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Federal Court upholds employer's right to subject staff to drug and alcohol tests (Aus)

Federal Court upholds employer's right to subject staff to drug and alcohol tests (Aus) | Alcohol & other drug issues in the media | Scoop.it
THE Federal Court has upheld an employer's right to subject workers to mandatory drug and alcohol tests, saying the controversial move helps fulfill occupational health and safety obligations and doesn't need to be specifically included in workplace...
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Doing time: Life behind bars (Vic)

Doing time: Life behind bars (Vic) | Alcohol & other drug issues in the media | Scoop.it

Goya Dmytryshchak entered Port Phillip Prison to get a first-hand view of the sad, often desperate lives lived behind bars.

Moreland Hall is the AOD treatment service at Port Phillip Prison. 

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Greece's painful choice

Greece's painful choice | Alcohol & other drug issues in the media | Scoop.it
ANTONIS Bairchtaris stood sweating on an Athens footpath yesterday getting an uncomfortable view of what a modern wealthy society looks like on the edge of economic collapse.
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Drinking, smoking do not harm a man's fertility - but briefs do, UK study claims

Drinking, smoking do not harm a man's fertility - but briefs do, UK study claims | Alcohol & other drug issues in the media | Scoop.it
UK scientists have good news for men with a vice - drinking alcohol, smoking, recreational drug use and being overweight have "little effect" on a man's fertility - but wearing a tight pair of briefs does, research published Wednesday claimed.
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The seven ages of drug addiction: The highs and the lows by those who experienced them (UK)

The seven ages of drug addiction: The highs and the lows by those who experienced them (UK) | Alcohol & other drug issues in the media | Scoop.it
Grange Hill's kids asked Britain to "Just Say No" to drugs more than 25 years ago, but it seems their plea fell on deaf ears.
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What's causing so many violent gatecrashings? (WA)

They're armed and intent on doing damage - to property and people. But what is  driving Perth youths to become violent thugs and gatecrash someone else's party?

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New laws grab criminals' cash (NSW)

New laws grab criminals' cash (NSW) | Alcohol & other drug issues in the media | Scoop.it
THE state government will introduce new laws forcing drug kingpins and other crooks to hand over proceeds of crime after a court decision threatened to leave up to $10 million worth of assets in criminals' hands.
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Miami 'cannibal' attack victim awake and walking

DOCTORS have released a photo of the homeless man who survived a grisly "cannibal" attack in Miami but lost half of his face.
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Police sergeant resigns after testing positive to cannabis (WA)

Police sergeant resigns after testing positive to cannabis (WA) | Alcohol & other drug issues in the media | Scoop.it
A WA police sergeant has resigned after testing positive to cannabis during a random alcohol and drug test.
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Plague of dodgy prescriptions puts illicit drugs in the shade (Aus)

Plague of dodgy prescriptions puts illicit drugs in the shade (Aus) | Alcohol & other drug issues in the media | Scoop.it

Despite a lively public debate about illicit drugs, the dominant drugs of  addiction overtaking Western societies are those prescribed legally by trusted  doctors.  Prescription drugs, initially given to modulate chronic pain, reduce  disabling anxiety or lift fledgling moods,  are most likely to become chemicals  of abuse and addiction.

The numbers are staggering.

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Indigenous health professionals working in the alcohol and drug field deserve better | Croakey

Indigenous health professionals working in the alcohol and drug field deserve better | Croakey | Alcohol & other drug issues in the media | Scoop.it

Indigenous professionals working in the alcohol and drug field have to deal with many challenges, including funding threats and insecure employment. They deserve better, says Professor Kate Conigrave, an addiction medicine specialist and one of the editors of a new handbook for the field.

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Concern over use of drugs to restrain disabled (Vic)

Concern over use of drugs to restrain disabled (Vic) | Alcohol & other drug issues in the media | Scoop.it

MORE than 1800 people with disabilities  were drugged to control their  behaviour last year, in what advocacy groups say is a widespread and worrying  practice. The use of  ''chemical restraint'' is by far the most commonly used  intervention in Victorian disability services, according to a report by the  Office of the Senior Practitioner to be released this week .

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Woman flees drug gang wars and seeks asylum in Australia

Woman flees drug gang wars and seeks asylum in Australia | Alcohol & other drug issues in the media | Scoop.it
REFUGEES from central America's brutal drug-fuelled bloody gang wars are seeking asylum in Australia.
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Going to pot (USA)

Going to pot (USA) | Alcohol & other drug issues in the media | Scoop.it

The momentum to legalise marijuana in America is growing, as is the  number of smokers. Will the US war on drugs soon be over?

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Doctors Have Trouble Keeping Up With Painkiller Abusers (USA)

Doctors Have Trouble Keeping Up With Painkiller Abusers (USA) | Alcohol & other drug issues in the media | Scoop.it
More than 40 states have systems in place to monitor prescription drugs, but budget strains and unwieldy databases have hindered their use by doctors and pharmacists to curb drug abuse.
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Alert over dangers of sleep drug Stilnox (Sth Aust)

Alert over dangers of sleep drug Stilnox (Sth Aust) | Alcohol & other drug issues in the media | Scoop.it
HEALTH authorities are stepping up warnings about a controversial sleeping pill blamed for car accidents, hallucinations and amnesia.
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Quest for good low-alcohol wine (NSW)

Quest for good low-alcohol wine (NSW) | Alcohol & other drug issues in the media | Scoop.it

President of the NSW Wine Industry Association and vice-president of the Winemakers Federation of Australia David Lowe sees a well-funded anti-alcohol lobby shifting its focus from beer and spirits to wine. The wine industry needs to respond, he believes. And one response should be to produce wines with less alcohol.

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Alcohol is to blame in ‘a quarter of road deaths’ (Scotland)

FIRST Minister Alex Salmond has condemned the reckless behaviour of drink drivers as it was revealed that alcohol could have played a part in a quarter of all fatal road accidents in one police force area.
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Glass is half full for liquor licensing (Sth Aust)

Glass is half full for liquor licensing (Sth Aust) | Alcohol & other drug issues in the media | Scoop.it

The announcement yesterday of a backdown on liquor licensing fees is welcome.

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Afghan heroin trafficker gets life for supporting Taliban

A notorious Afghan drug trafficker was sentenced to life in prison for using proceeds of one of the world's largest heroin distribution operations to support the Taliban insurgency.
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How much is too much booze? Private drinking health checks now online with new government website (Vic)

How much is too much booze? Private drinking health checks now online with new government website (Vic) | Alcohol & other drug issues in the media | Scoop.it
VICTORIAN drinkers are now just a click away from an alcohol calculator that provides an assessment of how their drinking habits add up.
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Union calls for a new mental health head (Tas)

The health union is concerned the government has put off hiring a new state mental health services head. The position has now been vacant for nearly a year.

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Handbook for Aboriginal Alcohol and Drug Work (Aus)

The Handbook for Aboriginal Alcohol and Drug Work is a practical tool to use in your everyday work with clients. It can help build on your skills and local knowledge.

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RockNess drug death: Caution urged on ‘knee-jerk ban on legal high’ (Scotland)

RockNess drug death: Caution urged on ‘knee-jerk ban on legal high’ (Scotland) | Alcohol & other drug issues in the media | Scoop.it
SCOTTISH drug campaigners have said policy makers should avoid a “knee jerk” reaction by banning the legal drug Benzo Fury, which is thought to have been involved in the death of a festival-goer at the weekend.
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Salvation for Ray also helps Palm kids (Qld)

Salvation for Ray also helps Palm kids (Qld) | Alcohol & other drug issues in the media | Scoop.it
RAY Dennis nearly drowned in booze as he buried himself in despair.
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