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'Overwhelming success': Calls for expanding pill testing after Canberra trial

'Overwhelming success': Calls for expanding pill testing after Canberra trial | Alcohol & other drug issues in the media | Scoop.it
The final report into the pill-testing trial at Groovin the Moo found 42 per cent of participants would change drug consumption behaviour.
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ACT Health Minister Meegan Fitzharis says the trial demonstrates demand for pill testing at other events around Australia. You can see the full evaluation report into the STA SAFE pilot here: https://www.harmreductionaustralia.org.au/wp-content/uploads/2018/06/Pill-Testing-Pilot-ACT-June-2018-Final-Report.pdf. It's also worth noting the contrast between this approach (where ACT police were very supportive of the pilot) and that in NSW: http://sco.lt/8xPVKr.   

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Stop labeling babies as 'born addicted' — it stigmatizes them and is inaccurate (USA)

Stop labeling babies as 'born addicted' — it stigmatizes them and is inaccurate (USA) | Alcohol & other drug issues in the media | Scoop.it
As lawmakers discuss their goals and the media continues to report about babies born with neonatal abstinence syndrome, I urge them all to be sensitive about the impact their words can have on a child.
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Lynn Webster highlights the role stigma plays in obstructing change and the power language has in framing how issues are perceived.

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Britain’s drug laws are in the dark ages. Billy Caldwell’s case proves it

Britain’s drug laws are in the dark ages. Billy Caldwell’s case proves it | Alcohol & other drug issues in the media | Scoop.it
How can Sajid Javid deny long-term access to the cannabis oil that would control this boy’s epilepsy? This cruelty must end, says Guardian columnist Simon Jenkins
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Will this case provide a tipping point in public and political support for cannabis law reform in the UK? See today's related post where former Tory leader William Hague calls for change: http://sco.lt/7BRbn7

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Survey of oncologists finds knowledge gap on medical marijuana (USA)

Survey of oncologists finds knowledge gap on medical marijuana (USA) | Alcohol & other drug issues in the media | Scoop.it
As more states legalize medical marijuana, two key groups—researchers whose job is it to understand its benefits and drawbacks, and physicians charged with advising potential users—are struggling to catch up with policymakers.
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Highlighting the need for clinical education of doctors and other health professionals about medicinal cannabis.

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Hague's call to legalise cannabis rejected by government (UK)

Hague's call to legalise cannabis rejected by government (UK) | Alcohol & other drug issues in the media | Scoop.it
But the home secretary tells MPs there will be a review of cannabis-based medicines in the UK.
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Former Tory leader says the war on cannabis had been "irreversibly lost" and a change of policy is needed. See today's related post on the need for UK drug policy reform: http://sco.lt/7v91jV

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Lack of evidence casts doubt on police claims of officers overdosing after accidental opioid contact (Canada)

Lack of evidence casts doubt on police claims of officers overdosing after accidental opioid contact (Canada) | Alcohol & other drug issues in the media | Scoop.it
The risk that firefighters, police, paramedics or even postal workers could overdose by coming into contact with opioids such as fentanyl is hotly debated. The Star Vancouver digs in to the science — and the hype.
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Great example of informed reporting looking beyond the headlines to challenge misconceptions and support informed public debate of AOD issues.

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First Ketamine Guidelines for Pain Released (USA)

First Ketamine Guidelines for Pain Released (USA) | Alcohol & other drug issues in the media | Scoop.it
A driving force behind this is the growing effort to find a long-term replacement for opioids, an addictive painkiller that has plunged the country into an epidemic of death and addiction.
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IV ketamine as non-opioid alternative for acute pain. See today's related post on problems with access to opioids in US cancer treatment: http://sco.lt/50Ekmf

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Opioid prescribing guidelines frustrate cancer doctors as well as their patients (USA)

Opioid prescribing guidelines frustrate cancer doctors as well as their patients (USA) | Alcohol & other drug issues in the media | Scoop.it
Opioids are a mainstay of pain relief for cancer patients, so it may not be surprising that many feel victimized by efforts to curb the nation's opioid addiction epidemic by limiting access to prescription painkillers.
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Highlighting the challenges of ensuring appropriate access to pain relief in the context of the US opioid crisis. See today's related post on new US clinical guidelines for use of IV ketamine as a non-opioid alternative for acute pain management: http://sco.lt/8QLEgL

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Response to the recent survey on students' attitudes towards illegal drugs (UK)

This guest blog responds to HEPI’s recent survey on attitudes towards illegal drugs. It has kindly been contributed by Dr Keir Irwin-Rogers. Keir is a lecturer at the Open University, a researcher on alternatives to imprisonment and the author of a forthcoming paper on ‘Drug prohibition, Inequality and Consumer Capitalism: A Toxic Trap.’ 

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Keir Irwin-Rogers gets to the heart of the problem with reporting on the HEPI survey findings - the assumption that student support for universities to take illicit drug use 'more seriously' means that they endorse institutions taking a 'tougher stance'.

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Changing attitudes (Vic)

Changing attitudes (Vic) | Alcohol & other drug issues in the media | Scoop.it

Goulburn Valley Health clinical nurse consultant Chris Biesiekierski believes the community has much to learn when it comes to general understanding and treatment of hepatitis B and C.. Working in the field for seven years, Mrs Biesiekierski has

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Biesiekierski highlights the need to address stigmatising attitudes (including those of health providers) to improve treatment accessibility.

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A life after addiction (Vic)

A life after addiction (Vic) | Alcohol & other drug issues in the media | Scoop.it
Lemlei Le Velle was tied up, a knife held to her throat and injected with heroin by her addict boyfriend.
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Ms Le Velle shares her experience to help promote public discussion of the need for WRAD's proposed resi rehab service in Warrnambool.

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Syringe exchange program played key role in controlling HIV outbreak (USA)

Syringe exchange program played key role in controlling HIV outbreak (USA) | Alcohol & other drug issues in the media | Scoop.it
A study by researchers investigating the 2015 HIV outbreak in Scott County, Indiana, found that a syringe services program is an important tool to control and prevent HIV outbreaks among people who inject drugs in a nonurban area.
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More evidence of the public health benefits associated with NSPs and other harm reduction approaches.

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Binge drinking could affect the health of teenage girls’ bones, study warns (USA)

Binge drinking could affect the health of teenage girls’ bones, study warns (USA) | Alcohol & other drug issues in the media | Scoop.it
Teenage girls who binge drink could affect the health of their bones, a study has found. Those who regularly drink large volumes of alcohol may fail to reach their peak bone mass, according to the research. The study, published in the Journal of Studies on Alcohol and Drugs, shows a “potential lifetime consequence” of binge drinking, the authors said.
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US study highlights increased risk of osteoperosis later in life. See today's related post about long-term declines in young people's consumption of AOD (and milk): http://sco.lt/5p30GP

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False claims of cannabis laced with ice to get kids ‘hooked’ diverts attention from the reality of drug use problems (Qld)

False claims of cannabis laced with ice to get kids ‘hooked’ diverts attention from the reality of drug use problems (Qld) | Alcohol & other drug issues in the media | Scoop.it

Channel 10’s alarmist story on 13thJune, claiming the Queensland town of Caboolture was in the midst of an ‘ice epidemic’, is a fear-based work of fiction that merely serves to create moral panic, without providing readers any practical information.

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Paul Dessauer highlights the concerns with (and impacts of) this sort of inflammatory coverage for AOD Media Watch.

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Alarmingly high rates of HIV among China's youth -video

Alarmingly high rates of HIV among China's youth -video | Alcohol & other drug issues in the media | Scoop.it
FOCUS : Young Chinese people living in urban areas have never had it so good. They have better access to education and healthcare services, an
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Highlighting the importance of evidence based public education, provision of harm reduction services and addressing stigma in protecting public health.

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Alcohol aisles in World Cup host city supermarkets blocked off (Russia)

Alcohol aisles in World Cup host city supermarkets blocked off (Russia) | Alcohol & other drug issues in the media | Scoop.it
Booze aisles in supermarkets in World Cup host city Volgograd have been blocked off as England fans descended on the centre in large numbers.Any fans hoping to save money by buying alcohol from the local shop near the Fifa fan fest in the city would go away disappointed as store staff put red and white tape up across the beers, wines and spirits.
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As the article notes, this has become common practice at World Cup locations. It's hard to know if it's intended to reduce potential violence amongst supporters, protect alcohol-sale profits at match venues, or both.

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An end to cheap booze? Minimum alcohol price law passed (Wales)

An end to cheap booze? Minimum alcohol price law passed (Wales) | Alcohol & other drug issues in the media | Scoop.it
Buying some alcohol could cost more under a minimum pricing law passed on Tuesday,
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The actual minimum price is yet to be set. The recently introduced minimum in Scotland is 50p per unit.

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More than 150 people without drugs were kicked out of a Sydney festival

More than 150 people without drugs were kicked out of a Sydney festival | Alcohol & other drug issues in the media | Scoop.it

About 30 of those punters have joined the legal action so far saying they were kicked out of Sydney's Midnight Mafia trance festival in May where a tough new drug dog strategy was conducted.

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Last night's Hack story on potential for a class action against NSW police.

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We Have The Best Evidence Yet That Psychedelic Drugs Can Repair Broken Neural Networks (USA)

We Have The Best Evidence Yet That Psychedelic Drugs Can Repair Broken Neural Networks (USA) | Alcohol & other drug issues in the media | Scoop.it
Could psychedelic drugs one day play a part in the treatment of mental health conditions? The idea is getting less and less far-fetched, after scientists successfully used drugs including MDMA and LSD to repair neurons in animal tests and cultured ce
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New evidence of potential therapeutic uses for psychedelics.

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US & UN Express Alarm at Bangladesh Drug War’s Mounting Death Toll

US & UN Express Alarm at Bangladesh Drug War’s Mounting Death Toll | Alcohol & other drug issues in the media | Scoop.it
US authorities have urged Bangladesh to adhere to human rights principles, as the latter’s drug war has left almost 150 people dead in a month.
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147 people are reported dead and 21,000 arrested since May in nationwide 'crackdown'.

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Portugal's parliament legalises cannabis-based medicines

Portugal's parliament legalises cannabis-based medicines | Alcohol & other drug issues in the media | Scoop.it
Portugal's parliament overwhelmingly approved a bill on Friday to legalise marijuana-based medicines, after rejecting earlier proposals to allow patients to grow the drug at home.
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'Mysterious drug': Two hospitalised after suspected overdose at SEXPO (NSW)

'Mysterious drug': Two hospitalised after suspected overdose at SEXPO (NSW) | Alcohol & other drug issues in the media | Scoop.it
Two men have now been charged over the alleged incident.
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Police release image of legal high suspected of being responsible for the overdoses, but there's no indication here of what substance may have been involved.

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Why alcohol disrupts your sleep cycle (Aus)

Why alcohol disrupts your sleep cycle (Aus) | Alcohol & other drug issues in the media | Scoop.it
Drinking alcohol before bed disrupts your brain’s sleep cycle — which is why you have vivid dreams an
ReGenUC's insight:

This article is intended to provide general health advice, but is particularly relevant for many of the people who use our services. One of the common short-term benefits reported by participants in our Catalyst non-resi rehab programs is improved sleep, and the impact this has on their wellbeing.

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Australia Pioneered Drug Harm Reduction and Must Continue

Australia Pioneered Drug Harm Reduction and Must Continue | Alcohol & other drug issues in the media | Scoop.it
Australia has a long history of implementing harm reduction programs. However, it’s high time pill testing became official and needle exchanges were implemented on the inside
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Paul Gregoire considers Australia's past efforts, current barriers to reform and ways forward for harm reduction.

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Fewer US teens smoking, doing drugs ... and drinking milk

Fewer US teens smoking, doing drugs ... and drinking milk | Alcohol & other drug issues in the media | Scoop.it
Fewer U.S. teens are smoking, having sex and doing drugs these days. Oh, and they're drinking less milk, too.
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US survey of high school students provides more evidence of long term patterns of decline in AOD (and milk) consumption. See today's related post on links between regular binge drinking by young women and increased osteoperosis risk: http://sco.lt/66V3iL

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