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Nalmefene for alcohol dependence: Added benefit not proven

Nalmefene for alcohol dependence: Added benefit not proven | Alcohol & other drug issues in the media | Scoop.it
No added benefit can be derived from the indirect comparison presented in the drug manufacturer dossier, in particular because the studies on the appropriate comparator therapy were unsuitable, scientists say.
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Britain's drug testing charity is ready to roll out in Australia

Britain's drug testing charity is ready to roll out in Australia | Alcohol & other drug issues in the media | Scoop.it
A UK organisation has been training Australian medical professionals to run pill testing at local music festivals.
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The Loop's Fiona Measham highlights the urgent need for pill testing services in Australia to prevent future overdose deaths at music festivals and other public events.

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This is what happens to a shy octopus on ecstasy (USA)

This is what happens to a shy octopus on ecstasy (USA) | Alcohol & other drug issues in the media | Scoop.it
A neuroscientist and an octopus expert Eric Edsinger bathed octopuses in the psychedelic drug and observed the results.
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It's a clickbait-worthy headline, but the article provides a synopsis of the recent upswing in research into the therapeutic applications psychedelics and the drivers of social behaviour.

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Minister to visit Katherine to seek views on decriminalisation of drugs (NT)

Minister to visit Katherine to seek views on decriminalisation of drugs (NT) | Alcohol & other drug issues in the media | Scoop.it
A NT Government committee considering the decriminalisation of drugs will be in Katherine in November to hear from the community.
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Extended piece by Roxanne Fitzgerald on the work of the committee, including how drug law reform can benefit Indigenous communities.

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New Zealand to pay out millions after thousands wrongly evicted for drug use

New Zealand to pay out millions after thousands wrongly evicted for drug use | Alcohol & other drug issues in the media | Scoop.it
Overzealous meth testing regime unnecessarily made some public housing tenants homeless
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Highlighting both the damage done by the sort of 'welfare crackdown' that has inspired the Australian Govt's welfare reforms and the impacts of allowing public policy to be driven by cleaning industry marketing claims. See today's related coverage where NZ Drug Foundation's Ross Bell highlights the scale of harm created by these measures: http://sco.lt/7iGqTh. You can see the full NZ Drug Foundation response here: https://www.drugfoundation.org.nz/news-media-and-events/lessons-must-be-learnt-from-meth-report/

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'£1bn in unpalatable county council cuts' ahead in England

'£1bn in unpalatable county council cuts' ahead in England | Alcohol & other drug issues in the media | Scoop.it
Councils bosses warn some authorities may have to be stripped back to the minimum to save money.
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Local authorities warn that funded services (including AOD treatment) already struggling with the impacts of austerity measures are likely to experience even worse funding cuts.

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Housing New Zealand releases report into its approach to meth contamination

Housing New Zealand releases report into its approach to meth contamination | Alcohol & other drug issues in the media | Scoop.it
Reimbursement not enough for evicted HNZ tenants, says Drug Foundation
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NZ Drug Foundation's Ross Bell highlights the clear failings of the HNZ approach and the scale of its impact. See today's related coverage of the compensation the NZ Govt now has to pay to those wrongly evicted: http://sco.lt/8cWzrt. You can see the full NZ Drug Foundation response here: https://www.drugfoundation.org.nz/news-media-and-events/lessons-must-be-learnt-from-meth-report/

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Constructions of alcohol consumption by non-problematised middle-aged drinkers: a qualitative systematic review (Aus)

Constructions of alcohol consumption by non-problematised middle-aged drinkers: a qualitative systematic review (Aus) | Alcohol & other drug issues in the media | Scoop.it

Current research into alcohol consumption focuses predominantly on problematic drinkers and populations considered likely to engage in risky behaviours. Middle-aged drinkers are an under-researched group, despite emerging evidence that their regular drinking patterns may carry some risk. 

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Adelaide Uni study considers attitudes towards own moderate drinking to indicate what type of messages may be most effective in public health campaigns.

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Reports warn of growing opioid crisis among seniors (USA)

Reports warn of growing opioid crisis among seniors (USA) | Alcohol & other drug issues in the media | Scoop.it
(HealthDay)—Against the backdrop of an unrelenting opioid crisis, two new government reports warn that America's seniors are succumbing to the pitfalls of prescription painkillers.
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Reflecting similar concerns about pain management, opioid dependence and overdose risk amongst older people in Australia.

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Colombia cocaine production acreage at 'record level'

Colombia cocaine production acreage at 'record level' | Alcohol & other drug issues in the media | Scoop.it
UN statistics show the total cocaine production area rose to its highest recorded level in 2017.
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Reflecting increased global demand. You can see the full UNODC report here: http://sco.lt/6fTu2T

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Public health experts split over deal with industry funded charity (UK)

Public Health England’s decision to partner with Drinkaware has raised questions about how it should engage with the public. Tom Moberly talks to delegates at PHE’s annual conference

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BMJ feature article considers the pros and cons of engaging the alcohol industry (and representative organisations like Drinkaware) in public health campaigns. See today's related BMJ editorial by Ian Gilmore, Linda Bauld and John Britton on the risks of this approach: http://sco.lt/77rn2v

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Liberals deny intervention in pill testing roadblock (ACT)

Liberals deny intervention in pill testing roadblock (ACT) | Alcohol & other drug issues in the media | Scoop.it
Liberal politicians have denied influencing a National Capital Authority decision not to allow pill testing at an upcoming Canberra music festival.
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ACT Chief Minister Andrew Barr raises option of changing venues for future festivals to avoid NCA authority. 

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Labor ministers consider supporting push to legalise cannabis (ACT)

Labor ministers consider supporting push to legalise cannabis (ACT) | Alcohol & other drug issues in the media | Scoop.it
Labor ministers are considering a push from their backbench to legalise cannabis for personal use in Canberra.
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Bill to be introduced to on Wednesday.

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Church protests halt Georgia cannabis law

Church protests halt Georgia cannabis law | Alcohol & other drug issues in the media | Scoop.it
Georgia rethinks legalising cannabis cultivation after church protests.
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Intersection of drug policy and LGBTI rights in Georgia prompt calls for wider public discussion.

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Overdose deaths among over 65s soar as drugs become more powerful (Vic)

Overdose deaths among over 65s soar as drugs become more powerful (Vic) | Alcohol & other drug issues in the media | Scoop.it

STRONGER and more readily available medications are being blamed for part of a huge rise in the number of senior and elderly Victorians dying from drug overdoses.

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Citing VAADA's Sam Biondo on the need for more targetted responses to the particular needs of older people. See today's related coverage of similar concerns in the US: http://sco.lt/5ng5k9

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Health minister Greg Hunt won't reconsider pill testing (Aus)

Health minister Greg Hunt won't reconsider pill testing (Aus) | Alcohol & other drug issues in the media | Scoop.it
Mr Hunt also referred questions about whether the Coalition government played a role in the National Capital Authority's decision not to allow the service at an upcoming Canberra music festival back to the agency.
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Minister Hunt says the Morrison Govt opposes drug checking services in-principle, 'while dodging questions about a Commonwealth agency's refusal to allow the service at an upcoming Canberra music festival.' See today's related posts highlighting the need for the Federal and State/Territory Govt's to end their opposition to pill testing: http://sco.lt/7pdaiH , http://sco.lt/9FLduD , http://sco.lt/8WvQ37           

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Bootleg alcohol death: Police warn against home-brewed booze in Sydney

Bootleg alcohol death: Police warn against home-brewed booze in Sydney | Alcohol & other drug issues in the media | Scoop.it
Police have warned people not to drink a bootleg liquor following the death of a middle-aged man in Sydney's south-west.
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Rakija contaminated with methanol believed to be responsible for the death. 

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Drug response out of tune (NSW)

Drug response out of tune (NSW) | Alcohol & other drug issues in the media | Scoop.it

Gladys Berejiklian’s response to drug-related deaths at a recent music festival ignores evidence and could lead to more unnecessary deaths.

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John Coyne highlights the need for the implementation of harm reduction measures like pill testing to complement supply reduction measures and prevent future drug related harm.

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Are Music Festivals to Blame for Overdose Deaths? (Aus)

Are Music Festivals to Blame for Overdose Deaths? (Aus) | Alcohol & other drug issues in the media | Scoop.it
The deaths of two young people in Australia have renewed a debate over drug policy. Some encourage canceling events, while others suggest initiatives to make drug use safer.
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New York Times coverage of the NSW Govt's response to the most recent overdose deaths at a music festival, and its refusal to consider evidence based harm reduction measures.

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Numbers are decreasing, but Australian women continue to smoke while pregnant

Numbers are decreasing, but Australian women continue to smoke while pregnant | Alcohol & other drug issues in the media | Scoop.it

The number of Australian women smoking while pregnant has dropped from 13% in 2011 to 10% in 2015, but antenatal expert Dr Wendy Burton says more needs to be done to get the message across to all mothers.

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Citing new AIHW data on smoking during the first 20 weeks of pregnancy.

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Newborn opioid withdrawal requires a 'cascade of care,' study suggests (USA)

Effective management of neonatal abstinence syndrome (NAS) -- withdrawal symptoms occurring in infants exposed to opioids in utero -- requires a coordinated 'cascade of care' from prevention through long-term follow-up, reports a study in Advances in Neonatal Care, official journal of the National Association of Neonatal Nurses. The journal is published in the Lippincott portfolio by Wolters Kluwer.
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US study highlights the need for integrated approaches, continuity and duration of care for vulnerable mothers and their babies.

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Cannabinoid drugs make pain feel 'less unpleasant, more tolerable' (USA)

Cannabinoid drugs make pain feel 'less unpleasant, more tolerable' (USA) | Alcohol & other drug issues in the media | Scoop.it
Researchers have determined that cannabinoid drugs do not appear to reduce the intensity of experimental pain, but, instead, may make pain feel less unpleasant and more tolerable.
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New study helps increase our understanding of what role cannabis may play in future pain management.

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Public Health England’s capture by the alcohol industry

Those that fail to learn from history are doomed to repeat it.

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BMJ editorial by Ian Gilmore, Linda Bauld and John Britton highlights the risks of allowing industry to influence public health policy and campaigns. See today's related post on AOD sector responses to the PHE partnership with Drinkaware: http://sco.lt/4zigqn

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Vaping inquiry: Coalition agrees to study health effects of e-cigarettes (Aus)

Vaping inquiry: Coalition agrees to study health effects of e-cigarettes (Aus) | Alcohol & other drug issues in the media | Scoop.it
Liberal party MPs push to overturn e-cigarette ban, despite previous parliamentary inquiry opposing legalisation
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Health Minister Greg Hunt agrees to an independent inquiry into the health impacts of e-cigarettes after a concerted push in the Coalition party room over several months to legalise vaping

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'Someone will die': Plea to scrap jail terms for emergency assaults (Vic)

'Someone will die': Plea to scrap jail terms for emergency assaults (Vic) | Alcohol & other drug issues in the media | Scoop.it
Community lawyers and health workers have made an eleventh-hour plea to the Andrews government to scrap mandatory sentencing for attacks on emergency workers.
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Concerns raised that fear of possible prosecution will prevent people calling paramedics in life-threatening situations, including overdose.

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The Federal Agency That Fuels the Opioid Crisis (USA)

The Federal Agency That Fuels the Opioid Crisis (USA) | Alcohol & other drug issues in the media | Scoop.it

Every day, nearly 200 people across the country die from drug overdoses. Opioids have been the primary driver of this calamity: first as prescription painkillers, then heroin and, more recently, illicitly manufactured fentanyl. The death toll has risen steadily over the past two decades.

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Leo Beletsky calls for radical reform (or the dissolution) of the Drug Enforcement Administration.

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