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Pot smokers enter legal limbo in Washington, Colorado

Pot smokers enter legal limbo in Washington, Colorado | Alcohol & other drug issues in the media | Scoop.it
A legal haze descends on Washington state pot smokers Thursday as possessing an ounce of marijuana becomes legal, but growing and selling it remains a crime.
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Gutkha wars: India toughens up on oral tobacco use

Gutkha wars: India toughens up on oral tobacco use | Alcohol & other drug issues in the media | Scoop.it

This is not the first time that Indian states have tried to ban gutkha, but it is the most vigorous attempt.

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Why some South Australians choose not to drink alcohol

Why some South Australians choose not to drink alcohol | Alcohol & other drug issues in the media | Scoop.it

Australian Institute of Health and Welfare figures show the proportion of the population who consumed alcohol daily declined between 2007 and 2010, dropping from 8.1 per cent to 7.2...

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Why millions are denied a pain-free death (UK)

Why millions are denied a pain-free death (UK) | Alcohol & other drug issues in the media | Scoop.it
It's cheap, effective and easy to administer - so why are millions of people around the world dying in pain, without access to morphine?
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NSW teen dies after taking LSD

NSW teen dies after taking LSD | Alcohol & other drug issues in the media | Scoop.it
A drug and alcohol expert from the University of New South Wales has said it is unlikely that the death of a Central Coast teenager was caused by an LSD overdose.
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MildGreen Initiative's comment, December 8, 2012 5:34 AM
Teen dies after eating peanut butter, while tragic is actually more credible, more likely and, like drugs best managed from a perspective of health promotion directed at those at risk.
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Children swamp drug abuse service (Qld)

Children swamp drug abuse service (Qld) | Alcohol & other drug issues in the media | Scoop.it
CHILDREN as young as 12 are inundating a new drug and alcohol counselling service set up to address substance abuse on the northern Gold Coast.
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NJ.com : First N.J. medical marijuana facility to open Thursday in Montclair

NJ.com : First N.J. medical marijuana facility to open Thursday in Montclair | Alcohol & other drug issues in the media | Scoop.it
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Mexico's drug war: a poet and the people fight back - Telegraph

Mexico's drug war: a poet and the people fight back - Telegraph | Alcohol & other drug issues in the media | Scoop.it
The death of the son of a Mexican poet has galvanised a peace movement that is pressurising the government to take action over the 80,000 killed or ‘disappeared’ since 2006...
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Should e-cigarette advertising be allowed?

Should e-cigarette advertising be allowed? | Alcohol & other drug issues in the media | Scoop.it
Public health researchers and anti-smoking advocates are concerned about the growing market for electronic cigarettes.
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Alcohol sellers target young people online - ABC Online

Alcohol sellers target young people online - ABC Online | Alcohol & other drug issues in the media | Scoop.it
Alcohol sellers target young people onlineABC OnlineWestern Australian health advocates say some alcohol companies are increasingly advertising their products online in a blatant bid to target young people.
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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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Brisk trade at off-licences before price hikes (Ireland)

Off-licences across the country were reporting brisk trade last night as shoppers flocked to buy wine before the price shot up from midnight.
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Teachers strike over drugs test (UK)

Teachers strike over drugs test (UK) | Alcohol & other drug issues in the media | Scoop.it
Teachers at a special school in Derbyshire are on strike over the school's policy of drugs tests on staff.
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Nick Flanagan's curator insight, December 12, 2012 10:10 AM

I don't see any reason for the teachers to be upset about taking a drug test.  However at the same time I don't think it's fair to just spring a drug test on them randomly.  I get that drugs are a big problem all across the world, and England is trying to put a stop to it in thier country, but doing a random drug test isn't the way to go.  On the other hand the teachers getting offending and not wanting to take the test makes it seem like they have something to hide.

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Reforming our drug policies will save lives (Vic)

Reforming our drug policies will save lives (Vic) | Alcohol & other drug issues in the media | Scoop.it
On the contrary, we stress that addictive drugs are extremely dangerous, particularly for young people whose brains are still developing and who are especially vulnerable to drug-induced mental...
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A desolate picture: government-funded alcohol policy research (Aus)

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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Hospitalised drug mules a legal quandary (Vic)

EMERGENCY physicians are calling for tougher reporting laws for doctors who treat drug mules, claiming the lack of uniform guidelines leaves medical staff in a precarious legal position.
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Party scars: over half of young adults admit injuries from nights out (UK)

Party scars: over half of young adults admit injuries from nights out (UK) | Alcohol & other drug issues in the media | Scoop.it

Half of young adults have ended up injured and one in five has wound up in A&E as the price of pleasure and a good night out, a new survey reveals. When 1,038 people aged between 18 and 34 were questioned 52% of them admitted that they had suffered physical harm of some sort "as a result of drinking too much or partying too hard".

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Welcome for return of excise duty to 2009 levels – potential €200million plus for Exchequer | Alcohol Action Ireland

Normal 0 false false false EN-US X-NONE X-NONE Alcohol-related harm costs State an estimated €3.7billion a year Alcohol...
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Breaking the Taboo - END THE WAR ON DRUGS #breaktaboo

Link to trailer for the movie.
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Crunch talks on minimum alcohol price | Herald Scotland

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Marijuana legal in first US state

Marijuana legal in first US state | Alcohol & other drug issues in the media | Scoop.it
Possession of marijuana becomes legal in the US state of Washington, a month after voters opted for legalisation.
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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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