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Overdose Awareness Day 2013: Siblings (Vic)

Overdose Awareness Day 2013: Siblings (Vic) | Alcohol & other drug issues in the media | Scoop.it
It’s Overdose Awareness Day today. That means it’s been a year since I wrote the post on my brother’s overdose. I want to stop and say thank you to everyone who contacted me after that was published. I received a much bigger response than I could have anticipated and it was all so kind. It was really appreciated. 
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Another great reflection on the individual, family and community impacts of overdose by Kat Daley.

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The ice in their veins (Vic)

The ice in their veins (Vic) | Alcohol & other drug issues in the media | Scoop.it
Use of methamphetamine, or ice, has reached crisis point in Victoria, especially in regional and Aboriginal communities which are paying the price of addiction.
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Crystal meth linked to violent crime (Vic)

Crystal meth linked to violent crime (Vic) | Alcohol & other drug issues in the media | Scoop.it
A SURGE in vicious attacks, including killings, linked to the drug ice has alarmed Victoria's police and judiciary.
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Billions of greenbacks could go to pot (USA)

Billions of greenbacks could go to pot (USA) | Alcohol & other drug issues in the media | Scoop.it
America's state-based legal marijuana industries operate outside of federal law, but Washington chooses to turn a blind eye. That lack of regulation places billions of dollars at risk of a dot.com style blow-up.
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Push to trial use of ecstasy in Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder treatment (Aus)

Push to trial use of ecstasy in Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder treatment (Aus) | Alcohol & other drug issues in the media | Scoop.it
A retired Army Major is calling for a medical trial using ecstasy in the treatment of Australian troops and emergency workers with Post Traumatic Syndrome Disorder (PTSD).
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Increasing liquor controls not the real solution (ACT)

Increasing liquor controls not the real solution (ACT) | Alcohol & other drug issues in the media | Scoop.it
It is about time the police were held accountable, writes Tony Brown.
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Byron United pushes for CCTV (NSW)

Byron United pushes for CCTV (NSW) | Alcohol & other drug issues in the media | Scoop.it
BYRON United is calling for Byron Shire Council to set up an independent taskforce to assess the feasibility of CCTV on the streets of Byron Bay.
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Australian Sex Party calls for drug, tax reform at campaign launch

Australian Sex Party calls for drug, tax reform at campaign launch | Alcohol & other drug issues in the media | Scoop.it
THE Australian Sex Party has launched its election bid at a Melbourne penthouse bar, unveiling a range of Greens, Liberal and Labor novelty condoms and announcing policies including legalising and taxing cannabis, and taxing churches.
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Ice use devastating rural Victoria

Ice use devastating rural Victoria | Alcohol & other drug issues in the media | Scoop.it
Rampant methamphetamine use is devastating regional Victorian towns and some of Melbourne's outer suburbs, with senior police describing the drug as the most harmful they have seen and health workers reporting that children as young as 12 are being...
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Heroin tops list of problem drugs: study (Aus)

An Australian study has found cannabis is the most-used illegal drug worldwide, but more than half of drug deaths in 2010 were caused by opioids.
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Sugar-coated drugs target Thai kids

Sugar-coated drugs target Thai kids | Alcohol & other drug issues in the media | Scoop.it
DRUG traffickers have created chocolate and strawberry-flavoured methamphetamines to attract the youth market in Thailand.
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Are these the 'alcopops' of the illicit industry?

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Aussies burdened by depression and alcohol

Mental illness and substance abuse cause more disability in Australia than any issue apart from musculoskeletal diseases.
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Caffeine is riskier and less 'useful' than you may think (UK)

We regularly publish articles about consumption of caffeine by young people. Recent research suggests that younger people drinking more than the equivalent of four cups of coffee per day risk dying earlier from all causes. Peter Rogers, from Bristol University, also suggests that our bodies become tolerant to wakefulness.

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See also this on the risks associated with being a 'night owl': http://sco.lt/4sGx97

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vince tracy's curator insight, August 29, 2013 6:00 AM

..interesting...

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Life-saving treatment to reduce overdose deaths (Vic)

A Victorian Coalition Government initiative will help reverse potentially fatal drug overdoses through the administration of a life-saving medication, Minister for Mental Health Mary Wooldridge announced today. Ms Wooldridge said that the Coalition Government is providing $200,000 to Anex to run the Community Overdose Prevention and Education (COPE) project over the next two years.
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Study finds North Korea hit by methamphetamine drug epidemic

North Korea has been hit by an epidemic of methamphetamine use, according to a new study based on interviews with North Koreans who defected to the South.
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New hospital staffing, running costs questioned (NT)

New hospital staffing, running costs questioned (NT) | Alcohol & other drug issues in the media | Scoop.it
A Northern Territory doctor has questioned whether the Territory Government will be able to staff a new hospital at Palmerston.
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Should illegal drugs be used in PTSD treatment? (Aus)

Should illegal drugs be used in PTSD treatment? (Aus) | Alcohol & other drug issues in the media | Scoop.it
War veterans are pushing for a trial of drugs like MDMA and LSD in the treatment of Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder amid warnings of a dramatic rise in the number of veterans suffering from the condition.
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Corrective Services Minister declares war on drugs (WA)

Corrective Services Minister declares war on drugs (WA) | Alcohol & other drug issues in the media | Scoop.it
Only a day after guards called for his sacking, Corrective Services Minister Joe Francis has declared war on drugs in prison.
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Depictions of alcohol use in songs popular among youth overwhelmingly positive (USA)

Four alcohol brands-Patron tequila, Hennessy cognac, Grey Goose vodka, and Jack Daniel's whiskey-accounted for more than half of alcohol brand mentions in the songs that mentioned alcohol use in Billboard's most popular song lists in 2009, 2010 and...
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Byron council moves on alcohol (NSW)

Byron council moves on alcohol (NSW) | Alcohol & other drug issues in the media | Scoop.it
COMMUNITY group Last Drinks at 12 had a win in Byron Council yesterday with the meeting adopting a number of resolutions to curb alcohol-related violence.
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Young women who drink alcohol daily face higher risk of breast cancer (USA)

YOUNG women who drink alcohol every day may be raising significantly their risk of developing breast cancer, according to US research.
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Bangkok Clear: a campaign of prejudice against the marginalized community

BMA's Bangkok Clear campaign is a self-righteous attempts to clean the streets of the mega city of undesirables.
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Zashnain Zainal's take on the latest example of a city 'cleaning up' before a major international event.

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Study highlights Australian drug habit

Study highlights Australian drug habit | Alcohol & other drug issues in the media | Scoop.it
AUSTRALIA has one of the world's most serious drug problems, according to a major international study on the health burden caused by amphetamines, cocaine, cannabis and opioids.
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Prescribing Heroin to Save Lives (USA)

When it comes to addiction, every option should be on the table. That's just common sense. Anything that works, or shows great promise, however we feel about it, must at least be discussed -- seriously and carefully.
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Ash's comment, September 1, 2013 10:19 PM
Firstly, there's no need to be sorry for me. I wanted to be on that script for all that time. Fought tooth and nail for it. Now I'm in a different frame of mind I can see how it might not have been the best use of those years but then the attitude is that it's my choice, don't force anyone to do anything they don't want to do. I was a heroin user, I wanted to use heroin. Thing is, the 'norm' in alcohol treatment is for a detox. That's not the norm in heroin treatment. People are encouraged to 'stabilise'. Over a period of months usually. That's not the same with alcohol or even diazepam. I'm not just blowing off steam here, I'm genuinely interested in your opinion because I've yet to hear an answer to this question that explains the disparity to me.
Julian Buchanan's comment, September 2, 2013 6:38 AM
My answer is the one I posted earlier - there should be no difference. The norm should be client/patient led determining what they are ready/able wanting to do.
Tom Gilbert's comment, September 5, 2013 11:07 AM
Hi Ash, sounds like you are now doing well, congrats. I'm pleased you lived through your period of heroin addiction & suspect that your prescription may have helped. I lost my best friend in the USA to sepsis. He was getting his life together, helped by buprenorphine, but still suffered cravings for heroin. He 'fell off the wagon' just twice in many months, but the illicit heroin was filthy, the route of ingestion was injection, and he died in hospital some time (weeks?) after the last dose, a casualty of the drug war IMHO. I still miss Mark dearly. I therefore think others should have the chance you were given.
Pure opiate drugs, safely administered, cause no (credible) known damage to the body beyond constipation. However opiate addicts have usually endured circumstances resulting from addiction under prohibition, often incidents in themselves sufficient to cause PTSD. For example prostitution and associated rape may be repeated over many years. The shame of being unable to stop oneself hurting others in order to afford the prices charged by the illicit market can lead to lower self-esteem and a reduced barrier to the next destructive action. A period of stabilisation with pure, extremely cheap opiate(s) can help resolve such issues. In any case this allows a user to separate themselves from exposure to often violent and dangerous criminals, to learn to manage their money and start building a life. Many remain in full time employment.

Alcohol is already legal, cheap and available just about everywhere. Alcoholics have their own demons to deal with and I know little about the subject so don't want to offend. Suffice to say that it is apparently the drug itself that causes the terrible side effects that go along with alcoholism. When a drug is so very destructive in itself (alcohol, tobacco-delivered nicotine, cocaine, meth) I can see why carers want to try and help the patient to stop as soon as possible. Even in this case, however, the best treatment is one that WORKS.
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NSW High School students drinking less, eating better

A landmark study into the nutrition, physical activity and alcohol consumption trends of NSW high school students was released today by the Minister for Mental Health and Minister for Healthy Lifestyles, Kevin Humphries.
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