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Natale: Drug addicts need treatment, support, not penalties (Aus)

DRUG addicts should be given treatment and support instead of penalties, Australian Greens leader Richard Di Natale has declared.

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ReGenUC's curator insight, February 21, 2016 6:31 PM

The article also refers to the national summit to be convened by Senator Di Natale and the cross-party parliamentary drug policy group in March. See more detail here: http://greens.org.au/news/vic/greens-start-national-conversation-reduce-drug-harm. 

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Bath salts difficult to detect in biological samples, study finds (USA)

Synthetic cathinones or 'Bath salts' continue to be popular among recreational drug users and a new study highlights the challenges associated with the detection of these drugs in biological evidence.

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ReGenUC's curator insight, February 22, 2016 6:20 PM

More evidence of the limitations of drug testing.

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Public to have say on legality of drugs (Ireland)

Public to have say on legality of drugs (Ireland) | HARM REDUCTION | Scoop.it
Decriminalisation of drugs for personal use to be examined

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ReGenUC's curator insight, July 6, 2015 8:22 PM

Great to see official recognition of the benefits of policy frameworks that prioritise treatment and harm reduction. The committee's report is available here: http://www.drugsandalcohol.ie/24202/1/Justice%20Comm%20Final-Report---Lisbon-2015.pdf.

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A BRIEF TIMELINE OF NALOXONE FOR REFERENCE

A BRIEF TIMELINE OF NALOXONE FOR REFERENCE | HARM REDUCTION | Scoop.it
 1961:  Naloxone was first cited by Jack Fishman and researched by Harold Blumberg in 1961. The synthesis stated that although naloxone was not the first and only opioid antagonist it was however t...
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Infection outbreak from legal highs (Scotland)

AN OUTBREAK of infections among people using legal highs has been reported by doctors.

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ReGenUC's curator insight, April 1, 2015 7:11 PM

Skin infection associated with high frequency of injecting.

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Common pain killers a heart attack and stroke risk. New warning labels (Aus)

Common pain killers a heart attack and stroke risk. New warning labels (Aus) | HARM REDUCTION | Scoop.it
COMMONLY used over-the-counter painkillers like Nurofen, Voltaren and Naproxen will have new labels warning they increase the risk of heart attacks and stroke.

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Stigma means poor mental health and high drug use for LGBT Australians

Stigma means poor mental health and high drug use for LGBT Australians | HARM REDUCTION | Scoop.it
Australia's largest survey of lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) people shows it remains difficult for many people.

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ReGenUC's curator insight, April 1, 2015 8:41 PM

FYI, you can see VAC counsellors at our Coburg site. Call our Intake service (1800 700 514) for more info.

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HRI launches 10 by 20 campaign

HRI launches 10 by 20 campaign | HARM REDUCTION | Scoop.it

At the recent opening of the Commission on Narcotic Drugs in Vienna, Harm Reduction International launched its 10 by 20 campaign, calling on governments to redirect 10% of the resources that they currently spend in the war on drugs to harm reduction.


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ReGenUC's curator insight, April 1, 2015 7:16 PM

See DPMP's 2013 contrast of Aus govt spending on law enforcement, compared to treatment and harm reduction: http://sco.lt/6yicgz

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Medical cannabis activist wants to import ganja oil

Medical cannabis activist wants to import ganja oil | HARM REDUCTION | Scoop.it

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Benzodiazepine overdose death rate 'has increased four-fold' (USA)

Benzodiazepine overdose death rate 'has increased four-fold' (USA) | HARM REDUCTION | Scoop.it
A new study using data from an 18-year period has found that, since 1996, overdose rates resulting in death from benzodiazepines have increased exponentially.

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ReGenUC's curator insight, February 21, 2016 6:41 PM

It is estimated that 1/20 Americans fill a prescription for benzos each year.

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'We must not imprison people simply for possession of drugs for personal use' (Scotland)

'We must not imprison people simply for possession of drugs for personal use' (Scotland) | HARM REDUCTION | Scoop.it
IT'S time for Scotland to change its approach to drug abuse. The current policy towards it is costly and fails to work for everyone.

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ReGenUC's curator insight, February 22, 2016 6:29 PM

Herald Scotland editorial on the need for policy change. Ireland appears to be close to adopting decriminalisation and we are even seeing signs of change in Australia: http://sco.lt/4l9Ipd.

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On thin ice (Aus)

On thin ice (Aus) | HARM REDUCTION | Scoop.it
The government has declared an ice epidemic, but users who want to go to rehab face long waiting lists unless they can afford costly private treatments. Recovering addicts speak to Background Briefing about their descent into addiction, and their recovery, while New Zealand’s emphasis on affordable treatment offers a model for others to follow. Anne Connolly reports.

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ReGenUC's curator insight, June 4, 2015 10:41 PM

A sneak peak at the Radio National story that will be aired this Sunday at 8.05am. Highlighting the limited capacity of the public treatment system in Aus, the financial burden on families seeking private treatment and the need for a changed approach from the Federal Govt.  It also features NZ Drug Foundation's Ross Bell outlining the differences between the Aus and NZ policy approaches.

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WA courts see 50 per cent spike in drug driving cases

WA courts see 50 per cent spike in drug driving cases | HARM REDUCTION | Scoop.it
WA COURTS are dealing with more drug-affected drivers than ever before, prompting warnings it has become the new battleground in the fight to keep our roads safe.

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ReGenUC's curator insight, March 30, 2015 7:10 PM

Citing NDRI's Steve Allsop.

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An injecting room worked for heroin. Let's have one to help beat ice (NSW)

An injecting room worked for heroin. Let's have one to help beat ice (NSW) | HARM REDUCTION | Scoop.it
To tackle ice, Australia needs brave leaders who understand that there will always be people who take meth, and no amount of law enforcement will ever change that

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ReGenUC's curator insight, March 31, 2015 6:25 PM

Matt Noffs makes the case for harm reduction measures (and increased availability of treatment services) as part of any policy response to methamphetamines.

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Fentanyl deaths prompt expansion of Edmonton overdose program across Alberta

Fentanyl deaths prompt expansion of Edmonton overdose program across Alberta | HARM REDUCTION | Scoop.it
Alberta’s chief medical officer of health says the province has approved $300,000 in new funding to help combat the deadly potential of the drug fentanyl around the province.

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ReGenUC's curator insight, April 2, 2015 12:15 AM

Great to see an evidence-based response: NSPs, harm reduction programs and naloxone distribution.

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Mental Health funding confirmed (Aus)

Mental health services will have their funding renewed in a move to give them certainty, Minister for Health Sussan Ley announced today. Ms Ley said the 12 month extension – worth almost $300 million – would allow frontline services to continue to be delivered while work progressed on the current Mental Health Review. 


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ReGenUC's curator insight, April 2, 2015 12:42 AM

Following yesterday's similar announcement for Federal AOD treatment service funding: http://sco.lt/6QxzeL.  The full AOD funding release is here: http://www.health.gov.au/internet/ministers/publishing.nsf/Content/health-mediarel-yr2015-nash010.htm 

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Challenge of treating and managing most common diseases goes global (Aus)

Challenge of treating and managing most common diseases goes global (Aus) | HARM REDUCTION | Scoop.it
The figures in the latest WHO report on non-communicable diseases are nothing short of confronting.

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ReGenUC's curator insight, April 6, 2015 7:45 PM

Another reminder of the contributions of alcohol and tobacco to the global burden of disease.

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Video 10mins: How government policy fails young people: David Nutt at TED

examining the place of alcohol as a drug


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