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Indigenous HIV rates a 'looming crisis', as injecting drug use becomes more prevalent (Aus)

Indigenous HIV rates a 'looming crisis', as injecting drug use becomes more prevalent (Aus) | Alcohol & other drug issues in the media | Scoop.it
Infectious disease experts say HIV rates are rising in Indigenous communities and are concerned education campaigns are having little impact.
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Highlighting the need for targetted education, harm reduction and treatment initiatives.

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Mother of festival drugs victim says we have learned nothing since her son's death (Vic)

Mother of festival drugs victim says we have learned nothing since her son's death (Vic) | Alcohol & other drug issues in the media | Scoop.it
THE day Adriana Buccianti’s son died he was so disorientated he no longer knew who his mother was. It was a Saturday night and a clearly distressed Daniel, who was 34 years old, begged his mother to pick up him up from the Rainbow Serpent music festival, in Eastern Victoria, and take him home.
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See yesterday's post on Ms Buccianti's call for the introduction of drug checking at festivals to prevent overdose fatalities: http://sco.lt/5AaiI5. Her online petition has attracted over 26,000 supporters in less than two days: https://www.change.org/p/my-son-died-at-a-music-festival-don-t-let-any-more-young-people-die-at-australian-festivals?utm_source=action_alert&utm_medium=email&utm_campaign=456030&alert_id=rDpWeFklQj_JJYHxE4xDTMWmdRiFw38NQSjItyGqCjZUeNxguGmSGw%3D. 

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Primary health care and other social issues for older people who inject drugs (Aus)

Primary health care and other social issues for older people who inject drugs (Aus) | Alcohol & other drug issues in the media | Scoop.it

Australians are now living longer, and increasing numbers of people are affected by chronic disease.

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Nice summary of key issues by NDRI's Peter Higgs.

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Unapproved HIV prevention drug available with doctors' prescription in Victoria

Unapproved HIV prevention drug available with doctors' prescription in Victoria | Alcohol & other drug issues in the media | Scoop.it
Doctors in Victoria will be able to prescribe the HIV prevention drug PrEP under new changes announced by the State Government.
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Music industry prepares campaign to soften lockouts (NSW)

Music industry prepares campaign to soften lockouts (NSW) | Alcohol & other drug issues in the media | Scoop.it
The live music industry is preparing to lobby for a rolling back of Sydney's lockout and last drinks laws, ahead of the state government's planned review of the rules in February.
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See today's related post: http://sco.lt/8tbOYD. 

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NSW Police launch blitz to catch out drug-drivers

NSW Police launch blitz to catch out drug-drivers | Alcohol & other drug issues in the media | Scoop.it
Drivers are returning positive drug tests 30 times more often than positive alcohol readings, prompting the state government to triple roadside drug tests and launch a state-wide blitz on drug driving.
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See recent coverage of concerns with the validity of roadside drug testing: http://sco.lt/5kYIxl. 

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British American Tobacco accused of bribing government officials

British American Tobacco accused of bribing government officials | Alcohol & other drug issues in the media | Scoop.it
BBC Panorama alleges BAT paid officials from three African countries in effort to undermine UN anti-smoking treaty
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Stereosonic: Family release photo of pharmacist Sylvia Choi (NSW)

Stereosonic: Family release photo of pharmacist Sylvia Choi (NSW) | Alcohol & other drug issues in the media | Scoop.it
A young woman who was placed in an induced coma after she was found unconscious at Sydney’s Stereosonic festival has been discharged from hospital.
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Would pill-testing results have helped a pharmacist make an informed choice about using an illicit drug? You betcha. So can anyone else when they understand the results and their implications for potential risk of using the tested pill. It's one of the reasons pill-testing being done by people who are able to provide credible, immediate advice is so important. 

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Revellers fear cops more than overdose (Qld)

Festival drug users are getting more creative with their smuggling techniques, saying they're more scared of getting caught with drugs by police than overdosing.

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More evidence of the ineffectiveness of supply reduction measures (like sniffer dogs) in preventing illicit drug use when implemented in isolation and the role such measures can play in actually increasing risk. Also good to see here reference to people's own strategies for reducing potential harm, challenging the perception that anyone who uses illicits is simply being reckless and acting with no sense of potential risk.

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Real life Dallas Buyers Club operation helps hepatitis C patients with free drugs (NSW)

Real life Dallas Buyers Club operation helps hepatitis C patients with free drugs (NSW) | Alcohol & other drug issues in the media | Scoop.it
Plans for hepatitis C patients to get lifesaving drugs at knockdown prices go a step further for World Aids Day on Tuesday.
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More on the work of FixHepC in providing people with access to new HepC treatments.

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Medical cannabis scheme ‘costly and tricky’ (NSW)

Evidence for the efficacy of medicinal cannabis is scarce, and a system to regulate it would be challenging and costly, but there would be therapeutic benefit for specific patient groups.
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Penny Durham on a new review of formal evidence for medicinal cannabis.

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Norway mulls using heroin to cut overdose mortality rate

Norway mulls using heroin to cut overdose mortality rate | Alcohol & other drug issues in the media | Scoop.it

With a change in local government in Oslo, there is an appetite to use radical policies to curb the alarming number of Norwegians who die from heroin overdoses each year, the Associated Press reports.

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Heroin Assisted Therapy has been shown to be an effective response for the very small number of people for whom other treatment options are ineffective.

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Burger King becomes first fast food chain to sell alcohol in UK

Burger King becomes first fast food chain to sell alcohol in UK | Alcohol & other drug issues in the media | Scoop.it
The company has won a drinks licence for its branch in Bury St Edmunds, Suffolk, despite strong police opposition.
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Festival organisers can't stop the drugs (Aus)

Sylvia Choi's death at Stereosonic's Sydney event has frustrated festival organisers, who say they're powerless to prevent the drug taking that's ruining the reputation of music festivals.

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Good to see event organisers making this point. If you can't keep drugs out of prisons, you're never going to prevent them entering a music festival. While supply reduction will always be part of a balanced drug strategy, we need a greater focus on evidence based measures to reduce the potential harms to people who choose to use alcohol and other drugs. One such measure is drug checking: http://sco.lt/8Eieqv. 

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Turning Point Alcohol and Drug Centre expert says ice addiction in Casey a health issue (Vic)

Turning Point Alcohol and Drug Centre expert says ice addiction in Casey a health issue (Vic) | Alcohol & other drug issues in the media | Scoop.it
COMPASSION is the key to tackling Casey’s ice epidemic, says an addiction expert.
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Dan Lubman highlights the impact of stigma on making it harder for people to seek help. Details of the Breakthrough program for family members affected by a loved one's methamphetamine use are here: http://www.turningpoint.org.au/education/breakthrough. Our South East Catalyst non-residential rehab program in Narre Warren is one of nine new programs funded as part of the Vic Govt's Ice Action Plan. See our website for more details: http://www.regen.org.au/catalyst. 

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Drug arrests at Victorian music festival

IT'S been a drug-fuelled weekend at the Earthcore Music Festival in Victoria, with police arresting 22 people for drug offences.
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See today's related post where event organisers make the obvious point that it's impossible to prevent drugs being used at festivals and the effect of this sort of media coverage in creating the perception that, if you go to festivals, you will be using drugs: http://sco.lt/5Jcnmj. 

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Newcastle expert part of Medicinal Cannabis Advisory Council (NSW)

Newcastle expert part of Medicinal Cannabis Advisory Council (NSW) | Alcohol & other drug issues in the media | Scoop.it
A Newcastle professor says NSW is leading the way when it comes to innovation and research into medical cannabis.
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Adrian Dunlop appointed to NSW panel.

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Lockout laws have destroyed the culture of Kings Cross: hotelier Bruce Solomon

Lockout laws have destroyed the culture of Kings Cross: hotelier Bruce Solomon | Alcohol & other drug issues in the media | Scoop.it
One of the country's most prominent pub landlords has tonight slammed the NSW government's pub lockout laws, saying they have completely destroyed the culture of Kings Cross and destroyed Sydney as a realistic and desirable choice for overseas tourism.
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Live music venues with no history of alcohol related violence hoping for exemptions to the 1.30am lockouts: http://sco.lt/6uygML. 

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Research: Supervised injection facilities would be cost-effective in Toronto and Ottawa

Research: Supervised injection facilities would be cost-effective in Toronto and Ottawa | Alcohol & other drug issues in the media | Scoop.it
Researchers say it is highly likely that establishing up to three supervised injection facilities in Toronto and up to two facilities in Ottawa would be cost-effective.
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Updated analysis accounts for new treatment options of HepC.

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What is 'drug checking' and why do we need it in Australia?

What is 'drug checking' and why do we need it in Australia? | Alcohol & other drug issues in the media | Scoop.it
Testing drugs at music festivals not only means we can assess whether they contain anything unexpected, but it's an opportunity to try to change the behaviour of users.
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By David Caldicott. See yesterday's coverage of his advocacy with the Victorian Govt: http://sco.lt/4yw5tR. 

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‘Say no to drugs isn’t working’ say experts following festival death (NSW)

‘Say no to drugs isn’t working’ say experts following festival death (NSW) | Alcohol & other drug issues in the media | Scoop.it
THE approach to drugs at music festivals and clubs doesn’t work and will lead to more deaths unless pill testing is made available at festivals, an expert has told news.com.au.
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Matt Noffs and David Shoebridge make the case for harm reduction measures to prevent festival overdoses.

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Institute of Criminology merger may be a crime against common sense

Institute of Criminology merger may be a crime against common sense | Alcohol & other drug issues in the media | Scoop.it
An internationally renowned research agency is being snuffed out after 43 years, with almost no debate.
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Another blow to evidence based policy in Australia? We have already seen major reductions in funding for peak bodies and key advisory groups in the AOD and other sectors under the Abbott Govt. On the surface, this move appears to extend the message that the Turnbull Govt doesn't value research and expert policy advice either.

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Synthetic drugs could be more dangerous than you realise (Vic)

Synthetic drugs could be more dangerous than you realise (Vic) | Alcohol & other drug issues in the media | Scoop.it
THE walls around Joe were rolling in a psychedelic fashion while his favourite songs leaked from his speaker — he was in a world of his own after taking his first hit of synthetic acid.
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Citing Odyssey House Victoria's Rene De Sant'Anna

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Vietnam Passes Law Abolishing Death Penalty for 7 Crimes

Death sentences imposed on corrupt Vietnamese officials will now be commuted to life in prison if they pay back at least 75 percent of the illegal money they made. The online newspaper VnExpress said the new regulation was part of the revised Penal Code that an overwhelmingly majority...
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...including 'drug possession' and 'drug appropriation'.

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'Alcoholics Anonymous saved my life, but now I’ve lost my faith'

'Alcoholics Anonymous saved my life, but now I’ve lost my faith' | Alcohol & other drug issues in the media | Scoop.it
Jon Stewart spent 14 years attending AA meetings. They got him sober, but at a cost. He asks why so few alcoholics are offered alternative treatments
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No, not THAT Jon Stewart, but a useful insight into the US treatment system and recovery movement.

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ReGenUC's curator insight, November 30, 2015 6:55 PM

No, not THAT Jon Stewart, but a useful insight into the US treatment system and recovery movement.

Jennifer Lynn's curator insight, February 5, 2016 6:27 AM

Alcoholic Anonymous is no doubt the right choice when it comes to treating alcoholism. At least a little effort can make a huge difference to the lives of millions. Think of you Jon; you have successfully saved your life. Though according to you have lost your faith, but I am sure with time you will be able to gain that too.

Are you aware that a few fun glasses of wine can turn into a binge? You must be aware of binge drinking, right? The National Health Service classifies binge drinking as drinking over two large glasses of wine in a brief period of time. You can see more than half of the drinkers will be called as binge drinkers.

Hypnosis is one of the alternative ways to cut down the numbers of drinks. Hypnotherapy will help you develop the strength to stop binge drinking, turn down drinks or replace them with soft drinks or water. Visit www.therapytribe.com if you wish to adopt the hypnosis to stop binge drinking.

Thanks to you for highlighting such nice insights on the alternative treatment. It may not be helpful for all, but it will definitely give life to a few of them.