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HAIR TESTING FOR AUSTRALIAN CRICKETERS

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  2. HAIR TESTING FOR AUSTRALIAN CRICKETERS
  3. CANADIAN PROVINCES TAKE ACTION AGAINST OXYCONTIN ABUSE
  4. GUATEMALA'S PRESIDENT CALLS FOR DRUG LEGALIZATION DEBATE
  5. NEW PROJECTIONS FOR ALCOHOL-RELATED DEATHS IN ENGLAND AND WALES
  6. FIFA INSISTS THAT BEER MUST BE SOLD AT 2014 BRAZIL WORLD CUP
  7. CONFLICT OF INTEREST IN FUNDING TO BEER MANUFACTURER FOR AN ALCOHOL INTERVENTION
  8. BRAZILIAN STUDENT RECEIVES ISAJE/WHO YOUNG SCHOLAR AWARD
  9. LIMERICK OF THE MONTH
  10. CONFERENCES AND EVENTS

The Australian Herald Sun reports that the Australian Cricketers' Association and Cricket Australia (CA) have agreed on a 12-month trial of hair testing of players. The testing procedure begins once new state and national contracts become effective from July 1. Cricket Australia's high performance manager Pat Howard said drug abuse should be considered a ‘societal’ issue with hair testing a medical model endorsed to improve player welfare. ‘It is not that we are trying to be Inspector Clouseau, it is a welfare issue to support people,’ said Howard. Howard said CA would not move from a two strikes policy introduced in 2007 to the three strikes rule employed by the Australian Football League.

CANADIAN PROVINCES TAKE ACTION AGAINST OXYCONTIN ABUSE

  1. Top of page
  2. HAIR TESTING FOR AUSTRALIAN CRICKETERS
  3. CANADIAN PROVINCES TAKE ACTION AGAINST OXYCONTIN ABUSE
  4. GUATEMALA'S PRESIDENT CALLS FOR DRUG LEGALIZATION DEBATE
  5. NEW PROJECTIONS FOR ALCOHOL-RELATED DEATHS IN ENGLAND AND WALES
  6. FIFA INSISTS THAT BEER MUST BE SOLD AT 2014 BRAZIL WORLD CUP
  7. CONFLICT OF INTEREST IN FUNDING TO BEER MANUFACTURER FOR AN ALCOHOL INTERVENTION
  8. BRAZILIAN STUDENT RECEIVES ISAJE/WHO YOUNG SCHOLAR AWARD
  9. LIMERICK OF THE MONTH
  10. CONFERENCES AND EVENTS

The Globe and the Mail reports that several Canadian provinces, including Ontario, Saskatchewan and the Atlantic provinces, have announced the removal of OxyContin and OxyNEO from the list of publicly funded drugs. The drug manufacturer Purdue Pharma is phasing out OxyContin in Canada and replacing it with OxyNEO, a version specially formulated to resist crushing or liquefying. The patent on OxyContin expires this year. OxyNEO will be available for those who had existing prescriptions for the old drug and for cancer and palliative-care patients and individuals whose private insurance covers the drugs will still be able to get them. Amy Graves, an advocate from Nova Scotia who began campaigning against prescription drug abuse after the death of her brother, says people in her community moved away from OxyContin years ago. The drugs of choice in Annapolis Valley include hydromorphone and methadone, opioids that probably will experience a surge across Canada now that OxyNEO will be harder to get, Ms Graves said, adding ‘OxyContin is not the drug of choice and I have a feeling it won't be in other communities either.’

GUATEMALA'S PRESIDENT CALLS FOR DRUG LEGALIZATION DEBATE

  1. Top of page
  2. HAIR TESTING FOR AUSTRALIAN CRICKETERS
  3. CANADIAN PROVINCES TAKE ACTION AGAINST OXYCONTIN ABUSE
  4. GUATEMALA'S PRESIDENT CALLS FOR DRUG LEGALIZATION DEBATE
  5. NEW PROJECTIONS FOR ALCOHOL-RELATED DEATHS IN ENGLAND AND WALES
  6. FIFA INSISTS THAT BEER MUST BE SOLD AT 2014 BRAZIL WORLD CUP
  7. CONFLICT OF INTEREST IN FUNDING TO BEER MANUFACTURER FOR AN ALCOHOL INTERVENTION
  8. BRAZILIAN STUDENT RECEIVES ISAJE/WHO YOUNG SCHOLAR AWARD
  9. LIMERICK OF THE MONTH
  10. CONFERENCES AND EVENTS

Guatemala's new President Otto Perez has joined other Latin American presidents and declared that there should be debate on legalizing drugs. Despite expressing opposition to legalization during the presidential campaign, Perez now argues that the US-led war on drugs has not managed to reduce drug trafficking, and that legalizing the trade would cut crime and corruption. InsightCrime suggests the proponents of a new approach in Latin America intend to fully shift from a war on drugs to a war on crime, taking away criminal finances and then attacking the criminals and gangs with the military, police units and private security firms. Guatemala is a major transit point for cocaine smuggled from Colombia through Guatemala to Mexico and on to the US. Guatemalan law enforcement officials say the Zetas cartel has increasingly moved its operations to Guatemala since Mexico has intensified its assault on the drugs trade. The US Embassy in Guatemala City released a statement saying that even if drugs were made legal in Central America, drug trafficking organizations and gangs would still be involved in activities like human trafficking, arms trafficking, extortion, kidnapping, and so on. The embassy argued that crime could even increase, due to criminals focusing their efforts on these other revenue sources.

NEW PROJECTIONS FOR ALCOHOL-RELATED DEATHS IN ENGLAND AND WALES

  1. Top of page
  2. HAIR TESTING FOR AUSTRALIAN CRICKETERS
  3. CANADIAN PROVINCES TAKE ACTION AGAINST OXYCONTIN ABUSE
  4. GUATEMALA'S PRESIDENT CALLS FOR DRUG LEGALIZATION DEBATE
  5. NEW PROJECTIONS FOR ALCOHOL-RELATED DEATHS IN ENGLAND AND WALES
  6. FIFA INSISTS THAT BEER MUST BE SOLD AT 2014 BRAZIL WORLD CUP
  7. CONFLICT OF INTEREST IN FUNDING TO BEER MANUFACTURER FOR AN ALCOHOL INTERVENTION
  8. BRAZILIAN STUDENT RECEIVES ISAJE/WHO YOUNG SCHOLAR AWARD
  9. LIMERICK OF THE MONTH
  10. CONFERENCES AND EVENTS

Using the latest alcohol-related harm statistics released by the UK's Office of National Statistics, a comment in the Lancet estimates that there will be up to 210,000 avoidable alcohol related deaths England and Wales in the next 20 years if current trends continue (a worst-case scenario for the UK). 70,000 will be avoidable deaths from liver disease and the rest from other causes including avoidable deaths from liver disease, accidents, violence, and suicide or from chronic diseases, such as hypertension, stroke, cardiovascular disease, and cancers of the breast and gastrointestinal tract. The authors conclude: ‘There are understandable concerns over the legal status of a minimum price per unit of alcohol and whether the general public is ready for tough action on the widespread availability of cheap alcoholic drinks. Can the UK government, however, afford to duck effective action on alcohol that will have such a positive impact on crime and disorder, work productivity, and health? The UK government will have to withstand powerful lobbying from the drinks industry, but the prize of reversing this tragic toll of alcohol-related deaths is there for the taking.’

FIFA INSISTS THAT BEER MUST BE SOLD AT 2014 BRAZIL WORLD CUP

  1. Top of page
  2. HAIR TESTING FOR AUSTRALIAN CRICKETERS
  3. CANADIAN PROVINCES TAKE ACTION AGAINST OXYCONTIN ABUSE
  4. GUATEMALA'S PRESIDENT CALLS FOR DRUG LEGALIZATION DEBATE
  5. NEW PROJECTIONS FOR ALCOHOL-RELATED DEATHS IN ENGLAND AND WALES
  6. FIFA INSISTS THAT BEER MUST BE SOLD AT 2014 BRAZIL WORLD CUP
  7. CONFLICT OF INTEREST IN FUNDING TO BEER MANUFACTURER FOR AN ALCOHOL INTERVENTION
  8. BRAZILIAN STUDENT RECEIVES ISAJE/WHO YOUNG SCHOLAR AWARD
  9. LIMERICK OF THE MONTH
  10. CONFERENCES AND EVENTS

Visiting Brazil to press for progress on the much-delayed World Cup law, FIFA General Secretary Jerome Valcke said the right to sell beer must be enshrined in a World Cup law the Brazilian Congress is considering. Alcoholic drinks are currently banned at Brazilian stadiums and the country's health minister has urged Congress to maintain the ban in the new law. According to BBC News Mr Valcke sounded frustrated with Brazilian officials. ‘Alcoholic drinks are part of the Fifa World Cup, so we're going to have them. Excuse me if I sound a bit arrogant but that's something we won't negotiate,’ he said. ‘The fact that we have the right to sell beer has to be a part of the law.’

CONFLICT OF INTEREST IN FUNDING TO BEER MANUFACTURER FOR AN ALCOHOL INTERVENTION

  1. Top of page
  2. HAIR TESTING FOR AUSTRALIAN CRICKETERS
  3. CANADIAN PROVINCES TAKE ACTION AGAINST OXYCONTIN ABUSE
  4. GUATEMALA'S PRESIDENT CALLS FOR DRUG LEGALIZATION DEBATE
  5. NEW PROJECTIONS FOR ALCOHOL-RELATED DEATHS IN ENGLAND AND WALES
  6. FIFA INSISTS THAT BEER MUST BE SOLD AT 2014 BRAZIL WORLD CUP
  7. CONFLICT OF INTEREST IN FUNDING TO BEER MANUFACTURER FOR AN ALCOHOL INTERVENTION
  8. BRAZILIAN STUDENT RECEIVES ISAJE/WHO YOUNG SCHOLAR AWARD
  9. LIMERICK OF THE MONTH
  10. CONFERENCES AND EVENTS

An article in WHO Bulletin criticises The Global Fund to Fight AIDS, Tuberculosis and Malaria for recently including SABMiller as a recipient of funding for an education intervention in South Africa aimed at minimizing alcohol-related harm, including HIV prevention, among men in drinking establishments. The authors note that this grant ‘reflects the successful attempt of a highly profitable industry to position itself as committed to public health objectives,’ going on to observe that ‘our experience is that the liquor industry is inclined to support alcohol interventions that have limited impact on drinking at a population level. These interventions allow the industry to be seen to be fulfilling social and legal obligations to address alcohol abuse while simultaneously ensuring that sales and profits are maintained.’

BRAZILIAN STUDENT RECEIVES ISAJE/WHO YOUNG SCHOLAR AWARD

  1. Top of page
  2. HAIR TESTING FOR AUSTRALIAN CRICKETERS
  3. CANADIAN PROVINCES TAKE ACTION AGAINST OXYCONTIN ABUSE
  4. GUATEMALA'S PRESIDENT CALLS FOR DRUG LEGALIZATION DEBATE
  5. NEW PROJECTIONS FOR ALCOHOL-RELATED DEATHS IN ENGLAND AND WALES
  6. FIFA INSISTS THAT BEER MUST BE SOLD AT 2014 BRAZIL WORLD CUP
  7. CONFLICT OF INTEREST IN FUNDING TO BEER MANUFACTURER FOR AN ALCOHOL INTERVENTION
  8. BRAZILIAN STUDENT RECEIVES ISAJE/WHO YOUNG SCHOLAR AWARD
  9. LIMERICK OF THE MONTH
  10. CONFERENCES AND EVENTS

Gabriel Andreuccetti, a Ph.D. candidate in epidemiology at the University of São Paolo Medical School, Brazil, has received the 2011 International Society of Addiction Journal Editors (ISAJE)/World Health Organization Young Scholars Award. He received the award for his paper, ‘Reducing the Legal Blood Alcohol Concentration Limit for Driving in Developing Countries: A Time for Change? Results and Implications Derived From a Time-Series Analysis (2001–10) conducted in Brazil,’ published in the December 2011 issue of Addiction. Applications are now being accepted for the 2012 award. To be eligible, the paper must have been published either online or in print form in a peer-reviewed scholarly journal between July 1, 2009, and June 30, 2012. The research reported should have been carried out predominantly in a low- or middle- income country, as specified by the World Bank classification. The deadline for receiving applications is July 31, 2012. For more details, including the full eligibility criteria and application procedure, visit the NIDA International Program's page on the ISAJE/WHO Young Scholars Award or contact the ISAJE Executive Officer, Molly Jarvis, at molly@addictionjournal.org.

LIMERICK OF THE MONTH

  1. Top of page
  2. HAIR TESTING FOR AUSTRALIAN CRICKETERS
  3. CANADIAN PROVINCES TAKE ACTION AGAINST OXYCONTIN ABUSE
  4. GUATEMALA'S PRESIDENT CALLS FOR DRUG LEGALIZATION DEBATE
  5. NEW PROJECTIONS FOR ALCOHOL-RELATED DEATHS IN ENGLAND AND WALES
  6. FIFA INSISTS THAT BEER MUST BE SOLD AT 2014 BRAZIL WORLD CUP
  7. CONFLICT OF INTEREST IN FUNDING TO BEER MANUFACTURER FOR AN ALCOHOL INTERVENTION
  8. BRAZILIAN STUDENT RECEIVES ISAJE/WHO YOUNG SCHOLAR AWARD
  9. LIMERICK OF THE MONTH
  10. CONFERENCES AND EVENTS

We run a single limerick each month, chosen according to the Commissioning Editor and Editor-in-Chief's tastes. Please feel free to send us some should our pages inspire you to this form of poetry. This month's limerick was penned by Professor Sheila Blume, writing as SheilaB, as part of The Omnificent English Dictionary in Limerick Form (OEDILF, website: http://www.oedilf.com), an online limerictionary with the goal of publishing ‘at least one limerick for each meaning of each and every word in the English language.’

Cold sober (OEDILF Limerick #42565)

I started to drink in the spring

Like a mogul, a pasha, a king,

Then dried out in October.

By new year? Cold sober!

Guess next year, I'll do the same thing.

CONFERENCES AND EVENTS

  1. Top of page
  2. HAIR TESTING FOR AUSTRALIAN CRICKETERS
  3. CANADIAN PROVINCES TAKE ACTION AGAINST OXYCONTIN ABUSE
  4. GUATEMALA'S PRESIDENT CALLS FOR DRUG LEGALIZATION DEBATE
  5. NEW PROJECTIONS FOR ALCOHOL-RELATED DEATHS IN ENGLAND AND WALES
  6. FIFA INSISTS THAT BEER MUST BE SOLD AT 2014 BRAZIL WORLD CUP
  7. CONFLICT OF INTEREST IN FUNDING TO BEER MANUFACTURER FOR AN ALCOHOL INTERVENTION
  8. BRAZILIAN STUDENT RECEIVES ISAJE/WHO YOUNG SCHOLAR AWARD
  9. LIMERICK OF THE MONTH
  10. CONFERENCES AND EVENTS

Faculty of Addictions Psychiatry Annual Conference, 3-4 May 2012, Holland House Hotel, Cardiff, Wales, UK. Website: http://www.rcpsych.ac.uk/events/facultysectionconferences/addictions2012conference.aspx

165th American Psychiatric Association (APA) Annual Meeting, 5-9 May 2012, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA. Website: http://www.psych.org/annualmeeting

Royal College of General Practitioners 17th National Conference: Managing Drug and Alcohol Problems in Primary Care, 11 May 2012, Cardiff, Wales, UK. Website: http://www.rcgp.org.uk/courses__events/going_for_gold_2012/programme.aspx

Annual Idaho Conference on Alcohol and Drug Dependency, 14-17 May 2012, Boise State University, Boise, Idaho, USA. Website: http://www.attendicadd.com/

National Association of Addiction Treatment Providers (NAATP) Annual Conference, 19-22 May 2012, Phoenix, Arizona, USA. Website: http://www.naatp.org/conferences/annualconference.php

Society for Clinical Trials (SCT) 33rd Annual Meeting, 20-23 May 2012, Miami, Florida, USA. Website: http://www.sctweb.org/

Substance Abuse Librarians and Information Specialists (SALIS) 34th Annual Conference, 22-25 May 2012, Reno, Nevada, USA. Website: http://www.salis.org/

Europad (European Opiate Addiction Treatment Association) 12th International Conference: Heroin Addiction and Related Clinical Problems, 25-27 May 2012, Barcelona, Spain. Website: http://www.europad.org/

6th Annual Conference of the International Society for the Study of Drug Policy (ISSDP), 30-31 May 2012, University of Kent, Canterbury, UK. Website: http://www.drugscope.org.uk/newsandevents/ukevents/eventsarea/6thConference+ISSDP

National Indigenous Drug and Alcohol Committee (NIDAC) Conference: Beyond 2012: Leading the Way to Action, 6-8 June 2012, Freemantle, Australia. Website: http://www.nidaconference.com.au/

11th CARES Conference: Poppy Love: Opioid Use and Abuse, 8 June 2012, Dundee, Scotland, UK. Website: http://www.dundee.ac.uk/medschool/medsci/neuroscience/cares/conferences/

4th World Congress on ADHD: From Childhood to Adult Disease, 6-9 June 2012, Milan, Italy. Website: http://www.adhd-congress.org

College on Problems of Drug Dependence (CPDD) 74th Annual Meeting, 9-14 June 2012, La Quinta Resort and Club, Palm Springs, California, USA. Website: http://www.cpdd.vcu.edu/Pages/Meetings/FutureMeet.html

American Public Health Association (APHA) Midyear Meeting, 26-28 June 2012, Charlotte, North Carolina, USA. Website: http://www.apha.org/Midyear/

International Congress of the Royal College of Psychiatrists: Psychiatry: Medicine and the Future, 10-13 July 2012, Liverpool, UK. Website: http://www.rcpsych.ac.uk/events/internationalcongress2012.aspx

The International Narcotics Research Conference 2012, 15-20 July 2012, Kansas City, Missouri, USA. Website: http://www.inrcworld.org/2012/2012mtg.htm

19th International AIDS Conference, 22-27 July 2012, Washington, DC, USA. Website: http://www.aids2012.org/

American Psychological Association Annual Convention, 2-5 August 2012, Orlando, Florida, USA. Website: http://www.apa.org/convention/index.aspx

Addiction Research and Therapy 2012, 20-22 August 2012, Las Vegas, Nevada, USA. Website: http://omicsonline.org/addictiontherapy2012/

25th Annual National Prevention Network (NPN) Prevention Research Conference, 18-21 September 2012, Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, USA. Website: http://swpc.ou.edu/npn/index.htm

2cd National Cannabis Conference: From Genetics to Practice, 19-21 September 2012, Brisbane Convention and Exhibition Centre, Brisbane, Australia. Website: http://ncpic.org.au/

Canadian Society of Addiction Medicine (CSAM) 2012 Annual Meeting & Scientific Conference, 20-22 September 2012, Toronto, Ontario, Canada. Website: http://www.csam.org/

American College of Clinical Pharmacology (ACCP) Annual Meeting, 23-25 September 2012, San Diego, California, USA. Website: http://www.accp1.org/meetings_welcome.shtml

Canadian Psychiatric Association Annual Conference, 27-10 September 2012, Montreal, Quebec, Canada. Website: http://www.cpa-apc.org

National Conference on Addiction Disorders, 28 September—2 October 2012, Orlando, Florida, USA. Website: http://www.naatp.org/conferences/index.php

International Society of Addiction Medicine (ISAM) Annual Meeting, 13-17 October 2012, Geneva, Switzerland. Website: http://www.isamweb.org/

25th European College of Neuropsychopharmacology (ECNP) Congress, 13-17 October 2012, Vienna, Austria. Website: http://www.ecnp-congress.eu/en.aspx

14th Annual Meeting of the International Society of Addiction Medicine, 14-18 October 2012, Geneva, Switzerland. Website: http://www.isam2012.org/

14th Spanish National Conference on Dual Disorders, 25-27 October 2012, Madrid, Spain. Website: http://www.patologiadual.es/jornadas2012/

American Public Health Association (APHA) 140th Annual Meeting and Exposition, 27-31 October 2012, San Francisco, California, USA. Website: http://www.apha.org/meetings/AnnualMeeting/

2cd Asia Pacific Behavioral and Addiction Medicine (APBAM) Conference, 1-3 November 2012, Singapore, Singapore. Website: http://www.apbam.org/site/

American Academy of Addiction Psychiatry 23rd Annual Meeting and Symposium, 6-9 December 2012, Aventura, Florida, USA. Website: http://www2.aaap.org/meetings-and-events/annual-meeting/23rd-annual-meeting

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