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Alcohol by-product Destroys Blood Stem Cells

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New research shows that acetaldehyde, the breakdown product generated when the body removes alcohol, causes irreversible damage to the DNA of stem cells in the body’s ‘blood cell factory’ – the bone marrow.

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Free Family Resource

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We've developed a free resource for family members affected by someone's AOD use. It helps identify some of the impacts on family functioning and the need for self-care, explain what to expect from different types of AOD treatment and the role families can play in supporting change.

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Drug misuse and dependence: UK guidelines on clinical management - Consultations

Drug misuse and dependence: UK guidelines on clinical management - Consultations | Useful AOD Reports & Resources | Scoop.it
Public Health England is undertaking a review on behalf of the departments of health in England, Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland.
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The outcome of the consultation process will be a new set of guidelines, due in early 2016.

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Financing drug policy in Europe in the wake of the economic recession

The economic crisis that Europe experienced in 2008 and later presented a grave challenge to public finances. Countries responded to this by undertaking fiscal consolidation. By examining public expenditure in the areas where most drug-related activities are provided, this report looks at how austerity affected responses to the drugs problem. While the full effect of austerity on drug policy is not yet clear, one of the tentative conclusions is that the countries hardest hit by the recession are the ones in which drug policy is most heavily impacted.

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We've seen a few recent examples of a fresh round of austerity measures affecting Aus Federal drug policy too: http://sco.lt/6ONX9N. We're looking at the imminent loss of significant, federally funded AOD programs, the Anex Bulletin (for NSP and other harm reduction workers) has been defunded (http://victorianalcoholanddrugassociationinc.cmail1.com/t/ViewEmail/j/98D041D3543F4AE3/7D36CD17B563473DC68C6A341B5D209E )  and we've heard that the ANCD is going to be scrapped, to be replaced by a more conservative, ideologically driven body. Troubling times for Australian Drug Policy.

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New resource for educators: which in-school alcohol education programs work? (Aus)

New resource for educators: which in-school alcohol education programs work? (Aus) | Useful AOD Reports & Resources | Scoop.it

The National Centre for Education and Training on Addiction (NCETA) has developed an information booklet for schools which consolidates findings of a systematic review about school-based alcohol education programs.

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Smoking cessation in hospitals could cut smoking rates significantly (UK)

Ensuring smoking cessation is offered routinely while smokers are in hospital could help cut smoking rates significantly, concludes a study. In addition, routine provision of smoking cessation support to smokers seen as outpatients would further increase the number of smokers reached, researchers note.
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Hannah Keen's curator insight, November 18, 10:21 AM

Any plan of action that can help cut the £5 billion burden diseases caused by smoking puts on the NHS is a positive step forward.

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Opioids Market of Western Europe to 2023 explored in new report

Opioids are largely used for two medicinal purposes: pain management and substitution treatment for drug dependence. Several of the recently approved and pipeline opioid analgesics have a strong focus on reducing misuse potential, which is one of the most significant barriers to usage in pain management.
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Shooting Up: infections among people who inject drugs in the UK

This Public Health England report describes the extent of infections among people who inject drugs (PWID) in the United Kingdom.
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McCarthyism, conflict of interest and Addiction's new transparency declaration procedures

The process of submitting a manuscript to a scientific journal for editorial review has become increasingly bureaucratic. This has partly resulted from the reaction by journal editors to threats to the integrity of science from commercial interests. This editorial describes instances involving Addiction and is aimed at helping to raise awareness of the kinds of issues that arise. It also announces Addiction's adoption of the International Society of Addiction Journal Editors (ISAJE) transparency form.

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Highlighting the need to identify conflicts of interest, using examples from the alcohol, tobacco and gambling industries.

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Alcohol and other drug treatment and diversion from the Australian criminal justice system: 2012-13

Alcohol and other drug treatment and diversion from the Australian criminal justice system: 2012-13 | Useful AOD Reports & Resources | Scoop.it

Nationally, there were 24,069 clients who had been diverted into alcohol and other drug treatment, comprising 24% of all clients. Diversion clients were younger and more likely to be male than non-diversion clients, and less likely to be Indigenous. Diversion treatment episodes were about twice as likely to involve cannabis as the principal drug of concern compared with episodes for non-diversion clients. Police diversion episodes had less intensive treatment types compared with court diversion episodes.

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New report on Australian diversion programs.

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Best practice in drug interventions (EU)

EMCDDA's Best Practice Portal.

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‘Just because it’s really, really cheap’: An examination of Victorian young adults’ alcohol product choices

This study examined the alcohol drinking preferences of young adults in Victoria who consumed alcohol at risky levels, using both quantitative and qualitative techniques, and found that their alcohol product choices were heavily influenced by factors such as cost, alcoholic content, and their intention to become intoxicated.

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New CAPR report on the clear link between alcohol pricing and consumption patterns.

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Sondra Prince sues DEA for using her identity to create a fake Facebook account (USA)

Sondra Prince sues DEA for using her identity to create a fake Facebook account (USA) | Useful AOD Reports & Resources | Scoop.it
THE US government’s Drug Enforcement Administration has been taken to court after setting up a fake Facebook account using real photographs and personal information it took from the mobile phone of a New York woman.
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Terrible practice.  The DEA deserves to get whacked for this.

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ReGenUC's curator insight, October 9, 10:44 PM

Terrible practice. The DEA deserves to get whacked for this.

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Save My Methadone Takeaways (Vic)

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Methadone Take Away Doses are under review in Victoria. Help protect the maximum 5 take away methadone doses by taking part in our campaign.  
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Check out HRV's new website and join the campaign to keep take away methadone doses part of the Victorian AOD treatment system.

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Global Naloxone Accessibility Survey

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Thousands of people die unnecessarily from opioid overdose every year.
From this survey IDHDP hopes to understand more about where the life saving drug naloxone is and isn’t available as well as its level of accessibility.
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Have you completed the survey?

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Drug consumption rooms in Europe: Organisational overview

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This report provides an overview of the organisation and working methods of drug consumption rooms in Europe.
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IDPC report providing important information for services looking to establish a new DCR.

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Roles of Alcohol in Intimate Partner Abuse (UK)

The main aim of the project was to recruit and interview a range of participants with different levels of conflict in their relationships, in particular collecting data from those convicted of domestic offences, plus those seeking help for relationship conflict and a general population sample, to investigate the roles of alcohol in domestic abuse/partner conflict.

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"Two-thirds of 'domestic incidents' known to police were found to involve at least one of the couple concerned being 'under the influence' of alcohol"

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National Drug Strategy Household Survey detailed report: 2013 (AIHW)

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This 2013 National Drug Strategy Household Survey report shows that: - fewer Australians are smoking daily and are smoking less cigarettes; - fewer people are exceeding the lifetime risk and single occasion risk guidelines for alcohol use; - overall illicit drug use has remained stable but some drugs have declined and some have increased; - alcohol continues to be the drug of most concern to the community but an increasing number of people are concerned about meth/amphetamines.

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Here's the new NDSHS report

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Pregnancy and opioid use: strategies for treatment (EU)

Illicit opioid consumption during pregnancy brings with it the risk of an increase in obstetric complications for the mother and a range of potential dangers for the child, both before and after birth. The primary goal when treating opioid dependence in pregnant women is to stabilise the patient and psychosocially assisted opioid substitution treatment is the preferred first-line therapy for this group.

Several combinations of substitution medicines and psychosocial approaches are available. This paper reviews methadone, buprenorphine and slow-release oral morphine, used in a range of combinations with cognitive behavioural approaches and contingency management in order to identify the strengths of each medicine and method.

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Global Drug Survey 2015 is go

By taking part in this year's Global Drug Survey, you will be part of the biggest survey of drug use patterns in the world. Last year almost 80,000 took part in GDS2014. Our target this year, with media partners in 19 countries and with the survey having been translated into 8 languages is 120,000. That’s a lot of experience, expertise and opinion to share.

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Information sheet on opioid overdose

UpdateInformation sheet on opioid overdose: risk factors, emergency responses, prevention, WHO recommendations

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WHO now on board with distribution of naloxone to friends and family members, as well as service providers.

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Drugs: international comparators (UK)

Report on the 2013 to 2014 international comparators study of approaches to drug-related issues by the UK and other countries. This is a supporting document to the 2010 drug strategy.
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This report from the Home Office has certainly added some urgency to the UK drug policy debate.  It will be interesting to see how much of an influence it has on future policy.

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Maintenance therapy for injection-drug users associated with lower incidenceof hepatitis C (USA)

In a group of young users of injection drugs, recent maintenance opioid agonist therapy with methadone or buprenorphine for opioid use disorders, such as heroin addiction, was associated with a lower incidence of hepatitis C virus infection and may be an effective strategy to reduce injection-drug use and the resulting spread of HCV, according to a study published online by JAMA Internal Medicine.
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One of the many reasons opioid replacement therapy is an effective treatment response.

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Increased somatic morbidity in the first year after leaving opioid maintenance treatment: results from a Norwegian cohort study

From Norway, strong evidence that being in a methadone or buprenorphine maintenance programme protects heroin-dependent patients from drug-related ill-health including life-threatening overdoses and infections, even if the treatment has not completely subdued illegal drug use.

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For more info on why ORT is important, see our Position Statement (and supporting evidence): http://www.regen.org.au/advocacy 

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Representations of minimum unit pricing for alcohol in UK newspapers: a case study of a public health policy debate

Mass media influence public acceptability, and hence feasibility, of public health interventions. This study investigates newsprint constructions of the alcohol problem and minimum unit pricing (MUP).

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The ALICE study: alcohol and lesbian/bisexual women - insights into culture and emotions

Summary of the study's key messages and link to full report.

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This study highlights the impact of stigma on AOD use, mental health and treatment access.  It also provides an important reminder to service providers that they should not be adding to that stigma. 

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Working together: Expanding the availability of naloxone for peer administration to prevent opioid overdose deaths in the Australian Capital Territory and beyond

In 2009 Australian drug researchers advocated the broader availability of naloxone for peer administration in cases of opioid overdose. Industrious local advocacy and program development work by a number of stakeholders, notably by the Canberra Alliance for Harm Minimisation and Advocacy, a drug user organisation, contributed to the rollout of Australia's first prescription naloxone program in the Australian Capital Territory (ACT). Over the subsequent 18 months, prescription naloxone programs were commenced in four other Australian states.

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Important research on Australia's first naloxone program.

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