Opioid painkillers, even at high doses, provide minimal benefit for people with low back pain, new research suggests. "People have the mistaken belief that opioids are strong pain killers," says Professor Chris Maher from The George Institute. "When you look closely at the evidence from the low back pain trials, a completely different picture emerges."
Grandparents have long provided safe harbor for grandchildren for a host of reasons, but not since the crack epidemic of the 1990s, analysts say, have so many children appeared to be at risk because of parental drug addiction.
Grandparents becoming the primary carers for grandchildren is a common occurrence when their parents are unable to care for them due to AOD dependence. This article provides an insight into the impacts on US families.
Device helps doctors accurately measure patient’s drinking history, and not just depend on most recent tests
There's been a bit of coverage about these devices. Regardless of your position on abstinence monitoring regimes, this is certainly a step up from the bulky ankle bracelets that are used in many correctional contexts.
Since my days proudly representing New South Wales (NSW) in the State of Origin I have become increasingly dismayed as the Blues have become ever more saturated with alcohol sponsorship. Sadly, it has become increasingly difficult to know where the game ends and alcohol advertising begins.
Steve Ella calls out the NRL for allowing itself to be so out of step with community expectations on the responsible promotion of alcohol. See today's related Age editorial on the need for change in alcohol promotion in sport: http://sco.lt/63BWU5.
Dealers of so-called legal highs could move to the "dark web" as a blanket ban on the drugs comes into force later this week, a senior police offic
Any new drug policy measure will have unintended effects. The growth in appeal for synthetics has been driven, at least in part, by the legal (and social) sanctions applied to more established drug types. With the new legislation coming into effect in a couple of days, the extent of unintended harms will be remain to be seen. See today's related post on risk of prosecution for possession/dealing: http://sco.lt/5a84xd.
Harvard students are teaching themselves to treat opioid addiction, as critics say most medical schools need to better prepare doctors for a deadly crisis.
Great to see medical students taking up the challenge to inform themselves about prescribing naloxone, in spite of institutional inertia from medical schools. It's another step towards recognising naloxone prescribing as standard practice for any doctor and another chip removed from the stigmatisation of people who use opioids. If you, or someone you care about, face potential overdose risk from opioid use, we have our own naloxone program that provides people with free access to the medication and training on how to use it. If you would like find out more about the program, speak to your worker or give us a call (1800 700 514).
As government data tracks a spike of fentanyl across Canada, people who use illicit drugs in Vancouver's Downtown Eastside say there is virtually no heroin left on the street after it has been pushed out by the cheaper and more potent fentanyl.
More on the growth in fentanyl use in Canada and the subsequent increased overdose risk amongst people using opioids.
Health professionals and ex-drug users welcome new funding for medical detox beds in Kalgoorlie-Boulder, calling it a step in the right direction, but also saying there's still room to shorten waiting times for people ready to clean up their lives.
Goldfields Rehabilitation Service Incorporated (GRSI) to expand current service from seven to 18 beds.
It's time we lowered the drink-drive limit to zero.
David Campbell picks up on last week's suggestion to reduce the legal limit to .02 BAC and considers our relationship with alcohol and the stigmatisation experienced by those who abstain. See today's related post on the need to address alcohol advertising in sport: http://sco.lt/63BWU5.
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