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MPs to debate legal drinking age as part of Social Development Committee probe (SA)

MPs to debate legal drinking age as part of Social Development Committee probe (SA) | Alcohol & other drug issues in the media | Scoop.it
THE legal drinking age will be debated by MPs as part of an inquiry into the selling and drinking of alcohol in South Australia.
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Grog groups accused of targeting minors on social media (Aus)

Grog groups accused of targeting minors on social media (Aus) | Alcohol & other drug issues in the media | Scoop.it
There are concerns alcohol companies may be turning to the colourful world of social media to promote drinks to minors.
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Mackenzie Roberts's curator insight, April 11, 2013 10:05 PM

There will always be teenagers who will rebel and drink underage so associtiations like schools focus on educating minors but social networking influences us in more ways than we realise, same with our friend groups.

What we use daily like twitter, tumblr and facebook have ads that are appealing to us encouraging drinks like cruisers which are purposly designed to be sweet and to younger years likeing and after reading this article it has made me more aware of the advertisment i see

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Short daily walk might help teen smokers cut down or quit, new study says (USA)

Teenagers who increased the days on which they got just 20 minutes of exercise were able to cut down on their smoking habit.
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White House Budget Emphasizes Drug Punishment Over Treatment

White House Budget Emphasizes Drug Punishment Over Treatment | Alcohol & other drug issues in the media | Scoop.it
WASHINGTON -- The Obama administration budget released Wednesday emphasizes drug abuse punishment and interdiction over treatment and prevention, despite recent rhetoric from the Office of National Drug Control Policy on a "21st century" approach.
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Hashish and chips? Dutch fast food shops to serve cannabis mayonnaise

Hashish and chips? Dutch fast food shops to serve cannabis mayonnaise | Alcohol & other drug issues in the media | Scoop.it
Diners at a chain of Dutch chip shops are to be offered cannabis-flavoured mayonnaise to dunk their fries in.
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UK approves drugs testing in device

UK approves drugs testing in device | Alcohol & other drug issues in the media | Scoop.it

The Dräger DrugTest 5000 will be used in police stations to detect cannabis. A positive saliva test with the new device means that officers will no longer have to call a doctor before asking for a blood sample if they suspect a driver of being on drugs.

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There is a solution to 'stop-and-frisk': decriminalise marijuana (USA)

There is a solution to 'stop-and-frisk': decriminalise marijuana (USA) | Alcohol & other drug issues in the media | Scoop.it
Sal Albanese: Instead of needlessly locking up our youth with a divisive police tactic, New York could lead in regulating a legal trade in weed
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Shocked mum fights underage drinking (WA)

Shocked mum fights underage drinking (WA) | Alcohol & other drug issues in the media | Scoop.it
Shelley McGrath knows better than most about the dangers of underage drinking.
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The evolution of marijuana laws (USA)

The evolution of marijuana laws (USA) | Alcohol & other drug issues in the media | Scoop.it
The general direction when it comes to state laws regarding marijuana -- whether it's legalizing it, legalizing it for medicinal purposes or decriminalizing it -- is clearly moving in the direction of leniency.
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US chemistry meeting tackles science of booze

US chemistry meeting tackles science of booze | Alcohol & other drug issues in the media | Scoop.it
The annual meeting of the American Chemical Society examines the science behind cocktails and hangovers, the BBC's Jason Palmer reports from New Orleans.
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Two men jailed for fentanyl import (UK)

Two men jailed for fentanyl import (UK) | Alcohol & other drug issues in the media | Scoop.it
Two men are jailed for four and a half years for importing fentanyl, a potent painkilling drug into Guernsey.
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How Prozac entered the lexicon (UK)

How Prozac entered the lexicon (UK) | Alcohol & other drug issues in the media | Scoop.it
Twenty-five years after Prozac was introduced, the name has entered the cultural lexicon and helped define how people think of mental illness.
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Benzo use increasing, study finds (NSW)

  A retrospective study of people presenting for treatment at Sydney’s St Vincent’s Hospital Emergency Department (ED) following benzodiazepine use has found a constant increase over the five years 2007-2011.
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Rural liquor inspectors abolished (Vic)

Rural liquor inspectors abolished (Vic) | Alcohol & other drug issues in the media | Scoop.it
In an overhaul of the state's alcohol and gaming authorities, Victoria's regions will have no dedicated liquor inspectors, a move that has enraged police and others trying to curb alcohol abuse in the country.
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Child, 8, caught with drugs at school (NZ)

More than 1000 schoolchildren were suspended, excluded or expelled from New Zealand schools last year for drugs or alcohol-related offences, with the youngest aged 8.

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The President’s FY 2014 Budget: Supporting A 21st Century Drug Policy (USA)

To reduce the significant burden of our Nation’s drug problem on our people and our economy, the President’s Budget supports a 21st century approach to drug policy that acknowledges drug use is a public health issue, not just a criminal justice one.
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Afghanistan, the drug addiction capital

Afghanistan, the drug addiction capital | Alcohol & other drug issues in the media | Scoop.it
Afghanistan produces 90% of all opiate drugs in the world, but was not a major consumer until recently - now, more than a million Afghans are addicted.
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Alcohol-related crime 'reduced' (UK)

Alcohol-related crime 'reduced' (UK) | Alcohol & other drug issues in the media | Scoop.it
Alcohol-related anti-social behaviour in part of Stoke-on-Trent has reduced, Staffordshire Police say.
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Moderate Alcohol Use May Benefit Breast Cancer Survivors (USA)

Moderate Alcohol Use May Benefit Breast Cancer Survivors (USA) | Alcohol & other drug issues in the media | Scoop.it
A large-scale study of breast cancer survivors has found surprising correlations between alcohol consumption and the risk of death, both before and after diagnosis.
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Right around the country, state and territory governments are letting us down when it comes to promoting public health and tackling alcohol (Aus)

Right around the country, state and territory governments are letting us down when it comes to promoting public health and tackling alcohol (Aus) | Alcohol & other drug issues in the media | Scoop.it
Are governments abrogating their public health responsibilities? This was the title of a presentation to the National Rural Health Conference in Adelaide this week, by David Templeman, CEO of the Alcohol and other Drugs Council.
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Smoke-free Shisha ad banned for 'glamourising smoking' (Aus)

Smoke-free Shisha ad banned for 'glamourising smoking' (Aus) | Alcohol & other drug issues in the media | Scoop.it
An advert for an exercise machine called the StreetStrider and a promotion for a Shisha pipe which claims to be tobacco and nicotine free are the latest to be banned by the Advertising Standards Bureau.
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Journalists on front line of Mexico drug war: 'Fear is terrible and well founded'

Journalists on front line of Mexico drug war: 'Fear is terrible and well founded' | Alcohol & other drug issues in the media | Scoop.it
Special report: The words 'organized crime' and 'cartel' are disappearing from coverage as Peña Nieto's new government adjusts its strategy
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Drinking levy: 'pubs will suffer' (UK)

Drinking levy: 'pubs will suffer' (UK) | Alcohol & other drug issues in the media | Scoop.it
Late-night licence holders in 10 council areas may be charged an extra levy to help recoup costs of policing the people who have been drinking alcohol.
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Drugs overdose rates 'are linked to the recession' (UK)

Drugs overdose rates  'are linked to the recession' (UK) | Alcohol & other drug issues in the media | Scoop.it
PARAMEDICS have treated more than 1,700 people for drug and alcohol overdoses in just two years, The Sentinel can reveal.New figures show that since April 2011, on average, an ambulance has attended...
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Supermarkets winning booze battle as licences grow (Scotland)

Supermarkets winning booze battle as licences grow (Scotland) | Alcohol & other drug issues in the media | Scoop.it
THE total number of licensed premises grew by 100 over the year to March last year – but experts warned there were no signs of a halt to the decline of the Scottish hospitality sector.
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