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Strong state alcohol policies protective against binge drinking (USA)

According to a new study, a novel composite measure consisting of 29 alcohol policies demonstrates that a strong alcohol policy environment is a protective factor against binge drinking in the U.S.
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We'd be curious to see what criteria were used for rating the 'strength' of alcohol policies.

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Cocaine in my home: life with student drug-users (UK)

Cocaine in my home: life with student drug-users (UK) | Alcohol & other drug issues in the media | Scoop.it
School didn't prepare me for the reality of drugs, or teach me how to deal with my overdosed housemate
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Highlighting the importance of pragmatic, evidence based drug education in schools, not just 'Just say No'.

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Ketamine reclassification proposal comes as popularity of 'special K' falls (UK)

Ketamine reclassification proposal comes as popularity of 'special K' falls (UK) | Alcohol & other drug issues in the media | Scoop.it
Five years ago it was the fastest-growing 'party drug' among 16- to 24-year-olds, but numbers using it have since dropped
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Reclassifying ketamine as a class B drug will have unwanted side-effects (UK)

Reclassifying ketamine as a class B drug will have unwanted side-effects (UK) | Alcohol & other drug issues in the media | Scoop.it
Max Daly: The change would criminalise non-violent citizens who just want to get high, while doing little to warn people of the drug's dangers
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To Quell Drug Trafficking, Uruguay Legalizes Pot - video

To Quell Drug Trafficking, Uruguay Legalizes Pot - video | Alcohol & other drug issues in the media | Scoop.it
Under a new law, a Uruguayan state agency will oversee the distribution and sale of marijuana. The goal is to cut out drug trafficking and reduce the violence associated with it. Via The Foreign Bureau, WSJ's global news alert.
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Public-health advocates pushing for graphic, cigarette-style health warnings on wine, beer and liquor containers (Canada)

Public-health advocates pushing for graphic, cigarette-style health warnings on wine, beer and liquor containers (Canada) | Alcohol & other drug issues in the media | Scoop.it
Alcohol manufacturers, however, are opposing what they see as a temperance-style imposition on the responsible drinkers, one they say is unlikely to have any benefit
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Taking a lead from suggestions by FARE Australia

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Qld Government to ban smoking in prisons (video)

Unions predict prison riots as the Queensland Government introduces a smoking ban.
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Condom Use Among College Women Unchanged by Alcohol (USA)

Condom Use Among College Women Unchanged by Alcohol (USA) | Alcohol & other drug issues in the media | Scoop.it
Despite media depictions of women hopelessly succumbing to risky sexual behavior while under the influence, a new study shows evidence that women can still make good decisions while drunk.
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We suppose this indicates that safe sex messages are becoming well-enough ingrained for people to remember them, even when intoxicated.

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Implications of ADCA defunding (SA) - audio

Implications of ADCA defunding (SA) - audio | Alcohol & other drug issues in the media | Scoop.it
With the Alcohol and Other Drugs Council of Australia (ADCA) in voluntary administration, what are the implications at a state-based level if the national peak body cannot provide a voice for those working to reduce the harm caused by alcohol and...
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Gary Burns: Every extra CBD officer tackling booze-fuelled violence is one less patrolling your suburb (SA)

Gary Burns: Every extra CBD officer tackling booze-fuelled violence is one less patrolling your suburb (SA) | Alcohol & other drug issues in the media | Scoop.it
AT this time of year most of us are hard-pressed to stop a drink being pushed into our hand as we do the round of Christmas celebrations.
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More coverage on Operation Unite.

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Uruguay opposition demands marijuana referendum

Uruguay opposition demands marijuana referendum | Alcohol & other drug issues in the media | Scoop.it
Last minute opposition to Uruguay's plans to legalise sale and consumption of marijuana
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NZ smoking figures show 'monumental shift'

NZ smoking figures show 'monumental shift' | Alcohol & other drug issues in the media | Scoop.it
The percentage of smokers in New Zealand has dropped from 20.7 per cent to 15 per cent, according to Census figures.
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Nurofen to label packets with addiction warning (Aus)

Nurofen to label packets with addiction warning (Aus) | Alcohol & other drug issues in the media | Scoop.it
Packets will soon be plastered with warning labels in an attempt to stop customers accidentally getting hooked on the tablets.
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Highlighting the growing problems we're seeing with codeine dependence across our communities.

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Uruguay bill pioneers state control of cannabis market

Uruguay bill pioneers state control of cannabis market | Alcohol & other drug issues in the media | Scoop.it

Cristian, a 32-year-old blacksmith from Uruguay, grows five cannabis plants with care and dedication in the back yard of his workshop on the outskirts of Montevideo.

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Can Drug Testing Schemes Work In UK Clubs?

Can Drug Testing Schemes Work In UK Clubs? | Alcohol & other drug issues in the media | Scoop.it

When it comes to the issue of illegal drugs in the UK, you'd be hard-pressed to find someone more qualified and committed than Professor David Nutt; former chairman of the Advisory Council on the Misuse of Drugs (AMC), and now Chair of the Independent Scientific Committee on Drugs (ISCD). I called him to ask him about drug testing schemes, where punters can have their drugs tested at clubs and festivals, and if they should be introduced in the UK. 

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Ketamine Vs. Alcohol: How Do The Side Effects Compare? (UK)

Ketamine Vs. Alcohol: How Do The Side Effects Compare? (UK) | Alcohol & other drug issues in the media | Scoop.it
The Government has announced plans to upgrade Ketamine from a Class C drug to Class B, with calls for users of the drug to face tougher legal penalties.
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Ketamine should be reclassified as class B drug, government experts say (UK)

Ketamine should be reclassified as class B drug, government experts say (UK) | Alcohol & other drug issues in the media | Scoop.it
Advisory Council for the Misuse of Drugs says new evidence of bladder damage means drug should be upgraded from class C
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Online gaming addiction simliar to alcoholism, gaming industry should pay for treatment, says new S Korea proposal

Online gaming addiction simliar to alcoholism, gaming industry should pay for treatment, says new S Korea proposal | Alcohol & other drug issues in the media | Scoop.it
A LAW under consideration in South Korea's parliament has sparked vociferous debate by grouping popular online games such as "StarCraft" with gambling, drugs and alcohol as an anti-social addiction the government should do more to stamp out.
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Government body wants alcohol rethink (Aus) - video

Government body wants alcohol rethink (Aus) - video | Alcohol & other drug issues in the media | Scoop.it
A new report has found 20 per cent of Australians are drinking alcohol at a level that risks lifetime harm.
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Brief spot on ANCD recommendations on raising the legal drinking age, reducing hours and changes to how alcohol is taxed.

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Surry Hills artist Jesse Willesee launches pro-marijuana campaign on social media (NSW)

Surry Hills artist Jesse Willesee launches pro-marijuana campaign on social media (NSW) | Alcohol & other drug issues in the media | Scoop.it
"MARIJUANA is not a crime", says Jesse Willesee, who has been attempting to prove his point by being photographed in front of six police stations smoking weed in a brazen daylight stunt.
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Police commissioner Gary Burns says 3am lockout has led to 20 per cent drop in overall CBD crime (SA)

Police commissioner Gary Burns says 3am lockout has led to 20 per cent drop in overall CBD crime (SA) | Alcohol & other drug issues in the media | Scoop.it
ADELAIDE'S new 3am lockout laws have led to the most significant improvement in late-night violence in decades, Police Commissioner Gary Burns says.
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Zombie drug haul (WA) - video

Zombie drug haul (WA) - video | Alcohol & other drug issues in the media | Scoop.it
WA Police have seized a massive haul of a type of methamphetamine infamous for turning people into 'zombie attackers'.
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The usual hysterical stuff, driven by a significant seizure.

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Beggars and addicts need our goodwill (UK)

Letters: What incentives do the marginalised have to socially integrate if they are progressively more marginalised by society?
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A response to yesterday's story about a Liverpool charity telling the public not to give money to people who might spend it on alcohol and other drugs: http://sco.lt/4u376f.

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NHS: ‘Cheap alcohol linked to Scots death rate’

NHS: ‘Cheap alcohol linked to Scots death rate’ | Alcohol & other drug issues in the media | Scoop.it
THE affordability of alcohol is linked with persistently high death rates in Scotland, according to the NHS.
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Call for marijuana to be legalised for restricted medical use (Aus) - audio

Call for marijuana to be legalised for restricted medical use (Aus) - audio | Alcohol & other drug issues in the media | Scoop.it
An article published today in the Medical Journal of Australia argues that medically supervised use of cannabis provides relief to some chronic nerve related conditions with less side effects than existing medications.
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