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Hot Button: methamphetamines

Focusing on (drug) prohibition does not work, but a range of treatment and other harm-reduction measures do, says expert on drug abuse.

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ReGenUC's curator insight, October 12, 2014 6:44 PM

VAADA's Sam Biondo's response to questions on methamphetamines, including a nice name check for us and Odyssey House Victoria on our work in this area.

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VAADA's Sam Biondo's response to questions on methamphetamines, including a nice name check for us and Odyssey House Victoria on our work in this area.

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Tim Bingham speaks with Patt Denning Ph.D Director of Clinical Services & Training at Harm Reduction Therapy Center

Patt Denning Ph.D is Director of Clinical Services & Training at Harm Reduction Therapy Center.

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The on-going under-funding of harm reduction

The on-going under-funding of harm reduction | harm reduction psychotherapy | Scoop.it

Despite the wealth of evidence supporting key harm reduction interventions such as needle and syringe programmes (NSPs) and opioid substitution therapy (OST), they remain woefully underfunded around the world. We know this by looking at the global coverage: just 8% of people who inject drugs have access to NSPs, and 8% have access to OST.


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Mental and substance use disorders leading cause of non-fatal illness

Mental and substance use disorders leading cause of non-fatal illness | harm reduction psychotherapy | Scoop.it
Mental and substance use disorders were the leading cause of non-fatal illness worldwide in 2010 according to researche
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Ziggi Ivan Santini's curator insight, June 22, 2014 3:03 PM

“Despite the personal and economic costs, treatment rates for people with mental and substance use disorders are low, and even in developed countries, treatment is typically provided many years after the disorder begins. In all countries, stigma about mental and substance-use disorders constrain the use of available resources as do inefficiencies in the distribution of funding and interventions.”

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Medical Marijuana Right for New York, Say ASOs

Medical Marijuana Right for New York, Say ASOs | harm reduction psychotherapy | Scoop.it
New York AIDS Service Organizations applauded Governor Andrew Cuomo’s proposals to provide support for people living with HIV/AIDS, including access to medical marijuana.
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Dr. Andrew Tatarsky is quoted, "Medical marijuana is effective and humane". 

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Medical marijuana is humane

Medical marijuana is humane | harm reduction psychotherapy | Scoop.it
Many of my colleagues in the addiction and mental health treatment communities support this bill, as reflected in endorsements by the New York State Psychological Association and its Division on Addiction. Allowing the seriously ill access to safe and legal medical marijuana under their health care provider's supervision is, fundamentally, an issue of compassion and human rights. The worst dangers associated with medical marijuana come from forcing patients to seek medical marijuana on the illicit market, with potentially devastating consequences â€" like untested and possibly contaminated product, lifelong criminal records, and shame and stigma from using an illegal substance. When our young people learn that their drug education is filled with misinformation about marijuana, we lose credibility and damage our ability to teach them accurate information about the real dangers of marijuana and other drugs. [...] another reason I support the Compassionate Care Act is because it would generate and earmark substantial funding for such prevention programs, which have unfortunately been devastated by cuts in recent years.
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Housing key in harm reduction strategies

Housing key in harm reduction strategies | harm reduction psychotherapy | Scoop.it
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Over 4000 police sign up to support harm reduction!

Over 4000 police sign up to support harm reduction! | harm reduction psychotherapy | Scoop.it
Not long to go!

The United Nations Commission on Crime Prevention and Criminal Justice will be held between the 22nd and 26th of April in (good news, over 4000 police sign up to support harm reduction!

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Evidence-based suicide prevention begins with deeper analysis (Vic)

Evidence-based suicide prevention begins with deeper analysis (Vic) | harm reduction psychotherapy | Scoop.it
Researchers in mental health are working with colleagues at the Victorian Coroners Court to refine and evaluate a register of deaths by suicide in the state in an effort to identify risk factors for suicide, and to develop effective prevention measures.

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Needle Exchange and Harm Reduction

Needle Exchange and Harm Reduction | harm reduction psychotherapy | Scoop.it
A needle exchange aims to reduce needle sharing and curb the transmission of HIV and other blood-borne viruses. Page looks at other harm reduction measures such as methadone maintenance therapy.

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Exploring the relation of ‘Harm Reduction Therapy’ to Drug Policy Reform (Central Asia)

Exploring the relation of ‘Harm Reduction Therapy’ to Drug Policy Reform (Central Asia) | harm reduction psychotherapy | Scoop.it

Blog posting on Harm Reduction initiatives in Central Asia.


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These two are inextricably linked. Progressive drug policy change needs the substance use treatment system to adopt a harm reduction orientation as part of its central focus. Existing treatment, by and large, is anti-harm reduction, doesn't work for most people, sets up failure and reinforces the myth that drug users need to be locked up.

 

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Guess What? Harm Reduction Is a Common Path to Abstinence From Alcohol - Substance.com

Guess What? Harm Reduction Is a Common Path to Abstinence From Alcohol - Substance.com | harm reduction psychotherapy | Scoop.it
Offering problem drinkers the option of moderation frequently works better than mandating abstinence—and many people who use harm reduction approaches do eventually decide to quit. (RT @SanhoTree: RT @substancedotcom: Guess What?
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The New School for Social Research :: Departments :: Psychology :: Programs :: Harm Reduction Psychotherapy Certificate Program

The New School for Social Research fosters the highest standards of scholarly inquiry while addressing issues of major political, cultural, and economic concern
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Integrative Harm Reduction Psychotherapy: A Call for National Dialogue

Integrative Harm Reduction Psychotherapy: A Call for National Dialogue | harm reduction psychotherapy | Scoop.it
We are losing the battle against addiction and its negative consequences in spite of the well-meaning intentions of most treatment providers. What needs to change?
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Policy Briefs and Reports - Harm Reduction Coalition

Policy Briefs and Reports - Harm Reduction Coalition | harm reduction psychotherapy | Scoop.it
Harm Reduction Coalition advances policies and programs that help people address the adverse effects of drug use including overdose, HIV, hepatitis C, addiction, and incarceration.

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Women Who Inject Drugs

Women Who Inject Drugs | harm reduction psychotherapy | Scoop.it
Ellen Tuchman Ph D of NYUs Silver School of Social Work discusses her research with female injection drug users. She discusses the issue of self vs.

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'This is working': Portugal, 12 years after decriminalising drugs

'This is working': Portugal, 12 years after decriminalising drugs | harm reduction psychotherapy | Scoop.it
Twelve years after Portugal eliminated criminal penalties for drug users, experts are pleased with the results.

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Shaun Shelly's curator insight, August 3, 2014 5:38 AM

Portugal is leading the way in decrimanalisation - we should be following their example. The results speak for themselves.