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Methadone Crisis (Aus)

Methadone Crisis (Aus) | Alcohol & other drug issues in the media | Scoop.it
Drug addicts need good treatment to help them overcome their problems. But how would you feel if a methadone clinic opened in your street?
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A Current Affair proclaims a 'methadone crisis'.  We feel that sensationalist reporting of sensitive issues helps no-one.  Great to see Dr Alex Wodak giving an evidence-based opinion.

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Malaysia’s harm reduction programmes are preventing infections and saving money, but reaching far too few people who inject drugs (Malaysia)

Malaysia’s harm reduction programmes are preventing infections and saving money, but reaching far too few people who inject drugs (Malaysia) | Alcohol & other drug issues in the media | Scoop.it
An expansion of methadone maintenance and needle exchange programmes in Malaysia, a conservative Muslim country not previously noted for its liberal policies on drug use, has already averted around 3000 HIV infections and is highly cost effective,...
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Identifying ‘Legal High' Substances With Microcrystalline Test (UK)

Identifying ‘Legal High' Substances With Microcrystalline Test (UK) | Alcohol & other drug issues in the media | Scoop.it
A team at the University of Lincoln, UK, is leading the way in new research aimed at detecting the vast amount of substances available on the legal highs market.
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Expert calls for marijuana to be legalised to reduce harm of binge drinking in teens (VIC)

Expert calls for marijuana to be legalised to reduce harm of binge drinking in teens (VIC) | Alcohol & other drug issues in the media | Scoop.it
THE head of Australia's leading alcohol research body has called for marijuana to be legalised to reduce the harm of drinking.
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Calls for Royal Commission on drugs after banning of khat (UK)

Calls for Royal Commission on drugs after banning of khat (UK) | Alcohol & other drug issues in the media | Scoop.it

SOUTH Wales Police commissioner Alun Michael has renewed calls for a Royal Commission on drugs after the Home Secretary said it would ban the herbal stimulant khat.In January the Government's own Advisory Council on the Misuse of Drugs  recommended it remain a legal substance, saying there was insufficient evidence  it caused health problems.

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Crown 'putting profits before health' at casino (NSW)

Crown 'putting profits before health' at casino (NSW) | Alcohol & other drug issues in the media | Scoop.it
Health groups have blasted a bid by James Packer's Crown Limited to allow smoking across the entire gaming floor of its proposed Sydney casino, an area that could be as large as the MCG playing surface.
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Drugs and alcohol use costing businesses more than $5bn (Aus)

Drugs and alcohol use costing businesses more than $5bn (Aus) | Alcohol & other drug issues in the media | Scoop.it
Drugs and alcohol use by employees is contributing to major losses in productivity, according to a new report from the Australian Drug Foundation.
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Cue calls for widespread workplace drug testing.

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Police arrest 22 after nightclub raid (Vic)

Police arrest 22 after nightclub raid (Vic) | Alcohol & other drug issues in the media | Scoop.it
Twenty-two people have been arrested for drug possession and trafficking after Victoria police raided nightclubs and nearby car parks in the CBD on Sunday morning.
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The risk of cannabis is undeniable (Qld)

The risk of cannabis is undeniable (Qld) | Alcohol & other drug issues in the media | Scoop.it
YOUNG cannabis users are risking serious mental illness and could be doing irreversible damage to their vital brain functions.
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Very light on detail. Anyone have a link to this study?

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Moves to cut booze violence come up short (NSW)

Moves to cut booze violence come up short (NSW) | Alcohol & other drug issues in the media | Scoop.it
When someone is a victim of a terrible crime, their family or partner sometimes agrees to discuss it with the media. Their reason for doing so is more often than not ''so no one has to go through this ever again''.
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An open letter to Barry O'Farrell (NSW)

An open letter to Barry O'Farrell (NSW) | Alcohol & other drug issues in the media | Scoop.it
Dear Mr O'Farrell, alcohol-fuelled violence has had devastating consequences for my family.
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From Thomas Kelly's parents and the Foundation they established following his death.

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'We are still getting people who have been punched for no reason' (NSW)

'We are still getting people who have been punched for no reason' (NSW) | Alcohol & other drug issues in the media | Scoop.it
There has been no drop in the number of intoxicated people arriving at St Vincent's Hospital despite new rules, writes Emma Partridge.
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Alcohol - it's enough to drive a man to drink (NSW)

I'm trying to survive Dry July, a fund-raising stunt in which one stops drinking for a month in order to help charity. To help myself stay sober, I've been listing all the problems with being a drinker.
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Cancer Council worried South Australian Government no longer committed to banning outdoor smokers in dining areas (SA)

Cancer Council worried South Australian Government no longer committed to banning outdoor smokers in dining areas (SA) | Alcohol & other drug issues in the media | Scoop.it
The Cancer Council is critical of an apparent lack of effort to restrict smoking in outdoor dining areas in SA.
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More police 'no solution' to drug woes (Vic)

More police 'no solution' to drug woes (Vic) | Alcohol & other drug issues in the media | Scoop.it
One of Victoria's most senior police officials has urged the government to treat drug abuse as a health issue rather than a law and order problem, saying he would rather see funding go to health and welfare services than to more police.
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Liver disease on the rise among women 'in denial' about their drinking (UK)

Liver disease on the rise among women 'in denial' about their drinking (UK) | Alcohol & other drug issues in the media | Scoop.it
Soaring rates of alcohol-related liver disease among young women professionals in some of London’s wealthiest boroughs have prompted a major campaign by health experts in the capital.
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Indigenous body claims success on quit campaign (Qld)

Indigenous body claims success on quit campaign (Qld) | Alcohol & other drug issues in the media | Scoop.it
A southern Queensland Indigenous health organisation says media campaigns are playing an important role in changing attitudes about smoking.
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One in ten primary school leavers 'has drunk alcohol in past week' (UK)

One in ten primary school leavers 'has drunk alcohol in past week' (UK) | Alcohol & other drug issues in the media | Scoop.it
More than one in ten children in their final year of primary school admits to having drunk alcohol during the previous week, according to a new survey.
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How Can We Stop Ecstasy Killing People? (UK)

How Can We Stop Ecstasy Killing People? (UK) | Alcohol & other drug issues in the media | Scoop.it
Eight recent deaths in Northern Ireland have been linked with the chemicals PMA/PMMA – or "Dr Death".
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An interesting article from VICE using the recent drug-related deaths in the UK to discuss implementation of harm-reduction measures.

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NSW Bureau of Crime Statistics data shows cannabis offenders are being let off by police

NSW Bureau of Crime Statistics data shows cannabis offenders are being let off by police | Alcohol & other drug issues in the media | Scoop.it
POSSESSING a small amount of cannabis has effectively become decriminalised, with police increasingly letting offenders off with verbal warnings or cautions.
ReGenUC's insight:

This from Anna Wood's dad. We would take the opposite view.  Keeping young people out of the criminal system is a good thing.  Diversion programs are an appropriate early intervention.

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A toxic legacy (Vic)

A toxic legacy (Vic) | Alcohol & other drug issues in the media | Scoop.it

Domestic abuse and neglect can have a devastating effect on children, but early intervention programs are providing a ray of hope

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Nice piece by Jill Stark. Research highlights link between stress response hormones during pregnancy, children's development and future AOD use.

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New licensing board and earlier closing on agenda (NSW)

New licensing board and earlier closing on agenda (NSW) | Alcohol & other drug issues in the media | Scoop.it
A NEW advisory board made up of police, health representatives and councillors could be established to look at applications for new liquor licences, if the local Crime Prevention Committee has its way.
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Dramatic drop in Kings Cross violence (NSW)

Dramatic drop in Kings Cross violence (NSW) | Alcohol & other drug issues in the media | Scoop.it
The number of violent incidents inside Kings Cross venues has fallen by a third following a licensing crackdown in the wake of the death of teenager Thomas Kelly.
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Alcohol plan most consider broader child safety issues (Qld)

THE State Government consider the safety of children in indigenous communities including harm to unborn babies when determining changes to alcohol management plans, an inquiry into child protection has recommended.
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Venice's boozy boatmen in spotlight

Venice's boozy boatmen in spotlight | Alcohol & other drug issues in the media | Scoop.it
Rome: They symbolise the romance and heritage of Venice, but the lagoon city's gondoliers are becoming known for drunken antics and could soon be forced to take drug and alcohol tests.
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