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Cocaine in my home: life with student drug-users (UK)

Cocaine in my home: life with student drug-users (UK) | Alcohol & other drug issues in the media | Scoop.it
School didn't prepare me for the reality of drugs, or teach me how to deal with my overdosed housemate
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Highlighting the importance of pragmatic, evidence based drug education in schools, not just 'Just say No'.

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'Overwhelming success': Calls for expanding pill testing after Canberra trial

'Overwhelming success': Calls for expanding pill testing after Canberra trial | Alcohol & other drug issues in the media | Scoop.it
The final report into the pill-testing trial at Groovin the Moo found 42 per cent of participants would change drug consumption behaviour.
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ACT Health Minister Meegan Fitzharis says the trial demonstrates demand for pill testing at other events around Australia. You can see the full evaluation report into the STA SAFE pilot here: https://www.harmreductionaustralia.org.au/wp-content/uploads/2018/06/Pill-Testing-Pilot-ACT-June-2018-Final-Report.pdf. It's also worth noting the contrast between this approach (where ACT police were very supportive of the pilot) and that in NSW: http://sco.lt/8xPVKr.   

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Helping heroin users have healthier babies (WA)

Helping heroin users have healthier babies (WA) | Alcohol & other drug issues in the media | Scoop.it
A safer treatment for pregnant heroin-dependent women has been investigated by researchers from the University of Western Australia.
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Erin Kelty's study finds naltrexone improved birth weight, reduced infant withdrawal, and shortened the length of hospital stay following birth compared with methadone.

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Indivior wins injunction against maker of copycat opioid addiction drug (USA)

Indivior wins injunction against maker of copycat opioid addiction drug (USA) | Alcohol & other drug issues in the media | Scoop.it
UK drugmaker Indivior has won the latest legal skirmish in its wide-ranging attempt to block generic versions of its top-selling opioid addiction treatment from entering the US market, after an American court imposed a temporary restraining order on a rival pharmaceutical company that was preparing to launch a copycat version of the drug.
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Win for Big Pharma in efforts to protect profits and block production and sale of generic pharamacotherapies (in this case, suboxone film) which would be likely to reduce the cost of treatment. 

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Canadian senate passes weed bill

Canadian senate passes weed bill | Alcohol & other drug issues in the media | Scoop.it
The Canadian Senate has passed a government's bill to legalise cannabis, making the country soon to be the second in the world to make pot legal nationwide.
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Trudeau Govt says provincial and territorial govts need 2-3 months to prepare for retail sales (expected to commence in September).

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Stop labeling babies as 'born addicted' — it stigmatizes them and is inaccurate (USA)

Stop labeling babies as 'born addicted' — it stigmatizes them and is inaccurate (USA) | Alcohol & other drug issues in the media | Scoop.it
As lawmakers discuss their goals and the media continues to report about babies born with neonatal abstinence syndrome, I urge them all to be sensitive about the impact their words can have on a child.
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Lynn Webster highlights the role stigma plays in obstructing change and the power language has in framing how issues are perceived.

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Britain’s drug laws are in the dark ages. Billy Caldwell’s case proves it

Britain’s drug laws are in the dark ages. Billy Caldwell’s case proves it | Alcohol & other drug issues in the media | Scoop.it
How can Sajid Javid deny long-term access to the cannabis oil that would control this boy’s epilepsy? This cruelty must end, says Guardian columnist Simon Jenkins
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Will this case provide a tipping point in public and political support for cannabis law reform in the UK? See today's related post where former Tory leader William Hague calls for change: http://sco.lt/7BRbn7

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Survey of oncologists finds knowledge gap on medical marijuana (USA)

Survey of oncologists finds knowledge gap on medical marijuana (USA) | Alcohol & other drug issues in the media | Scoop.it
As more states legalize medical marijuana, two key groups—researchers whose job is it to understand its benefits and drawbacks, and physicians charged with advising potential users—are struggling to catch up with policymakers.
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Highlighting the need for clinical education of doctors and other health professionals about medicinal cannabis.

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Hague's call to legalise cannabis rejected by government (UK)

Hague's call to legalise cannabis rejected by government (UK) | Alcohol & other drug issues in the media | Scoop.it
But the home secretary tells MPs there will be a review of cannabis-based medicines in the UK.
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Former Tory leader says the war on cannabis had been "irreversibly lost" and a change of policy is needed. See today's related post on the need for UK drug policy reform: http://sco.lt/7v91jV

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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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Opiate addiction and the history of pain and race in the US

In today's opioid crisis, why are some people with addictions treated with empathy and others with disdain? The answer to that question has roots in the 19th century.
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Joseph M Gabriel considers some of the historical factors shaping racial biases in US medical, treatment and policy systems.

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E-Cig Maker Juul Won't Tempt Instagrammers With Models Anymore (USA)

E-Cig Maker Juul Won't Tempt Instagrammers With Models Anymore (USA) | Alcohol & other drug issues in the media | Scoop.it
Juul Labs Inc., the maker of the fastest growing e-cigarette brand in the U.S., said it will no longer feature models on its social media platforms as it tries to battle the perception its products are too appealing for underage smokers.
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The company changes its marketing model in response to concerns it targets young people (& increasing regulatory attention). See recent coverage of research into the impacts of JUUL's marketing strategy: http://sco.lt/52iRzV

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UK Government Details New Medical Cannabis Plans

UK Government Details New Medical Cannabis Plans | Alcohol & other drug issues in the media | Scoop.it
The UK government will begin accepting applications to prescribe cannabis-based medicines within a week, and the home secretary has outlined plans for a broader review
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This represents a significant shift for the May Govt. You can see Home Secretary Sajid Javid's parliamentary speech on the review of cannabis scheduling here: https://www.gov.uk/government/speeches/home-secretary-statement-on-medical-use-of-cannabis

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False claims of cannabis laced with ice to get kids ‘hooked’ diverts attention from the reality of drug use problems (Qld)

False claims of cannabis laced with ice to get kids ‘hooked’ diverts attention from the reality of drug use problems (Qld) | Alcohol & other drug issues in the media | Scoop.it

Channel 10’s alarmist story on 13thJune, claiming the Queensland town of Caboolture was in the midst of an ‘ice epidemic’, is a fear-based work of fiction that merely serves to create moral panic, without providing readers any practical information.

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Paul Dessauer highlights the concerns with (and impacts of) this sort of inflammatory coverage for AOD Media Watch.

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Alarmingly high rates of HIV among China's youth -video

Alarmingly high rates of HIV among China's youth -video | Alcohol & other drug issues in the media | Scoop.it
FOCUS : Young Chinese people living in urban areas have never had it so good. They have better access to education and healthcare services, an
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Highlighting the importance of evidence based public education, provision of harm reduction services and addressing stigma in protecting public health.

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Alcohol aisles in World Cup host city supermarkets blocked off (Russia)

Alcohol aisles in World Cup host city supermarkets blocked off (Russia) | Alcohol & other drug issues in the media | Scoop.it
Booze aisles in supermarkets in World Cup host city Volgograd have been blocked off as England fans descended on the centre in large numbers.Any fans hoping to save money by buying alcohol from the local shop near the Fifa fan fest in the city would go away disappointed as store staff put red and white tape up across the beers, wines and spirits.
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As the article notes, this has become common practice at World Cup locations. It's hard to know if it's intended to reduce potential violence amongst supporters, protect alcohol-sale profits at match venues, or both.

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An end to cheap booze? Minimum alcohol price law passed (Wales)

An end to cheap booze? Minimum alcohol price law passed (Wales) | Alcohol & other drug issues in the media | Scoop.it
Buying some alcohol could cost more under a minimum pricing law passed on Tuesday,
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The actual minimum price is yet to be set. The recently introduced minimum in Scotland is 50p per unit.

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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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