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Prisoner overdoses as illegal drug use rates behind bars revealed (Vic)

Prisoner overdoses as illegal drug use rates behind bars revealed (Vic) | Alcohol & other drug issues in the media | Scoop.it
A 25-YEAR-OLD prisoner is recovering in hospital after allegedly overdosing on methadone at Marngoneet Correctional Centre at Lara.
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Communities 'can't tackle booze alone' (Aus)

GRASSROOTS efforts make some difference to risky drinking but legislative muscle is needed to tackle serious alcohol-related violence, a new report has found.
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Ice age: who has used crystal meth – and why? (Aus)

Ice age: who has used crystal meth – and why? (Aus) | Alcohol & other drug issues in the media | Scoop.it
If you’ve listened to the news lately, you might think that Australia is overrun with uncontrollably violent people on crystal methamphetamine. This may be true of those in crisis, but the bigger picture…
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A taste of what's to come from Nicole Lee at our innovation seminar: http://www.regen.org.au/iaod14

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Why Does Vancouver Need a Crack Pipe Vending Machine?

Why Does Vancouver Need a Crack Pipe Vending Machine? | Alcohol & other drug issues in the media | Scoop.it
The reason may not be what you expect.
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Turkey mulls online alcohol ad ban

Turkey mulls online alcohol ad ban | Alcohol & other drug issues in the media | Scoop.it

Turkish authorities are mulling heavy fines for people who promote alcohol and drinking on social media, it's reported.

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Alcohol abuse: The quiet crisis in children’s lives (Aus)

Alcohol abuse: The quiet crisis in children’s lives (Aus) | Alcohol & other drug issues in the media | Scoop.it
IN recent months the problem of alcohol-fuelled violence has, once again, been in the spotlight.
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More on the ANU study, this time by report author Dr Sharon Bessell.

You can see more coverage here: http://sco.lt/7q9WCX

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There are ways to reduce the problem of excessive drinking (Aus)

ROSS Fitzgerald is right to say alcohol was, is, and looks like continuing to be our biggest drug problem (”Abstinence is the only destination that makes sense in an alcoholic’s journey to recovery”, 8-9/3). He is also right that abstinence and Alcoholics Anonymous are part of the response needed.
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Alex Wodak's response to a recent abstinence-focussed article: http://www.theaustralian.com.au/opinion/columnists/abstinence-is-the-only-destination-that-makes-sense-in-an-alcoholics-journey-to-recovery/story-e6frg7eo-1226848333878#

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48 people arrested with drugs at Future Music Festival in Melbourne

48 people arrested with drugs at Future Music Festival in Melbourne | Alcohol & other drug issues in the media | Scoop.it
Police with sniffer dogs caught 48 people carrying drugs at the Melbourne leg of the Future Music Festival at Flemington Racecourse on Sunday.
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45 were referred to diversion programs. This compares with 163 arrests and zero diversions at the Sydney event: http://sco.lt/7F7ByL

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Julian Buchanan's curator insight, March 10, 2014 9:12 PM

Kopparberg,  Smirnoff, Jack Daniels and others are not only allowed sell their drugs they get to advertise and promote their drugs at the event. 

This is an era of drug apartheid, a war between drugs.

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Mental health centre for women to be shut down (NSW)

Mental health centre for women to be shut down (NSW) | Alcohol & other drug issues in the media | Scoop.it
Corrective Services NSW will close a Parramatta centre for women with mental health or drug and alcohol problems to save money, leaked correspondence shows.
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Man accused of using drone to try and drop off drugs into Melbourne Remand Centre

Man accused of using drone to try and drop off drugs into Melbourne Remand Centre | Alcohol & other drug issues in the media | Scoop.it
A MAN has been charged after allegedly trying to fly drugs into a maximum-security prison in Melbourne’s west using a drone.
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As prescription drug crackdown led to more heroin use, did U.S. officials miss clear warnings of the trend?

As prescription drug crackdown led to more heroin use, did U.S. officials miss clear warnings of the trend? | Alcohol & other drug issues in the media | Scoop.it
Success in closing “pill mills” helped fuel rising heroin use, and experts say government missed warning signs.
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Soaring drug deaths turn focus on anti-overdose drug (USA)

Soaring drug deaths turn focus on anti-overdose drug (USA) | Alcohol & other drug issues in the media | Scoop.it
Two more US states are widening access to naloxone, a drug that can neutralise a potentially fatal opiate overdose, but broader supply remains contentious
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The ongoing challenge of making naloxone more widely available.

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Passengers ignore semi-conscious mum, slumped on Philadelphia bus, while daughter tries to wake her

Passengers ignore semi-conscious mum, slumped on Philadelphia bus, while daughter tries to wake her | Alcohol & other drug issues in the media | Scoop.it
A HEARTBREAKING video showing Philadelphia bus passengers ignore a young girl forced to care for her semi-conscious mother has sparked an official police investigation.
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A particularly galling example of the all too common reticence by members of the public to interact with people who appear to be overdosing.  Stigma kills.

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Drunks and angry drivers are your child’s greatest fears, finds ANU study (Aus)

Drunks and angry drivers are your child’s greatest fears, finds ANU study (Aus) | Alcohol & other drug issues in the media | Scoop.it
ADULTS drinking in public and doing burnouts in the street are some of the most common fears held by Australian kids
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Particularly interesting in that the research participants were not asked about alcohol, but it was what they identified as being their major concern.

You can see another article by report author Dr Sharon Bessel here: http://sco.lt/7YGn0T

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More Marijuana Means Less Cocaine Consumption? (USA)

Exaggerated health claims are not convincing the public, and "medical" marijuana has become something of a running cultural joke, but there is an upside to more pot - less cocaine use. Meth too, according to advocates at the RAND Drug Policy Research Center. 

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Just How Much The War On Drugs Impacts Our Overcrowded Prisons, In One Chart (USA)

Just How Much The War On Drugs Impacts Our Overcrowded Prisons, In One Chart (USA) | Alcohol & other drug issues in the media | Scoop.it
America's prisons are dangerously overcrowded, and the war on drugs is mainly to blame.

Over 50 percent of inmates currently in federal prison are there for drug offenses, according to an infographic recently released by the Federal Bureau of Pris...
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Colorado officials say $14m in recreational marijuana sold in January

Colorado officials say $14m in recreational marijuana sold in January | Alcohol & other drug issues in the media | Scoop.it
World’s first accounting of recreational pot industry shows state made roughly $2m in marijuana taxes in first month of sales
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Light drinking 'is preterm risk' (UK)

Light drinking 'is preterm risk' (UK) | Alcohol & other drug issues in the media | Scoop.it

Even moderate drinking during the earliest months of pregnancy may be damaging, say researchers in Leeds. Their study is the latest in a long debate over whether it is safe to drink at all during pregnancy.

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Play Safe, Stay Safe: Police commend behaviour of partygoers - Future Music Festival (NSW)

Police are commending the behaviour of approximately 47,000 revellers who attended the Future Music Festival at Randwick Racecourse last night (Saturday 8 March 2014), with only a small percentage arrested over drug-related offences.

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In comparison with the Melbourne event: 163 arrests - 163 people appearing in court facing criminal charges for possession. Coverage of the Melbourne event is here: http://sco.lt/5cpZ7x

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New study reveals alcohol, not drugs, major factor in one-punch assaults (Aus)

New study reveals alcohol, not drugs, major factor in one-punch assaults (Aus) | Alcohol & other drug issues in the media | Scoop.it
Research suggests the majority of fatal one-punch assaults are linked with alcohol and not illicit drugs.

Via Lives Lived Well
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Caffeine: How society’s favourite drug affects us more than we think (Aus)

Caffeine: How society’s favourite drug affects us more than we think (Aus) | Alcohol & other drug issues in the media | Scoop.it
Caffeine is one of the only drugs we embrace without guilt. We — the 87% of us who ingest caffeine — boast about being “so addicted,” duck out during work to get a fix and can’t even imagine the last time we didn’t start off the day with a hit.
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SA Liberals, Labor quiet on medicinal marijuana issue

SA Liberals, Labor quiet on medicinal marijuana issue | Alcohol & other drug issues in the media | Scoop.it
PARTY leaders have sidestepped the controversial issue of medical marijuana, in the wake of the heartbreaking story of a father campaigning for its use to help treat his eight year-old daughter’s epilepsy.
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Newman Government to introduce codes of conduct for pubs and clubs (Qld)

Newman Government to introduce codes of conduct for pubs and clubs (Qld) | Alcohol & other drug issues in the media | Scoop.it
PATRONS will be urged not to fight, vomit or be public nuisances under a Newman Government plan to introduce codes of conduct for punters as well as pubs and clubs, police and liquor licensing officers.
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Late night travellers vote with their feet to dump NightRide (NSW)

Late night travellers vote with their feet to dump NightRide (NSW) | Alcohol & other drug issues in the media | Scoop.it
Public transport use has been steadily increasing in Sydney, with one exception. Patronage on the city's NightRide buses - the only form of mass transport available to Sydney's early-morning drinkers and late-night workers - is falling rapidly.
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Generation jitters: are we addicted to caffeine? (UK)

Generation jitters: are we addicted to caffeine? (UK) | Alcohol & other drug issues in the media | Scoop.it
Caffeine is the drug many of us can't live without – but do you have any idea how much is in your daily hit? Murray Carpenter unpicks a modern addiction
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