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Sobering-up cells just a PR exercise (NSW)

Sobering-up cells just a PR exercise (NSW) | Alcohol & other drug issues in the media | Scoop.it
The introduction of sobering-up cells is merely window dressing for the problem of alcohol-fuelled violence, which is deeply embedded in the culture of Sydney's nightlife.
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New heroin-fentanyl cocktail linked to deaths (USA)

New heroin-fentanyl cocktail linked to deaths (USA) | Alcohol & other drug issues in the media | Scoop.it

A potent new cocktail, already popular with heroin addicts in Chicago, Philadelphia and Detroit, is making its debut on the streets of Western New York. And killing people.

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Wow, adding fentanyl to heroin. Not surprising there's a problem with overdose.

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Call to protect offenders with grog, drug problems (NT)

Call to protect offenders with grog, drug problems (NT) | Alcohol & other drug issues in the media | Scoop.it
The Aboriginal Peak Organisations of the Northern Territory is urging the Government to consider reintroducing diversionary options for magistrates sentencing people with drug and alcohol problems.
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Following the NT Chief Magistrates call for the reinstatement of diversion programs: http://sco.lt/5CpXpR

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We are ourselves the most persistent purveyors of the image of the drinking Irish

We are ourselves the most persistent  purveyors of the image of the drinking Irish | Alcohol & other drug issues in the media | Scoop.it
Pressures being exerted on government over its proposed public health policies
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Rules on legal cannabis medicines ‘advanced’, says White (Ireland)

Rules on legal  cannabis medicines ‘advanced’, says  White (Ireland) | Alcohol & other drug issues in the media | Scoop.it
Survey shows two thirds of people favour use of cannabis for medical reasons
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Energy suppliers told to weed out illegal cannabis farms (UK)

Energy suppliers told to weed out illegal cannabis farms (UK) | Alcohol & other drug issues in the media | Scoop.it
Energy suppliers are being enlisted into Britain's war on drugs, with new proposals calling on them to hunt down illegal cannabis farms costing households £70m a year in "stolen" electricity.
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Barry Wheeler's comment, July 7, 2013 6:13 AM
about money again, its loss of profit they are concerned about
ReGenUC's comment, July 7, 2013 8:54 AM
It can be a powerful motivator for business ;)
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Drug overdose deaths spike among middle-aged women (USA)

Drug overdose deaths spike among middle-aged women (USA) | Alcohol & other drug issues in the media | Scoop.it
Middle-aged women account for the fastest-growing share of overdose deaths in the U.S., the government reported Tuesday.
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Herbal stimulant khat to be banned (UK)

Herbal stimulant khat to be banned (UK) | Alcohol & other drug issues in the media | Scoop.it
The UK is to ban the herbal stimulant khat, going against the advice of its own drugs advisory body.
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Going AGAINST the advice of its advisory body.  Unfortunatley, it's not only recommendations for MSIC's that get ignored.

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No smoking for NZ inmates despite decision

NEW Zealand's prison bosses will ignore a High Court ruling that inmates should be allowed to smoke, saying all jails will remain smoke-free.
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DAY ONE OF ALCOHOL MANDATORY TREATMENT (NT)

Up to 800 problem drinkers every year will undertake alcohol rehabilitation as part of the Country Liberals Government’s Alcohol Mandatory Treatment measures, which get underway today.

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Study finds that 25% of adults have used cannabis (Ireland)

Study finds that 25% of adults have used cannabis (Ireland) | Alcohol & other drug issues in the media | Scoop.it
A quarter of adults have used cannabis with highest usage rates among those with a further education, new figures have revealed.
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Synthetic drugs: Expert says ban reducing number of overdoses (NSW)

Synthetic drugs: Expert says ban reducing number of overdoses (NSW) | Alcohol & other drug issues in the media | Scoop.it
A leading expert in treating synthetic drug users suffering acute psychosis has welcomed a decision to maintain a state-wide ban on the drugs.
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MildGreen Initiative's comment, July 8, 2013 6:09 PM
Experts do not have vested interests in prohibition of some drugs. Treatment 'experts' do.
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Synthetic substances may result in some individuals obtaining this drug and attempting to pass it off as LSD (Aus)

Recent media reporting regarding the death of Henry Kwan has widely publicised the fact that there are drugs (NBOMe's - 25I, 25B, 25C) being sold as blotter tabs online that are cheap (some media reported as little as $1 per tab containing up to six doses) and similar to LSD in effect.

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Sensible harm reduction advice from Stephen Bright.

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Cases of drug-related intimidation reported every month (Ireland)

Cases of drug-related intimidation reported every month (Ireland) | Alcohol & other drug issues in the media | Scoop.it
Seven calls a month to support network from families harrassed over drug debts of loved ones
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Continuing the coverage of this issue.

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Managing FIFO fatigue in mining (Aus)

Managing FIFO fatigue in mining (Aus) | Alcohol & other drug issues in the media | Scoop.it
With 24/7 operations, heavy machinery, demanding rosters, intensive commutes, disruptive sleep environments and inexperienced workers, FIFO based working environments were always going to be a recipe for serious fatigue risk in Australian mining.
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No mention of reported widespread use of illicit stimulants and legal highs to cope with long work hours.

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Theresa May bans herbal drug khat against official advice (UK)

Theresa May bans herbal drug khat against official advice (UK) | Alcohol & other drug issues in the media | Scoop.it
Khat, a herbal drug which is popular with many east African and Arabic communities, is to be outlawed in Britain.
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Qat ban divides opinion among UK's Somali community

Qat ban divides opinion among UK's Somali community | Alcohol & other drug issues in the media | Scoop.it
West London warehouse workers who import the herb believe Somalis will suffer but others say drug is tearing society apart
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Deadly synthetic drugs seized in raids at Free Choice Tobacconist in Kurri Kurri (NSW)

Deadly synthetic drugs seized in raids at Free Choice Tobacconist in Kurri Kurri (NSW) | Alcohol & other drug issues in the media | Scoop.it
FAIR Trading officers have smashed their first illegal synthetic drug enterprise after seizing 200 packets of potentially deadly legal highs in the Hunter.
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Drug paraphernalia - Written statements to Parliament (UK)

Written ministerial statement on the government's acceptance of Advisory Council on the Misuse of Drugs advice on the lawful provision of foil.

ReGenUC's insight:

Gee, if foil is such a problem, how do they cope with the idea of syringes?

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Barry Wheeler's comment, July 7, 2013 6:16 AM
what happened to Sainsbury's?
ReGenUC's comment, July 7, 2013 8:52 AM
:) Imagine it's more about timely provision of the foil rather than increasing availability.
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'Drunk tanks' introduced to Sydney (video)

'Drunk tanks' introduced to Sydney (video) | Alcohol & other drug issues in the media | Scoop.it
"Drunk tanks" will be trialled in Sydney from Friday as a means to combat alcohol related behaviour.
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It will be interesting to see how this goes, both in terms of effectiveness and community response.

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Painkiller overdose killing more US women

Deaths due to overdose of prescription painkillers have risen sharply in recent years among women in the United States, a medical report said.
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NSW Government trials sobering up centres (audio)

The New South Wales Government is trying a fresh approach in its bid to curb alcohol fuelled violence. From this weekend, Police in Sydney will be able to send drunk and disorderly people to sobering up centres, if they refuse to go home.
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Initiative to tackle drug-debt bullying by dealers (Ireland)

Initiative to tackle drug-debt bullying by dealers (Ireland) | Alcohol & other drug issues in the media | Scoop.it
Drug-related intimidation is getting worse as families are no longer able to raise money through loans, and teenagers are clocking up huge debts from addiction to cannabis weed.
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