Alcohol & other drug issues in the media
92.6K views | +29 today
Follow
Alcohol & other drug issues in the media
Topics being covered in the media that are of interest to us
Curated by ReGenUC
Your new post is loading...
Your new post is loading...
Scooped by ReGenUC
Scoop.it!

Landmark trial of marijuana drugs for stricken children (Scotland)

Landmark trial of marijuana drugs for stricken children (Scotland) | Alcohol & other drug issues in the media | Scoop.it
A MARIJUANA-based drug will be given to children in Scotland in the hope of transforming the treatment of severe epilepsy in one of the first trials of its kind.
more...
No comment yet.
Scooped by ReGenUC
Scoop.it!

Call for monitoring of prescription drugs as chronic pain sufferers risk addiction (Aus)

Call for monitoring of prescription drugs as chronic pain sufferers risk addiction (Aus) | Alcohol & other drug issues in the media | Scoop.it
Health groups are calling for greater oversight for prescription painkillers amid concern sufferers are at serious risk of addiction.
ReGenUC's insight:

Citing VAADA's Sam Biondo.  The VAADA position paper on managing chronic pain is here: http://www.vaada.org.au/wp-content/uploads/2014/05/VAADA-Chronic-Pain-position-paper1.pdf

more...
No comment yet.
Scooped by ReGenUC
Scoop.it!

Mary Wooldridge: Family Drug Treatment Court to help get lives back on track (Vic)

Helping to protect children and rebuild families torn apart by alcohol and drug abuse Important part of long term strategy to reduce drug and alcohol harms in Victoria Linking courts and treatment services to achieve better outcomes for families

ReGenUC's insight:

As with other Drug Courts, this new court's focus on treatment and support has the potential to significantly improve outcomes for parents and children involved in the Child Protection system.

more...
No comment yet.
Scooped by ReGenUC
Scoop.it!

New face of alcohol promotion defies advertising restrictions (Aus)

New face of alcohol promotion defies advertising restrictions (Aus) | Alcohol & other drug issues in the media | Scoop.it
The Australian National Preventive Health Agency (ANPHA) recommended in a draft report in February that the Alcohol Beverages Advertising Code (ABAC) should include all forms of marketing within its self-regulatory…
ReGenUC's insight:

On alcohol marketing via Facebook.

more...
No comment yet.
Scooped by ReGenUC
Scoop.it!

Broad reductions in crime, despite increase in drug offences (ACT)

Broad reductions in crime, despite increase in drug offences (ACT) | Alcohol & other drug issues in the media | Scoop.it
A rise in drug offences has marred an otherwise marked reduction in reported crime across the board in the ACT, a new report shows.
ReGenUC's insight:

Police attribute 16.5% drop in alcohol related violence to attention on licensed venues.

more...
No comment yet.
Scooped by ReGenUC
Scoop.it!

Sydney addicts on black market methadone: Many heroin users can’t afford clinical treatment (NSW)

Sydney addicts on black market methadone: Many heroin users can’t afford clinical treatment (NSW) | Alcohol & other drug issues in the media | Scoop.it
SYDNEY’S black market trade in methadone has become “extensive” and a “headache” to society, fuelled by a burgeoning number of heroin users who can not afford clinical treatment or find a GP to prescribe the drug.
ReGenUC's insight:

Citing Alex Wodak on access barriers to pharmacotherapies and the pressures facing people trying to balance their treatment goals with their family responsibilities and daily survival.

more...
No comment yet.
Scooped by ReGenUC
Scoop.it!

Bullying, bogus checks claims hit liquor licensing squad (VIC)

Bullying, bogus checks claims hit liquor licensing squad (VIC) | Alcohol & other drug issues in the media | Scoop.it
Strong doubt has been cast over the integrity of Victoria's liquor licensing regime, with former inspectors alleging they conducted bogus checks of bars and clubs in order to meet the government's performance targets.
more...
No comment yet.
Scooped by ReGenUC
Scoop.it!

Crazed sheep die 'like heroin addicts' (NSW)

Crazed sheep die 'like heroin addicts' (NSW) | Alcohol & other drug issues in the media | Scoop.it
Hundreds of sheep in the central west of NSW have died after eating a poisonous plant and bashing their heads open "like heroin addicts".
ReGenUC's insight:

This story has nothing to do with heroin, but a lot to do with stigma.  It's one thing to quote a grazier's innaccurate analogy.  It's another to turn that into a headline and make it the central image of the story.  For the record, people who are heroin dependent do not commonly beat their heads against poles.

more...
No comment yet.
Scooped by ReGenUC
Scoop.it!

ICE: a 'dirty' drug (Vic)

ICE: a 'dirty' drug (Vic) | Alcohol & other drug issues in the media | Scoop.it
COHUNA and district residents turned out in force on Wednesday night to say a resounding "no" to methamphetamine use in the community.
ReGenUC's insight:

On Penington Institute's community fora in regional Victoria.

Our new report on methamphetamine treatment is out now: http://www.regen.org.au/media-releases/463-methreportmay14

more...
No comment yet.
Scooped by ReGenUC
Scoop.it!

Fall in smoking rates frees up preventive health funds (Aus)

TREASURY expects demand for cigarettes to fall faster than forecast when Labor ushered in plain packaging and higher prices, ­allowing the Abbott government to scale back preventive health ­efforts and partly compensate for the loss of $500 million in tobacco excise this year alone.
more...
No comment yet.
Scooped by ReGenUC
Scoop.it!

Inmates charged over Qld smoking protest

Eleven prisoners have been charged over a protest against a smoking ban in a southeast Queensland jail.
ReGenUC's insight:

See related story on how prisoners are getting around the ban: http://sco.lt/7MfN9F

more...
No comment yet.
Scooped by ReGenUC
Scoop.it!

New Zealand's synthetic potheads have to go cold turkey

New Zealand's synthetic potheads have to go cold turkey | Alcohol & other drug issues in the media | Scoop.it

Habitual synthetic weed smokers are being urged to seek help or face violent withdrawals after being forced to go cold turkey by the New Zealand government’s sudden reversal on its synthetic drug laws last week. Until then, the country had been attempting to regulate the drugs rather than criminalizing them, as bans often just resulted in manufacturers coming up with new compounds that weren't covered by the law.

more...
No comment yet.
Scooped by ReGenUC
Scoop.it!

No Slowdown in Unfair Marijuana Arrests (USA)

Extreme racial disparities in the arrest statistics for low-level possession make it imperative that the city take a closer look.
more...
No comment yet.
Scooped by ReGenUC
Scoop.it!

Slater and Gordon finds drunken violence scares Australians away from precincts

Slater and Gordon finds drunken violence scares Australians away from precincts | Alcohol & other drug issues in the media | Scoop.it
FEAR of assault is stopping people from visiting entertainment precincts, a new national survey has found.
more...
No comment yet.
Scooped by ReGenUC
Scoop.it!

The Controversial Answer To America's Heroin Surge

The Controversial Answer To America's Heroin Surge | Alcohol & other drug issues in the media | Scoop.it
With heroin use at epidemic levels, harm reduction — a bold, long-contested approach to treating addicts — is gaining political traction. But are we ready to make it easier to shoot her...
ReGenUC's insight:

Great to see harm reduction getting coverage (and traction) in the US.

more...
No comment yet.
Scooped by ReGenUC
Scoop.it!

The ethics of personal enhancement, from beta blockers to ADHD drugs (Aus)

The ethics of personal enhancement, from beta blockers to ADHD drugs (Aus) | Alcohol & other drug issues in the media | Scoop.it

We down coffee to brighten the senses, alcohol to lubricate personal encounters, and paracetamol to dull pain, so what’s the problem with other quick fixes for work and play? Joe Gelonesi speaks to philosopher Nicole Vincent about the ethical challenges posed by personal enhancement.

more...
No comment yet.
Scooped by ReGenUC
Scoop.it!

'Missing' figures show poor are hit (Aus)

'Missing' figures show poor are hit (Aus) | Alcohol & other drug issues in the media | Scoop.it
Information withheld from Tuesday night's budget shows that high-income couples will suffer scarcely at all while low-income families on benefits lose as much as 10 per cent of their incomes.
ReGenUC's insight:

Cue increased AOD use, family violence and crime as already vulnerable families' daily struggle becomes significantly harder.  Meanwhile, support services (and peak bodies) are losing their funding.

more...
No comment yet.
Scooped by ReGenUC
Scoop.it!

Man who smoked joint after car crash to face court for drug-driving (ACT)

Man who smoked joint after car crash to face court for drug-driving (ACT) | Alcohol & other drug issues in the media | Scoop.it
Nigel Hill took himself to hospital after a joint failed to relieve the pain he was suffering from a car crash. Now he's been ordered to face court.
more...
No comment yet.
Scooped by ReGenUC
Scoop.it!

Weighing up the cost of the health of a nation (Aus)

Weighing up the cost of the health of a nation (Aus) | Alcohol & other drug issues in the media | Scoop.it
Imagine for a moment that the government is serious about reining in health costs. What should it do? Should it invest heavily in preventative health, trying to change lifestyles so that more people don’t get ill in the first place, or should it amass billions for medical research?
ReGenUC's insight:

Peter Martin considers the reduced emphasis on preventative health measures, with particular focus on alcohol. The article also exposes the moral bankruptcy of the ANABIC's argument to minimise the impact of alcohol related harms.

more...
No comment yet.
Scooped by ReGenUC
Scoop.it!

Slashing welfare is a recipe for crime (Aus)

Slashing welfare is a recipe for crime (Aus) | Alcohol & other drug issues in the media | Scoop.it

I've seen what happens when the poorest among us are backed into a corner. The sort of welfare cuts proposed in the Budget will create conditions conducive to criminal activity, writes Greg Barns.

ReGenUC's insight:

As Barns notes, offences: 'such as theft, low level drug selling, driving without a licence, burglaries, robberies and family violence generally increase when the welfare rolls are slashed.'

more...
No comment yet.
Scooped by ReGenUC
Scoop.it!

Ambulances overstretched in Maribyrnong from call-outs to drug and booze overdoses (Vic)

Ambulances overstretched in Maribyrnong from call-outs to drug and booze overdoses (Vic) | Alcohol & other drug issues in the media | Scoop.it
DRUG and alcohol overdoses are tying up ambulance resources in Maribyrnong, alarming new figures show.
ReGenUC's insight:

More coverage of Turning Point's new ambulance data.

more...
No comment yet.
Scooped by ReGenUC
Scoop.it!

Prison population explosion could lead to two new jails per year (NSW)

Prison population explosion could lead to two new jails per year (NSW) | Alcohol & other drug issues in the media | Scoop.it
More prisons will need to be built across the state to house an exploding number of prisoners 
ReGenUC's insight:

Mandatory sentencing for alcohol-related assaults will obviously not help.

more...
No comment yet.
Scooped by ReGenUC
Scoop.it!

Prisoners beat smoking ban with tea leaves (Qld)

Prisoners in Queensland jails are subverting a new cigarette ban by smoking tea leaves soaked in nicotine, prison officers say.
ReGenUC's insight:

Another example of how banning a behaviour does not necessarily prevent it.  The question is now whether prison authorities will respond by removing nicoteine replacement patches.  A prison full of people in nicoteine withdrawal would not be a happy place.

See the related story: http://sco.lt/6aUErp

more...
No comment yet.
Scooped by ReGenUC
Scoop.it!

Woman who gave lethal injection of heroin jailed (Scotland)

Woman who gave lethal injection of heroin jailed (Scotland) | Alcohol & other drug issues in the media | Scoop.it
A WOMAN who gave a friend a lethal injection of heroin has been jailed.
ReGenUC's insight:

Naloxone. Naloxone. Naloxone.

more...
No comment yet.
Scooped by ReGenUC
Scoop.it!

5 important lessons from the biggest e-cigarette study (USA)

5 important lessons from the biggest e-cigarette study (USA) | Alcohol & other drug issues in the media | Scoop.it
Those colorfully lit e-cigarettes are giving off way more than just "harmless water vapor," according to a comprehensive new study review by UC San Francisco's Center for Tobacco Control Research and Education. Users could also be inhaling ...
more...
No comment yet.