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Dunne: expert committee to set legal highs approval standards (NZ)

Associate Health Minister Peter Dunne today announced that he will establish an independent expert committee early next year to set the approval standards legal highs will need to meet.

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Smoking 'may worsen a hangover' (USA)

Smoking 'may worsen a hangover' (USA) | Alcohol & other drug issues in the media | Scoop.it
Smoking may worsen a hangover after drinking heavily, a US study suggests, although the reason why remains unclear.
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Greene King welcomes the clampdown on cheap booze (UK)

Rooney Anand, the boss of Greene King, has come out strongly in favour of minimum pricing for alcohol, claiming cheap supermarket booze is killing the pubs trade.
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'Bulking' drugs could be factor in suspected Scottish cocaine casualties

'Bulking' drugs could be factor in suspected Scottish cocaine casualties | Alcohol & other drug issues in the media | Scoop.it

Potentially dangerous drugs being used as bulking agent in cocaine could be a factor involved in the incidents involving three people being treated in Glasgow recently for Methaemoglobinaemia, according to Scottish Drugs Forum Director David Liddell.

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Nick Flanagan's curator insight, December 12, 2012 10:38 AM

Iteresting to see how a bulking agent could have such harmful risks.  It's bad enough that the people were doing cocaine in the first place, but to add to the fact that it was probablly not purly cocaine they were using is a scary fact.  It's also interesting to see how they were affected by it in Scottland, although I'm sure this happens in other countries as well.  The fact that three people were diagnosed with methaemoglobinaemia is crazy.  It just goes to show how dangerous and unfortunate using drugs, especially spiked drugs, can be.

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Fixing alcohol problems (NSW)

Discussions regarding alcohol-related problems across the Hunter are nothing new. Even before the introduction of the curfews and lockouts across the Newcastle entertainment precinct in 2008, points of view regarding alcohol consumption and its effects on society and public health spanned wide. But we need to tread carefully when analysing fresh figures from the Office of Liquor, Gaming and Racing about a further 62 liquor licences being granted across the Lower Hunter in the past three years.

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Tobacco control of small business 'inherently wrong', says whistleblower (Aus)

Tobacco control of small business 'inherently wrong', says whistleblower (Aus) | Alcohol & other drug issues in the media | Scoop.it
FORMER small business chief Ken Phillips says he was prepared to blow the whistle on tobacco's control of the small business lobby because ''it was inherently wrong''.
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Teenager Nick Mitchell's LSD overdose - death, delusions and despair (NSW)

Teenager Nick Mitchell's LSD overdose - death, delusions and despair (NSW) | Alcohol & other drug issues in the media | Scoop.it
LIKE a carefree teenager, Nick Mitchell spent Saturday morning skateboarding and hanging out with his younger brother. Life was good for the Central Coast boy.
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Kronic case of ignoring the danger (NSW)

Kronic case of ignoring the danger (NSW) | Alcohol & other drug issues in the media | Scoop.it
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Police to tackle boozy violence (ACT)

Police to tackle boozy violence (ACT) | Alcohol & other drug issues in the media | Scoop.it
Police are preparing to crack down on alcohol-fuelled violence, binge drinking, and anti-social behaviour across the territory's nightspots this weekend.
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Council takes on youth alcohol problem (NSW)

Council takes on youth alcohol problem (NSW) | Alcohol & other drug issues in the media | Scoop.it
Blue Mountains City Council has adopted an action plan to reduce problems caused by young people drinking to excess in the Blue Mountains. ...
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Binge drinking expert says genetic explanation is not the solution (Aus)

UK researchers say theyve found a genetic explanation for why some people drink too much An Australian expert says it could be useful information but it shouldn't distract from more immediate solutions.

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Conservative Party endorses alcohol sales in corner stores (Canada)

Ontario's Conservative Party has gone on record in favor of alcohol sales by corner...
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A desolate picture: government-funded alcohol policy research (Aus)

A desolate picture: government-funded alcohol policy research (Aus) | Alcohol & other drug issues in the media | Scoop.it

When it comes to coordinated alcohol policy research in Australia, the situation is pretty bleak. Unlike the United States, Australia has no national, government-funded Alcohol Policy Information System, nor any dedicated government funding for either alcohol policy research or small grants.

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Report: Synthetic pot sends thousands to hospital (USA)

Report: Synthetic pot sends thousands to hospital (USA) | Alcohol & other drug issues in the media | Scoop.it
K2, Spice and other synthetic drugs that mimic a marijuana high sent 11,406 people — mostly teenagers and young adults — to the emergency room in 2010, according to the first report on the substances from the federal government.
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Can Bosses Help Addicts? (UK)

Can Bosses Help Addicts? (UK) | Alcohol & other drug issues in the media | Scoop.it
If company managers are looking for ways to increase efficiency, not to mention health and safety, they should look at the impact of drug and alcohol abuse on their workforce.
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Kids' attitude to alcohol linked to parents' habits (UK)

Children of parents who drink above the UK government’s unit guidelines are more likely than children of parents who are low risk drinkers to have ever been drunk (19% vs 11%).
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World leaders lend weight to film urging end to drug prohibition

World leaders lend weight to film urging end to drug prohibition | Alcohol & other drug issues in the media | Scoop.it

Current and former world leaders on the frontline of the US-led war on drugs have called for a radical change of approach in a British-made film, to be launched online on Friday, that aims to do for global drugs policy what An Inconvenient Truth did to highlight manmade climate change.

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30 year study uncovers linkages between mothers and their children’s health (Qld)

30 year study uncovers linkages between mothers and their children’s health (Qld) | Alcohol & other drug issues in the media | Scoop.it
Researchers at The University of Queensland have been documenting the lives of mothers and their children over 30 years to uncover what role genetic and environmental factors have on mental illness, substance abuse and heart disease.
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Users shed light on dark internet's drug trade

Users shed light on dark internet's drug trade | Alcohol & other drug issues in the media | Scoop.it
Users of the dark internet have shed light on their illegal trades on a growing online black market, which is helping more and more Australians to buy drugs and weapons.
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Party drugs worry (Vic)

Illicit drug use in the Benalla Police Service Area has skyrocketed in the past 12 months according to Victoria Police crime statistics released last week.

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Regulating Schoolies: What do we learn from Alcohol history? - Monash University

Regulating Schoolies: What do we learn from Alcohol history? - Monash University | Alcohol & other drug issues in the media | Scoop.it

The tragic death of Isabelle Colman has quite rightly triggered anxieties about keeping teens safe during Schoolies. Media commentaries concede that the problem is too deep to be solved with single measures, such as restricting access to balconies. In the face of a complex issue, which everyone recognises as being about a whole range of things, some have suggested that the best solution is for young partygoers to look after themselves.

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It’s real life policing, not an episode of COPS (NSW)

It’s real life policing, not an episode of COPS (NSW) | Alcohol & other drug issues in the media | Scoop.it

The NSW police commissioner said earlier this week that police could soon be doubling as camera men and women, recording footage of alcohol-related confrontations. This would serve as evidence of bad behaviour and support the Force’s current Operation Unite and previous hard-line campaigns.

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Budget cost squeeze comes under more fire (NT)

The Northern Territory Government has come under fire over some of the tough cost-cutting measures included in its mini-budget.
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Alcohol policy should be "based on evidence, not politics" (NT)

The North Australian Aboriginal Justice Agency says the Federal Government has expressed support to engage Indigenous communities to develop alcohol management plans.

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New super-sized V energy drink will put kids at risk, health experts warn (Aus)

New super-sized V energy drink will put kids at risk, health experts warn (Aus) | Alcohol & other drug issues in the media | Scoop.it

NEWS.COM.AU readers have made up their minds about whether super-sized energy drinks should be sold - as health experts condemned a new 1.2L V energy drink being stocked at supermarkets in the reach of children.

67.5 per cent of readers said they should not.

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