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‘Faces of Drug Arrests’ may not face real truth about drug abuse (USA)

‘Faces of Drug Arrests’ may not face real truth about drug abuse (USA) | Alcohol & other drug issues in the media | Scoop.it
Most of the addicts I treat for cocaine dependence and oxycodone dependence and marijuana dependence and alcohol dependence don’t look anything like the folks in these mug shots.
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Nice piece on the new 'More than Meth' campaign.  See more on this here (http://sco.lt/6Uh9yj) and here (http://sco.lt/8hdH3h).

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Banned Drinker Register under parliamentary inquiry microscope (NT)

Banned Drinker Register under parliamentary inquiry microscope (NT) | Alcohol & other drug issues in the media | Scoop.it
A parliamentary inquiry into the harmful use of alcohol in Aboriginal communities will be presented with new evidence on the effectiveness of the Northern Territory's Banned Drinker Register.
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Heroin on NHS and shooting galleries rejected by Government (Scotland)

Heroin on NHS and shooting galleries rejected by Government (Scotland) | Alcohol & other drug issues in the media | Scoop.it
THE Scottish Government has rejected calls from its own advisers to set up
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Unfortunately, the Scottish Govt are by no means on their own in their rejection of evidence based drug policy measures.  Our position on Medically Supervised Injecting Centres (or consumption rooms) is here: http://www.regen.org.au/advocacy

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Rise in 'meth mouth' among drug users (SA)

Health experts in Adelaide say they've seen a rise in the number of people with dental problems caused by using methamphetamine.  Meth users can have severe oral issues, including the grinding of teeth and tooth decay, particularly in teens and young adults.

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Why There Is Reason for Hope in the Battle Against Alcohol Abuse (UK)

Why There Is Reason for Hope in the Battle Against Alcohol Abuse (UK) | Alcohol & other drug issues in the media | Scoop.it
To achieve a sustainable change in attitude towards alcohol consumption, brewers need to also address this challenge by using their brands to promote moderate drinking behaviour - consumers relate to brands and are often fiercely loyal to them, so that is where we need to take this battle.
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By the CEO of Heineken.

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How has the smoking ban impacted on health of nations (Europe)

How has the smoking ban impacted on health of nations (Europe) | Alcohol & other drug issues in the media | Scoop.it

At midnight on 29 March 2004, the Republic of Ireland became the first country in the world to ban smoking in the workplace. It was one of the first moves in a global trend.

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Australian pharmacies prepare to stock a new version of OxyContin that is impossible to abuse (Aus)

Australian pharmacies prepare to stock a new version of OxyContin that is impossible to abuse (Aus) | Alcohol & other drug issues in the media | Scoop.it
AN addict-proof version a widely abused prescription pain killer is expected to save taxpayers millions of dollars and see pharmacies raided by drug addicts when it is introduced on Tuesday.
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Some pretty stigmatising language (and lazy stereotyping) here. It's unfortunate that this article perpetuates the myth that the only people engaged in problematic use of OxyContin are those who inject it.

Let's see how long the 'impossible to abuse' claims last.

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Assaults may be down but alcohol still a major cause of visits to the emergency department (NSW)

Assaults may be down but alcohol still a major cause of visits to the emergency department (NSW) | Alcohol & other drug issues in the media | Scoop.it
SO much better but still many injuries and fractures.
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Gordian Fulde keeps the recent drops in alcohol related assaults in perspective.

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Increase in deadly designer drugs ordered online (Tas)

Increase in deadly designer drugs ordered online (Tas) | Alcohol & other drug issues in the media | Scoop.it
A RISE in a new wave of illicit psychoactive party drugs, purchased over the internet from Asia and imported into Tasmania though the mail, has drug experts warning that users are putting their lives at risk.
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Tasmanian treatment services now starting to see synthtics-related presentations.

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Drinks attack way over the top (Tas)

Drinks attack way over the top (Tas) | Alcohol & other drug issues in the media | Scoop.it
ALCOHOL and Drug Services Tasmania wields enormous power over politicians and the media. Because it is run by health professionals, its pronouncements are taken as though they were missives from a deity.
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“Ravaged by drugs”? Let’s spread facts, not fear; science, not stigma (UK)

Today the Mail, Telegraph and others have been featuring the vile and dehumanising "More than Meth" campaign, which invites us to gasp and be disgusted by the faces of Americans arrested for drug related offenses. The campaign shows mugshots of individuals chronologically as their appearance changes. Unsurprisingly, the ghoulish coverage of this stigmatising campaign omits small-print disclaimer used by its creators that "The deterioration seen in consecutive photos is not necessarily the result of drugs or addiction..." and that "All persons are considered innocent of the crimes they were arrested for until proven guilty".

ReGenUC's insight:

Great response to the latest 'Faces of Meth' coverage by David Nutt and Josh Hulbert.  Our (much shorter) response is here: http://sco.lt/8hdH3h

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Successful young offenders program could close from lack of govt funding (Vic)

A Victorian diversion program that's proved a success story for young offenders could wind up soon.

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Highlighting the challenges of translating trust grants for pilot programs into sustainable funding.

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Alcohol, Drug Abuse by Parents Linked to Arthritis in Offspring (Canada)

New research suggests a person is significantly more likely to develop adult arthritis if a parent was addicted to alcohol or drugs. University of Toronto
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NT Government slaps ban on Federal grog inquiry

NT Government slaps ban on Federal grog inquiry | Alcohol & other drug issues in the media | Scoop.it
The NT Government has banned a Commonwealth inquiry from visiting the Alice Springs Hospital, or talking to any of its staff.
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What is going on here?

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We Have Consensus Houston!

One of the unreported key events in the mainstream media at the recently concluded 57th session of the Commission on Narcotic Drugs (CND) in Vienna was the coming together of scientists from all over the world....
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On the small (but significant) steps towards greater recognition of Harm Reduction within international drug policy instruments.

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Non-psychoactive CBD oil made from marijuana plants poised to be game-changer (USA)

Non-psychoactive CBD oil made from marijuana plants poised to be game-changer (USA) | Alcohol & other drug issues in the media | Scoop.it
A Colorado marijuana innovation is changing the way lawmakers in even the most conservative parts of the country talk about cannabis and is poised to create a rapid expansion in the number of states that have legalized marijuana in some way.
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Legalising cannabis: Uruguay's president Jose Mujica asks world for support

Legalising cannabis: Uruguay's president Jose Mujica asks world for support | Alcohol & other drug issues in the media | Scoop.it
Interview: President of Uruguay insists drug use will not increase as his country is poised to become the first to legalise and control the marijuana trade
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Hidden levels of sugar in alcohol revealed (UK)

Hidden levels of sugar in alcohol revealed (UK) | Alcohol & other drug issues in the media | Scoop.it
Study by The Telegraph finds a single pint of cider contains almost as much sugar as the World Health Organisation recommends should be an average person’s daily limit
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U.S. drug war slowly shifts fire away from low-level users

Experts say the nation’s narcotics strategy is turning to treatment as an alternative to long prison sentences.
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Anvith Deeconda's curator insight, December 10, 2014 11:43 PM

This article directly correlates to the drug war that is listed as one of the key terms for drugs, in general, for psychology. The drug war is one that has been going on for quite a while now, and it is interesting to see how is shifting away from low-level users, and it is now focusing, I assume, on the high-level users. 

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New booze laws make the city and Kings Cross a safer place as assault incidents fall by half in wake of lockout laws (NSW)

New booze laws make the city and Kings Cross a safer place as assault incidents fall by half in wake of lockout laws (NSW) | Alcohol & other drug issues in the media | Scoop.it
VIOLENT assaults in Kings Cross and the CBD have fallen by half since the government’s lockout laws were introduced last month.
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Rolling the ice: loan sharks forcing desperate gamblers to carry drugs (NSW)

Rolling the ice: loan sharks forcing desperate gamblers to carry drugs (NSW) | Alcohol & other drug issues in the media | Scoop.it
PROBLEM gamblers with huge debts are being ­recruited as drug mules to work off high-interest loans provided to them by an Asian crime gang.
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One of the less recognised potential impacts of gambling debt, or any other type of debt to the 'wrong people'.

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Drunken violence down, say Sydney police

Drunken violence down, say Sydney police | Alcohol & other drug issues in the media | Scoop.it
VIOLENT assaults in Kings Cross and central Sydney have fallen dramatically since lockout laws were introduced five weeks ago, police say.
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Barry O'Farrell accuses Labor of assault risk over mandatory sentencing bill impasse (NSW)

Barry O'Farrell accuses Labor of assault risk over mandatory sentencing bill impasse (NSW) | Alcohol & other drug issues in the media | Scoop.it
Premier Barry O'Farrell says Labor will be in the dock and charged over a failure to protect the NSW public if an alcohol-fuelled assault takes place in the next five weeks.
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Why I'm Breaking Up With the Word 'Addict' (USA)

"Addict'" is one of those words that so many of us use, largely without pausing to wonder if we should. We just take for granted that it's totally OK to describe a human being with one word, "addict" -- a word with overwhelmingly ...
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Nice piece by DPA's Meghan Ralston (aka @overdosegirl)

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Junk food and alcohol exposure more prevalent during sports broadcasts than advertising, study finds (Aus)

Junk food and alcohol exposure more prevalent during sports broadcasts than advertising, study finds (Aus) | Alcohol & other drug issues in the media | Scoop.it
Television viewers are being exposed to far more alcohol and junk food advertising during AFL and cricket matches than in commercial breaks, an analysis has shown.
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