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Working with trauma and substance use (Aus)

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This is one of ours.

It's to support AOD workers in responding to trauma histories amongst service users.

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Can tech help overcome addiction? (USA)

Can tech help overcome addiction? (USA) | Useful AOD Reports & Resources | Scoop.it
Though the process of overcoming addiction is a personal one, this generation and those ahead may have some new, innovative options to help with recovery — due to technology and the mobile app phenomenon.
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Jenna Shapiro summarises a variety of apps, wearables and Johann Hari's TED talk, emphasising the importance of connection and the role that apps can play in reducing isolation and supporting recovery.

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Jenna Shapiro summarises a variety of apps, wearables and Johann Hari's TED talk, emphasising the importance of connection and the role that apps can play in reducing isolation and supporting recovery.

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Suicide Assessment Kit (Aus)

Suicide Assessment Kit (Aus) | Useful AOD Reports & Resources | Scoop.it

The Suicide Assessment Kit (SAK) is a comprehensive assessment and policy development package, designed to assist alcohol and other drug services in the assessment and management of suicide risk. The SAK was developed by NDARC in partnership with the Network of Alcohol and Other Drug Agencies (NADA), in response to a need identified as a result of interviewing staff and managers of residential rehabilitation services nationally (Ross et al, 2012).

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Suicidal ideation is a common issue for people participating in AOD treatment. Check out this new resource from NDARC & NADA.

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Naloxone – preliminary advice from the working group updating Drug Misuse and Dependence: UK Guidelines on Clinical Management

The working group updating the 2007 national clinical guidelines on drug treatment has published some preliminary advice on naloxone before addressing its supply and use more fully in the published update next year. The advice covers naloxone dosing in overdose situations, take-home naloxone products that can be supplied and training that should be provided, now and following legislation to make naloxone more widely available from October 2015 onwards.

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A useful resource those developing their own naloxone programs.

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Scotland gets alcohol and tobacco web map

Scotland gets alcohol and tobacco web map | Useful AOD Reports & Resources | Scoop.it
CRESH-created system maps density of sales outlets to support health research
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Nice resource linking alcohol & tobacco outlet density to public health outcomes.

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Russia's war on drugs leaves patients without pain relief

A change to the Russian law governing narcotics now enshrines a terminally ill patient's right to pain relief, but that doesn't necessarily mean they can get the drugs they need. Fiona Clark reports.

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Russian drug policy has been identified as creating serious barriers to pharmacotherapy treatment (http://sco.lt/5G2OH3). Now it's affecting a much wider group of people.

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Cannabis psychosis, gender matters (UK)

New research by health scientists at the University of York has revealed that a greater proportion of men than women suffer from cannabis psychoses.

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Many opioid overdoses linked to lower prescribed doses, intermittent use (USA)

Overdoses of opioid pain medications frequently occur in people who aren't chronic users with high prescribed opioid doses -- the groups targeted by current opioid prescribing guidelines, reports a study in the August issue of Medical Care. The journal is published by Wolters Kluwer.
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Working with Women Engaged in AOD Treatment (NSW)

Working with Women Engaged in AOD Treatment (NSW) | Useful AOD Reports & Resources | Scoop.it

A resource developed by the Network of Alcohol and other Drugs Agencies which aims to support the provision of best practice interventions for women accessing Women's Alcohol and Other Drug Treatment.

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Nice resource from NADA. Women are typically underrepresented in AOD treatment, making up only 30% of participants in most forms of treatment. Improving the accessibility and effectiveness of treatment services for women is essential.

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Injecting risk practices and Hepatitis C (Aus)

Injecting risk practices and Hepatitis C (Aus) | Useful AOD Reports & Resources | Scoop.it
Key findings Sharing needles/syringes and injecting equipment poses a substantial risk to HCV transmission among PWID.
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IDRS findings highlight sharing of needles/syringes amongst people with Hepatitis C and the need for targetted harm reduction interventions with this group.

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Vital Signs: Demographic and Substance Use Trends Among Heroin Users (USA)

Annual average rates of past-year heroin use increased from 1.6 per 1,000 persons aged ≥12 years in 2002–2004 to 2.6 per 1,000 in 2011–2013. Rates of heroin abuse or dependence were strongly positively correlated with rates of heroin-related overdose deaths over time. For the combined data years 2011–2013, the odds of past-year heroin abuse or dependence were highest among those with past-year cocaine or opioid pain reliever abuse or dependence.

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Increase in diagnoses of recently acquired HIV in people who inject drugs (Ireland)

Increase in diagnoses of recently acquired HIV in people who inject drugs (Ireland) | Useful AOD Reports & Resources | Scoop.it

An increase in recently acquired HIV in PWID has been noted in Dublin since early 2015. We have defined recently acquired HIV infections as those in which the person tests positive using a combined HIV antigen/antibody screening assay, negative or indeterminate on a confirmatory immunoblot assay and is p24 antigen positive, or has had a HIV negative test within the 12 months prior to the positive test or who suffers an acute HIV sero-conversion illness. 

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Highlighting the importance of increased focus on harm reduction initiatives, such as the current proposal to establish medically supervised injecting centres in Dublin: http://sco.lt/946R9d

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Policy Toolkit 2nd Edition

The NADA Policy Toolkit 2nd Edition is designed to guide non government drug and alcohol organisations to develop and review operational policy documents and support their formal quality improvement program. The new edition is the result of a comprehensive review of the NADA Policy Toolkit (2010) and provides a new, up-to-date and user friendly toolkit of policy and procedure templates that can be adapted to support individual organisations.

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Check out NADA's updated policy resource.

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Social bias in the policing of illicit drug users in the UK and Australia: Findings from a self-report study

Social bias in the policing of illicit drug users in the UK and Australia: Findings from a self-report study | Useful AOD Reports & Resources | Scoop.it
Both in the UK and Australia, the use of police stop and search powers has raised concerns because of their overwhelming focus on members of black and minority ethnic communities.
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One of several new reports on the range of impacts from the stigmatisation of people who use illicit drugs.
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New benzodiazepines guide for GPs to improve patient care (Aus)

New benzodiazepines guide for GPs to improve patient care | RACGP
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Good to see attention to this issue and support for improved prescribing practices by GPs.

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Calories and Cocktails - The True Weight of Your Drink - Clarity Way

Calories and Cocktails - The True Weight of Your Drink - Clarity Way | Useful AOD Reports & Resources | Scoop.it
On top of the health hazards of drinking, some cocktails are high in calories & carry added risks to your health; watch out for these calories and cocktails
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A useful resource for those for whom weight gain is a factor in their decision to change their alcohol consumption.

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Federal Prisons Could Release 1,000 Times More Drug Offenders Than Obama Did (USA)

Colloquially known as "drugs minus two," a sentencing tweak made last year could reduce the prison time of as many as 46,000 inmates.
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National Ice Taskforce (Aus)

National Ice Taskforce (Aus) | Useful AOD Reports & Resources | Scoop.it
National Ice Taskforce present its interim report to the Council of Australian Governments meeting in Sydney Today in Sydney, the Taskforce members presented their interim report on the use and impacts of crystal methamphetamine (ice) on the Australian community to the Council of Australian Governments (COAG).  The interim report provides COAG leaders with the Taskforce’s initial analysis of this complex issue, an overview of existing efforts and gaps to tackle the problem, and advice about what more needs to be done.
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The Taskforce's interim report is not publicly available yet, but has been presented to COAG, with a summary of the key areas of recommended focus:

  1. Target primary prevention
  2. Improve access to early intervention, treatment and support services
  3. Support local communities to respond
  4. Improve tools for frontline workers
  5. Focus law enforcement actions
  6. Improve and consolidate research and data
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IDPC recommendations for the “ZERO DRAFT” of the UNGASS outcome document

In the lead up to the negotiations of the UNGASS outcome document, IDPC has drafted this advocacy note with recommendations on the structure and contents of the “zero draft”.
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Alternatives to punishment for drug-using offenders

Based on the options provided by the international drug control legal framework, this paper considers the rehabilitative measures of treating, educating or reintegrating drug users as alternatives or additions to conviction or punishment that are established in the laws of many countries in Europe today.

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EMCDDA report the range of options available and the evidence for their effectiveness.

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Dropping Off The Edge 2015 - Jesuit Social Services

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Dropping off the Edge 2015 shows clearly that complex and entrenched disadvantage is experienced by a small but persistent number of locations in each state and territory across Australia.

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The new DOTE report highlights the pattern of disadvantage in Melbourne's north, with obvious implications for service providers and policy makers.

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The Public Health Responsibility deal: has a public-private partnership brought about action on alcohol reduction? (UK)

At the heart of the UK government’s alcohol strategy are ‘Responsibility Deal’ pledges made by alcohol companies, but rather than being prompted by the deal, this report says actions committed to were usually already done or underway. Other sources suggest the process helped forestall a more effective measure – a minimum per unit price for alcohol.
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Useful research on industry resistance to meaningful reform.

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Majority of Brits harmed by other people's drinking

More than half of Scots and three-quarters of people from North West England are harmed by another person’s drinking, according to a new report released today.

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Reflecting comparable findings in Aus. See FARE Australia's reports on alcohol related harms experienced by the wider community

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Heroin on trial: systematic review and meta-analysis of randomised trials of diamorphine-prescribing as treatment for refractory heroin addiction

Background

Supervised injectable heroin (SIH) treatment has emerged over the past 15 years as an intensive treatment for entrenched heroin users who have not responded to standard treatments such as oral methadone maintenance treatment (MMT) or residential rehabilitation.

Aims

To synthesise published findings for treatment with SIH for refractory heroin-dependence through systematic review and meta-analysis, and to examine the political and scientific response to these findings.

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Meta-analysis of six RCTs on SIH treatment (also known as Heroin Assisted Treatment) demonstrates its effectiveness for the small group of people for whom other forms of treatment are ineffective.

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Case Managing in non-government AOD Services; a Practical Toolkit

Case Managing in non-government AOD Services; a Practical Toolkit | Useful AOD Reports & Resources | Scoop.it
AADANT is pleased to officially launch the new toolkit to enhance the practice of case management in the NT AOD Sector. 
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Challenges in the Family: Siblings and substance use (Aus)

Families influence who we are and whether we function in a healthy or unhealthy way (Mayberry, Espelage, & Koenig, 2009).
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Deakin study on the impact of a sibling's AOD use on family relationships highlights the need for services to address the needs of all family members in treatment planning.
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