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Britain sobers up as drinkers cut back on wine and spirits

Britain sobers up as drinkers cut back on wine and spirits | Alcohol & other drug issues in the media | Scoop.it
Britons are sobering up, according to new projections that suggest the country will drink millions fewer bottles of wine and spirits over the next few years.
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Fetal alcohol spectrum disorder clinic wanted in Alice Springs amid misdiagnosis fears

Fetal alcohol spectrum disorder clinic wanted in Alice Springs amid misdiagnosis fears | Alcohol & other drug issues in the media | Scoop.it

At Megan Brown's home in Alice Springs, sharp objects are out of sight and laminated signs encouraging good behaviour are blue-tacked to the wall.

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Foster carers, paediatricians and doctors are pushing for a dedicated fetal alcohol spectrum disorder clinic in central Australia, amid fears the invisible disability is going undiagnosed and untreated. See last week's related coverage of the WA study findings that 90% of young people in custody have at least one severe brain disorder (including FASD): http://sco.lt/8ysK4P

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Govt on collision course with Coles, Woolies over bottle shops (WA)

Govt on collision course with Coles, Woolies over bottle shops (WA) | Alcohol & other drug issues in the media | Scoop.it
THE State Government is on a collision course with retail giants Coles and Woolworths over moves to curb the proliferation of “booze barns”.
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If the big alcohol retailers are complaining, it's usually a sign that the proposed measures are likely to impact on consumption (and industry profits). See today's related coverage: http://sco.lt/94flBp. If you have access behind the News Ltd paywall, see this article on a co-ordinated campaign by nine Victorian councils to remove 'beer barns' from local shopping precincts: http://www.heraldsun.com.au/news/victoria/nine-councils-push-boozebarn-ban-to-reduce-alcoholrelated-assaults/news-story/8d67f33331a5cedc5bc96efb484a7d96?csp=fe94f5c70dd8ed1d00c270f1d0c452d0

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WA drink drivers flouting alcohol interlock rules

WA drink drivers flouting alcohol interlock rules | Alcohol & other drug issues in the media | Scoop.it
THE number of drivers breaching alcohol interlock devices has more than doubled in three months, figures have revealed.
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The headline is misleading. There's no scandal here, other than the apparent lack of deterrent to repeat drink drivers posed by the threat of having a mandatory interlock. The legislation has been in place for a little over a year.

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Radical harm reduction: coming out from under the radar (Canada)

Radical harm reduction: coming out from under the radar (Canada) | Alcohol & other drug issues in the media | Scoop.it

The practice of providing alcohol to people with severe alcohol dependence is a complex and sometimes controversial approach to harm-reduction, and it’s one that many communities in Canada have tried—some very publicly and some quietly under the radar. These programs which give alcohol in measured, regular doses throughout the day, usually along with housing and other supports, are known as Managed Alcohol Programs, or MAPs.

ReGenUC's insight:

Drug & Alcohol Review collects peer-reviewed articles on managed alcohol programs. The work is part of a national study led by UVic's Canadian Institute for Substance Use Research (CISUR).

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Taskforce seeks input over meth scourge (WA)

Taskforce seeks input over meth scourge (WA) | Alcohol & other drug issues in the media | Scoop.it
Representatives from WA’s Methamphetamine Action Plan Taskforce met with community groups in Kalgoorlie-Boulder yesterday in a bid to break the methamphetamine scourge gripping the Goldfields.
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Community consultation highlights need for improved accessibility of treatment services.

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We Spoke To Black Market Medical Cannabis Patients Who Don't Access The Drug Legally. Here's What They Said (Aus)

We Spoke To Black Market Medical Cannabis Patients Who Don't Access The Drug Legally. Here's What They Said (Aus) | Alcohol & other drug issues in the media | Scoop.it
Australian patients using medicinal cannabis illegally say their only worry about being arrested would be having their medicine taken from them.
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Brad Esposito highlights some of the personal impacts of the ongoing access barriers to sanctioned medicinal cannabis products.

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The Trump Administration Says Proposed Heroin Injection Sites Could Face “Legal Action” (USA)

The Trump Administration Says Proposed Heroin Injection Sites Could Face “Legal Action” (USA) | Alcohol & other drug issues in the media | Scoop.it
They’ve been approved in San Francisco, Seattle, and Philadelphia — and some local officials are ready to fight the DEA in court.
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See today's related post of the unanimous support for supervised injecting facilities by SF's Department of Public Health: http://sco.lt/7AsOnZ.

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"It's a National Problem": How Hospitals Are Treating Opioid Addiction's Youngest Sufferers (USA)

"It's a National Problem": How Hospitals Are Treating Opioid Addiction's Youngest Sufferers (USA) | Alcohol & other drug issues in the media | Scoop.it
Two babies, born 15 months apart to the same young woman overcoming opioid addiction. Two very different treatments.
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Highlighting the importance of providing consistent, evidence-based care for affected mothers and children. Hopefully the new funding announced last week by President Trump will help improve the uptake of pharmacotherapies (like methadone) within the US health system. See also last week's post about the benefits of keeping newborns with their mothers (rather than removing them to an ICU): http://sco.lt/5P5xlh

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A mysterious syndrome in which marijuana users get violently ill is starting to worry researchers (USA)

A mysterious syndrome in which marijuana users get violently ill is starting to worry researchers (USA) | Alcohol & other drug issues in the media | Scoop.it

Mrs. X knew something was wrong when she burned herself in the bath for the third time. The Australian woman – whose experience was documented anonymously in a published case study – had experienced sudden and severe episodes of illness for nine years. She’d get nauseous and a feel like the room was spinning, which was followed by violent vomiting and severe stomach pains. As it turned out, she had a mysterious syndrome that doctors are only now beginning to recognise.

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Highlighting the little we know about Cannabinoid hyperemesis syndrome (CHS) and the need for more research on why some people experience this reaction to cannabis. At this stage, the only known treatment is abstinence.

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Mandatory treatment for criminals affected by Ice (Vic)

Mandatory treatment for criminals affected by Ice (Vic) | Alcohol & other drug issues in the media | Scoop.it
Committing serious crimes while affected by the drug Ice will trigger mandatory treatment programs under new laws being drafted.
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Seven News story on new resi rehab bed funding for our partners at Odyssey House Victoria and a range of other services around the state. There's no detail on the headline mandatory treatment legislation, other than the Andrews Govt's intention to have it passed before the November election

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Liquor Control Act: WA health sector alarmed by proposed laws

Liquor Control Act: WA health sector alarmed by proposed laws | Alcohol & other drug issues in the media | Scoop.it
WA’s health sector has warned a plan to make Perth a ‘hipster capital’ shouldn’t have equal weighting with concerns about alcohol-related harm when deciding liquor licensing applications.
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See today's related coverage, citing alcohol industry support for the Govt's proposed changes: http://sco.lt/9IxPOL.

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Doing it for the hipsters: WA liquor reform 'common sense'

Doing it for the hipsters: WA liquor reform 'common sense' | Alcohol & other drug issues in the media | Scoop.it
Tourism WA will have a say about the benefits for liquor licence applications under law reforms planned by the state government.
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Govt proposal to provide Tourism WA chief exec with equal power over liquor licence applications as the chief health officer and police commissioner. Alcohol industry bodies welcome the move. Enough said.

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An Australian Politician Is Spending Valentine's Day Driving Around In A Pro-Vaping Van

An Australian Politician Is Spending Valentine's Day Driving Around In A Pro-Vaping Van | Alcohol & other drug issues in the media | Scoop.it
The vaping bus is comin' and everybody's jumpin' (then probably wheezing tbh).
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Great to see Cory Bernadi (and other conservative warriors like Miranda Devine: https://myaccount.news.com.au/sites/dailytelegraph/subscribe.html?sourceCode=DTWEB_WRE170_a_GGL&mode=premium&dest=https://www.dailytelegraph.com.au/rendezview/nsw-smoking-ban-as-misguided-as-it-is-useless/news-story/b00ccad2d2d347b09992781239615d93&memtype=anonymous) showing such public support for harm reduction strategies in relation to tobacco. Hopefully, this marks the start of a broader recognition of the importance of harm reduction in relation to other drugs.

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Health experts lament alcohol floor price miss in WA liquor reforms

Health experts lament alcohol floor price miss in WA liquor reforms | Alcohol & other drug issues in the media | Scoop.it
HEALTH experts say the State Government has squibbed an ideal chance to enact its highly touted floor price on alcohol.
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Citing Cancer Council WA's Terry Slevin & NDRI's Steve Allsop. See last week's coverage of the proposed WA reforms: http://sco.lt/6dgjxJ

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Canberra inmates smuggling heavy-duty prescription drugs to get high

Canberra inmates smuggling heavy-duty prescription drugs to get high | Alcohol & other drug issues in the media | Scoop.it

Inmates locked-up at the Alexander Maconochie Centre are getting high on heavy duty prescription drugs smuggled inside the jail.

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AMC contraband seizure data indicates access to medications like pregabalin & quetiapine is significantly greater than for illicit drugs. It's important to note that pregabalin has been linked to increased overdose risk in the UK: http://sco.lt/5TW6Bl

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New Mexico to study possibility of safe injection sites to curb opioid deaths (USA)

New Mexico to study possibility of safe injection sites to curb opioid deaths (USA) | Alcohol & other drug issues in the media | Scoop.it

New Mexico is joining the list of states and cities that are studying whether overdose deaths linked to the nation’s opioid crisis can be curbed with the establishment of safe havens where addicts can inject themselves with heroin and other drugs while under medical supervision.

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More evidence of increasing support for evidence based harm reduction approaches in the US. See last week's post on White House threats of 'legal action' against medically supervised injecting centres when they are established: http://sco.lt/4twYiX

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Will fentanyl deaths be the tipping point for our broken drugs policies? (UK)

Will fentanyl deaths be the tipping point for our broken drugs policies? (UK) | Alcohol & other drug issues in the media | Scoop.it
Synthetic opioids are an escalating tragedy, but treatment for addicts doesn’t have to be a dead end, says the Guardian columnist John Harris
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John Harris on the pressing need for change to UK drug policy and the leadership being shown at a local level in the face of Govt resistance. See last week's coverage: http://sco.lt/8u8Jaj

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Government rejects calls for inquiry into synthetic cannabis (NZ)

Government rejects calls for inquiry into synthetic cannabis (NZ) | Alcohol & other drug issues in the media | Scoop.it

The Government will not hold an inquiry into synthetic cannabis, despite appeals from the family of a 22-year-old who died after taking the drug last year.

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Health Minister David Clark says the current inquiry into mental health and drug issues will address the problem.

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Safe injection sites unanimously endorsed in San Francisco

Safe injection sites unanimously endorsed in San Francisco | Alcohol & other drug issues in the media | Scoop.it
The nation's first safe injection sites were unanimously endorsed by San Francisco's Department of Public Health on Tuesday in an effort to help curb the opioid epidemic.
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More signs of progress towards a significant breakthrough for harm reduction in the US, but the Trump Administration says that it may use federal laws to block the establishment of medically supervised injecting centres: http://sco.lt/4twYiX

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Opioid addiction treatment behind bars reduced post-incarceration overdose deaths in Rhode Island

A new study suggests that treating people for opioid addiction in jails and prisons is a promising strategy to address high rates of overdose and opioid use disorder.

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It's an indicator of just how far the US AOD system has to come that providing prisoners with access to pharmacotherapy is seen as groundbreaking work. See today's related post on White House threats to use federal laws to block the establishment of medically supervised injecting centres: http://sco.lt/4twYiX

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More mums-to-be still lighting up in regional NSW compared to rest of state

More mums-to-be still lighting up in regional NSW compared to rest of state | Alcohol & other drug issues in the media | Scoop.it
The number of expectant mums smoking in NSW has dropped 61 per cent in the past two decades but too many pregnant women are still lighting up in rural areas.
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Higher smoking rates continue to be linked to disadvantage.

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Austria's plan to stub out smoking ban prompts health plea

Austria's plan to stub out smoking ban prompts health plea | Alcohol & other drug issues in the media | Scoop.it
Medical experts are urging the government to reconsider plans to introduce a smoking ban, writes the BBC's Bethany Bell in Vienna.
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A familiar pattern for alcohol & tobacco campaigns around the world: Vice-Chancellor (and smoker) Heinz-Christian Strache champions the move as win for 'freedom of choice'. Public health experts disagree. 

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Fears Australia is following the US in fentanyl misuse

Fears Australia is following the US in fentanyl misuse | Alcohol & other drug issues in the media | Scoop.it

About 8% of injecting drug users are using fentanyl or its analogues, sparking fears Australia could be on track to mimic the US fentanyl epidemic.

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Most of this article is behind the Aus Doctor membership wall, but you can see more on the Kirby Institute study here: https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/29405465

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Drug use unchanged despite a tripling in traffickers being sentenced (Qld)

Drug use unchanged despite a tripling in traffickers being sentenced (Qld) | Alcohol & other drug issues in the media | Scoop.it
But the numbers of Queenslanders reporting they had recently used an illicit drug has remained unmoved.
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See yesterday's related coverage, citing former AFP Commissioner Mick Palmer on the need for drug law reform: http://sco.lt/5gDoKv 

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Can government-approved pot beat street weed? (USA)

Can government-approved pot beat street weed? (USA) | Alcohol & other drug issues in the media | Scoop.it
In competing with Canada's black markets, legal cannabis has potential strengths and weaknesses. Most flow directly from governments' policy choices.
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Michael J Armstrong compares the relative competitive strengths of licit vs illicit cannabis markets.

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