The heartbreak of losing a loved one to a drug overdose never goes away. I hope the trend toward treatment instead of punishment prevents future suffering
A personal account highlighting the importance of globabl drug policy reform to prioritise treatment and harm reduction over punishment: 'As long as there are substances to relieve that pain, they will be used. That’s why our historical emphasis on prohibition will never work.' See today's related post on the potential long term impacts of mismanaging children's pain: http://sco.lt/50WGY5.
Experts say that paediatric pain has long been underrecognized and undertreated, with serious long-term consequences.
For many of the people we see in our services, their alcohol or other drug dependence emerged from difficulties managing pain. This work highlights the potential risk of responses to childhood injuries contributing to heightened sensitivity to pain as in adulthood. See today's related post on the need for drug policy change to reduce the harm for people self-medicating with opioids to manage pain: http://sco.lt/8LOGjh.
Misuse of prescription pain medications remains a major public health problem -- but programs to prevent it may be underused, according to a study in the July issue of the Journal of Studies on Alcohol and Drugs.
US study finds individual states' prescription monitoring systems are underutilised.
As a nurse in a busy Emergency Room, I’ve treated my share of addicts. But, in the ER — where we typically see overdoses and other emergencies — these patients are usually in and out.
I have a special respect for the nurses and health professionals who work with struggling addicts for the long haul.
Patty Eakin highlights the impact of stigma on the AOD treatment sector, it's capacity to attract and retain quality staff and, most importantly, provide effective supports to some of the most marginalised and vulnerable people within our communities. Anyone who works in the sector and has had to answer the 'So, what do you do?' question at a party or bbq knows how our services (and the people who use them) are perceived by the general public. It's important that all of us continue to challenge this stigma wherever we encounter it.
Health experts have warned that the public health care system is unprepared and ill-equipped to provide help for cannabis users, despite a rapid increase in the number of people seeking treatment for problems relating to the drug. Researchers gathering at a conference at the University of York highlighted the discovery of “concerning, unexpected” new symptoms reported by intensive users of cannabis and synthetic alternatives, including agitation and impulse control problems, contradicting the perception of cannabis as a suppressive drug.
Highlighting the lack of research and service development on the impacts of synthetic cannabis products (and other NPS) and the impact of competitive tendering processes on collaboration by treatment providers.
Supermarket challengers Costco and Aldi find it isn't always easy to sell alcohol in Australia.
Dominant players in Australian alcohol sales (Woolworths and the AHA) join forces to shut out competitor in SA. See other recent coverage of the inconsistencies in WA licensing decisions: http://sco.lt/5MtX9d.
A while ago, somebody asked me a strange question and, at first I was a little bit offended.
Johann Hari reflects on LGBTI people's experience of stigmatisation, trauma and social exclusion as providing relevant insights into key drug policy issues. One thing he doesn't refer to is the higher rates of mental illness (which is another key contributor to problematic AOD use) within LGBTI communities.
An Alberta man, who goes by the pseudonym RunTheDMT, often takes to Reddit to share snippets of his experiences with illicit and unregulated drugs, while offering expertise to other users seeking advice.
Extended piece on individuals' exploration of NPS and implications for service providers, citing Monica Barratt.
The media will continue to report on Ben Cousins' troubles because it's a matter of public interest. But the tide of public opinion has swung in sympathy wit
There's a bit going on here: pathologising, stigmatising language, the assumption that a famous person's recovery journey needs to receive media attention and the reported shift in public attitudes towards the former footballer. It's the last bit that is perhaps the most galling: the idea that Mr Cousins is only deserving of sympathy once he begins to conform with public stereotypes of people who use drugs (or, as described here, 'a full-blown drug addict'). The real story is not Mr Cousins. There will be the usual ups and downs in his recovery as there are in most other peoples. The real story here is public attitudes to people who use drugs and our demand for media coverage like this that both feeds our need for celebrity gossip and confirms our misinformed stereotypes.
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