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Prostitution and substance use (UK)

The challenge of change: Improving services for women involved in prostitution and substance use
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Resources from DrugScope's campaign

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Paige Daugherty's comment, July 18, 2013 6:21 AM
I like to see that the UK is focusing on assisting these women in leaving the lifestyle of prostitution. Many substance abuse programs do not adequately assisting in all angles of getting out of this profession such as, struggles with housing cost and childcare. Getting these women “clean” from drugs does not solve all their problems, many times factors other than drugs abuse brought these women into prostitution. It is nice to see some groups reach out to these women in an all-encompassing fashion.
Kevin Bishop's comment, July 22, 2013 10:56 PM
It is really good to see an organization addressing the substance abuse of prostitutes. That may assist the women in getting away from prostitution and into safer occupations. Paige is right though, substance abuse is only part of the problem. Past abuse or undiagnosed problems may be a issue. Fairbanks is doing a similar program involving chronic alcohol abusers. They provide housing at a reduced rate so the users have a stable home. Users then can focus on their issues instead of always worrying about their living situation.
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Closing the Gap (Aus)

Closing the Gap (Aus) | Useful AOD Reports & Resources | Scoop.it
The Prime Minister’s annual report to Parliament on progress in Closing the Gap
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The long awaited report. Now let's see what action comes out of it.

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Drug Trends | The National Drug and Alcohol Research Centre

Drug Trends | The National Drug and Alcohol Research Centre | Useful AOD Reports & Resources | Scoop.it

We research & relay vital information regarding trends in Australia’s drug markets. We use this information to inform policy makers, health care professionals, police officers and the public.

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New website providing easy access to NDARC's drug trends data.

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Alcohol and drug testing in wastewater research (Vic)

This research is part of the Alcohol and Drug Wastewater Project, a collaboration between Turning Point and the University of Queensland, and is jointly funded by Victoria Police and the Victorian Department of Health and Human Services.

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Includes link to summary results from March 2015 testing.

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NSW Needle and Syringe Program (NSP) Outlets

NSW Needle and Syringe Program (NSP) Outlets | Useful AOD Reports & Resources | Scoop.it
An interactive map of every public Needle and Syringe Program outlet across NSW, including staffed NSPs where you can access advice, information and referral as well as machines and chutes.
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Great resource from NSW Health. We need one for every state and territory.

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Social supply of cannabis in Australia

Social supply of cannabis in Australia | Useful AOD Reports & Resources | Scoop.it

In this qualitative and quantitative study, a convenience sample of 200 cannabis users aged between 18 and 30 years were interviewed in Perth (n=80), Melbourne (n=80) and Armidale (NSW; n=40). They were recruited online and through the mainstream street press, flyers, and snowballing. Participants mostly described a closed market characterised by high levels of trust between consumers and suppliers already known to each other at the level of adjacent pairs or small group networks, typically selling in private. 

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A nice study by Jodie Grigg, Simon Lenton, John Scott and Monica Barratt that highlights the complexities of drug supply.  Typically, public calls by politicians or community members to 'crack down on dealers' ignore the reality of how much 'dealing' occurs.

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Indicators of an increase in heroin availability in Western Australia

Indicators of an increase in heroin availability in Western Australia | Useful AOD Reports & Resources | Scoop.it
Key findings Since 2002, heroin has consistently been the preferred drug of choice among the WA IDRS user sample.
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Citing NDARC IDRS data.

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New Horizons: The review of alcohol and other drug treatment services in Australia

The Australian Government Department of Health (the Department) has undertaken a strategic, whole of system review of the drug and alcohol treatment services sector (the Review).  The Review final report identified a lack of clarity around the roles and responsibilities of the Commonwealth and state and territory governments and a need for further analysis and feasibility work to be conducted collaboratively.

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Great to see this DPMP report finally released to the public. It reviews the effectiveness of the two Commonwealth funding streams for AOD treatment (NGOTGP & SMSDGF) and identifies the need for a more co-ordinated, well-resourced approach to funding treatment services by the Federal Govt. The findings of this report have clearly influenced Govt decision-making about its response to the National Ice Taskforce recommendations: http://sco.lt/7l0zzd. The link to the pdf report is towards the bottom under 'The Review of the drug and alcohol treatment services sector'.

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Laws prohibiting peer distribution of injecting equipment in Australia: A critical analysis of their effects

Highlights:
•We examine laws prohibiting peer distribution of needles and syringes in Australia.
•We focus on the discursive, subjectification and lived effects of these laws.
•These laws constitute people who inject drugs as irresponsible and untrustworthy.
•Prohibitions on peer distribution may be counterproductive to public health aims.
•Peer distribution may produce promising, alternative material-discursive effects.

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Free Int Journal of Drug Policy download by terrific Kari Lancaster, Kate Seear & Carla Treloar.

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Australian drug trafficking laws: guilty until proven innocent?

Australian drug trafficking laws: guilty until proven innocent? | Useful AOD Reports & Resources | Scoop.it
Dealing and trafficking in illegal drugs (like heroin, methamphetamine, cocaine, ecstasy and cannabis) are serious criminal offences.
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Policy briefing by Caitlin Hughes, Nicholas Cowdery and Alison Ritter.

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Touchbase (Aus)

Information, Support & Services for LGBTI Australians
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Great new website from the Victorian AIDS Council, Australian Drug Foundation and Australian Federation of AIDS Organisations.

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Review of Mental Health Community Support Services and Drug Treatment Services (VIC)

Review of Mental Health Community Support Services and Drug Treatment Services

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The report on the Victorian AOD and mental health reforms was released this morning. See Minister Foley's accompanying media release:http://victorianalcoholanddrugassociationinc.cmail19.com/t/ViewEmail/j/02BCCAC04808075B/9B9E3D4CC79D2F611A21C02EB51F5606. We're still waiting to see what this means for the AOD and mental health sectors, but we're pretty sure that it means change.

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ReGenUC's curator insight, November 19, 2015 9:07 PM
The report on the Victorian AOD and mental health reforms was released this morning. See Minister Foley's accompanying media release: http://victorianalcoholanddrugassociationinc.cmail19.com/t/ViewEmail/j/02BCCAC04808075B/9B9E3D4CC79D2F611A21C02EB51F5606. We're still waiting to see what this means for the AOD and mental health sectors, but we're pretty sure that it means change.
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Substance misuse in older people (UK)

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The In this blog, Professor Ilana Crome offers an introduction to the Royal College of Psychiatrists' new information guide on substance misuse in older people; an editorial about the guide  by Prof. C...

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The post includes a link to an information guide from the Royal College of Psychiatrists on working with older people with AOD issues.

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Drugs and New Technologies Issue 5, October 2015 (Aus)

Drugs and New Technologies Issue 5, October 2015 (Aus) | Useful AOD Reports & Resources | Scoop.it
This bulletin is the fifth in a series by Drug Trends that provides analysis of trends over time in the availability and type of substances sold via the internet to Australia.
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Update from NDARC's ongoing study of online markets.

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Stakeholder perceptions and operational barriers in the training and distribution of take-home naloxone within prisons in England

Stakeholder perceptions and operational barriers in the training and distribution of take-home naloxone within prisons in England | Useful AOD Reports & Resources | Scoop.it
Harm Reduction Journal publishes research focusing on the prevalent patterns of psychoactive drug use, the public policies meant to control them, and the search for effective methods of reducing the adverse medical, public health, and social consequences associated with both drugs and drug policies. We define 'harm reduction' as 'policies and programs which aim to reduce the health, social, and economic costs of legal and illegal psychoactive drug use without necessarily reducing drug consumption'.
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Not surprisingly, there are plenty of barriers to be overcome.

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Preventing and Reducing AOD Related Harm Among Older People (Aus)

Older Wiser Lifestyles (OWL) is Australia’s first older adult age-specific alcohol and other drug (AOD) service. It was established by Peninsula Health in 2009 following the identification of a service gap. OWL aims to elevate the issues in regard to AOD use among older adults and provide leadership in the development and delivery of evidence-based models of care.

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The guide for health and welfare workers was developed by NCETA for Peninsula Health.

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The effectiveness of compulsory drug treatment: A systematic review

Despite widespread implementation of compulsory treatment modalities for drug dependence, there has been no systematic evaluation of the scientific evidence on the effectiveness of compulsory drug treatment.

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'Conclustion: There is limited scientific literature evaluating compulsory drug treatment. Evidence does not, on the whole, suggest improved outcomes related to compulsory treatment approaches, with some studies suggesting potential harms. Given the potential for human rights abuses within compulsory treatment settings, non-compulsory treatment modalities should be prioritized by policymakers seeking to reduce drug-related harms.' See also today's related post on Belarus 'prison rehabs': http://sco.lt/6x8jlh, 

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Mortality in the Melbourne injecting drug user cohort study (MIX)

There are few studies of mortality amongst people who inject drugs (PWID) in Australia. In this study, we estimate mortality in a cohort of PWID in Melbourne and examine predictors of mortality including health service use, demographic characteristics, drug use and personal wellbeing.
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Nice study by the good folk at Burnet, highlighting the need for increased access to naloxone to prevent opioid overdose deaths. See today's related stories on naloxone rescheduling in Aus, featuring Paul Dietze (http://sco.lt/6vMGMz) and research findings that the Scottish naloxone program reduced overdose deaths by 36% in the four weeks following release from prison (http://sco.lt/6qRrEH). 

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A 9-month follow-up of a 3-month web-based alcohol treatment program using intensive asynchronous therapeutic support

In the Netherlands an intensive cognitive-behavioural treatment programme for problem drinkers based on messages sent via a web site between therapist and patient achieved substantial remission in drinking and improvements in health – promising results undermined somewhat by how few patients were followed up.

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More evidence of the potential for online interventions to complement existing face-to-face services and extend the reach of treatment services.

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Australian Health Survey

The Australian Health Survey 2011-13 (AHS) will provide a better understanding of the health of people living in Australia. With your assistance we will be able to provide governments, health researchers and the community with important clues about health problems and emerging issues in Australia today.

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ABS survey findings show Australians are drinking and smoking less but are more overweight and increasingly experiencing chronic health conditions.

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Final Report of the National Ice Taskforce (Aus)

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Release of the Final Report of the National Ice Taskforce On Sunday 6 December 2015, the Australian Government released the Final Report of the National Ice Taskforce. View the Final Report.

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The announcement of new funding for a range of measures is being made today. Here is the overview of the Federal Govt's response to the Taskforce's report: http://sco.lt/7l0zzd.

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'Alcoholics Anonymous saved my life, but now I’ve lost my faith'

'Alcoholics Anonymous saved my life, but now I’ve lost my faith' | Useful AOD Reports & Resources | Scoop.it
Jon Stewart spent 14 years attending AA meetings. They got him sober, but at a cost. He asks why so few alcoholics are offered alternative treatments
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No, not THAT Jon Stewart, but a useful insight into the US treatment system and recovery movement.

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ReGenUC's curator insight, November 30, 2015 8:41 PM

No, not THAT Jon Stewart, but a useful insight into the US treatment system and recovery movement.

Jennifer Lynn's curator insight, February 5, 6:27 AM

Alcoholic Anonymous is no doubt the right choice when it comes to treating alcoholism. At least a little effort can make a huge difference to the lives of millions. Think of you Jon; you have successfully saved your life. Though according to you have lost your faith, but I am sure with time you will be able to gain that too.

Are you aware that a few fun glasses of wine can turn into a binge? You must be aware of binge drinking, right? The National Health Service classifies binge drinking as drinking over two large glasses of wine in a brief period of time. You can see more than half of the drinkers will be called as binge drinkers.

Hypnosis is one of the alternative ways to cut down the numbers of drinks. Hypnotherapy will help you develop the strength to stop binge drinking, turn down drinks or replace them with soft drinks or water. Visit www.therapytribe.com if you wish to adopt the hypnosis to stop binge drinking.

Thanks to you for highlighting such nice insights on the alternative treatment. It may not be helpful for all, but it will definitely give life to a few of them. 

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Prevention of Drug Use and Problematic Use

Prevention of Drug Use and Problematic Use | Useful AOD Reports & Resources | Scoop.it
Programs that aim to keep young people abstinent forever, especially by exaggerating the harms of drugs, are unrealistic and may even be counter-productive.
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New Open Society Foundations report on global prevention programs.

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Overdose Prevention Resources (Vic)

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New overdose prevention resources from Penington Institute aim to make more people lifesavers Penington Institute has launched two new overdose prevention resources to educate people around how to recognise and respond to opioid overdose, including administering the life-saving medication naloxone. Naloxone: saving lives, is for people who are at risk of opioid overdose and their friends and families. It explains …
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Overdose prevention info from Penington Institute and a range of Victorian AOD folk.

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Building the blocks of cultural compentency in Melbourne's North West

Building the blocks of cultural compentency in Melbourne's North West | Useful AOD Reports & Resources | Scoop.it

This Toolkit is an initiative of the North West Metropolitan Region (NWMR) Koolin Balit Primary Care Partnership (PCP) Consortium comprising of:

  • Inner North West Primary Care Partnership (INW PCP);
  • HealthWest Primary Care Partnership;
  • Hume Whittlesea Primary Care Partnership; and
  • North East Primary Care Partnership (NEPCP).
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Nice set of resources through the Koolin Balit initiative.

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HIV and young people who inject drugs

HIV and young people who inject drugs | Useful AOD Reports & Resources | Scoop.it

This brief aims to catalyse and inform
discussions about how best to provide health services, programmes and support for young people who inject drugs. It offers a concise account of current knowledge concerning the HIV risk and vulnerability of young people who inject drugs; the barriers and constraints they face to appropriate services; examples of programmes that
may work well in addressing their needs and rights; and approaches and considerations for providing services that both draw upon and build the strengths, competencies and capacities of young people who inject drugs.

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Nice resource for service providers from WHO.

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