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How alcohol damages stem cell DNA and increases cancer risk (UK)

How alcohol damages stem cell DNA and increases cancer risk (UK) | Alcohol & other drug issues in the media | Scoop.it
Drinking alcohol produces a harmful chemical in the body that can lead to permanent genetic damage in the DNA of stem cells, increasing the risk of cance
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More evidence of alcohol's links with increased risk of cancer. British study examines the health impacts of acetaldehyde.

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'Needless deaths': Calls for heroin antidote to be widely available (ACT)

'Needless deaths': Calls for heroin antidote to be widely available (ACT) | Alcohol & other drug issues in the media | Scoop.it
The ACT is experiencing an opioid overdose epidemic as great or greater than the previous epidemic of the 1990s, according to ATODA.
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Following three overdose deaths last week in Canberra, ATODA's Carrie Fowlie & CAHMA's Chris Gough highlight the need for increased community awareness (and distribution) of naloxone. Important to note here that higher purity heroin (not fentanyl) is suspected of being responsible for the recent deaths.

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Church-led Coalition Calls for Drug Decriminalisation (Aus)

Church-led Coalition Calls for Drug Decriminalisation (Aus) | Alcohol & other drug issues in the media | Scoop.it
A church-led coalition of 60 organisations - including the Law Society of NSW and NSW Bar.
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Paul Gregoire on last week's launch of the Fair Treatment campaign for drug law reform in NSW.

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The bid to ban 'poppers': public health necessity or an act of discrimination? (Aus)

The bid to ban 'poppers': public health necessity or an act of discrimination? (Aus) | Alcohol & other drug issues in the media | Scoop.it
Amyl nitrite is immensely popular among gay men - but now an outright ban on the liquid is being weighed up.
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Michael Koziol considers the potential impacts of the proposed TGA rescheduling of alkyl nitrites.

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These Two Landmark Reports Should Light a Fire Under Drug Policy Reformers 

These Two Landmark Reports Should Light a Fire Under Drug Policy Reformers  | Alcohol & other drug issues in the media | Scoop.it
Two landmark reports about drugs and harm reduction have been released in the past few weeks: Regulation: The Responsible Contro
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Helen Redmond considers the impacts of two new reports focusing on the need for harm reduction and human rights to be at the core of global drug policy frameworks.

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Peter Dutton rejects pill testing at music festivals (Aus)

Peter Dutton rejects pill testing at music festivals (Aus) | Alcohol & other drug issues in the media | Scoop.it
HOME Affairs Minister Peter Dutton has condemned measures to make drug use “acceptable” as he committed himself to a campaign against illicit substances.
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During yesterday's National Press Club speech, Mr Dutton said he is 'going to have a lot more to say on our fight against drugs, the importation of drugs, the use, the socialising of drugs.' Let's hope at least some of that commentary is based in evidence, not inflammatory and divisive political rhetoric.

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Deep Systemic Change: My 10 Steps to Transform Addiction Treatment (USA)

Deep Systemic Change: My 10 Steps to Transform Addiction Treatment (USA) | Alcohol & other drug issues in the media | Scoop.it
As panel after summit after commission after white paper is put forward claiming to solve the overdose crisis, you’d thin
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Maia Szalavitz provides practical strategies for reforming the US treatment system: improving access, changing practice, focusing on evidence based treatment (and funding) models, increasing harm reduction and decriminalising possession.

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Increase in services must accompany relaxed drug laws, group argues (Ireland)

Increase in services must accompany relaxed drug laws, group argues (Ireland) | Alcohol & other drug issues in the media | Scoop.it

A massive investment in services for drug-users must accompany the decriminalisation of drugs for personal use, a coalition of local drug groups says.

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Report emphasises the need for any policy shift towards treating drug use as a health issue (as opposed to a criminal one), needs to incorporate appropriate funding for a range of treatment and support services to address community need.

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Wales and Ireland step closer to minimum pricing

The Welsh Government has proposed a 50 pence per unit minimum unit price (MUP) expected to be introduced in the summer of 2019 following a further consultation.

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NRL fans see triple the alcohol ads of AFL fans during finals TV coverage (Aus)

NRL fans see triple the alcohol ads of AFL fans during finals TV coverage (Aus) | Alcohol & other drug issues in the media | Scoop.it
People watching the 2018 NRL grand final on TV were exposed to 376 instances of alcohol advertising, researchers claim, as they renew calls for an end to alcohol advertisements during sporting events.
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Coverage of FARE Australia's End Alcohol Advertising in Sport campaign, which is being launched today: http://www.endalcoholadvertisinginsport.org.au/

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Fentanyl use surges in Australia, drug monitoring program finds

Fentanyl use surges in Australia, drug monitoring program finds | Alcohol & other drug issues in the media | Scoop.it
Wastewater testing finds Australians are using the highly addictive opioid at concerning levels
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More on the findings in the latest ACIC wastewater report. You can see the full report here: http://sco.lt/5sY7px

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Canberrans among nation's highest consumers of deadly drug

Canberrans among nation's highest consumers of deadly drug | Alcohol & other drug issues in the media | Scoop.it
Wastewater data also showed about 80.4 kilograms of methamphetamine and 67.8 kilograms of cocaine between August 2016 and August 2017.
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More local coverage of the new ACIC wastewater report. You can see the full report here: http://sco.lt/5sY7px

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Home Office's injection room refusal 'endangering lives' (Scotland)

Home Office's injection room refusal 'endangering lives' (Scotland) | Alcohol & other drug issues in the media | Scoop.it
Home Office's injection room refusal 'endangering lives'. Glasgow MP Alison Thewliss calls on the home secretary to visit Glasgow to talk to addicts.
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Scottish MP calls for UK Govt to stop putting "party political dogma ahead of people's lives".

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'No safe level': Mandatory alcohol warning labels to be voted on by health ministers (Aus)

'No safe level': Mandatory alcohol warning labels to be voted on by health ministers (Aus) | Alcohol & other drug issues in the media | Scoop.it
Australians could soon be confronted with warning labels spelling out the dangers of drinking alcohol while pregnant, with state and federal government ministers due to meet on Thursday to vote on a proposal to make the stickers mandatory.
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'But stakeholders fear that Rural Health Minister Bridget McKenzie may bow to pressure from industry groups and sabotage their efforts by pushing for a watered-down version of the scheme, despite indications that most state governments will support the move.'

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Alcohol labels warning of risk from drinking while pregnant 'will save lives' (Australia)

Alcohol labels warning of risk from drinking while pregnant 'will save lives' (Australia) | Alcohol & other drug issues in the media | Scoop.it
Australia-New Zealand agreement to mandate labels that were previously voluntary
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New agreement will make inclusion of warnings mandatory for all alcohol products, replacing the voluntary scheme that has been in place since 2011.

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ABC disingenuously makes ice the focus of its National Wastewater Drug Monitoring report coverage (Aus)

ABC disingenuously makes ice the focus of its National Wastewater Drug Monitoring report coverage (Aus) | Alcohol & other drug issues in the media | Scoop.it

Reporters are once again exaggerating and misrepresenting illicit drug use by retaining focus on prime time’s favourite drug scapegoat, methamphetamine.

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Liam Engel considers recent reporting of new ACIC wastewater analysis data for AOD Media Watch.

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The main high from Canada’s cannabis legalisation is financial

The main high from Canada’s cannabis legalisation is financial | Alcohol & other drug issues in the media | Scoop.it
A BLACK dragon with white claws, its wings etched with Escher-like designs, has a vitrine of its own at the centre of the Boroheads glass gallery in Toronto. The “dab rig” (for smoking cannabis oil) sells for C$8,000 ($6,170). Such items are in high demand, according to the gallery’s co-owner, who calls himself James Bongd.
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Economist article highlights a few elements of the Canadian 'green rush', as the limited scope of Govt measures leave cannabis production and distribution largely to private business. 

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Are you suffering from Midlife Anxiety Drinking Disorder?

Are you suffering from Midlife Anxiety Drinking Disorder? | Alcohol & other drug issues in the media | Scoop.it
Many doctors report that women who were once moderate drinkers run into problems as bereavement, retirement, empty nests and illness enter their lives.
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Louise Chunn considers some of the reasons behind the broad  increase in alcohol consumption by middle aged women.

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Homelessness, Vaping and Fentanyl: Three More Examples of Bad Media Coverage of Drugs (USA)

Homelessness, Vaping and Fentanyl: Three More Examples of Bad Media Coverage of Drugs (USA) | Alcohol & other drug issues in the media | Scoop.it
Inaccurate and biased media coverage of drugs, drug use, and harm reduction was in full swing over this past weekend
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Sessi Kuwabara Blanchard highlights some examples of poor AOD reporting, and the damage done by this sort of coverage.

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Under-25s turning their backs on alcohol, study suggests (UK)

Under-25s turning their backs on alcohol, study suggests (UK) | Alcohol & other drug issues in the media | Scoop.it
Young people are rejecting alcohol - with abstinence almost doubling in a decade, a study suggests.
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More evidence of young people's changing attitudes towards alcohol. New data shows continued reduction in the number of young people who report consuming alcohol and patterns of binge drinking. You can see the study here: https://bmcpublichealth.biomedcentral.com/articles/10.1186/s12889-018-5995-3

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Canada struggling to find police capable of detecting drug-drivers as country prepares for legal marijuana

Canada struggling to find police capable of detecting drug-drivers as country prepares for legal marijuana | Alcohol & other drug issues in the media | Scoop.it
Canada is frantically training police officers to spot drug-impaired drivers ahead of the legalisation of recreational marijuana next week.
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Police Chiefs estimate that less than half the number of officers required to implement new drug-driving measures have been trained in roadside testing.

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Calls for radical action to curb record drug deaths in Scotland

Calls for radical action to curb record drug deaths in Scotland | Alcohol & other drug issues in the media | Scoop.it
Experts say government’s new drugs strategy not bold enough to tackle fatal overdose crisis
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Service providers outline the urgent need for policy reform, including the establishment of overdose prevention services and change to the narrow focus on abstinence.

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He went to get drug treatment and ended up dead. Now his mother wants to know why (Aus/Sri Lanka)

He went to get drug treatment and ended up dead. Now his mother wants to know why (Aus/Sri Lanka) | Alcohol & other drug issues in the media | Scoop.it
Australia's biggest private drug rehab operator suddenly closed its Sri Lanka clinic days after one patient was discharged in controversial circumstances.
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Richard Baker and Chloe Booker consider the Seasons Hader Group's duty of care to people using its services. If you have experienced poor treatment by a for-profit service in Victoria, you can contact the Health Complaints Commissioner: https://hcc.vic.gov.au/news/125-concerns-about-drug-alcohol-services

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People recovering from alcohol issues needed for Australia-first study 

People recovering from alcohol issues needed for Australia-first study  | Alcohol & other drug issues in the media | Scoop.it
People who have had issues with alcohol are being invited to participate in an anonymous UNSW study which is hoping to find out how people overcome the habit.
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This UNSW study is focusing on people who have resolved their alcohol issues WITHOUT using formal treatment services (like ours). 

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Research shows club drug GHB associated with brain and cognitive changes

Research shows club drug GHB associated with brain and cognitive changes | Alcohol & other drug issues in the media | Scoop.it
Scientists have discovered that regular use of the party drug GHB, and especially unconsciousness following GHB use, is associated with brain changes including negative effects on long-term memory, working memory, IQ, and higher levels of stress and anxiety. This work is presented at the ECNP conference in Barcelona, following partial peer-review publication*.
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David Nutt suggests findings of Dutch study could be linked to periods of hypoxia in the brain, following GHB use.

 

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Hospital Data Shows How Britain's Drug Problem Is Getting Worse

Hospital Data Shows How Britain's Drug Problem Is Getting Worse | Alcohol & other drug issues in the media | Scoop.it
Admissions for cocaine are spiralling, teens are taking sedatives in harmful doses, and more and more older people are being hospitalised after taking drugs
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See recent related discussion of the impact of ongoing austerity measures on the capacity of the UK AOD treatment system to meet demand: http://sco.lt/80kaob

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