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Alcohol and drugs fuelling disturbing level of domestic violence in Northern Territory

Alcohol and drugs fuelling disturbing level of domestic violence in Northern Territory | Alcohol & other drug issues in the media | Scoop.it
A Senate Committee has heard that Indigenous women are 20 times more likely to be victims of domestic violence than non-Indigenous women. Alcohol is behind the majority of reported cases of domestic abuse in the Northern Territory, while an increasing number of cases involve the use of methamphetamine. Those on the ground say the solution lies in changing attitudes to violence in the Territory.
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Highlighting the need for more, not less, support services for affected family members. See also our earlier post with comments on the impacts of Federal funding cuts to services and the Territory's mandatory rehab scheme: http://sco.lt/8YXSsb. 

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Domestic Violence Urban 2015's curator insight, April 21, 2015 3:46 PM

Here, we see how sexism, racism, culture, and alcoholism can play into domestic violence. The article states that "indigenous women are 20 times more likely to be victims of domestic violence than non-Indigenous women." Women who do not originate from the Northern Territory are at a far less risk of domestic violence; I have the personal opinion that this phenomenon revolves around culture and learned culture. 

The Northern Territory Police department states that the "police officers deal with over 18,000 domestic violence incidents every year. And in so many instances, our officers arrive to find women that have been repeatedly punched, kicked, smashed with rocks, sticks and (inaudible) pickets." The women in the Northern Territory are evidently the majority of the victims of domestic violence, as men and children are not mentioned in the article. 

An interesting statistic given is that 66% of domestic violence assaults include the use of alcohol.

-Natalie

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Man gets sharp shock after discovery in Sunshine (Vic)

Man gets sharp shock after discovery in Sunshine (Vic) | Alcohol & other drug issues in the media | Scoop.it
A CONCERNED parent has warned residents to be vigilant after he found a syringe dumped on a nature strip in a Sunshine street.
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There's not much of a story here: An inappropriately discarded syringe was found. Council was notified and promptly collected it. But well done to the Brimbank Leader for avoiding the misleading hysteria that usually forms the basis for these sort of articles.  Here's what we've said on this previously: http://www.regen.org.au/media-releases/345-sunburyneedlestick

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Drug law reform group backs introduction of medical cannabis in the ACT

Public hearings considering the use of marijuana for medical purposes will begin on Thursday, as a leading drug law reform advocacy group called for the ACT to become the first jurisdiction to establish a legal scheme.
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Drink like the Japanese

Drink like the Japanese | Alcohol & other drug issues in the media | Scoop.it
If you want to do business with our second-biggest trading partner, you need to first learn a few rules.
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A reminder that Australia isn't the only country with a problematic relationship with alcohol.

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Inside the Chinese village that supplies meth to the world

Inside the Chinese village that supplies meth to the world | Alcohol & other drug issues in the media | Scoop.it
AUSTRALIA is awash with methamphetamine — and it’s likely coming from a relatively small district in the south of China.
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What’s happening to funding for drug and alcohol interventions locally? (UK)

What’s happening to funding for drug and alcohol interventions locally? (UK) | Alcohol & other drug issues in the media | Scoop.it

Roberta Silva is a Policy and Public Affairs Intern working at DrugScope.  She is currently working on a project looking into local government funding allocations for substance misuse services.  This is the first of a series of occasional posts from Roberta, to update you on the progress of this work.  

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Medical marijuana bill introduced in US

Medical marijuana bill introduced in US | Alcohol & other drug issues in the media | Scoop.it
US senators have introduced comprehensive legislation on medical marijuana to Congress.
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Federal legislation to reduced the tension between Federal and State cannabis policies.

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WA inquest examines prescription drug use

WA inquest examines prescription drug use | Alcohol & other drug issues in the media | Scoop.it
The deaths of three men from prescription drugs has prompted the West Australian coroner to examine how doctors and pharmacists supply opioids to patients.
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'In her opening address on Monday, counsel assisting the coroner Kate Ellson said that in 2013, prescription medications contributed to 75 per cent of the 116 recorded fatal overdoses in WA, while illicit drugs contributed to 46.6 per cent.'

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Good start on ice policy but so much more to do (Vic)

Premier Daniel Andrews has honoured his pledge to act swiftly and introduce measures to reduce the terrible and often tragic harm being caused in Victoria by the increasing use of crystal methamphetamine.
ReGenUC's insight:

Nice editorial from Sunday's Age, citing the need to avoid simplistic responses to complex problems and the need for greater investment in treatment and support services for people affected by methamphetamine use.  See also our related post from Saturday on the Dandenong Drug Court: http://sco.lt/59m5wn

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Disposable syringe industry market can help in curing 21 million hepatitis B infections around the world

Disposable syringe industry market can help in curing 21 million hepatitis B infections around the world | Alcohol & other drug issues in the media | Scoop.it
Disposable Syringe Industry Market Research Report
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Clinical study launched to evaluate effectiveness of new HCV therapy in Washington, D.C.

Officials from the National Institutes of Health and the city of Washington, D.C., launched a clinical trial to examine whether primary care physicians and other health care providers, such as nurse practitioners and physician assistants, can use a new antiviral therapy as effectively as specialist physicians to treat people with hepatitis C virus (HCV) infection.
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Outback housing body says NSW Govt's drug crimes crackdown 'wrongly diagnoses communities'

Outback housing body says NSW Govt's drug crimes crackdown 'wrongly diagnoses communities' | Alcohol & other drug issues in the media | Scoop.it
A far west housing organisation says more support services, not a tougher housing penalty system, is needed to tackle drug-related crime.
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We've spoken before about this sort of approach and the damage that can be done by imposing simplistic, inflexible responses to behaviour that occurs across a wide spectrum e.g. from sharing drugs with a friend to industrial level trafficking: http://www.regen.org.au/media-releases/107-media-release-moreland-hall-urges-caution-in-targeting-of-public-housing-drug-dealers 

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The Dandenong drug court that wants to do more (Vic)

The Dandenong drug court that wants to do more (Vic) | Alcohol & other drug issues in the media | Scoop.it
Spring sunshine licks Steve's worn face as he stands near a vegetable garden in Dandenong. He has been addicted to heroin for more than 20 years, and has used drugs since he was 10.
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We'd suggest some tweaking of the language used, but this is a nice piece by Nino Bucci, Tammy Mills & Jane Lee on the impact of the drug court on people's lives and the importance of the model being expanded to other locations.

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NT family violence in the spotlight

NORTHERN Territory politician Bess Price grew up in Lajamanu, an Aboriginal community where family violence was a part of daily life.
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Senator Nova Peris highlights the impact of Federal funding cuts to treatment services on alcohol-related family violence. Law Society's Megan Lawton comments on the problematic NT mandatory rehab program.

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Scientology rehab centre plan back on agenda despite fierce local opposition (NSW)

Scientology rehab centre plan back on agenda despite fierce local opposition (NSW) | Alcohol & other drug issues in the media | Scoop.it
PLANS to build a drug and alcohol rehabilitation centre at Yarramalong by an offshoot arm of the Church of Scientology are back on the drawing board.
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See related coverage of a proposal to establish a Narconon centre in Warburton in Victoria: http://sco.lt/8WsmIr 

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How alcohol intake can change over a lifetime (UK)

How alcohol intake can change over a lifetime (UK) | Alcohol & other drug issues in the media | Scoop.it

"Binge drinking peaks at 25 … but by middle age he's drinking daily," the Mail Online reports. In what has been described as the first of its kind, a new study has tried to track the average adult drinking pattern over the course of a lifespan.

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NHS choices reviews some interesting research on UK drinking patterns.

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The UK needs Safe Injection Facilities

In the run-down Tradeston district, just south of Glasgow City Centre on the other side of the River Clyde, is one of the City’s needle exchanges. The needle
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Standardised Packaging: Tobacco industry claims for compensatioin 'blown out of the water' (UK)

On the day MPs are debating the Regulations prior to a vote, a Legal Opinion has been published which concludes that standardised (“plain”) packaging of cigarettes and other tobacco products is compatible with European law, and compensation would therefore NOT be due the tobacco industry.

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Naturally-occurring protein in the brain can curb binge alcohol drinking (USA)

A new study led by University of North Carolina School of Medicine researchers has found that a naturally-occurring protein in the brain can act to suppress binge alcohol drinking, a major public health problem estimated to cost the U.S. more than $170 billion each year.
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Ireland rushes through new law after inadvertently legalising ecstasy

Ireland rushes through new law after inadvertently legalising ecstasy | Alcohol & other drug issues in the media | Scoop.it
Ireland is rushing emergency legislation through parliament to make the possession of several drugs including ecstasy illegal after a court ruled that the law controlling their use was unconstitutional.
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Following the overturning of a conviction for possession of synthetics.

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Australia seeks help abroad in ice battle - audio

Australia seeks help abroad in ice battle - audio | Alcohol & other drug issues in the media | Scoop.it
The Federal Government has shared Australia's experience and asked for international help in the war against the drug ice.
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Coverage of Asst Minister Nash's trip to the UN CND meeting: http://www.unodc.org/unodc/en/commissions/CND/session/58_Session_2015/CND-58-Session_Index.html.

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The number of teetotallers is rising, with young people leading the way (Qld)

The number of teetotallers is rising, with young people leading the way (Qld) | Alcohol & other drug issues in the media | Scoop.it
AUSTRALIA is experiencing the rise of the teetotaller.
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Citing NDSHS data and QADREC's Jake Najman.

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Caffeine Powder Death: Teaspoon Serving Equal To 25 Cups Of Coffee, Amazon Still Sells Anhydrous Pills Amid Lawsuit (USA)

While many people enjoy the jolt that a morning cup of java can bring, they may not realize that there are dangerous new products on the market — called
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New study finds that fetus exposed to tobacco smoke faces diabetes risk in adulthood (USA)

A fetus exposed to tobacco smoke may be at increased risk for diabetes in adulthood, a new study of adult daughters finds.
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Fatal attraction to synthetic cannabis is an unnatural high (Vic)

Fatal attraction to synthetic cannabis is an unnatural high (Vic) | Alcohol & other drug issues in the media | Scoop.it
If someone came along with cannabis-like product that mimicked pot, was borderline legal, and wouldn't be detected on drug tests it would be too good to be true.
That's right – it is too good to be true.
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This is a little overblown, but does provide a useful reminder of some of the risks associated with the use of legal highs and other emerging synthetics.

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