Court Services Victoria last week posted a request for tender for organisations to run a youth diversion program.
Helping young people get the support they need will generally be preferable to sending them to prison. Diversion programs are an effective strategy for preventing future offending. You can see the educational group programs we run for established diversion programs here: http://www.regen.org.au/education/client-courses.
The big rise in heroin and other opioid drug poisonings that the ONS reported last year has been real focus of concern amongst service providers, policy makers and anyone who cares about the lives of vulnerable people. But new research from the University of Manchester suggests that while overdoses in opioid users remains the largest cause of death (43%) there are other causes which providers, commissioners and policy makers need to be conscious of particularly amongst older drug users.
Highlighting the cumulative health impacts for the ageing cohort of people who use heroin.
THERE is growing alcohol abuse among middle-aged women in Tasmania, health professionals warn. Support providers say problems with alcohol abuse often go unreported, especially among professional women.
This story reflects 2013 Global Drug Survey data for Australia, which highlighted the extent of problematic drinking amongst women aged 30-50 yrs.
Governments including the ACT have contributed to confusion over the use of medical marijuana by pursuing clinical trials of the substance, according to University of Melbourne expert Professor David Penington.
A research study based on analysis of publicly available data has found that recent marijuana use was associated with symptoms of airway inflammation, but that moderate lifetime use was not associated with clinically significant changes in measures of lung function. The study is the largest cross-sectional analysis of the relationship between marijuana use and measures of lung health to date.