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Smoking shisha: how bad is it for you? (UK)

Smoking shisha: how bad is it for you? (UK) | Alcohol & other drug issues in the media | Scoop.it
It is growing in popularity but some experts say a single shisha session is the same as smoking 200 cigarettes
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Methadone linked to more drug deaths than heroin in Scotland last year

Methadone linked to more drug deaths than heroin in Scotland last year | Alcohol & other drug issues in the media | Scoop.it
Official statistics today reveal there were 581 drug-related deaths in Scotland last year - the second highest number ever recorded.
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Harsh drug laws increase addict deaths (Aus)

Harsh drug laws increase addict deaths (Aus) | Alcohol & other drug issues in the media | Scoop.it

Countries with harsh laws against drugs have  worse death rates for addicts when compared to countries who rely  on other policies to wean people off drugs, experts say, after the  release of a global survey of illicit substance abuse. 

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Highlighting the importance of policies that are based on public health and effectiveness.  We need more focus on evidence and less moralising to reduce AOD related harms in our society.

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Drink driving statistics vary by state (Aus)

Drink driving statistics vary by state  (Aus) | Alcohol & other drug issues in the media | Scoop.it

Motorists in South Australia, Tasmania  and the ACT think they are less likely to get busted for drink  driving than those in other states, new research suggests.

It shows the effectiveness of Random Breath Testing in reducing  alcohol-related crashes depends on where you live, indicating the  perceived risk of getting caught drunk behind the wheel differs  between states.

 

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Anti-Alcohol Policies in Schools More Effective If Students Think They Are Enforced (USA/Aus)

Anti-Alcohol Policies in Schools More Effective If Students Think They Are Enforced (USA/Aus) | Alcohol & other drug issues in the media | Scoop.it

School anti-alcohol policies are more effective when students think they are being enforced, researchers at the University of Washington have found. Students' perceptions of the policies' enforcement are more important than the details of the policies.

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Father of Thomas Kelly urges Tony Abbott to rethink his attitude after comment on crime victims (NSW)

Father of Thomas Kelly urges Tony Abbott to rethink his attitude after comment on crime victims (NSW) | Alcohol & other drug issues in the media | Scoop.it
The father of slain Sydney teenager Thomas Kelly has urged Tony Abbott to tackle drunken violence after the prospective prime minister appeared to suggest victims of crime had brought trouble on themselves.
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Getting arrested to smuggle drugs into jail a common ploy (UK)

Getting arrested to smuggle drugs into jail a common ploy (UK) | Alcohol & other drug issues in the media | Scoop.it
Windsor police say the man who allegedly stuffed an array of drugs into a body cavity, then purposely got arrested to smuggle them into Windsor Jail, is...
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'No fear of dying' in young drug users (N.Ireland)

'No fear of dying' in young drug users (N.Ireland) | Alcohol & other drug issues in the media | Scoop.it
A drugs awareness group has warned young people of the reality of taking illegal substances, as police investigate a possible drugs-link to the sudden death of another young person in Belfast.
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Tobacconist fined for selling synthetic cannabis (Qld)

The manager of an Ipswich tobacconist has been fined for selling synthetic cannabis, claiming an advertising campaign by the suppliers convinced her the products were legal.
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Cannabis affects addiction processes in adolescent brain (USA)

The nature of the teenage brain makes users of cannabis amongst this population particularly at risk of developing addictive behaviors and suffering other long-term negative effects, according to researchers at the University of Montreal and New...
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The Boy Who Was Too Hard To Treat (NSW)

The Boy Who Was Too Hard To Treat (NSW) | Alcohol & other drug issues in the media | Scoop.it
How a young life was lost in the messy gaps that stretch between drug abuse, mental health and treatment.
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Drug users in Australia being trained to inject life-saving medication Naloxone under new scheme

Drug users in Australia being trained to inject life-saving medication Naloxone under new scheme | Alcohol & other drug issues in the media | Scoop.it
Drug users in Australia are being trained how to inject a potentially life-saving medication in a bid to prevent people from dying from overdoses.
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Aussie winemakers cut alcohol content to win over British customers

Aussie winemakers cut alcohol content to win over British customers | Alcohol & other drug issues in the media | Scoop.it
AUSTRALIAN winemakers are slashing the alcohol content of their overseas ranges in an attempt to woo British customers.
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Scots drug deaths fall slightly

Scots drug deaths fall slightly | Alcohol & other drug issues in the media | Scoop.it
Drug-related deaths in Scotland fall slightly in 2012, but remain the second-highest on record, according to the latest figures.
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White House pushes anti-overdose drug (USA)

The White House wants more first responders to carry a medicine that reverses the effects of drug overdoses.
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Making naloxone standard equipment for first responders.

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Road safety council says new laws helping put brakes on drink-drivers (WA)

Road safety council says new laws helping put brakes on drink-drivers (WA) | Alcohol & other drug issues in the media | Scoop.it
The Road Safety Council of Western Australia says new drink-driving laws are proving successful with young drivers.
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Why does WA still allow a BAC of 0.08?

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Councils revolt over proposed booze bans (WA)

Councils revolt over proposed booze bans (WA) | Alcohol & other drug issues in the media | Scoop.it
Opposition is growing among Mid West shires to proposals which would restrict the sale of alcohol around the region.
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Teen drinking falls but concern over risk takers (NSW)

Teen drinking falls but concern over risk takers (NSW) | Alcohol & other drug issues in the media | Scoop.it
The number of schoolchildren drinking alcohol has fallen dramatically over the past 30 years, a large study of NSW students has found.
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Northern Territory to shift problem drinkers from hospital to prison unit

Northern Territory to shift problem drinkers from hospital to prison unit | Alcohol & other drug issues in the media | Scoop.it
Anyone taken into police custody three times in two months for public drunkenness could be forced to undergo treatment
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UK coverage of the Territory's mandatory rehabilitation scheme.

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Iran drug addiction rate highest in world

Iran drug addiction rate highest in world | Alcohol & other drug issues in the media | Scoop.it
UN statistics estimate that roughly 2.2 percent of Iranian adults are hooked on drugs, the highest rate in the world. Here's how Iran is fighting back.
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Drinkers lose share of housing benefit help (Scotland)

Drinkers lose share of housing benefit help (Scotland) | Alcohol & other drug issues in the media | Scoop.it
People who drink and smoke too much are being denied emergency hardship payments to help with the impact of the bedroom tax on their benefits.
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Overdose deaths pass national road toll for first time (Aus)

Overdose deaths pass national road toll for first time (Aus) | Alcohol & other drug issues in the media | Scoop.it
A SURGE in accidental and prescription medicine overdoses has seen drug deaths overtake the national road toll for the first time on record.
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AMAQ state president says cost of alcohol abuse is a huge public health issue (Qld)

Christian Rowan is a man on a mission.

Dr Rowan is committed to trying to breaking the cycle of intergenerational substance abuse and the science of addictions.

He helps them all, from heroin addicts to those who cannot get through the day without painkillers.

But he also walks the talk.

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Warning on spike in synthetic drug overdose (ACT)

Warning on spike in synthetic drug overdose (ACT) | Alcohol & other drug issues in the media | Scoop.it
A Canberra emergency medicine specialist has urged medical professionals and paramedics to be on alert for a potential spike in overdoses from a cheap synthetic drug linked to the death of a Sydney teenager.
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Three teens overdose on fake cannabis in CBD (Vic)

Three teens overdose on fake cannabis in CBD (Vic) | Alcohol & other drug issues in the media | Scoop.it
THREE teens were hospitalised after overdosing on synthetic cannabis in central Geelong today.
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