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Debate over drugs is healthy (Vic)

Debate over drugs is healthy (Vic) | Alcohol & other drug issues in the media | Scoop.it
VICTORIA is hearing people’s opinion on whether they should be able to buy marijuana over the counter instead of from drug dealers after retail sales started in Colorado in the United States.
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Herald Sun editorial citing Prof David Pennington's (author of Victoria's last major drug policy report, in the 90's) call for regulation of cannabis and ecstasy.

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Tobacco's ugly truth must be uncovered

Tobacco's ugly truth must be uncovered | Alcohol & other drug issues in the media | Scoop.it
Julia Gillard: In Australia, 15,000 people die a year due to tobacco use. The fight has not been won yet, but our plain package policy works and should be defended
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The former PM on why her govt pursued plain packaging for tobacco.

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Drinking among young exaggerated as middle-aged habits cause alarm (Ireland)

Drinking among young exaggerated as middle-aged habits cause alarm (Ireland) | Alcohol & other drug issues in the media | Scoop.it
Middle-age drinking statistics surprise as years of dependency take their toll
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It's always heartening to see coverage that challenges the myth that all alcohol related problems are caused by young people.

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B.C. patients still waiting for controversial prescription heroin (Canada)

B.C. patients still waiting for controversial prescription heroin (Canada) | Alcohol & other drug issues in the media | Scoop.it
The doctors for a Group of 21 addicts granted special prescriptions for the drug have not yet received their supplies, and are hoping an injunction will move things along
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Track patients addicted to prescription drugs, home affairs committee tells GPs (UK)

Track patients addicted to prescription drugs, home affairs committee tells GPs (UK) | Alcohol & other drug issues in the media | Scoop.it
Report calls for immediate steps as it is revealed there are as many as 1.5 million people dependent on tranquillisers
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Trying to turn GPs into private investigators is probably not the solution to this problem.

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One cannabis raid every day in Scotland

One cannabis raid every day in Scotland | Alcohol & other drug issues in the media | Scoop.it
POLICE are raiding a cannabis farm a day in Scotland, with numbers of seizures rising rapidly under the new national force.
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Booze law changes working, police say (NZ)

CHANGES to alcohol laws are being cited by New Zealand police as a likely cause for a recent drop in offences.
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Three alleged 'Silk Road' employees charged with conspiracy (USA)

Three alleged 'Silk Road' employees charged with conspiracy (USA) | Alcohol & other drug issues in the media | Scoop.it
Three alleged former employees of "Silk Road," the online marketplace prosecutors called a "sprawling black-market bazaar," were accused of conspiring to traffic in drugs, hack computers and launder money.
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In case you missed this over the weekend. The charges appear to relate to Silk Road 1.0, not the new post-Ulbricht incarnation .

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Editorial: Put a cork in our drunken culture (SA)

Editorial: Put a cork in our drunken culture (SA) | Alcohol & other drug issues in the media | Scoop.it
THE traditional party season has a long history of being oiled by alcohol.
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A clear public health message in this editorial, making the links between culture, policy and individual behaviour.

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Report raises privacy concerns over nightclub scanners (NSW)

Report raises privacy concerns over nightclub scanners (NSW) | Alcohol & other drug issues in the media | Scoop.it
An Australian Institute of Criminology report has called for a moratorium on identity scanners in nightclubs, after finding they don't reduce alcohol-related violence and raise serious privacy issues.
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Study suggests scanners simply displace violence from venues to streets.

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Rising acts of random city violence put medics on edge (NSW)

Rising acts of random city violence put medics on edge (NSW) | Alcohol & other drug issues in the media | Scoop.it
Veteran paramedic Norm Spalding gives his crews advice before they head out on a weekend night shift. ''Remember to duck and weave, duck and weave.''
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Napthine government calls for end to restraint and seclusion of mentally ill patients (Vic)

Napthine government calls for end to restraint and seclusion of mentally ill patients (Vic) | Alcohol & other drug issues in the media | Scoop.it
Government calls on hospitals and other health services to eliminate use of restraint and seclusion on mentally ill patients.
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A step forward for patients/consumers rights.

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Drunken thugs to face harsher penalties in liquor licensing overhaul (Qld)

Drunken thugs to face harsher penalties in liquor licensing overhaul (Qld) | Alcohol & other drug issues in the media | Scoop.it
DRUNKEN thugs will face harsher penalties while pubs and clubs will be "better equipped" to handle drunken violence under a planned liquor licensing overhaul.
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The Qld govt is making appears to be shifting responsibility for alcohol related violence from industry to individuals, unless those individuals happen to be Aboriginal.

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Marijuana reform: Colorado seeks pot of gold from legal high

Marijuana reform: Colorado seeks pot of gold from legal high | Alcohol & other drug issues in the media | Scoop.it
The world's first state-licensed marijuana retailers legally permitted to sell the drug for recreational use opened for business in Colorado on Wednesday with long lines of customers, marking a new chapter in America's drug culture.
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Alarm at cheap booze in sachets (NZ)

Alarm at cheap booze in sachets (NZ) | Alcohol & other drug issues in the media | Scoop.it
Sachets of alcohol designed to be slipped discreetly into purses and pockets are being sold in liquor stores, alarming police and alcohol-watch groups. - New Zealand Herald
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Good grief.

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Alcohol sales on the rise in the Northern Territory

Alcohol sales on the rise in the Northern Territory | Alcohol & other drug issues in the media | Scoop.it
ALCOHOL sales and the amount people drink have gone up in the Territory after years of steady decline.
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More coverage of the rise in sales following the scrapping of the Territory's 'Banned Drinkers' Register'.

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For Young People Addicted to Painkillers, the Path Less Taken -- Why? (USA)

While no one treatment approach is right for every teen, it is clinically sensible -- but not easy -- to find comprehensive care. We tell families to look for three things.
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Colorado prepares to become 'Amsterdam of America' as state legalises cannabis

Colorado prepares to become 'Amsterdam of America' as state legalises cannabis | Alcohol & other drug issues in the media | Scoop.it
On New Year’s Day, Colorado will become the first US state to legalise sales of recreational cannabis. Nick Allen sees preparations in Denver
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UK Should Follow New Zealand In Dealing With Legal Highs 'Epidemic'

UK Should Follow New Zealand In Dealing With Legal Highs 'Epidemic' | Alcohol & other drug issues in the media | Scoop.it
The Government and police are failing to get to grips with an "epidemic" of so-called legal highs and an overhaul of legislation is needed, a cross-party parliamentary committee has warned.
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Amphetamine abuse the leading problem for people seeking treatment for drug abuse (NSW)

For the first time, amphetamine abuse is the number one problem for people seeking treatment for drug addiction.

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More coverage of Odyssey's service data.

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Amphetamine abuse growing: report (NSW)

AMPHETAMINES have surged ahead of alcohol as the main substance addicted Australians seek treatment for, a report from a rehabilitation centre has found.
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Citing data from Odyssey House in Sydney (see below)

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Compounds in scorpion venom could be used in painkillers (Aus)

Compounds in scorpion venom could be used in painkillers (Aus) | Alcohol & other drug issues in the media | Scoop.it
Scientists have found unique compounds in the venom of Australian scorpions that have potential uses in pain management drugs.
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Someone's going to go there, aren't they?

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Blow me first breathalyser company conducts trial at Melbourne bars

Blow me first breathalyser company conducts trial at Melbourne bars | Alcohol & other drug issues in the media | Scoop.it
It is 4.15am at King Street club Tramp and 28-year-old Joe is about to discover what it means to drink four full-strength beers, three double shots of spiced rum, three gin and tonics and a shot of tequila.
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It may be a gimmick, but it might help prevent some drink driving this festive season.

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More than booze behind thuggery (NSW)

More than booze behind thuggery (NSW) | Alcohol & other drug issues in the media | Scoop.it
BARELY a weekend has passed this year when we haven't been confronted with the ugly reality of "alcohol-fuelled violence".
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Asking the question about individual responsibility for AOD-related violence.

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Lockouts and laws to end Sydney's drunken violence

AS a father of three young adults in their early 20s, I respect the right of young people to go out, have a few drinks and let their hair down, responsibly.
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By NSW Opposition Leader, John Robertson.

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