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NT minister slams federal 'prohibition' on grog

GUIDELINES proposed to allow alcohol back into some indigenous communities under strict federal government conditions have been labelled "out of touch" and designed to prevent drinking altogether.
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Drug dogs unleashed ahead of Schoolies (Qld)

Drug dogs unleashed ahead of Schoolies (Qld) | Alcohol & other drug issues in the media | Scoop.it
A PRE-SCHOOLIES drug blitz on Saturday night has resulted in 48 people being arrested for a range of offences from drug possession through to drink-driving and public nuisance.
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How to put an end to the cycle of creating defective men (Aus)

We are only just coming to grips with our tendency to create generations of defective men.
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Police arrest 33 people in Sydney's CBD

Sydney police have arrested 33 people, targeting alcohol-related crime and anti-social behaviour in the city's CBD this weekend.
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Drinkers turn their back on beer (Aus)

Drinkers turn their back on beer (Aus) | Alcohol & other drug issues in the media | Scoop.it

A hard-earned thirst needs a big cold beer, but Australians are increasingly  turning their backs on the national beverage in favour of wine or  cider,  according to new research.

The survey by IBISWorld also showed that Australians were drinking less, but  spending more on premium beverages. Their total spend is expected to reach $33  billion for 2012-13 and is tipped to jump to $39.9 billion by 2017-18.

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Mine workers find new legal high (WA)

Mine workers find new legal high (WA) | Alcohol & other drug issues in the media | Scoop.it
A new version of the synthetic drug known as Venom is on WA streets and is being favoured by mine workers, according to a retailer.
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McGowan accused of promoting new drug (WA)

McGowan accused of promoting new drug (WA) | Alcohol & other drug issues in the media | Scoop.it
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Detox scheme debate returns (Qld)

A GROUP formed three years ago to address Townsville's homeless problem was wound up without achieving its main goal of a mandatory detoxification scheme.
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Uruguay plans to start selling cannabis cigarettes to users in bid to stamp out black market drugs trade

Uruguay plans to start selling cannabis cigarettes to users in bid to stamp out black market drugs trade | Alcohol & other drug issues in the media | Scoop.it
Users will be able to purchase up to 40g (1.4oz) per month - enough for 20 cannabis cigarettes. The drug will be regulated by the state and sold at the market price, currently around £21.60.
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Students could face compulsory drug tests as rising numbers turn to 'cognitive enhancers' to boost concentration and exam marks (UK)

An increasing number of students are misusing legally prescribed drugs for psychiatric disorders in order to boost their academic performance, according to a major study into human enhancement.
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Rise in deaths from 'legal highs' (UK)

Rise in deaths from 'legal highs' (UK) | Alcohol & other drug issues in the media | Scoop.it
The number of people dying from now-banned legal highs including mephedrone rose sharply between 2009 and 2010, new data shows.
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Colorado legalizes recreational marijuana use

The Rocky Mountain High just got a whole lot higher. On Tuesday night, Amendment 64 -- the measure which sought the legalization of marijuana for recreational use by adults -- was passed by Colorado voters, making Colorado the first state to end marijuana prohibition in the United States.

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Muslims with drink problem urged to seek help (UK)

Fifteen Imams are to be given alcohol awareness training in a bid to break down the stigma of drinking within the Muslim community and encourage those with a problem seek help.
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Macklin unveils tough alcohol control standards (NT)

Macklin unveils tough alcohol control standards (NT) | Alcohol & other drug issues in the media | Scoop.it
The Federal Government says its new alcohol management plan for Aboriginal communities will ensure restrictions in the Northern Territory will not be lifted until harm reduction standards are agreed upon.
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Schoolies offers a lesson in trust (Qld)

Schoolies offers a lesson in trust (Qld) | Alcohol & other drug issues in the media | Scoop.it
IT'S that time again. For parents, Schoolies represents bucketloads of grog and risk-taking behaviour. They think sex, danger, teenage pregnancy and STDs. And they worry.
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'Grog' hits indigenous babies (WA)

'Grog' hits indigenous babies (WA) | Alcohol & other drug issues in the media | Scoop.it
The nation's first comprehensive study of the impact of excessive drinking on unborn Aboriginal children in Western Australia's Kimberley region has found that half of all babies were born with intellectual disabilities from foetal alcohol spectrum...
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Mexico's New Gov to Review Pot Fight After US Vote

Next Mexican administration: US legal marijuana vote changes 'rules of the game' in drug war...
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More synthetic cannabis on the Perth market (WA)

More synthetic cannabis on the Perth market (WA) | Alcohol & other drug issues in the media | Scoop.it

A potentially dangerous synthetic form of cannabis is being legally sold from a  shop opposite a Perth primary school.

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Research shows smoking rates declining among Indigenous Australians

It's not often we hear good news about health indicators for Indigenous Australians, but a new report has found that the number of heavy smokers within Australia's Indigenous population has almost halved in the past 20 years.
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Availability of synthetic cannabanoids criticised (WA)

Availability of synthetic cannabanoids criticised (WA) | Alcohol & other drug issues in the media | Scoop.it
The Government has been accused of dropping the ball on synthetic cannabis with new versions on sale at shops frequented by students.
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'Alarming' alcohol abuse by African youths (Vic)

'Alarming' alcohol abuse by African youths (Vic) | Alcohol & other drug issues in the media | Scoop.it

A Victorian judge has questioned whether the cheap price of alcohol is contributing to an alarming trend of excessive drinking by youths of African descent.

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Drugs could keep elderly working for longer (UK)

Drugs could keep elderly working for longer (UK) | Alcohol & other drug issues in the media | Scoop.it
Drugs which enhance the ability to think and concentrate could be given to older workers within the next decade as the workforce ages, a report claims.
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Marijuana legalisation: Colorado and Washington vote yes

Marijuana legalisation: Colorado and Washington vote yes | Alcohol & other drug issues in the media | Scoop.it
Voters in both states back regulated sale of marijuana as a recreational drug but federal ban remains...
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Why not a minimum price on alcohol in Australia?

In the first of a new regular column for Croakey, Louise Sylvan, CEO of Promoting a Healthy Australia (the Australian National Preventive Health Agency), makes the case against setting a floor price for alcohol.
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Clampdown on benefits for addicts (UK)

Clampdown on benefits for addicts (UK) | Alcohol & other drug issues in the media | Scoop.it
Drug addicts and alcoholics who claim thousands of pounds a year in sickness benefits could be stripped of their handouts if they do not seek treatment.
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