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EXCLUSIVE: Carpark junkie den metres from Parliament (Vic)

EXCLUSIVE: Carpark junkie den metres from Parliament (Vic) | Alcohol & other drug issues in the media | Scoop.it

'Heroin junkies are brazenly shooting up in a CBD carpark just metres from Parliament House.'

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The front page of today's Herald Sun screams of community outrage by commuters being exposed to the real world implications of Melbourne's affordable housing crisis. Rather than acknowledging the systemic drivers of such events, the paper seeks instead to vilify those forced to live in a car park and Wilson  Parking for not forcing them out of their current home.

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Booze permanently banned on St Kilda's foreshore during summer months (Vic)

Booze permanently banned on St Kilda's foreshore during summer months (Vic) | Alcohol & other drug issues in the media | Scoop.it

Alcohol consumption will be permanently banned on St Kilda’s foreshore during summer after Port Phillip Council bowed to rising pressure from businesses and police to reduce alcohol-related violence as a matter of urgency.

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Council approves annual ban from Nov 1 to March 31 to address public violence.

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I was a Christmas binge drinker, now, apparently I'm boring (Aus)

I was a Christmas binge drinker, now, apparently I'm boring (Aus) | Alcohol & other drug issues in the media | Scoop.it
Don't believe the hype about alcohol making the festive season better, here's how to get through it with your liver in tact.
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Jill Stark reflects on the depth to which alcohol is embedded in our culture, along with some tips for surviving the festive season.

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Harm Reductionists Should Remember the Real-World Reasons for Abstinence-Only Messaging in Communities of Color (USA)

Harm Reductionists Should Remember the Real-World Reasons for Abstinence-Only Messaging in Communities of Color (USA) | Alcohol & other drug issues in the media | Scoop.it
“As a society as a whole, we need to start talking about sober fun,” Jacen Zhu, a gay porn sta
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Sessi Kuwabara Blanchard considers the racial politics of harm reduction.

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We Need to Talk About Benzodiazepines—Including Their Use in Drug Combinations (USA)

We Need to Talk About Benzodiazepines—Including Their Use in Drug Combinations (USA) | Alcohol & other drug issues in the media | Scoop.it
Opioids like heroin and fentanyl have grabbed the media and legislative spotlight—from soaring overdose fatalities to the misguided prescription restriction
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Kat Humphries considers the need for increased awareness about benzos and their impact on public health.

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Drug wholesalers drove fentanyl's deadly rise, report concludes (USA)

Drug wholesalers drove fentanyl's deadly rise, report concludes (USA) | Alcohol & other drug issues in the media | Scoop.it
Fentanyl, a powerful synthetic opioid implicated in nearly 29,000 overdose deaths in the United States last year, most likely spread because of heroin and prescription pill shortages, and also because it was cheaper for drug wholesalers than heroin, according to a report on illicit US drug markets by researchers at UC San Francisco.
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US study highlights the economic factors driving the emergence of fentanyl (and its analogues) within illicit drug markets. 

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Would you pay more for fair trade cocaine?

Would you pay more for fair trade cocaine? | Alcohol & other drug issues in the media | Scoop.it
People spend more per gram on cocaine than any other drug, with a global average of €80 ($91) per gram. However, the majority of the economic gai
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Adam Winstock, Zara Snapp & Julian Quintero consider options for regulated markets, and promote the 2019 Global Drug Survey.

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How parents and teachers can identify and help young people self-medicating trauma with drugs and alcohol (Aus)

How parents and teachers can identify and help young people self-medicating trauma with drugs and alcohol (Aus) | Alcohol & other drug issues in the media | Scoop.it
Some 80% of young people will experience a traumatic event by the time they become an adult. Here's how teachers and parents can support them.
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CREMS' Katherine Mills and Natalie Peach provide strategies and resources for concerned parents and teachers.

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High-strength opioid formulations: The case for the federal minister of health to recall them (Canada)

One regulatory tool that has yet to be deployed to curb the ongoing opioid epidemic is the power of the federal minister of health to recall high-strength opioid formulations from the market. These opioid formulations can harm patients with chronic pain in multiple ways and the minister could recall them, argues a commentary in CMAJ (Canadian Medical Association Journal).
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Matthew Herder and David Juurlink argue for a combination of updated opioid prescribing guidelines for chronic pain with a recall of high-dose formulations to reduce risk to patients.

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Retailers in low-income communities sell most risky alternative tobacco products (USA)

Retailers in low-income communities sell most risky alternative tobacco products (USA) | Alcohol & other drug issues in the media | Scoop.it
Retailers in minority and low-income communities are more likely to sell and advertise the most inexpensive and risky alternative tobacco products, according to a new study conducted at Columbia University Mailman School of Public Health.
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New York study highlights economic factors driving access to harm reduction. 

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Duterte jokes about marijuana use despite thousands of deaths in drugs war (Philippines)

Duterte jokes about marijuana use despite thousands of deaths in drugs war (Philippines) | Alcohol & other drug issues in the media | Scoop.it
Rodrigo Duterte, the Philippine president whose controversial war on drugs has killed thousands over the past two years, said on Monday that he used marijuana to stay alert in meetings, but then claimed he was joking.
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Human Rights activists point out that the president's comments show disrespect to the families of the thousands of people who have been killed in his drug war.

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Sydney drug dogs: NSW Police slammed after bizarre drug dog stings

Sydney drug dogs: NSW Police slammed after bizarre drug dog stings | Alcohol & other drug issues in the media | Scoop.it
Police are copping a hammering on social media following bizarre drug dog stings at a high school formal and an up-market wine and cheese festival in the heart of NSW’s Hunter Valley.
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Police target high school formal, wine festival for drug dog operations. See yesterday's related post on the ineffectiveness of this approach to preventing drug use: http://sco.lt/8cxXDl or this research into more effective ways to reduce drug related harm amongst young people: http://sco.lt/8JCDI1.  

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Cannabis bill needs to be properly debated (ACT)

Cannabis bill needs to be properly debated (ACT) | Alcohol & other drug issues in the media | Scoop.it
A bill to legalise cannabis in the ACT will have significant flow-on effects that need to be properly considered.
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Canberra Times editorial urges further consideration of potential  implementation issues and impacts of current bill.

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Dark web dealers voluntarily ban deadly fentanyl (UK)

Dark web dealers voluntarily ban deadly fentanyl (UK) | Alcohol & other drug issues in the media | Scoop.it
Suppliers, fearing police crackdown, decide opioid is too high-risk to trade
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National Crime Agency's Vince O’Brien says dark web marketplace operators appeared to have made a commercial decision, because selling a drug that could lead to fatalities was more likely to prompt attention from police.

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Drug, meth crime: 1 in 5 Victoria homes could be contaminated by ice

Drug, meth crime: 1 in 5 Victoria homes could be contaminated by ice | Alcohol & other drug issues in the media | Scoop.it
Up to one in five rental homes in Victoria alone could contain dangerous meth residue, according to explosive claims from an industry expert.
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It's good to see that this article at least recognises the amount of hot air in this sort of unsubstantiated marketing claims by cleaning companies. It's just a pity that it doesn't come until the  end. Meanwhile, the headline reinforces misinformation. Here's some reporting on the cited NZ report into the country's meth cleaning scandal: http://sco.lt/8cWzrt

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Why We Should Drop The Term “E-Cigarettes” (Aus)

Why We Should Drop The Term “E-Cigarettes” (Aus) | Alcohol & other drug issues in the media | Scoop.it
Tobacco Harm Reduction experts agree that the word ‘e-cigarette’ should be replaced with vape or vaporiser, in order to avoid that the product is associated with its deadly combustible counterpart.
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Vaping advocates argue for change in language to help emphasise harm reduction, rather than links to tobacco.

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Alcohol-related deaths among UK women at highest rate in 10 years 

Alcohol-related deaths among UK women at highest rate in 10 years  | Alcohol & other drug issues in the media | Scoop.it

Alcohol-related deaths among women in the UK have reached the highest rate since 2008, statistics have shown.

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Office for National Statistics data highlights ongoing pattern of increased harm amongst women and alcohol's impacts on broader public health. You can see the ONS data here: https://www.ons.gov.uk/peoplepopulationandcommunity/healthandsocialcare/causesofdeath/bulletins/alcoholrelateddeathsintheunitedkingdom/registeredin2017

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New map: How U.S. states enforce drug laws differently

New map: How U.S. states enforce drug laws differently | Alcohol & other drug issues in the media | Scoop.it
Detox.net, an online addiction treatment resource owned by the company American Addictions Centers, recently published a report highlighting the different ways in which states charge and punish drug offenders.In 30 states, methamphetamine is the drug most frequently involved in drug-related offenses
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US data highlights links between methamphetamine and offending, as well as impacts of varying state drug policies.

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Study examines effects of different opioids on driving performance (UK)

Study examines effects of different opioids on driving performance (UK) | Alcohol & other drug issues in the media | Scoop.it

Taking opioids for the treatment of pain has been associated with increased risks of crashing among drivers, but it is unknown whether this applies to all opioids or pertains to specific opioids only. 

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Study of methadone and burprenorphine finds mild impairment (below the equivalent level of a 0.05 BAC), but highlights potential risks for people new to treatment.

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Smokers who roll their own less inclined to quit (UK)

Smokers who roll their own less inclined to quit (UK) | Alcohol & other drug issues in the media | Scoop.it
Smokers who roll their own cigarettes are less likely to try quitting smoking, according to a new study carried out by UCL.
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Cancer Research UK study finds lower cost is main reason for loose tobacco's appeal (as well as a barrier to quitting), indicating need to increase tax on roll-your-own products.

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I voted against an alcohol ban in St Kilda ... but I've changed my mind (Vic)

I voted against an alcohol ban in St Kilda ... but I've changed my mind (Vic) | Alcohol & other drug issues in the media | Scoop.it
Many people just want to watch the sunset with a glass of wine and some fish and chips, but the actions of an unruly few means restrictions are necessary.
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Former St Kilda ward councillor and City of Port Phillip deputy mayor  Serge Thomann backs foreshore alcohol ban during summer. See this contrasting opinion from councillor Andrew Bond, advocating for a greater police presence, instead of an alcohol ban: https://www.theage.com.au/national/victoria/st-kilda-needs-a-permanent-police-presence-on-the-foreshore-20181204-p50k1t.html.

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Danger beyond the prison gates: One in 10 overdose deaths happen to ex-inmates within year of release (Canada)

Danger beyond the prison gates: One in 10 overdose deaths happen to ex-inmates within year of release (Canada) | Alcohol & other drug issues in the media | Scoop.it
Advocates say prisoners are not getting the help they need to avoid a fatal overdose once they are released
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We know that the first months following release are the highest risk period for overdose fatalities amongst former prisoners. This article highlights the need for greater support for people making the transition from prison to community.

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Boys with social difficulties most susceptible to early substance use, study finds (USA)

Boys with social difficulties most susceptible to early substance use, study finds (USA) | Alcohol & other drug issues in the media | Scoop.it
Boys who enter sixth-grade with co-occurring social skills, anxiety, learning and conduct problems are at the greatest risk of developing aggressive behavior and using tobacco, alcohol and marijuana by the end of eighth grade, a new study found.
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Study finds increased use across entire sample, but link extent of social difficulties (or protective factors) with risk of problematic use and aggression.

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'We're not this crazy church': Vatican audience for drug reformist

'We're not this crazy church': Vatican audience for drug reformist | Alcohol & other drug issues in the media | Scoop.it
Renowned reformist Alex Wodak is used to lecturing on the world stage about the failure of the war on drugs.
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Catholic Health Australia's Suzanne Greenwood invited Alex Wodak to discuss drug law reform at Vatican 'Drugs and Addictions' conference. Here, she highlights growing recognition within church-based services of the need for change, citing Uniting NSW ACT's FairTreatment campaign: https://uniting.org/about-uniting/newsroom/uniting-calls-for-a-re-think-on-drugs. If you want to see Alex's presentation, Suzanne has posted video on Twitter: https://twitter.com/Healthier_Aust/status/1068780609508704256

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Methadone stigma tough to overcome (Canada)

Methadone stigma tough to overcome (Canada) | Alcohol & other drug issues in the media | Scoop.it
North Bay woman's dreams 'becoming my reality' despite being 'harshly' judged and discriminated against
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Another example of the need for ongoing advocacy to reduce the impact of stigma on obstructing evidence based harm reduction and treatment services, and impeding recovery.

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Synthetic drugs contributing to 'significant' mental health presentations (NZ)

Synthetic drugs contributing to 'significant' mental health presentations (NZ) | Alcohol & other drug issues in the media | Scoop.it
Synthetic are contributing to significant mental health admissions, with users displaying schizophrenia-like symptoms.
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In addition to the headlines focusing on related overdose deaths, hospital data highlights impacts of 'synthetic cannabis' products on mental health.

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