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Pub violence: high-risk venues face bans on glasses and shots before midnight (NSW)

Pub violence: high-risk venues face bans on glasses and shots before midnight (NSW) | Alcohol & other drug issues in the media | Scoop.it
The state's most violent licensed venues could be forced to implement a ban on shots and glassware earlier than midnight under a further crackdown by Hospitality Minister George Souris.
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It's interesting to see operators in Tamworth already adopting some of these measures.

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More than 150 people without drugs were kicked out of a Sydney festival

More than 150 people without drugs were kicked out of a Sydney festival | Alcohol & other drug issues in the media | Scoop.it

About 30 of those punters have joined the legal action so far saying they were kicked out of Sydney's Midnight Mafia trance festival in May where a tough new drug dog strategy was conducted.

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Last night's Hack story on potential for a class action against NSW police.

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We Have The Best Evidence Yet That Psychedelic Drugs Can Repair Broken Neural Networks (USA)

We Have The Best Evidence Yet That Psychedelic Drugs Can Repair Broken Neural Networks (USA) | Alcohol & other drug issues in the media | Scoop.it
Could psychedelic drugs one day play a part in the treatment of mental health conditions? The idea is getting less and less far-fetched, after scientists successfully used drugs including MDMA and LSD to repair neurons in animal tests and cultured ce
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New evidence of potential therapeutic uses for psychedelics.

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US & UN Express Alarm at Bangladesh Drug War’s Mounting Death Toll

US & UN Express Alarm at Bangladesh Drug War’s Mounting Death Toll | Alcohol & other drug issues in the media | Scoop.it
US authorities have urged Bangladesh to adhere to human rights principles, as the latter’s drug war has left almost 150 people dead in a month.
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147 people are reported dead and 21,000 arrested since May in nationwide 'crackdown'.

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Portugal's parliament legalises cannabis-based medicines

Portugal's parliament legalises cannabis-based medicines | Alcohol & other drug issues in the media | Scoop.it
Portugal's parliament overwhelmingly approved a bill on Friday to legalise marijuana-based medicines, after rejecting earlier proposals to allow patients to grow the drug at home.
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'Mysterious drug': Two hospitalised after suspected overdose at SEXPO (NSW)

'Mysterious drug': Two hospitalised after suspected overdose at SEXPO (NSW) | Alcohol & other drug issues in the media | Scoop.it
Two men have now been charged over the alleged incident.
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Police release image of legal high suspected of being responsible for the overdoses, but there's no indication here of what substance may have been involved.

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Why alcohol disrupts your sleep cycle (Aus)

Why alcohol disrupts your sleep cycle (Aus) | Alcohol & other drug issues in the media | Scoop.it
Drinking alcohol before bed disrupts your brain’s sleep cycle — which is why you have vivid dreams an
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This article is intended to provide general health advice, but is particularly relevant for many of the people who use our services. One of the common short-term benefits reported by participants in our Catalyst non-resi rehab programs is improved sleep, and the impact this has on their wellbeing.

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Australia Pioneered Drug Harm Reduction and Must Continue

Australia Pioneered Drug Harm Reduction and Must Continue | Alcohol & other drug issues in the media | Scoop.it
Australia has a long history of implementing harm reduction programs. However, it’s high time pill testing became official and needle exchanges were implemented on the inside
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Paul Gregoire considers Australia's past efforts, current barriers to reform and ways forward for harm reduction.

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Fewer US teens smoking, doing drugs ... and drinking milk

Fewer US teens smoking, doing drugs ... and drinking milk | Alcohol & other drug issues in the media | Scoop.it
Fewer U.S. teens are smoking, having sex and doing drugs these days. Oh, and they're drinking less milk, too.
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US survey of high school students provides more evidence of long term patterns of decline in AOD (and milk) consumption. See today's related post on links between regular binge drinking by young women and increased osteoperosis risk: http://sco.lt/66V3iL

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WHO’s Review Of Cannabis May Be The Starting Point For Worldwide Reform

WHO’s Review Of Cannabis May Be The Starting Point For Worldwide Reform | Alcohol & other drug issues in the media | Scoop.it
The World Health Organisation (WHO) decides this week whether to further examine if cannabis should remain on the international list of most restricted substances, signalling a potential change in the international law on cannabis. This would be a welcoming move in the wake of what is happening in Europe, with the Charlotte Caldwell case and … Continued
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Sara Velimirovic considers the potential impacts on global drug policy of rescheduling cannabis under the Single Convention on Narcotic Drugs.

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'Not equal before the law': Why regional drug addicts are often sent to jail, not rehab (NSW)

'Not equal before the law': Why regional drug addicts are often sent to jail, not rehab (NSW) | Alcohol & other drug issues in the media | Scoop.it
A retired judge has backed calls for more drug rehabilitation centres in the bush, warning addicts in regional areas are too often thrown behind bars.
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Highlighting the wider impacts of service shortages in regional areas and need for increased investment by the NSW Govt in improving treatment accessibility.

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Antipsychotics successfully reduced in nursing homes (Aus)

Antipsychotics successfully reduced in nursing homes (Aus) | Alcohol & other drug issues in the media | Scoop.it
A new intervention successfully tested nationally by Australian researchers has found a way to reduce overprescription of antipsychotics in nursing homes.
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Nice example of changing prescribing practice to improve patients' wellbeing and quality of life.

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Huge rise in number of middle-aged cannabis smokers seeking treatment (UK)

Huge rise in number of middle-aged cannabis smokers seeking treatment (UK) | Alcohol & other drug issues in the media | Scoop.it
Cannabis users seeking treatment in the UK is rising, especially among women and older smokers. But treatment services are sorely lacking.
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Ian Hamilton and Mark Monaghan note that the increase is greatest amongst women and suggest that the overall pattern is likely to be a result of Baby Boomers being exposed to more potent strains than they would have used in their youth.

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Pledge to arm Philippine community chiefs sparks 'Wild West' fears

Pledge to arm Philippine community chiefs sparks 'Wild West' fears | Alcohol & other drug issues in the media | Scoop.it
The Philippines interior ministry said on Wednesday that it plans to acquire pistols for community leaders willing to fight crime, sparking fears of more lawless bloodshed in the country’s violent crackdown on drugs.
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President Duterte proposes same legal protections for community members committing extrajudicial killings as offered to police and soldiers. In more positive news, the leading Presidential candidate in Mexico is pledging to demilitarise his country's drug war: http://sco.lt/5hL6KP

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Lack of evidence casts doubt on police claims of officers overdosing after accidental opioid contact (Canada)

Lack of evidence casts doubt on police claims of officers overdosing after accidental opioid contact (Canada) | Alcohol & other drug issues in the media | Scoop.it
The risk that firefighters, police, paramedics or even postal workers could overdose by coming into contact with opioids such as fentanyl is hotly debated. The Star Vancouver digs in to the science — and the hype.
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Great example of informed reporting looking beyond the headlines to challenge misconceptions and support informed public debate of AOD issues.

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First Ketamine Guidelines for Pain Released (USA)

First Ketamine Guidelines for Pain Released (USA) | Alcohol & other drug issues in the media | Scoop.it
A driving force behind this is the growing effort to find a long-term replacement for opioids, an addictive painkiller that has plunged the country into an epidemic of death and addiction.
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IV ketamine as non-opioid alternative for acute pain. See today's related post on problems with access to opioids in US cancer treatment: http://sco.lt/50Ekmf

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Opioid prescribing guidelines frustrate cancer doctors as well as their patients (USA)

Opioid prescribing guidelines frustrate cancer doctors as well as their patients (USA) | Alcohol & other drug issues in the media | Scoop.it
Opioids are a mainstay of pain relief for cancer patients, so it may not be surprising that many feel victimized by efforts to curb the nation's opioid addiction epidemic by limiting access to prescription painkillers.
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Highlighting the challenges of ensuring appropriate access to pain relief in the context of the US opioid crisis. See today's related post on new US clinical guidelines for use of IV ketamine as a non-opioid alternative for acute pain management: http://sco.lt/8QLEgL

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Response to the recent survey on students' attitudes towards illegal drugs (UK)

This guest blog responds to HEPI’s recent survey on attitudes towards illegal drugs. It has kindly been contributed by Dr Keir Irwin-Rogers. Keir is a lecturer at the Open University, a researcher on alternatives to imprisonment and the author of a forthcoming paper on ‘Drug prohibition, Inequality and Consumer Capitalism: A Toxic Trap.’ 

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Keir Irwin-Rogers gets to the heart of the problem with reporting on the HEPI survey findings - the assumption that student support for universities to take illicit drug use 'more seriously' means that they endorse institutions taking a 'tougher stance'.

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Changing attitudes (Vic)

Changing attitudes (Vic) | Alcohol & other drug issues in the media | Scoop.it

Goulburn Valley Health clinical nurse consultant Chris Biesiekierski believes the community has much to learn when it comes to general understanding and treatment of hepatitis B and C.. Working in the field for seven years, Mrs Biesiekierski has

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Biesiekierski highlights the need to address stigmatising attitudes (including those of health providers) to improve treatment accessibility.

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A life after addiction (Vic)

A life after addiction (Vic) | Alcohol & other drug issues in the media | Scoop.it
Lemlei Le Velle was tied up, a knife held to her throat and injected with heroin by her addict boyfriend.
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Ms Le Velle shares her experience to help promote public discussion of the need for WRAD's proposed resi rehab service in Warrnambool.

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Syringe exchange program played key role in controlling HIV outbreak (USA)

Syringe exchange program played key role in controlling HIV outbreak (USA) | Alcohol & other drug issues in the media | Scoop.it
A study by researchers investigating the 2015 HIV outbreak in Scott County, Indiana, found that a syringe services program is an important tool to control and prevent HIV outbreaks among people who inject drugs in a nonurban area.
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More evidence of the public health benefits associated with NSPs and other harm reduction approaches.

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Binge drinking could affect the health of teenage girls’ bones, study warns (USA)

Binge drinking could affect the health of teenage girls’ bones, study warns (USA) | Alcohol & other drug issues in the media | Scoop.it
Teenage girls who binge drink could affect the health of their bones, a study has found. Those who regularly drink large volumes of alcohol may fail to reach their peak bone mass, according to the research. The study, published in the Journal of Studies on Alcohol and Drugs, shows a “potential lifetime consequence” of binge drinking, the authors said.
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US study highlights increased risk of osteoperosis later in life. See today's related post about long-term declines in young people's consumption of AOD (and milk): http://sco.lt/5p30GP

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Ice possession, use surges in Victoria

A new report shows a 2000 per cent increase in the number of minor drug offences involving ice over the past decade in Victoria.
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Sentencing Advisory Council data shows methamphetamine has overtaken cannabis as the drug most commonly involved in minor offences. See the SAC media release here: https://www.sentencingcouncil.vic.gov.au/news-media/media-releases/2000-percent-increase-in-ice-offences-sentenced-over-past-10-years

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NSW Health Department finds not all e-juices are as nicotine free as they claim

NSW Health Department finds not all e-juices are as nicotine free as they claim | Alcohol & other drug issues in the media | Scoop.it
The effectiveness of Australia's vaping laws is being thrown into question with data showing illegal nicotine is making its way into retail stores.
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More evidence that making something illegal does not prevent its consumption, and the need for change to Australian regulation of vaping products.

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AMA: Remove barriers to opioid-use disorder treatment (USA)

AMA: Remove barriers to opioid-use disorder treatment (USA) | Alcohol & other drug issues in the media | Scoop.it
Treating opioid-use disorder as a chronic disease means eliminating stigma and removing barriers to treatment, AMA House of Delegates says.
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American Medical Association calls for increased access to evidence based treatments, such as pharmacotherapy and CBT-based counselling. See today's related post on new research findings on the role US opioid prescription restrictions played in fuelling illicit demand: http://sco.lt/6VIVDl

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This Is Why Xanax Is Blowing Up in America 

This Is Why Xanax Is Blowing Up in America  | Alcohol & other drug issues in the media | Scoop.it
From the explosion of ADHD meds to the economic crisis to the Trump presidency, this dangerous trend didn't come out of nowhere.
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While Xanax use in Australia appears to have reduced dramatically in Australia since it's rescheduling a few years ago (http://sco.lt/7D93A1), it has been a growing concern in the UK (http://sco.lt/58SoUr) and the US. Here Maia Szalavitz considers the factors contributing to increasing problems with Xanax and other benzos in the US.

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