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Time to make joint decision (Tas)

Time to make joint decision (Tas) | Alcohol & other drug issues in the media | Scoop.it
MORE Australians use cannabis than any other illicit drug.
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Alex Wodak's is speaking at a cannabis policy forum today, ahead of tomorrow's ATDC conference in Hobart.

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Restricting access to opioids could drive pain sufferers to buy harder drugs on the black market, experts warn (Aus)

Restricting access to opioids could drive pain sufferers to buy harder drugs on the black market, experts warn (Aus) | Alcohol & other drug issues in the media | Scoop.it
Chronic pain sufferer Leah Dwyer kicked her addiction to codeine, but says it is the hardest thing she's ever done. Now experts are warning that national moves to restrict access to opioid painkillers could end up backfiring.
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Citing Swinburne's James Martin, referring to recent US data on impacts of prescribed opioid restrictions on illicit demand (http://sco.lt/7rFMwL). See today's related post on letters being send by Australia's Chief Medical Officer to 5,000 high-prescribing GPs: http://sco.lt/8ofgav

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'Not soft on crime': push for specialist indigenous court (NSW)

'Not soft on crime': push for specialist indigenous court (NSW) | Alcohol & other drug issues in the media | Scoop.it
The state's barristers and police are calling for "urgent action" to reduce the spiralling rates of indigenous people in jail.
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NSW Bar Association and Police Association make a joint call for the trial of a Walama Court: based on the Vic Koori Court and NSW Drug Court. 

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I lost both my sons to drugs – that's why I want to legalise them (UK)

I lost both my sons to drugs – that's why I want to legalise them (UK) | Alcohol & other drug issues in the media | Scoop.it
Ray Lakeman’s sons died after taking ecstasy, but he says that had the drugs been legal and regulated, it might have saved them
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Together with other bereaved families, Mr Lakeman will be in Parliament tomorrow, advocating for drug law reform as part of a day of action organised by Anyone's Child.

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Govt wants to avoid US-style opioid crisis (Aus)

A move to monitor Australia's top opioid-prescribing doctors has been met with resentment from GPs, wh
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Govt writes to 5,000 high-prescribing GPs, warning of impacts of overprescribing. See today's related post, suggesting current codeine restrictions risk creating a similar increase in demand for illicit opioids to the US: http://sco.lt/9LWktt

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Pushing for harm reduction success in Burundi

Pushing for harm reduction success in Burundi | Alcohol & other drug issues in the media | Scoop.it
Getting life-saving harm reduction services to people who use drugs in Burundi was the aim of a recent learning trip to Kenya supported by the World Health Organization (WHO). This saw a team of Burundian physicians and health advocates travel to Mombasa County, Kenya, to learn about good practice from one of the pioneers of harm reduction on the African continent.
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Good to see growing support for evidence based harm reduction measures in Africa. Also pleasing to see that people who use drugs are included in identification and discussion of policy options.

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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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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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'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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Details scarce about North Richmond drug injecting room, set to open during school holidays (Vic)

 CONTROVERSIAL drug injecting room is set to open while students at a neighbouring primary school are on holiday. The Herald Sun understands that the North Richmond injecting room, which will allow ice use, will open in less than a fortnight. Students at public schools break for two weeks’ holiday next Friday. Despite its opening being just days
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After a brief stint as a key contributor to the public campaign for the Richmond MSIC, the Herald Sun is now thoroughly back in its groove: uncritically publishing Opposition scare tactics. We can (unfortunately) expect more of the same once the centre opens (and the November election approaches). Thanks to VAADA for making the content of the article available.

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'Like falling in love': How experts are re-thinking how we see addiction (Aus)

'Like falling in love': How experts are re-thinking how we see addiction (Aus) | Alcohol & other drug issues in the media | Scoop.it
Matt Noffs has been working alongside addicts for years, but he'll readily admit that he also struggles with addiction in his own way.
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Matt Noffs discusses the ideas behind his (and Noffs Foundation's Kieran Palmer's) new book 'Addiction?' and the need to reframe public discussion of drug dependence (and those affected).

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38 UN rights council members urge Philippines to stop drug war deaths

38 UN rights council members urge Philippines to stop drug war deaths | Alcohol & other drug issues in the media | Scoop.it

Thirty-eight members of the United Nations Human Rights Council have urged the Philippine government to put an end to alleged rights abuses in its bloody war on drugs and bow to strong calls for an external investigation into the deadly campaign. 

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Will President Duterte follow the US lead and withdraw from the Human Rights Council?

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Five good reasons to decriminalise drugs (NZ)

Five good reasons to decriminalise drugs (NZ) | Alcohol & other drug issues in the media | Scoop.it
OPINION: The solution to the failures of our criminal justice system could be to decriminalise all drugs.
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Law Aid International's Julia Fyer looks to the evidence from Portgual for a way forward for NZ drug policy.

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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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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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