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Drugs policymakers of the 1980s knew the score (UK)

Drugs policymakers of the 1980s knew the score (UK) | Alcohol & other drug issues in the media | Scoop.it
Mary O'Hara: This is not the time to undermine harm reduction strategies such as the needle exchange programme, bravely, and surprisingly, initiated by Thatcher and her Tory government
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Top cop wants booze ad ban during TV sport (Aus)

AUSTRALIA'S alcohol industry is raising a "one-fingered salute" to society by continuing to push its product onto youngsters, Western Australia's top cop Karl O'Callaghan says.
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Strong evidence for raising drinking age but little support (Aus)

Strong evidence for raising drinking age but little support (Aus) | Alcohol & other drug issues in the media | Scoop.it
A group of Australian doctors and academics has called on the Commonwealth government today to raise the legal drinking age to 21, in order to reduce the harms associated with early heavy drinking.According…...
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High Court throws out challenge to alcohol ban (Qld)

High Court throws out challenge to alcohol ban (Qld) | Alcohol & other drug issues in the media | Scoop.it

The High Court has accepted an indigenous woman's argument that alcohol restrictions on a Queensland island targeted indigenous people, but has rejected her bid to have the restrictions  removed.

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Synthetic cannabis: even regular drug users don’t trust it (Aus)

For decades, cannabis has remained the most popular illicit drug among Australians.
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High court to rule on alcohol bans (Qld)

The High Court is about to hand down a ruling on whether Queensland's alcohol management plans breach racial discrimination laws.
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ALICE SPRINGS MANDATORY ALCOHOL ASSESSMENT SITE SECURED (NT)

The Country Liberals Government continues to roll-out of Alcohol Mandatory Treatment across the Territory, today announcing the location for the Alice Springs assessment centre.

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NT Govt announcement.

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Reilly: Drink ads ban won’t cause sky to fall in (Ireland)

Health Minister James Reilly said the
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The problem with banning (Aus)

Edit: You can listen to a version of this post here: Link to 1233 Newcastle clip Tragically, we have seen another teen (Henry Kwan) die after consuming what he believed to be LSD, but which was act...
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This is the blog posting coming out of Monica's radio interview.
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Science backs raising of drinking age (Aus)

Science backs raising of drinking age (Aus) | Alcohol & other drug issues in the media | Scoop.it
A RADICAL push to raise the drinking age to 21 has the support of half the population and senior academics and medicos will today urge politicians to tie federal road funding to the change.
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Drug user warns online sales difficult to stop (NSW)

Drug user warns online sales difficult to stop (NSW) | Alcohol & other drug issues in the media | Scoop.it
A Newcastle man who has used and sold synthetic drugs says the online business is far more serious and Governments do not have the power to stop it.
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Critics say NT alcoholic plan doesn't go far enough

Critics say NT alcoholic plan doesn't go far enough | Alcohol & other drug issues in the media | Scoop.it
The Northern Territory Governments new plan to deal with alcoholics has been described as not going far enough The plan not only reduces the time people can be detained before being assessed for tre
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Getting drunk without drinking (Aus)

Getting drunk without drinking (Aus) | Alcohol & other drug issues in the media | Scoop.it
A trend overseas is seeing people 'smoking' alcohol to get high with fewer calories. But experts warn it's more dangerous than downing a glass or two. Here's why...
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Adult Prescription Use Directly Linked to Poisoning of Children: Study(USA)

Adult Prescription Use Directly Linked to Poisoning of Children: Study(USA) | Alcohol & other drug issues in the media | Scoop.it
Drugs are harming and killing American children at an astounding rate these days - no, not "street" drugs like cocaine and ecstasy, but rather pharmaceutical drugs like statins and opioid painkillers.
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Top cop blasts booze industry (WA)

Top cop blasts booze industry (WA) | Alcohol & other drug issues in the media | Scoop.it
Police Commissioner Karl O'Callaghan is expected to launch an extraordinary attack today on the liquor industry and politicians who baulk at a stand against WA's culture of youth alcohol abuse.
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How sport has sold its soul and players to the alcohol industry Aus)

The unholy alliance of the alcohol and sporting industries is doing serious harm to the community, warns Mike Daube, Professor of Health Policy at Curtin University He asks: How can we take seriously expressions of concern about alcohol from sporting...
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Alcohol in sport a 'mixed message' (Aus)

Alcohol in sport a 'mixed message' (Aus) | Alcohol & other drug issues in the media | Scoop.it

Government action is needed to clean up the culture of alcohol in Australian sport, according to West Australian Police Commissioner Karl O’Callaghan.

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Big drop in hep C among drug users (Aus)

Big drop in hep C among drug users (Aus) | Alcohol & other drug issues in the media | Scoop.it
The number of new cases of hepatitis C in injecting drug users has declined by more than half in the past 20 years, an Australian study has found.
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Alcohol and drug abuse may be genetic risk

Alcohol and drug abuse may be  genetic risk | Alcohol & other drug issues in the media | Scoop.it
YOUNG people with a genetic risk of becoming a drug or alcohol abuser would get access to early intervention programs under a plan being pushed by top Australian experts.
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Breaking the cycle of addiction through social investment (UK)

Breaking the cycle of addiction through social investment (UK) | Alcohol & other drug issues in the media | Scoop.it
A research project is exploring how social investment can be used to fund substance misuse services, explains Charlotte Simpson
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Drug researcher Monica Barratt speaks to Jill Emberson about synthetic drugs (audio)

On Tuesday 11th June, the NSW government announced a temporary ban on all synthetic drugs, prompting Fair Trading to crack down on all retailers supplying the substances across the state. But what will come next in the response to the impact of these drugs on the community?  Research Fellow at the National Drug Research Institute at Curtin University Monica Barratt discusses the wider implications of this move with Jill Emberson.

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Monica clearly articulates the arguments against targetting synthetic drugs use with bans.  Great to hear a radio presenter acknowledge that 'law and order' responses aren't the most effective.

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Parents can change WA's dangerous youth drinking culture

Parents can change WA's dangerous youth drinking culture | Alcohol & other drug issues in the media | Scoop.it
More than ever before, Western Australia's young people are drinking to get drunk and starting at an earlier age, but talking to your child about alcohol can make a difference, according to a leading WA health expert.
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Palm Islanders' High Court push on alcohol management plans lead to fears of new wave of social chaos (Qld)

Palm Islanders' High Court push on alcohol management plans lead to fears of new wave of social chaos (Qld) | Alcohol & other drug issues in the media | Scoop.it
THE High Court of Australia could trigger a legal nightmare for the State Government, police and courts tomorrow when it rules on whether Queensland's alcohol management plans are unlawful.
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Editorial: Binge drinking remains an age old problem (SA)

A PUSH to raise the legal drinking age from 18 to 21 is an idea worthy of debate but in itself is unlikely to properly address the problem of binge drinking and alcohol-fuelled violence among the young.
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