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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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Cheech & Chong star to beat cancer with cannabis

Cheech & Chong star to beat cancer with cannabis | Alcohol & other drug issues in the media | Scoop.it
COMEDIAN Tommy Chong has revealed he has stage one prostate cancer - and in true stoner fashion says he's treating it with weed.
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'Boss of Evil': he broke lives, now he's breaking records (Colombia)

'Boss of Evil': he broke lives, now he's breaking records (Colombia) | Alcohol & other drug issues in the media | Scoop.it

Almost two decades after he was gunned down on a Medellin rooftop, Colombia's  most notorious villain is being resurrected on national television. Pablo Escobar - the bloody and lavish drug lord who swamped the world with  cocaine and left thousands of bodies in his wake - is getting his own  biopic.

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Opinion: Heed Maori Party on booze, Mr Key (NZ)

Opinion: Heed Maori Party on booze, Mr Key (NZ) | Alcohol & other drug issues in the media | Scoop.it

The Government's Alcohol Reform Bill is soon to be debated for the final time in Parliament.  As it stands, the bill ignores the most thorough review and sustained public debate about alcohol in our history.

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Rural emergency patients drink too much (Aus)

Patients attending rural hospital emergency departments are drinking alcohol at risky levels in their everyday lives, a survey has found.
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Adelaide United sponsor woe keeps shirts blank

Adelaide United sponsor woe keeps shirts blank | Alcohol & other drug issues in the media | Scoop.it

Unable to show their alcohol sponsorship.

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Adelaide Oval in 24/7 booze bid

Adelaide Oval in 24/7 booze bid | Alcohol & other drug issues in the media | Scoop.it
ADELAIDE Oval will be able to serve alcohol 24 hours a day if an application for a new liquor licence is granted.
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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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Rum crew of ladettes - the swearing, brawling, obnoxious young women of Sydney

Rum crew of ladettes - the swearing, brawling, obnoxious young women of Sydney | Alcohol & other drug issues in the media | Scoop.it
LADIES are turning into ladettes - and they have the foul mouths to prove it.
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In sickness and in health (Aus)

In sickness and in health (Aus) | Alcohol & other drug issues in the media | Scoop.it

More and more Australians are being diagnosed with a mental illness. Are we pathologising normal states of mind, or are we really getting sicker?

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KENYA: Needles to be distributed to injecting drug users

KENYA: Needles to be distributed to injecting drug users | Alcohol & other drug issues in the media | Scoop.it
The Kenyan government will begin distributing free syringes and needles to more than 50,000 injecting drug users across the country in the next month.
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Funding cut cruel for Sisters Inside (Qld)

Funding cut cruel for Sisters Inside (Qld) | Alcohol & other drug issues in the media | Scoop.it
THE LNP Government's decision to cut $120,000 in funding for the work of Sisters Inside in Townsville is a devastating loss for some of the most disadvantaged women in Queensland.
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No deaths on the road this long weekend - can we do it?

No deaths on the road this long weekend - can we do it? | Alcohol & other drug issues in the media | Scoop.it
SOUTH Australian drivers have been challenged to make this the first fatality-free Queen's Birthday long weekend in five years.
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