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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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Post-Cure Hep C Reinfection Is Common Among Prisoners (Spain)

Prisoners who achieve a cure for hepatitis C virus (HCV) are at high risk for reinfection, especially if they continue to inject drugs on the inside.
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Again, highlighting the importance of ongoing harm reduction efforts.

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HCV decline associated with needle and syringe programs (Aus)

There was a significant reduction in hepatitis C incidence in Australia among injection drug users who attended needle and syringe programs, according to data published in the American Journal of Public Health.

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Pregnant women can safely drink two glasses of wine and four cups of coffee a day, says author (Aus)

Pregnant women can safely drink two glasses of wine and four cups of coffee a day, says author (Aus) | Alcohol & other drug issues in the media | Scoop.it
PREGNANT women can safely drink two glasses of wine and four cups of coffee a day, according to a controversial new book.
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Really?  An economist giving health advice.  Is this just deliberately courting controversy?

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Quitters not in the hunt when smokes get all the billing (NSW)

I have been a doctor for many years and I know more than most the severe impact smoking can have on a person's health. But I have also been a smoker, and I know how hard it can be to quit.
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Interesting insight into one of the many challenges for people in regional areas trying to get access to treatment.

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System 'too soft' on drink-drivers, Transport Accident Commission study shows (Vic)

ONE in two people think the penalties for drink-driving don't go far enough, new research shows.
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Licences needed for cig sales: Greens (Aus)

Licences needed for cig sales: Greens (Aus) | Alcohol & other drug issues in the media | Scoop.it
IT'S time to get tough on the tobacco industry and issue cigarette sales licences, the NSW Greens say.
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Cannabis 'tea' grower spared jail (UK)

A man who grew a "bumper" crop of cannabis to make a herbal tea to treat his sick wife is given a suspended jail sentence.
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Uruguay’s marijuana bill could produce ripple effect across Latin America

One irony of the recent vote in Uruguay’s House of Representatives to legalize marijuana is that almost two-thirds of Uruguayans themselves oppose the measure, according to some polls.
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As haze clears, are American opinions on marijuana reaching tipping point?

As haze clears, are American opinions on marijuana reaching tipping point? | Alcohol & other drug issues in the media | Scoop.it
The question has dipped in and out of the national conversation for decades: What should the United States do about marijuana?
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Strange marijuana moment: Use among male Swiss prisoners lauded

Strange marijuana moment: Use among male Swiss prisoners lauded | Alcohol & other drug issues in the media | Scoop.it

With more open discussions of marijuana, national figures such as Doctor Sanjay Gupta admitting their rejection of cannabis was ill-founded and the war on drugs a failure, we’re seeing more and more news about marijuana … and some of it is surprising.  For instance, it turns out that in Switzerland, prison guards turn a blind eye to inmates using the drug because, well, it calms the place down.

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'Implants needed' to curb NSW drug use

EXPANDING the NSW Drug Court and trailing an implant that can break dependence on opiates will enable authorities to better help those addicted to drugs and alcohol, a new report says.
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Expanding Drug Courts: good, but Naltrexone implants?  Where is the NSW Government getting its information?

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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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Sex and Drugs and No Rock and Roll (UK)

Sex and Drugs and No Rock and Roll (UK) | Alcohol & other drug issues in the media | Scoop.it
HIV diagnoses in London last year, were up 21% on the previous year.  A staggering 1720 new cases of HIV were diagnosed in London alone which averages out at about five gay men being told every day...
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More evidence (as if we needed it) of the importance of an ongoing focus on harm reduction services. 

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North Carolina governor vetoes drug tests for some welfare seekers

North Carolina governor vetoes drug tests for some welfare seekers | Alcohol & other drug issues in the media | Scoop.it
(Reuters) - North Carolina Gov.Pat McCrory vetoed legislation on Thursday that would have required some recipients of cash welfare benefits to undergo drug screenings, calling it a financial boondoggle...
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Mandatory grog rehab gets wobbles in Top End town (NT)

Mandatory grog rehab gets wobbles in Top End town (NT) | Alcohol & other drug issues in the media | Scoop.it
The Northern Territory Opposition says the Government's mandatory alcohol rehabilitation scheme in the town of Katherine is in a state of chaos.
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Don't know that lack of referrals equates to chaos.  There are much better reasons to be critical of this policy.

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Drunks move from Surfers to Broady (Qld)

DRUNKEN violence has been pushed out of Surfers Paradise and into Broadbeach, sparking calls for serial offenders to face a ban from all Gold Coast nightclubs. | goldcoast.com.au
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Drink spiking warning in the ski fields (NSW)

Seasonal workers and visitors to the ski fields are being warned to be vigilant while socialising following a number of drink spiking incidents reported last winter.
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Ketamine Bladder and Getting High Off Metal Cleaner: Let's Talk About London's Club Drug Problem

Ketamine Bladder and Getting High Off Metal Cleaner: Let's Talk About London's Club Drug Problem | Alcohol & other drug issues in the media | Scoop.it
I interviewed Dr Owen Bowden-Jones about ketamine bladder, "cartoon vision" and the new trend for getting high off metal cleaner.
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Cellar doors for tasting, not boozing (Aus)

Cellar doors for tasting, not boozing (Aus) | Alcohol & other drug issues in the media | Scoop.it
The Winemakers Federation of Australia is urging wineries to play a bigger role in promoting the responsible service of alcohol.
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Meet The Dread Pirate Roberts, The Man Behind Booming Black Market Drug Website Silk Road (USA)

Meet The Dread Pirate Roberts, The Man Behind Booming Black Market Drug Website Silk Road (USA) | Alcohol & other drug issues in the media | Scoop.it
Increasingly sophisticated anonymity tools have created a bustling online narcotics market and everything that goes with it: turf wars, illegal guns, attacks on competitors--and one philosophyspewing, multimillionaire drug lord: the Dread Pirate...
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Why I'm Lobbying to Repeal the Federal Ban on Needle Exchange Funding (USA)

As a law enforcement professional for more than 30 years, I’ve worked with hundreds of other officers in keeping our communities safe. The courts have stated that police have a "community care-taking" function. Syringe exchange programs are one of the ways we have of promoting public health and safety, but Congress has undermined these essential programs by prohibiting use of federal funds to support them.

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Tough task of identifying the workers who abuse drugs (Wales)

Tough task of identifying the workers who abuse drugs (Wales) | Alcohol & other drug issues in the media | Scoop.it
Businesses in Wales take zero tolerance policy on substance misuse among staff but most would never enforce random drug testing
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