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Stroke cases fall as people quit smoking (SA)

THE number of stroke cases in Australia has fallen in the past 20 years despite the ageing of the population, according to research led by the University of Adelaide.
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NSW Okays Use of Medical Marijuana for Cancer, AIDS Patients

NSW Okays Use of Medical Marijuana for Cancer, AIDS Patients | Alcohol & other drug issues in the media | Scoop.it
The New South Wales Parliamentary Committee recommended the approval of medical marijuana for state residents suffering from cancer, AIDS or other end-stage ailments.
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Commonwealth legal threat to NT plan for alcoholics

Commonwealth legal threat to NT plan for alcoholics | Alcohol & other drug issues in the media | Scoop.it
The Commonwealth is seeking to block a crucial part of the Northern Territory Governments radical plan to force alcoholics into rehabilitation The Federal Health Minister has sought legal advice on
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Drug fears aired for country Victoria

An independent health organisation says it is extremely concerned by the number of ambulance call-outs for drug-related issues in country Victoria.
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Positive drug tests on the rise (Aus)

Positive drug tests on the rise (Aus) | Alcohol & other drug issues in the media | Scoop.it
The AFL has revealed that 26 AFL players failed an illicit drug test in 2012, up from six the previous year.
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Keeping it in perspective, that's 1.3% of all tests for illicit drugs.

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Punters confused by light booze (Vic)

Punters confused by light booze (Vic) | Alcohol & other drug issues in the media | Scoop.it
News flash from Victoria's liquor regulator to pubs, clubs and cafes – drinking light beer can get you drunk and above .05.
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Cannabis treatment for pain wins MPs' approval (NSW)

Cannabis treatment for pain wins MPs' approval (NSW) | Alcohol & other drug issues in the media | Scoop.it
A NSW parliamentary committee has recommended the medical use of cannabis for people with terminal illness and AIDS.
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Montreal Cops Seize Drug "40X Stronger Than Heroin"

Montreal Cops Seize Drug "40X Stronger Than Heroin" | 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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Still no warning labels on alcohol one year on (Ireland)

NO LABELS have yet been put on alcohol products sold in Ireland containing health warnings about drinking during pregnancy, despite the recommendations of a report a year ago.
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Cocaine vaccine passes key testing hurdle (USA)

Researchers at Weill Cornell Medical College have successfully tested their novel anti-cocaine vaccine in primates, bringing them closer to launching human clinical trials.
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NT bans will impact Isa

ALCOHOL'S effect on Northern Territory communities was thrown back into the spotlight last week after territory Business Minister Dave Tollner announced police in the state would introduce alcohol bans as punishment for alcohol-related crimes.
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Ice trend worries paramedics, hospitals and drug experts (Vic)

The number of ambulance calls for crystal methamphetamine has doubled in the last two years A drug counsellor says thats because its cheap and is now the party drug of choice for many young people
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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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NZ tops pregnancy smoking list

NZ tops pregnancy smoking list | Alcohol & other drug issues in the media | Scoop.it
New Zealand women were the most likely to smoke while pregnant, a large study of births has found.
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Not just the bottle shops are to blame (WA)

Not just the bottle shops are to blame (WA) | Alcohol & other drug issues in the media | Scoop.it
It’s a concern that several Mandurah bottle shops haven’t been adequately checking age identification but that’s not the only place the blame lies.
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Re-stigmatising the mentally ill (Aus)

Olav Nielssen writes:  Just when we thought we were heading for a more tolerant and accepting attitude toward people afflicted by mental illness, a feature and a news article in Saturday’s The Australian quoting leaders in the area of forensic...
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CFC helping Odyssey House Victoria “Kick the Habit”

CFC helping Odyssey House Victoria “Kick the Habit” | Alcohol & other drug issues in the media | Scoop.it
The Carlton Football Club is helping Victorians fight drug and alcohol addiction through its “Kick The Habit” match this weekend.
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Nice piece on AFL club Carlton's partnership with Odyssey.

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Cannabis linked to prevention of diabetes UK)

Cannabis linked to prevention of diabetes UK) | Alcohol & other drug issues in the media | Scoop.it
Smoking cannabis may prevent the development of diabetes, one of the most rapidly rising chronic disorders in the world.
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Walter Paul Bebirian's curator insight, May 17, 2013 8:31 AM

could this really be happening?

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Should soft drugs be decriminalised? (NZ)

Should soft drugs be decriminalised? (NZ) | Alcohol & other drug issues in the media | Scoop.it
The Vote is a monthly current affairs debate show filmed ‘as live’ before a studio audience.Every four weeks, two teams led by Duncan Garner and Guyon Espiner will go head-to-head over a big issue facing New Zealand.
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Grant Hall's comment, May 15, 2013 9:03 PM
Well said . . .
Julian Buchanan's comment, May 15, 2013 9:04 PM
Cheers Grant
MildGreen Initiative's comment, June 2, 2013 4:32 PM
Media has little interest in resolving the tensions....they completly omitteto mention that we have the worlds best rules and that the current moral panic is because we havent tried/applied them. Media have never even mentioned them five years after they were made law.
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In Mexico, restrictions on U.S. agents signal drug war shift

In Mexico, restrictions on U.S. agents signal drug war shift | Alcohol & other drug issues in the media | Scoop.it
While Americans grumble, many in Mexico, including the president, say it’s time to rein in U.S. drug agents.
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Task Force Recommends Screening All Adults for Alcohol Misuse (USA)

Task Force Recommends Screening All Adults for Alcohol Misuse (USA) | Alcohol & other drug issues in the media | Scoop.it
Questions about alcohol use should be a part of regular physical checkups, according to a panel of experts.
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'Heroin ruined 15 years of my life' (UK) - video

'Heroin ruined 15 years of my life' (UK) - video | Alcohol & other drug issues in the media | Scoop.it
Former heroin addict David talks about the devastating impact that drugs have had on his life.
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Medical-use marijuana backed (NSW)

A NSW parliamentary committee has recommended the medical use of marijuana be legalised for people with cancer, AIDS or other terminal illnesses and urged the federal government to approve the use of cannabis-based pharmaceuticals. The proposal would allow patients to possess and use up to 15g of cannabis.

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MANDATORY ALCOHOL TREATMENT BILL INTRODUCED TODAY (NT)

Alcohol Rehabilitation Minister, Robyn Lambley, today tabled the Country Liberals Government’s proposed Mandatory Alcohol Treatment Bill in the Northern Territory Parliament.

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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.