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Drinks industry knows the middle-aged better than government does (UK)

Drinks industry knows the middle-aged better than government does (UK) | Alcohol & other drug issues in the media | Scoop.it
Young binge drinkers may get most of the newspaper headlines, but alcohol consumption in middle-aged men and women is an increasing concern. In the UK over the past couple of decades, alcohol-related death…
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Highlighting the need for public health campaigns that recognise the reasons why people use AOD, not just rely on scare tactics.

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Ecstasy and synthetic drug use increases (Aus)

Ecstasy and synthetic drug use increases (Aus) | Alcohol & other drug issues in the media | Scoop.it
ECSTASY use is on the rise among recreational drug users while synthetic drug use is also climbing, a new report shows.
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Citing NDARC data.

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Garrett Wesch's curator insight, November 7, 2014 5:38 PM

I chose this topic because the use of Ecstasy and Molly are increasing at EDM festivals as time goes on. This is one of the most popular drugs among the club scene.

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Drunk and confused: Weekend drinking is hitting the performance of our teenagers in school (Aus)

Drunk and confused: Weekend drinking is hitting the performance of our teenagers in school (Aus) | Alcohol & other drug issues in the media | Scoop.it
WEEKEND binge drinking is taking a severe toll on the performance of our teenagers in the classroom, with hung-over students unable to learn and resorting to disruptive behaviour.
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More coverage of the ANCD report, which is here: http://www.ancd.org.au/images/PDF/LatestNews/rp26-survey-of-school-principals%202.pdf

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Douglas Young's curator insight, February 1, 2015 5:21 PM

Binge drinking is becoming more popular among teens.  I believe that educating teens on the harmful effects of alcohol has to start at home.  Alcohol is effecting student performance in school.  The responsibility cannot be relied upon the school administrators alone. http://www.heraldsun.com.au/lifestyle/parenting/drunk-and-confused-weekend-drinking-is-hitting-the-performance-of-our-teenagers-in-school/story-fnjgw0zo

Rubey's curator insight, May 19, 2015 1:55 AM

Binge drinking is a real problem with teens and shouldn't effect how we perform during school. I hope that not many people are affected by this

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NSW Labor puts forward alternative to minimum mandatory sentence laws

NSW Labor puts forward alternative to minimum mandatory sentence laws | Alcohol & other drug issues in the media | Scoop.it
Judges would be able to ignore minimum mandatory sentences in special cases under amendments Labor is proposing to make to the O'Farrell government's controversial sentencing laws that aim to curb alcohol-fuelled violence.
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Uruguay's battle with 'pasta base'

Uruguay's battle with 'pasta base' | Alcohol & other drug issues in the media | Scoop.it

In December, Uruguay became the first nation in the world to legislate for the production, sale and state regulation of marijuana. Many hope that when the law takes full effect next year, fewer people will use a cheap, highly addictive cocaine derivative called "pasta base". Others fear the opposite.

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Will Uruguay's cannabis laws have an impact on harms associated with the use of this drug?  Time (and research) will tell.

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Time for UN to open up dialogue on drug policy reform and end counter-productive blame-game

Drug policy reform experts have called on the INCB and related UN institutions to urgently open up a constructive dialogue on international drug policy reform.
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IDPC response to the INCB criticisms of cannabis law reform.

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Older people need to be vigilant about turning to alcohol (Ireland)

The older and allegedly wiser shake their heads at the sight of young people falling about on the street from the effects of too much drink.

Yet it is entirely possible that there is more dangerous drinking going on in the homes of the old than in the haunts of the young.

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Teachers deal with students' drug and alcohol abuse, report says (Aus)

Teachers deal with students' drug and alcohol abuse, report says (Aus) | Alcohol & other drug issues in the media | Scoop.it
The binge drinking and drug taking culture among high school students is having a detrimental impact on schools, a survey of principals found, with teachers spending significant amounts of classroom time dealing with the fallout of weekend parties.
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The ANCD report is here: http://www.ancd.org.au/images/PDF/LatestNews/rp26-survey-of-school-principals%202.pdf

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Ben Bempong's curator insight, July 24, 2015 6:23 PM

This is a big wall to school teachers and administrator.  I chose this article because it relates well to the environment I work in.  Its tough as a educator to pour out your all into students and some students are doing the most outside the school day.  Drugs, alcohol, etc are the uncontrolling objectives educators cant control.  It places heavy demand on educators to fight through these demons in route to teaching a lesson plan.

Bradley Gomoluch's curator insight, July 29, 2015 4:15 PM

I agree with you again Ben, I work in a very similar school environment. It is very difficult when you try and offer supports to students and families and spending classroom time talking about these issues and things do not change. More importantly it takes away form the learning that should be taking place. 

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Earlier pub closing times key to reducing alcohol-fuelled assaults (NSW)

Earlier pub closing times key to reducing alcohol-fuelled assaults (NSW) | Alcohol & other drug issues in the media | Scoop.it
Earlier pub closing times have a large impact on curbing alcohol-fuelled violence, according to research my colleagues and I have published today in the international peer-reviewed journal Drug & Alcohol…
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Kyp Kypri on his ongoing work on alcohol related violence.

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Surely, we’ve ad enough of glorifying grog

THE latest public campaign designed to teach young people to drink less has a slogan that actually promotes alcohol consumption — “Drinking: do it properly.”
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More comment on the DrinkWise marketing campaign.  Susie O'Brien gets it  bang on, including the comparison of 'do it properly' with the previous campaign (which was pretty good).

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Heroin Overdose Can Be Prevented, But It Requires a Plan (USA)

Because when it comes to addiction, every day presents new challenges, and having a plan "just in case" offers a second chance to those struggling with drug abuse and peace of mind for the people who love them....
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'High use' pain killer addicts get fix from doctors, dealers - study (USA)

Most Americans who abuse prescription pain killers get them free from friends or family, but a new study released on Monday shows that addicts who use these opiates most frequently gravitate  toward doctors or dealers to get their fixes.

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'Doctor shopping' is not a new phenomenon.

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Not regulating 'legal highs' condemns drug users to playing Russian roulette (UK)

Not regulating 'legal highs' condemns drug users to playing Russian roulette (UK) | Alcohol & other drug issues in the media | Scoop.it
Max Daly: We should follow New Zealand, which has passed a law to ensure synthetic drugs are safe, yet political cowardice in the UK means this will never be viable
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Grog crackdown makes mark but rehab in doubt (NT)

Grog crackdown makes mark but rehab in doubt (NT) | Alcohol & other drug issues in the media | Scoop.it

Stationing police outside bottle shops in Territory towns has an impact on alcohol consumption. The latest figures show consumption has dropped to the lowest level on record, but the statistics do not include the impact of the mandatory rehabilitation policy or punitive protection orders.

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Good to see some indication of improvements, but APOs and mandatory rehab still have the potential to harm already vulnerable people.

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Warning on cuts to checks on medication for elderly (Aus)

Warning on cuts to checks on medication for elderly (Aus) | Alcohol & other drug issues in the media | Scoop.it
Nursing home residents will be put at risk by cutbacks to their government-funded medication checks, aged care advocates say.
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With implications for overdose amongst the elderly.

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Students’ weekend bingeing stresses teachers (Aus)

WEEKEND boozing and drug-taking by students is having a hangover effect for teachers and entire classes, a nationwide survey of principals has found.
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More on the ANCD report.

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NSW MPs should have 'last drinks' deadline, upper house says

NSW MPs should have 'last drinks' deadline, upper house says | Alcohol & other drug issues in the media | Scoop.it
NSW MPs forced Sydney's drunken revellers to call it a night at 3am, but they might also benefit from "last drinks" rules to help them hold their liquor, a parliamentary report says.
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Follow-up to yesterday's posting.

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Studies Show Women Using Crystal Meth for Weight Loss (USA/Aus)

A solid minority of women abusers, particularly in Australia, have reported initially taking meth in order to lose weight, only to fall victim to its addictive properties.
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Citing studies by Burnet Institute & others.

Triple J's hack program recently did a story on this: the podcast is still available (Mon Feb 24): http://www.abc.net.au/triplej/hack/podcast/

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UN: cannabis law changes pose 'very grave danger to public health'

UN: cannabis law changes pose 'very grave danger to public health' | Alcohol & other drug issues in the media | Scoop.it
International Narcotics Control Board calls US and Uruguay moves on cannabis 'misguided initiatives'
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The INCB comes out swinging against the international shift towards cannabis law reform.

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Washington DC council votes to decriminalise marijuana possession

Washington DC council votes to decriminalise marijuana possession | Alcohol & other drug issues in the media | Scoop.it
If the bill becomes law, the District of Columbia would join the 17 states that have decriminalized pot possession
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Drunk on moral superiority: public health lobby’s nonsensical alcohol policy (Aus)

Drunk on moral superiority: public health lobby’s nonsensical alcohol policy (Aus) | Alcohol & other drug issues in the media | Scoop.it
Demonising the alcohol industry ignores evidence from previous successful public health campaigns, warns a senior public health figure.
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Bernard Keane has a well-established position on what he deems as the 'nanny statist' approach by public health 'wowsers'.  We disagree with much of his argument, but he does highlight the need for public health advocates to avoid being perceived as the new incarnation of the Temperance movement.

Here is his response to recent criticisms of the DrinkWise campaign.

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Labor’s bid to block NSW Premier Barry O’Farrell’s mandatory sentencing laws

Labor’s bid to block NSW Premier Barry O’Farrell’s mandatory sentencing laws | Alcohol & other drug issues in the media | Scoop.it
PREMIER Barry O’Farrell’s mandatory sentencing laws are on the verge of collapse, with Labor to amend the laws in the upper house to have a mandatory sentence for one offence only — a new offence called “gross violence”.
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Drinking on the job still OK for NSW MPs

DRINKING on the job remains the right of NSW politicians.
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My Addiction, Through My Eyes (USA)

My Addiction, Through My Eyes (USA) | Alcohol & other drug issues in the media | Scoop.it

Most documentary projects about addiction expose someone else’s self-destructive behavior, but Graham MacIndoe took a very different approach: He photographed himself during the years he was addicted to drugs. He’d place a cheap digital camera on a table or bookshelf, set the self-timer to take a photo every so often, then turn his attention to the rituals of his habit: filling a crack pipe, cooking heroin, shooting up. Over time, he became more deliberate about lighting and composition, but the point was not to glamorize what had become a solitary existence, the monotonous repetition of an addict’s daily life.

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Kabul clinic offers rare shot at hope for Afghanistan’s rising drug addict population

Kabul clinic offers rare shot at hope for Afghanistan’s rising drug addict population | Alcohol & other drug issues in the media | Scoop.it

It is a spartan life of dormitory beds, communal eating and prayer, but the Jangalak treatment centre in Kabul offers a rare glimmer of hope for heroin addicts caught in Afghanistan’s spiralling drug problem.

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This article doesn't go beyond the usual stereotypes. We'd be curious to see how the centre measures it's 70% 'success rate'.

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