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UnitingCare ReGen 2015 ‘Innovation in Action’ Seminar - YouTube

ReGen invites anyone with an interest in the development of Victoria’s alcohol and other drug treatment system to our annual Innovation Seminar. To be opened...
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Unedited video from our recent Innovation seminar, presenting some of our work and discussing the current state of the Victorian AOD treatment reforms. For more details on the event, see: http://www.regen.org.au/more-events/582-2015-innovation-seminar-30-april-10am-1pm 

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Unedited video from today's Innovation seminar, presenting some of our work and discussing the current state of the Victorian AOD treatment reforms. For more details on the event, see: http://www.regen.org.au/more-events/582-2015-innovation-seminar-30-april-10am-1pm 

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Women's injection drug practices in their own words: a qualitative study (USA)

There are significant gender differences in injection drug practices and relative risks involved for women who inject drug compared with men. This qualitative study aims to explore the social, contextual, and behavioral dimensions of injecting practices among women who inject drugs.
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Interesting study challenging some common assumptions about women's injecting and highlighting the empowering impact of providing people with practical harm reduction information.

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Injection and diversion of Oxycontin drops following introduction of tamper proof formula (Aus)

Drawing from comprehensive data including pharmaceutical opioid sales and information about individual drug use patterns obtained through interviews with people who inject drugs regularly as well as data from the Sydney Medically Supervised Injecting Centre (MSIC) and inner-Sydney needle-syringe programs, the NOMAD study compared non-medical use of the drug before and after the introduction of the Reformulated OxyContin®.

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Aus study showing the initial impact of reformulation on injecting use.  Interesting to note that there was no clear evidence for people having switched to other drugs.

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Understanding the health and service needs of diverse populations of pharmaceutical opioid users: Cohort studies of dependent users in treatment, and people who inject drugs (Aus)

Understanding the health and service needs of diverse populations of pharmaceutical opioid users: Cohort studies of dependent users in treatment, and people who inject drugs (Aus) | Useful AOD Reports & Resources | Scoop.it

This technical report summarises and compares the data collected across two time periods from two groups who use pharmaceutical opioids, those seeking treatment for PO dependence and those that inject drugs regularly.

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Transformation and time-out: The role of alcohol in identity construction among Scottish women in early midlife

  • We used focus groups to explore the social context of drinking in mid-life women.

  • Drinking alcohol is inextricably linked to gendered identity.

  • Women's narratives suggest alcohol facilitates ‘time-out’ from responsibilities.

  • Excessive drinking re-connected some mothers with their younger, carefree selves.

  • These connections have been noted and exploited by the alcohol industry.
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A qualitative study trialling the acceptability of new hepatitis C prevention messages for people who inject drugs: symbiotic messages, pleasure and conditional interpretations (NSW)

Prevention of hepatitis C (HCV) remains a public health challenge. A new body of work is emerging seeking to explore and exploit “symbiotic goals” of people who inject drugs (PWID). That is, strategies used by PWID to achieve other goals may be doubly useful in facilitating the same behaviours (use of sterile injecting equipment) required to prevent HCV. This project developed and trialled new HCV prevention messages based on the notion of symbiotic messages.

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A terrific article by Carla Treloar, including links (at the end) to the posters produced from this study.

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Drug Courts: equivocal evidence on a popular intervention

Drug Courts: equivocal evidence on a popular intervention | Useful AOD Reports & Resources | Scoop.it
This report critically analyses the benefits and failures of drug courts, in particular how they undermine health and human rights.
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OSF report on the challenges of effectively implementing (and evaluating) drug-courts, particularly how they are affected by local drug policy and the attitudes of court officials. You can see the recent evaluation report for Victoria's Drug Court here: http://sco.lt/6XpDaT

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A different take on drug courts.

Julius Matilainen's comment, March 30, 8:10 PM
I do like the ide of generating new approaches on the matter. Like said and as seen, the criminal punishments like incarceration is not the best solution for drug offense. But I also agree on the statement stated in the final chapter, that even though new means should be considered everyone’s right’s must be respected doing so.
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Government anti-drinking messages irrelevant to young binge drinkers, study finds (UK)

Government advertising campaigns to tackle excessive drinking are dismissed as irrelevant by young binge drinkers, because consuming extreme quantities of alcohol is part of their sub-cultural social identity, according to new research.
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While popular, such expensive public campaigns usually miss the mark with their target audience.

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VAADA Conference 2015 - presentations

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VAADA Conference Program 2015 Powerpoint presentations from the 2015 VAADA Conference have now been made available for your reference. To view a presentation, simply open the conference program above and select the relevant title.  The program will be updated if and when additional presentations are made available for publishing. 
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Links to the presentations via the program.

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Terminally Ill Cannabis Scheme - Frequently Asked Questions (NSW)

Terminally Ill Cannabis Scheme - Frequently Asked Questions (NSW) | Useful AOD Reports & Resources | Scoop.it
1. Who is eligible for the scheme? NSW residents who are aged 18 years and over who have a terminal illness are eligible to be registered for the scheme. For detailed information about eligibility, see the fact sheet for adults with a terminal illness and their carers. 2. How can I register for the scheme?
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NSW Govt information on the new medical cannabis scheme.

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The Australian (Illicit) Drug Policy Timeline 1985 - 2015

The Australian (Illicit) Drug Policy Timeline 1985 - 2015 | Useful AOD Reports & Resources | Scoop.it

The Australian (illicit) drug policy timeline provides a list of key events, policy and legislative changes that have occurred in Australia between 1985 and February 28 2015. Events are listed by jurisdiction, at the federal and state/ territory level. The first table includes events at the federal level. Events in the state and territories are split into two parts. To facilitate repeat users of the timeline all events added in the last six months are highlighted in blue.

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DPMP has updated it's policy timeline: a great resource for AOD sector folk.

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Ice Action Plan (Vic)

Ice Action Plan (Vic) | Useful AOD Reports & Resources | Scoop.it

Across our state, good, smart kids are dropping out of school, running away from their families and falling out of society.

Workers are getting attacked. Innocent people are dying, in their homes and on the roads.

Ice is ruining lives, and the time to act is now.

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Released yesterday by the Victorian Government, including a commitment of $18 million for treatment, $19.5 million for police & roadside testing, $1.8 million for NSPs, plus workforce development and community education.

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Released this morning by the Victorian Government, including a commitment of $18 million for treatment, $19.5 million for police & roadside testing, $1.8 million for NSPs, plus workforce development and community education.

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Nalxone Saves Lives (UK)

When you have completed this e-learning module, you will:

  • Understand drug related deaths and risks, and how to recognise the signs and symptoms of an overdose
  • Know what to do and what not to do in the event of an overdose
  • Be aware of what naloxone is and how it can help
  • Be familiar with  naloxone provision in the UK
  • Understand the importance of training people in the use of naloxone and what should be included in training
  • Be aware of available naloxone products and how to use them
  • Understand who naloxone should be prescribed for, and how it is prescribed
  • Know how to set up naloxone services in your area.
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Free naloxone training from the good folk at SMMGP

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FARE Annual Alcohol Poll 2015 « FARE

FARE Annual Alcohol Poll 2015 « FARE | Useful AOD Reports & Resources | Scoop.it
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Download the full report or see the nice infographics that summarise the main findings.

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National Ice Taskforce

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Improving the efforts of the federal, state and territory governments to combat the growing use of ice in our community The Commonwealth Government is working with States and Territories to develop a National Ice Action Strategy to tackle the growing use of crystal methamphetamine, known as ‘ice’.
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Public consultation for the National Ice Taskforce is now open. Submission deadline 20 May.

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Low dead space injecting equipment: a briefing (UK)

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Low Dead Space injecting equipment from Exchange Supplies: a briefing.

A free 4 page A4 briefing on the advantages
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DRUMBEAT Quest - Rekindling the Beacons of Hope (WA)

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Nice looking resource from Holyoake in WA for use in work with 8-17 year-olds.

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How did policy actors use mass media to influence the Scottish alcohol minimum unit pricing debate? Comparative analysis of newspapers, evidence submissions and interviews

The roles of policy actors vary between public and policy spheres, and how messages are communicated in policy debates depends on perceived strategic advantage.

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Independent evaluation of the 'Support. Don't Punish' campaign: January 2013 to December 2014

Independent evaluation of the 'Support. Don't Punish' campaign: January 2013 to December 2014 | Useful AOD Reports & Resources | Scoop.it
'Support. Don’t Punish' is a global advocacy campaign to raise awareness of the harms caused by the criminalisation of people who use drugs.
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'Overall, the SDP campaign has far exceeded its objectives in terms of the number of countries involved in the 'Day of Action' on 26 June each year; the initial target was 5 cities in 5 different countries, but in 2013 it reached 41 cities in 20 countries, rising to 100 cities in 48 countries in 2014. In developing the campaign brand, considerable debate took place among campaign developers on the specific wording, especially the possible misinterpretation of the word 'Support' as disempowering people who use drugs. Although it is noted that there needs to be greater involvement by organisations and networks of people who use drugs in the campaign in the future, the campaign has been actively engaged by people who use drugs, such as in Colombia, India, Indonesia, Kenya, Thailand and Ukraine among others, with one organiser noting that, "it's a day that most of our issues as drug users can be raised at the community, national and international level'.

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The Australian methylamphetamine market

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The Australian Methylamphetamine Market provide a concise understanding of the nature of organised criminal involvement in the Australian methylamphetamine market. The report consolidates open source information with operational and strategic intelligence to inform the Australian public on what the Australian Crime Commission sees as a significant threat to the Australian community. It is intended for the report to inform the national response to the methylamphetamine problem.

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See related coverage: http://sco.lt/4nHbsH

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Medicinal Cannabis - Issues Paper

The Victorian Government has asked the Victorian Law Reform Commission to review and report on options for legislative change to allow people to be treated with medicinal cannabis in exceptional circumstances.

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The two central questions addressed: 1. Who should be eligible to use cannabis for medicinal purposes? & 2. How extensive should any Victorian medicinal cannabis scheme be? 

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The Proximity Effect: The Role of Family Life in Shaping Children’s Knowledge about Alcohol (UK)

The Proximity Effect: The Role of Family Life in Shaping Children’s Knowledge about Alcohol (UK) | Useful AOD Reports & Resources | Scoop.it
The Proximity Effect: The Role of Family Life in Shaping Children’s Knowledge about Alcohol and its Social and Health Implications is a presentation that Professor Gill Valentine gave at the Alcohol and Families Alliance meeting held in February 2015. The presentation sheds light on the role played by family …
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Drug Court of Victoria Evaluation released

Today, the Attorney General together with Chief Magistrate Peter Lauritsen and Magistrate Tony Parsons, Supervising Magistrate of the Drug Court, launched the evaluation of the Drug Court of Victoria. The evaluation was undertaken by KPMG and confirms the success of the Drug Court in working effectively with individuals with severe drug and alcohol dependency to both improve community safety and reduce crime. 
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See today's related coverage: http://sco.lt/88BE9p

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Thesis: Beyond internet as tool: A mixed-methods study of online drug discussion

Internet technologies have changed the context within which illicit drug use occurs. Scholars have demonstrated how the internet and digital technologies can be used to better respond to drug problems and how people who use drugs utilise the internet to access drug information and to purchase drugs (mainly so-called legal highs) through web vendors. The limitations of this body of work are that it generally conceptualises the internet only as a tool, and the potential for internet use resulting in positive outcomes for drug users is only discussed in relation to formal online interventions and treatments. This thesis goes beyond this assumption of ‘technology as tool’ to frame the internet as (1) a tool (enabling people to consume and produce information), (2) a place (online sites within which discourses and meanings are reproduced, reappropriated and negotiated), and (3) a way of being (online sites that are incorporated into everyday/offline life and practices). 

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Thanks to Monica for sharing her thesis.

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It’s magic: prevent substance use problems without mentioning drugs (UK)

It’s magic: prevent substance use problems without mentioning drugs (UK) | Useful AOD Reports & Resources | Scoop.it

Not magic at all of course, but a consequence of the fact that substance use problems are closely related to other problems which often develop at early ages when substance use is just not on the agenda. The 2010 English national drug strategy and corresponding public health plans seemed to recognise this, breaking with previous versions to focus attention on early years parenting in general, and particularly among vulnerable families.

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More evidence of the importance of early interventions to prevent AOD harms.

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