FOR three days Michael Clayton complained of a sore butt muscle from intensive gym training.
Fentanyl is a very powerful opioid and carries a significant overdose risk if not used correctly. There may not have been many related overdoses in Qld, but it has been an issue elsewhere in Australia (http://sco.lt/6owTRJ,http://sco.lt/7lP7gH) and overseas (http://sco.lt/6w16v3, http://sco.lt/5k95yD)The last part of this article cites claims fentanyl use is an issue amongst body builders. Seems that there's a need for some targetted harm reduction work within this community.
Some young people are choosing to use the drug ice over alcohol at parties because it is cheaper and more readily available, a Senate inquiry has heard.
Citing Alison Ritter on NDARC's anecdotal reports of emerging patterns of methamphetamine use. The substitution of alcohol with ilicits is not a new phenomenon. Venue owners have been faced with declining revenue from alcohol sales for some time due to pre-loading at home and consumption of cheaper illicit drugs in venues.
Every addiction is characterized by a strong desire for a certain addictive substance, be it nicotine, alcohol or other drug. Researchers at the University of Basel in Switzerland recently conducted a study on heroin addiction and demonstrated that the stress hormone cortisol can reduce addictive cravings. The findings from the research have been published in the medical journal Translational Psychiatry.
The study targetted people undergoing Heroin-Assisted Treatment (HAT). Eligibility criteria for HAT usually stipulate that no other treatment measure is effective, so achieving positive results with this cohort is a significant outcome.
THE movement to legalise marijuana has been gaining significant momentum and the United Kingdom is set to be the next big battle ground for advocates.
The size of the response to the petition means that a debate is likely. The outcome of that debate is still difficult to predict. The article also provides a quick summary of Aus policy movements on cannabis, including the likely recommendation for a medical cannabis regulator.
David Cameron launches review by Dame Carol Black of welfare for those with drug, alcohol or obesity problems
While forcing people into treatment raises a long list of potential concerns, this proposal also raises a question about what type of treatment people would be obliged to undertake. The UK's policy shift towards a recovery-oriented treatment system, with a clear emphasis on abstinence, is likely to create its own set of problems (and potential harms) for this group.
The Productivity Commission’s (PC) recently released Trade and Assistance Review warned that Australian taxpayers were facing a potential reaming from an investor-state dispute settlement (ISDS) law suite taken against Australia’s plain package cigarette laws by tobacco giant Philip Morris, under an obscure investment agreement with Hong Kong.
The world may be getting warmer, but it is not getting much wetter. It quaffed 249 billion litres of alcoholic drinks in 2014, a modest increase of 1 billion over...
Interesting data showing reducing sales (by volume) in Europe and the US, with increases in China, Brazil and India. See last month's post on beer sales as in indicator of economic growth: http://sco.lt/9ELlar.
We missed this when it was published a month ago, but it's a great piece by Johann Hari on the cumulative impact of childhood trauma on people's ability to self-manage stress and negative emotions. Developing the internal resources, rather than relying on external influences (like AOD), is a key enabler of people's recovery.
IT has never before been more dangerous to be a frontline police officer.
It's a screaming headline for yesterday's Herald Sun editorial, but the content is reasonably restrained and succeeds in avoiding the usual 'epidemic' language and keeping the issue in perspective. Changes proceeds-of-crime legislation may help reduce some of the supply of methamphetamine, but will not address the reasons why people are choosing to use the drug in the first place. The states are starting to implement their own responses with increased funding for treatment and support services. We wait to see what action the Federal Government will take later this year when its national Ice action plan is released. The National Ice Taskforce report isn't yet available, but you can see the key areas it has raised with COAG attendees last week: http://sco.lt/7WH48f.
But crime had gone down as ice addicts are more likely to be employed and able to afford it at a cost of up to $50 a hit — at least at first.
Interesting to note this inclusion towards the end of the article: 'But crime had gone down as ice addicts are more likely to be employed and able to afford it at a cost of up to $50 a hit — at least at first.' Our submission to the Senate Joint Committee here: http://www.regen.org.au/advocacy.
Treating ice addicts in their local communities instead of rehabilitation centres hundreds of kilometres from home was the rationale behind a strategy announced by Assistant Health Minister Pru Goward in Dubbo on Tuesday.
We'd suggest $1million a year for four years won't significantly increase the capacity of the NSW AOD treatment sector to respond to the needs of people affected by methamphetamine dependence.
A new vapour tool eliminates the need for drinking your morning coffee
Will vaping become an enduring route of administration for licit drugs? Time will tell. Best invention ever? We'd suggest not. The evidence for vaping as a harm reduction strategy still seems pretty unclear.
WOMEN in violent relationships are turning to the drug ice to cope with or mentally escape the horror of family violence.
The role of AOD use in contributing to family violence is well recognised. Anyone with familiarity with the AOD field knows that, for many people, AOD use is a common coping strategy for people living with trauma. See yesterday's post by Johann Hari on the cumulative impacts of childhood trauma on future drug dependence: http://sco.lt/6oYRfN
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