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The Crack Baby Hysteria of the 1980s Was Completely Unfounded. Now, We’re Repeating It.   

The Crack Baby Hysteria of the 1980s Was Completely Unfounded. Now, We’re Repeating It.    | Alcohol and other Drugs | Scoop.it
In 1985, as crack cocaine use was surging in American cities, the New England Journal of Medicine published a provocative study. Based on preliminary data from 23 women who’d used cocaine while pregnant, the study yielded a rash of news stories suggesting that cocaine use during pregnancy could lead to...
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Former trader drops $20m lawsuit against ANZ

Former trader drops $20m lawsuit against ANZ | Alcohol and other Drugs | Scoop.it
Two sacked traders have dropped their lawsuits alleging ANZ condoned a culture of drugs and sex.
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The problem with selling a lethal product: you just can't get the staff | Simon Chapman and Mike Daube

The problem with selling a lethal product: you just can't get the staff | Simon Chapman and Mike Daube | Alcohol and other Drugs | Scoop.it
The global campaign to reduce tobacco’s massive death toll is gaining momentum, but also taking its toll within the ranks of big tobacco executives
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Frontiers | No Smoke without Tobacco: A Global Overview of Cannabis and Tobacco Routes of Administration and Their Association with Intention to Quit | Addictive Disorders

Cannabis and tobacco are common drugs of abuse worldwide and are often used in combination through a variety of routes of administration. Here we aimed to provide an overview of how cannabis and tobacco routes varied across countries and assess the impact of tobacco based routes of administration on motivation to use less cannabis, and less tobacco, in separate models. A cross-sectional online survey (Global Drugs Survey 2014) was completed by 33687 respondents (mean age = 27.9; %female = 25.9) who smoked cannabis at least once in the last 12 months. Most common route of administration, frequency of cannabis/tobacco use, and questions about motivation to use less cannabis/tobacco were recorded. Tobacco based routes of administration were used by 65.6% of respondents. These were most common in Europe (77.2-90.9%) and Australasia (20.7-51.6%) and uncommon in the Americas (4.4-16.0%). Vaporizer use was most common in Canada (13.2%) and the United States (11.2%). Non-tobacco based routes of administration were associated with a 10.7% increase in odds for ‘desire to use less’ tobacco (OR: 1.107, 95% CI: 1.003, 1.221), 80.6% increase in odds for ‘like help to use less tobacco’ (OR: 1.806, 95% CI: 1.556, 2.095) and a 103.9% increase in the odds for ‘planning to seek help to use less tobacco’ (OR: 2.039, 95% CI: 1.638, 2.539) in comparison to tobacco based routes of administration. Associations between route of administration and intentions to use less cannabis were inconsistent. Results support considerable global variation in cannabis and tobacco routes of administration. Tobacco routes are common, especially ‘joints with tobacco’, especially in Europe, but not in the Americas. Non-tobacco based routes are associated with increased motivation to change tobacco use. Interventions addressing tobacco and cannabis need to accommodate this finding and encourage non-tobacco routes.
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South Sydney Rabbitohs' Paul Carter checks into The Cabin rehabilitation facility

South Sydney Rabbitohs' Paul Carter checks into The Cabin rehabilitation facility | Alcohol and other Drugs | Scoop.it
South Sydney forward Paul Carter has checked him into the same Thai rehabilitation facility Mitchell Pearce used earlier this year in a bid to get his life an
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Cannabis users who put tobacco in joints 'more likely to be addicted'

Cannabis users who put tobacco in joints 'more likely to be addicted' | Alcohol and other Drugs | Scoop.it
UK researchers found people who did not mix the drug with tobacco were far more motivated to quit
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Weekly Dose: ice and speed, the drugs that kept soldiers awake and a president young

Weekly Dose: ice and speed, the drugs that kept soldiers awake and a president young | Alcohol and other Drugs | Scoop.it
Ice is a slang name for crystal methamphetamine – a stimulant drug that is swallowed, smoked or injected. It works by activating the reward pathways in the brain, producing feelings of alertness.
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Star Hockeyroo Anna Flanagan banned from Rio Olympics

Star Hockeyroo Anna Flanagan banned from Rio Olympics | Alcohol and other Drugs | Scoop.it
Hockeyroos star Anna Flanagan will not being going to the Rio Olympics as punishment for a drink driving offence and cover up.
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The safe room

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In some European cities, drug dealers and addicts are watched over by the police at legal consumption rooms. Could Australia's ice epidemic be contained if we did the same?

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Australian woman Nguyen Thi Huong, 73, sentenced to death in Vietnam on heroin charges

Australian woman Nguyen Thi Huong, 73, sentenced to death in Vietnam on heroin charges | Alcohol and other Drugs | Scoop.it
"We are concerned that an Australian citizen has been sentenced to death in Vietnam," the Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade said.
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Is Drug Decriminalisation on the Cards for Thailand? - VolteFace

Is Drug Decriminalisation on the Cards for Thailand? - VolteFace | Alcohol and other Drugs | Scoop.it
Thailand’s Minister of Justice, General Paiboon Koomchaya, recently ignited a heated debate when he proposed re-scheduling methamphetamine as a ‘medicine’ rather than a ‘narcotic’ drug. But given that one of the Minister’s objectives is to avoid punishing people who use drugs, in particular ensuring they do not end up in prison,’ the proposal to reschedule is essentially … Continued
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Researchers have found alcohol abuse is linked to discrimination

Researchers have found alcohol abuse is linked to discrimination | Alcohol and other Drugs | Scoop.it
In the late 1980s, researchers across the United States began reporting a link between discrimination against African Americans and poor cardiovascular health within the African American population. Eventually, the scop
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Indigenous leader hopes new WA laws will stem the flow of drugs

Indigenous leader hopes new WA laws will stem the flow of drugs | Alcohol and other Drugs | Scoop.it
New police powers will allow random searches of vehicles along roads known for drug trafficking in regional WA.
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'Drunkorexia' phenomena prominent in young Australian women

'Drunkorexia' phenomena prominent in young Australian women | Alcohol and other Drugs | Scoop.it
More than half of female university students in Australia are skipping meals before a big night out so they can save calories for alcohol, an Adelaide researcher finds.
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There's a few sparse studies on this 'phenomenon' on ADF SEARCH http://primoapac01.hosted.exlibrisgroup.com/primo_library/libweb/action/search.do?vl%28freeText0%29=drunkorexia&vid=ADF&fn=search 

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Crystalline methamphetamine use and methamphetamine-related harms in Australia - Degenhardt - 2016 - Drug and Alcohol Review - Wiley Online Library

Crystalline methamphetamine use and methamphetamine-related harms in Australia - Degenhardt - 2016 - Drug and Alcohol Review - Wiley Online Library | Alcohol and other Drugs | Scoop.it
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Police say dance party pill-testers risk arrest

Police say dance party pill-testers risk arrest | Alcohol and other Drugs | Scoop.it
New legal advice has cast further doubt on the legality of testing illicit substances at public events in Victoria, despite campaigners vowing to push ahead wit
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New Note Orchestra: ‘Every single musician has maintained their recovery’

New Note Orchestra: ‘Every single musician has maintained their recovery’ | Alcohol and other Drugs | Scoop.it
An orchestra for people trying to overcome alcohol and substance misuse
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Inside an L.A. OxyContin ring that pushed more than 1 million pills. What the drugmaker knew

Inside an L.A. OxyContin ring that pushed more than 1 million pills. What the drugmaker knew | Alcohol and other Drugs | Scoop.it
Purdue knew about many suspicious doctors and pharmacies from prescribing records, pharmacy orders, field reports from sales representatives and, in some cases, its own surveillance operations, according to court and law enforcement records, which include internal Purdue documents, and interviews with current and former employees.
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What it's like being a non-drinker in this boozy country

What it's like being a non-drinker in this boozy country | Alcohol and other Drugs | Scoop.it
"While my non-drinking will likely continue indefinitely, the horrified looks and hamfisted reactions show no signs of abating," writes Clem Bastow.
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Health Check: what are the risks of drinking before you know you're pregnant?

Health Check: what are the risks of drinking before you know you're pregnant? | Alcohol and other Drugs | Scoop.it
Recent animal studies show the developing embryo is highly susceptible to environmental changes and the actions of the mother in early stages of pregnancy.
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These maps show how dangerous illegal drugs flow around the globe

These maps show how dangerous illegal drugs flow around the globe | Alcohol and other Drugs | Scoop.it
The UN Office on Drugs and Crime release
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Eight charged after $275m worth of ice seized in Victoria

Eight charged after $275m worth of ice seized in Victoria | Alcohol and other Drugs | Scoop.it
Eight people are charged after 275 kilograms of crystal methamphetamine, worth hundreds of millions of dollars, is uncovered in three shipping containers delivered to an industrial estate in Melbourne.
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Jamaica plans marijuana dispensers for tourists

Jamaica plans marijuana dispensers for tourists | Alcohol and other Drugs | Scoop.it
Jamaica is planning to install marijuana-dispensing kiosks for tourists in order to regulate a growing drug market and to bring in more government revenue. The new Cannabis Licensing Authority (CLA) is drawing up plans for the kiosks just two months after small amounts of the drug were finally legalized in a country where marijuana has long been part of the culture.
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Statistics on Alcohol, England, 2016

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This statistical report presents a range of information on alcohol use and misuse drawn together from a variety of sources. The report aims to present a broad picture of health issues relating to alcohol use and misuse in England and covers topics such as drinking habits and behaviours among adults (aged 16 and over) and school children (aged 11 to 15); drinking-related ill health and mortality; affordability of alcohol; alcohol-related admissions to hospital; and alcohol-related costs.

 

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Aussie swimmer Daniel Smith overcomes addiction to reach Rio

Aussie swimmer Daniel Smith overcomes addiction to reach Rio | Alcohol and other Drugs | Scoop.it
A five-year addiction to drugs and alcohol threatened to derail Daniel Smith's life. Now he is preparing for his first Olympic Games as part of Australia's swimming team.
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What if alcohol didn't exist?

What if alcohol didn't exist? | Alcohol and other Drugs | Scoop.it
If alcohol didn't exist, there'd be a dramatic decrease in deaths and violence. Learn what else would happen if alcohol didn't exist at HowStuffWorks.
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