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New quit campaign: video (Tas)

New quit campaign: video (Tas) | Alcohol & other drug issues in the media | Scoop.it
The State Government is hoping a new TV and social media campaign will help push down the State's chroncially high smoking rate.
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Evidence supports more pill testing (Aus)

Evidence supports more pill testing (Aus) | Alcohol & other drug issues in the media | Scoop.it

The trial of pill testing at a recent music festival in Canberra was declared ‘‘a great success’’ by ACT police chief Justine Saunders. Testing illicit substances for life-threatening impurities has long helped harm minimisation elsewhere, but the trial was unprecedented in Australia.

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Yesterday's Sunday Age editorial calls for other jurisdictions to follow the ACT's lead in allowing drug checking initiatives, and show greater support for other evidence based harm reduction measures. See today's related post with Katherine Murphy discussing the Groovin the Moo pilot with ACT Greens Leader Shane Rattenbury: http://sco.lt/6yvGKX

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What is the future of pill testing in Australia?

What is the future of pill testing in Australia? | Alcohol & other drug issues in the media | Scoop.it
Australia’s first pill-testing trial in the ACT was hailed a success. Guardian Australia’s Katharine Murphy talks to Leader of the ACT Greens, Shane Rattenbury, on how the trial worked, the resistance among many groups and the future of testing
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(26 min podcast) The Guardian's Katherine Murphy discusses the ACT's support for evidence based harm reduction with Shane Rattenbury following the Grovvin the Moo pilot. See yesterday's related Sunday Age editorial calling on other jurisdictions to support similar measures: http://sco.lt/9EIJCD

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Surge in young Americans using marijuana as first drug

Surge in young Americans using marijuana as first drug | Alcohol & other drug issues in the media | Scoop.it
Proportion of young people who tried cigarettes as their first drug fell over the same period, US study says
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National study finds increase for cannabis (from 4% to 8%), decrease for tobacco (from 21% to 9%) and no change for alcohol (30%) amongst young people from 2004-13. The article cites Renee Johnson on the need for improved drug education to help young people make informed decisions about cannabis use. The study also found that those who used cannabis first were more likely to be current heavy/dependent users.

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Achtung, it's official: Beer is not beneficial, German court rules

Achtung, it's official: Beer is not beneficial, German court rules | Alcohol & other drug issues in the media | Scoop.it
Beer cannot be marketed as beneficial, a German top court ruled after a consumer rights group sued a brewery over ads that suggested beer had health benefits.
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Following a 2012 ruling that the same word 'bekoemmmlich' (roughly translates as 'wholesome') could not be used to market wine.

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GHB : 1 in 5 Pass out each year (& women are more at risk than men) 

GHB : 1 in 5 Pass out each year (& women are more at risk than men)  | Alcohol & other drug issues in the media | Scoop.it

GHB (and the closely related GBL and 1.4 butane-diol) have been part of the drugs scene in many Western countries since the 1980s. Perceived us being more commonly (but not exclusively) used by gay men, GHB has prosocial (mood elevating and disinhibiting – a bit like alcohol) and sexual promoting and enhancing effects. It’s big on the chemsex scene in many cities.

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Adam Winstock considers 2018 Global Drug Survey findings on GHB use and their implications for harm reduction.

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Is Sweden's zero-tolerance approach to drugs a failing model?

Is Sweden's zero-tolerance approach to drugs a failing model? | Alcohol & other drug issues in the media | Scoop.it
Sweden is accustomed to being praised for its forward-thinking approach, but there's one area where many feel it lies behind the curve. The country's "zero tolerance" policy towards drugs is an increasingly isolated one compared to its neighbours, and has even been subject to criticism from the UN. The Local's Sweden In Focus series looks at why Sweden takes such a hard-line stance on drugs, what the consequences are, and if it will ever change.
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Lee Roden considers the need for changes to Sweden's long term resistance to harm reduction to address the country's high rate of overdose deaths.

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Tax increase on cigarettes will trigger black market boom of tainted tobacco (Aus)

Tax increase on cigarettes will trigger black market boom of tainted tobacco (Aus) | Alcohol & other drug issues in the media | Scoop.it
Criminologist Dr James Martin thinks the federal budget announcement to tackle black market tobacco will backfire.
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The recent boom in demand for illicit tobacco products could be an indicator that current taxation levels represent the limit for effectiveness in reducing consumption.

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Overdose 101: New York inmates trained to use opioid antidote kit 

Overdose 101: New York inmates trained to use opioid antidote kit  | Alcohol & other drug issues in the media | Scoop.it
The inmates filed into a room at a New York prison, squeezed into classroom-style desks, and watched a guard demonstrate how a small plastic tube could help them save lives when they return to the streets of a nation gripped by an opioid epidemic.
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Great example of targetted naloxone distribution with a group that are at high risk of overdose. See today's related post on prison NSP programs in Canada: http://sco.lt/5qLD5F

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New report shows successful hepatitis C testing pilot in pharmacies in London

New report shows successful hepatitis C testing pilot in pharmacies in London | Alcohol & other drug issues in the media | Scoop.it

A new report, published today by the London Joint Working Group on Substance Use and Hepatitis C (LJWG), shows the results of a successful four-month pilot project that offered hepatitis C (HCV) tests to people who use needle exchange services at nine community pharmacies across London.

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A nice example of improving the accessibility of HCV screening and treatment.

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Millions try E-cigarettes, but many stop (USA)

Millions try E-cigarettes, but many stop (USA) | Alcohol & other drug issues in the media | Scoop.it
(HealthDay)—Many folks are trying e-cigarettes, but not everyone is sticking with them, a new survey finds.
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National data addresses some concerns about e-cigarettes' potential to undermine population-level reductions in smoking. 

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Drug dogs in schools: Premier Steven Marshall affirms campaign pledge (SA)

Drug dogs in schools: Premier Steven Marshall affirms campaign pledge (SA) | Alcohol & other drug issues in the media | Scoop.it
PREMIER Steven Marshall says his campaign pledge to allow for drug sniffer dogs to be sent into state schools will go ahead, even if a formal direction to police is required.
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We'd suggest this is not a helpful move. While such measures may result in some drug detections at shcools, there's plenty of research evidence that they can be counterproductive: intimidating students and creating the impression that far more of their peers are engaged in substance use than is actually the case.

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Britain's first ever city centre recreational drug testing facility opens in Bristol

Britain's first ever city centre recreational drug testing facility opens in Bristol | Alcohol & other drug issues in the media | Scoop.it

The UK's first ever drug safety testing facility has opened following successful pilots at several British music festivals.

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Great to see the first of these centres established last weekend. Run by The Loop, the centre provides people using its service with  test results and 15-20 mins of harm reduction advice.

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Two District Attorneys May Stop Prosecuting Most Marijuana Offenses (USA)

Two District Attorneys May Stop Prosecuting Most Marijuana Offenses (USA) | Alcohol & other drug issues in the media | Scoop.it
Officials said that Cyrus Vance Jr. in Manhattan and Eric Gonzalez in Brooklyn are considering pursuing fewer low-level cases of a law enforced disproportionately among minorities.
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See yesterday's related post on racial disparities in cannabis policing in New York: http://sco.lt/7HuEqn

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Parents buying teenage children alcohol with a meal to be banned in Victoria 

Parents buying teenage children alcohol with a meal to be banned in Victoria  | Alcohol & other drug issues in the media | Scoop.it
Parents will soon be unable to buy their teenager a beer or a glass of wine with their restaurant dinner in Victoria, as the Andrews Government moves to ban the practice.
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With broad support (with the apparent exception of the IPA), the bill is still to face a vote in the Upper House, but appears likely to pass.

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Drinking in pregnancy: how should the guidance work? (UK)

Drinking in pregnancy: how should the guidance work? (UK) | Alcohol & other drug issues in the media | Scoop.it
How should advice on alcohol and pregnancy be communicated? This seems like a simple question, but a new study has found that the reality is more complex.
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Alcohol Research UK's James Nicholls reflects on the complexities of developing effective, evidence based guidelines on alcohol consumption during pregnancy, following a new report by Alcohol Concern Cymru (see the full report here: https://www.alcoholconcern.org.uk/public-health-alcohol-guidance-for-expectant-mothers).

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Punjab to crack whip on private drug rehabilitation centres (India)

Punjab to crack whip on private drug rehabilitation centres (India) | Alcohol & other drug issues in the media | Scoop.it
Despite being monitored by the Punjab and Haryana high court, many private drug de-addiction and rehabilitation centres in Punjab seem to be continuin
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The Victorian Health Complaints Commissioner is currently investigating examples of unethical and exploitative practice by for-profit rehab services in the state. For more information: https://hcc.vic.gov.au/news/125-report-your-concerns-about-drug-alcohol-services

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The Rights of People Who Use Drugs: An Interview With INPUD’s Judy Chang (Aus)

The Rights of People Who Use Drugs: An Interview With INPUD’s Judy Chang (Aus) | Alcohol & other drug issues in the media | Scoop.it
People who use drugs are now organising and calling for an end to the human rights violations that have been perpetrated against them as part of the war on drugs.
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An extended piece from Paul Gregoire on stigma, drug policy and the work of INPUD to improve global respect for the human rights of people who use drugs. See yesterday's post from the Philippines for an example of the extent of the challenge: http://sco.lt/8CIscr

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Philip Morris device knows a lot about your smoking habit (USA)

Philip Morris device knows a lot about your smoking habit (USA) | Alcohol & other drug issues in the media | Scoop.it
Philip Morris' iQOS device can collect user data. A teardown analysis shows this could give the tobacco giant remarkable insight into people's smoking habits.
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Philip Morris says the data gathering is only used for fixing product malfunctions. This is unlikely to be the case.

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Young French people's 'risky' thirst for alcohol revealed in new study

Young French people's 'risky' thirst for alcohol revealed in new study | Alcohol & other drug issues in the media | Scoop.it
A new study by the French government has revealed that many French people particularly among the younger generation have a dangerous drinking habit.
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National study finds a third of men under 35 drink at levels that put them at risk of long-term harm. It also finds that people working in sales or businesses where they have daily interaction with the public are the most likely to drink at a risky level.

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Alliance backs codeine-based drugs ban

Alliance backs codeine-based drugs ban | Alcohol & other drug issues in the media | Scoop.it
The National Rural Health Alliance has backed the law to restrict the supply of codeine-based drugs to prescription-only.
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Alliance study highlights high healthcare costs and lack of access to specialist services for people in rural areas. See today's related post on increasing fentanyl use in regional NSW: http://sco.lt/63Sbkf

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Canada to test first needle exchange program in a North American prison

Canada to test first needle exchange program in a North American prison | Alcohol & other drug issues in the media | Scoop.it
Program aims to stop the spread of infections such as HIV, Aids and hepatitis C among inmates who are drug users
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Service to be launched in June at men's and women's prisons, selected for their high rates of injecting drug use. See today's related post on pre-release naloxone distribution in New York prisons: http://sco.lt/7wz5hR

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Philippines Prison Chief Says People Convicted of Minor Drug Possession Should be Executed

Philippines Prison Chief Says People Convicted of Minor Drug Possession Should be Executed | Alcohol & other drug issues in the media | Scoop.it
The Philippines correctional system chief has said anyone convicted of a drug offence – including personal possession - should be executed, as a bill reintroduci
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Another blow to basic human rights in the Philippines. See yesterday's post on President Duterte's 'war on drugs' as part of a broader campaign to further marginalise minority groups and undermine democracy: http://sco.lt/7aQa9Z

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Opioid abuse concerns for regional Australia

Opioid abuse concerns for regional Australia | Alcohol & other drug issues in the media | Scoop.it
NSW Health estimates there may be up to 750,000 Australians dependent on opioids
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NSW coronial hearing into overdose deaths expected to receive testimony of increasing fentanyl use in regional areas.

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Education “essential to prevent prescription medication harms” (Vic)

Education “essential to prevent prescription medication harms” (Vic) | Alcohol & other drug issues in the media | Scoop.it
This week is National Prevention of Prescription Medication Dependence week
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Citing the Wimmera Drug Action Taskforce on risks in regional Victoria as part of ScriptWise's #PreventionWeek18 campaign.

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How Duterte's war on drugs feeds on his country's worst fears (Philippines)

How Duterte's war on drugs feeds on his country's worst fears (Philippines) | Alcohol & other drug issues in the media | Scoop.it
Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte's bloody crackdown on drugs is pushing the country's most vulnerable people even further towards the margins, says Global Commission on Drugs executive secretary Khalid Tinasti
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The Global Commission on Drugs' Khalid Tinasti argues that President Duterte's brutal policies are part of a broader threat to the rights of marginalised groups and democracy itself.

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