Women in India have forced prohibition on to the political agenda as they blame alcohol sales for a big rise in domestic violence and rape in the region
See recent related coverage questioning the effectiveness of such measures in protecting Indian women and girls from violence: See today's related post on the geography of the US overdose 'crisis': http://sco.lt/99qvk9.
The U.S. Food and Drug Administration today approved Probuphine, the first buprenorphine implant for the maintenance treatment of opioid dependence. Probuphine is designed to provide a constant, low-level dose of buprenorphine for six months in patients who are already stable on low-to-moderate doses of other forms of buprenorphine, as part of a complete treatment program.
More should be done to reduce the rate at which Indigenous children are removed from their families.
On Sorry Day, Judy Cashmore and Teresa Libesman highlight the need for earlier interventions and support within our communities to address contribution factors (such as AOD use) to abuse and neglect of children and strengthen families.
Are the happiness boosting effects of alcohol fleeting or long-lasting?
While the tone of this article is deliberately light the core arguments are sound: 1. People typically use alcohol (and other drugs because they enjoy the effect; 2. Public health campaigns that ignore this fact are unlikely to affect the behaviour of those already engaged AOD use; 3. It's important to be aware of the increased risk of harm (including emerging dependence) associated with higher levels of consumption. This initiative has obvious similarities to a recent project by a Brazillian photographer, who sought to capture the impacts of drinking three glasses of wine on people's mood: http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/2016/04/08/amazing-photos-capture-how-faces-change-after-1-2-and-3-glasses/.
The implant promises to treat opioid addiction without the hassle of a daily pill. But doctors and insurers are wary, especially about the cost.
On the development of a buprenorphine implant. Buprenorphine is effective as an opioid replacement therapy, but is far from providing a silver bullet for the US 'opioid crisis'. As we've seen with naltrexone implants, there are very real dangers associated with implants being seen as a 'cure' for dependence, when they do nothing to address the cognitive and behavioural components of drug dependence.
It's an excruciating way to die. First comes nausea, vomiting, dizziness and headaches (often mistaken for normal drunkenness), followed by loss of vision
Methanol poisoning is a common occurrence in Indonesia. A bill currently before parliament proposes a national ban on the production, distribution and sale of any products with more than 1% alcohol content.
One of the undeniable powers of social media is its ability to influence people and their behaviors. This is especially true, a study finds, when it comes to alcohol use. Researchers found that when participants in a study were exposed to ads touting beer, as opposed to those selling bottled water, they were more inclined to consider drinking alcohol.
More evidence of the role social media plays in alcohol marketing: 'On social media, the line that distinguishes between an ad and regular content is very fine.'
The 24/7 economy is pushing so-called 'smart drugs' into the office
Citing Ian Hickie and Carl Hart on the use (and impacts) of drugs like Modafinil, ADHD medications and other stimulants (like caffeine) in the workplace. See yesterday's related post on the use of 'smart drugs' by students: http://sco.lt/6njAeX.
A survey of more than 216,000 adolescents from all 50 states indicates the number of teens with marijuana-related problems is declining. Similarly, the rates of marijuana use by young people are falling despite the fact mor
National study finds overall use increasing following legal reforms, but that use (and harm) amongst young people declines.
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