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70% of arrested meth users supported by your taxes (Aus)

70% of arrested meth users supported by your taxes (Aus) | Alcohol & other drug issues in the media | Scoop.it

Seventy per cent of ice and speed users arrested by police have admitted to being on welfare, a nationwide survey has found.

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This article (on the front page of today's Herald Sun) is behind the News Ltd paywall. We've submitted a letter to the editor calling on the paper and Justice Minister Keenan to lay off the inflammatory, stigmatising rhetoric and suggesting this sort of coverage is designed to soften up the general public for future welfare cuts (or AOD-related eligibility exclusions) as part of the Govt's planned welfare reforms. If you want to read the full text of the article, we've posted images of the hardcopy version on our FB page: https://www.facebook.com/ReGenUC/posts/881915861939938. See also our recent opinion piece on our concerns about the Govt's rhetoric about the welfare reforms: http://sco.lt/8oLcOn. You can see the full AIC paper here: http://sco.lt/843vCT

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Call for pill testing part of national strategy to reduce drug harm (Aus)

Call for pill testing part of national strategy to reduce drug harm (Aus) | Alcohol & other drug issues in the media | Scoop.it
It is time for safer and saner drug laws, says Australia's former top police officer.
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Mick Palmer and Matt Noffs to address the National Press Club today on the urgent need for an end to political obstruction of evidence based measures to reduce harm and save lives. More info on their presentation here: https://www.npc.org.au/speakers/matt-noffs-mick-palmer/

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Villawood's drug crisis revealed: 'Whatever you wanted you could get' (NSW)

Villawood's drug crisis revealed: 'Whatever you wanted you could get' (NSW) | Alcohol & other drug issues in the media | Scoop.it
Exclusive: SBS News reveals the drug problem inside Australia’s largest immigration detention centre.
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Another example of the limitations of supply reduction measures in preventing drug related harm.

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Jacinda Ardern rejects Trump's call for war on drugs (NZ)

Jacinda Ardern rejects Trump's call for war on drugs (NZ) | Alcohol & other drug issues in the media | Scoop.it

New Zealand will not be signing the United States' document calling for global action on the war on drugs, Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern says.

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PM Ardern says NZ 'would prefer to take a health approach to the issue.' See today's related analysis of what is going on beneath the surface of the current US actions: http://sco.lt/7uummX

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Workers Overdose on the Job, and Employers Struggle to Respond (USA)

Workers Overdose on the Job, and Employers Struggle to Respond (USA) | Alcohol & other drug issues in the media | Scoop.it
Many businesses are ill-equipped or unwilling to deal with opioid addiction even as it has driven up health costs and hurt productivity.
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Highlighting treatment access barriers in the US, and the benefits of broad distribution of naloxone.

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Alcohol causes one in 20 deaths worldwide, says WHO 

Alcohol causes one in 20 deaths worldwide, says WHO  | Alcohol & other drug issues in the media | Scoop.it

Alcohol is responsible for more than 5% of all deaths worldwide, or around 3 million a year, new figures have revealed.

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Coverage of WHO's 2018 Global Status Report on Alcohol and Health. See the full report here: http://sco.lt/9DFGan

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India's alcohol consumption doubled in a decade, says WHO

India's alcohol consumption doubled in a decade, says WHO | Alcohol & other drug issues in the media | Scoop.it
On an average India reported 2.6 lakh alcohol-related deaths annually caused by ailments and road accidents.
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Increased alcohol consumption is commonly associated with economic development and higher disposable incomes. It also comes with inevitable public health and social impacts.

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A compelling case for pushing pill testing (Vic)

A compelling case for pushing pill testing (Vic) | Alcohol & other drug issues in the media | Scoop.it
Only days ago in Sydney, two young Australians died after taking drugs at a music festival. Pill testing at festivals this summer would reduce funerals this summer.
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Yesterday's Age editorial highlights the need for urgent change to State and Commonwealth Govts' opposition to pill testing and other evidence based harm reduction measures if we are to prevent future overdose deaths.

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30 arrested over drugs at St Kilda festival (Vic)

30 arrested over drugs at St Kilda festival (Vic) | Alcohol & other drug issues in the media | Scoop.it
30 people have been arrested at an outdoor dance festival in St Kilda on Saturday night on drug-related charges.
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1 person charged with trafficking, 29 issued Diversion notices.

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Drug overdose epidemic has been growing exponentially for decades (USA)

Drug overdose epidemic has been growing exponentially for decades (USA) | Alcohol & other drug issues in the media | Scoop.it

Death rates from drug overdoses in the US have been on an exponential growth curve that began at least 15 years before the mid-1990s surge in opioid prescribing, suggesting that overdose death rates may continue along this same historical growth trajectory for years to come. 

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University of Pittsburgh Graduate School of Public Health analysis of 40 years of US data shows smooth exponential trajectory in overdose deaths, highlighting the need to look beyond drug-specific crises to the broader factors driving drug consumption, and related risk.

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Public Health England backs review of alcohol charity's guidance

Public Health England backs review of alcohol charity's guidance | Alcohol & other drug issues in the media | Scoop.it
Industry-funded Drinkaware’s website needs full audit, says agency criticised for tie-up
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PHE (which recently agreed to a joint public health campaign with the alcohol-industry funded Drinkaware) supports an audit of the agency's website following claims that it endorses 'heavy drinking'. See last week's related coverage: http://sco.lt/77rn2v, http://sco.lt/4zigqn

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Stigmatising Herald Sun coverage undermines reporting on impacts of homelessness (Vic)

Stigmatising Herald Sun coverage undermines reporting on impacts of homelessness (Vic) | Alcohol & other drug issues in the media | Scoop.it

‘EXCLUSIVE: Car park junkie den metres from Parliament’ screams the front page of Melbourne’s Herald Sun (September 19).

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Our response for AOD Media Watch to last week's Herald Sun story on two men living in a CBD car park. See also this response by Katie Horneshaw: http://sco.lt/5orSbZ

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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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Overwhelming evidence shows hepatitis C treatment effective for people who inject drugs (Aus)

Overwhelming evidence shows hepatitis C treatment effective for people who inject drugs (Aus) | Alcohol & other drug issues in the media | Scoop.it
Researchers are calling on an end to discriminatory health and illicit drugs policies, based on overwhelming evidence that new hepatitis C therapies are effective at curing the virus in people who inject drugs.
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Kirby Institute research provides the strongest evidence-base to date to support the removal of restrictions to accessing hepatitis C therapy based on recent drug use.

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Music industry demands a spot on NSW Premier's festival safety panel

Music industry demands a spot on NSW Premier's festival safety panel | Alcohol & other drug issues in the media | Scoop.it
The music industry wants a spot on a new expert panel established to make music festivals safer, following two deaths at Defqon.1.
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...but still no place for anyone with expertise in overdose prevention. You can see the open letter to Premier Berejiklian (signed by artists and event promoters) here: http://musicfeeds.com.au/news/aussie-festivals-musicians-nsw-premier-shut-down-defqon1-deaths/

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Trump to host UN meeting on drug policy: Veneer of consensus masks deep disagreement on global drug policy

Trump to host UN meeting on drug policy: Veneer of consensus masks deep disagreement on global drug policy | Alcohol & other drug issues in the media | Scoop.it
Far from an effort at achieving mutual understanding and genuine consensus on drug policy, the "Global Call to Action" is yet another instance of heavy-handed U.S. “with us or against us” diplomacy.
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Martin Jelsma, John Walsh, Hannah Hetzer & Ann Fordham consider the potential impacts of US actions on global drug policy. See today's related story on NZ Prime Minister Ardern's announcement that her govt will not be signing up to President Trump's plan: http://sco.lt/6FEnWT

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‘Without drug traffickers, we’d have peace’: Colombian villagers flee new killings

‘Without drug traffickers, we’d have peace’: Colombian villagers flee new killings | Alcohol & other drug issues in the media | Scoop.it
Two years after the end of the guerrilla war that killed 220,000, other players have moved in on the drugs trade, with poor local children now being bribed to take up arms
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Highlighting the impact of current global drug policies (and the consequent profits to be made from illicit drug production) on local communities.

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Exclusive: Labour To Fund 'Alcohol Care Teams' In Every English District Hospital (UK)

Exclusive: Labour To Fund 'Alcohol Care Teams' In Every English District Hospital (UK) | Alcohol & other drug issues in the media | Scoop.it
Shadow health secretary laments 'underfunded' and 'overwhelmed' addiction services.
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Good to see some indications of a change in direction to the austerity measures that have had a significant impact of the capacity of the UK AOD sector. See last week's related coverage, claiming that worse funding cuts lay ahead for local authorities: http://sco.lt/8al0Iz

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Pill testing: NSW voters back it, despite government's opposition

Pill testing: NSW voters back it, despite government's opposition | Alcohol & other drug issues in the media | Scoop.it
The state government will not budge on pill testing at festivals, but voters want it.
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So that's the voting public and anyone who knows anything about reducing drug related harm that back drug checking services. The obvious question to ask is why Australian governments (with the exception of the ACT) remain so resolutely opposed.

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My Friendship With A Heroin User Showed Me Just How Judgemental I Was (Vic)

My Friendship With A Heroin User Showed Me Just How Judgemental I Was (Vic) | Alcohol & other drug issues in the media | Scoop.it
On Wednesday, readers of the Herald Sun were confronted with a cover image of two men injecting heroin into their arms in the corner of a CBD parking lot.
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Nice piece by Katie Horneshaw on last week's terrible Herald Sun coverage. See also our response to this reporting for AOD Media Watch: http://sco.lt/6HfTG5

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High potency: 22 synthetic-drug ambulance callouts in a week (NZ)

High potency: 22 synthetic-drug ambulance callouts in a week (NZ) | Alcohol & other drug issues in the media | Scoop.it
'The reality is this is going to be an ongoing problem - we haven't solved anything.'
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More evidence of the increasing harm associated with the use of 'synthetic cannabis' products in NZ.

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Tobacco display ban linked to fewer children buying cigarettes (UK)

Tobacco display ban linked to fewer children buying cigarettes (UK) | Alcohol & other drug issues in the media | Scoop.it

Removing displays of tobacco products from shops may have reduced the proportion of children buying cigarettes by 17%, according to new research.

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Imperial College London study shows potential impact of display bans on smoking by children. It also highlights poor practice by cigarette retailers in selling tobacco products to children.

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Do hangovers get worse as we age? (Aus)

Do hangovers get worse as we age? (Aus) | Alcohol & other drug issues in the media | Scoop.it
Dispelling myths in an area with surprisingly little research.
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Not the hardest hitting of articles, but some general discussion of what research evidence tells us about hangovers and their impacts on activities like driving. It's also worth noting that, depending on the amount of alcohol consumed the previous night, it is not uncommon for people to still have alcohol in their bloodstream (and be experiencing the effects of intoxication) the following morning. 

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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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