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Ice users on welfare labelled 'cold hard bludgers' need our support not shame (Aus)

Ice users on welfare labelled 'cold hard bludgers' need our support not shame (Aus) | Alcohol & other drug issues in the media | Scoop.it
Calling incarcerated ice users on welfare 'cold hard bludgers' is tantamount to blaming the mentally ill for being too unwell to work.
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Nice response by the Age's Chloe Booker to yesterday's Herald Sun coverage (which was picked up by other outlets): http://sco.lt/6KCLlx. Our letter to the editor wasn't published today but the paper did include this response by Mark Zirnsak, Director of the Uniting Church's Justice and International Mission unit: https://www.facebook.com/ReGenUC/photos/a.225499127581618.56262.157420044389527/882421538556037/?type=3&theater. Our response to Chloe's article is here: http://regen.org.au/news-advocacy/regen-in-the-media/media-releases/801-challenging-stigma-we-need-more-journalism-like-this-201-10-16

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Mothers return to pre-pregnancy drinking within five years: study (Aus)

Mothers return to pre-pregnancy drinking within five years: study (Aus) | Alcohol & other drug issues in the media | Scoop.it
While men, on average, do not alter the amount they drink after having children.
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Murdoch Children's Research Institute study finds reduced alcohol consumption by mothers during pregnancy and first year of babies' lives. As a rule, fathers make no change.

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Why environmental cues make drug addiction extra hard to beat (Canada)

Besides triggering the brain's emotional and stimulus-response systems, environmental cues activate areas where memories are processed, according to this study. Prompting these memory processing systems makes it extra difficult to counter addiction because the classic stimulus-response mechanisms are reinforced by the memory effects of environmental drug cues. While this double effect makes it hard to treat drug abuse, this finding may offer a way to use cues to improve cognitive behavioural therapy.
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Canadian study highlights challenges of changing AOD-related behaviour, along with potential improvements to CBT. 

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In jail for a joint: Inside Russia’s controversial war on drugs

In jail for a joint: Inside Russia’s controversial war on drugs | Alcohol & other drug issues in the media | Scoop.it
Artyom had been minding his business, waiting for a friend near a metro station in Moscow’s lugubrious suburbs.  The Russian winter had already hung its evening shadow on the city, so the 26-year-old computer technician did not immediately notice the three officers who made their way from the underpass. By the time the men were in sight, it was already too late. Artyom, who
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Hardline drug policies providing opportunities for corrupt police.

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'Rushed and botched': new festival rules condemned by music industry (NSW)

'Rushed and botched': new festival rules condemned by music industry (NSW) | Alcohol & other drug issues in the media | Scoop.it
Labor and the Greens have criticised a new licensing scheme for "high-risk" festivals.
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Music industry condemns new licensing scheme as a 'media stunt' that will not make festivals safer.

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Immediate action urged to help WA children in prison with FASD

Immediate action urged to help WA children in prison with FASD | Alcohol & other drug issues in the media | Scoop.it
Telethon Kids Institute research has found almost all of the children at Banksia Hill, who come from across WA, have severe cognitive impairment.
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Coronial recommendations focus on impact of FASD on vulnerable young people.

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Children deliberately overdosing on antidepressants and antipsychotics (Aus)

Children deliberately overdosing on antidepressants and antipsychotics (Aus) | Alcohol & other drug issues in the media | Scoop.it
There has been a dramatic rise in the number of antidepressant and antipsychotic drugs prescribed and dispensed to minors.
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'Paracetamol and ibuprofen were the most overdosed drugs, but deliberate poisonings involving psychiatric medications were also common, including the antidepressants fluoxetine, sertraline and escitalopram, as well as the antipsychotic quetiapine.'

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New Zealand university students offered free drug-testing in 'harm-prevention' first

New Zealand university students offered free drug-testing in 'harm-prevention' first | Alcohol & other drug issues in the media | Scoop.it
Students’ association in Otago will help check pills during orientation week
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Good to see another example of students leading the way on harm reduction.

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'I'm not spending money on that': the rise of the teetotal student (UK)

'I'm not spending money on that': the rise of the teetotal student (UK) | Alcohol & other drug issues in the media | Scoop.it
Universities are seeing an increase in teetotal clubs and alcohol-free accommodation. Why are students drinking less?
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Financial pressures on students, together with changing attitudes towards alcohol consumption, suggested as factors in higher rates of abstention.

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Our illicit drug splurge may top our cafe spend (Aus)

Our illicit drug splurge may top our cafe spend (Aus) | Alcohol & other drug issues in the media | Scoop.it
Wastewater treatment plants tests across the nation found Australians had consumed illegal drugs worth $9.3 billion in 2018.
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The headline is the estimated expenditure on illicit drugs, but the real story here could be the inclusion of cannabis for the first time in national wastewater analysis. This will help to address the previous imbalance in reporting on 'most used' illicits. You can see the full report here: http://sco.lt/54OI9w

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Labor frontbench to push for household limit on legal cannabis plants (ACT)

Labor frontbench to push for household limit on legal cannabis plants (ACT) | Alcohol & other drug issues in the media | Scoop.it
The party will also flag plans to stop the drug being grown in community gardens, when the bill to legalise the drug returns to the ACT Legislative Assembly.
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Some of the likely ammendments to Michael Pettersson's private member's bill.

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Philadelphia Mulls Supervised Injections to Cut Drug Deaths

Philadelphia Mulls Supervised Injections to Cut Drug Deaths | Alcohol & other drug issues in the media | Scoop.it
Similar program in Vancouver, Canada, has saved hundreds of drug addicts' lives over the past 16 years
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More evidence of progress in US harm reduction. The article also includes an interactive map, highlighting the jurisdictions where supervised injecting facilities have already received local approval, or are under consideration.

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Cannabis charges go up in smoke in Scotland as police revert to warnings

Cannabis charges go up in smoke in Scotland as police revert to warnings | Alcohol & other drug issues in the media | Scoop.it
About 500 people caught in possession of cannabis in Scotland each month are being let off with a warning rather than being referred to prosecutors, despite evidence linking the drug to depression and death.The disclosure has prompted criticism from anti-drugs campaigners as evidence of a “soft to
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Most of this article is behind a paywall, but it's good to see wider adoption of diversion measures which have been demonstrated to reduce negative outcomes for people who would otherwise received criminal charges for low-level drug offences.

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Over 100 drug dealers surrender in Bangladesh crackdown 

Over 100 drug dealers surrender in Bangladesh crackdown  | Alcohol & other drug issues in the media | Scoop.it
In 2018, Bangladesh launched a 'war on drugs' after the proliferation of illegal substances, mostly pills called 'yaba'.
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Following 'Philippines-style' killings and mass arrests (300 dead, 25k arrested).

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Why we shouldn’t celebrate female empowerment with alcohol (Aus)

Why we shouldn’t celebrate female empowerment with alcohol (Aus) | Alcohol & other drug issues in the media | Scoop.it
Too many women are dying from alcohol-related breast cancer. The alcohol industry pretends to care about women's health and empowerment - but the truth is all they care about is their profits.
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FARE Australia's Jenny Goodare highlights the role the alcohol industry is playing in the continuing growth in alcohol related harm amongst women.

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Trump plan to beat HIV hits rough road in rural America

Trump plan to beat HIV hits rough road in rural America | Alcohol & other drug issues in the media | Scoop.it
One of the goals President Donald Trump announced in his State of the Union address was to stop the spread of HIV in the U.S. within 10 years.
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Officials warn of need for different approach to counter entrenched stigma.

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Festivals with potential for a drug death deemed 'high risk' (NSW)

Festivals with potential for a drug death deemed 'high risk' (NSW) | Alcohol & other drug issues in the media | Scoop.it
Festivals with drug-related deaths have been deemed 'high risk' under the state government's new licensing rules. 
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NSW Govt releases list of 14 festivals that will have to meet additional licensing requirements.

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WA drivers under the influence of drugs to be hit with new fines and charges

WA drivers under the influence of drugs to be hit with new fines and charges | Alcohol & other drug issues in the media | Scoop.it

WA motorists could soon face tough new penalties if they are caught driving under the influence of drugs, as the State Government announces plans to introduce tougher consequences for offenders.

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Govt to increase minimum drug driving penalties, coming into line with other states.

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High taxes blamed after bootleg alcohol kills more than 100 in India

High taxes blamed after bootleg alcohol kills more than 100 in India | Alcohol & other drug issues in the media | Scoop.it
The tragedy highlights the dilemma state governments face over the high taxes levied on legal alcohol, pushing many poor people to buy unsafe illegal booze.
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Laura is prescribed cannabis, but she still relies on the black market (ACT)

Laura is prescribed cannabis, but she still relies on the black market (ACT) | Alcohol & other drug issues in the media | Scoop.it

Laura Bryant was full of hope when she was finally approved for access to medicinal cannabis. Cannabis oil was the only treatment that relieved her debilitating pain but for many years she was forced to buy it on the black market.

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More coverage of likely amendments to the ACT cannabis legalisation bill, including allowance of possession of larger quantities by people using cannabis medicinally.

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Mexican war on drugs has, in places, decreased life expectancy

Mexican war on drugs has, in places, decreased life expectancy | Alcohol & other drug issues in the media | Scoop.it
The Mexican slow-down in life expectancy improvements coincides with an unprecedented rise in violence.
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José Manuel Aburto and Froylan Enciso highlight the population-level impacts of the militarisation of Mexican drug policy.

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Decades before the pill testing debate these little bins caused an uproar (Aus)

Decades before the pill testing debate these little bins caused an uproar (Aus) | Alcohol & other drug issues in the media | Scoop.it
The pill testing debate continues to rage in the wake of deaths at music festivals, but 30 years ago a similar controversy engulfed a public health scheme that is now so common you would barely notice it.
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Citing Alex Wodak on the evolution of Australian harm reduction policy, and the consistent moral panic that has ensued with each step forward.

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Drug deaths won't stop pill testing trials: Barr (ACT)

Drug deaths won't stop pill testing trials: Barr (ACT) | Alcohol & other drug issues in the media | Scoop.it
Meanwhile one of the service's staunchest opponents has accepted an invitation to observe the trial.
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ACT's Chief Minister reaffirms his support for the second Groovin the Moo pilot.

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How many Australians are accessing unapproved medicinal cannabis?

How many Australians are accessing unapproved medicinal cannabis? | Alcohol & other drug issues in the media | Scoop.it
The number of special access approvals has shot up by hundreds over the past few months The TGA has released its latest data on th
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New TGA data highlights increase in SAS access since scheme was introduced last year.

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Bestival drugs death: Louella Fletcher-Michie 'could have survived' (UK)

Bestival drugs death: Louella Fletcher-Michie 'could have survived' (UK) | Alcohol & other drug issues in the media | Scoop.it
Louella Fletcher-Michie had become "exhausted" by the effects of the drug 2-CP, a court heard
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A timely reminder of the importance of health-based responses to illicit drug use and related harm, along with the current barriers to young people seeking medical help in cases of overdose.

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How alcohol is still proving deadly for the French

How alcohol is still proving deadly for the French | Alcohol & other drug issues in the media | Scoop.it
In France, alcohol kills tens of thousands of people each year, with French men particularly affected, a new report shows.
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...but new national data shows alcohol-related deaths declining 2% since 2009.

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