Fifty arrested for drugs at festival (Vic)

The great majority were issued with cautions or referred to diversion program's.

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Growing number of young people taken into care (Aus)

Growing number of young people taken into care (Aus) | Alcohol & other drug issues in the media | Scoop.it
Australia's biggest survey of young people in care has revealed that growing numbers of children are being taken into government protection due to neglect and abuse.
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Pacific health officials discuss plain packaging of cigarettes

Plain cigarette packaging laws could soon be a reality for the Pacific.
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Phone tip-off led to nation's biggest drug haul

Phone tip-off led to nation's biggest drug haul | Alcohol & other drug issues in the media | Scoop.it
A SINGLE phone call to police from an anonymous source triggered a five-month investigation that netted Australia's largest recorded ice seizure - more than half a tonne, worth an estimated $438 million.
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Crime on the rise in Victoria

Crime on the rise in Victoria | Alcohol & other drug issues in the media | Scoop.it
Crime in Victoria increased in 2012, with conspicuous growth in drug offences, according to the latest police statistics.
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Explainer: foetal alcohol spectrum disorders (Aus)

Explainer: foetal alcohol spectrum disorders (Aus) | Alcohol & other drug issues in the media | Scoop.it
The debate about alcohol’s harms is seemingly endless: the role of alcohol in violence, unplanned sex, injury and motor vehicle accidents, the teen binge-drinking epidemic, the risks of cancer and liver…...
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Paige Gervaise's curator insight, March 18, 2013 4:18 PM

alchohol can cause unwanted pregnencies