The negative words we use to describe drug addiction -- "clean" vs. "dirty," "patient" vs. "addict" -- can drive some individuals away from the very help they so desperately need. To reduce that stigma, we need...
An important reminder of the power of language to either stifle, or support change. There will probably always be debate about terminology, as long as we have competing concepts of addiction/dependence and whether it's a disease, disorder or something else. But, one thing we can do is promote the use of person-centred language to help reduce stigma. If we're able talk about people affected by AOD use as people first, we're well on the way to developing a better community understanding of the issues.
WOULD-BE drug dealers and gangsters will be stopped before committing a crime, under new police powers promised by NSW Premier Mike Baird.
There's not really any indication here of how these proposed measures are supposed to prevent dealing. From the article, the target is violent crime but, as with any legislation, the impact is really determined by how it would be implemented.
More gay men in the UK are presenting to clinicians with complicated issues associated with drug use and consent to sex in ChemSex environments (taking recreational drugs during sex and attendance at sex parties). David Rowlands highlights the issues around this controversial topic based on responses to his February online poll.
A reminder of the impact intoxication can have on decision making and risky behaviour, and the need for ongoing harm reduction programs.
Synthetic cannabinoids ("synthetic marijuana"), with names like Spice, K2, Scooby Doo and hundreds of others, are often sold as a "legal" alternative to marijuana. Often perceived as a safe legal alternative to illicit drug use, synthetic marijuana use was associated with 11,561 reports of poisonings in the United States between January 2009 and April 2012.
In recent months, we have undertaken focus groups and consultations with users of addiction services in order to identify some core indicators of recovery. This work has produced 28 indicators that most service users feel are important. We now wish to consult service providers and other key stakeholders working within the addictions field to see whether or not they agree that the 28 indicators are important.
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