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Triple-fatal driver was heading home from methadone clinic (NSW)

Triple-fatal driver was heading home from methadone clinic (NSW) | Alcohol & other drug issues in the media | Scoop.it
Actress Jessica Falkholt and her sister Annabelle continue to fight for their lives as facts emerge about the south coast tragedy.
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Some pretty poor reporting here (and elsehwere: http://www.news.com.au/national/nsw-act/stars-rally-as-falkholt-sisters-fight-for-life/news-story/95a16bddcf8cc3a07f5bed89f8d4325d?from=rss-basic), assuming that consumption of methadone is the cause of the accident, when there is no evidence (at this stage). The fact that Mr Whitall was 'known to police' is not a contributing factor. Perhaps we should be asking about why someone has to make a daily 130km round trip to collect their medication? 

Update: see this response from NUAA's Mary Ellen Harrod: http://sco.lt/5NooTp.

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North Richmond safe injecting room – Its progress so far

North Richmond safe injecting room – Its progress so far | Alcohol & other drug issues in the media | Scoop.it

Medical Director of North Richmond’s safe injecting room, Dr Nico Clark, speaks with newsGP about the progress of the facility and its benefits for injecting drug users and the surrounding community.

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It's a very brief article, but Nico Clark reflects on client and community feedback to the first few weeks of operations. See today's related coverage of social and political barriers to opening similar services in Philadelphia (http://sco.lt/9DkiIb) and Glasgow (http://sco.lt/8ZaTOT). 

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Smoking in Victoria could be gone by 2025 

Smoking in Victoria could be gone by 2025  | Alcohol & other drug issues in the media | Scoop.it
VICTORIA could go almost smoke-free by 2025 reportedly under a plan backed by 25 of the state’s health groups.
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VicHealth to lead a campaign to have less than 5% of Victorians smoking daily.

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World's biggest tobacco firm under fire over 'disgraceful' PR stunt (UK)

World's biggest tobacco firm under fire over 'disgraceful' PR stunt (UK) | Alcohol & other drug issues in the media | Scoop.it
NHS staff told to reject offer by makers of Marlboro cigarettes to help them quit smoking
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PMI seeks to co-brand with NHS as supporting public health. The Royal College of Physicians president says: 'The best way Philip Morris could help people stop smoking is to stop making cigarettes altogether'. See today's related coverage of threatened Govt action over PMI's marketing of 'healthier' tobacco products: http://sco.lt/53fDKT

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Resetting e-prescriptions for opioids helps curb use: study (USA)

Resetting e-prescriptions for opioids helps curb use: study (USA) | Alcohol & other drug issues in the media | Scoop.it
(HealthDay)—Lowering the default number of opioid painkillers in electronic prescription systems reduced overall use of the drugs, a new study finds.
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There's not much information here, about the study, or its findings, but it's interesting to see indicators of changes in prescribing practice having an impact.

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Vaping and nicotine patches during pregnancy linked to cot death (USA)

Vaping and nicotine patches during pregnancy linked to cot death (USA) | Alcohol & other drug issues in the media | Scoop.it
Scientists warn against women smokers turning to nicotine replacement therapy while pregnant.
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US study finds prenatal exposure to nicotine can affect babies' cardiorespiratory responses to stressful environments, leading to increase risk of SIDS.

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Theresa May just says no to safe drugs facility in Glasgow

Theresa May just says no to safe drugs facility in Glasgow | Alcohol & other drug issues in the media | Scoop.it
THE Prime Minister has ruled out Glasgow opening a safe drugs consumption room.
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No great surprises here (given the PM's long established opposition to evidence based drug policy), but disappointing that the May Govt still refuses to take an obvious step towards reducing one of the highest overdose death rates in the UK. See today's related coverage of social and political barriers to establishing a similar service in Philadelphia: http://sco.lt/9DkiIb

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'Generation Sensible' in five charts (UK)

'Generation Sensible' in five charts (UK) | Alcohol & other drug issues in the media | Scoop.it
Whether it's drinking or taking drugs, young people in the UK seem to be getting more sensible.
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More evidence that, in spite of the usual headlines, the kids are alright. UK data shows sustained reductions in alcohol, tobacco and illicit drug use, teen pregnancies and offending.

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Hunger hormones offer promising avenue for addiction treatment (USA)

Hunger hormones offer promising avenue for addiction treatment (USA) | Alcohol & other drug issues in the media | Scoop.it
Hormones that signal the body's state of hunger and fullness could be the key to new treatments for drug and alcohol addiction. Gut hormones have received considerable attention from scientists seeking to understand overeating and obesity, which led the panelists to discover that those hormones are also involved in addiction.
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See yesterday's related post on US research into the impact of cannabis on hunger hormones: http://sco.lt/5gYqNV

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Growing Array of Street Drugs Now Laced with Fentanyl (USA)

Growing Array of Street Drugs Now Laced with Fentanyl (USA) | Alcohol & other drug issues in the media | Scoop.it

Fentanyl is increasingly appearing in commonly abused drugs including heroin, cocaine, and marijuana, creating new challenges for physicians, said healthcare officials and emergency room doctors at an event here Tuesday.

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The presence of fentanyl powder in a wide range of drug types has been linked to a spike in 'cocaine' and other drug overdoses in North America for a while now. It highlights the potential role for naloxone as a standard overdose response, when it is possible that opioids may have been consumed.

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South Korea Lends Support to Bangladesh Drug War, as Death Toll Rises

South Korea Lends Support to Bangladesh Drug War, as Death Toll Rises | Alcohol & other drug issues in the media | Scoop.it
Over 200 people have been killed in Bangladesh’s brutal drug war, and authorities are now receiving material support for it from the South Korean government.
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South Korean govt agency providing equipment for law enforcement and funding anti-drug media campaigns. See yesterday's related coverage of human rights concerns: http://sco.lt/7N5d1l

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Legal cannabis market in Europe will be worth £115 billion within ten years

Legal cannabis market in Europe will be worth £115 billion within ten years | Alcohol & other drug issues in the media | Scoop.it
Europe could be the largest dealer of cannabis in the world by 2028, according to a new study. The European Cannabis Report predicts the continent will have the bigges
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Another indicator of the potential scale of the global 'greenrush' and the competitive behaviours likely from those seeking market share. 

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NSW police to crack down on motorists using mobile phones and drugs

NSW police to crack down on motorists using mobile phones and drugs | Alcohol & other drug issues in the media | Scoop.it
MOTORISTS could find themselves inadvertently driving on the wrong side of the law with a beef-up of road safety laws.
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Govt states intention to include 'new drugs' in schedule for roadside testing. No detail provided about how that might actually work (or cost).

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Why Aren’t Prison Officials Treating Inmates for Hepatitis C? (USA)

Why Aren’t Prison Officials Treating Inmates for Hepatitis C? (USA) | Alcohol & other drug issues in the media | Scoop.it
Officials in many states say they can’t afford to treat all of their patients in prison for hepatitis C. Human rights experts say that’s not a good enough reason.
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The public health costs associated with not treating this number of people is also high (and higher than the cost of treatment).

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Pill testing at festivals has hidden benefits that could reduce drug taking (Aus)

Pill testing at festivals has hidden benefits that could reduce drug taking (Aus) | Alcohol & other drug issues in the media | Scoop.it
Australia's first pill testing trial, held at Canberra Groovin' The Moo this year, brought out critics who thought testing results in more drug taking and higher rates of drug-related harm, but this doesn't check out.
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Citing David Caldicott (and others) on some of the health and public safety benefits associated with drug checking.

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A closer look at promising pill for ice addiction (Aus)

A closer look at promising pill for ice addiction (Aus) | Alcohol & other drug issues in the media | Scoop.it
A world-first trial is underway, signalling a new frontier in the way that ice addiction will be treated in the future.
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More on the new NAC trial, citing Deakin Uni's Olivia Dean and Noffs Foundation's Kieran Palmer on the potential for the drug to increase the range of treatment options available for methamphetamine dependence. 

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Myths and misinformation about law enforcement and fentanyl exposure (USA)

Myths and misinformation about law enforcement and fentanyl exposure (USA) | Alcohol & other drug issues in the media | Scoop.it
Harm Reduction Coalition advances policies and programs that help people address the adverse effects of drug use including overdose, HIV, hepatitis C, addiction, and incarceration.
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Savannah O'Neill and Eliza Wheeler respond to misleading US reporting on overdose risks following skin exposure to fentanyl. 

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Low-dose ketamine found to be as effective as opioids for treating acute pain (USA)

Low-dose ketamine found to be as effective as opioids for treating acute pain (USA) | Alcohol & other drug issues in the media | Scoop.it
Opioids are commonly prescribed in the emergency department for the treatment of acute pain, but due to the epidemic of opioid misuse, analgesic alternatives are being explored.
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Meta-analysis finds some evidence of adverse events linked to analgesic use of ketamine for acute pain in ED settings, but that few of them were clinically significant.

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Philadelphia's plan for opioid safe injection site splits opinion

Philadelphia's plan for opioid safe injection site splits opinion | Alcohol & other drug issues in the media | Scoop.it
More than 1,200 people died of accidental overdoses in the city last year – could bringing users in off the street be the answer?
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More on the social and political barriers to evidence based harm reduction in the US. The article opens with a great example of the benefits of peer distribution of naloxone, and the need for supervised facilities where people can be kept safe. See today's related post on the May Govt's refusal to consider such a service in Glasgow (http://sco.lt/8ZaTOT) and yesterday's coverage of growing Federal pressures on local campaigns to establish supervised facilities (http://sco.lt/8VFro9). 

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Government orders Phillip Morris to stop advertising "healthier" tobacco products or face legal action (UK)

Government orders Phillip Morris to stop advertising "healthier" tobacco products or face legal action (UK) | Alcohol & other drug issues in the media | Scoop.it
The Government will take one of the world's largest tobacco firms to court unless it stops illegally targeting UK consumers with tobacco adverts, a Minister has said.
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Govt action targets marketing of 'heat not burn' products.

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Sessions' Escalating Drug War Causing Cold Feet Over Safe Injection Centers (USA)

Sessions' Escalating Drug War Causing Cold Feet Over Safe Injection Centers (USA) | Alcohol & other drug issues in the media | Scoop.it
San Francisco was supposed to have sites up and running this month. It does not.
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See last week's related coverage of the growing political barriers to evidence based interventions and growing caution amongst local authorities not wanting to be the first to open a centre: http://sco.lt/6E4N0L

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Almost half of US adults who drink, drink too much, and continue to do so

Almost half of US adults who drink, drink too much, and continue to do so | Alcohol & other drug issues in the media | Scoop.it
A new study has found that about 40 percent of adults in the United States who drink alcohol do so in amounts that risk health consequences, and identifies a range of factors associated with starting or stopping drinking too much.
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More research evidence indicating the increased risk associated with early initiation into alcohol consumption. See yesterday's related post: http://sco.lt/8mngDh

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The Limits of Evidence-Based Drug Policy Making (EU)

The Limits of Evidence-Based Drug Policy Making (EU) | Alcohol & other drug issues in the media | Scoop.it
We often speak about evidence-based drug policies – but presenting decision makers with the evidence rarely works in the way it is supposed to. The EU Drug Strategy aims “to take a balanced, integrated and evidence-based approach to the drugs phenomenon.” We often use the mantra of “evidence-based” or “evidence-informed” policy making without clearly defining …
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Anyone familiar with drug policy knows that there are many factors that shape our policy frameworks. Research evidence is one, but it is often outweighed by stigma, uninformed public debate and political opportunism. If we are to achieve better policy outcomes, we need to understand how to most effectively advocate for policy change. Here, Peter Sarosi raises similar questions to those currently being explored by Alison Ritter, Caitlin Hughes and others at NDARC. Here's one example of recent work done by Kari Lancaster: https://ndarc.med.unsw.edu.au/project/social-construction-and-evidence-based-drug-policy-endeavour.

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Budding business: how cannabis could transform Lebanon 

Budding business: how cannabis could transform Lebanon  | Alcohol & other drug issues in the media | Scoop.it
Report proposes legalising billion-dollar cannabis industry to rescue ailing economy
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See today's related post on the forecast growth in the European cannabis market: http://sco.lt/6oDSXB

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Advertising regulation needs strengthening to better regulate alcohol marketing on social media, new research finds (UK)

New research published today (18 July 2018) shows the significant role that drinking venues and alcohol brands play in marketing alcohol products to young people on social media. 

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The study highlights the limitations of the UK's regulatory system for alcohol marketing and the need for increased attention to online promotion targetting young people.

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France: people who inject drugs often given cheaper, less effective, hepatitis C medication

France: people who inject drugs often given cheaper, less effective, hepatitis C medication | Alcohol & other drug issues in the media | Scoop.it
A new study conducted in France reveals that those living with HIV and Hepatitis C co-infection who have a history of homelessness or injecting drug use, are often given less effective HCV medication.
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A concrete example of the impact of stigma on the quality of healthcare provided to people who inject drugs. See today's related post on US prison authorities denying prisoners access to HCV treatment (based on cost): http://sco.lt/9KMkLp

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