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More Treatment, Less War: The White House Drug Policy Reform (USA)

More Treatment, Less War: The White House Drug Policy Reform (USA) | Alcohol & other drug issues in the media | Scoop.it

On Wednesday, April 24, the White House Office of National Drug Control Policy (ONDCP) released its 2013 National Drug Control Strategy. They say their position has evolved. “We cannot arrest or incarcerate our way out of the drug problem,” they write.

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‘Offensive’ comments by Tilley are way out of step (Vic)

‘Offensive’ comments by Tilley are way out of step (Vic) | Alcohol & other drug issues in the media | Scoop.it
Bill Tilley's comments offend a former Benambra constituent, and why is Albury's shopping centre so unwelcoming?
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RVSDS's Judy Ryan responds to recent uninformed and inflammatory commentary by the member for Benambra on #RichmondMSIC. You can see the comments here: http://www.bordermail.com.au/story/5062114/tilleys-fears-for-smack-mums-kids-at-drug-injecting-rooms/?cs=5748

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Different types of alcoholic drinks are linked to different emotions in drinkers (Qld)

Different types of alcoholic drinks are linked to different emotions in drinkers (Qld) | Alcohol & other drug issues in the media | Scoop.it
DOES gin make you angry or whisky maudlin? Booze legends now have scientific backing with new research showing different types of alcoholic drinks are linked to emotions — spirits will make you aggressive but with red wine and beer you will be chilled out.
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Citing a new BMJ study of 30,000 people's feelings associated with different alcohol products, and QNADA's Rebecca McBean on what we know about the various factors that influence how people experience alcohol consumption. Time to do a quick 'Drug Triangle'?

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Turnbull government postpones controversial drug trial for welfare recipients (Aus)

Turnbull government postpones controversial drug trial for welfare recipients (Aus) | Alcohol & other drug issues in the media | Scoop.it
A controversial trial of drug tests for welfare recipients is likely to be postponed.
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Good to see that the Govt has finally shelved this odious measure. Here's what we had to say about it in May: http://sco.lt/74AQVt

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Schoolies, booze and the battle to get teens addicted to drink (Aus)

Schoolies, booze and the battle to get teens addicted to drink (Aus) | Alcohol & other drug issues in the media | Scoop.it
Our children's rites of passage don't need to involve alcohol.
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Toni Hassan considers the evidence of a general decline in young people's alcohol consumption and cites FARE's Michael Thorn on the efforts of Big Alcohol to reverse that trend.

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Mid-strength beer only at new Optus Stadium, unless you're in a corporate box (WA)

Mid-strength beer only at new Optus Stadium, unless you're in a corporate box (WA) | Alcohol & other drug issues in the media | Scoop.it
Corporate box attendees at Optus Stadium will be able to purchase full-strength beer while general public areas will be restricted to mid-strength after
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It's a measure of how deeply ingrained alcohol is within our sporting and corporate cultures that the prospect of restricting the alcohol content in corporate box catering is seen as a potential threat to stadium revenue.

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DEA puts synthetic opioid fentanyl on par with heroin and meth (USA)

DEA puts synthetic opioid fentanyl on par with heroin and meth (USA) | Alcohol & other drug issues in the media | Scoop.it
The agency said the temporary order is needed to “avoid an imminent hazard to the public safety.”
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The order appears to prevent the medical use of fentanyl, but will have no impact on the availability of imported illicit fentanyl, which is reportedly the main source in the US and Canada.

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Older problem drinkers denied help, says report (Scotland)

Older problem drinkers denied help, says report (Scotland) | Alcohol & other drug issues in the media | Scoop.it
Older people are being denied help for problem drinking.
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Another example of service systems not responding to the growing needs of older people. See yesterday's related post on a targetted Minnesota program: http://sco.lt/6UiFcX

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Popular e-cigarette liquid flavorings may change, damage heart muscle cells (USA)

Popular e-cigarette liquid flavorings may change, damage heart muscle cells (USA) | Alcohol & other drug issues in the media | Scoop.it
Chemicals used to make some popular e-cigarette liquid flavorings—including cinnamon, clove, citrus and floral—may cause changes or damage to heart muscle cells, new research indicates.
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Crystal methamphetamine: the 'elephant in the room' on Vancouver's Downtown Eastside

Crystal methamphetamine: the 'elephant in the room' on Vancouver's Downtown Eastside | Alcohol & other drug issues in the media | Scoop.it
According to statistics, 4,981 people injected Crystal meth at a supervised injection facility in 2005. In 2016, 35,238 injections of the drug were recorded.
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A reminder that it is not just opioids driving drug related harm in Canada. This data reflects similar concerns in the US.

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NT govt pledges nearly $1m for youth rehab

The Northern Territory government has handed almost 1 million to youth substance abuse prevention and rehabilitation programs.
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The announcement comes following the release of the findings of the NT Royal Commission into youth detention.

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Banned Drinkers Register yet to have clear impact on assault rate (NT)

Banned Drinkers Register yet to have clear impact on assault rate (NT) | Alcohol & other drug issues in the media | Scoop.it
THE rate of assaults involving alcohol in the Territory has fallen slightly since the reintroduction of the Banned Drinker Register on September 1.
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NT Health Minister says it is too early to tell whether the BDR will affect offending rates, says police will continue to refer all perpetrators of alcohol-related assaults to the BDR.

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Alberta welcomes expanded access to methadone for addiction treatment

Alberta welcomes expanded access to methadone for addiction treatment | Alcohol & other drug issues in the media | Scoop.it
The federal government’s plan to potentially improve access to methadone is a major step forward as Alberta tries to increase the number of drug users receiving treatment, says a top provincial health official.
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An important step in the development of a comprehensive response to Canada's overdose crisis. One of the key benefits of pharmacotherapies like methadone is the provision of a consistent dose and the stability it provides to enable people to start addressing other needs.

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Study finds medical cannabis is effective at reducing opioid addiction (USA)

Study finds medical cannabis is effective at reducing opioid addiction (USA) | Alcohol & other drug issues in the media | Scoop.it
A new study conducted by researchers at The University of New Mexico, involving medical cannabis and prescription opioid use among chronic pain patients, found a distinct connection between having the legal ability to us
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Study finds participants on medicinal cannabis program were more likely to reduce or cease use of prescription opioids.

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No smoking under 21? Age change backed by Queenslanders

No smoking under 21? Age change backed by Queenslanders | Alcohol & other drug issues in the media | Scoop.it
MORE than 75 per cent of Queenslanders say they support a push to increase the age of purchase for cigarettes from 18 to 21 as part of a plan to reduce tobacco-related deaths.
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Mining magnate Andrew Forrest's latest entry to Australian drug policy debate.

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One Nation to scrap 'nanny state' booze laws (Qld)

One Nation to scrap 'nanny state' booze laws (Qld) | Alcohol & other drug issues in the media | Scoop.it
Pauline Hanson has used a visit to a rum distillery to say One Nation will scrap Labor's "nanny state" law on the sale of pre-mixed drinks.
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Senator Hanson chases the #BundyOn vote.

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NSW cop unit targets regional ice scourge

NSW cop unit targets regional ice scourge | Alcohol & other drug issues in the media | Scoop.it
A new police unit will target ice dealers in regional NSW as Commissioner Mick Fuller continues a "re-engineering" of the state's police force.
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We know that regional and rural communities are disproportionately affected by the impacts of methamphetmine use, but they need more than extra policing to solve the problem. They need more accessible treatment options and a holistic approach to address the various factors that are driving demand. Drug use doesn't occur in a vacuum. Without addressing the causes of drug use within communities, there is small likelihood that there will be any sustainable change.

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Fresh lockout law review slammed as a 'fait accompli' (NSW)

Fresh lockout law review slammed as a 'fait accompli' (NSW) | Alcohol & other drug issues in the media | Scoop.it
Conditions imposed on venues in Newcastle CBD are being reviewed after a request from the Australian Hotels Association
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It will be interesting to see just how big the alcohol industry's influence is over the outcome of this inquiry and any subsequent policy changes in Newcastle.

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White House says true cost of opioid drug epidemic in 2015 was $504bn (USA)

White House says true cost of opioid drug epidemic in 2015 was $504bn (USA) | Alcohol & other drug issues in the media | Scoop.it
New study puts cost at more than six times previous estimate, factoring in illicit opiods like heroin as well as prescription drugs
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The new estimate goes beyond the usual economic measures (e.g. healthcare and criminal justice spending, along with lost productivity) to incorporate illicit opioids and the impacts of overdose deaths. See today's related post on economic arguments for increased use of methadone in the US: http://sco.lt/9DtELB

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Substituting methadone for opioids could save billions (USA)

Policymakers and insurers have been pushing people addicted to opioids into abstinence-based detox programs, but a new study concludes that methadone and similar drug-maintenance treatments save lives and money.

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Could economic arguments help overcome cultural and institutional resistance to the use of pharmacotherapies in the US? See today's related coverage of a new White House estimate of the cost of America's opioid crisis in 2015 ($504 bn): http://sco.lt/65S0Ez

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Big Tobacco's anti-smoking ads begin after decade of delay (USA)

Big Tobacco's anti-smoking ads begin after decade of delay (USA) | Alcohol & other drug issues in the media | Scoop.it
Decades after they were banned from the airwaves, Big Tobacco companies return to prime-time television this weekend—but not by choice.
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...and after an extended campaign to obstruct, delay and undermine the effectiveness of the ads. 

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French health minister considers banning smoking from films

French health minister considers banning smoking from films | Alcohol & other drug issues in the media | Scoop.it
The sultry smoker lighting up on a Parisian café terrace, a staple image for countless French films, could soon be a thing of the past if the country’s health minister goes ahead with plans to ban smoking in movies.
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WA govt wants alcohol pregnancy warning

WA govt wants alcohol pregnancy warning | Alcohol & other drug issues in the media | Scoop.it
Alcohol sold in Australia should be labelled with mandatory health warnings for pregnant and breastfeeding women, the West Australian government says.
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WA Health Minister calls for state, territory and federal govts to back mandatory health warnings. The article cites Steve Allsop, arguing for a broader strategy to reducing the risk of FASD.

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EACH head queries need for injecting rooms in Maroondah (Vic)

EACH head queries need for injecting rooms in Maroondah (Vic) | Alcohol & other drug issues in the media | Scoop.it
THE head of Eastern Access Community Health has expressed support for supervised injecting rooms, but has stopped short of calling for them to be rolled out in Maroondah.
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The Andrews Govt has made it very clear that it won't be considering another MSIC any time soon. If we do ever see an expansion of services to other areas, there are probably quite a few locations that would be higher on the list than Maroondah. To be effective, MSIC's need to be based where there are well-established street markets and public injecting. They do not target people who inject at home.

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Restrictions tightened to one carton a day in remote towns (WA)

Restrictions tightened to one carton a day in remote towns (WA) | Alcohol & other drug issues in the media | Scoop.it

New liquor restrictions will be enforced in Kununurra and Wyndham starting next month for takeaway products. 

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This move effectively halves the current takeaway limits in an effort to drive change in alcohol consumption in the region.

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The truth behind the ‘first marijuana overdose death’ headlines (USA)

The truth behind the ‘first marijuana overdose death’ headlines (USA) | Alcohol & other drug issues in the media | Scoop.it
“We are absolutely not saying that marijuana killed that child,” one of the study's authors said.
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Highlighting the role media coverage can play in distorting drug policy debates.

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