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Guards, train drivers fight urine tests (NSW)

Guards, train drivers fight urine tests (NSW) | Alcohol & other drug issues in the media | Scoop.it

TRAIN drivers, prison guards and firefighters are calling on the state government not to force them to submit to urine tests for drugs in the light of the Fair Work Australia decision this week that the practice was unjust.

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Alcohol teaches tough lesson (WA)

Alcohol teaches tough lesson (WA) | Alcohol & other drug issues in the media | Scoop.it
Anne Champion is an ordinary mum. She has tried to teach her four children, who are aged in their late teens or older, to behave responsibly.
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Victory for energy workers over urine drug testing (NSW)

MAKING employees submit to urine tests for drug use is ''unjust and unreasonable'' as the tests can detect drug usage from the weekend which may have no bearing on a person's ability to do their job safely, according to Fair Work Australia.

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'Ice psychosis': how ice can cause a 'fight or flight situation' (NSW)

'Ice psychosis': how ice can cause a 'fight or flight situation' (NSW) | Alcohol & other drug issues in the media | Scoop.it

'Ice' - a cheap and potent methamphetamine easily available on Sydney's streets - is not the most popular drug of choice for criminals but it certainly adds a violent element that can, as seen on Sunday, cause fatal consequences.

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WA government ads link alcohol to cancer

The West Australian government has launched an advertising campaign linking alcohol to cancer, in the same vein as tobacco and asbestos.
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Customs officers probed (Aus)

Customs officers probed (Aus) | Alcohol & other drug issues in the media | Scoop.it

AUSTRALIAN border security officials are helping organised crime syndicates smuggle multimillion-dollar shipments of illicit drugs and other contraband into Australia.

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Somali cabbies 'high on drug' (WA)

Somali cabbies 'high on drug' (WA) | Alcohol & other drug issues in the media | Scoop.it
Somali taxi drivers in Perth are consuming a locally grown plant that has amphetamine-like effects to get through long shifts, according to research.
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Health group wants floor price for NT alcohol

Health group wants floor price for NT alcohol | Alcohol & other drug issues in the media | Scoop.it
The peak body for Aboriginal health services in the Northern Territory says Australia should follow Britain's lead and introduce a floor price on alcohol.
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Hobart crime stats tumble (Tas)

Hobart crime stats tumble CRIME is on the decline in central Hobart despite budget pressures on the police service.
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New drug laws to protect kids (WA)

New drug laws to protect kids (WA) | Alcohol & other drug issues in the media | Scoop.it
PEOPLE who expose children to harm by making or growing illicit drugs face a mandatory minimum jail term of 12 months under new laws introduced by the West Australian government.
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Partygoers need to take responsibility (WA)

Partygoers need to take responsibility (WA) | Alcohol & other drug issues in the media | Scoop.it
POLICE deny they are fighting a losing a battle on out-of-control parties despite a third weekend in a row of drunken fuelled chaos across WA.
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Law agenda clogging up the courts (Vic)

Law agenda clogging up the courts (Vic) | Alcohol & other drug issues in the media | Scoop.it

TED Baillieu's law-and-order agenda is clogging up the courts and placing an unprecedented strain on legal services, Victorian lawyers have warned

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Follow UK drink rule, say Greens (Aus)

Follow UK drink rule, say Greens (Aus) | Alcohol & other drug issues in the media | Scoop.it

BRITAIN'S decision to lift the minimum price of alcohol in a bid to counter widespread drunkenness should prompt the Australian government to rethink its refusal to increase taxes on cheap grog, Greens health spokesman Dr Richard Di Natale says

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Take heart with a tipple a day, new report says

Take heart with a tipple a day, new report says | Alcohol & other drug issues in the media | Scoop.it

A COUPLE of drinks a day helps heart attack survivors live longer, according to the latest findings by the European Health Journal.  Not sure about the cigar though.

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New plan for teen drunks (WA)

New plan for teen drunks (WA) | Alcohol & other drug issues in the media | Scoop.it
Laws to prosecute people who supply liquor to minors and increasing alcohol prices are among recommendations made by WA's Children's and Young People Commissioner to address rising concerns about under-age drinking.
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Parents face jail under tough WA drug laws

Parents face jail under tough WA drug laws | Alcohol & other drug issues in the media | Scoop.it

Parents could be jailed for 12 months and have their children put in state care for growing just one marijuana plant in Western Australia under arguably the nation's toughest drug laws.

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Drinking increases risk of bowel and breast cancer (Aus)

Drinking increases risk of bowel and breast cancer (Aus) | Alcohol & other drug issues in the media | Scoop.it
A new advertising campaign will be launched today warning people that drinking alcohol greatly increases their risk of being diagnosed with breast or bowel cancer.
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Holding the line on grog (NSW)

Holding the line on grog (NSW) | Alcohol & other drug issues in the media | Scoop.it
Hamilton hoteliers won’t be pleased that the NSW Independent Liquor and Gaming Authority has decided to indefinitely extend lockouts and restrictions on alcohol sales.
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Councils feel helpless to fight spread of liquor outlets (Vic)

Councils feel helpless to fight spread of liquor outlets (Vic) | Alcohol & other drug issues in the media | Scoop.it
A BOOM in bottle shop numbers has health authorities and councils crying foul.
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Financial giant linked to drug cash (Aus)

REPRESENTATIVES of American financial giant Western Union are suspected of having helped to move tens of millions of dollars in drug money out of Australia over the past five years, according to inquiries by federal law enforcement agencies

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Shops stock potent new 'party' drugs (NSW)

Shops stock potent new 'party' drugs (NSW) | Alcohol & other drug issues in the media | Scoop.it
New synthetic drugs that mimic the effects of cocaine, ecstasy and ice are flooding the Hunter.
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Push for sterility payment for addicted (NSW)

Push for sterility payment for addicted (NSW) | Alcohol & other drug issues in the media | Scoop.it
An organisation that pays drug addicts and alcoholics to be surgically sterilised or use long-term contraception wants to set up in the Hunter, having received requests from addicts and workers in the field.
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Derryn Hinch risked AIDS in liver transplant (Aus)

Derryn Hinch risked AIDS in liver transplant (Aus) | Alcohol & other drug issues in the media | Scoop.it
BROADCASTER Derryn Hinch was warned he risked contracting hepatitis or AIDS before he was given a new liver last year from a long-term drug user who had committed suicide.
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Drugs: our man in Cambodia (Aus)

Drugs: our man in Cambodia (Aus) | Alcohol & other drug issues in the media | Scoop.it

AUSTRALIAN police suspect a nephew of Cambodia's Prime Minister of involvement in a heroin trafficking and money laundering syndicate targeting Australia.

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$10m trap nets drug ring (Aus)

$10m trap nets drug ring (Aus) | Alcohol & other drug issues in the media | Scoop.it

THE Australian government authorised more than $10 million in suspected drug funds to be sent offshore in an extraordinary operation that revealed top Asian political and policing officials are involved in a criminal syndicate, according to an intelligence briefing.

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