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What it's like to be an alcoholic at Christmas (Vic)

What it's like to be an alcoholic at Christmas (Vic) | Alcohol & other drug issues in the media | Scoop.it
CHRISTMAS. It's a day usually spent with family and friends, at the beach or at church, playing backyard cricket, eating lots of food and opening presents.
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For the record, you don't have to go to Thailand to get support for alcohol dependence.  There is free, high quality treatment available from a number of publicly funded providers (like ReGen) throughout Victoria.

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End the senseless syringe funding ban (USA)

End the senseless syringe funding ban (USA) | Alcohol & other drug issues in the media | Scoop.it
News that Congress reached a budget deal has been met with glee by D.C.
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Drug policy and harm reduction in Mauritius: Some progress but challenges remain

Drug policy and harm reduction in Mauritius: Some progress but challenges remain | Alcohol & other drug issues in the media | Scoop.it
Mauritius has one of the highest prevalence of drug use per capita, with high rates of heroin injection, but the possession of a syringe is considered as a criminal offence.
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Review of 'legal highs' launched (UK)

Review of 'legal highs' launched (UK) | Alcohol & other drug issues in the media | Scoop.it

A new review of "legal highs" could lead to sweeping changes to UK drug legislation, the Home Office has said.

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Montreal to get 4 supervised injection sites

Montreal to get 4 supervised injection sites | Alcohol & other drug issues in the media | Scoop.it
Montreal will soon be home to four supervised injection sites for intravenous drug users, costing an annual $2.7 million.
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A great outcome for Canadian harm reduction!  Our position on why Melbourne should follow suit is here: http://www.regen.org.au/advocacy

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Doctors could be compelled to report medically unfit drivers to VicRoads (Vic)

Doctors could be compelled to report medically unfit drivers to VicRoads (Vic) | Alcohol & other drug issues in the media | Scoop.it
The Coroner's Court is investigating whether treating doctors should be compelled to warn VicRoads that a patient was unfit to drive because of their severe mental illness or drug and alcohol dependence.
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Will this result in people with significant health issues avoiding contact with doctors?  We think it would.

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Yarra Ranges councillors defer decision on Narconon move in Warburton until March (Vic)

THE fate of a controversial application to move a drug rehabilitation centre to the middle of Warburton near the local primary school will be decided in March.
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If you are on a downer, talk to someone (NT)

If you are on a downer, talk to someone (NT) | Alcohol & other drug issues in the media | Scoop.it
SOME of Darwin's top brass have gone over the edge to raise money and awareness for suicide prevention.
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Alcohol use and depression named as the two main causes of suicide in the Territory.

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Ending the violence takes an open mind (ACT)

A problematic drinking culture indicates that official interventions to curb such behaviour may be faltering.
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Editorial on alcohol related violence in Canberra.

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Will he be the world's biggest drug dealer? Uruguay president in 'groundbreaking' move to legalise marijuana trade

Will he be the world's biggest drug dealer? Uruguay president in 'groundbreaking' move to legalise marijuana trade | Alcohol & other drug issues in the media | Scoop.it
THIS country's government is about to become the world's biggest drug dealer.
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Unsurprising skepticism from the Australian.

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Uruguay bill pioneers state control of cannabis market

Uruguay bill pioneers state control of cannabis market | Alcohol & other drug issues in the media | Scoop.it

Cristian, a 32-year-old blacksmith from Uruguay, grows five cannabis plants with care and dedication in the back yard of his workshop on the outskirts of Montevideo.

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Can Drug Testing Schemes Work In UK Clubs?

Can Drug Testing Schemes Work In UK Clubs? | Alcohol & other drug issues in the media | Scoop.it

When it comes to the issue of illegal drugs in the UK, you'd be hard-pressed to find someone more qualified and committed than Professor David Nutt; former chairman of the Advisory Council on the Misuse of Drugs (AMC), and now Chair of the Independent Scientific Committee on Drugs (ISCD). I called him to ask him about drug testing schemes, where punters can have their drugs tested at clubs and festivals, and if they should be introduced in the UK. 

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Ketamine Vs. Alcohol: How Do The Side Effects Compare? (UK)

Ketamine Vs. Alcohol: How Do The Side Effects Compare? (UK) | Alcohol & other drug issues in the media | Scoop.it
The Government has announced plans to upgrade Ketamine from a Class C drug to Class B, with calls for users of the drug to face tougher legal penalties.
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Two-year booze ban plus jail threat for anyone convicted of violent offence while under the influence (Vic)

Two-year booze ban plus jail threat for anyone convicted of violent offence while under the influence (Vic) | Alcohol & other drug issues in the media | Scoop.it
DRUNKEN thugs will soon find themselves banned from pubs and clubs for up to two years.
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Uruguay marijuana move: Why 2014 will see global drugs debate redefined

Uruguay marijuana move: Why 2014 will see global drugs debate redefined | Alcohol & other drug issues in the media | Scoop.it
After 50 years, a seismic shift is taking place in the international drug policy debate, both at the level of individual countries and also at the U.N.
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Berlin's First Cannabis Cafe: Could Berlin Become the Next Amsterdam?

If Hermann's proposal gets approved in the near future, the "Berlin Wall of Pot" dividing the city's residents will come down, tourists will flock to the culture capital not just for the cheap living and turbulent nightlife but for cannabis cafes,...
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'Parents just simply not parenting' (NSW) - audio

'Parents just simply not parenting' (NSW) - audio | Alcohol & other drug issues in the media | Scoop.it
The dangers of alcohol and sex need to be addressed before high school says drug and alcohol educator Paul Dillon in light of a sexual incident involving Cranbrook School students.
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Justice system failing to deal with Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorder (Aus) - audio

Justice system failing to deal with Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorder (Aus) - audio | Alcohol & other drug issues in the media | Scoop.it
When people suffering from Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorder come to the attention of the law, they often encounter a system that is unable to cope with the challenging behaviours that their disorder brings.
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Highlighting the lifelong impacts of FASD.

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Uruguay becomes first country to legalise marijuana trade

Uruguay becomes first country to legalise marijuana trade | Alcohol & other drug issues in the media | Scoop.it
Montevideo: Uruguay became the first country to legalize the growing, sale and smoking of marijuana on Tuesday, a pioneering social experiment that will be closely watched by other nations debating drug liberalization.
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Coverage of yesterday's landmark senate vote. See more below.

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Territory AMA chief backs medicinal marijuana use (NT)

Territory AMA chief backs medicinal marijuana use (NT) | Alcohol & other drug issues in the media | Scoop.it
Australian Medical Association NT president Dr Peter Beaumont backs medicinal use of marijuana.
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Family pleads for end to Sydney violence

Family pleads for end to Sydney violence | Alcohol & other drug issues in the media | Scoop.it

The teenage son of an alleged king-hit  victim who nearly died this year has pleaded for a Sydney summer  without alcohol-fuelled violence.

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Isabel Bodey's curator insight, May 13, 2015 3:47 AM

This story is outrageous and the whole reason behind it happening is Alcohol. Alcohol is destructive and if too much is being used then how can we not expect this kind of thing to happen? People should seriously consider the consequences that could come out if they abuse this drug. The man who committed this crime will seriously regret it for the rest of his life. Think before you act.

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Medical journal slams Ottawa for cutting off post-trial heroin (Canada)

Medical journal slams Ottawa for cutting off post-trial heroin (Canada) | Alcohol & other drug issues in the media | Scoop.it
The federal health minister has breached international medical ethical standards by stopping participants in a Downtown Eastside clinical study from getting post-trial access to heroin, according to a scathing editorial in Canada’s leading medical...
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Strong state alcohol policies protective against binge drinking (USA)

According to a new study, a novel composite measure consisting of 29 alcohol policies demonstrates that a strong alcohol policy environment is a protective factor against binge drinking in the U.S.
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We'd be curious to see what criteria were used for rating the 'strength' of alcohol policies.

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Cocaine in my home: life with student drug-users (UK)

Cocaine in my home: life with student drug-users (UK) | Alcohol & other drug issues in the media | Scoop.it
School didn't prepare me for the reality of drugs, or teach me how to deal with my overdosed housemate
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Highlighting the importance of pragmatic, evidence based drug education in schools, not just 'Just say No'.

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Ketamine reclassification proposal comes as popularity of 'special K' falls (UK)

Ketamine reclassification proposal comes as popularity of 'special K' falls (UK) | Alcohol & other drug issues in the media | Scoop.it
Five years ago it was the fastest-growing 'party drug' among 16- to 24-year-olds, but numbers using it have since dropped
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