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Coca and Snus: Sweden's Self-defeating Hypocrisy on Drugs

Coca and Snus: Sweden's Self-defeating Hypocrisy on Drugs | Alcohol & other drug issues in the media | Scoop.it
Sweden has made the defence of the entire 1961 Single Convention on Narcotic Drugs a central part of its foreign policy on drugs. This is unthinking, uncritical and blinkered.
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Drugs users 'fear calling 999' (UK)

Drugs users 'fear calling 999' (UK) | Alcohol & other drug issues in the media | Scoop.it
Drug users may not dial 999 in emergencies or give full information to doctors and nurses who treat them because they fear potential criminal prosecution, a report said.
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E-cigarette company to launch TV advertising campaign (UK)

E-cigarette company to launch TV advertising campaign (UK) | Alcohol & other drug issues in the media | Scoop.it
E-Lites to test UK ban on promoting smoking on TV with campaign featuring Waterloo Road actor Mark Benton. By Mark Sweney
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Irrational drugs policies incentivise experimenting with the unknown (UK)

THE UK spends more than any other country in Europe on its drugs policy – 0.48 per cent of GDP according to the European Monitoring Centre for Drugs and Addiction.
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Doctors call for new drug policy (UK)

Doctors call for new drug policy (UK) | Alcohol & other drug issues in the media | Scoop.it
Radio 5 live asked the BMA if a new drug policy would help addicts and got reaction from support charity Lifeline.
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Legal high rules may be picked up by UK

New Zealand's regime for approving so-called "legal highs" could become a template for Britain regulations, with a government committee there recommending key parts of new legislation be adopted.

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Time for a truce in the war on drugs? (Aus)

Time for a truce in the war on drugs? (Aus) | Alcohol & other drug issues in the media | Scoop.it
Over the course of 2012 a think tank called Australia21 has been trying to encourage Australians to question our prevailing 'tough on drugs' approach.
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Darts: Going Dutch (and alcohol-free) at the BDO world championships (UK)

Darts: Going Dutch (and alcohol-free) at the BDO world championships (UK) | Alcohol & other drug issues in the media | Scoop.it
There used to be an arguable recipe for success: booze, bellies and generous doses of bling.
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Time for a second opinion? Where we are going wrong on ‘Legal Highs’ (UK)

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Piece by @ProfDavidNutt and Josh Hulbert in response to the all-party parliamentary group report.

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Downing Street rejects calls to decriminalise drugs (UK)

Downing Street rejects calls to decriminalise drugs (UK) | Alcohol & other drug issues in the media | Scoop.it
David Cameron has rejected calls from a group of peers to allow teenagers to buy drugs over-the-counter in chemists.
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Car crash woman 'doctor shopped', court hears (Vic)

Car crash woman 'doctor shopped', court hears (Vic) | Alcohol & other drug issues in the media | Scoop.it
A mother of two who had a reputation for "doctor shopping" in Colac to get drugs crashed into a tree, killing her 17-year-old son and injuring three other teenagers in the car, a court has heard.
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Women on a mission for battered families (NT)

Women on a mission for battered families (NT) | Alcohol & other drug issues in the media | Scoop.it
BOTH women grew up dirt-poor in Central Australia and rose to become political powerbrokers.
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Recruiting Tajik drug couriers

Recruiting Tajik drug couriers | Alcohol & other drug issues in the media | Scoop.it
The BBC's Rustam Qobil visits a village in Tajikistan where people, who struggle to earn a living, are being tempted to courier drugs out of neighbouring Afghanistan into Russia and Europe.
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Festive drink-drive numbers drop (UK)

Festive drink-drive numbers drop (UK) | Alcohol & other drug issues in the media | Scoop.it
The number of motorists failing roadside breath tests in Wales falls over Christmas, but police say they are disappointed a minority still break the law.
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Regulate smoking 'like water' call (UK)

Regulate smoking 'like water' call (UK) | Alcohol & other drug issues in the media | Scoop.it
The UK government could raise at least £500m a year by capping the amount of profit tobacco companies can make from cigarettes, academics say.
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Police chief urges drug policy change (UK)

Police chief urges drug policy change (UK) | Alcohol & other drug issues in the media | Scoop.it
The government's drugs strategy in England and Wales is not working because it focuses too much on criminal prosecutions, a police chief has told the BBC.
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Drug overdoses top AIDS as main cause of homeless deaths (USA)

Drug overdoses top AIDS as main cause of homeless deaths (USA) | Alcohol & other drug issues in the media | Scoop.it
BOSTON (Reuters) - Overdoses of drugs, particularly prescription pain-killers and heroin, have overtaken AIDS to become the leading cause of death of homeless adults, according to a study of homeless residents...
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Andrew Schreier's curator insight, January 16, 2013 8:34 AM

This is definitely a concerning trend growing among the homeless.

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Customs officers 'aid drug courier' (NSW)

Customs officers 'aid drug courier' (NSW) | Alcohol & other drug issues in the media | Scoop.it
Authorities have swooped on a courier accused of importing drugs with the alleged help of Sydney Airport Customs officers amid fresh revelations that some of the drug mules involved in the scandal risked the death penalty by moving drugs through...
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Should legal highs be sold in pharmacies? (UK)

Should legal highs be sold in pharmacies? (UK) | Alcohol & other drug issues in the media | Scoop.it
A cross-party group of peers has advised the government to regulate new recreational drugs and make low-risk ones readily available for sale in certified shops. Do you think this is a good idea?
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In California, It’s U.S. vs. State Over Marijuana

In California, It’s U.S. vs. State Over Marijuana | Alcohol & other drug issues in the media | Scoop.it
The case against Matthew R. Davies, who started a medical marijuana business, highlights the clash between the federal government and states that have legalized marijuana.
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Where can you go to avoid people drinking? (UK)

Where can you go to avoid people drinking? (UK) | Alcohol & other drug issues in the media | Scoop.it
Many people are attempting to stop drinking during January. But with drinking at the heart of British social life, it's not easy.
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From mephedrone to Benzo Fury: the new 'legal highs' (UK)

From mephedrone to Benzo Fury: the new 'legal highs' (UK) | Alcohol & other drug issues in the media | Scoop.it
Illegal drugs manufacturers are making new substances as quickly as governments ban them. Here's a guide to the current state of play
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Drug deaths 'tip of the iceberg' (UK)

Drug deaths 'tip of the iceberg' (UK) | Alcohol & other drug issues in the media | Scoop.it
Deaths linked to legal highs may just be the "tip of the iceberg" as untested chemicals continue to be sold on the streets.
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Bushfire caused by father and son 'torching meth labs'

Bushfire caused by father and son 'torching meth labs' | Alcohol & other drug issues in the media | Scoop.it
A bushfire in the Blue Mountains National Park was sparked by a father and son who allegedly torched clandestine meth labs the day police were supposed to raid the multimillion-dollar operation.
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