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Sydney teen dies from drug overdose at State of Trance dance festival

Sydney teen dies from drug overdose at State of Trance dance festival | Alcohol & other drug issues in the media | Scoop.it
Nineteen-year-old collapses at gathering and a second man is on life support. Police believe some partygoers were competing to take the most pills
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Whether or not the young man concerned was playing this game or not, it's very dangerous behaviour.

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Stoned drivers are a lot safer than drunk ones, official US data shows

Stoned drivers are a lot safer than drunk ones, official US data shows | Alcohol & other drug issues in the media | Scoop.it

 #drugdrDrivers who test positive for marijuana have a similar road risk as those who have had no drugs or alcohol, adjusted figures show.

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Highlighting the challenges for roadside testing systems in demonstrating current impairment amongst people with THC in their system.

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SILK ROAD TRIAL: THE DIGITAL WAR ON DRUGS WILL FAIL (UK)

SILK ROAD TRIAL: THE DIGITAL WAR ON DRUGS WILL FAIL (UK) | Alcohol & other drug issues in the media | Scoop.it

Following the closure of Silk Road 2.0 last November, the site's suspected mastermind was yesterday found guilty of seven charges including drug trafficking, criminal enterprise and computer hacking. But closing Silk Road and putting its founder on trial has done nothing to end the trade in online drugs. If anything, it's made it more mainstream.

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Part 2: Johann Hari on Everything We Know About the Drug War & Addiction is Wrong

Part 2: Johann Hari on Everything We Know About the Drug War & Addiction is Wrong | Alcohol & other drug issues in the media | Scoop.it
Part 2 of our conversation with British journalist Johann Hari, author of "Chasing the Scream: The First and Last Days of the War of Drugs."
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Ambulance officers under attack (NSW)

Ambulance officers under attack (NSW) | Alcohol & other drug issues in the media | Scoop.it
Three ambulance workers are being assaulted at work each week and police charges against attackers have more than doubled in two years, alarming new figures show.
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It's not just alcohol/methamphetamines and mental health issues driving the increase in violence towards paramedics.  NSW data shows nearly a third of all assaults involved neither.

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Church of Scientology rehab centre rejected in Warburton (Vic)

The Church of Scientology's drug and rehabilitation centre has lost its bid to operate in central Warburton in a Victorian Civil and Administrative Council judgement that honoured a long-running community campaign to reject the program's permit application. 
ReGenUC's insight:

It appears that this decision is not about Narconon's methods but about general resistance to having centrally located AOD treatment services.

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Magistrate calls for better drug education to combat ice epidemic (NSW)

Magistrate calls for better drug education to combat ice epidemic (NSW) | Alcohol & other drug issues in the media | Scoop.it
A long-serving Hunter Valley magistrate says claims of an ice epidemic are not an exaggeration, alleging the drug is turning normal people into monsters.
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Drugged student crisis in NSW schools: Average 20 students suspended each week

Drugged student crisis in NSW schools: Average 20 students suspended each week | Alcohol & other drug issues in the media | Scoop.it

THE number of students using or possessing drugs in NSW schools is at record levels. On average 20 students are suspended each week after being busted with illicit drugs, with some principals calling it a “crisis”.

ReGenUC's insight:

Citing findings of an ANCD study. You can see the Australian Drug Foundation's response here: http://medianet.com.au/releases/release-details.aspx?id=821126 

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Jamaica Passes Landmark Marijuana Law On The 70th Birthday Of Bob Marley

Jamaica Passes Landmark Marijuana Law On The 70th Birthday Of Bob Marley | Alcohol & other drug issues in the media | Scoop.it
On Friday, the Jamaica Senate finally passed a new marijuana law that will change the social landscape of the small Caribbean nation forever. Historic
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Meet the doctor who says medications are killing you (Aus)

Meet the doctor who says medications are killing you (Aus) | Alcohol & other drug issues in the media | Scoop.it

Many of our most commonly used drugs, from painkillers to antidepressants, are dangerous and are killing us off in large numbers, says a  leading researcher visiting Australia next week. Peter Gotzsche, a co-founder of the Cochrane Collaboration, the world's foremost body in assessing medical evidence, arrives in Australia on Monday for a whirlwind speaking tour warning Australians about their use of prescription medications.

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Gotzche says antidepressants as dangerous as benzos

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Infants rushed to Qld hospitals with accidental overdoses

INFANTS who accidentally pop pills are among the rising number of hospital patients being treated for drug overdoses in Queensland.
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The headline highlights the risks associated with unsafe storage of medications in the home, but the article also includes discussion of a range of AOD-related harms being treated at Qld hospitals. An alarming one is apparent increases in benzo injecting. 

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Halls Creek alcohol restrictions cut violence but black market remains (WA)

Halls Creek alcohol restrictions cut violence but black market remains (WA) | Alcohol & other drug issues in the media | Scoop.it
Rates of assault and other violence have fallen dramatically in the remote Western Australian town, but restrictions may have fuelled the ‘sly grog’ market
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See today's related NT coverage: http://sco.lt/7O8Dg1 

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Police keep tabs on public boozers (NT)

POLICE say a Darwin-wide crackdown on public drinking has produced some positive early results.
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Following up on yesterday's story: http://sco.lt/6Pa8vZ. No real discussion here of how this particular policing approach is supposed to result in changed behaviour, other than getting people to drink somewhere else.

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Arrest made over Georgina Bartter death hours before another Sydney teen dies

An alleged drug dealer has been charged with supplying ecstasy pills that led to the death of Sydney teenager Georgina Bartter at Harbourlife festival three months ago.
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This piece is possibly most interesting for the example near the end about the unintended impacts that police searches have on increasing risky behaviour at such events.

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Canberra police record jump in drugged drivers over summer

Canberra police record jump in drugged drivers over summer | Alcohol & other drug issues in the media | Scoop.it
Police say roughly one in six Canberra drivers failed roadside drug tests in the last three months, prompting concerns that impaired drivers are not getting the message.
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Alcohol proposals are not about blame or punishment (Ireland)

Alcohol proposals are not about blame or punishment (Ireland) | Alcohol & other drug issues in the media | Scoop.it
New measures to reduce alcohol use are a watershed in public health policy
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Baird Government to ban e-cigarette sales to children - 70 percent found to contain nicotine (NSW)

E-cigarettes will be banned from sale to minors in NSW, including "e-juice" vaporisers with fruit flavours, Health Minister Jillian Skinner will pledge on Sunday.
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Gold Coast police are taking drug testing to roadsides and into homes (Qld)

Gold Coast police are taking drug testing to roadsides and into homes (Qld) | Alcohol & other drug issues in the media | Scoop.it
GOLD Coast police will soon be drug-testing bikies and other crooks in their own homes.
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As part of new measures for parolees.

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Lockout laws forcing vulnerable women onto streets of Kings Cross (NSW)

Lockout laws forcing vulnerable women onto streets of Kings Cross (NSW) | Alcohol & other drug issues in the media | Scoop.it
VULNERABLE women are being left out on the streets of Kings Cross alone in the early hours of the morning, in some cases without a phone or wallet, due to the city’s tough lockout laws.
ReGenUC's insight:

What this article highlights is the need for an increased understanding of the lockout provisions amongst patrons and some potential changes to how venues keep them informed, not a major flaw in the provisions themselves.

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Exit scam: Darknet vendors shut shop, but keep taking money (USA)

Exit scam: Darknet vendors shut shop, but keep taking money (USA) | Alcohol & other drug issues in the media | Scoop.it
THE mastermind behind Silk Road may have been found guilty of seven charges including drug trafficking, criminal enterprise and computer hacking.
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The new business model for online drug sellers?

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Drivers under the influence of drugs now outnumber those who are drunk (USA)

Drivers under the influence of drugs now outnumber those who are drunk (USA) | Alcohol & other drug issues in the media | Scoop.it

The number of U.S. drivers under the influence of alcohol is steadily dropping, but the use of illegal drugs by drivers is on the rise, new data from a U.S. Transportation Department survey showed on Friday.

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Man dies and five hospitalised at dance party (NSW)

Man dies and five hospitalised at dance party (NSW) | Alcohol & other drug issues in the media | Scoop.it
One man is dead, one is critical and four more people have been taken to hospital after a dance party at Homebush at the weekend.
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Rehab services desperate for funding as waiting lists reach many months (ACT)

Canberra’s drug treatment services are calling for additional funding and support with waiting times climbing to many months and staff struggling to deal with dangerous work environments and mental health challenges.
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Highlighting the need for increased services in the ACT.

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Shortage of 'potentially life-saving' drug Antabuse leaves alcoholics vulnerable (Aus)

Alcoholics have been left without access to a drug that helps stop them drinking, raising concerns that the shortage could tip some people into crisis.
ReGenUC's insight:

For the record, we don't recommend the use of Disulfiram (Antabuse), but it can be effective for a small number of people. We've spelled out our position in previous responses to the occasional media story that presents it as an ignored 'wonder drug' (which it isn't): http://www.regen.org.au/media-releases/459-disulfiramimplants, http://www.regen.org.au/latest-news/117-moreland-hall-urges-caution-on-miracle-pill-that-can-stop-alcoholism

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Indonesia executions based on 'dodgy' data

FIGURES being used to justify the executions of two Australians and around 60 other drug offenders in Indonesia have been exposed as "questionable and vague".
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Looking at the methodology behind the President's 'drug emergency' claim.

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