In both Australia and England, there have been challenges to established ways of treating people who have problems with drugs. Treatment, it has been claimed, does not do enough to help people ‘recover’ from drug dependence. In both countries, people who run the treatment system have had to respond to this challenge. In England, this has involved ‘absorption’.
Alex Stevens highlights some of the concerns with the UK approach, including increased risk of death for people being persuaded to come off pharmacotherapies before they are ready. FYI, our updated Recovery Oriented Practice position statement is here: http://www.regen.org.au/advocacy.
Addicts are needlessly dying of overdose because so many powerful people view "drugs to fight drugs" as suspect.
Maia Szalavitz on the obvious need for a greater openness to opioid pharmacotherapies in US drug policy and treatment systems. See today's related post on recent findings on the impact of short-term, ultra-low doses of buprenorphine on suicidal thoughts: http://sco.lt/5x4qPZ.
Officials in Montana wrestle to explain why the state has the highest rate of suicide in the US at nearly twice the national average – and it’s rising
See today's related posts on the US Govt's response to opioid overdose, mental health and suicide in rural areas (http://sco.lt/8Gv4Zl) and a study indicating a possible role for buprenorphine in reducing suicidal thoughts (http://sco.lt/5x4qPZ).
Generations of Aboriginal families are being hurt by ice addiction and the federal Closing the Gap strategy will fail unless it deals with the impact the drug is having across Australia, a peak drug advisory group has warned.
Citing ADAC's Scott Wilson on the impacts of methamphetamine use on Aboriginal communities. You can see the Closing the Gap report here: http://sco.lt/6cQkID.
MELBOURNE was one of the first cities in Australia to adopt the controversial lockout laws that have seen Sydney labelled a nanny state, but they were so unpopular the Victorian Government quietly dropped them months later.
Citing Peter Miller and FARE's Michael Thorn on just how poorly the 2008 Melbourne lockouts were implemented. A salient lesson in how not to do it.
The NSW Premier has made no secret of his opinion as lockout laws go to review.
Good to see the Premier standing by the policy in the face of recent public criticism:
"The main complaints seem to be that you can't drink till dawn any more and you can't impulse-buy a bottle of white after 10pm," Mr Baird wrote, in a reference to recent criticism that claims the laws depress Sydney's nightlife andundercut its claims to be a global city.
"I understand that this presents an inconvenience. Some say this makes us an international embarrassment.
Millions of Americans experience suicidal thoughts, and there are no quick fixes available. But a commonly used painkiller could offer some much-needed relief.
Citing US study on the impact of short-term, ultra-low doses of burprenorphine on suicidal thoughts. See today's related posts on the need for greater access to pharmacotherapy in the US: http://sco.lt/85Z7NB and the role opioids play in the increase in suicide rates in rural areas: http://sco.lt/8Gv4Zl.
For U.S. Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack, the fight against opioid abuse is personal.
Focus on opioid use, mental health and suicide in rural areas. See today's related posts on the need for greater access to pharmacotherapies in the US (http://sco.lt/85Z7NB)and the potential role for buprenorphine in reducing suicide risk: http://sco.lt/5x4qPZ.
All things being considered, I'd have to say my abilities as a job interviewee aren't stellar. Don't get me wrong, I've got no problem tooting my own horn, answering questions on the fly and being engaging and all that noise. My main issue is that I suffer from what I like to call Chandler Bing…
BETWEEN 365 and 730 methamphetamine-affected people are being taken to Casey and Dandenong emergency departments each year, wasting police time and requiring emergency rooms to be rearranged to accommodate them.
The article starts out looking at Monash Health's response to methamphetamine related violence in it's Emergency Departments. It goes on to quote our Trevor King and our submission to last year's review of Victoria's Severe Substance Dependence Treatment Act (see it here: http://www.regen.org.au/images/stories/Advocacy/2015_NDS_consultation_v2.0.pdf) before getting to the diary entries. These provide a powerful insight into the impacts of a loved one's AOD use on family members and their understandable frustration with service access. If your family is affected by methamphetamine or other drug use, we're running our free Family Methamphetamine First Aid program at our Coburg site on Feb 12, 12-4pm (call Sam Mastro on 9384-8895 for details). If you're in the Casey area, our free Catalyst non-residential rehab program could is an effective support for people seeking to make long term changes to their methamphetamine and other drug use: http://www.regen.org.au/catalyst.
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