WOMEN in violent relationships are turning to the drug ice to cope with or mentally escape the horror of family violence.
The role of AOD use in contributing to family violence is well recognised. Anyone with familiarity with the AOD field knows that, for many people, AOD use is a common coping strategy for people living with trauma. See yesterday's post by Johann Hari on the cumulative impacts of childhood trauma on future drug dependence: http://sco.lt/6oYRfN
David Cameron launches review by Dame Carol Black of welfare for those with drug, alcohol or obesity problems
While forcing people into treatment raises a long list of potential concerns, this proposal also raises a question about what type of treatment people would be obliged to undertake. The UK's policy shift towards a recovery-oriented treatment system, with a clear emphasis on abstinence, is likely to create its own set of problems (and potential harms) for this group.
The Productivity Commission’s (PC) recently released Trade and Assistance Review warned that Australian taxpayers were facing a potential reaming from an investor-state dispute settlement (ISDS) law suite taken against Australia’s plain package cigarette laws by tobacco giant Philip Morris, under an obscure investment agreement with Hong Kong.
The world may be getting warmer, but it is not getting much wetter. It quaffed 249 billion litres of alcoholic drinks in 2014, a modest increase of 1 billion over...
Interesting data showing reducing sales (by volume) in Europe and the US, with increases in China, Brazil and India. See last month's post on beer sales as in indicator of economic growth: http://sco.lt/9ELlar.
THE daughter of a Western Australian MP has been fined $1200 for stealing money from her mother during a time she was addicted to ice.
There's a lot going on here, but the takeaway message is clear: if you or a loved one are struggling with the impacts of dependent AOD use, you don't have to do it alone. Ask for help. If you're in Victoria, you can call us on 1800 700 514.
A TEENAGER has died of a heart attack after inhaling nitrous oxide, otherwise known as laughing gas.
Make that: nitrous oxide and alcohol. While it's important to recognise that there are risks associated with nitrous, it's perhaps more necessary to highlight the fact that poly drug use is a common factor in most overdose deaths.
What disturbs me the most is how quickly we now all move on. That is the cruellest thing about this product – it makes those who are not customers not give a damn about those who are.
A passionate piece by Barnaby Joyce on the impact of methamphetamine use within our communities and the stigmatisation of those affected. A summary of the National Ice Taskforce's initial areas for policy focus is available here: http://sco.lt/7WH48f.
Treating ice addicts in their local communities instead of rehabilitation centres hundreds of kilometres from home was the rationale behind a strategy announced by Assistant Health Minister Pru Goward in Dubbo on Tuesday.
We'd suggest $1million a year for four years won't significantly increase the capacity of the NSW AOD treatment sector to respond to the needs of people affected by methamphetamine dependence.
A new vapour tool eliminates the need for drinking your morning coffee
Will vaping become an enduring route of administration for licit drugs? Time will tell. Best invention ever? We'd suggest not. The evidence for vaping as a harm reduction strategy still seems pretty unclear.
We missed this when it was published a month ago, but it's a great piece by Johann Hari on the cumulative impact of childhood trauma on people's ability to self-manage stress and negative emotions. Developing the internal resources, rather than relying on external influences (like AOD), is a key enabler of people's recovery.
On World Hepatitis Day (28 July) WHO highlights the urgent need for countries to enhance action to prevent viral hepatitis infection and to ensure that people who have been infected are diagnosed and offered treatment. This year, the Organization is focusing particularly on hepatitis B and C, which together cause approximately 80% of all liver cancer deaths and kill close to 1.4 million people every year.
Follow #4000voices on Twitter for World Hepatitis Day discussion.
SUICIDE rates are 66 per cent higher in the country than in Australian cities, while deaths from all causes in remote areas is 40 per cent higher. The data is contained in the inaugural Medical Research and Rural Health report, released by Sydney's Garvan Institute of Medical Research on Tuesday.
Amidst the usual media coverage of regional, rural and remote communities 'devastated by Ice', it's important to remember that there are many factors that contribute to methamphetamine use within those communities. Problematic AOD use is only ever a part of the bigger picture.
The Baird government dropped its plan to limit drinks on Australia Day, Melbourne Cup, footy finals after complaints by the alcohol lobby before the March election. The Australian Hotels Association met with Premier Mike Baird.
Kirsty Needham provides more proof of alcohol industry influence over Australian drug policy.
Sharing your scoops to your social media accounts is a must to distribute your curated content. Not only will it drive traffic and leads through your content, but it will help show your expertise with your followers.
How to integrate my topics' content to my website?
Integrating your curated content to your website or blog will allow you to increase your website visitors’ engagement, boost SEO and acquire new visitors. By redirecting your social media traffic to your website, Scoop.it will also help you generate more qualified traffic and leads from your curation work.
Distributing your curated content through a newsletter is a great way to nurture and engage your email subscribers will developing your traffic and visibility.
Creating engaging newsletters with your curated content is really easy.