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No job, no marriage, no home: She thought her son hit rock bottom - but entering rehab cost him (Aus)

No job, no marriage, no home: She thought her son hit rock bottom - but entering rehab cost him (Aus) | Alcohol & other drug issues in the media | Scoop.it
A crackdown on drug users has inadvertently led to people in rehab being cut off from their income - and it's costing rehab centres thousands.
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One example of the impact the Federal Govt's welfare reforms are having on the accessibility (and effectiveness) of rehabilitation services. Participants in our non-residential programs have reported similar issues and being forced to choose between attending program sessions or attending job appointments if they are to avoid having their Newstart payments being cut off.

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Groovin the Moo will return to Canberra but venue remains mystery

Groovin the Moo will return to Canberra but venue remains mystery | Alcohol & other drug issues in the media | Scoop.it
Groovin the Moo's promoter has confirmed the music festival will return to Canberra next year, but where will it be held?
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No mention here of whether or not pill testing is expected to be a feature of next year's festival.

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Study indicates opioid overdose reversal products chemically stable past expiration date (USA)

Study indicates opioid overdose reversal products chemically stable past expiration date (USA) | Alcohol & other drug issues in the media | Scoop.it

A widely used naloxone nasal spray (NNS) and naloxone injection (NIJ), otherwise known as Narcan and Evzio, which are administered to prevent opioid overdose deaths, were found to be chemically stable up for at least ten months and beyond one year of the expiration date, respectively. 

ReGenUC's insight:

New study provides more evidence for the extended shelf-life of naloxone products. According to NIDA, over 26,000 overdoses were reversed by laypeople using naloxone between 1996 & 2014.

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Canadian doctors urge caution after FDA approves controversial new opioid pill

Canadian doctors urge caution after FDA approves controversial new opioid pill | Alcohol & other drug issues in the media | Scoop.it
After the FDA's controversial approval of a pill form of sufentanil for use in U.S. hospitals and on the battlefield, Canadian doctors say the risks of the oral medication could outweigh the benefits in the midst of the ongoing opioid crisis.
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Critics argue pill formulation of sufentanil (more potent that fentanyl, less so than carfentanil) poses significant risk to public safety.

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Random drug tests of parents begin but Child Protection can't reveal results (SA)

Random drug tests of parents begin but Child Protection can't reveal results (SA) | Alcohol & other drug issues in the media | Scoop.it
Eight random drug tests of parents or carers have been conducted in the first two weeks of a new streamlined system aimed at reducing child abuse in South Australia.
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New measures remove need for court order or consent for testing to occur.

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Abstinence not Required: Individuals with Alcohol Dependence May Benefit from Less Drinking (USA)

Abstinence not Required: Individuals with Alcohol Dependence May Benefit from Less Drinking (USA) | Alcohol & other drug issues in the media | Scoop.it

Individuals who seek help for an alcohol use disorder (AUD) may be presented with either of two treatment goals: abstinence or no heavy-drinking days, which are approved by the Food and Drug Administration for use in testing medications to treat AUD. However, these goals may fail to work for individuals who seek to reduce their drinking. 

ReGenUC's insight:

US study considers impacts of reducing overall consumption on people's health and wellbeing, highlighting the benefits of approaches grounded in harm reduction principles.

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Meth use producing younger, harder-to-treat heart failure patients USA)

Meth use producing younger, harder-to-treat heart failure patients USA) | Alcohol & other drug issues in the media | Scoop.it
Widespread methamphetamine use is creating a unique form of severe heart failure, according to new research that shows these patients tend to be younger and have poor outcomes.
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Study finds heart patients who use methamphetamine are (on average) 17 years younger and have high rates of hospital readmission for heart problems.

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Teen vapers smoke just as much as youth who don't use e-cigarettes (USA)

Teen vapers smoke just as much as youth who don't use e-cigarettes (USA) | Alcohol & other drug issues in the media | Scoop.it

E-cigarettes aren't likely to keep kids away from traditional cigarettes, a U.S. study suggests.

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Study highlights concerns amongst US regulators that the emerging vaping industry is undermining hard-won public health gains on tobacco.

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Alcohol recognised as leading cause of harm at global safety conference

Alcohol recognised as leading cause of harm at global safety conference | Alcohol & other drug issues in the media | Scoop.it
Global safety experts meeting in Bangkok on Wednesday agreed to recognise that harmful alcohol use contributes to morbidity, injury and violence in all types of injuries.
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Motion calls for 'stronger alcohol policies' and support for harm reduction strategies.

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Grass state: Almost half a million Queenslanders used cannabis last year

Grass state: Almost half a million Queenslanders used cannabis last year | Alcohol & other drug issues in the media | Scoop.it
Women are less likely to tell their friends about their drug use, which in turn limits their access to controlled substances.
ReGenUC's insight:

New Health of Queenslanders 2018 report provides estimated use of licit and illicit drugs, its impact on #publichealth and the economy. It looks like the report isn't available on the Qld Health website yet, but when it is, it will be here: https://www.health.qld.gov.au/research-reports/reports/public-health/cho-report 

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 Māori children more exposed to alcohol marketing (NZ)

 Māori children more exposed to alcohol marketing (NZ) | Alcohol & other drug issues in the media | Scoop.it
Māori and Pacific children are five times more likely to be exposed to alcohol marketing than Pākehā children, according to new research.
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Study highlights impacts of alcohol outlet density and outdoor advertising. See today's related post on UK plans to address exposure of young children to targetted alcohol and gambling advertising via social media: http://sco.lt/665hPl

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Cocaine adulterant may cause brain damage (Switzerland)

People who regularly take cocaine cut with the animal anti-worming agent levamisole demonstrate impaired cognitive performance and a thinned prefrontal cortex. 

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Swiss study highlights importance of drug checking services to prevent potential harm.

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Principality Stadium: WRU announces alcohol-free zone details (Wales)

Principality Stadium: WRU announces alcohol-free zone details (Wales) | Alcohol & other drug issues in the media | Scoop.it
The Welsh Rugby Union announces details of an alcohol-free zone at the Principality Stadium that will be trialled for Wales' November rugby Tests.
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As the Scottish Football Association (http://sco.lt/8qkHYH) and English Football League (http://sco.lt/66sPCb) look to ease alcohol restrictions, Welsh rugby plans their introduction.

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Few changes, many concerns as Daily Planet brothel gets green light to reopen as rehab clinic (Vic)

Few changes, many concerns as Daily Planet brothel gets green light to reopen as rehab clinic (Vic) | Alcohol & other drug issues in the media | Scoop.it
Australia's best-known brothel has been made over as a drug rehab clinic. But critics say the changes have barely gone far enough.
ReGenUC's insight:

Another example of the urgent need for regulation of for-profit rehabs in Victoria. As one of our staff has noted, the business will now be subject to significantly less official oversight as a rehab than it ever would have been as a brothel. See the Health Complaints Commissioner website for more info on it's investigation into the for-profit sector: https://hcc.vic.gov.au/news/105-private-drug-and-alcohol-rehabilitation

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State government continue to mull over minimum alcohol price (WA)

State government continue to mull over minimum alcohol price (WA) | Alcohol & other drug issues in the media | Scoop.it

Pressure is mounting again on the WA state government to introduce a minimum floor price for alcohol.

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WA Alcohol and Youth Action Coalition are continuing to push the state government to introduce a minimum floor price for alcohol.

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The toxic impact of drug panics (UK)

The toxic impact of drug panics (UK) | Alcohol & other drug issues in the media | Scoop.it

eople are reportedly consuming substances that produce “superhuman strength”, trigger “face-eating attacks”, eliminate the ability to feel pain… and make them “smell of prawns”. They may read like the taglines for a graphic novel B-movie adaptation, but if these sometimes frankly ludicrous headlines would have you believe anything, it is that the effects of the class of drugs – including the exotically named “monkey dust” – they speak of are anything but fiction. Instead, we are told they are causing “a public health crisis”.

ReGenUC's insight:

Emily Goddard and Ian Hamilton consider some of the common factors that drive hyperbolic media coverage and the distorting impact it has on public understanding of risk and the stigmatisation of those directly affected.

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Ohio Issue 1 results: voters oppose defelonizing drug possession

Ohio Issue 1 results: voters oppose defelonizing drug possession | Alcohol & other drug issues in the media | Scoop.it

Ohio voters during Tuesday’s midterm elections rejected Issue 1, which would have defelonized drug possession in the state and taken other steps to pull back mass incarceration.

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German Lopez considers the lost opportunities for reform as a result of the ballot result.

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Toronto’s drug-use sites could shut down under new provincial rules, activists say

Toronto’s drug-use sites could shut down under new provincial rules, activists say | Alcohol & other drug issues in the media | Scoop.it
Existing sites are at risk despite already being approved by both the federal and previous provincial government
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Ontario Premier shows signs he is acting on pre-election statements that he was 'dead against' supervised consumption facilities. Hopefully, these issues can be resolved and the services can remain open.

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Adolescent cannabis use alters development of planning, self-control brain areas (USA)

Adolescent cannabis use alters development of planning, self-control brain areas (USA) | Alcohol & other drug issues in the media | Scoop.it
Adolescent marijuana use may alter how neurons function in brain areas engaged in decision-making, planning and self-control, according to researchers.
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Study focussed on prefrontal cortex in rats, using a synthetic cannabinoid.

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Over 2 million Americans have hepatitis C; opioids help drive spread

Over 2 million Americans have hepatitis C; opioids help drive spread | Alcohol & other drug issues in the media | Scoop.it
(HealthDay)—More than 2 million Americans have hepatitis C—and the opioid epidemic is a major contributor to the problem, according to a new government study.
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Highlighting systemic access barriers to harm reduction services (like NSPs) that have been consistently found to reduce BBV transmission.

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Alcohol most misjudged drug when it comes to harm (UK)

Alcohol most misjudged drug when it comes to harm (UK) | Alcohol & other drug issues in the media | Scoop.it
People young and old underestimate the dangers of alcohol more than any other drug, shows a new study from Brunel University London.
ReGenUC's insight:

Highlighting the ongoing imbalance in public perceptions of harm from licit and illicit drugs. See today's related posts on alcohol's impacts on global health (http://sco.lt/7e5Ott) and the role media coverage plays in distorting public perceptions of drug-related harm: http://sco.lt/5tVpeD

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Launch of national report exposing health and social harms from current drug laws

Launch of national report exposing health and social harms from current drug laws | Alcohol & other drug issues in the media | Scoop.it

Launch of a ground-breaking report exposing health and social harms from Australia’

ReGenUC's insight:

We contributed to the roundtable discussions that informed this  new report. You can downlowad it here: http://sco.lt/6xjszx.  

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A dare to quit booze changed Chris Raine’s life. Now more Aussies are ditching alcohol (Aus)

A dare to quit booze changed Chris Raine’s life. Now more Aussies are ditching alcohol (Aus) | Alcohol & other drug issues in the media | Scoop.it
IT WAS a boozy New Year’s Eve in 2008 when Chris Raine accepted something of a dare from mates to not drink for an entire year.
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See this week's related coverage of the NDSHS data showing broad reductions in Australians' alcohol consumption: http://sco.lt/6hUOzx

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Thailand blazes ahead with push to legalise medical marijuana use

Thailand blazes ahead with push to legalise medical marijuana use | Alcohol & other drug issues in the media | Scoop.it
Thailand is rolling out plans to legalise medical marijuana, an official told AFP Wednesday, as the country hopes to cash in on a multi-billion dollar industry with a product its supporters hail as some of the world's best.
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Bud Light and Heineken top spending list of alcohol sponsorship in sport

Bud Light and Heineken top spending list of alcohol sponsorship in sport | Alcohol & other drug issues in the media | Scoop.it
Alcohol brands are spending more than ever to be the official drink of sporting competitions across the globe – here are the top seven brands in terms of spending on alcohol sponsorship in sport.
ReGenUC's insight:

Sam Forsdick considers the scale of global alcohol promotion in sport. See today's related coverage of alcohol availability at sporting events in the UK: http://sco.lt/4xhB9l

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