THE Queensland parliamentary inquiry into FIFO (fly in fly out) work has begun and already submissions are being made on the impact of and issues facing FIFO workforces.
Interesting piece by Xavier Toby, particularly his presentation of the contrasting 'types' of AOD issues for FIFO workers. One is well recognised, those who start, or escalate, AOD use to cope with the stresses of the lifestyle. The other much less so: those who use FIFO as a version of 'doing a geographical' to remove themselves from their regular (high risk) environments as a way of avoiding use. It would be interesting to know how many FIFO workers fit into that category, and how effective this approach is for them. We'd suspect that it would be moving from one high risk environment to another, without the benefits of a support network.
A study published today in The Lancet by US researchers and NDARC NHMRC postdoctoral fellow Dr Sarah Larney has provided further evidence for the effectiveness of methadone maintenance treatment in prisons.
Study finds people exiting prison on methadone are seven times more likely to engage with treatment services. Currently 90% of people on pharmacotherapy are forced to discontinue while in prison.
Three hundred and forty eight British Columbians died of drug overdoses in 2013, and illicit drug users are not the only victims. One-fifth of those overdose deaths were people taking their painkiller medications as prescribed. In some regions of the province, more are dying of painkiller drug overdose than in motor-vehicle accidents.
Jordan Westfall highlights the need for targetted harm reduction interventions for people using prescription opioids to prevent overdose.
Economic growth and increasingly interlinked markets have allowed both methamphetamine and the chemicals used in its production to flow across the Pacific region.
Samuel Oakford on the ineffectiveness of drug policies that place too much emphasis on law enforcement. As former Vic Police Commissioner (now head of Australia's National Ice Taskforce) Ken Lay has said: 'we can't arrest our way out of this problem'.
Recent studies on drug treatment facilities in Puerto Rico and the Dominican Republic reveal a litany of abuse carried out in the name of rehabilitation, a practice that violates human rights and is sadly all to common in the region.
Sadly, such practice is common, not just in the Caribbean, but in many regions around the world. Shining a light on bad practice is essential to shift attitudes towards AOD treatment (and the people who participate in it) and create political and social support for evidence based treatment models and drug policy.
The first study in the United States of Naltrexone's effect on methamphetamine users has found that this medication, approved by the US Food and Drug Administration for the treatment of alcoholism, is potentially a very promising treatment for methamphetamine addiction, UCLA researchers report.
Infection rates are set to hit three million, but drug use and unsafe sex - the main causes - are rife
Without substantial harm reduction initiatives, preventing the spread of HIV (and other blood borne viruses) will never be achieved. The lack of access to sterile injecting equipment significantly increases the risk to communities.
THERE has been a whopping 39 per cent fall in the number of violent incidents at venues on the government’s “violent venues” list in the wake of the introduction of lockout laws — the lowest number of incidents since the list system was introduced in 2008.
More evidence for the effectiveness of lockouts in reducing alcohol related violence.
There are few things that are truly shocking any more — but I witnessed one of them this week when I saw a heavily pregnant woman smoking in the street.
What's interesting about this article is Jonathon Moran's wrestling with his own assumptions. AOD use during pregnancy is a complex issue so it's good to see examples of people grappling with the complexities, not simply reaching into the bin of usual stereotypes. If only more people would do the same.
Police Minister Wade Noonan has moved to block more than 1100 alcohol or drug affected drivers from mounting legal challenges to their penalties, after it was revealed that hundreds of police officers had performed the tests without authorisation.
hildren are risking their lives by taking part in a dangerous new social media craze called the paracetamol challenge, police have warned. The trend involves youngsters being dared to take "excessive amounts" of the painkiller on Facebook and Instagram.
A social work researcher says more people are dying in rural areas from fentanyl overdoses than in the city.
Good to see more examples of evidence cutting through the hyperbole about methamphetamine use in regional/rural areas. Methamphetamine harms are real, and need to be addressed. They also need to be seen in perspective. Thanks to Lyndon Community for informing public debate.
The war on drugs is being lost, one incarcerated or dead young person at a time. Ana Hick was the latest victim, last Sunday. Ana's 19th birthday was a funeral. She was dead because she did what millions of kids before her did, and what millions more will do. She played Russian roulette with pills she bought from a criminal on the street. And she died because our drugs laws do not protect our children, or take into account human nature.
Nice piece by Brendan O'Connor on the need for greater focus on harm reduction to prevent overdoses and save lives.
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