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Forgot your password? Just take a pill (USA)

Forgot your password? Just take a pill (USA) | Alcohol & other drug issues in the media | Scoop.it
Having trouble remembering all your passwords? Motorola may have the solution.
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A simple request: Evidence based alcohol policy – not partisan politics (NT)

Many thanks to Dr John Boffa, PAAC spokesperson, and Bob Durnan, PAAC member and community development worker, for this piece on one of the Northern Territories most challenging health issues.
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Synthetic drug ban recommended (NSW)

Synthetic drug ban recommended (NSW) | Alcohol & other drug issues in the media | Scoop.it
SYNTHETIC cannabis and other ‘‘fake’’ drugs will be banned under fair trading laws, police given simplified  powers to seize them and retailers fined up to $220,000 if a NSW parliamentary committee’s recommendations are adopted.
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Not legal, not safe (Vic)

Not legal, not safe (Vic) | Alcohol & other drug issues in the media | Scoop.it

Victoria Police are working on ways to enforce new legislation introduced late last year that bans the possession or supply of synthetic cannabinoids.

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Recreational drug control a world first (NZ)

Recreational drug control a world first (NZ) | Alcohol & other drug issues in the media | Scoop.it
New Zealand once prided itself on being a social laboratory for advances in public welfare. Within a few months it will become a laboratory in every sense: for the approval of new
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MildGreen Initiative's comment, June 3, 2013 7:13 PM
Hardly revolutionary... it is likely to be a quagmire of regulatory idiosyncracies struggling on a failed drug by drug model in direct contravention of the highly indicated holistic ALL drug model of our National Drug Policy review (that sees pharmacology independant of legal status). Such is the lobbying power of the drugs we drink industry.
ReGenUC's comment, June 3, 2013 8:00 PM
Yep, it will be interesting to see how it plays out and what impact (assuming it has one) on patterns of use of other drugs.
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Growing crystal meth use blurs drug-hungry Afghanistan's future

Growing crystal meth use blurs drug-hungry Afghanistan's future | Alcohol & other drug issues in the media | Scoop.it
KABUL (Reuters) - Impoverished Afghanistan, already plagued by insurgency and struggling to contain crippling rates of opium addiction, faces another potential headache with spiraling usage of the synthetic drug crystal methamphetamine .
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Industrial-scale cannabis factories ‘changing face of drug trade’ (Ireland)

Industrial-scale cannabis factories are driving a massive shift in the trade across Europe, including Ireland, the EU drugs agency has said.
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Fishy figures (UK)

Fishy figures (UK) | Alcohol & other drug issues in the media | Scoop.it
Professor David Nutt writes to the Times to make a point about the importance of survey design. As you can see he is pointing out that the way that the study that was reported recruited participant...
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France considers electronic cigarette ban in public places

France considers electronic cigarette ban in public places | Alcohol & other drug issues in the media | Scoop.it
Medical experts recommend e-cigarettes should be subject to the same restrictions as tobacco smoking
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Heart Foundation says Qld Government earns 'dirty ashtray' award for tobacco industry investment - ABC News (Australian Broadcasting Corporation)

Heart Foundation says Qld Government earns 'dirty ashtray' award for tobacco industry investment - ABC News (Australian Broadcasting Corporation) | Alcohol & other drug issues in the media | Scoop.it
The Heart Foundation has accused the Queensland Government of slashing funds for smoking prevention campaigns while investing in the tobacco industry through a state corporation.
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Global Commission on Drugs warns of miscalculation over Hep C epidemic

Global Drug Policy Commissioner and a former President of Switzerland Ruth Dreifuss warns that the war on drugs is driving a global epidemic in hepatitis C and that the worlds leaders are grossly
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Pledge to reduce violence (Vic)

Licensed venues in Traralgon's nightclub district have formalised their joint commitment to help curb alcohol-fuelled violence
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AMA wants nursing homes to free up hospital beds (NT)

AMA wants nursing homes to free up hospital beds (NT) | Alcohol & other drug issues in the media | Scoop.it
The Australian Medical Association says waiting times at Royal Darwin Hospital are being exacerbated by patients waiting for nursing home places to become available.
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Canadian health care workers put on alert after 23 fentanyl-related deaths in four months

Canadian health care workers put on alert after 23 fentanyl-related deaths in four months | Alcohol & other drug issues in the media | Scoop.it
A dramatic spike in the number of overdose deaths in B.C. related to the drug fentanyl is causing alarm because users may be mistaking it for either heroin or other street drugs.
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Needle exchange programs report dramatic increase in steroid use in Queensland

Needle exchange programs report dramatic increase in steroid use in Queensland | Alcohol & other drug issues in the media | Scoop.it
Queensland syringe exchange programs say more clients are using steroids than drugs such as amphetamine and heroin, especially on the Gold Coast.
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Scullion defends compulsory alcohol rehab scheme (NT)

Scullion defends compulsory alcohol rehab scheme (NT) | Alcohol & other drug issues in the media | Scoop.it
Federal Opposition Indigenous affairs spokesman Senator Nigel Scullion has lashed out at critics of the Northern Territory Government's proposed mandatory alcohol rehabilitation laws.
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Number of dangerous pubs falls (NSW)

Number of dangerous pubs falls (NSW) | Alcohol & other drug issues in the media | Scoop.it
THE number of pubs and clubs listed as "violent venues" has fallen to its lowest level since the scheme began in 2008.Sixteen licensed premises are named as "violent". The Ivy in Sydney's CBD is the only venue listed in the "most violent" category.
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The most embarrassing graph in American drug policy

The most embarrassing graph in American drug policy | Alcohol & other drug issues in the media | Scoop.it
Fighting illicit drugs is all about raising the price people have to pay to get them. So why do they keep getting cheaper?
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Prohibition-era logic not the answer to drug abuse (Ireland)

Prohibition-era logic not the answer to drug abuse (Ireland) | Alcohol & other drug issues in the media | Scoop.it
Opinion: There is no single, simple solution to the complex problem of addiction
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Poll: Would you support the setting-up of injecting centres for drug addicts? (Ireland)

Poll: Would you support the setting-up of injecting centres for drug addicts? (Ireland) | Alcohol & other drug issues in the media | Scoop.it
A report published today has said these centres can address the dangers related to on-street injection but do you support his idea?
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Tobacco harm reduction and e-cigarettes: setting a unified research agenda (UK)

Recent discussions about an endgame for tobacco have built on a sense that we in the tobacco control (TC) movement know where we are going. The consistent application of evidence based strategies, from adbans to tax increases, was, it seemed, driving an inevitable progression towards a smoke-free world; the only question was ‘when would the prevalence line cross the X axis?’

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Rise in legal highs is fuelled by drug prohibition (UK)

Rise in legal highs is fuelled by drug prohibition (UK) | Alcohol & other drug issues in the media | Scoop.it
Mike Power: Stand-ins for drugs such as MDMA and cannabis are on the rise, while lack of quality control of all street drugs puts users at risk
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Popping pills could lead to higher risk of heart attack (UK)

Popping pills could lead to higher risk of heart attack (UK) | Alcohol & other drug issues in the media | Scoop.it
SOME of the most commonly used painkillers can increase long-term users' heart-attack risk by more than a third, an in-depth study has shown.
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Tougher venues code (SA) - video

Tougher venues code (SA) - video | Alcohol & other drug issues in the media | Scoop.it
New rules for licensed venues in SA, aimed at curbing alcohol-fuelled violence, are to take effect from October.
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Crackdown on rogue clubs and pubs if new laws are approved (SA)

Crackdown on rogue clubs and pubs if new laws are approved (SA) | Alcohol & other drug issues in the media | Scoop.it
THE Liquor Licensing Commissioner will have greater powers to take action against "rogue" pubs and clubs, and drunken troublemakers will face heavier penalties, if new laws are approved.
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