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Drug Crimes In Canada Cause Continuing Problems For Small Communities

The Narconon drug rehab program has noticed a trend of many drug addicts being involved with drug related charges due to their addiction. "You can have the everyday functioning addict who is battling a drug addiction, and just one day gets caught by police for possession of a small amount, " comments Nick Hayes, a representative of Narconon Trois-Rivieres. "This is an all too common situation for many people who are involved in a drug addiction." More people are using illicit drugs in Canada, in fact Trois-Rivieres, Quebec, Canada, where the Narconon drug rehab program is located, is one of the leading cities in Canada for drug crimes.

AMA: Further Support For Prevention Needed, Australia

The AMA has written to Federal MPs and Senators urging them to support a number of key policy measures to reduce preventable health problems linked to excessive alcohol use, obesity and smoking. The AMA has taken this step in anticipation of the blueprint for national prevention that the National Preventative Health Taskforce will soon provide to Health Minister Nicola Roxon. "A growing number of Australians are at high risk of serious diseases and premature death due to excessive alcohol consumption, excess weight and smoking, " AMA Federal Vice President, Dr Steven Hambleton, said. "Doctors play a big role in helping people avoid these risks, and this role could be strengthened if the right supports are put in place by governments.

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Family Drug Support's 'Stepping Stones To Success' Wins At The 2009 National Drug And Alcohol Awards

Family Drug Support's Stepping Stones to Success program has won the 2009 National Drug and Alcohol Award for Excellence in Prevention and Community Education. The team was recognised during an awards ceremony at Parliament House in Canberra tonight when it was acknowledged for its contribution in raising community awareness around alcohol and drug problems. The other finalists in this category were FebFast and TAFE NSW's Alcohol and Drug Strategy. The Australian Drug Foundation's John Rogerson, acknowledged the effectiveness of the Stepping Stones program. "Stepping Stones is all about resilience and family support for those confronted by dependence.

San Diego Needle Exchange Program Examined

KPBS profiled San Diego's "only clean syringe exchange program, " a mobile van that twice weekly provides injection drug users with clean needles in exchange for used ones. The program also offers HIV and Hepatitis C tests and gives referrals to drug treatment programs. According to KPBS, "The concept behind syringe exchange is simple: people are going to shoot drugs. It's crucial to make sure they have access to clean equipment, so they don't spread blood-borne infections." However, the San Diego County Board of Supervisors is "adamantly opposed to the concept, " and it is "illegal in San Diego for people to buy clean needles without a prescription, " KPBS reports.

Drinking 22 Or More Units Of Alcohol A Week Increases Rates Of Hospital Admission

Men who drink 22 or more units of alcohol a week have a 20% higher rate of admissions into acute care hospitals than non-drinkers, researchers from the University of Glasgow have found. The study also showed that drinking between eight and 14 units of alcohol a week increases the total number of days spent in hospital. The research saw almost 6, 000 working men, aged 35 to 64 during the early 1970s, from West and Central Scotland undergo a comprehensive health screen to check for underlying and potential health problems and questions about their weekly alcohol consumption. This was categorised as none; 1 to 7 units; 8 to 14; 15 to 21; 22 to 34;

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Eight To 14 Weekly Units Of Booze Boosts Overall Tally Of Days Spent In Hospital

Downing between eight and 14 units of alcohol a week boosts the total number of days spent in hospital, finds research published ahead of print in the Journal of Epidemiology and Community Health. Twenty one weekly units is the government's recommended maximum weekly tally of alcohol for men. The study included almost 6, 000 working men, aged 35 to 64 during the early 1970s, from West and Central Scotland. Participants underwent a comprehensive health screen to check for underlying and potential health problems and were quizzed about their weekly alcohol consumption. This was categorised as none; 1 to 7 units; 8 to 14; 15 to 21; 22 to 34;

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