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Don't panic, we need a clear head to respond to crystal meth

Don't panic, we need a clear head to respond to crystal meth | Lives Lived Well | Scoop.it

Looking at recent news headlines, you’d be forgiven for thinking Australia was being overrun with methamphetamine, with

Looking at recent news headlines, you’d be forgiven for thinking Australia was being overrun with methamphetamine, with reports of skyrocketing use. The focus is largely on crystal meth, also known as ice, which tends to be purer and more harmful than other forms of methamphetamine such as speed powder and “base”.

The political response has also been substantial. A Victorian Parliamentary Inquiry recently delivered a 900-page report on the problem. And the Labor party vowed to crack down on ice with stronger penalties if it wins the state election in November.

But while ice use in Australia is an important problem that needs to be addressed, we shouldn’t panic. The triennial National Drug Strategy Household Survey shows that any methamphetamine use has been stable at around 2% of the Australian population from 2007 to 2013.

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Smoking And Heavy Alcohol Use Are Associated With Epigenetic Signs Of Aging

Cigarette smoking and heavy alcohol use cause epigenetic changes to DNA that reflect accelerated biological aging in distinct, measurable ways, according to research presented at the American Society of Human Genetics (ASHG) 2015 Annual Meeting in Baltimore.

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The war on drugs is long lost, so why are we still fighting?

Prohibition is not the answer, so what are the alternatives?
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Drug and alcohol groups slam 'hangover cure' home doctor service

Drug and alcohol groups slam 'hangover cure' home doctor service | Lives Lived Well | Scoop.it
Drug and alcohol groups have slammed a new service that sends doctors to people’s homes to provide them with hangover cures, including IV drips and vitamin infusions.
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Austroads report says it will be beneficial to instal alcohol interlocks for all probationary drivers

Austroads report says it will be beneficial to instal alcohol interlocks for all probationary drivers | Lives Lived Well | Scoop.it
BREATHALYSER interlocks should be mandatory for P-plate drivers to help reduce car crashes, a national road safety report says.
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Groundbreaking guidelines expand population on HIV drugs by millions. But who will pay?

Groundbreaking guidelines expand population on HIV drugs by millions. But who will pay? | Lives Lived Well | Scoop.it
The number of people globally who will be eligible for antiretroviral treatment jumps from from 28 million to all 37 million people.
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Can you go Ocsober? Campaign fights alcohol abuse

Can you go Ocsober? Campaign fights alcohol abuse | Lives Lived Well | Scoop.it
ICE might be making headlines, but alcohol remains the most widely used social drug in Australia.
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WHO backs 'treat-all' HIV drug plan

WHO backs 'treat-all' HIV drug plan | Lives Lived Well | Scoop.it
Everyone who has HIV should be offered antiretroviral drugs as soon as possible after diagnosis, the World Health Organisation says.
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Paris to fine smokers for leaving cigarette butts on street

Paris to fine smokers for leaving cigarette butts on street | Lives Lived Well | Scoop.it
Authorities in French capital say they have to clean up 350 tonnes of butts every year
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We must learn the lessons of addiction says Chief Commissioner Graham Ashton

We must learn the lessons of addiction says Chief Commissioner Graham Ashton | Lives Lived Well | Scoop.it
Australia is facing a new wave of dangerous synthetic drugs that may rival the ice epidemic, Victoria's Chief Commissioner, Graham Ashton has warned.
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Calling time on ‘alcohol-related’ crime? Re-offending not reduced by court-ordered alcohol treatment in England

Examining the impact of court-mandated alcohol treatment on offending using propensity score matching. The first UK evaluation of court-ordered alcohol treatment to feature an adequate comparison group found no significant reductions in re-offending from alcohol treatment requirements imposed as part of a probation sentence. Why did such a major intervention not prove effective?

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@EMCDDA | Europol joint report on a new psychoactive substance: α-PVP

In May 2015, the EMCDDA and Europol examined the available information on a new psychoactive substance 1-phenyl-2-(1-pyrrolidinyl)-1-pentanone, commonly known asα-pyrrolidinovalerophenone (α-PVP), through a joint assessment. The two organisations concluded that sufficient information hadbeen accumulated to merit the production of a Joint Report onα-PVP as stipulated by Article 5.1 of the Council Decision.

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Primary care-based addiction treatment lowers substance dependence in people with HIV

A program developed at Boston Medical Center (BMC), which integrates addiction treatment into primary care for patients with or at risk for HIV, has been shown to lower patients' substance dependence and encourage their engagement in treatment. The findings are published online in the Journal of Substance Abuse Treatment.
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US: Heroin’s descent

A report on the science of getting hooked on heroin, one in a three-part series examining addiction and new ideas for combatting it. Death rates from heroin overdose nearly quadrupled in the United States between 2002 and 2013, when the number of people reporting past-year heroin abuse or dependence rose to 517,000, a nearly 150 percent increase from 2007. In 2014, the use of heroin and other opioids killed 1,256 people in Massachusetts, an increase of 34 percent over 2013 and 88 percent over 2012

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Victoria take its first steps on road to legalising medical marijuana

Victoria take its first steps on road to legalising medical marijuana | Lives Lived Well | Scoop.it
Somewhere in Victoria sits a nondescript building that will soon become the home of Australia's first government-sanctioned cannabis crop.
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Drugs overtake alcohol as major killer on Victorian roads

Drugs overtake alcohol as major killer on Victorian roads | Lives Lived Well | Scoop.it
Police are ramping up the fight against drugged drivers, as drugs overtake alcohol as a major killer on Victorian roads.
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Report backs ice treatment over policing

THE national ice taskforce will reportedly recommend drug treatment and education over drug policing to deal with the problem.
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Alert and ready for action: why it's time to ban energy drinks for under-18s

Given the heightened risk of harm, governments should ban the sale of energy drinks to anyone under the age of 18 years old.
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These ‘marijuana goggles’ are supposed to make you feel stoned

These ‘marijuana goggles’ are supposed to make you feel stoned | Lives Lived Well | Scoop.it
The nation's substance abuse counselors have a new weapon in their fight to keep teens from smoking weed.
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Low-nicotine cigarettes may help determined smokers cut back - Harvard Health Blog

Low-nicotine cigarettes may help determined smokers cut back - Harvard Health Blog | Lives Lived Well | Scoop.it
A study examining the effects of low-nicotine cigarettes on smoking behavior found that smokers actually smoked less and had fewer cigarette cravings.
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UK e-cigarette firm fights EU vaping laws in European court

UK e-cigarette firm fights EU vaping laws in European court | Lives Lived Well | Scoop.it
Blackburn-based Totally Wicked says European Union plans to heavily regulate industry and treat it like tobacco will stifle research and growth
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Addiction sparks codeine clamp

Addiction sparks codeine clamp | Lives Lived Well | Scoop.it

Fears of addiction and serious medical complications have prompted authorities to recommend tablets containing codeine no longer be available at pharmacies without a script. After years of debate, the Therapeutic Goods Administration has formally proposed the sale of popular painkillers and cold and flu medications containing codeine be subject to tighter controls from June next year.

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Danger on the dance floor: ecstasy impurity

Danger on the dance floor: ecstasy impurity | Lives Lived Well | Scoop.it

n 2013, Miley Cyrus released a song called We Can’t Stop, which was controversial because of the words, “We like to party, dancing with Molly.” The controversy comes from the name Molly, which is a reference to a synthetic stimulant also known as MDMA or ecstasy. This drug has been popular for decades, commonly used at raves, clubs, and music festivals, and renowned for its effects that include increased energy and feelings of closeness and empathy towards others.

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Canadian multicenter study examines safety of medical cannabis in the treatment of chronic pain

A Canadian research team led by the Research Institute the MUHC in Montréal has completed a national multicenter study looking at the safety of medical cannabis use among patients suffering from chronic pain. They found that patients with chronic pain who used cannabis daily for one year, when carefully monitored, did not have an increase in serious adverse events compared to pain patients who did not use cannabis.
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Amid growing support for public health, vs criminalization approaches to drug use, NY Governor signs bill to expand methadone & suboxone treatment in drug Courts

Amid growing support for public health, vs criminalization approaches to drug use, NY Governor signs bill to expand methadone & suboxone treatment in drug Courts | Lives Lived Well | Scoop.it

Last Friday, New York Governor Cuomo signed legislation to prohibit drug court judges from forcing defendants suffering from opioid dependency to stop using medication-assisted treatment (MAT), such as methadone or Suboxone, as a condition of avoiding prison, and affirms the value of these medications in drug treatment.

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UK: Lifesaving legislation for a faster response to opiate overdoses #naloxone

UK: Lifesaving legislation for a faster response to opiate overdoses #naloxone | Lives Lived Well | Scoop.it
Naloxone to become available without prescription to homelessness services, transforming the way hostels and other services can respond to an overdose.
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