Lindsay Murdoch reports from the war that will not end until every drug suspect surrenders, is caught or killed.
A telling example of the power of internalised stigma. There is no greater indication of just how deep the problems associated with illicit drug use go in the Philippines than the fact that people believe that this is how they deserve to be treated. It's also worth noting that the President has also made threats of violence against domestic critics and begun removing opponents from public office: http://www.nytimes.com/2016/09/21/world/asia/duterte-philippines-drug-war.html?_r=0. In such an environment (where people are seeking imprisonment in the belief that it will reduce their chances of being extrajudicially executed by police or death squads), it will be hard to find many amongst those who are directly at risk who are willing to go on record to challenge the President's brutal policies. To take action, see Amnesty International's request for urgent action in demanding that Philippine authorities respect basic human rights: https://www.amnesty.org/en/documents/asa35/4857/2016/en/.
Medic Conor Walsh has won an award for his essay on why lower socioeconomic groups suffer more alcohol-related harm, even though they drink less.
Mr Walsh argues that, while there are greater numbers of people who abstain from aclohol use amongst disdavantaged groups, there are also higher rates of binge drinking, resulting in high concentrations of alcohol related harm. He also recognises the impacts of the social determinants of health as contributing to alcohol related harm. You can see the essay here: http://www.m-c-a.org.uk/documents/2016_essay_2. See also yesterday's post on Scottish figures about problematic drinking by wealthy Scots: http://sco.lt/94whnt.
The wealthiest Scots are drinking the most dangerous levels of alcohol, with 35 per cent of the richest households consuming hazardous amounts of drink compared to 18 per cent of the poorest households.
More evidence challenging the common assumption that alcohol related harm is concentrated within disadvantaged communities.
Teenage cigarette and alcohol use is declining across Europe but the numbers using cannabis are growing, an EU survey shows.
Obviously, there is significant variation in findings across EU member states, but the alcohol and tobacco findings are broadly consistent with Australian data. You can see the full report here: http://www.espad.org/report/home/.
Kids addicted to drugs in South Australia could be forced to spend up to a year at a treatment facility under new laws proposed by the state opposition.
In spite of the well-recognised lack of evidence for forced treatment models as being any more effective than voluntary treatment, the SA opposition follows the lead of the WA (http://sco.lt/6J0WrR) and NT (http://sco.lt/8fOTZ3) governments. This article gives no indication of whether the proposed legislation would be accompanied by new funding for increased capacity within the SA treatment system, or whether those subjected to such orders would simply displace people voluntarily seeking treatment.
An ACT Supreme Court judge has told a court a prison needle exchange "would do much to resolve" the spread of infection among inmates who used share
Good to see Justice Refshauge recognising the evidence supporting prison NSPs. This article indicates that, while the proposal has been comprehensively rejected by prison officers, there may still be options to keep it alive.
The Washington Post have reported on the findings of newly published research which reveals that, in U.S. states with access to medicinal cannabis, purchases of pharmaceutical painkillers have plummeted. Indeed, the long running assumption that cannabis has value as an effective analgesic, buoyed by an enormous backlog of anecdotal evidence, is beginning to find scientific grounding in the … Continued
A Sydney doctor who has delivered seminars on drug dependency has been struck off the register of medical practitioners for prescribing addictive painkillers t
It's important to remember that overprescribing of opioids, benzos and other medications is not just limited to individual cases (such as Dr Lo's), but is a much broader concern within our health system. See today's related post on US data showing that opioids are more used than tobacco: http://sco.lt/53uQaX.
A possible link between adolescent sleep habits and early substance abuse has been identified by researchers. The study found that both sleep duration and sleep quality during late childhood predict alcohol and cannabis use later in adolescence.
With some obvious implications for parents and youth services.
Opioid dependence -- which includes dependence on drugs such as heroin -- affects how 'cute' we perceive images of children to be, new research shows. As cuteness can trigger caregiving motivation, this result indicates that the opioid system may have significant effects on our ability to care for others. The implications of this may need to be considered in any consideration of medical or recreational opioid use.
There are some obvious potential implications here for practice with opioid-dependent mothers with newborns in order to support mother-baby attachment.
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