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Social Media Tips for AOD Organisations (Pt 1)

Recorded to accompany the final three slides of Paul's APSAD conference presentation: http://www.slideshare.net/ReGenUC/social-media-aod-advocacy-2013-apsad-conference;

(Unfortunately, this video cuts out around 8 min. Pt 2 takes it up from there: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=dotxNsdrykg&feature=c4-overview&list=UUGJXmdksj_LX5NlTgZdBxjQ)

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These videos aren't up to our usual production standards.  Apologies for having done them on the fly.

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Fewer attacks on SA paramedics

A SOCIAL media campaign to cut violence and aggression towards ambulance officers and paramedics in South Australia may have halved the problem in just two months.
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Health minister says social media campaign helped increase public respect for paramedics.

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Alcohol laws have a preventive effect on young men (Switzerland)

Young men are at risk from alcohol consumption. Regulations such as the minimum legal drinking age can protect them. As a national study headed by UZH scientists reveals: The more legal measures for alcohol prevention are enforced in a canton, the less young men drink excessively. However, this is not effective for high-risk consumers such as young men with a tendency towards sensation seeking or antisocial behavior.
ReGenUC's insight:

More evidence of the effectiveness of alcohol restrictions in changing behaviour and reducing risk.

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ReGenUC's curator insight, August 10, 8:58 PM

More evidence of the effectiveness of alcohol restrictions in changing behaviour and reducing risk.

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Falling off the wagon with Facebook (USA)

Despite the growing use of online support groups such as those on Facebook to help curb substance abuse, attending traditional face-to-face meetings may continue to be more effective for people trying to maintain sobriety, according to research presented at the American Psychological Association's 123rd Annual Convention.
ReGenUC's insight:

It's important to see web-based treatment and support options as adding to the range of options available (especially for those unable to attend face-to-face services), rather than replacing the need for traditional models. #AddictionChat in the US is a great example of people using Twitter to build new support networks on top of their usual meetings and other supports.

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Woman on Reddit Sends Naloxone in Mail for Free (USA)

Woman on Reddit Sends Naloxone in Mail for Free (USA) | Social Media and Harm Reduction | Scoop.it
An obscure opiate forum has been the source of one person's mission to save lives, no questions asked.
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One woman's approach to using social media to support harm reduction and save lives.

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Temptations of alcohol being replaced by lure of social media for many young Britons

Temptations of alcohol being replaced by lure of social media for many young Britons | Social Media and Harm Reduction | Scoop.it
The temptations of drink are being replaced by the lure of social media for many young Britons, some of whom worry that their reputations would suffer from drunken antics posted online, according to new research.
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See also yesterday's related posts about the need for greater regulation of alcohol marketing on social media (http://sco.lt/4uTseX) and the decline in binge drinking amongst young people in Australia (http://sco.lt/71KxcH).

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ReGenUC's curator insight, July 16, 3:11 AM

See also yesterday's related posts about the need for greater regulation of alcohol marketing on social media (http://sco.lt/4uTseX) and the decline in binge drinking amongst young people in Australia (http://sco.lt/71KxcH).

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Young people ditch binge drinking and boozing over fears of being 'cyber shamed' on social media (UK)

Young people ditch binge drinking and boozing over fears of being 'cyber shamed' on social media (UK) | Social Media and Harm Reduction | Scoop.it
Facebook pictures of fresher’s week antics and boozy Saturday nights may become a thing of the past according to a recent report that shows young people are ditching drink partly due to fears of being “cybershamed” on social media.
ReGenUC's insight:

Shame is not something we'd advocate for in motivating change in people's alcohol consumption, but it clearly has an impact. What's interesting here is the challenge to the usual perception that young people use social media to glorify binge drinking. The reality is a bit more complex.

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ReGenUC's curator insight, June 15, 7:56 PM

Shame is not something we'd advocate for in motivating change in people's alcohol consumption, but it clearly has an impact. What's interesting here is the challenge to the usual perception that young people use social media to glorify binge drinking. The reality is a bit more complex.

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Facebook used by University of Sydney researchers to target young, risky drinkers

Facebook used by University of Sydney researchers to target young, risky drinkers | Social Media and Harm Reduction | Scoop.it
INFLATED alcohol consumption habits and party animal statuses on social media is giving young people a false impression of how much their friends drink and what is normal, new research from the University of Sydney has found.
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Nice example of using social media to reduce harm and change risky behaviour.

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US: iPhone app warns pot smokers when crossing into anti-drug state

With the growing legalization of marijuana, baby boomers are getting into pot tourism, and with it the paranoia that every car on the road holds a state cop ready to arrest them for crossing into an anti-drug state.


Now there's an app for that.


Via Lives Lived Well
ReGenUC's insight:

An innovative approach to interjurisdictional policy differences. Given the relative speed of legislative changes across the US, it does raise potential questions about liability in case of someone relying out outdated advice.

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New app aims to help us battle our need to booze (Aus)

New app aims to help us battle our need to booze (Aus) | Social Media and Harm Reduction | Scoop.it
YOUR mobile phone could be the secret weapon in the battle to beat the booze.
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More detail on the Hello Sunday Morning app here: https://itunes.apple.com/app/hsm/id961582035 

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Lessons from a social media stoush (Aus)

Lessons from a social media stoush (Aus) | Social Media and Harm Reduction | Scoop.it
Many thanks to  Wendy Oakes, Senior Policy and Advocacy Manager, Heart Foundation NSW for this insight into using social media for public health advocacy. Wendy writes: Mentioning e-cigarettes on any public platform  can be a daunting experience. While social media is a potential tool for public health advocacy  the reality is that in the area [...]
ReGenUC's insight:

A good piece from the Heart Foundation's Wendy Oakes on the organisation's approach to a social media campaign and it's response to negative comment.

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16 Professionals Share Nonprofit Technology Advice via Instagram Video (USA)

16 Professionals Share Nonprofit Technology Advice via Instagram Video (USA) | Social Media and Harm Reduction | Scoop.it

Some15-second video interviews are the new elevator pitch. In a world where attention spans are waning, the ability to communicate a message succinctly and on camera is a very valuable skill. While a f...

ReGenUC's insight:

Some good advice here, particularly videos 1, 3 & 6

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‘One Drink One Click’ app launch (UK)

‘One Drink One Click’ app launch (UK) | Social Media and Harm Reduction | Scoop.it
A new mobile application has been launched to make the Welsh public ‘stop and think’ about their level of alcohol consumption. The Welsh Government estimates that every week in Wales, 1,200 hospital admissions are attributed to alcohol.
ReGenUC's insight:

As with other similar apps, the real question is whether people will use it. Evidence to date suggests not. Here's what we had to say on this issue in November: http://www.regen.org.au/regen-in-media/552-croakey131114 

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Release introduces new stop and search app (UK)

Release introduces new stop and search app (UK) | Social Media and Harm Reduction | Scoop.it
The drugs law charity Release is introducing a new Y-Stop app, allowing people to report or complain about a stop and search. Y-Stop is a project run by the charity in partnership with StopWatch.
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Nice initiative to help increase people's awareness of their rights relating to police searches.

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Russian government regulator threatens to block Reddit over cannabis thread

Russian government regulator threatens to block Reddit over cannabis thread | Social Media and Harm Reduction | Scoop.it
Internet watchdog Roskomnadzor emailed Reddit to request removal of subreddit thought to be /r/trees, complaining staff are ‘too relaxed during August’
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Web interventions for alcohol misuse

Web interventions for alcohol misuse | Social Media and Harm Reduction | Scoop.it
Low-intensity electronic interventions may slightly reduce alcohol consumption among adults and college students, research suggests, but may be ineffective for reducing binge-drinking frequency and the negative social consequences associated with alcohol misuse, says a new report.
ReGenUC's insight:

Following on from the previous post (http://sco.lt/8YDyCn): online interventions have been regularly shown to have some benefit, but should not be seen as a replacement for face-to-face services.

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Pokies apps could be a gateway drug or 'the methadone of gambling': researchers (Qld)

Pokies apps could be a gateway drug or 'the methadone of gambling': researchers (Qld) | Social Media and Harm Reduction | Scoop.it
Researchers are investigating whether wildly popular poker machine apps are a gateway drug to future addiction or a methadone-type substitute to wean gamblers off the habit.
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Well, nothing like methadone really, but it seems there could be genuine potential as a harm reduction measure, included as part of a broader response to someone's problem gambling.

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Police letters warn Facebook drug dealers they're being watched (NZ)

Police letters warn Facebook drug dealers they're being watched (NZ) | Social Media and Harm Reduction | Scoop.it
Letters warn group members: "Police have been monitoring your Facebook profile."
ReGenUC's insight:

While social media can provide effective and powerful platforms for reducing harm, engaging people in treatment and supporting recovery, it is essential to remember that disclosure of illicit activity has the potential for harm. While we welcome consumer contact via our SM accounts, it is important that people understand the possible risks associated with their online activity.

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Why buying drugs online is safer than buying them on the street (USA)

Why buying drugs online is safer than buying them on the street (USA) | Social Media and Harm Reduction | Scoop.it
The founder of Silk Road argued that online drug markets make the world safer. This data show he's right
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Citing #GDS2015 findings. Many of the people who use our services report a preference for online purchases, for many of the reasons listed here.

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Facebook and Twitter could be used to help people quit smoking (UK)

Facebook and Twitter could be used to help people quit smoking (UK) | Social Media and Harm Reduction | Scoop.it

"Using social media to kick the [smoking] habit means you're 'TWICE as likely to succeed'," the Mail Online reports. A study of a Canadian social media campaign aimed at helping young people quit smoking found it was twice as successful as telephone helplines.

ReGenUC's insight:

NHS Choices takes a closer look at the reported findings of the Canadian program. Findings not quite as strong as suggested, but still indicate potential value of SM campaigns for public health.

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ReGenUC's curator insight, June 15, 8:10 PM

NHS Choices takes a closer look at the reported findings of the Canadian program. Findings not quite as strong as suggested, but still indicate potential value of SM campaigns for public health.

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AODconnect (Aus)

AODconnect (Aus) | Social Media and Harm Reduction | Scoop.it

AODconnect is a national directory of alcohol and other drug treatment services for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people.

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Nice resource from @AIAODKC

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Get on the 'Sober Grid': A New App Launched for Sober People (USA)

Get on the 'Sober Grid': A New App Launched for Sober People (USA) | Social Media and Harm Reduction | Scoop.it
Sober Grid is a new social network that will connect sober people around the world.
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Definite potential here to support recovery by making it easier for people to establish new social networks.

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Twitter tweaks direct messages

Twitter says it is making it easier to take direct messages private, carving out a bigger space for targeted exchanges on the popular microblogging service.

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This improves the potential for use of Twitter for consumer contact. We'll be changing our settings.

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New app for doctors to help curb alcoholism (Vic)

New app for doctors to help curb alcoholism (Vic) | Social Media and Harm Reduction | Scoop.it

A mobile phone app that will enable doctors to screen people for harmful drinking and refer them to support services has received State Government funding.

ReGenUC's insight:

Another project supported by VicHealth's innovation program. As with any app, the true test of the value of 'Enough is Enough' will be the degree to which it is actually used by its target audience. Here's what we've had to say on this issue previously: http://www.regen.org.au/regen-in-media/552-croakey131114 

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Talking brother to brother and #soberselfies to reduce problem drinking (Vic)

Lecture a young person about drinking too much alcohol with friends, and you would be lucky to get a printable reply.
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Describing one of the projects funded by VicHealth's recent community initiative: https://www.vichealth.vic.gov.au/funding/innovation-challenge-alcohol 

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Think you're not a problem drinker? New research shows our booze culture risks harming kids (Aus)

Think you're not a problem drinker? New research shows our booze culture risks harming kids (Aus) | Social Media and Harm Reduction | Scoop.it
Parents who think their drinking doesn't impact on their children are probably fooling themselves. According to experts, every family, regardless of social class, should take a long hard look at their drinking habits.
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More coverage of the Hidden Harm report.

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