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.
Includes link to summary results from March 2015 testing.
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.
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.
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.
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'.
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.
Free Int Journal of Drug Policy download by terrific Kari Lancaster, Kate Seear & Carla Treloar.
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...
The post includes a link to an information guide from the Royal College of Psychiatrists on working with older people with AOD issues.
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'.
Not surprisingly, there are plenty of barriers to be overcome.
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.
The guide for health and welfare workers was developed by NCETA for Peninsula Health.
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.
'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,
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.
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).
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.
More evidence of the potential for online interventions to complement existing face-to-face services and extend the reach of treatment services.
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.
ABS survey findings show Australians are drinking and smoking less but are more overweight and increasingly experiencing chronic health conditions.
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 …
Overdose prevention info from Penington Institute and a range of Victorian AOD folk.
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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