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Warning as cases of painkiller poisoning on rise (Ireland)

Warning as cases of painkiller poisoning on rise (Ireland) | Alcohol & other drug issues in the media | Scoop.it
THE number of people seeking help for suspected poisoning from common painkillers stored in home medicine cabinets is escalating.
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Jamaica's ganja tours draw the tourists

Jamaica's ganja tours draw the tourists | Alcohol & other drug issues in the media | Scoop.it
Cannabis connoisseurs can enjoy trips to hidden plantations and sample strains of the drug that inspired Bob Marley
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Synthetic drugs to be outlawed in NSW

Synthetic drugs to be outlawed in NSW | Alcohol & other drug issues in the media | Scoop.it
Synthetic drugs will be outlawed in NSW under new laws that carry jail terms of up to two years and fines of more than $2000.
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Anyone know how this legislation is supposed to work?

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Abbott told to cut soon and deep (Aus)

Abbott told to cut soon and deep (Aus) | Alcohol & other drug issues in the media | Scoop.it
Exclusive | The chairman of John Howard and Jeff Kennett’s audit commissions, Bob Officer, has urged the incoming Abbott government to follow Queensland’s example and cut thousands of inefficient jobs from education and health bureaucracies within...
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Look out health care.

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Meaningless wins in futile war on drugs (Tas)

Meaningless wins in futile war on drugs (Tas) | Alcohol & other drug issues in the media | Scoop.it
HERE'S what Tasmania Police, the Australian Federal Police and the Australian Crime Commission are not telling you about last week's military style "raids" around the state.
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Disadvantaged smokers lead record charge to quit (Vic)

Disadvantaged smokers lead record charge to quit (Vic) | Alcohol & other drug issues in the media | Scoop.it

SMOKERS are trying to ditch the habit in record numbers.

More than one in four say they intend to quit within the next month, and more people than ever are following through on their intention.

The latest Cancer Council Victoria study shows 48.7 per cent of the state's smokers tried to quit in 2012 and 29.6 per cent succeeded.

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What does LDP's David Leyonhjelm stand for? (NSW)

What does LDP's David Leyonhjelm stand for? (NSW) | Alcohol & other drug issues in the media | Scoop.it
FULL INTERVIEW: likely senator from New South Wales tells 3AW's Neil Mitchell his platform includes big changes to drug, euthansia and gun laws.
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Basically, that people should be able to do what they want, without interference from the 'nanny state'.  Good for people who use cannabis, not so much for shooting victims.  Should make for interesting times in the senate.

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Dane launches street magazine to help drug users fund their habit

Dane launches street magazine to help drug users fund their habit | Alcohol & other drug issues in the media | Scoop.it
Social entrepreneur Michael Lodberg Olsen challenges authorities in Denmark with project to give users 'dignity'
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It will be interesting to see how they go getting people to buy the magazine.  There's a lot of stigma to overcome.

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Harm reduction in Afghanistan (video)

An interview with Jamshid Azimy from Médecins du Monde about harm reduction programs in Afghanistan. Filmed at the Harm Reduction Interrnational Conference 2...
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Red wine - how healthy can it be? (UK)

Red wine - how healthy can it be? (UK) | Alcohol & other drug issues in the media | Scoop.it
Scientist are at odds on what gives red wine some reported health benefits - and it's all to do with the grapes.
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Up all night on the drug that never sleeps (UK)

Up all night on the drug that never sleeps (UK) | Alcohol & other drug issues in the media | Scoop.it
There’s a drug I’ve been wanting to try for ages. It’s called modafinil and it’s marketed as a “cognitive enhancer”. It helps you concentrate for awesomely long periods, say the millions of students who use it.
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Tobacco plain packaging (Scotland)

The Scottish Government is pressing ahead with plans to introduce tobacco plain packaging, with a consultation on next steps planned early next year.

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Local campaign against drug ICE welcomes State inquiry (Vic)

Mildura Independent Online Newspaper
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Time to legalise cannabis in India

Time to legalise cannabis in India | Alcohol & other drug issues in the media | Scoop.it
It was under American pressure that we criminalised what was culturally acceptable in our country. Now that America has changed its mind, maybe the time has come for us to do the same too.
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Banning Khat is one of the most dangerous decisions made during the 'war on drugs' (UK)

Banning Khat is one of the most dangerous decisions made during the 'war on drugs' (UK) | Alcohol & other drug issues in the media | Scoop.it
In banning Khat, Theresa May runs a very real risk of creating violence and organised crime
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Working Paper #1

Working Paper #1 | Alcohol & other drug issues in the media | Scoop.it

 

This working paper has been prepared as part of the Commonwealth Department of Health and Ageing (DoHA) commissioned review of alcohol and other drug treatment service funding, being undertaken by the Drug Policy Modelling Program. The review aims to inform the distribution of Commonwealth government alcohol and other drug treatment funding.

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Wonder how much attention Mr Abbott & co. to this?

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Old enough to know better: Thailand's infamous Full Moon Party turns 25

Old enough to know better: Thailand's infamous Full Moon Party turns 25 | Alcohol & other drug issues in the media | Scoop.it
Thailand's infamous beach rave turned 25 this year, making it old enough to refrain from dodgy drugs, buckets of vodka and drunken hook-ups with Danish backpackers.
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Nightclub crawls `run out of town' (Qld)

Nightclub crawls `run out of town' (Qld) | Alcohol & other drug issues in the media | Scoop.it
WILD pub crawls and party tours of the Glitter Strip are dragging down the city's image and need to be
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Investment banker gets bail after allegedly attacking bouncer at George St bar (NSW)

Investment banker gets bail after allegedly attacking bouncer at George St bar (NSW) | Alcohol & other drug issues in the media | Scoop.it
AN investment banker who allegedly king-hit a bouncer after being refused entry to a Sydney nightclub has been granted bail after his family offered to put up more than $1 million to have him released.
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Pregnant women warned to adopt zero tolerance approach to alcohol intake (Aus)

Pregnant women warned to adopt zero tolerance approach to alcohol intake (Aus) | Alcohol & other drug issues in the media | Scoop.it
TO DRINK or not to drink during pregnancy: the age-old debate is ramping up with the State Government ordering expectant mums not to touch a drop of alcohol.
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Pre-access drug and alcohol testing rejected in Ontario

Arbitrator follows Supreme Court of Canada’s lead in determining employer must have proof of existing problem to justify testing
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The wealthy 'make mistakes', the poor go to jail (USA)

The wealthy 'make mistakes', the poor go to jail (USA) | Alcohol & other drug issues in the media | Scoop.it
Chris Arnade: I left my Wall Street trader job and began photographing drug addicts in NYC. These two worlds have entirely different rules
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Time to lift alcohol ban at football matches – SFA (Scotland)

Time to lift alcohol ban at football matches – SFA (Scotland) | Alcohol & other drug issues in the media | Scoop.it
SCOTTISH football chiefs want ministers to look at ending a controversial ban on alcohol sales in stadiums on match days.
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A nation of prescription drug addicts: More Britons die from abusing painkillers and tranquillisers than heroin and cocaine

A nation of prescription drug addicts: More Britons die from abusing painkillers and tranquillisers than heroin and cocaine | Alcohol & other drug issues in the media | Scoop.it
There were 807 fatal overdoses involving prescription drugs last year, a rise of 16 per cent in five years, official figures show.
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Lawyer says tough new drug laws have 'gone too far' (Qld)

Lawyer says tough new drug laws have 'gone too far' (Qld) | Alcohol & other drug issues in the media | Scoop.it
A TOOWOOMBA criminal defence lawyer says tough new laws aimed at netting drug kingpins have gone too far.
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