A spike in drunken visits to Canberra’s two emergency departments has created a “phenomenal burden” for medical professionals
While the immediate harms associated with alcohol spike around Christmas and New Year, we typically start to see the longer-term impacts from late January, as people who have relapsed or experienced significant harms start seeking treatment following what, for many, is a very difficult time of year.
The central aim of Swedish drug policy is to create a drug-free society. To achieve this aim, the country has adopted a punitive, enforcement-led approach to drugs. It is this approach, some have argued, that is responsible for Sweden’s historically low levels of drug use. This apparent success of the Swedish model is therefore often presented as an argument against drug policy reforms such as decriminalisation and legal regulation.
See also the related piece by Richard Branson on his participation at a Swedish Drug Users' Union event: http://sco.lt/6scoIz
University of Michigan's Monitoring the Future study, now in its 40th year, surveys 40,000 to 50,000 students in 8th, 10th and 12th grade about their use of alcohol, legal and illegal drugs and cigarettes.
Tasmanian prisoners are hiding and trafficking medication, sources and documents reveal.
One of the inevitable consequences of prohibition and another indicator of why law-enforcement-only approaches are insufficient to address the complexities of AOD dependence. Where there is demand for psychoactive medications (particularly in environments like prisons), diversion is always going to occur.
Funding for an Indigenous drug and alcohol rehabilitation unit in the South Australian outback could run out before the centre even opens. The clinic is meant to be operating out of an old detention centre. A year after the tender was awarded the Federal Government still hasn't handed over the keys for the centre. There's a desperate need for the clinic, but funding has only been allocated until mid next year and there are fears it won't open by then.
Stimulants use such as cocaine and amphetamine is associated with a nearly two-fold greater likelihood of suicidal behaviour amongst people who inject drugs, say researchers at the University of Montreal and the CHUM Research Centre.
Study finds suicide attempts most common amongst people who inject.
People with sight loss are more likely than their sighted peers to abstain from drinking alcohol. Analysis of two UK datasets showed that they are also more likely to drink fewer units of alcohol per week.
An international review of the literature found very little evidence for substance use leading directly to sight loss.
Presumably, one contributing factor would be that people with sight loss recognise that they are at increased risk of harm when intoxicated.
The Abbott government is set to scrap 175 agencies to make budget savings, a measure unions fear could result in up to 9000 job cuts.
In addition to the ANCD/ANACAD changes announced earlier this week, it seems there was some other bad news for the Australian AOD sector. Federal cost-cutting will now include the axing of the National Indigenous Drug and Alcohol Committee. Thanks to Kate Conigrave and Luke Pearson for drawing it to our attention.
NORTHERN Territory police will patrol Katherine bottle shops in a bid to reduce alcohol-related violence.
Article cites People's Alcohol Acton Coalition's John Boffa on the de facto racial targetting of this approach and the ongoing support for a return of the Banned Drinkers Register (which included non-Aboriginal people).
Today, much of the important work of journalism is no longer being performed within the traditional institutions of journalism. So too, audience behaviour is changing. I know from the seismic shift that has occurred in my own news consumption habits. I now rarely visit media websites as a first port of call – receiving most news and content via links circulated on Twitter.
Nice piece on social journalism by Melissa Sweet, editor of the influential Croakey health blog (amongst other things), highlighting the potential for online health advocacy.
In 1998, South Carolina murderer Michael Anderson Godwin had his death sentence reduced to life in prison. It was ironic then, that he died by electrocution. Godwin was sitting on a metal toilet in his cell and attempting to fix the television when he bit down on a live wire. He later became the recipient of a Darwin Award – a posthumous accolade given to people who eliminate themselves from the gene pool in such an idiotic manner that their action ensures one less idiot will survive.
'...men and excessive alcohol is a bad combination which often results in injuries, probably a lot of these being due to increased risk-taking behaviour while under the influence.'
Social media such as Twitter and Facebook can be valuable in the fight against HIV in the United States, where research has demonstrated they can prompt high-risk populations to request at-home testing kits for the virus that causes AIDS, suggesting a way to potentially boost testing rates.
Study finds membership of targetted SM groups can double likelihood of people getting tested.
Researchers at Yale and Boston University and their Russian collaborators have found that occasional heroin use by HIV-positive patients may be particularly harmful to the immune system and worsens HIV disease, compared to persistent or no heroin use.
The findings are published in the journal AIDS and Behavior.