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New laws target 'coward punch' killers (Vic)

New laws target 'coward punch' killers (Vic) | Alcohol & other drug issues in the media | Scoop.it
Thugs who kill people with a single blow, or a "coward punch", will face a decade behind bars under new sentencing laws to be introduced in Victoria.
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Increased use of heroin antidote costing cities (USA)

One way to gauge the depth of the heroin problem in the area is the increase in the use of Naloxone by local fire departments.
ReGenUC's insight:

On the other hand, it's great evidence of the willingness of emergency workers to use Naloxone and save people's lives.  We'd suggest the folk in Hamilton do a basic cost-benefit analysis to see just how much better off the community is by preventing overdose deaths.

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Tasmanian Health Minister Michael Ferguson says Government ‘vindicated’ by Norfolk Island medicinal marijuana trial rejection

Tasmanian Health Minister Michael Ferguson says Government ‘vindicated’ by Norfolk Island medicinal marijuana trial rejection | Alcohol & other drug issues in the media | Scoop.it
A NORFOLK Island administrator’s rejection of a Tasmanian company’s bid to grow cannabis for export to Canada vindicated a State Government decision, Health Minister Michael Ferguson said today.
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Office of Liquor, Gaming and Racing cracks down on dodgy alcohol promotions (NSW)

Office of Liquor, Gaming and Racing cracks down on dodgy alcohol promotions (NSW) | Alcohol & other drug issues in the media | Scoop.it
SEVERAL inner west drinking establishments have been rapped over the knuckles by the State Government for reckless or inappropriate alcohol promotions.
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New Year's booze ban set to stop out-of-control party (Vic)

New Year's booze ban set to stop out-of-control party (Vic) | Alcohol & other drug issues in the media | Scoop.it
In a bid to avoid New Year’s Eve spiralling out of control again at a popular inner-city park, a Melbourne council is set to ban public drinking ahead of this year’s celebrations.
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Royal Melbourne Hospital psych ward considers drug sniffer dog, CCTV

Mentally ill patients at a Melbourne health facility and their visitors could soon be searched by a sniffer dog and monitored by CCTV cameras in a bid to combat illicit drug use.
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Good grief.

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Karl O’Callaghan speaks about son's 'lapse' following day in court (WA)

Karl O’Callaghan speaks about son's 'lapse' following day in court (WA) | Alcohol & other drug issues in the media | Scoop.it
WA’s Police Commissioner Karl O’Callaghan says he sympathises with families trying to support their drug addicted children and had believed his eldest son had made positive steps to rehabilitation.
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More on the topic of families' struggles being played out in public...

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Santos Endorses Medical Marijuana for Colombia

President Juan Manuel Santos on Thursday endorsed newly introduced legislation that would legalize marijuana for medicinal and therapeutic use in this drug war-afflicted Andean nation. Santos, a proponent of rethinking prohibitionist drug policies, made the announcement at a drug policy...
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Alcohol interlocks to become mandatory for repeat drink drivers (NSW)

Alcohol interlocks to become mandatory for repeat drink drivers (NSW) | Alcohol & other drug issues in the media | Scoop.it
Repeat drink drivers will soon face a physical barrier in their cars should they attempt to drink and drive.
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'Even though my mum was a heroin addict, she was a great mum' (Vic)

'Even though my mum was a heroin addict, she was a great mum' (Vic) | Alcohol & other drug issues in the media | Scoop.it
Jessica Masuglia, 24, says despite being raised in her Melbourne home by her heroin addicted mother, she had a 'pretty happy' childhood.
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A surprisingly good piece from the Daily Mail (Aus).  Very personal and really challenging the typical stereotypes associated with parents (particularly mothers) who use drugs.

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Tassie's $20 million drug bust (video)

Tassie's $20 million drug bust (video) | Alcohol & other drug issues in the media | Scoop.it
Eight kilograms of Amphetamine has been seized by Tasmania police in the state's largest ever drug bust.
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Is this a sign of changing consumption patterns in Tassie (where opiods, benzos and cannabis have long been the main illicits used)?

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Teachers under the pump over dispensing medicines to students after pupil given wrong drugs (Vic)

Teachers under the pump over dispensing medicines to students after pupil given wrong drugs (Vic) | Alcohol & other drug issues in the media | Scoop.it
TEACHERS are increasingly being asked to act as pseudo chemists as more kids require medication at school.
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Liberal MP breaks ranks on medical marijuana use (WA)

Liberal MP breaks ranks on medical marijuana use (WA) | Alcohol & other drug issues in the media | Scoop.it
Liberal MP Ian Blayney breaks party ranks to express his support for the use of medicinal marijuana in WA.
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Schools fear ice dealers will target children (VIC)

Principals and youth workers fear Victoria’s ice pandemic is becoming so widespread that schools could soon become targets for drug dealers.
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YSAS' Paul Bird mentions the high level of community anxiety about Ice. Articles like this one do not help. Alcohol is still far more likely to be causing problems in VIC schools.
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Alcohol-free music gigs to challenge Sydney's drinking culture

Alcohol-free music gigs to challenge Sydney's drinking culture | Alcohol & other drug issues in the media | Scoop.it
The sister of a fatal alcohol-fuelled attack victim hopes to challenge Sydney's dangerous drinking culture.
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Synthetic drug tzars making a fortune in illicit trade that’s a deadly risk to users (Qld)

Synthetic drug tzars making a fortune in illicit trade that’s a deadly risk to users (Qld) | Alcohol & other drug issues in the media | Scoop.it
SYNTHETIC drug tzars are cashing in on the lucrative illicit black market trade in Queensland, turning over tens of millions of dollars a year.
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If alcohol bottles were labelled truthfully (USA)

If alcohol bottles were labelled truthfully (USA) | Alcohol & other drug issues in the media | Scoop.it
ADVERTISEMENTS for alcohol always manage to focus on the glamour and glitz that comes with drinking whatever light beer or “top shelf” vodka is being peddled.
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How Harriet Wran, the daughter of a Labor legend, came undone (NSW)

How Harriet Wran, the daughter of a Labor legend, came undone (NSW) | Alcohol & other drug issues in the media | Scoop.it
Just after 7 pm last Sunday, former private schoolgirl and daughter of a Labor legend, Harriet Wran, was captured on CCTV footage walking through the lobby of a rundown housing commission block in Redfern. The pretty 26-year old took the stairs to level one, seeking apartment B30.
ReGenUC's insight:

It's not as though we need reminding, but ANY family can be affected by AOD use.  Unfortunately for Harriet and her family, their troubles are being played out in the public eye, with commentators lining up to amplify their distress.

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Disability 'criminalised' by treatment of foetal alcohol spectrum disorders (NT)

Disability 'criminalised' by treatment of foetal alcohol spectrum disorders (NT) | Alcohol & other drug issues in the media | Scoop.it
First People’s Disability Network is calling for disorders to be defined as disability and more support in Australia’s justice system
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FASD affects people throughout their lives, with many people ending up in the justice system by default.

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We will come pick up your heroin, Hamilton police say (Canada)

We will come pick up your heroin, Hamilton police say (Canada) | Alcohol & other drug issues in the media | Scoop.it
Hamilton police and the city are taking unprecedented steps to protect the public from a more powerful and lethal batch of heroin in the city – even offering an amnesty on criminal charges to anyone who turns over drugs to the police.
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Great to see police getting on board with harm reduction.

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Plain packaging works: Australia shows fastest decline in smoking rates in over 20 years

Plain packaging works: Australia shows fastest decline in smoking rates in over 20 years | Alcohol & other drug issues in the media | Scoop.it
Opinion: Ireland needs similar result if the Government’s policy to make the country tobacco free by 2025 is to be achieved
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Daniel Laing's curator insight, August 17, 2014 8:56 AM

good to see that plain packaging does work and that their aint those gross pictures for nothing

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Cannabis and Canada: Why has drug policy changed?

Cannabis and Canada: Why has drug policy changed? | Alcohol & other drug issues in the media | Scoop.it

Canadian Marc Emery's arrest in 2005 was hailed by the US Drug Enforcement Agency (DEA) as a significant blow to the legalisation movement. Now, after a five-year stint in a US jail, Canada's "Prince of Pot" returns to a completely different cannabis landscape.

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Drugs minister calls for legalising cannabis for medicinal use (UK)

Drugs minister calls for legalising cannabis for medicinal use (UK) | Alcohol & other drug issues in the media | Scoop.it
Norman Baker will say in a letter to Jeremy Hunt that cannabis would help relieve symptoms of a range of medical conditions
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Colorado Case Puts Workplace Drug Policies To The Test

Colorado Case Puts Workplace Drug Policies To The Test | Alcohol & other drug issues in the media | Scoop.it
The urine test employers typically use to detect marijuana picks up cannabis smoked or swallowed days or weeks earlier. Should firms be allowed to fire workers who legally use marijuana at home?
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The distinction between current intoxication and evidence of previous use often gets lost amidst the growing international demand for workplace drug testing.

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Smokers are being refused surgery by doctors unless they quit (Aus)

Smokers are being refused surgery by doctors unless they quit (Aus) | Alcohol & other drug issues in the media | Scoop.it
AUSTRALIAN doctors have owned up to postponing the treatment of smokers, as doctors in Britain refuse to even see patients who are not willing to kick the habit.
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