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Drugs thrown over wall (ACT)

Drugs thrown over wall (ACT) | Alcohol & other drug issues in the media | Scoop.it

A former prisoner at the Alexander Maconochie Centre thinks that an NSP should not be introduced at the prison.

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Hep C drug test 'positive'

DRUG developer Biotron says its drug to treat patients infected with the hepatitis C virus has shown positive results in a clinical trial.

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Bali arrest: Every corner in Kuta a drug store

Bali arrest: Every corner in Kuta a drug store | Alcohol & other drug issues in the media | Scoop.it

Herald Sun background story on the Australian 14-year-old arrested for cannabis possession in Bali. 

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Ending Drug Prohibition and Emancipating the Addict - the Last Frontier in a Struggle for Enlightenment (UK)

The UK is rife with talk of drug legalisation. First, because most illicit drug use is either benign or at least innocuous. Second, because even when addiction is involved, punishment is not the right answer.
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Boozing All Blacks no surprise (NZ)

Opinion piece on alcohol advertising at the Rugby World Cup.

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WHO chief slams tobacco industry tactics (Aus)

THE World Health Organization's chief has urged governments to unite against "big tobacco", accusing the industry of dirty tricks, bullying and immorality in its quest to keep people smoking.
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What lies beyond? (Aus)

What lies beyond? (Aus) | Alcohol & other drug issues in the media | Scoop.it

The departure of beyondblue's CEO Dawn O'Neil triggered disquiet within the mental health sector.

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Historic relaxation of drinking laws in Fremantle (WA)

Historic relaxation of drinking laws in Fremantle (WA) | Alcohol & other drug issues in the media | Scoop.it

In the month leading up to Christmas, eateries with existing liquor licenses will be able to effectively operate like a small bar, serving alcohol to customers without requiring that they be seated.

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18 new cigarette items banned (ACT)

Fruit-flavoured and chocolate-flavoured cigarettes continue to enter the tobacco market, with the ACT Government adding 18 new items to its prohibited smoking products list.
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Queensland Police push to frisk young people for alcohol

Queensland Police push to frisk young people for alcohol | Alcohol & other drug issues in the media | Scoop.it
POLICE will only be able to frisk teenagers or children for alcohol if they are the same sex, under new powers being considered by the State Government, a public hearing at Parliament House has heard.
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Murky world of UAE's liquor bootleggers

Murky world of UAE's liquor bootleggers | Alcohol & other drug issues in the media | Scoop.it
As 17 death row convicts await the ruling of the Sharjah Appeals Court, XPRESS probes the murky world where liquor bootleggers thrive...
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Russia is under a threat of a new round of the HIV/AIDS epidemic

Russia is under a threat of a new round of the HIV/AIDS epidemic | Alcohol & other drug issues in the media | Scoop.it

Sharing of non-sterile syringes by injecting drug users remains the main route of HIV transmission – over 59.2% of all registered HIV cases, according to the Federal Scientific and Methodological Center for AIDS Prevention and Control.


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Ten years of Four Pillars in Vancouver (Canada)

Prevention, treatment, harm reduction and enforcement.  It’s been 10 years since the Four Pillars drug strategy has been official policy in Vancouver — and although the comprehensive model of dealing with the city’s drug epidemic has worked, it hasn’t been on the scale the policy’s author envisioned in 2001.


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Sniffing a 'hidden habit' for city Aborigines (Sth Aust)

Sniffing a 'hidden habit' for city Aborigines (Sth Aust) | Alcohol & other drug issues in the media | Scoop.it
WARREN Miller and Jimmy Perry spend most of the year travelling through South Australia with their swags trying to divert people in Aboriginal communities away from petrol sniffing.
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Child drinking loophole 'wrong' (Vic)

LAWS that allow children to drink in a licensed venue as long as they are with a parent or guardian and are having a meal are a legal loophole that should be reviewed, health experts say.

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Alcoholism, Drug Addiction Among Seniors Expected To Triple By 2020 (USA)

Alcoholism, Drug Addiction Among Seniors Expected To Triple By 2020 (USA) | Alcohol & other drug issues in the media | Scoop.it
The aging boomer population -- which is now facing financial strain, job loss, declining health, and grieving the death of a parent -- has some addiction experts concerned.
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Fewer gay men having HIV tests (NSW)

TESTING for HIV has become less common among gay men who also report rising cases of unprotected sex with casual partners, a researcher says.

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In Exchange for a Life: A Syringe Exchange Documentary

"In Exchange For A Life" follows the Underground Syringe Exchange of Denver and the fight to legalize syringe exchange in Colorado.

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A Point of View: Prisons don't work

A Point of View: Prisons don't work | Alcohol & other drug issues in the media | Scoop.it
Prison does not work for the majority of inmates either as punishment or rehabilitation, writes Will Self.
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Sniffing petrol 'a suburban scourge' (Sth Aust)

Sniffing petrol 'a suburban scourge' (Sth Aust) | Alcohol & other drug issues in the media | Scoop.it
THE scourge of petrol-sniffing in suburban Adelaide needs to be confronted with Northern Territory-style laws after an 18-year-old man hanged himself in the city's west, the South Australian Coroner's Court has said.
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Stop 'drugs are bad' mantra, expert says (Aus)

Stop 'drugs are bad' mantra, expert says (Aus) | Alcohol & other drug issues in the media | Scoop.it
DRUGS that enhance abilities or are used for recreation shouldn't be written off as bad, a researcher says.
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Protecting kids from sly grog (Vic)

Protecting kids from sly grog (Vic) | Alcohol & other drug issues in the media | Scoop.it
ON August 13, 1999, my son Leigh, aged 15, was supplied with a massive quantity of alcohol. It contributed directly to his death.
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Law puts brake on child drinking (Vic)

Law puts brake on child drinking (Vic) | Alcohol & other drug issues in the media | Scoop.it

A NEW law banning adults from supplying alcohol to children in a private home without their parents' consent will reduce risky drinking when it comes into effect next month, experts say.

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Mental health stigma 'human rights issue' (Aus)

This provides a good indication of how effective mental health advocacy has been in recent years.  Willl we ever see similar sentiment towards people who use AOD?

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Australia should lead a global HIV prevention revolution - The Drum Opinion (Australian Broadcasting Corporation)

Australia should lead a global HIV prevention revolution - The Drum Opinion (Australian Broadcasting Corporation) | Alcohol & other drug issues in the media | Scoop.it
Australia's current National HIV strategy continues a lamentable drift away from setting bold, time-bound HIV prevention targets...

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