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Wealthier communities drink more alcohol than poorer (Aus)

People from wealthy areas drink more on average than their poorer counterparts.  Research into factors that cause excessive consumption of alcohol has debunked the idea that it's more common in lower socio-economic areas.

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Interview with NDARC's Anthony Shakeshaft.

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Top end's chronic drinking problem (NT)

Top end's chronic drinking problem (NT) | Alcohol & other drug issues in the media | Scoop.it
IF the Northern Territory were a country, it would rank alongside vodka-soaked ex-Soviet republics in terms of per capita alcohol consumption; not long ago it would have been second in the world.
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By Amos Aikman.  It's 'premium content' so (other than the first paragraph) its for Australian subscribers only.

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Teens who consume energy drinks more likely to use alcohol and drugs (USA)

Nearly one-third of US adolescents consume high-caffeine energy drinks or "shots," and these teens report higher rates of alcohol, cigarette, or drug use, reports a study in the January/February Journal of Addiction Medicine, the official journal of the American Society of Addiction Medicine. The journal is published by Lippincott Williams & Wilkins, a part of Wolters Kluwer Health.
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Rishi Suresh's curator insight, December 11, 2014 12:29 AM

This collection of statistics shows some interesting connections. It implies that teenagers make a connection between stimulant consumables and drugs, because they have similar effects. In all seriousness, however, the jump from one to the other is not all that big and the social consequences of making one legal and not the other should be considered. To the teenage mind, what is a drug but a more effective energy drink? Because they are more used to controlling their bodies with external chemicals, they are far less likely to inhibit themselves from consuming more harmful ones. 

Kennedy Keith's curator insight, December 11, 2014 1:04 PM

I found this article interesting because if kids consume a lot of energy drinks they are prone to use alcohol and drugs. 

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Wider Use of Antidote Could Lower Overdose Deaths by Nearly 50% (USA)

Wider Use of Antidote Could Lower Overdose Deaths by Nearly 50% (USA) | Alcohol & other drug issues in the media | Scoop.it
Distributing naloxone and training people to use it can cut the death rates from overdose nearly in half, according to a new study.
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More evidence on why it's so important to make naloxone as easy to obtain as an EpiPen.

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Police probe 'Tesco horse dare' (UK)

Police probe 'Tesco horse dare' (UK) | Alcohol & other drug issues in the media | Scoop.it

A woman is being investigated by police after she rode into a supermarket on horseback apparently taking part in an online game.

The woman was filmed riding into a Tesco store in Bishop Auckland, County Durham, and downing a Pepsi Max.

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We're pretty sure this won't be the most dangerous thing people do as part of Neknominate, but it certainly makes for an attention grabbing headline.

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Heroin addiction strikes high and low, and the socially disadvantaged ‘junkies’ deserve just as much sympathy as Philip Seymour Hoffman (UK)

Heroin addiction strikes high and low, and the socially disadvantaged ‘junkies’ deserve just as much sympathy as Philip Seymour Hoffman (UK) | Alcohol & other drug issues in the media | Scoop.it
The death of Philip Seymour Hoffman from an apparent heroin overdose has excited all manner of reaction and reflection not only about the person but how he, a successful person with many social advantages, might have come to such a sorry and lonely end on a hotel bathroom floor. In the mix of grief and prurient interest, some understanding of the drug and - more importantly - people’s use of it may get lost.
ReGenUC's insight:

Can't say we like the use of the 'j-bomb' in any context, but the message of this piece is clear.

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Wolf Of Wall Street sparks surge in interest in party drug (USA)

Wolf Of Wall Street sparks surge in interest in party drug (USA) | Alcohol & other drug issues in the media | Scoop.it
Google searches for prescription drug Quaalude have gone through the roof since the release of Hollywood blockbuster The Wolf Of Wall Street.
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Man dies drinking 750mL bottle of whiskey in five minutes to win bet (Nepal)

Man dies drinking 750mL bottle of whiskey in five minutes to win bet (Nepal) | Alcohol & other drug issues in the media | Scoop.it
A 47-YEAR-OLD man in Nepal who downed a bottle of whiskey after a bet with a friend has died from medical complications three weeks after the drinking challenge.
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Richmond workers alarmed as addicts shoot up all day in streets (Vic)

Richmond workers alarmed as addicts shoot up all day in streets (Vic) | Alcohol & other drug issues in the media | Scoop.it
OFFICE workers in Richmond say they fear for their safety as more evidence of illicit drug taking came to light.
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Good grief. It appears the Herald Sun is making a concerted effort to stir up community outrage about syringe vending machines in Melbourne.

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Youth Support + Advocacy Service supports installation of needle dispensing units (Vic)

Providing ‘after hours’ access to needles and syringes is essential to YSAS’ (Youth Support + Advocacy Service) holistic approach to reducing drug related harms to young people and YSAS supports the installation of needle dispensing units in the City of Yarra. Accessibility to clean needles and syringes is the key to safer choices and crucial to the care and recovery of young people with substance dependence. 

 

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Good to see several Vic AOD organisations coming out against the Herald Sun's beatups on vending machines.

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Drug deals behind new site tests: Napthine (Vic)

BIKIES dealing drugs on Victorian construction sites is one of the reasons for a drug and alcohol testing regime on taxpayer-funded projects, the premier says.
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Victorian Government to introduce drug tests on construction sites

Victorian Government to introduce drug tests on construction sites | Alcohol & other drug issues in the media | Scoop.it
CONSTRUCTION workers in Victoria will face random drug and alcohol testing on taxpayer-funded building sites after the state government revived the workplace issue.
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Lawyers question one-punch policy (NSW)

Lawyers question one-punch policy (NSW) | Alcohol & other drug issues in the media | Scoop.it
THE new deadly one-punch law introduced by the O’Farrell government will erode the independence of the justice system and do nothing to reduce crime, the president of the Newcastle Bar Association said yesterday.
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Drug and alcohol testing for parliaamentarians gains support (Vic)

Drug and alcohol testing for parliaamentarians gains support (Vic) | Alcohol & other drug issues in the media | Scoop.it
Victorian Manufacturing Minister David Hodgett says he wouldn’t have a problem if Parliamentarians were subject to random drug and alcohol tests.
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Now that would be interesting.

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Vic drug tests an attack on workers: union

Vic drug tests an attack on workers: union | Alcohol & other drug issues in the media | Scoop.it
THE introduction of a drug- and alcohol-testing regime on taxpayer-funded building sites amounts to an attack on construction workers, their union says.
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See also the related suggestion that Vic politicians be tested too: http://sco.lt/650Xlh

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District of Columbia city council votes to decriminalize pot (USA)

District of Columbia city council votes to decriminalize pot (USA) | Alcohol & other drug issues in the media | Scoop.it
WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The District of Columbia's city council voted on Tuesday to make smoking marijuana in the U.S. capital a violation comparable to a parking ticket.The bill passed 11-1 in the first
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Which country consumes the most alcohol per year? (USA)

Which country consumes the most alcohol per year? (USA) | Alcohol & other drug issues in the media | Scoop.it
Think it's the US? Not even close....
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An interactive map of world consumption.

 

Spoiler Alert: it's Moldova.

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#neknomination: the internet has changed drinking games (UK)

#neknomination: the internet has changed drinking games (UK) | Alcohol & other drug issues in the media | Scoop.it
Neknomination seems to have begun as a UK university phenomenon in 2012, but more recently burst into wider public consciousness in Australia, then South Africa and Canada. It has also been tragically…
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chambonniere camille's curator insight, October 14, 2014 5:30 AM

Neknomination : good or bad idea?

Do you want dead in font of millions of people? Do you want dying to play silliy games?

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700 Words That Explain Exactly What It Feels Like To Do Heroin (UK)

700 Words That Explain Exactly What It Feels Like To Do Heroin (UK) | Alcohol & other drug issues in the media | Scoop.it
As stark and honest an account as you'll see anywhere.
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A striking account. One of the benefits of platforms like Reddit is the freedom with which people can anonymously discuss subjects.

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The hounding of Ian Thorpe sends a catastrophic message (UK/Aus)

The hounding of Ian Thorpe sends a catastrophic message (UK/Aus) | Alcohol & other drug issues in the media | Scoop.it
Van Badham: Thorpe may not actually be an addict, but his treatment by the media will make it even harder for those who are to seek the help they need
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Stigma is a powerful force.

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Alcohol-fuelled violence: Mandatory sentencing facing backlash in North America

Alcohol-fuelled violence: Mandatory sentencing facing backlash in North America | Alcohol & other drug issues in the media | Scoop.it
The push in NSW for mandatory minimum sentences to combat alcohol-fuelled violence comes as similar laws in North America face a backlash for being too harsh and only serving to fill up jails, Australian and international legal professionals have warned.
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With obvious implications for the new NSW laws.

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Taking a jab in the dark (Vic)

SYRINGE vending machines on the streets of Melbourne are a shortsighted and misguided approach that defy law and order and make an existing public health risk worse.
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In case you missed it, yesterday's Herald Sun editorial leaves no dout of the paper's position on evidence based drug policy.

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Another One: Why So Many Celebrities Die Following Rehab (USA)

Our attitudes towards and treatment of addiction are more lethal than drugs
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Nice piece by Stanton Peele on the many challenges for avoiding relapse and/or overdose.

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Pressure to ban jail smoking (WA)

Pressure to ban jail smoking (WA) | Alcohol & other drug issues in the media | Scoop.it
Mounting pressure to ban smoking in jails after WorkSafe order on passive smoking.
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Heroin like returning to the womb (Aus)

Heroin like returning to the womb (Aus) | Alcohol & other drug issues in the media | Scoop.it
Why? Why would Philip Seymour Hoffman throw it all away with heroin? The answer's pretty obvious.
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