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How tweet it is to be loved by u and u and u ... (Aus)

Twitter is a dangerous place, as Mark Textor found, but its strengths outweigh its flaws.
ReGenUC's insight:

A great piece on the mixed blessings of Twitter by Gay Alcorn.  Some salient reminders for those of us who use social media for work purposes.

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Crystal meth drug Laboratories in South East Asia double

Crystal meth drug Laboratories in South East Asia double | Alcohol & other drug issues in the media | Scoop.it
A CRYSTAL meth or ice epidemic is building on Australia's doorstep and experts are warning it could bring with it a surge in drug availability here and a rise in HIV cases.
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Warning, this article contains gratuitous use of Montana Meth Project video.

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ADCA Axing – some thoughts and a petition (Aus)

ADCA Axing – some thoughts and a petition (Aus) | Alcohol & other drug issues in the media | Scoop.it
ADCA’s patron Ian Webster AO is an Emeritus Professor of Public Health and Community Medicine at the University of New South Wales. He has held senior appointments in the UNSW Faculty of Medicine as well as Monash, Sheffield and Sydney Universities.
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Please sign the SaveADCA petition!

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Drug addict became heroin dealer after heart transplant (UK)

Drug addict became heroin dealer after heart transplant (UK) | Alcohol & other drug issues in the media | Scoop.it
A drug addict has been criticised for returning to his habits and becoming a heroin dealer after receiving a £40,000 NHS heart transplant to save his life
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So, there's no discussion about whether Mr Gates' alleged heroin use has any impact on the viability of his transplant, just moral outrage that he is somehow gaming the system.  Where is the public fury about people who use tobacco or alcohol after their transplants?

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Beer brands rapped for implying alcohol improves popularity (UK) - video

‘Let there be beer’ ad promotes beer as key to social success, ad watchdog says.
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Call for action on alcohol as drunks cause stir (NT)

Call for action on alcohol as drunks cause stir (NT) | Alcohol & other drug issues in the media | Scoop.it
Anti-social and abusive drunks are causing problems at Darwin's coach transit centre.
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The increase in alcohol related violence is linked to the scrapping of the Territory's Banned Drinkers Register.

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Wealthy drug addicts and alcoholics lured to Adelaide with cheap flights

Wealthy drug addicts and alcoholics lured to Adelaide with cheap flights | Alcohol & other drug issues in the media | Scoop.it
WEALTHY alcoholics and drug addicts from interstate will be lured to a new private drug and alcohol rehabilitation centre on South Terrace.
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It will be interesting to follow the progress of this new service.

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Uruguay On Verge of Becoming First Country in World to Legalize Marijuana

Uruguay On Verge of Becoming First Country in World to Legalize Marijuana | Alcohol & other drug issues in the media | Scoop.it
It's about time that we see a country bravely break with the failed prohibitionist model and try an innovative, more compassionate, and smarter approach. Next Tuesday, the Uruguayan Senate will vo
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Queensland consumers spending more on luxury goods, less on dining out, alcohol and clothing

QUEENSLANDERS are splashing out on the comforts of life, dropping billions of dollars on luxuries and entertainment.
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Cannabis compounds 'could' limit stroke damage (UK)

Cannabis compounds 'could' limit stroke damage (UK) | Alcohol & other drug issues in the media | Scoop.it
Chemical compounds found in cannabis may help to reduce brain damage following a stroke, new research has revealed.
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The drug that's a tourist attraction (Peru)

The drug that's a tourist attraction (Peru) | Alcohol & other drug issues in the media | Scoop.it
A hallucinogenic brew is turning into an unlikely tourist attraction. But is it safe?
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Principal pushes for less booze-soaked school leavers' parties (ACT)

Principal pushes for less booze-soaked school leavers' parties (ACT) | Alcohol & other drug issues in the media | Scoop.it
Queensland and NSW students have had their booze-soaked time in the sun, now it's Canberra's school leavers' turn for "coasties".
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Alcohol is the new heroin (NT)

Alcohol is the new heroin (NT) | Alcohol & other drug issues in the media | Scoop.it

Alcohol and heroin were linked by the NT Opposition in reference to the sale of the former earlier this year, so I can hardly be accused of being the only one making such a fresh metaphor for our times.

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A look at the impacts of alcohol use in the Territory and some of the recent policy responses.

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Govt pushes ahead with alcohol program (NT)

Govt pushes ahead with alcohol program (NT) | Alcohol & other drug issues in the media | Scoop.it
New plans have been announced for the NT government's controversial mandatory treatment program
ReGenUC's insight:

It's a pity that the NT govt needs to resort to parochialism to defend its alcohol policy against deserved criticism for it's lack of grounding in established evidence.

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King-hit fatalities fuelled by alcohol (Aus)

AT LEAST 90 people have died after being king-hit in Australia in the last decade, with the violence fuelled by alcohol in almost two-thirds of cases, research shows.
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Harm Reduction Café: Chandigarh (India)

Harm Reduction Café: Chandigarh (India) | Alcohol & other drug issues in the media | Scoop.it
On December 2nd 2013, The Books and Brew Cafe in Sector 16, Chandigarh became the venue for the first ever Harm Reduction Cafe in India and Chandigarh.
ReGenUC's insight:

Great to see HRC's kicking off in India!

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Mixing alcohol and energy drinks increases the risk of poisoning (USA)

Mixing alcohol and energy drinks increases the risk of poisoning (USA) | Alcohol & other drug issues in the media | Scoop.it
Researchers at Penn State University and the University of Michigan found that when people mix energy drinks and alcohol they tend to drink more.
ReGenUC's insight:

Research presented at the last two APSAD conferences indicates that its the pattern of alcohol consumption, rather than the combination with energy drinks, that causes most of the problems.

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Angela Victoria's curator insight, February 4, 2015 8:46 PM

I support these claims as 90% of the time when I am consuming energy drinks, I am consuming alcohol along with it. The energy drinks disguise the harsh taste of alcohol, which allow me to continue consuming at higher rates. 

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Number of over-45s hospitalised due to alcohol doubles in a decade (UK)

Number of over-45s hospitalised due to alcohol doubles in a decade (UK) | Alcohol & other drug issues in the media | Scoop.it
Figures from the Government's Health and Social Care Information Centre show alcohol-related hospital admissions among those aged 45 and over have more than doubled in the past deacade.
ReGenUC's insight:

For health services, this is a snapshot of the future. As our population ages, the longer term impacts of our drinking culture will be increasingly felt by individuals, families, treatment providers and the wider community.

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As major Silk Road competitor shutters, $112m vanishes with it

As major Silk Road competitor shutters, $112m vanishes with it | Alcohol & other drug issues in the media | Scoop.it
Another online drug marketplace bit the dust over the weekend and another massive Bitcoin heist shook the deep web.
ReGenUC's insight:

Has anyone been affected by this?

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Stop the violence: Coast doctors say enough is enough (Qld)

Stop the violence: Coast doctors say enough is enough (Qld) | Alcohol & other drug issues in the media | Scoop.it
DOCTOR Logan Stuckey’s frustration over alcohol-fuelled violence mounts with every stitch.
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Online drugs marketplace shut down after £3.5m bitcoin hack

Online drugs marketplace shut down after £3.5m bitcoin hack | Alcohol & other drug issues in the media | Scoop.it
Sheep, an online drugs marketplace, has disappeared from the internet after admins reported a 5400 Bitcoin hack. But users accuse them of absconding with twenty times that. By Alex Hern
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More on the Sheep Markeplace theft.

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Heart's strain rate may be raised by energy drinks (UK)

Heart's strain rate may be raised by energy drinks (UK) | Alcohol & other drug issues in the media | Scoop.it
Caffeine energy drinks “intensify heart contractions,” BBC News reports.
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Amphetamines link to higher HIV risk (Aus/SE Asia)

THE growing use of amphetamine-style stimulants across Southeast Asia has increased the risk that users will contract HIV or other blood-borne viruses, a report has found.
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Apart from the obvious risks associated with injecting, there's also the increased risky sexual activity associated with meth/amphetamine use.

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Health warning on synthetic drugs after hospital cases (Vic)

Health warning on synthetic drugs after hospital cases (Vic) | Alcohol & other drug issues in the media | Scoop.it
Victorian health officials have issued an urgent warning on the use of synthetic drugs, after three men were hospitalised with severe reactions this week after using a product purchased in the south-east suburbs.
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Department of Health warning about 'Marley' branded synthetics.

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Pregnancy risks for ADHD in kids (Aus)

Pregnancy risks for ADHD in kids (Aus) | Alcohol & other drug issues in the media | Scoop.it

One of the largest population studies of Attention Deficit/Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD) in children has revealed maternal smoking during pregnancy to be an important risk factor.

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On research undertaken by Perth's Telethon Institute for Child Health Research

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