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Don't turn off life support in times of crisis (Aus)

New data showing the GFC's devastating effect on Europeans' health highlights the importance of a strong social safety net and health funding in times of economic stress.
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People with high 'genetic risk profile' more likely to smoke (NZ)

People with high 'genetic risk profile' more likely to smoke (NZ) | Alcohol & other drug issues in the media | Scoop.it
CAN'T quit smoking? The answer may lie in your genes, according to a new study from Dunedin.
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Tax-hike plan upsets the apple cart (NSW)

Tax-hike plan upsets the apple cart (NSW) | Alcohol & other drug issues in the media | Scoop.it
THE owner of Borenore’s Small Acres Cyder, James Kendell, says a proposed tax hike on traditional cider will not only jeopardise his business but will impact apple and pear growers throughout the country.
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Saluting 30 years of RBT (NSW)

Saluting 30 years of RBT (NSW) | Alcohol & other drug issues in the media | Scoop.it
POLICE will today notch up more than two million breath tests since November as part of a blitz marking the 30th anniversary of the first RBT.
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Life in Queensland: enjoyable one day, illegal the next

Life in Queensland: enjoyable one day, illegal the next | Alcohol & other drug issues in the media | Scoop.it
If the Queensland government’s proposed new drug laws take effect then be on guard: your next cheese and avocado foccacia might be illegal, write Greg Barns and Stephen Bright.
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Promised grog crackdown hits cash-flow hitch (NT)

Promised grog crackdown hits cash-flow hitch (NT) | Alcohol & other drug issues in the media | Scoop.it
Chief Minister Adam Giles has told the Northern Territory Legislative Assembly his Government is struggling to fund its proposed alcohol and mandatory rehabilitation legislation.
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Cider industry hostile to 'pre-mix tax' (Aus)

Cider industry hostile to 'pre-mix tax' (Aus) | Alcohol & other drug issues in the media | Scoop.it
Cider producers are pushing back against lobbying efforts by the spirits industry which is calling for the tax on a glass of cider to quadruple.
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Fears over drug use in primary schools (Vic)

Fears over drug use in primary schools (Vic) | Alcohol & other drug issues in the media | Scoop.it
CHILDREN as young as nine are experimenting with drugs in a "worrying trend" hitting primary schools.
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Violence prompts calls to arm hospital guards (Vic)

Violence prompts calls to arm hospital guards (Vic) | Alcohol & other drug issues in the media | Scoop.it
SECURITY guards want to carry guns in hospital emergency departments to protect the public and themselves from violent and drugged patients.
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Police blitz on campers and holidaymakers on Noosa's North Shore beaches nets drug users (Qld)

Police blitz on campers and holidaymakers on Noosa's North Shore beaches nets drug users (Qld) | Alcohol & other drug issues in the media | Scoop.it
POLICE say a beach blitz north of Noosa has put the brakes on drink-driving and has also uncovered young campers using drugs.
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MildGreen Initiative's curator insight, April 2, 2013 9:45 AM

Another feel good story pretending to be a 'success' in the war on some drugs.... 

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Licensees to fight 'ridiculous' ban on shots after 2am (SA)

Licensees to fight 'ridiculous' ban on shots after 2am (SA) | Alcohol & other drug issues in the media | Scoop.it
A PROPOSED late-night code of conduct for licensed venues contains "ridiculous" restrictions on standard quantities of alcohol that could be easily dodged, West End licensees say.
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Overdose inmate sues govt (ACT)

Overdose inmate sues govt (ACT) | Alcohol & other drug issues in the media | Scoop.it
A prisoner at Canberra's jail is suing the ACT government after being given two cups of methadone to drink by a staff member who thought the substance was pineapple juice.
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Idiots like this one will make sure we never see methadone access in US prisons.

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Experiment has improved our town, says Aurukun mayor (Qld)

Experiment has improved our town, says Aurukun mayor (Qld) | Alcohol & other drug issues in the media | Scoop.it
THE mayor of Cape York's largest indigenous community has slammed the Newman government's decision to cut funding for Noel Pearson's welfare reform trial, saying it has dramatically improved the lives of children and families with its hardline...
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Ex-user warns of fake drug horrors (NZ)

Ex-user warns of fake drug horrors  (NZ) | Alcohol & other drug issues in the media | Scoop.it

A Nelson man says kicking his $200-a-week legal high habit landed him in intensive care.

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Police warn of drug-driving dangers (Qld)

Police warn of drug-driving dangers (Qld) | Alcohol & other drug issues in the media | Scoop.it
Queensland police say they are disappointed with the behaviour of the state's motorists over Easter.
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Pupils hit by drink problems: principal (WA)

Pupils hit by drink problems: principal (WA) | Alcohol & other drug issues in the media | Scoop.it
Teenagers are drinking at increasingly younger ages and bringing more problems into school on Mondays after booze-fuelled weekend parties, according to the head of one of Perth's most prestigious girls' colleges.
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Smoking ban causing patients to check out (ACT)

ACT Health says some patients have chosen to leave the Canberra Hospital's new psychiatric facility because of a smoking ban.
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The price that society pays for heavy drinkers' freedom is a crying shame (NSW)

I was shown a photo recently of me giving a leaving certificate to one of my students. The photo moved me greatly because the boy is now dead.
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Praise for plan to reduce binge drinking (Qld) - audio

Praise for plan to reduce binge drinking (Qld) - audio | Alcohol & other drug issues in the media | Scoop.it
Researchers have praised a community-led binge drinking awareness campaign in a north Queensland Indigenous community.
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Anti-booze wowsers take it a step too far (Aus)

Anti-booze wowsers take it a step too far (Aus) | Alcohol & other drug issues in the media | Scoop.it
Now that parties are illegal in WA, the major difficulty for the police seems to be the appalling excesses of the moronic nightclub scene - but where to look for an answer?
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Review: Greg Fleet in The Boy Who Cried Sober (Vic)

Review: Greg Fleet in The Boy Who Cried Sober (Vic) | Alcohol & other drug issues in the media | Scoop.it
Greg Fleet in The Boy Who Cried Sober, at Melbourne Town Hall until April 21
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Call to be heeded (Vic)

NONE of us want to see guns in hospitals. Hospitals are for people who are ill and injured. They are places of refuge and last resort; places we turn to in times of need.
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Danger as neglect turns to rage (Aus)

Danger as neglect turns to rage (Aus) | Alcohol & other drug issues in the media | Scoop.it
NO wonder Ewan Crawford is scared. He's seen up close the rise of the new underclass, bred to fail.
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An unusual one from Andrew Bolt. A mixture of his usual hyperstigmatisation, empathy with offenders and a call for more love in our society.

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Funding fight leaves Alice camps in limbo (NT)

Funding fight leaves Alice camps in limbo (NT) | Alcohol & other drug issues in the media | Scoop.it
THE ongoing maintenance and improvement of the Alice Springs town camps is in jeopardy less than four years after the federal government promised to turn the troubled indigenous settlements into normal suburbs.
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Police Commissioner lays down law over drunken violence (NSW)

Police Commissioner lays down law over drunken violence (NSW) | Alcohol & other drug issues in the media | Scoop.it
The NSW Police Commissioner says that dealing with alcohol and its effects consumes about 70 per cent of a frontline police officer's time.
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