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Marijuana: Use May Impair Quality of Sleep (US)

Marijuana: Use May Impair Quality of Sleep (US) | Alcohol & other drug issues in the media | Scoop.it

"The most surprising finding was that there was a strong relationship with age of first use, no matter how often people were currently using marijuana. People who started using early were more likely to have sleep problems as an adult."

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Almost $30m for alcohol safety (Qld)

Queensland's government will direct millions to its strategy to make popular watering holes across the state safer in the state budget.
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After 5 Months of Sales, Colorado Sees the Downside of a Legal High (US)

After 5 Months of Sales, Colorado Sees the Downside of a Legal High (US) | Alcohol & other drug issues in the media | Scoop.it
Adult deaths and children’s emergency room visits in Colorado are being linked to newly legal marijuana, often in its edible form, and opponents of legalization are warning other states to pay heed.
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Sleeping Drunks Billboard: Japanese bar staff make drink awareness posters out of unconscious drunken revellers

Sleeping Drunks Billboard: Japanese bar staff make drink awareness posters out of unconscious drunken revellers | Alcohol & other drug issues in the media | Scoop.it
A lot of us would have had those nights in the past.
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It's unfortunate that this campaign believes that publically shaming people is a good way to change their behaviour.  Why not offer information and support instead? 

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It's no time to put the fight against drugs on ice (Vic)

Are we really ready to accept how bad ice has become in our community?
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Bendigo Advertiser editorial highlighting the level of community concern about methamphetamine use in Victoria's regional communities.

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Kings Cross struggling to adapt to the new booze lockouts (NSW)

Kings Cross struggling to adapt to the new booze lockouts (NSW) | Alcohol & other drug issues in the media | Scoop.it
KINGS Cross has gone from the Golden Mile to the Hungry Mile.
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Drug users switch to heroin because it's cheap, easy to get (USA)

Drug users switch to heroin because it's cheap, easy to get (USA) | Alcohol & other drug issues in the media | Scoop.it
A nationwide survey indicates that heroin users are attracted to the drug not only for the 'high' but because it is less expensive and easier to get than prescription painkillers.
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Business group fights Uruguay`s marijuana rules

A business group in Uruguay, the first country to legalize the production and sale of marijuana, is challenging a decree barring employers from punishing employees who come to work high.
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Drug and Alcohol rehab jail (NSW) - video

Drug and Alcohol rehab jail (NSW) - video | Alcohol & other drug issues in the media | Scoop.it
Take a look inside the state's first dedicated drug and alcohol rehabilitation prison at the John Morony Correctional Centre.
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No shots after midnight: new bans on Sydney alcohol service

No shots after midnight: new bans on Sydney alcohol service | Alcohol & other drug issues in the media | Scoop.it
Pubs, clubs and bars across central Sydney will be hit with a fresh crackdown on alcohol service from mid-July, including a ban on shots, doubles and pre-mixed drinks after midnight, in a bid to prevent alcohol-fuelled violence.
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More on the new restrictions

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Methamphetamine, cannabis users driving our streets (SA)

Methamphetamine, cannabis users driving our streets (SA) | Alcohol & other drug issues in the media | Scoop.it
Mount Gambier police are concerned about the number of drivers who are getting behind the wheel under the influence of illicit drugs.
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NYPD stocking up heroin antidote (USA)

NYPD stocking up heroin antidote (USA) | Alcohol & other drug issues in the media | Scoop.it
Following revelations that New York City has become one of the country’s largest heroin trade centers, the New York Police Department announced that nearly 20,000 officers will soon carry an anti-overdose drug in order to help save lives.
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Getting naloxone to 'first responders' is an important step.  Getting it to peers and family members is another (and potentially more effective).

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Drug users begin injecting 'legal highs' (UK)

Drug users begin injecting 'legal highs' (UK) | Alcohol & other drug issues in the media | Scoop.it
European Union agency warns new designer drugs pose a public health priority as users begin to inject drugs such as mephedrone and crystal meth
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More on the EMCDDA report.

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Scots bus drivers may get heroin antidote training (UK)

Scots bus drivers may get heroin antidote training (UK) | Alcohol & other drug issues in the media | Scoop.it
BUS and taxi drivers are among those who will be trained to give heroin antidotes to drug addicts in a controversial move being considered by the Scottish Government.
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Great to see this initiative being considered by the Scottish Government.  Naloxone is relatively easy for people to use and is a cost-effective measure that saves lives.

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Silk Road may have prevented drug violence, study says

Silk Road may have prevented drug violence, study says | Alcohol & other drug issues in the media | Scoop.it
Silk Road, the now-shuttered underground website where people could buy and sell illegal goods, was often referred to as the "eBay for drugs," implying that end users were the ones buying the drugs...
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Women binge drinking at similar rate to men, continuing into adulthood (Qld)

YOUNG Queenslanders are carrying their binge drinking habits into adulthood, with women drinking at levels that are just as risky as men’s, the state’s chief health officer has warned.
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Smoking and cancer gene 'deadly mix' (UK)

Smoking and the breast cancer risk gene BRCA2 combine to "enormously" increase the risk of lung cancer, a UK-based study shows.
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Needlestick injury at Brisbane Central State School, parents fear HIV risk

Needlestick injury at Brisbane Central State School, parents fear HIV risk | Alcohol & other drug issues in the media | Scoop.it
A 12-YEAR-OLD boy has suffered a needlestick injury while playing at his inner Brisbane city school, sparking fear among parents their children could catch HIV.
ReGenUC's insight:

Another story about uninformed, fear-driven parent outrage.  It seems that the school handled it well and the reporting is ok: not hysterical, as is often the case. See our previous response to a similar story: http://www.regen.org.au/media-releases/345-sunburyneedlestick

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Staffing problems hit alcohol, drug services (Tas)

PROBLEMS recruiting and retaining specialist addiction staff have hampered the implementation of promised alcohol and drugs services.
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Booze culture hurts kids from before birth (NT)

The nation's harmful relationship with alcohol is damaging children from in utero onwards, an NT inquiry into foetal alcohol spectrum disorder has heard.
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Drug rehab centre appeals Yarra Ranges Council decision to reject expansion in Warburton (Vic)

NARCONON is taking its fight to move to the centre of Warburton to VCAT.
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Booze laws 'sending a strong signal' (NS)

Booze laws 'sending a strong signal' (NS) | Alcohol & other drug issues in the media | Scoop.it
Police Minister Stuart Ayres says the introduction of 1.30am lockouts and 3am last drinks for licensed venues in central Sydney is driving a cut in alcohol-related violence.
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Ice use drives rise in drug crimes: Victoria Police

Ice use drives rise in drug crimes: Victoria Police | Alcohol & other drug issues in the media | Scoop.it
Boom in traffic and use of methamphetamine has led to a nearly 20 per cent increase in rate of drug crime in past year.
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Greater Dandenong area shows largest increase in drug-related offeences.

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Drug overdose deaths among ex-prisoners fall (Scotland)

Drug overdose deaths among ex-prisoners fall (Scotland) | Alcohol & other drug issues in the media | Scoop.it
A “significant decrease” in certain types of drug-related deaths among former prisoners has been recorded by researchers.
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As we mentioned in an earlier post, getting Naloxone into the hands of peers and family members has great potential to save lives.

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Drug experts issue warning over 'chem-sex' parties (EU)

Drug experts issue warning over 'chem-sex' parties (EU) | Alcohol & other drug issues in the media | Scoop.it
Trend towards injecting synthetic drugs such as cathinones and crystal meth in European cities prompts concern from EU experts
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Highlighting the need for ongoing harm reduction programs.

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