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The Next Step in Drug Treatment (USA)

The country needs to get beyond the “drug war” approach to addiction.
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NY Times editorial on the role the new Affordable Care Act could play in increasing access to AOD treatment.

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Pill testing shows clear harm reduction benefits (UK/Aus)

Pill testing shows clear harm reduction benefits (UK/Aus) | Alcohol & other drug issues in the media | Scoop.it
Up to one in five people who had pills tested at UK festivals had a different drug to the one they thought they’d bought Finding
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More coverage of the findings presented by Fiona Measham at this week's APSAD conference. For more info, check the #APSAD live Twitter discussion on Monday. See yesterday's post on the continued interest from the ACT Govt in establishing a pill testing trial: http://sco.lt/7UP649

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Three quarters of Your Say SA survey voters back SA’s pub, club lockout laws

Three quarters of Your Say SA survey voters back SA’s pub, club lockout laws | Alcohol & other drug issues in the media | Scoop.it
SOUTH Australia’s 3am lockout laws appear to have huge support, according to early results from the Sunday Mail’s Your Say SA survey.
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Strong community support for measures to reduce alcohol related violence.

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Old and addicted: Uncovering the hidden substance abuse epidemic in elderly (Malaysia)

Old and addicted: Uncovering the hidden substance abuse epidemic in elderly (Malaysia) | Alcohol & other drug issues in the media | Scoop.it
Substance abuse among the older population is an important issue, but often under-recognised. They suffer unique vulnerabilities, social bias and potential therapeutic nihilism, which warrant special care that is tailored to individual circumstances.
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The article reminds that this is a global problem. It also refers to Ann Roche's work on identifying the challenges for health service providers. In our sector, we remain significantly underprepared for the likely impacts of population ageing and increased demand for AOD treatment by older people.

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Brazil must legalise drugs – its existing policy just destroys lives

Brazil must legalise drugs – its existing policy just destroys lives | Alcohol & other drug issues in the media | Scoop.it
Guns and imprisonment have long been the hallmarks of Brazil’s war against drug trafficking. The solution is to stop creating criminals
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Supreme Court judge (and Law Professor) Luís Roberto Barroso makes the case for drug law reform.

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Campaigners urge minimum alcohol price in England after Scottish ruling

Campaigners urge minimum alcohol price in England after Scottish ruling | Alcohol & other drug issues in the media | Scoop.it
Call for England to follow suit after supreme court decision that setting a minimum price is legal under EU law
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See yesterday's coverage of the Supreme Court decision: http://sco.lt/8mDP9d

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Pill testing is still on the cards for another ACT music festival

Pill testing is still on the cards for another ACT music festival | Alcohol & other drug issues in the media | Scoop.it
Pill testing is still on the cards in the ACT, after a failed bid earlier this year.
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The article doesn't cite anyone from the STA-SAFE consortium, but the ACT Health Minister delivers some pretty blunt invitations for them to pursue drug checking at Groovin the Moo.

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Breastfeeding and alcohol – in moderation – do mix, groundbreaking new study finds (Aus)

Breastfeeding and alcohol – in moderation – do mix, groundbreaking new study finds (Aus) | Alcohol & other drug issues in the media | Scoop.it

A NEW groundbreaking Australian study has found it is safe for breastfeeding mums to enjoy an alcoholic drink. But it warns some precautions are still needed.

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Citing Delyse Hutchinson on joint Deakin and NDARC findings. 

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Trump pledges $16.3 M for Philippines drug war

Trump pledges $16.3 M for Philippines drug war | Alcohol & other drug issues in the media | Scoop.it
Despite concerns over drug-related killings, US President Donald Trump announced Washington’s $2-million support for drug demand reduction programs in the Philippines.
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Not a very encouraging indicator for the future of US drug policy, or hope of a reduction in future extrajudicial killings in the Philippines. See President Duterte's response to questions on his human rights record by Canadian President Trudeau: http://sco.lt/77ZmPB

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‘Life-saving’ needle exchange programs criticized, halted in two Indiana counties (USA)

‘Life-saving’ needle exchange programs criticized, halted in two Indiana counties (USA) | Alcohol & other drug issues in the media | Scoop.it
Advocates called the elimination of the syringe exchange services in Madison and Lawrence counties "tragic."
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Another indicator of some of the significant political and cultural barriers to evidence based drug policy and harm reduction in the US. Ideology trumps evidence at the expense of public health.

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Meet the faces of series 2 of Struggle Street (Aus)

Meet the faces of series 2 of Struggle Street (Aus) | Alcohol & other drug issues in the media | Scoop.it
FROM a former drug user, to a Queenslander recently released from prison, these are the characters that will soon appear on your TV screens for series two of Struggle Street.
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Filmed in Qld and Vic, the second series is sure to provoke public debate about disadvantage and AOD use. Here's hoping that the people who participated in the series don't experience serious repercussions as a result of sharing their stories.

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Helen Clark appointed to Global Commission on Drug Policy

Helen Clark appointed to Global Commission on Drug Policy | Alcohol & other drug issues in the media | Scoop.it
The former PM joins former heads of state in her new role.
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Ms Clark and former Timor-Leste President Jose Ramos-Horta join the other global heavy hitters at the Commission. See the GCDP media release: http://www.globalcommissionondrugs.org/hc_jrh/

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This drug could block harmful impact of teen binge drinking (Aus)

Researchers studying the importance of the brain's immune system in our desire to drink alcohol have made a discovery that may eventually help to switch off binge-drinking behavior in adults who used to binge during their adolescent years.

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Citing University of Adelaide research on Naltrexone.

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Utah town on track to keep booze prohibition - one of the last dry towns in the US

Utah town on track to keep booze prohibition - one of the last dry towns in the US | Alcohol & other drug issues in the media | Scoop.it
One of Utah’s last "dry" communities appeared on Wednesday on track to maintain its eight-decade prohibition on alcohol sales after voters rejected a measure to allow sales that proponents said would boost tourism and opponents said would threaten the small city’s way of life.
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Blanding remains one of several dry communities within the state.

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School leavers need to find the confidence to say no to alcohol, study finds (WA)

School leavers need to find the confidence to say no to alcohol, study finds (WA) | Alcohol & other drug issues in the media | Scoop.it
With party plans being finalised, Curtin University released the results for a survey of 586 year 11 and 12 West Australian students about drinking during th
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As with relapse prevention, the key to young people's capacity to decline offers of alcohol (or other drugs) is having some strategies in place. Being prepared for high risk situations is often the most important contributor to being able to negotiate them successfully.

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FDA clears nerve stimulator to aid recovery from opioids (USA)

FDA clears nerve stimulator to aid recovery from opioids (USA) | Alcohol & other drug issues in the media | Scoop.it
U.S. health authorities have cleared a brain-stimulating device for patients suffering from debilitating withdrawal symptoms caused by addiction to heroin and other opioids.
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The device is reported to reduce withdrawal symptoms such as  joint pain, anxiety, stomach aches and insomnia. 

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Russia’s Methadone Ban Is Fueling an HIV Epidemic in Crimea

Russia’s Methadone Ban Is Fueling an HIV Epidemic in Crimea | Alcohol & other drug issues in the media | Scoop.it
The annexation of Crimea in 2014 has precipitated an HIV that aid organizations say has had fatal consequences
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Russian drug policies opposing evidence based treatment and harm reduction measures have been a disaster for public health. The impact has been particlualrly felt in jurisdictions (like Crimea) that have only recently come under Russian control and have experienced a rapid decline in service availability.

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Minimum alcohol price ruling welcomed by Welsh Government

Minimum alcohol price ruling welcomed by Welsh Government | Alcohol & other drug issues in the media | Scoop.it
Welsh ministers welcome a Supreme Court decision clearing the way for price controls to be imposed.
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See today's related post on calls for similar measures in England, in the wake of the Scottish decision: http://sco.lt/51uV0b

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Drugs 'fix room' setback leads to call for urgent action (Scotland)

Drugs 'fix room' setback leads to call for urgent action (Scotland) | Alcohol & other drug issues in the media | Scoop.it

SCOTTISH drug charities are calling for urgent action to help those in need after a major legal setback to plans for a “fix room”.
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Delays mean more overdose deaths, deaths that could have been prevented by such a service.

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Delays mean more overdose deaths, deaths that could have been prevented by such a service.

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Apprentices in the construction industry are a high risk group for alcohol and drug use (Aus)

Apprentices in the construction industry are a high risk group for alcohol and drug use (Aus) | Alcohol & other drug issues in the media | Scoop.it
Apprentices in the construction industry are a high risk group for alcohol and other drug-related harm.
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Citing NCETA research with apprentices who are engaged with TAFE.

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How Drug Users Would Solve the Opioid Crisis (Canada)

How Drug Users Would Solve the Opioid Crisis (Canada) | Alcohol & other drug issues in the media | Scoop.it
Users say they want to end prohibition, seek reparations, and get invested in pain alternatives like weed. In Vancouver, that’s already happening.
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Another example of the importance of listening to those directly affected and of their power to lead practical responses to drug related harm.

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Most heroin tested in Canada is contaminated with fentanyl

Most heroin tested in Canada is contaminated with fentanyl | Alcohol & other drug issues in the media | Scoop.it

Tests on drugs seized by law enforcement show a 20-fold increase in heroin testing positive for fentanyl since 2012.


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Testing provides insights into the ongoing evolution of the Canadian overdose crisis, and the need for systemic change to reduce future risk, through policy initiatives such as decriminalisation.

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Duterte Calls Trudeau Comment on War on Drugs ‘a Personal and Official Insult’ Credit (Philippines)

Philippines President Rodrigo Duterte told reporters November 14 that he was offended by Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau’s questions regarding his drug-related killings.

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This is pretty rich, given President Duterte's established form in delivering insults to foreign leaders. As he comes under growing local and international pressure to end his campaign of extrajudicial executions, he continues to rely on populism to shore up electoral support. More coverage here: https://www.theguardian.com/world/2017/nov/14/rodrigo-duterte-justin-trudeau-war-on-drugs-insult?CMP=Share_AndroidApp_Tweet. See also today's related post on President Trump's funding pledge to support Duterte's policies: http://sco.lt/7yuAT3

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Scotland wins right to end the sale of cheap booze

Scotland wins right to end the sale of cheap booze | Alcohol & other drug issues in the media | Scoop.it
Scotland has won the right to be the first country in the world to tackle alcohol abuse by setting a minimum price on booze, after fighting whisky makers i
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Supreme Court rejects alcohol industry arguments that minimum pricing was inconsistent with EU trade rules.

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At least five people admitted to Wellington Hospital in a day after taking synthetic drugs (NZ)

At least five people admitted to Wellington Hospital in a day after taking synthetic drugs (NZ) | Alcohol & other drug issues in the media | Scoop.it
At least five people in intensive care in Wellington Hospital, after taking synthetic drugs.
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See yesterday's post by Russell Brown on how NZ politics has contributed to the emergence of the country's significant problems with harms resulting from the use of synthetic cannabis products: http://sco.lt/5rUZSD

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Simon Harris plans to press ahead with changes to alcohol sales (Ireland)

Simon Harris plans to press ahead with changes to alcohol sales (Ireland) | Alcohol & other drug issues in the media | Scoop.it
Headline Simon Harris plans to press ahead with changes to alcohol sales
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The Health Minister faces opposition from within his own party, and the alcohol industry (obviously), with arguments that reducing alcohol consumption will cost jobs. Presumably, the public health benefits aren't seen as a priority.

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