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Abuse of lighter fluid 'is killing record numbers' (UK)

Abuse of lighter fluid 'is killing record numbers' (UK) | Alcohol & other drug issues in the media | Scoop.it
Mother of victim Candy-Marie Ward calls for action as report finds butane is now the most dangerous 'legal high'
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Outfoxed by online criminal networks

Outfoxed by online criminal networks | Alcohol & other drug issues in the media | Scoop.it
ORGANISED crime has never been more powerful or more pervasive, with police struggling to keep up with a new era of criminals using new technology to cover their tracks.
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Spike in bizarre behaviour blamed on dirty ecstasy batch in Adelaide

Spike in bizarre behaviour blamed on dirty ecstasy batch in Adelaide | Alcohol & other drug issues in the media | Scoop.it
Authorities think a dirty batch of ecstasy led to a spike in violent and bizarre behaviour in Adelaide.
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Palm Island mayor admits sly-grogging (Qld)

The mayor of Palm Island, who has spoken out against alcohol restrictions in indigenous communities, has pleaded guilty to sly-grogging.
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Voting for an alcohol harm minimisation policy (Aus)

Voting for an alcohol harm minimisation policy (Aus) | Alcohol & other drug issues in the media | Scoop.it

The majority of Australians would like to see more measures in place to reduce harm from alcohol with almost two-thirds supporting measures to restrict late trading and to introduce guidelines on alcohol labels. Almost 73% of people believe alcohol advertising on TV should be limited.

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When an addict is a star, not a junkie (Vic)

Words are weapons - which is why name-calling still retains pride of place in a bully's arsenal.
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Chris Middendorp considers the stigmatisation of people who use AOD in the context of the Cory Monteith case.
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NGO sounds alarm on rising hepatitis deaths in Asia

NGO sounds alarm on rising hepatitis deaths in Asia | Alcohol & other drug issues in the media | Scoop.it
A Singapore-based group fighting the spread of viral hepatitis called for greater political will to combat the disease, as new data showed it killed one person every 30 seconds in Asia
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Why Aren’t Women at Home in the World of Weed? (USA)

Why Aren’t Women at Home in the World of Weed? (USA) | Alcohol & other drug issues in the media | Scoop.it
Many don't feel they can publicly own up to their marijuana use, even in cases where it is truly for medicinal purposes.
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Drug binges on gay scene fuelling HIV rise, says Lancet article (UK)

Drug binges on gay scene fuelling HIV rise, says Lancet article (UK) | Alcohol & other drug issues in the media | Scoop.it
Figures show rise of 21% in HIV infections among men who have sex with men in London between 2011 and 2012
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Legalising marijuana is the only way (Aus)

Legalising marijuana is the only way (Aus) | Alcohol & other drug issues in the media | Scoop.it
The latest front on the war on drugs is synthetics, Grant Wyeth explains his radical proposal to solve it — legalising marijuana.
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Providing education on harm reduction through the media (Hungary)

Providing education on harm reduction through the media (Hungary) | Alcohol & other drug issues in the media | Scoop.it

HCLU's European Drug Policy Initiative invited a group of journalists to cover the world's largest assembly on harm reduction. Find out how they covered the Harm Reduction International Conference in Vilnius.

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Council apology over misleading drugs message (UK)

WARRINGTON Borough Council has apologised for the misleading drugs
awareness campaign "It's Not Just a Joint" which suggested cannabis was stronger than heroin.
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When class A drugs become cheaper than the average pint, criminalisation has failed (UK)

When class A drugs become cheaper than the average pint, criminalisation has failed (UK) | Alcohol & other drug issues in the media | Scoop.it
It's easier for a teenager to buy dangerous drugs than alcohol. Our policymakers need to wake up and fix this
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Sydney suburbs with the biggest drug problems

FIRST ON 7: A 7News investigation has revealed some surprises about Sydney's drug abuse hot spots.
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Alcohol-free pledge to urge Aussies to make better choices

Alcohol-free pledge to urge Aussies to make better choices | Alcohol & other drug issues in the media | Scoop.it
QUEENSLAND’S battle with binge-drinking has prompted the state’s doctors to join forces with the group Hello Sunday Morning to change the culture.
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Should we start drug testing our actors? (Aus)

Whether your employer has the right to dictate what you put in your body is debatable.
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A pretty good piece from Sam de Brito.

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Steps towards eliminating hep C (Aus)

The first international guidelines for treating hepatitis C in people who inject drugs have been published.
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Push to ban alcohol ads on the field (Aus)

Push to ban alcohol ads on the field (Aus) | Alcohol & other drug issues in the media | Scoop.it
Alcohol commercials should be banned from television before 8.30pm and the alcohol industry prohibited from sponsoring sporting and cultural events under far-reaching proposals designed to curb the ''control'' of the companies.
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The Hepatitis Time Bomb, Fuelled by the War on Drugs

The Hepatitis Time Bomb, Fuelled by the War on Drugs | Alcohol & other drug issues in the media | Scoop.it
The World Health Organization (WHO) has referred to hepatitis as a "viral time bomb" that poses a major public health, economic and social threat.
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A reminder (as if we needed one) of the importance of raising awareness about viral hepatitis.
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Evans: Insite saves addicts lives and often transforms them (Canada)

Evans: Insite saves addicts lives and often transforms them (Canada) | Alcohol & other drug issues in the media | Scoop.it
In rebuttal: The consequences of addiction in our modern “civilized” society should not be death. We need to get out from under the blaming and fear and start to care about people with some wisdom and clarity.
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Does your workplace have a drinking problem? (Aus)

Does your workplace have a drinking problem? (Aus) | Alcohol & other drug issues in the media | Scoop.it
Some industries are still drinking like it's 1985.
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With info from the ADF on online treatment options.

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Research finds potential long-term effects of marijuana use in adolescence (USA)

Regular marijuana use in adolescence, but not adulthood, may permanently impair brain function and cognition, and may increase the risk of developing serious psychiatric disorders such as schizophrenia, according to a recent study from the...
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When Relapse Turns Deadly: What You Need to Know About Drug Overdose (USA)

For most people, relapse is not the end of recovery; it's another step on the journey.
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The problem with addiction and benzodiazepines (Ireland)

Irish Medical News is an independent quality weekly newspaper for doctors and health professionals working in Ireland.
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Virginia Ironside's Dilemmas: My teenage son is using ketamine and cocaine (UK)

Virginia Ironside's Dilemmas: My teenage son is using ketamine and cocaine (UK) | Alcohol & other drug issues in the media | Scoop.it
Dear Virginia,Our son is taking drugs. He’s still at school – only 17 – and he’s into ketamine and cannabis, and he often comes home completely out of it.
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