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Report: Inquiry into the Drugs, Poisons and Controlled Substances Amendment (Pilot Medically Supervised Injecting Centre) Bill 2017 (Vic)

Report by the Legal and Social Issues Committee.

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NB: The Andrews Govt has now officially rejected the MSIC bill: http://sco.lt/7vYTSb

The inquiry's findings are on page xv. See yesterday's coverage of the report's release: http://sco.lt/8Xv7hp

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Is shame a barrier to sobriety? A narrative analysis of those in recovery (UK)

Experiencing shame can be a risk factor for relapse for people recovering from alcohol dependence, but for some it may act as a necessary protective factor for preventing relapse. Knowing how best to manage shame is therefore an important issue, yet the precise nature of the relationship between shame and alcohol dependence remains largely unexplored.

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UK study highlights the importance of addressing internalised stigma to success in recovery

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Western Australia Drug Trends 2018: Key findings from the WA Illicit Drug Reporting System (IDRS) Interviews

Western Australia Drug Trends 2018: Key findings from the WA Illicit Drug Reporting System (IDRS) Interviews | Useful AOD Reports & Resources | Scoop.it

The Illicit Drug Reporting System (IDRS) is an ongoing illicit drug monitoring system which has been conducted in all states and territories of Australia since 2000, and forms part of Drug Trends. This year, we have provided a suite of products with the most up-to-date findings from interviews conducted annually from 2000-2018 with a cross-sectional sentinel group of people who regularly inject drugs recruited from all capital cities of Australia. Results are not representative of all consumers or drug use in the general population and should be interpreted alongside findings from other data sources for a more complete profile of emerging trends in illicit drug use in Australia.

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Emergence of Novel Psychoactive Substance injecting associated with rapid rise in the population prevalence of hepatitis C virus (Scotland)

Novel Psychoactive Substance (NPS) use has increased in recent years and generated significant concern within public health. People who inject drugs (PWID) are at increased risk of blood borne viruses, in particular Hepatitis C virus (HCV). However, little is known about the extent of NPS injecting at a national level and its association with HCV. This study provides one of the first epidemiological analyses of the association between NPS injecting and HCV among a population level sample of PWID.

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See today's related post on increased overdose deaths linked to 'street valium' in Glasgow: http://sco.lt/66m4DB

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Does Maternal Buprenorphine Dose Affect Severity or Incidence of Neonatal Abstinence Syndrome? (USA)

Objectives: To measure the incidence, onset, duration, and severity of neonatal abstinence syndrome (NAS) in infants born to mothers receiving buprenorphine and to assess the association between buprenorphine dose and NAS outcomes.

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Study's findings support increased use of buprenorphine treatment during pregnancy and when breastfeeding.

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Drug safety testing, disposals and dealing in an English field: Exploring the operational and behavioural outcomes of the UK’s first onsite ‘drug checking’ service

In a year when UK drug-related deaths and festival drug-related deaths reached their highest on record, a pilot festival drug safety testing service was introduced with the aim of reducing drug-related harm. This paper describes the operational and behavioural outcomes of this pilot and explores the relationship between drug use, supply and policing within festival grounds.

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New study highlights the role drug checking services can play in reducing harm at festivals.

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Colorado publishes latest statistics on impact of cannabis legalisation

In the US state of Colorado, use and sale of cannabis for recreational purposes has been legal since January 2014, and it has been commercialised for medical purposes since 2009. The main arguments for legalisation were that it would increase law enforcement efficiency, revenue and individual freedom.

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EMCDDA provides brief summary of emerging patterns of mixed impacts of state's cannabis law reform.

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RCGP sets out advice for GPs on prescribing cannabis (UK)

RCGP sets out advice for GPs on prescribing cannabis (UK) | Useful AOD Reports & Resources | Scoop.it
GPs should warn patients hoping to access cannabis-based medicines that the process is 'unlikely to be fast' according to guidance published today by the RCGP.
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You can see the guidlines here: https://www.rcgp.org.uk/about-us/news/2018/december/rcgp-publishes-guidance-for-gps-on-cannabis-based-medicines-and-products.aspx

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Prevalence of recent fentanyl use among treated users of illicit opioids in England: based on piloted urine drug screens

Objective: To use a pilot of national fentanyl screening to establish the current prevalence of recent fentanyl use among treated users of illicit opioids in the English treatment system and inform the design of a full study.

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Study finds 3% of people in opioid treatment have consumed fentanyl, the great majority unintentionally.

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Global State of Harm Reduction 2018

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The 2018 Global State of Harm Reduction is the sixth edition of this report, and the most comprehensive ever thanks to a coordinated effort of ove
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HRI's new report notes a stalling of global harm reduction measures, in combination with surging overdose, HIV & HepC crises.

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ACT Drug Strategy Action Plan 2018-2021

ACT Drug Strategy Action Plan 2018-2021 | Useful AOD Reports & Resources | Scoop.it
The ACT Government is inviting you to share your feedback on the ACT Drug Strategy Action Plan 2018-2021
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The ACT Govt's Action Plan is now available. Included in the 43 'priority actions' is investigating the feasibility of establishing a Medically Supervised Injecting Centre.

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Alcohol prevention for school students: Results from a 1-year follow up of a cluster-randomised controlled trial of harm minimisation school drug education (Vic)

Strong argument for harm reduction to be the basis of standard drug education within schools from this large-scale Australian trial. Alcohol-related findings 15 months after the two-year programme ended showed its residual effectiveness in reducing pupils’ alcohol consumption and related harm.

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Review of the Drug Education in Victorian Schools Program highlights sustained benefits of harm reduction-based interventions.

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“Once I’d done it once it was like writing your name”: Lived experience of take-home naloxone administration by people who inject drugs (Scotland)

Important implications for overdose prevention policy and practice in Scotland and the UK from this qualitative study which provides the first detailed insights into how people who inject drugs experience administering naloxone rescue kits.

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Evaluation of Scottish naloxone program highlights the life-saving impacts of empowering peers.

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A meta-analysis of the association between patients’ early treatment outcome expectation and their posttreatment outcomes (USA)

A review commissioned by the American Psychological Association found that patients who enter psychotherapy with positive expectations about outcomes tend to actually have better outcomes, suggesting therapists should regularly assess expectations and if indicated take steps to enhance them.

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Study highlights the importance of people people believing that the effort that they are putting into their treatment is worthwhile. Obviously, there's a corresponding responsibility for treatment providers to ensure that they are providing quality, evidence based services and to clearly communicate this to support informed decision making and positive engagement.

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National Wastewater Drug Monitoring Program (Aus)

National Wastewater Drug Monitoring Program (Aus) | Useful AOD Reports & Resources | Scoop.it
The National Wastewater Drug Monitoring Program is a key initiative in establishing an objective evidence base on illicit drug use.
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The latest six-month wastewater analysis report includes cannabis for the first time.

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Meta-analysis of the prospective relation between alliance and outcome in child and adolescent psychotherapy (USA)

Amalgamation of research findings for the American Psychological Association finds that the relationship between therapists and young clients and their parents matters nearly as much as for adults. Practice recommendations will aid counsellors, therapists and mental health teams in their work with young substance users.

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Practice recommendations include areas like engagement, working with family members etc.

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State of the Nation 2018 

As well as helping us understand where we should be focusing our attention, the report is intended to provide a starting point against which we can assess the impact of any policy changes. The statistics were compiled from publicly available statistics. The 2018 report was released in January 2019.

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New report from the NZ Drug Foundation on patterns of AOD use and related harm in 2018, and strategies to address priority issues.

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An update on take-home naloxone knowledge amongst people who inject drugs (Vic)

An update on take-home naloxone knowledge amongst people who inject drugs (Vic) | Useful AOD Reports & Resources | Scoop.it

Naloxone is an opioid antagonist that is a safe and effective agent for reversing the effects of opioids, such as heroin and morphine. Since 2012, take-home programs have been established to make naloxone more widely available so that it can be administered by people other than medical professionals.

 

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Analysis of IDRS data by Burnet's Paul Dietze & NDARC researchers finds increasing awareness of take home naloxone amongst PWID, but a clear need for increased distribution to those most at risk of (or most likely to witness) overdose.

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Weekly and monthly subcutaneous buprenorphine depot formulations vs daily sublingual buprenorphine with naloxone for treatment of opioid use disorder: a randomized clinical trial (USA)

In the new form of extended-release injections whose effects last up to a month, the opioid medication buprenorphine was found to suppress illegal opioid use more effectively than the standard daily regimen.

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Clinical trials highlight the potential benefits associated with depot injections, as opposed to daily pickups.

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The alliance in adult psychotherapy: a meta-analytic synthesis (USA)

Comprehensive review for the American Psychological Association concludes that the working relationship between clients and their counsellors or therapists is one of the largest and most consistent determinants of outcomes. Practice recommendations aim to help practitioners foster strong relationships.

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Another new study highlighting the effectiveness of non-punitive approaches to behaviour change. See these related studies on the importance of positive regard and counsellor empathy: http://sco.lt/6DC2Az, http://sco.lt/7FQW6j

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Positive regard and psychotherapy outcome: a meta-analytic review (USA)

Findings amalgamated for the American Psychological Association show that across psychotherapy studies, outcomes improve the more therapists consistently demonstrate warmth and high regard for their clients – given the stigma and low regard attached to dependent substance use(rs), findings with important implications for promoting recovery.

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Review provides more evidence of the effectiveness of strengths-based approaches (and treating people with basic respect).

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Teens using vaping devices in record numbers (USA)

Teens using vaping devices in record numbers (USA) | Useful AOD Reports & Resources | Scoop.it

America’s teens report a dramatic increase in their use of vaping devices in just a single year, with 37.3 percent of 12th graders reporting “any vaping” in the past 12 months, compared to just 27.8 percent in 2017.

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NIDA summary of the new Monitoring the Future study findings on AOD use amongst high school students, including record lows for opioid consumption and stable cannabis use. See today's related coverage: http://sco.lt/4ikpmb 

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Drug health harms: national intelligence (UK)

Briefings on the health harms associated with drug use based on presentations and discussions at the meeting of the national intelligence network.
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New Public Health England report on drug related deaths and harm associated with injecting.

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Inquiry report : Mental Health and Addiction Inquiry (NZ)

Inquiry report : Mental Health and Addiction Inquiry (NZ) | Useful AOD Reports & Resources | Scoop.it

The Inquiry Panel wanted to set a clear direction for the next five to ten years that Government, the mental health and addiction sectors and the whole community can pick up and make happen. Our purpose was to identify unmet needs and develop recommendations for a better mental health and addiction system for Aotearoa New Zealand.

ReGenUC's insight:

Report notes that submissions to the inquiry highlighted the importance of addressing the social and economic determinants of health in order to improve mental health and wellbeing. Good to see recognition for the role drug law reform, matched with increased treatment sector capacity as part of holistic approach.

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Therapist empathy and client outcome: an updated meta-analysis (USA)

Review commissioned by the American Psychological Association finds that the more therapists empathically communicate their understanding of and compassion for clients, the better the outcomes. Recommendations will help counsellors, therapists, trainers and supervisors foster this important foundation for therapist–client relationships.

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Meta-analysis of 82 studies highlights importance of empathy in clinical practice to supporting positive treatment outcomes.

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Methamphetamine Action Plan Taskforce -Final Report (WA)

Methamphetamine Action Plan Taskforce -Final Report (WA) | Useful AOD Reports & Resources | Scoop.it

The MAP Taskforce was established on 26 June 2017 to provide advice to Government on: 

  • improving how programs can be best delivered and targeted to areas of greatest need, including regional areas
  • opportunities for cross-sector collaboration to reduce methamphetamine harm, demand and supply, and
  • advice on the best ways to measure the performance and success of the Government's initiatives.

 

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Good to see the taskforce report recognising the need to address stigma (including a focus on the language that is used in public debate) in order to improve the accessibility of treatment and support services.

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