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Psychiatry's New Diagnostic Manual: "Don't Buy It. Don't Use It. Don't Teach It." (USA)

Psychiatry's New Diagnostic Manual: "Don't Buy It. Don't Use It. Don't Teach It." (USA) | Alcohol & other drug issues in the media | Scoop.it
That's what psychiatrist Allen Frances, chair of the DSM-IV task force, has to say about DSM-5.
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Some One's curator insight, January 20, 2014 5:35 AM

I am scooping this article which may upset my professor as she has sung the praises of the DSM 5. I am doing so because, again; the assignment was partially to see what is out there in the general public about disorders, and I think that this is very relevant material.

 

When an Anorexia Nervosa patient declines treatment or manipulates and decieves her family and treatment team it is with material such as this in mind justifying their actions, and I think that a clinician is well served by being aware of its existence. I was surprised to see the chair of the task force denouncing the manual, though I was familiar with some of the arguments used against it. 

 

I think that it is important for therapists to note that our credibility as a profession is really being called into question and has been for the past few years. I think that whether you agree with critics or not, failing to even hear them can translate into failing to ever reach them, especially when they sit across from you in the office after having been forced into treatment against their will.

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Defeating alcohol addiction in Essendon (Vic)

Defeating alcohol addiction in Essendon (Vic) | Alcohol & other drug issues in the media | Scoop.it
THE dangers of alcoholism are driving more people, especially women, to seek help, an Essendon support group says.
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Tourist cannabis cafe ban leads to surge in dealing in the south (Netherlands)

The decision to ban foreigners not resident in the Netherlands from the country’s cannabis cafes has led to an ‘explosion’ in drugs-related crime in the south of the country, the AD reports on Saturday.
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There are almost twice as many deaths due to alcohol in Ireland as due to all other drugs combined (video)

In this talk, Professor Frank Murray, Consultant Gastroenterologist and chair of the national alcohol policy group at the Royal College of Physicians of Ireland (RCPI), speaks about alcohol-related harm in Ireland.

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Pregnancy smoking tests 'are bullying' (UK)

Pregnancy smoking tests 'are bullying' (UK) | Alcohol & other drug issues in the media | Scoop.it
All pregnant women could be tested to see if they are smoking according to proposals from the body which issues guidance to the NHS, Nice.
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Stop-and-frisk can only work after real police reform (USA)

Stop-and-frisk can only work after real police reform (USA) | Alcohol & other drug issues in the media | Scoop.it
Bill de Blasio: As mayor, I would reform the police and end the misuse of police tactics that have made New York into something out of Dickens
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Vintage boss wants British alcohol tax fix

Vintage boss wants British alcohol tax fix | Alcohol & other drug issues in the media | Scoop.it
Australian Vintage's Neil McGuigan has called for an overhaul of the way wine is taxed in Britain.
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Meth use doubles across Melbourne: report

AMBULANCE call-outs for alcohol and drug abuse have dramatically increased across Melbourne, a new report says.
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Giving to beggars 'fuels addiction' (UK)

Giving to beggars 'fuels addiction' (UK) | Alcohol & other drug issues in the media | Scoop.it
Charities, police and the council urge people in Manchester city centre not to give money to beggars.
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Wow, way to further stigmatise a highly vulnerable group Manchester!

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Legal Marijuana, Coming to a Vending Machine Near You (USA)

Legal Marijuana, Coming to a Vending Machine Near You (USA) | Alcohol & other drug issues in the media | Scoop.it
With projections that Americans will buy $5 billion worth of legal marijuana per year by 2018, the race is on to turn a shady, informal industry into big business
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GOVERNMENT RELEASES ALCOHOL MANDATORY TREATMENT BILL (NT)

The draft Bill prescribing the Government’s alcohol mandatory treatment reforms has been released for public scrutiny. Leader of Government Business, John Elferink, said the Bill will be introduced into the Territory Parliament this week and debated during the Estimates sittings on 27 June.

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Parents’ Addictions Tied to Adult Children’s Depression (Canada)

Parents’ Addictions Tied to Adult Children’s Depression (Canada) | Alcohol & other drug issues in the media | Scoop.it
Parents who are addicted to drugs or alcohol are more than twice as likely to have children who develop depression in adulthood, according to a report published
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Life after rehab: my husband, the alcoholic (UK)

Life after rehab: my husband, the alcoholic (UK) | Alcohol & other drug issues in the media | Scoop.it
With her husband out of an addiction clinic and sober for three months, our new columnist hoped their lives were back on track. But it's harder than she expected. The writer is anonymous
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Cabinet lifts booze ban on Government jets (Qld)

Cabinet lifts booze ban on Government jets (Qld) | Alcohol & other drug issues in the media | Scoop.it
STATE Cabinet ministers and their guests will again be able drink booze on government jets with the Premier lifting a nine-year-old alcohol ban.
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Pro-Kremlin vigilantes hunt drug pushers in Russia, but are they state thugs?

Pro-Kremlin vigilantes hunt drug pushers in Russia, but are they state thugs? | Alcohol & other drug issues in the media | Scoop.it
Young Anti-Drugs Special Forces tap into public outrage over spread of drug use in Russia, while concerns arise over Putin’s perceived tolerance for violent raids.
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Majority of publicans want minimum alcohol pricing (Ireland)

More than 70pc of publicans want the government to introduce a minimum price for alcohol to help pubs hurt by competition from cheaper off-licences, according to a new survey.
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Rehab for drunk drivers and road rage affected (Ireland)

Rehab for drunk drivers and road rage affected (Ireland) | Alcohol & other drug issues in the media | Scoop.it
Proposals would see dangerous drivers forced to visit Emergency Departments
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Anti-cocaine vaccine that eats drug up 'like Pac-man' could be used on humans within a year (USA)

Anti-cocaine vaccine that eats drug up 'like Pac-man' could be used on humans within a year (USA) | Alcohol & other drug issues in the media | Scoop.it
The vaccine has passed preliminary tests in primates and could be trialled on humans soon. It works by stopping the the drug reaching the brain before it can produce the dopamine-induced high.
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Paramedics are treating four times the number of crystal meth users than three years ago (Vic)

Paramedics are treating four times the number of crystal meth users than three years ago (Vic) | Alcohol & other drug issues in the media | Scoop.it
PARAMEDICS are treating more than four times the number of crystal methamphetamine users than they were three years ago, with health experts warning the dangers of this highly addictive stimulant are not widely understood.
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More coverage of Turning Point's new ambulance call-outs data.  Meth gets the headlines, but alcohol and benzos are still the main culprits.

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Meth use doubles across Melbourne

A massive jump in emergency calls due to crystal meth abuse across Melbourne has prompted warnings for authorities to act now before another epidemic occurs.
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The headline grabs attention, but alcohol and benzos remain by far the greatest contributors to ambulance call-outs.

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Attitudes of injecting drug users toward the legal status of the major illicit drugs (Aus)

Attitudes of injecting drug users toward the legal status of the major illicit drugs (Aus) | Alcohol & other drug issues in the media | Scoop.it

Injecting drug users (IDU) are frequently interviewed regarding drug use, risk behaviours and criminality, but far less frequently about their attitudes towards drug-related issues. This study aimed to determine IDU attitudes, and correlates of attitudes, towards continued prohibition, decriminalisation or legalisation of the major illicit drugs.

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Critics of NT alcohol policies rally in Alice Springs

Critics of NT alcohol policies rally in Alice Springs | Alcohol & other drug issues in the media | Scoop.it
Opponents of the NT Governments new alcohol policies say the measures effectively criminalise some drunkenness and will put Indigenous people at greater risk of being sent to prison In Alice Springs
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No More Addict "Abuse" (USA)

No More Addict "Abuse" (USA) | Alcohol & other drug issues in the media | Scoop.it
Daily website for alcohol and drug addiction recovery news and information. Your source for addiction recovery news, rehab reviews and sober living tips.
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Nice piece on DSM5 changes and how language used by treatment providers can contribute to the stigmatisation of consumers.  Let's stop the 'abuse'!

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Colorado poised to be first state to tax recreational marijuana sales

Colorado poised to be first state to tax recreational marijuana sales | Alcohol & other drug issues in the media | Scoop.it
Colorado is on its way to becoming the first state to regulate and tax the sale of recreational marijuana, as a bill passed by lawmakers earlier this week is on the governor’s desk, awaiting signature.
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How drinking diet drinks as mixers with alcohol could make you drunker (UK)

How drinking diet drinks as mixers with alcohol could make you drunker (UK) | Alcohol & other drug issues in the media | Scoop.it
Diet drinks have soared in popularity. But a new study suggests drinking them as mixers could get you drunker and affect breath tests
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Steve Kingsley's curator insight, May 29, 2013 10:09 PM

Still better than energy drinks mixed with alcohol!