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United Nations: Criminal Sanctions for Drug Use Are "Not Beneficial"

United Nations: Criminal Sanctions for Drug Use Are "Not Beneficial" | Alcohol & other drug issues in the media | Scoop.it

UN Joins American Public Health Association, International Red Cross, Organization of American States, NAACP, Human Rights Watch, National Latino Congreso, Global Commission on Drug Policy, and Drug Policy Alliance in Discouraging Criminalization of Drug Use. Drug Decriminalization Rapidly Emerging as Consensus Goal of Drug Policy, Public Safety and Health Stakeholders

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Kings Cross club owners look outside CBD to avoid lockout laws (NSW)

Kings Cross club owners look outside CBD to avoid lockout laws (NSW) | Alcohol & other drug issues in the media | Scoop.it
KINGS Cross club owners are moving to Double Bay in a bid to avoid the state government’s new lockout laws.
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The worst things you can say to someone in recovery from addiction (USA)

The worst things you can say to someone in recovery from addiction (USA) | Alcohol & other drug issues in the media | Scoop.it
WHAT do you think the worst things you can say to someone in recovery from an addiction are?
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Pretty lazy coverage of HuffPost's recent #addictionchat Tweet Chat.  There's also a regular US-based chat using the same hashtag every Thursday lunchtime (Aus eastern time) which is worth a look.

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New Hope Recovery's curator insight, October 23, 2014 12:07 PM

Many of these comments would be eliminated if people understood that addiction is a disease.

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The demon within (Aus)

The demon within (Aus) | Alcohol & other drug issues in the media | Scoop.it
Smoking put me on the road to nowhere, writes Rhys Muldoon, so it's time to turn around.
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Legal High Myths (UK)

Legal High Myths (UK) | Alcohol & other drug issues in the media | Scoop.it
Mentor is a national charity that stops alcohol and drugs from ruining young lives. We help schools, parents and local groups to protect our children
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Including some useful tips for parents.

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The Drug Czar's Office Is Taking Ideas From the Drug Policy Reform Movement (USA)

While it is truly great to see ONDCP trying to help prevent overdoses, they're still missing the big picture -- the criminalization of drug use is what's predominantly driving the harms associated with drug use....
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Cannabis policy in the Netherlands: moving forwards not backwards

Misunderstandings and misreporting of actual and proposed changes to Dutch cannabis policy in 2011 have led some opponents of cannabis reform to suggest the country is retreating from its longstanding and pragmatic policy of tolerating the possession, use and sale of cannabis.

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Uruguay prepares to start world's first government-run marijuana business

Uruguay prepares to start world's first government-run marijuana business | Alcohol & other drug issues in the media | Scoop.it
Cult icon President Jose Mujica says he will start growing cloned plants in December to sell at $US1 per gram.
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Fiona Nash's decision to axe drug and alcohol adviser has cost $1 million (Aus)

Fiona Nash's decision to axe drug and alcohol adviser has cost $1 million (Aus) | Alcohol & other drug issues in the media | Scoop.it
The government has paid nearly a million dollars to cover its sudden axing of Australia's peak drug and alcohol body, documents reveal.
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...but the $1.3-$1.6 million to keep it going was too expensive...

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Communities can't stop binge drinking on their own, says new study (Aus)

Communities can't stop binge drinking on their own, says new study (Aus) | Alcohol & other drug issues in the media | Scoop.it
Community action and education campaigns fail to curb binge drinking, assaults and serious alcohol-related harm, an Australian-first study has found.
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More coverage of the NDARC study.

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South Australian police warning of killer designer drug 25i-NBOME or 'wizard' after man was admitted to hospital

South Australian police warning of killer designer drug 25i-NBOME or 'wizard' after man was admitted to hospital | Alcohol & other drug issues in the media | Scoop.it
POLICE are warning the public about the designer drug 25i-NBOMe or 'wizard' which can cause death with a single dose.
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Children, 11, taking crystal meth (Germany)

Children, 11, taking crystal meth (Germany) | Alcohol & other drug issues in the media | Scoop.it
UPDATE: School pupils as young as 11 are taking crystal meth, according to a study commissioned by Germany's health ministry published this week.
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Rise in street dealers in Maastricht following 'pot tourism' crackdown

Rise in street dealers in Maastricht following 'pot tourism' crackdown | Alcohol & other drug issues in the media | Scoop.it
The Netherlands banned anyone who didn't live in the country from buying marijuana at coffee shops but locals say dealers have since returned to the streets.
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Tough jail time for coward punchers is bad policy (NSW)

Tough jail time for coward punchers is bad policy (NSW) | Alcohol & other drug issues in the media | Scoop.it
WHILE the debate over late-night lockouts rages on, the other aspect of the new one-punch laws — harsh mandatory sentences — seems to have settled in with little resistance.
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Syringes for teens outrage (Tas)

Syringes for teens outrage (Tas) | Alcohol & other drug issues in the media | Scoop.it
A  GLENORCHY mother is concerned that syringes are freely available to children at a Hobart youth centre.
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The usual stuff: an overblown headline, one cranky community member and a fabricated crisis.  It sounds like the NSP was doing its job.  It's interesting to note Ms Jones recognises the role of NSPs in reducing BBV transmission.

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Alcohol and property crime to be targeted by new Stonnington superintendent (Vic)

Alcohol and property crime to be targeted by new Stonnington superintendent (Vic) | Alcohol & other drug issues in the media | Scoop.it
ALCOHOL-related crime and property thefts are sitting at the top of the hit list for Stonnington’s new superintendent.
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Drug firms call for poppyfield expansion to feed painkiller demand (Tas)

Drug firms call for poppyfield expansion to feed painkiller demand (Tas) | Alcohol & other drug issues in the media | Scoop.it
Tasmania fights end of exclusivity for key element of local economy despite pressure from big pharma
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Cannabis still the most detected drug in workplace testing NZ)

Cannabis still the most detected drug in workplace testing NZ) | Alcohol & other drug issues in the media | Scoop.it
More than 70% of all positive tests showed cannabis had been used.
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Holder Endorses Proposal to Reduce Drug Sentences (USA)

Holder Endorses Proposal to Reduce Drug Sentences (USA) | Alcohol & other drug issues in the media | Scoop.it
Testifying on Thursday before the commission that sets sentencing guidelines, Attorney General Eric H. Holder Jr. criticized what he called an “overreliance on incarceration.”
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Has the future of headshops gone up in smoke? (UK)

Has the future of headshops gone up in smoke? (UK) | Alcohol & other drug issues in the media | Scoop.it
Emine Saner: A Leeds shop owner has been found guilty of supplying objects used in the preparation of controlled drugs, so does this spell the end of similar stores?
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Failed by officialdom, Rosie's life locked up (WA)

Failed by officialdom, Rosie's life locked up (WA) | Alcohol & other drug issues in the media | Scoop.it
ROSEANNE Fulton has been alive only 24 years and already represents one of the worst cases of systemic Aboriginal abuse in modern Australian history, trapped in a West Australian jail despite being mentally unfit to plead for minor crimes, her adult guardian says.
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If you can't get through the paywall, here's the video of last night's Lateline story on a woman with FASD indefinitely detained without charge: http://mpegmedia.abc.net.au/news/lateline/video/201403/LATs_Rosie2_1203_512k.mp4

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New cure for hepatitis C excites doctors (Aus/NZ)

MORE than 200,000 people in Australia and New Zealand will soon be cured of hepatitis C, thanks to new drugs that have sparked excitement among liver specialists.
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Life-saving program to cure drug and alcohol addicts under scrutiny (NSW)

Life-saving program to cure drug and alcohol addicts under scrutiny (NSW) | Alcohol & other drug issues in the media | Scoop.it
Inside a small brick building in St Leonards, scores of people have been kept against their will - desperate, often close to death and, according to authorities, unable to think for themselves.
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Pity about the highly stigmatising language in this piece about Fred Nile's proposal to increase the number of people forced into treatment, the range of people who can force them and the length of time they can be forced.

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Julian Buchanan's curator insight, March 12, 2014 6:55 PM

Is this the new war on illegal drugs transformation  - using medicalisation of addiction to control and punish?

 

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Several states pursue creative strategies to link drug testing to welfare to after judge struck down (USA)

Several states pursue creative strategies to link drug testing to welfare to after judge struck down (USA) | Alcohol & other drug issues in the media | Scoop.it
From written tests designed to flag drug users to singling out people with recent drug convictions, state lawmakers across the country are pursuing novel strategies to deny welfare benefits to drug users without running afoul of a recent federal court ruling.
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Drug rehab centres hit by social welfare cuts (Ireland)

Drug rehab centres hit by social welfare cuts (Ireland) | Alcohol & other drug issues in the media | Scoop.it
Budgetary cuts are undermining rehabilitation projects which offer a “lifeline to drug users, their families, and communities”.
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