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'Troubling phenomenon': Potentially deadly nitrous oxide being delivered to people's front doors (WA)

'Troubling phenomenon': Potentially deadly nitrous oxide being delivered to people's front doors (WA) | Alcohol & other drug issues in the media | Scoop.it
One of Australia's top drug experts says he is troubled by a website selling potentially deadly nitrous oxide canisters straight to people's front doors.
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Citing NDRI's Steve Allsop on some of the risks associated with nitrous oxide consumption.

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Cannabis legalisation to be delayed by new parliamentary rules (ACT)

Cannabis legalisation to be delayed by new parliamentary rules (ACT) | Alcohol & other drug issues in the media | Scoop.it
While the bill has in-principle support from most of the ACT's parliament, the legislation will be exposed to a new level of scrutiny, delaying its passage.
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Amendments to private member's bill require passing through scrutiny process over three sitting periods. Debate unlikely to conclude before middle of the year.

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Tobacco heating products may not be safer than traditional cigarettes, early stage study finds (Aus)

Tobacco heating products may not be safer than traditional cigarettes, early stage study finds (Aus) | Alcohol & other drug issues in the media | Scoop.it
Tobacco heating products, also known as ‘heat-not-burn’ products, can be as damaging to lung cell functioning as cigarette smoke, a study published in ERJ Open Research has found.
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University of Tasmania study compares toxicity of different concentrations of tobacco smoke, e-cigarette and heated tobacco vapour to lung tissue.

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How Stigma Against Addiction Devastates Pain Patients (USA)

How Stigma Against Addiction Devastates Pain Patients (USA) | Alcohol & other drug issues in the media | Scoop.it
Pain patients are frequently denied drugs to relive suffering, forced into withdrawal, and cut off from medical care. Stigma against addiciton is to blame.
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Elizabeth Brico highlights the negative impacts of opioid policy responses on pain management practice and the accessibility of methadone for people in recovery.

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How Bristol's Recovery Orchestra is helping musicians beat their addictions

How Bristol's Recovery Orchestra is helping musicians beat their addictions | Alcohol & other drug issues in the media | Scoop.it

Bristol Drugs Project already runs a successful choir and theatre group
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Another great example of harnessing people's skills to support recovery.

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England hospital admissions for addiction soar as treatment budgets fall 

England hospital admissions for addiction soar as treatment budgets fall  | Alcohol & other drug issues in the media | Scoop.it
MPs say freedom of information data reveals cuts ‘simply a false economy’
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More evidence of the impacts of austerity: treatment funding cuts simply shift demand to (more expensive) hospital services.

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Louella Fletcher-Michie: Boyfriend tried six times to help TV star’s daughter as she died of drug overdose at Bestival, court hears (UK)

Louella Fletcher-Michie: Boyfriend tried six times to help TV star’s daughter as she died of drug overdose at Bestival, court hears (UK) | Alcohol & other drug issues in the media | Scoop.it
Louella Fletcher-Michie’s boyfriend tried six times to get help to her as she overdosed before responding to the suggestion he call an ambulance by saying he was worried about getting arrested, a court heard.
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Another example of the importance of drug law reform in reducing drug related harm.

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Incarcerated Women Who Use Drugs Find Ways to Care for One Another (USA)

Incarcerated Women Who Use Drugs Find Ways to Care for One Another (USA) | Alcohol & other drug issues in the media | Scoop.it
Incarcerated women who use drugs are mostly denied life-saving harm reduction interventions. Dr. Kimberly Sue explains how they take care of each other.
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A new book highlights examples of peer-led support networks within US prisons, including redistributing pharmacotherapy based  on need.

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Tobacco companies are targeting children in India, says study

Tobacco companies are targeting children in India, says study | Alcohol & other drug issues in the media | Scoop.it
Advertising of tobacco products around educational institutions is specifically targeting children in India, a new study reveals.
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Another example of poor corporate behaviour by Big Tobacco in markets with relatively weak public health regulations.

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Treating Opioid Addicts Is Expensive. States Want Drug Makers To Fund It (USA)

Treating Opioid Addicts Is Expensive. States Want Drug Makers To Fund It (USA) | Alcohol & other drug issues in the media | Scoop.it
The opioid crisis costs America at least $78 billion a year.
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States look to Big Pharma to help fill Federal service funding gap.

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Forget just festival pill testing, what about a dangerous-drugs alert system? (Aus)

Forget just festival pill testing, what about a dangerous-drugs alert system? (Aus) | Alcohol & other drug issues in the media | Scoop.it
Who's gonna tell you your drugs are bad?
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James Purtill considers the need to look beyond festivals to a more comprehensive early warning system, citing SSDP Australia, PillReports & the Trimbos Institute.

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Festivals face permit system as Ashton brands testing a 'distraction' (Vic)

Festivals face permit system as Ashton brands testing a 'distraction' (Vic) | Alcohol & other drug issues in the media | Scoop.it
Police and the state government are looking at a permit system for music festivals to ensure they're 'as safe as possible'.
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Vic Police Chief says he is 'dead against' pill testing (as it 'sends the wrong message') and that Police Minister Lisa Neville backs festival permit proposal.

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Rise of Heat-Not-Burn Products Coincides With Decrease in Cigarette Sales (Sth Korea/USA)

Rise of Heat-Not-Burn Products Coincides With Decrease in Cigarette Sales (Sth Korea/USA) | Alcohol & other drug issues in the media | Scoop.it
Last year, an increase in heat-not-burn (HNB) electronic tobacco product sales in South Korea coincided with a decrease in cigarett
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Sessi Kuwabara Blanchard considers evidence from South Korea and Japan on the impact of vaping on tobacco consumption, in the context of ongoing US regulatory barriers.

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Baltimore to no longer prosecute people for marijuana possession

Baltimore to no longer prosecute people for marijuana possession | Alcohol & other drug issues in the media | Scoop.it
Baltimore state’s attorney Marilyn Mosby says jailing people for marijuana is not ‘a smart way to use our limited time and money’
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...but Baltimore police say they will continue with arrests, until state law is changed.

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The Defining Health Crisis of Our Time (Canada)

Dr. Eileen de Villa, Toronto's Medical Officer of Health, educates on the importance of harm reduction and why we need to rise up to support and care fo

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Recent (15 min) TEDx talk on the need for harm reduction to be at the centre of policy responses to opioid overdose risk.

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Many Rural Americans Have No Access to Buprenorphine

Many Rural Americans Have No Access to Buprenorphine | Alcohol & other drug issues in the media | Scoop.it
Rural Americans do not have enough access to medication assisted treatment (MAT), the gold standard for treating opioid use disorder.
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Sessi Kuwabara Blanchard highlights the impact of opioid treatment service access disparities, along with efforts to address them.

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Number of US teens using e-cigarettes surges to 5m in one year – study

Number of US teens using e-cigarettes surges to 5m in one year – study | Alcohol & other drug issues in the media | Scoop.it
Vaping among young people increased by 1.5 million in 2018, prompting calls for regulation
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You can see the CDC report here: https://www.cdc.gov/vitalsigns/youth-tobacco-use/

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Smoking in pregnancy: Stigma 'causes women to do it in private' (UK)

Smoking in pregnancy: Stigma 'causes women to do it in private' (UK) | Alcohol & other drug issues in the media | Scoop.it
Expectant mothers are smoking in private because of judgement from doing so in public, a study claims.
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Welsh study highlights the role stigma plays in increasing immediate harm and making it harder for people to seek help.

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Opioid strong enough to sedate elephants on rise in Ohio, coroners warn

Opioid strong enough to sedate elephants on rise in Ohio, coroners warn | Alcohol & other drug issues in the media | Scoop.it
Carfentanil, described as ‘extremely potent’ and often undetectable, involved in multiple overdose deaths
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County coroners issue warning following recent carfentanil overdoses & increased police seizures.

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'It is time': City of Sydney councillors back pill-testing 'dry-run'

'It is time': City of Sydney councillors back pill-testing 'dry-run' | Alcohol & other drug issues in the media | Scoop.it

The councillors unanimously backed calls for a drug summit, and supported a pill-testing demonstration in a bid to drive down the number of young people dying at music festivals.

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Unanimous resolution recognises the urgent need for change.

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'Just common sense': New court designed for people with FASD (Canada)

'Just common sense': New court designed for people with FASD (Canada) | Alcohol & other drug issues in the media | Scoop.it
Lawyers and judges say a new court set to open in Manitoba specifically for people with fetal alcohol spectrum disorder could be a game changer.
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A good step forward for targetted policy responses to the impacts of FASD, but Canada's FASD Research Network calls for the development of a national strategy.

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Why I quit the AMA over pill-testing hypocrisy (Aus)

Why I quit the AMA over pill-testing hypocrisy (Aus) | Alcohol & other drug issues in the media | Scoop.it
Are the lives of smokers less important than those of pill takers at music festivals?
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Colin Mendelsohn accuses the AMA of double standards, publicly backing harm reduction measures like pill testing but opposing vaping to reduce tobacco-related harm.

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Trump administration unveils drug strategy document after lengthy delay (USA)

Trump administration unveils drug strategy document after lengthy delay (USA) | Alcohol & other drug issues in the media | Scoop.it
The National Drug Control Strategy is a wide-ranging, typically annual report outlining the government's plan to police illegal drugs and treat addiction.
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Document includes little new policy, but emphasises established administration prirorities: supply reduction through stricter law enforcement, lowering first-time opioid prescription rates, and expanded access to treatment.

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Excessive alcohol consumption remains the major reason for hospitalisations at music festivals (Aus)

Excessive alcohol consumption remains the major reason for hospitalisations at music festivals (Aus) | Alcohol & other drug issues in the media | Scoop.it
As the debate surrounding pill testing at music festivals continues to heat up, the harm associated with another drug — alcohol — appears to have disappeared from the spotlight.
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Whether on its own, or in combination with other drugs, alcohol remains, by far, the drug responsible for the greatest harm within our communities.

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A national survey has confirmed the massive scale of Nigeria’s drug problem

A national survey has confirmed the massive scale of Nigeria’s drug problem | Alcohol & other drug issues in the media | Scoop.it
Nearly 15% of the adult population in Nigeria reported  a "considerable level" of use of psychoactive drug substances in the past year.
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Survey finds high rates of consumption (compared to global average) with cannabis, prescription opioids & cough syrups the three most-consumed drug types.

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"Exhilarating"—The Life of a Career Drug Dealer Illustrates Hard Truths (USA)

"Exhilarating"—The Life of a Career Drug Dealer Illustrates Hard Truths (USA) | Alcohol & other drug issues in the media | Scoop.it
Addiction and poverty are among the reasons drug dealers like Casper choose their occupation. But a third factor also counts—making a case for legalization.
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Tessie Castillo considers the complex interactions of disadvantage, market forces, law enforcement, drug policy and public health through the lens of one person's experience.

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