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British public is sceptical about minimum price on alcohol

Plans to introduce minimum pricing on a unit of alcohol in UK countries could be undermined by public mistrust and misunderstanding of the policy, concludes research announced this week.

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FA defends protecting names of drug-taking footballers (UK)

FA defends protecting names of drug-taking footballers (UK) | Alcohol & other drug issues in the media | Scoop.it
The Football Association have defended their anti-doping policy, which protects players who have failed a test for recreational drug use such as cocaine.
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Scientists find promising target for treating smoking, alcoholism simultaneously (USA)

Washington, Sept 13 (ANI): Scientists have found that an enzyme that appears to play a role in controlling the brain's response to nicotine and alcohol might be a promising target for a drug that simultaneously would treat nicotine addiction and...
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Experts back Liberal Democrat calls for drugs decriminalisation (UK)

Experts back Liberal Democrat calls for drugs decriminalisation (UK) | Alcohol & other drug issues in the media | Scoop.it
Drugs Policy Commission says proposal to scrap criminal penalties for personal possession would not increase use...
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A Decade After 9/11, Police Departments Are Increasingly Militarized (USA)

A Decade After 9/11, Police Departments Are Increasingly Militarized (USA) | Alcohol & other drug issues in the media | Scoop.it

Though passed with the PATRIOT Act and justified as a much-needed weapon in the war on terrorism, 'sneak-and-peek' search warrants were used in a terror investigation just 15 times between 2006 and 2009. In drug investigations, however, it was used more than 1,600 times during the same period.

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Prison shouldn't be a death penalty (Vic)

The picture painted a recent Ombudsman's report on health services in Victoria's prisons tells of overcrowded prisons, where mental health issues such as schizophrenia, bipolar disorder and depression are rife; along with alcohol and drug issues, sexually transmitted diseases and hepatitis C.

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Steroids season starts early (NSW)

Steroids season starts early (NSW) | Alcohol & other drug issues in the media | Scoop.it
Gym-goers and fitness trainers are reporting a rise in anabolic steroid use in the lead-up to summer despite well-documented risks including testicle shrinkage and liver damage.
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Smoking plan is playing with fire, Gillard warned (Aus)

Smoking plan is playing with fire, Gillard warned (Aus) | Alcohol & other drug issues in the media | Scoop.it
THE Gillard government has been warned that its plan for plain packaging of tobacco products could lead to a diplomatic fallout and full-blown disputes with the World Trade Organisation.
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Drug users help boost hope for hepatitis C vaccine (Aus)

Drug users help boost hope for hepatitis C vaccine (Aus) | Alcohol & other drug issues in the media | Scoop.it
FOUR injecting drug users have helped Australian researchers identify two "Achilles' heels" in the hepatitis C virus, boosting chances of an effective vaccine.
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What kind of drinker are you? (USA)

What kind of drinker are you? (USA) | Alcohol & other drug issues in the media | Scoop.it
Moderation in all things — maybe that is the key to health and happiness. The proverb certainly seems true for alcohol consumption.
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New rules to turn energy drink tap off (NSW)

New rules to turn energy drink tap off (NSW) | Alcohol & other drug issues in the media | Scoop.it
THE sale of caffeine-laden energy drinks could be restricted following a safety review by NSW Health.
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Public numb to booze abuse (NSW)

SENIOR police are concerned the public is becoming desensitised to alcohol-related violence after three serious incidents at the weekend, including a man who allegedly went on a drunken rampage in a stolen taxi.

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Be happy, no butts, Bhutan's smokers told

In the Bhutanese capital of Thimphu, a street vendor offering snacks and drinks is secretly selling cigarettes to two customers - a transaction that could put him in jail for five years.
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UN warns on drugs as Thailand starts new crackdown

UN warns on drugs as Thailand starts new crackdown | Alcohol & other drug issues in the media | Scoop.it
UN warns on drugs as Thailand starts new crackdown...
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UN charts rise of synthetic drugs

UN charts rise of synthetic drugs | Alcohol & other drug issues in the media | Scoop.it
The UN says synthetic drugs such as ecstasy and methamphetamine have overtaken cocaine and heroin to become the second most widely used illegal substances.
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Police Told To Stop Boozing (Ghana)

Police Told To Stop Boozing (Ghana) | Alcohol & other drug issues in the media | Scoop.it
ASP EDWIN Atampiah, a medical officer at the Police Clinic in Sekondi has called on personnel of the Ghana Police Service in the Western region to stop the intake of excessive alcohol.
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Many reluctant to tell doctors about depression (USA)

Many reluctant to tell doctors about depression (USA) | Alcohol & other drug issues in the media | Scoop.it
NEW YORK (Reuters) - Some people with depression symptoms may not tell their family doctor about their issues, often out of worry they will be placed on an antidepressant, a study said.
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People with mental disorders at greater risk of alcohol problems (Aus)

People diagnosed with mental health problems like depression, bipolar disorder and anxiety disorder are at much higher risk of developing a dependence on alcohol, according to an Australian study.

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Flash mob sends silent message (WA)

Flash mob sends silent message (WA) | Alcohol & other drug issues in the media | Scoop.it
A flash mob froze for 99 seconds at the Boulevard Shopping Centre last Friday at 9.09am to help raise awareness for foetal alcohol spectrum disorder.
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Push to abolish Children's Court in Victoria under welfare shake-up (Vic)

Push to abolish Children's Court in Victoria under welfare shake-up (Vic) | Alcohol & other drug issues in the media | Scoop.it
THE Children's Court would be abolished, a far-reaching risk register established and drug-addled parents supervised under a proposed radical overhaul of child welfare in Victoria.
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Hep C weaknesses could lead to vaccine (Aus)

Australian researchers have discovered two "Achilles heels" in the hepatitis C virus that could help protect people against infection.

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Nurses reject prison needles (ACT)

Nurses have joined prison staff and prisoners in opposing the Government’s plans for a needle exchange at the ACT prison.

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Queensland universities look to ban smoking amid complaints of secondhand smoke

Queensland universities look to ban smoking amid complaints of secondhand smoke | Alcohol & other drug issues in the media | Scoop.it
STRESSED-out students could be hit with smoking bans at Queensland university campuses after complaints of second-hand smoke outside libraries and eating areas.
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Seeing red over alcohol stupidity (NSW)

Seeing red over alcohol stupidity (NSW) | Alcohol & other drug issues in the media | Scoop.it

Seeing blood is routine in the emergency department and a lot of it comes from alcohol-fuelled violence.

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Near Miss on Hau Fook Street (hong Kong)

Near Miss on Hau Fook Street (hong Kong) | Alcohol & other drug issues in the media | Scoop.it

This is an account written by Andy where he describes his experience of 'going over' [overdosing] while using heroin in Hong Kong.

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