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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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Turnbull government postpones controversial drug trial for welfare recipients (Aus)

Turnbull government postpones controversial drug trial for welfare recipients (Aus) | Alcohol & other drug issues in the media | Scoop.it
A controversial trial of drug tests for welfare recipients is likely to be postponed.
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Good to see that the Govt has finally shelved this odious measure. Here's what we had to say about it in May: http://sco.lt/74AQVt

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One Nation to scrap 'nanny state' booze laws (Qld)

One Nation to scrap 'nanny state' booze laws (Qld) | Alcohol & other drug issues in the media | Scoop.it
Pauline Hanson has used a visit to a rum distillery to say One Nation will scrap Labor's "nanny state" law on the sale of pre-mixed drinks.
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Senator Hanson chases the #BundyOn vote.

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The media has a problem with alcoholism – and it's stopping people getting help (UK)

The media has a problem with alcoholism – and it's stopping people getting help (UK) | Alcohol & other drug issues in the media | Scoop.it
Alcoholism as a term has long expired, so why do common narratives around alcohol problems still rely on it so much?
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James Morris considers the reasons behind the lack of consistent, non-stigmatising language to describe alcohol dependence and the media's role in entrenching public misunderstanding of the issue and the people affected by it.

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Doctors are writing more opioid prescriptions despite overdose crisis, study says (Canada)

Doctors are writing more opioid prescriptions despite overdose crisis, study says (Canada) | Alcohol & other drug issues in the media | Scoop.it

Researchers say the overprescription of opioids has contributed to the overdose crisis in Canada.


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See today's related post on the impacts of drops in US opioid prescribing on people experiencing chronic pain: http://sco.lt/8odwhN

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New legislation published today to bring faster response to new drugs (EU)

Europe’s ability to rapidly respond to public health and security threats caused by new psychoactive substances (NPS) will be significantly strengthened, thanks to new legislation published today by the European Union.

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EMCDDA media release refers to a stronger Early Warning System and faster risk-assessment process for emerging NPS.

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NSW cop unit targets regional ice scourge

NSW cop unit targets regional ice scourge | Alcohol & other drug issues in the media | Scoop.it
A new police unit will target ice dealers in regional NSW as Commissioner Mick Fuller continues a "re-engineering" of the state's police force.
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We know that regional and rural communities are disproportionately affected by the impacts of methamphetmine use, but they need more than extra policing to solve the problem. They need more accessible treatment options and a holistic approach to address the various factors that are driving demand. Drug use doesn't occur in a vacuum. Without addressing the causes of drug use within communities, there is small likelihood that there will be any sustainable change.

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Fresh lockout law review slammed as a 'fait accompli' (NSW)

Fresh lockout law review slammed as a 'fait accompli' (NSW) | Alcohol & other drug issues in the media | Scoop.it
Conditions imposed on venues in Newcastle CBD are being reviewed after a request from the Australian Hotels Association
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It will be interesting to see just how big the alcohol industry's influence is over the outcome of this inquiry and any subsequent policy changes in Newcastle.

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White House says true cost of opioid drug epidemic in 2015 was $504bn (USA)

White House says true cost of opioid drug epidemic in 2015 was $504bn (USA) | Alcohol & other drug issues in the media | Scoop.it
New study puts cost at more than six times previous estimate, factoring in illicit opiods like heroin as well as prescription drugs
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The new estimate goes beyond the usual economic measures (e.g. healthcare and criminal justice spending, along with lost productivity) to incorporate illicit opioids and the impacts of overdose deaths. See today's related post on economic arguments for increased use of methadone in the US: http://sco.lt/9DtELB

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Substituting methadone for opioids could save billions (USA)

Policymakers and insurers have been pushing people addicted to opioids into abstinence-based detox programs, but a new study concludes that methadone and similar drug-maintenance treatments save lives and money.

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Could economic arguments help overcome cultural and institutional resistance to the use of pharmacotherapies in the US? See today's related coverage of a new White House estimate of the cost of America's opioid crisis in 2015 ($504 bn): http://sco.lt/65S0Ez

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Big Tobacco's anti-smoking ads begin after decade of delay (USA)

Big Tobacco's anti-smoking ads begin after decade of delay (USA) | Alcohol & other drug issues in the media | Scoop.it
Decades after they were banned from the airwaves, Big Tobacco companies return to prime-time television this weekend—but not by choice.
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...and after an extended campaign to obstruct, delay and undermine the effectiveness of the ads. 

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French health minister considers banning smoking from films

French health minister considers banning smoking from films | Alcohol & other drug issues in the media | Scoop.it
The sultry smoker lighting up on a Parisian café terrace, a staple image for countless French films, could soon be a thing of the past if the country’s health minister goes ahead with plans to ban smoking in movies.
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‘Offensive’ comments by Tilley are way out of step (Vic)

‘Offensive’ comments by Tilley are way out of step (Vic) | Alcohol & other drug issues in the media | Scoop.it
Bill Tilley's comments offend a former Benambra constituent, and why is Albury's shopping centre so unwelcoming?
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RVSDS's Judy Ryan responds to recent uninformed and inflammatory commentary by the member for Benambra on #RichmondMSIC. You can see the comments here: http://www.bordermail.com.au/story/5062114/tilleys-fears-for-smack-mums-kids-at-drug-injecting-rooms/?cs=5748

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NT govt pledges nearly $1m for youth rehab

The Northern Territory government has handed almost 1 million to youth substance abuse prevention and rehabilitation programs.
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The announcement comes following the release of the findings of the NT Royal Commission into youth detention.

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Different types of alcoholic drinks are linked to different emotions in drinkers (Qld)

Different types of alcoholic drinks are linked to different emotions in drinkers (Qld) | Alcohol & other drug issues in the media | Scoop.it
DOES gin make you angry or whisky maudlin? Booze legends now have scientific backing with new research showing different types of alcoholic drinks are linked to emotions — spirits will make you aggressive but with red wine and beer you will be chilled out.
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Citing a new BMJ study of 30,000 people's feelings associated with different alcohol products, and QNADA's Rebecca McBean on what we know about the various factors that influence how people experience alcohol consumption. Time to do a quick 'Drug Triangle'? You can see the BMJ article here: http://sco.lt/7urUaf

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No smoking under 21? Age change backed by Queenslanders

No smoking under 21? Age change backed by Queenslanders | Alcohol & other drug issues in the media | Scoop.it
MORE than 75 per cent of Queenslanders say they support a push to increase the age of purchase for cigarettes from 18 to 21 as part of a plan to reduce tobacco-related deaths.
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Mining magnate Andrew Forrest's latest entry to Australian drug policy debate.

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Millions of Patients Face Pain and Withdrawal as Opioid Prescriptions Plummet (USA)

Millions of Patients Face Pain and Withdrawal as Opioid Prescriptions Plummet (USA) | Alcohol & other drug issues in the media | Scoop.it

Six months after surgery to repair a damaged urinary tract in 1998, computer technician Doug Hale woke one morning with excruciating, burning pain. Hale’s suffering persisted for years, despite all sorts of treatments. Finally, in 2006, he was prescribed strong doses of opioids.

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A reminder of the complexity of the issue and the consequences on blocking the use of opioids for pain relief. See yesterday's related post on the DEA's temporary ruling that fentanyl (used in anaesthesia and pain management) has no medical use: http://sco.lt/8WXYJt, or today's story on the continued growth in Canadian opioid prescribing: http://sco.lt/5qLsUz.  

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Housing part of opioid crisis solution (Canada)

Housing part of opioid crisis solution (Canada) | Alcohol & other drug issues in the media | Scoop.it
Adequate, affordable housing — not a misguided, unscientific and subjective approach to drug criminalization — is the cornerstone of preventing and overcoming drug addiction. That’s the message . . .
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Citing Johann Hari on the importance of housing stability to recovery.

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Minimum alcohol pricing to start in May (Scotland)

Minimum alcohol pricing to start in May (Scotland) | Alcohol & other drug issues in the media | Scoop.it
The move will raise the cost of the strongest, cheapest alcohol by setting a minimum price of 50p-per-unit.
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See last week's related coverage of the Supreme Court decision (http://sco.lt/8mDP9d) and its implications for UK alcohol policy: http://sco.lt/51uV0bhttp://sco.lt/7C6Mkb

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Schoolies, booze and the battle to get teens addicted to drink (Aus)

Schoolies, booze and the battle to get teens addicted to drink (Aus) | Alcohol & other drug issues in the media | Scoop.it
Our children's rites of passage don't need to involve alcohol.
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Toni Hassan considers the evidence of a general decline in young people's alcohol consumption and cites FARE's Michael Thorn on the efforts of Big Alcohol to reverse that trend.

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Mid-strength beer only at new Optus Stadium, unless you're in a corporate box (WA)

Mid-strength beer only at new Optus Stadium, unless you're in a corporate box (WA) | Alcohol & other drug issues in the media | Scoop.it
Corporate box attendees at Optus Stadium will be able to purchase full-strength beer while general public areas will be restricted to mid-strength after
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It's a measure of how deeply ingrained alcohol is within our sporting and corporate cultures that the prospect of restricting the alcohol content in corporate box catering is seen as a potential threat to stadium revenue.

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DEA puts synthetic opioid fentanyl on par with heroin and meth (USA)

DEA puts synthetic opioid fentanyl on par with heroin and meth (USA) | Alcohol & other drug issues in the media | Scoop.it
The agency said the temporary order is needed to “avoid an imminent hazard to the public safety.”
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The order appears to prevent the medical use of fentanyl, but will have no impact on the availability of imported illicit fentanyl, which is reportedly the main source in the US and Canada.

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Older problem drinkers denied help, says report (Scotland)

Older problem drinkers denied help, says report (Scotland) | Alcohol & other drug issues in the media | Scoop.it
Older people are being denied help for problem drinking.
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Another example of service systems not responding to the growing needs of older people. See yesterday's related post on a targetted Minnesota program: http://sco.lt/6UiFcX

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Popular e-cigarette liquid flavorings may change, damage heart muscle cells (USA)

Popular e-cigarette liquid flavorings may change, damage heart muscle cells (USA) | Alcohol & other drug issues in the media | Scoop.it
Chemicals used to make some popular e-cigarette liquid flavorings—including cinnamon, clove, citrus and floral—may cause changes or damage to heart muscle cells, new research indicates.
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Crystal methamphetamine: the 'elephant in the room' on Vancouver's Downtown Eastside

Crystal methamphetamine: the 'elephant in the room' on Vancouver's Downtown Eastside | Alcohol & other drug issues in the media | Scoop.it
According to statistics, 4,981 people injected Crystal meth at a supervised injection facility in 2005. In 2016, 35,238 injections of the drug were recorded.
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A reminder that it is not just opioids driving drug related harm in Canada. This data reflects similar concerns in the US.

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WA govt wants alcohol pregnancy warning

WA govt wants alcohol pregnancy warning | Alcohol & other drug issues in the media | Scoop.it
Alcohol sold in Australia should be labelled with mandatory health warnings for pregnant and breastfeeding women, the West Australian government says.
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WA Health Minister calls for state, territory and federal govts to back mandatory health warnings. The article cites Steve Allsop, arguing for a broader strategy to reducing the risk of FASD.

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