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Crafty alcohol advertising directed at US adolescents through music, branding

Crafty alcohol advertising directed at US adolescents through music, branding | Alcohol & other drug issues in the media | Scoop.it
Links between adolescents' involvement with music and their drinking-related behaviors have been reviewed by researchers. Results indicate strong associations between liking, owning, and correctly identifying music containing alcohol branding and two early problematic alcohol outcomes. Study authors suggest policy or educational interventions to reduce the impact of these exposures.
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Report finds spike in family violence rate in NSW during State of Origin

Report finds spike in family violence rate in NSW during State of Origin | Alcohol & other drug issues in the media | Scoop.it

There is a massive spike in the rate of family violence in NSW on rugby league State of Origin game days, according to a new report from the Centre for Alcohol Policy Research at La Trobe University in Melbourne.

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CAPR study also finds increase in assaults in public places on Origin nights. Michael Livingston points out that similar patterns of violence are also to major events in other football codes. See today's related opinion piece by Jenna Price, calling for an end to alcohol and gambling advertising during the event: http://sco.lt/533ts9

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United opposition to unfair and dangerous mandatory sentencing laws (Vic)

United opposition to unfair and dangerous mandatory sentencing laws (Vic) | Alcohol & other drug issues in the media | Scoop.it

We, as leaders of Victoria’s community, family violence, youth, drug and alcohol and community legal sectors, unanimously oppose the introduction of mandatory sentencing laws by the Andrews Government.

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Joint media release in response to the recently introduced sentencing changes for assaults on health and emergency services personnel.

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Pain and opioids on the rise in Australia

Pain is now a major issue in Australia overloading our health system, with 6.9 million Australians living with a musculoskeletal condition and opioid prescribing on the rise. The Australia
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Citing AIHW data and Pain Australia CEO Carol Bennett on the need for a national pain management plan to expand non-opioid based treatment options.

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Daily cannabis use is on the rise in American adults 

Cannabis use may be decreasing among teens, but a new study showed that American adults have increasingly used cannabis daily since 2007. The study found that nondaily cannabis use decreased among those aged 12 to 25 and 35 to 49 before 2007, and increased among all adults after 2007, particularly among adults 26 to 34.
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Study finds more frequent use amongst people reporting cannabis use and provides more evidence of significant increases amongst Baby Boomers. See today's related post on the continuing fall in tobacco smoking in the US: http://sco.lt/6jspkX

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Study finds religious involvement does little to prevent opioid abuse (USA)

Study finds religious involvement does little to prevent opioid abuse (USA) | Alcohol & other drug issues in the media | Scoop.it
Does going to church help people avoid struggles with opioid abuse? New research from Florida State University says no.
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The study found that while religious involvement does reduce the likelihood of illicit drug use, it makes little or no difference to use (and misuse) of prescription opioids.

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Drug Checking in Latin America: the Countries Leading the Way

Drug Checking in Latin America: the Countries Leading the Way | Alcohol & other drug issues in the media | Scoop.it
Drug checking at UK festivals has made unprecedented headway over the past year and garnered significant media attention along the way.
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Anticipating the release of Harm Reduction International's 2018 'Global State of Harm Reduction' report, this article highlights the work being done in Brazil, Colombia, Uruguay & Mexico.

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A Landmark Study on the Origins of Alcoholism (USA)

A Landmark Study on the Origins of Alcoholism (USA) | Alcohol & other drug issues in the media | Scoop.it
By studying rats in a smarter way, scientists are finally learning something useful about why some drinkers become addicted and others don’t. 
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New study links GABA levels in the amygdala to predisposition to dependence. Given the recognised history of initially promising, but ultimately unsuccessful rat-based research, it will be interesting to see where this goes.

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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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South Australian push for stronger regulations on e-cigarettes 

South Australian push for stronger regulations on e-cigarettes  | Alcohol & other drug issues in the media | Scoop.it
The impact of e-cigarettes has come under fire once again with South Australian Labor calling for tighter limitations but one health expert believes we need more time before drastic changes are made.
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Citing PHAA's Terry Slevin cites need for legislative caution (and for more research into the public health impacts of e-cigarettes). 

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Cannabis: how British laws around the drug have evolved

The Home Office has announced a review of the law around medical cannabis in Britain – so what does the law say?
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Alex Kent considers the history of UK cannabis policy, recent changes in medicinal use of the drug and the potential for wider policy change. See today's related coverage: http://sco.lt/8AfxoH

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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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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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Labor's controversial plan to reform ice addicts by forcing offenders into clinics draws mixed response (NSW)

Labor's controversial plan to reform ice addicts by forcing offenders into clinics draws mixed response (NSW) | Alcohol & other drug issues in the media | Scoop.it
Drug rehabilitation advocates and workers speak out against a NSW Labor proposal forcing addicts into clinics, while others say it is in their best interests.
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Investing in new treatment services to improve access in regional areas is a good idea. Forcing people into treatment, not so much. It's simplistic and not supported by evidence.

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Stop the ads: one way to fix the Origin of Violence (Aus)

Stop the ads: one way to fix the Origin of Violence (Aus) | Alcohol & other drug issues in the media | Scoop.it
For three weeks, I have been staring at a shocking set of numbers, numbers which aren't about missed tackles and metres gained.
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Jenna Price responds to the new CAPR research findings highlighting the spike in alcohol-related violence linked to State of Origin Games, calling for an end to alcohol and gambling promotion during the event. See today's related coverage of the CAPR report: http://sco.lt/9BEslN

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Patient flies to Canada over "serious failure" in medicinal cannabis approval (Aus) - audio

Patient flies to Canada over "serious failure" in medicinal cannabis approval (Aus) - audio | Alcohol & other drug issues in the media | Scoop.it
A Queensland man has flown to Canada to get medicine he needs but he says can take months to get in Australia. Lindsay Carter was the first Queenslander to be prescribed medicinal cannabis, which he takes to prevent debilitating seizures caused by a brain tumour.
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Timely access to medicinal cannabis continues to be an issue in Australia (http://sco.lt/4qFMNF). See today's related post on new TGA guidelines for prescribers as part of the Govt's efforts to reduce access barriers: http://sco.lt/800NCj.  

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Fewer U.S. Adults Smoke Than Ever Before, Data Shows

Fewer U.S. Adults Smoke Than Ever Before, Data Shows | Alcohol & other drug issues in the media | Scoop.it
The U.S. adult smoking rate hit an all-time low of 14% in 2017, according to data from the National Center for Health Statistics.
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Reported smoking rates now down to 14% of adult population. See today's related post on findings of increased cannabis consumption amongst US adults: http://sco.lt/54TcTR

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Opioid overdose survivors face continued health challenges, higher death rate (USA)

Opioid overdose survivors face continued health challenges, higher death rate (USA) | Alcohol & other drug issues in the media | Scoop.it

Survivors of opioid overdose are at great risk of dying in the year after overdose, but the deaths are not always caused by drug use, a new study reveals. 

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Study finds that, in addition to increased future overdose risk, survivors were much more likely to die from respiratory diseases, viral hepatitis, and suicide.

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Canada's Trudeau says cannabis will become legal in mid-October 

Canada's Trudeau says cannabis will become legal in mid-October  | Alcohol & other drug issues in the media | Scoop.it
Prime minister says measure ‘will almost completely replace the organised crime market’
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What we've seen in other jurisdictions where legalisation has occurred is that there is a small, but persistent illicit market. It will be interesting to see to what extent the Canadian model will affect demand for illicit cannabis. See yesterday's related coverage: http://sco.lt/5tItt3

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'Truly shocking': 450 patient lives shortened by drugs at UK hospital

'Truly shocking': 450 patient lives shortened by drugs at UK hospital | Alcohol & other drug issues in the media | Scoop.it
Criminal charges could be brought following revelations over 450 people had their lives shortened after being prescribed powerful painkillers at a UK hospital.
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Report finds problematic prescribing practice was deeply ingrained in the hospital and not the result of individual examples of 'rogue' practitioners.

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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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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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Paris Kamper funeral: Mum’s warning after teen’s alcohol death (NSW)

Paris Kamper funeral: Mum’s warning after teen’s alcohol death (NSW) | Alcohol & other drug issues in the media | Scoop.it
THE tragedy of the 15-year-old Sydney girl who died after drinking a fatal cocktail of alcohol and energy drinks should serve as a warning to other young people, her mother said at her funeral today.
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Ms Kamper's mother says to other young people: 'I pray that her mess turns into your message' on potential risks of alcohol & energy drinks.

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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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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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