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Ending the Drug War: Top Stories of 2011 (USA)

2011 has been a watershed year for the movement working to end our county's disastrous war on drugs.
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Alcohol-induced liver problems soar among young adults (UK)

Alcohol-induced liver problems soar among young adults (UK) | Alcohol & other drug issues in the media | Scoop.it
The biggest increase was in men and women aged 25 to 29, up by 60% and 88% respectively between 2003 and 2010...
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More effort needed to strengthen shared care arrangements for people with serious mental illness (Aus)

More effort needed to strengthen shared care arrangements for people with serious mental illness (Aus) | Alcohol & other drug issues in the media | Scoop.it

The Primary Health Care Research and Information Service (better known as PHC RIS) is to provide a regular article profiling an item from its weekly bulletin. The first article ties in neatly with the current Croakey series on mental health reform, looking at shared care models for adults with severe and persistent disorders.

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Suggesting some long-terms goals for mental health reform (Aus)

Suggesting some long-terms goals for mental health reform (Aus) | Alcohol & other drug issues in the media | Scoop.it

In a previous post, Professor Alan Rosen urged that appropriate care and consultation be taken in developing the 10-year roadmap for mental health reform, which is due for preliminary consideration at a meeting of senior CoAG officials tomorrow.

In the article below, he suggests some concrete goals for the next decade, for health services and beyond.

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The cancer we don't hear about (WA)

The cancer we don't hear about (WA) | Alcohol & other drug issues in the media | Scoop.it
Smoking, alcohol misuse, poor diet and oral sex are all risk factors for the devastating disease of oral cancer, which is diagnosed in about five West Australians each week.
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Hoons our biggest neighbourhood hate (Vic)

Hoons our biggest neighbourhood hate (Vic) | Alcohol & other drug issues in the media | Scoop.it
HOON drivers are our most vexing social problem - streets ahead of drunks, graffiti and drugs.
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In fighting heroin overdoses, a key ally is often overlooked (USA)

Few deaths from heroin overdose happen alone. A friend or relative is often standing by helplessly as a victim’s skin turns blue, pulse slows, and breathing stops.
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Declaring homes alcohol free could reduce violence (WA)

Declaring homes alcohol free could reduce violence (WA) | Alcohol & other drug issues in the media | Scoop.it
For some, it's an everyday reality - the walls are smashed as a fist goes through or there are holes or marks where a chair has been thrown.
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Schoolies? Hell YEAH! (Aus)

Schoolies? Hell YEAH! (Aus) | Alcohol & other drug issues in the media | Scoop.it
ON cue, the league of self-appointed moral guardians is dutifully doing the rounds, making a lot of noise about Schoolies and the imminent decay of Good Society it will precipitate.
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Eleventh-hour plea saves rehab centre from folding (Qld)

Eleventh-hour plea saves rehab centre from folding (Qld) | Alcohol & other drug issues in the media | Scoop.it
CRISIS has been averted at a bayside alcohol and drug addiction centre.
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Police crack down on anti-social booze culture (Aus/NZ)

Police crack down on anti-social booze culture (Aus/NZ) | Alcohol & other drug issues in the media | Scoop.it
POLICE will flood Melbourne's streets and regional hubs as part of a three-day trans-Tasman crackdown on alcohol-related violence and anti-social behaviour.
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Assaults, robberies jump, crime data reveals (Aus)

Assaults, robberies jump, crime data reveals (Aus) | Alcohol & other drug issues in the media | Scoop.it

Victorian Police data records 32% increase in drug offences.

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Chris Christie: The War On Drugs Isn’t Working (USA)

More Republican support for change (video).

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New Vancouver Group Urging Shift in Drug Policy (Canada)

New Vancouver Group Urging Shift in Drug Policy (Canada) | Alcohol & other drug issues in the media | Scoop.it
A newly created Vancouver-based group is calling on Ottawa to reform its drug policy so that it has less to do with crime and punishment and more to do with health and welfare.
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More evidence is needed about the use of naltrexone implants in the treatment of addiction (Aus)

NHMRC response to article in today's Australian on it's research on Naltrexone implants.

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Stimulant Drug linked with miscarriage & health risk (UK)

Stimulant Drug linked with miscarriage & health risk (UK) | Alcohol & other drug issues in the media | Scoop.it
Pregnant women asked to monitor coffee habits after research finds single cup can contain unsafe levels of caffeine...

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Methamphetamine on the rise in East and South-East Asia

Methamphetamine on the rise in East and South-East Asia | Alcohol & other drug issues in the media | Scoop.it
East Asia and South-East Asia are major centres for the illicit manufacture of amphetamine-type stimulants (ATS). There has been a significant expansion in the manufacture, trafficking and use of methamphetamines in the past five years.
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Harsh realities for homeless (Tas)

Harsh realities for homeless HOMELESS people surveyed in Hobart this week had spent an average seven years living on the streets.
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Another AMC inmate contracts Hep C (ACT)

Health authorities would not release details about the prisoner's case, to protect his identity, but The Canberra Times understands the prisoner is an intravenous drug user.
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2min VIDEO: Malaysia mosque leads the way to harm reduction by providing methadone maintenance

2min VIDEO: Malaysia mosque leads the way to harm reduction by providing methadone maintenance | Alcohol & other drug issues in the media | Scoop.it

Health experts want unique programme to be replicated across the conservative Muslim country, and they want to introduce needle exchange to combat the HIV rates amongst IVDUs.


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Questions for leaders on World AIDS Day (UK)

Questions for leaders on World AIDS Day (UK) | Alcohol & other drug issues in the media | Scoop.it

This 1 December, as with every other year, will see political speeches and statements from high level UN officials and others in positions of power and influence reaffirming their commitment to stopping HIV in its tracks, and sending out messages of hope and how much we've achieved.

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Agency 'manipulated' on heroin treatment (Aus)

Agency 'manipulated' on heroin treatment (Aus) | Alcohol & other drug issues in the media | Scoop.it
THE federal government's top medical advisory body has become embroiled in a row over the provision of naltrexone implants to treat heroin addicts, amid claims the agency has been "manipulated" into playing down evidence favouring their use.
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Labels to warn of booze risk to babies (Aus)

Labels to warn of booze risk to babies (Aus) | Alcohol & other drug issues in the media | Scoop.it
EVERY bottle of alcohol will be slapped with a warning about the dangers of drinking when pregnant within two years, under new proposals from the Gillard Government.
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Drinking problem warning for new Speaker Peter Slipper (Aus)

Drinking problem warning for new Speaker Peter Slipper (Aus) | Alcohol & other drug issues in the media | Scoop.it
NEWLY-elected Speaker Peter Slipper was warned on numerous occasions over his "unreliability" and "continued absences" from the parliament and told to address a drinking problem.
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Ecstasy is back in clubs as newly potent drug is taken with 'legal highs' (UK)

Ecstasy is back in clubs as newly potent drug is taken with 'legal highs' (UK) | Alcohol & other drug issues in the media | Scoop.it

The drug of choice in the Nineties rave scene is coming back as a powder that can be shared socially like cocaine and distinguishes its more fashion-conscious users from 'pill heads'.

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