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Private Prison Company’s New Profit Source: Mental Health (USA)

Private Prison Company’s New Profit Source: Mental Health (USA) | Alcohol & other drug issues in the media | Scoop.it

The State of Texas may outsource management of a public psychiatric hospital to a company that’s made its fortunes in the business of private prisons.

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Smoking healthier than gay marriage: ACL

Smoking healthier than gay marriage: ACL | Alcohol & other drug issues in the media | Scoop.it
THE head of the Australian Christian Lobby (ACL) Jim Wallace says smoking is healthier than the lifestyle that would be promoted by same-sex marriage.
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Hundreds of Afghan soldiers dismissed over security concerns

Hundreds of Afghan soldiers dismissed over security concerns | Alcohol & other drug issues in the media | Scoop.it
AFGHAN authorities have detained or removed hundreds of soldiers in an investigation into rising insider attacks against international service personnel who are their supposed partners in the fight against Taliban insurgents and other militants.
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Venue staff fight for Kings Cross party precinct (NSW)

Venue staff fight for Kings Cross party precinct (NSW) | Alcohol & other drug issues in the media | Scoop.it
THE "We Love Kings X" campaign can be simplified pretty easily: "Just Stop the street party."...
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Endeavour scraps urine testing for workers (NSW)

UNIONS have welcomed a decision by Endeavour Energy to stop urine testing its employees for drugs and alcohol.
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Tax rise will cost smokers a packet (WA)

Tax rise will cost smokers a packet (WA) | Alcohol & other drug issues in the media | Scoop.it
The price of cigarettes would rise to $20 a pack under a Gillard Government proposal that would reap an extra $1.25 billion a year in taxes.
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It's Time to Abandon Nixon's War on Drugs (USA)

It's Time to Abandon Nixon's War on Drugs (USA) | Alcohol & other drug issues in the media | Scoop.it
A refusal to address the disastrous war on drugs and propose alternatives ignores public demands for change and places cowardice before the fundamental responsibility of creating viable and fair public policies.
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Virgin Group chairman Richard Branson says U.S. drug policy outdated and calls on states to vote for legalisation

Virgin Group chairman Richard Branson says U.S. drug policy outdated and calls on states to vote for legalisation | Alcohol & other drug issues in the media | Scoop.it
Richard Branson, the billionaire chairman of the Virgin group has penned an open letter today calling for both political parties to back the legalisation of marijuana.
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Misuse of addictive drugs cut by pharmacy monitoring: Canadian study

Misuse of addictive drugs cut by pharmacy monitoring: Canadian study | Alcohol & other drug issues in the media | Scoop.it
Canadian study finds monitoring prescriptions cuts down on misuse of addictive drugs.
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New GP survey shows Government welfare test is pushing vulnerable people to the brink (UK)

New GP survey shows Government welfare test is pushing vulnerable people to the brink (UK) | Alcohol & other drug issues in the media | Scoop.it

More than eight out of ten GPs say they have patients who have developed mental health problems due to a controversial benefits test, according to new polling released today by the charity Rethink Mental Illness.

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Social workers had 50 chances to save boy killed by addict father (UK)

Social workers had 50 chances to save boy killed by addict father (UK) | Alcohol & other drug issues in the media | Scoop.it
A toddler was killed by his father giving him methadone after social services missed a series of opportunities to take him into care, an independent review concluded yesterday.
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Plain tobacco packaging in India: a giant leap for global public health

Plain tobacco packaging in India: a giant leap for global public health | Alcohol & other drug issues in the media | Scoop.it
The world is watching Australia progress toward tobacco plain packaging. A number of developed countries have said they will follow suit.
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Mexico leader says US shares drugs blame

Mexico leader says US shares drugs blame | Alcohol & other drug issues in the media | Scoop.it
OUTGOING Mexican President Felipe Calderon has blamed loose US gun laws and American addicts for fuelling his country's drug violence as he defended his controversial anti-cartel offensive.
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West coast promised sobering-up service (SA)

A report has been tabled in the South Australian Parliament on the Government's response to a coronial inquest into the deaths of six Aboriginal people from the Yalata and Ceduna areas.
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Afghan campaign is not a just war

THE Australian soldiers left in Afghanistan can no longer do anything of the remotest strategic use. They are magnificent soldiers who have done everything asked of them.
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Dutch vigil for Henk van Oosterom who died after weekend pub brawl

Dutch vigil for Henk van Oosterom who died after weekend pub brawl | Alcohol & other drug issues in the media | Scoop.it
ALLEGED bashing victim Henk van Oosterom's life will be honoured on the streets of his hometown in the Netherlands during a silent march that will also be a protest against senseless violence.
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RACV backs options being considered by Victorian Government to slash road toll

RACV backs options being considered by Victorian Government to slash road toll | Alcohol & other drug issues in the media | Scoop.it
THE RACV has backed some of the radical new options the State Government is considering in its bid to slash the road toll.
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Tougher rules to tackle SA's alcohol-fuelled violence

Tougher rules to tackle SA's alcohol-fuelled violence | Alcohol & other drug issues in the media | Scoop.it
Codes of practice will be tightened for licensed venues in South Australia in a bid to reduce alcohol-fuelled violence.
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Young drinkers opt for cider to avoid tax (Aus)

YOUNGER drinkers have turned to cheaper alcoholic cider since alcopops were slugged with increased tax, a survey has found.
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What Does Addiction Have To Do With The Three Strikes Law? (USA)

What Does Addiction Have To Do With The Three Strikes Law? (USA) | Alcohol & other drug issues in the media | Scoop.it
In some parts of America, marijuana possession may land you in jail for life. That was the case for Cornell Hood, a New Orleans man who was sentenced to life in prison after being found guilty of possessing and attempting to distribute marijuana.
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Medical marijuana backers seek inroads in South (USA)

The home state of the president who didn't inhale has become an unlikely front in the battle over medical marijuana.
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Dutch marijuana campaign heats up

Dutch marijuana campaign heats up | Alcohol & other drug issues in the media | Scoop.it
The campaigners are calling on their sometimes apathetic dope-smoking clientele to get out and support political parties that oppose the recently introduced "weed pass" that is intended to rein in the cafes known as coffee shops and close them...
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Could minimum pricing "backfire" as claimed? (UK)

Earlier this year a new Government Alcohol Strategy won praise from health groups for its intention to introduce minimum pricing, now planned for 2014.
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A Discussion About Drug Policy Is Long Overdue (USA)

Of the many issues that national politicians routinely gloss over during campaign season, one they’re least likely to touch—and haven’t, in any real way, since the 1980s—is drug policy. A discussion of the costs and benefits of our current policies is largely anathema in our political environment.

But the country ignores the issue at its own peril.

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When it comes to bogus health reporting and policy, it really is a small world

When it comes to bogus health reporting and policy, it really is a small world | Alcohol & other drug issues in the media | Scoop.it

Good piece on the gulf between evidence on health issues and reporting/public policy.

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