International experts on Hepatitis C say Australia could be a world leader in treating the disease. Medical specialists and community groups have gathered in Sydney to discuss ways to reduce the death rates, and they say the solution is achievable.
More coverage from this week's international Hep C conference, citing AIVL's Annie Madden & Kirby Institute's Jason Grebely & Greg Dore. See today's related post: http://sco.lt/5Xa0m1.
Audit of two Antarctic bases run by United States heard that alcohol was fuelling “unpredictable behaviour”, with calls to deploy breathalysers
Given the remoteness of the bases, the harsh working conditions and people's separation from family and their usual support networks, problematic AOD use (as a coping strategy) should not be unexpected. It's a common (if problematic) response to stress.
Everyone agrees that current advice on alcohol is inconsistent and confusing, but whereasMary Mather and Kate Wiles conclude we should move to a clear recommendation to abstain, Patrick O’Brien thinks it is wrong to assume pregnant women cannot understand the evidence
BMJ article highlighting the often conflicting advice being given to women.
There’s a belief that you can’t treat substance abuse until the person with the issue is ready to do something about it.
Nice piece by Steve Barns on the need for a holistic approach to dual diagnosis treatment. AOD use is often assumed to be the cause of all a person's problems when, in most cases, it's an effect. For many, AOD use is a coping strategy (albeit a problematic one) to help people deal with issues in their lives.
A SPIKE in heroin overdoses in Perth has prompted St John Ambulance to issue a warning about drug use.
These figures further highlight the importance of the TGA recommendations to make naloxone available without prescription to prevent overdose and save lives: http://sco.lt/6bQGKP. This cannot happen soon enough. See also today's related coverage highlighting the importance of providing peers with first aid training (and naloxone): http://sco.lt/5KE4e1.
PRODUCTS that combine codeine with other analgesics should not be available over the counter, according to a leading addiction medicine expert who says the drugs pose a significant public health risk.
Western Health's Michael McDonough supports the proposed rescheduling. Pharmaceutical Society of Australia's Michelle Lynch does not. RACGP's Simon Holliday cites pharmacists' conflict of interest on this issue.
One in nine motorists tested for illicit drugs over the grand final long weekend returned a positive result.
Important to remember that new Vic legislation has established significantly higher penalties for drivers found with both alcohol and illicits in their system. See also yesterday's post on criticisms of NSW roadside drug testing: http://sco.lt/97aJ1t.
THE percentage of people seeking treatment for ice addiction has risen fourfold in the past year at a Tasmanian drug and alcohol service.
This increase is lower than that reported elswhere, with many organisations (including us) reporting methamphetamine as the primary drug of concern for around a third of people using their services. However, there is a clear need for expanded services to respond to the needs of individuals and families affected by methamphetamine use.
Patients undergoing rehabilitation for physical injuries and their physicians can better understand who is most at risk of abusing opioids by reviewing their family history, lifestyle and environment for critical cues about susceptibility to addiction. It's important to recognize that opioids are sometimes the most effective pain treatment available for patients, regardless of their risk profile. Physicians can offer an agreement to patients susceptible to addiction that includes stringent, volu
Pain management following surgery, accident or injury is a common starting point for dependence. The American Osteopathic Association proposes voluntary monitoring for people identified as being at risk.
Two Colorado marijuana users have sued a cannabis grower claiming a "patently dangerous" agricultural fungicide that becomes poisonous when ignited was applied without their knowledge to pot plants they later smoked, court documents showed on Monday.
Having police, school nurses, drug users and family equipped with kits to reverse an overdose saves lives, doctors say. But reversing addiction requires follow-up care that many users aren't getting.
It's an obvious point to make, but reviving someone who has overdosed is an essential, but temporary intervention. Services systems need to ensure that overdose reversals provide effective opportunities to engage with harm reduction and/or treatment services. Follow-up should be a standard part of services' duty of care to people at obvious risk.
The opposition claims the government's approach to drugs at the Alexander Maconochie Centre are not working.
Victoria already has disciplinary measures in place for prisoners found to have used AOD. These measures primarily target access to visits and other 'privileges' as punishment. Prisoners recording positive drug tests have an opportunity to reduce their punishment if they participate in therapeutic or educational AOD programs. See also yesterday's post on the uncertain future of the ACT prison NSP trial: http://sco.lt/9HOIAD.
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