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Audit urges tighter controls over drug detection and prevention in prisons (Vic)

Audit urges tighter controls over drug detection and prevention in prisons (Vic) | Alcohol & other drug issues in the media | Scoop.it
Drug prevention and detection controls in Victoria's prisons had not been assessed for their effectiveness, according to a recent audit.
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Highlighting the need for better treatment options for prisoners, during their incarceration and after their release.

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Scanning photo ids at 'high-risk' Kings Cross venues cut back to weekends (NSW)

Scanning photo ids at 'high-risk' Kings Cross venues cut back to weekends (NSW) | Alcohol & other drug issues in the media | Scoop.it
Plans to force 35 Kings Cross pubs and nightclubs to scan the photo identification of customers have been significantly wound back by the NSW government after concerns were raised by the hotels lobby group Australian Hotels Association.
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10 Seriously Nasty Legal Highs (UK)

10 Seriously Nasty Legal Highs (UK) | Alcohol & other drug issues in the media | Scoop.it
The UK is the legal high capital of Europe and deaths from the substances are on the rise, largely because users are unaware of dose levels. Makers are constantly tweaking compounds to stay within ...
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Using examples well beyond the current crop of synthetics, including alcohol, inhalants and a 'vaginal cleanser'.

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Ecstasy: the comeback pill (Ireland)

Ecstasy: the comeback pill (Ireland) | Alcohol & other drug issues in the media | Scoop.it
The closure of headshops, the low price of tablets and the ease of manufacture and supply have reignited the almost-dead ecstasy scene. How big is the problem?
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See also yesterday's post about increased ecstasy seizures in WA: http://sco.lt/6qv6yf

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DEA 'Very Concerned' About Flesh-Eating Drug (USA)

DEA 'Very Concerned' About Flesh-Eating Drug (USA) | Alcohol & other drug issues in the media | Scoop.it
Over the past few weeks, doctors in Arizona and Illinois have reported treating users of krokodil, a flesh-destroying drug new to the United States.
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More Krokodil coverage from the States.

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Latest Synthetic Drugs Usher in New Drug Age

Latest Synthetic Drugs Usher in New Drug Age | Alcohol & other drug issues in the media | Scoop.it

The war on drugs may take a new turn, as reports suggest that the popularity of synthetic drugs may be on the rise. Annual surveys focusing on drug use and general drug information suggest that most users prefer taking chemically enhanced drug products like ecstasy, LSD and ketamine. 

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Chicago marijuana clinic claims demand is strong already

A Wicker Park medical marijuana clinic said it received 20,000 requests for service in its first two months, according to a report by DNAinfo Chicago.

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Firm rules by parents can prevent adolescent binge drinking (Aus)

A Deakin University study has found that rates of teen binge drinking were reduced by 25 per cent when parents set rules not to supply or allow adolescent alcohol use. 

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Citing John Toumbourou's ongoing research into adolescent AOD use and the role of families in preventing harm.

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Brent's curator insight, March 8, 2014 9:30 PM

This is a really good solution to binge drinking us teens don't think about the future we only think about the current time. Teens don't understand the effects that binge drinking can have, but due to this it means they are finding a way to stop teens binge drinking

 

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A backward step for community health in South Australia

A backward step for community health in South Australia | Alcohol & other drug issues in the media | Scoop.it
There’s a growing body of evidence from all over the world showing that health is influenced by all kinds of social factors.
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There's a clear message here for AOD (and other health services): provide culturally appropriate and respectful services.

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Study Shows No Evidence Medical Marijuana Increases Teen Drug Use (USA)

Study Shows No Evidence Medical Marijuana Increases Teen Drug Use (USA) | Alcohol & other drug issues in the media | Scoop.it
While marijuana use by teens has been increasing since 2005, an analysis of data from 1993 through 2009 by economists at three universities has found no evidence to link the legalization of medical marijuana to increased use of the drug among high...
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Cricket body accused of censorship over ads (Aus)

Cricket body accused of censorship over ads (Aus) | Alcohol & other drug issues in the media | Scoop.it
Cricket Australia has refused to run an advertisement telling fans that ''alcohol and sport don't mix'' on the grounds it thinks they mix perfectly well.
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Cricket Australia blocks Healthway advertising at Ryobi Cup.

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UK Skunkworks: Britain's fastest-growing legal high chain opens branch next to drug rehab charity

UK Skunkworks: Britain's fastest-growing legal high chain opens branch next to drug rehab charity | Alcohol & other drug issues in the media | Scoop.it
A Sunday People probe reveals the proliferation of shops selling alternatives to drugs - with one opening below a rehab centre
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Well, participants in that program will get plenty of opportunities to work on their urge surfing.

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Psychoactive substance use on the rise, according to new drug data (Vic)

Psychoactive substance use on the rise, according to new drug data (Vic) | Alcohol & other drug issues in the media | Scoop.it
THE USE of psychoactive substances like kronic and bath salts has risen in Australia.
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Of course, remembering that ALL drugs (including alcohol, nicoteine and caffeine) are psychoactive.  It's why people use them.

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Play safe and stay safe these holidays, says pro-surfer Sally Fitzgibbons (NSW)

Play safe and stay safe these holidays, says pro-surfer Sally Fitzgibbons (NSW) | Alcohol & other drug issues in the media | Scoop.it
AHEAD of the upcoming holiday season, NSW police have brought a star recruit on board in the fight against alcohol related crime.
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Harm reduction messages ahead of this year's schoolies.

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Energy stimulants could cause heart problems, warns Therapeutic Goods Administration (Aus)

Energy stimulants could cause heart problems, warns Therapeutic Goods Administration (Aus) | Alcohol & other drug issues in the media | Scoop.it
THE medicines watchdog is warning of the dangers of energy supplements containing caffeine, and a bitter orange herbal supplement after reports of heart problems in teenagers.
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The most serious reported cases involved combination of energy drinks and alcohol.

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Steve Kingsley's curator insight, October 15, 2013 8:35 PM

Don't understand the logic of combining substances that counteract each other....

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Booze breakthrough - inMyCommunity - Perth, Western Australia

Booze breakthrough - inMyCommunity - Perth, Western Australia | Alcohol & other drug issues in the media | Scoop.it
RETAIL giant Woolworths has had a breakthrough in its attempt to open a controversial Dan Murphy’s liquor barn in Bicton.
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Another victory for alcohol retailers over community need.

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North America’s Largest City Moves to Legalize Pot (Mexico)

North America’s Largest City Moves to Legalize Pot (Mexico) | Alcohol & other drug issues in the media | Scoop.it
Legislators in Mexico City, the largest city in North America, are preparing to push through certain measures that would decriminalize and regulate the consumption of marijuana in the Mexican capital, a move that may speed up pot legalization elsewhere...
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MildGreen Initiative's curator insight, October 15, 2013 9:16 PM

Smart City, Clever People!

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How can councils tackle alcohol issues locally? (UK)

How can councils tackle alcohol issues locally? (UK) | Alcohol & other drug issues in the media | Scoop.it
From 'drunk tanks' to stricter licencing, we discuss the best ways to cope with the problems associated with excessive drinking
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Intro for an online discussion happening later today.

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Increase in synthetic drug use (Aus) - audio

Increase in synthetic drug use (Aus) - audio | Alcohol & other drug issues in the media | Scoop.it
A national survey has revealed nearly 45 per cent of regular drug users have used a synthetic drug.
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More coverage of NDARC's research.

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ID scanners at Kings Cross would be an onerous burden (NSW)

ID scanners at Kings Cross would be an onerous burden (NSW) | Alcohol & other drug issues in the media | Scoop.it
The Herald has expended plenty of time criticising the excesses of the drinking culture in and around clubs and pubs.
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Drugs From Aussie Festival Overdose Bought Online, Victim Panicked At Sniffer Dogs Says Father (NSW)

Drugs From Aussie Festival Overdose Bought Online, Victim Panicked At Sniffer Dogs Says Father (NSW) | Alcohol & other drug issues in the media | Scoop.it
The family of the 23-year-old Victorian man that died at Defqon.1, the West Sydney dance music festival held last month,
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Highlighting the role that policing can play in contributing to increased overdose risk.

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Experts deliver warning on emerging psychoactive substances (EPS) and hallucinogens (Aus)

More than 40 per cent of all regular psychostimulant users have used an emerging psychoactive substance (EPS) in the previous six months according to research to be released by the National Drug and Alcohol Research Centre (NDARC) at a conference in Melbourne today (October 15).

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...with links to summaries of NDARC's findings.

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Synthetic drugs inquiry needed: Greens (Aus)

THE Australian Greens will push for a Senate inquiry into how best to deter the rising use of synthetic drugs.
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It would be nice to see a health-focussed approach.

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Paramedics and emergency workers across the West speak out following a spate of violent attacks (Vic)

A FEMALE paramedic punched by a thug high on crystal meth is among a spate of violent attacks against emergency service workers in the west.
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More coverage based on Turning Point's ambulance attendance data.

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Synthetic drugs gain popularity: study (Aus)

Synthetic drugs gain popularity: study (Aus) | Alcohol & other drug issues in the media | Scoop.it
SO-CALLED synthetic highs are becoming increasingly popular among recreational drug users in Australia, according to an annual survey of people who use psychostimulants like ecstasy.
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More on the NDARC data.

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