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Tweets, rhetoric and the language of the unheard: a social researcher’s journey from atheist to apostle (Vic)

“Some days this feels like speed dating for activists…” Kathy Landvogt, Manager of Social Policy Research at Good Shepherd Youth & Family Service, is a true convert to Twitter...
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It's a few months old, but this piece by GSYFS' Kathy Landvogt certainly has strong similarities with our own experiences with Twitter.  You can see our recent APSAD advocacy presentation here: http://www.slideshare.net/ReGenUC/social-media-aod-advocacy-2013-apsad-conference. We're still working through some technical issues with the video to accompany the final three slides on tips for SM use by AOD services. Hopefully, it will be available soon

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ReGenUC's curator insight, December 6, 2013 1:19 AM

It's a few months old, but this piece by GSYFS' Kathy Landvogt certainly has strong similarities with our own experiences with Twitter.  You can see our recent APSAD advocacy presentation here: http://www.slideshare.net/ReGenUC/social-media-aod-advocacy-2013-apsad-conference. We're still working through some technical issues with the video to accompany the final three slides on tips for SM use by AOD services. Hopefully, it will be available soon.

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Could this app help you drink less? (Aus)

Could this app help you drink less? (Aus) | Social Media and AOD Practice | Scoop.it
Bit by bit, 36 year old Jess is changing the way she drinks. First came the gradual undoing of the bottle of wine a night habit. It was a challenge that turne
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This sort of app requires a pretty high level of motivation to be effective (most health apps are little used after being downloaded), but the HSM model has already demonstrated that it can support significant shifts in people's alcohol consumption and quality of life.

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Students Create ‘Bad Batch’ App To Warn When Deadly Heroin Mixes Hit The Streets (USA)

Students Create ‘Bad Batch’ App To Warn When Deadly Heroin Mixes Hit The Streets (USA) | Social Media and AOD Practice | Scoop.it
A group of students in high school recently launched an app that warns the public when a particularly strong or deadly mix of heroin hits the streets.
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Another nice example of community members organising to reduce harm and save lives. See today's related post on a Reddit forum meeting a similar need: http://sco.lt/6NUxDl

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Healthy drinking app for uni students likened to nagging cyber-parent (Vic)

Healthy drinking app for uni students likened to nagging cyber-parent (Vic) | Social Media and AOD Practice | Scoop.it
App backed by the Victorian government aims to curb binge drinking with texts, but student says most will ignore reminders
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Obviously, there's a reasonable degree of motivation required to use an app like this. People who don't recognise a need to reduce alcohol related harm or aren't interested in managing their drinking, aren't going to use it, but those who do are likely to gain some benefit. See yesterday's related coverage: http://sco.lt/6ECSBd.

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'Fuelling a mental health crisis': Instagram worst social network for young people's mental health (UK)

'Fuelling a mental health crisis': Instagram worst social network for young people's mental health (UK) | Social Media and AOD Practice | Scoop.it
Instagram is ranked as the worst social networking app when it comes to its impact on young people's mental health, according to a new survey published by th
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Snapchat second worst. YouTube only platform ranked as having a positive net impact.

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Twitter U-Turns on Censoring Searches For 'Cannabis' (USA)

Twitter U-Turns on Censoring Searches For 'Cannabis' (USA) | Social Media and AOD Practice | Scoop.it
Popular social media platform Twitter is now censoring searches for topics deemed ‘sensitive’. This means that searches containing words like ‘sexual health’ and even ‘balls’ will yield zero results under all search tabs, except the ‘top’ search option. This appears to be due to the introduction of a ‘sensitive content filter’ that Twitter has rolled … Continued
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There are some obvious concerns here. Not everyone searching for 'cannabis' (or any other drug related term) is trying to purchase drugs. This sort of filtering is a pretty blunt (and arbitrary) instrument. It's puzzling why Twitter would take this approach.
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Grindr launches emojis, ditches one linked to crystal meth

Grindr launches emojis, ditches one linked to crystal meth | Social Media and AOD Practice | Scoop.it
For when the aubergine just isn’t enough and you’re DTF
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It also includes one designed to promote PrEP.

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Randomised controlled trial evaluation of Tweet2Quit: a social network quit-smoking intervention (USA)

Background We evaluated a novel Twitter-delivered intervention for smoking cessation, Tweet2Quit, which sends daily, automated communications to small, private, self-help groups to encourage high-quality, online, peer-to-peer discussions.

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FDA’s Naloxone App Prize Competition Celebrates Innovation In Search of Technological Solutions to the Opioid Epidemic (USA)

A total of 45 submissions were reviewed by our team of judges from FDA, the National Institute on Drug Abuse, and the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration. While we received many thoughtful and innovative submissions, a single winning team was selected to take home the cash prize of $40,000. We are pleased to announce that the winner of the 2016 FDA Naloxone App Competition is OD Help by Team Pwrdby, a small startup based in Venice, California.

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We can't find the OD Help app in the App Store, but the video about it (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wiiNvSLbUgo&feature=youtu.be) looks like a good example of using mobile tech to reduce harm and prevent overdose fatalities.

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Facebook will let people block certain types of ads, starting with ads for alcohol and parenting

Facebook will let people block certain types of ads, starting with ads for alcohol and parenting | Social Media and AOD Practice | Scoop.it
Facebook will for the first time let people block certain types of ads from appearing in their News Feeds, starting with ads related to alcohol and parenting.
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This trial is only for people in the US, but it will be interesting to see how it plays out, and if it is extended to the rest of us. Greater capacity to block particular content would help screen potential triggers for people in recovery.

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Berlin is on course to legalise cannabis

Berlin is on course to legalise cannabis | Social Media and AOD Practice | Scoop.it

Berlin is on course to at least semi-legalising marijuana after a cross-party movement agreed on a ground-breaking pilot scheme. 

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Cross-party agreement to implement 'controlled distribution to adults'.

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‘If I don’t look good, it just doesn’t go up’: A qualitative study of young women’s drinking cultures and practices on Social Network Site (UK)

Young women in the UK often partake in a culture of intoxication in the pursuit of pleasure and friendship fun. Experiences of intoxication and drinking spaces remain highly gendered and relative to men, women continue to find their behaviours in drinking spaces more constrained and scrutinised. Simultaneously, young women now express themselves via Social Network Sites (SNS), where they display drinking experiences and where they perform, negotiate and display contemporary femininities.

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Highlighting some of the challenges for young women posting about their alcohol consumption.

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Supporting safe social media practice by consumers and service providers (Aus)

Supporting safe social media practice by consumers and service providers (Aus) | Social Media and AOD Practice | Scoop.it

Our 2016 #APSAD conference presentation. You can see the slides here: http://www.slideshare.net/ReGenUC/supporting-safe-social-media-practice-by-aod-consumers-service-providers.

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Thanks to the ReGen consumers and staff who have contributed to this work. We'll be publishing our consumer resource soon.

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FDA launches competition to spur innovative technologies to help reduce opioid overdose deaths (USA)

The U.S. Food and Drug Administration today announced the 2016 Naloxone App Competition, a public contest focused on developing innovative technologies to combat the rising epidemic of opioid overdose.
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There always needs to be a note of caution when institutions expect apps to solve a social and systemic problem. However, it will be interesting to see what models this initiative produces.

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Facebook trial lets users hide alcohol adverts (UK)

Facebook trial lets users hide alcohol adverts (UK) | Social Media and AOD Practice | Scoop.it
The social network is testing a tool that will let people hide categories of ads for the first time.
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In addition to reducing children's exposure to alcohol marketing, such measures would be of particular benefit to people in recovery.

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How a Reddit forum has become a lifeline to opioid addicts in the US

How a Reddit forum has become a lifeline to opioid addicts in the US | Social Media and AOD Practice | Scoop.it
With more than 37,000 subscribers, r/opiates creates a space for substance users to signal-boost fentanyl warnings and get support for overdoses and detoxing
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A good example of how social platforms can be utilised to support harm reduction. In this case, real-time info about fentanyl will save lives. See today's related post about the development of a 'bad batch' app to provide similar warnings: http://sco.lt/4jFEf3

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Texts will warn binge-drinking students to stop before they're 'vomiting in the gutter' (Vic)

Texts will warn binge-drinking students to stop before they're 'vomiting in the gutter' (Vic) | Social Media and AOD Practice | Scoop.it
New initiative will send messages to Melbourne students before, during and after they go drinking.
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On the next stage of development for the Burnet Institute developed model, provideing real time, targetted alcohol harm reduction messages. See this related coverage, where the app is likened to a 'nagging parent': http://sco.lt/7ZV7ZJ.

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When Heroin Almost Took My Life, My Phone Saved It (USA)

When Heroin Almost Took My Life, My Phone Saved It (USA) | Social Media and AOD Practice | Scoop.it

At the end, there were only two things I cared about: the bag of heroin on my glass-topped coffee table, and the cell phone next to it. They were my two life lines. After a decade of abusing opiates, I couldn’t stop using heroin. I was psychologically, physically, and emotionally dependent on it. My phone, too, was an absolute necessity. It linked me to my network – which I’d started building since I worked in the White House as a young, ambitious staffer. On the last day of my drug use, I stared down at the table. To my left, the baggie. To my right, the phone.

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Ryan Hampton highlights the role social media use can play in supporting recovery and public advocacy to challenge stigma and increase public awareness of AOD dependence. It's a very American article, but worth a read. 

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Ryan Hampton highlights the role social media use can play in supporting recovery and public advocacy to challenge stigma and increase public awareness of AOD dependence. It's a very American article, but worth a read. 

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X-Plan: Giving your kids a way out (#xplan)

X-Plan:  Giving your kids a way out (#xplan) | Social Media and AOD Practice | Scoop.it

Friends, as most of you know, I get to spend an hour each week with a group of young people going through addiction recovery.  Yes.  Young people.  I’m talking teenagers…

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This has done the rounds of US TV, but it's a simple, effective strategy that can be done using whatever platform you're on. Everyone who is trying to make changes to their AOD use should have some sort of X plan.

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An analysis of Twitter reactions to the revised guidelines: useful insights? (UK)

An analysis of Twitter reactions to the revised guidelines: useful insights? (UK) | Social Media and AOD Practice | Scoop.it
A new study exploring Twitter reactions to the revised recommended drinking guidelines announced in 2016 has been published in the BMJ. The responses though may be seen to reflect previous indications of the public's response, generally showing a mixtur
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Highlighting some of the challenges of developing and delivering effective public health messages.

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Highlighting some of the challenges of developing and delivering effective public health messages.

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Social Media May Provide Big Data Insights into Drug Misuse (USA)

Social Media May Provide Big Data Insights into Drug Misuse (USA) | Social Media and AOD Practice | Scoop.it
Providers and big data analytics professionals may soon be able to analyze behavioral drug abuse patterns and consumption through social media channels.
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More on the potential for social media data to be utilised for research. The article also (briefly) addresses the need for clear guidelines about how this research should be carried out.

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Mother shares inspiring photos four years after overcoming meth addiction (USA)

Mother shares inspiring photos four years after overcoming meth addiction (USA) | Social Media and AOD Practice | Scoop.it
An Arizona mother’s inspiring Facebook post about overcoming drug addiction has been shared by thousands of social media users.
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Glamorous selfies are not a necessary part of recovery, but it's understandable when people want to celebrate their progress. It's up to people to decide how to use their images (and deal with internalised stigma) but, at the very least, examples like this serve as a challenge to the awful #FacesofMeth campaign.

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Glamorous selfies are not a necessary part of recovery, but it's understandable when people want to celebrate their progress. It's up to people to decide how to use their images (and deal with internalised stigma) but, at the very least, examples like this serve as a challenge to the awful #FacesofMeth campaign.

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Why many mental health apps are failing (Aus)

Why many mental health apps are failing (Aus) | Social Media and AOD Practice | Scoop.it
Health apps are becoming increasingly common and all of them collect data and this data is shared with the manufacturer. How concerned should we be? A new concern has been raised about mental health apps in particular.
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Citing research undertaken by VicHealth on whether mental health apps are evidence based, effective and safe for people who use them. Their findings highlight the potential risks associated with a lack of regulation of health apps. See also the ADF's reviews of AOD apps: http://adf.org.au/want-to-reduce-the-harms-of-alcohol-and-other-drugs-there-s-an-app-for-that.

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Many Scots unaware drinking alcohol can cause cancer

Many Scots unaware drinking alcohol can cause cancer | Social Media and AOD Practice | Scoop.it
More than one in three Scots are unaware that drinking alcohol increases the risk of developing cancer, research has found.
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Study highlights both the risks to public health and the need for greater community awareness of the impacts of alcohol consumption.

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Media conference hijacked Schoolies warned of social media risks (Qld)

Media conference hijacked Schoolies warned of social media risks (Qld) | Social Media and AOD Practice | Scoop.it
The long-term consequences of a nude selfie pose just as much risk to Queensland school leavers as drugs and alcohol, schoolies week organisers have warned.
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A timely reminder of the role intoxication plays in increasing risky behaviour and potential harm. Events such as Schoolies carry a high risk of young people either making (or being the subject of) inappropriate social media posts that could have long term effects.

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Please like me: Facebook and Public Health Engagement (Aus)

Please like me: Facebook and Public Health Engagement (Aus) | Social Media and AOD Practice | Scoop.it
Every public health organisation worth its grant money has a Facebook page but up until now there has been little evidence for their effectiveness.  James Kite and Becky Freeman from the School of Public Health, University of Sydney report on a study they undertook of high profile public health organisations’ Facebook pages and an analysis of the factors that influence consumer engagement.  They found that getting the content right is critical if social media is to play any role in achieving high user engagement but that there is no simple recipe to achieve this outcome.  With some useful tips and insightful
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A nice take on the potential for social media use for public health advocacy and a good tip: 'remember that most videos on Facebook are viewed without sound'. You can see the full report here: http://journals.plos.org/plosone/article?id=10.1371/journal.pone.0162765

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