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May 18, 2018

REDUCING THE SUPPLY OF INHALANTS: FREE DOVETAIL RESOURCES AVAILABLE NOW

Back in 2013, Dovetail received funding to develop a print and online resource designed to educate retailers on the misuse of inhalable products like deodorants, spray paints and other common household products.  There has recently been reports of an increase in inhalant use throughout Queensland, and so we thought it would be timely to promote this useful resource once again. The "Retailers Response to Inhalants" kit includes information about inhalable products, suggestions for retailers around minimising misuse of inhalants including refusal strategies, signage for shops and educational resources for retail staff. Youth workers, health workers, police and other services addressing inhalant misuse can take these resources into retail outlets and use the resource to assist engagement with retailers on this important issue.  Reducing the supply is one component of an holistic response required to reduce the harm from inhalant use.


To find out more or to order a free copy of "A Retailers Response to Inhalants" go to www.inhalantsupply.org

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May 18, 2018

PERSONALITY DISORDERS AND SUBSTANCE USE WEBINAR: MONDAY JUNE 4TH 2018

Project Air Strategy for Personality Disorders have partnered with the Mental Health Professionals Network to deliver a free webinar to enhance clinician's knowledge, understanding and treatment of people living with personality disorders and substance use. Panelists include Dr Hester Wilson (GP from NSW), Dr Jeff Ward (Psychologist from the ACT) and Dr Trevor Crowe (Psychologist from Tasmania).  The webinar includes information on the evidence-based approaches that can assist in the treatment and support of people with personality disorder and substance use. The webinar will be held on Monday 4 June 2018 at 7:15PM AEST (Queensland).

For more information or to register click here.

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May 17, 2018

DRUG AND ALCOHOL REVIEW- NALOXONE EDITION: FREE ACCESS

Drug and Alcohol Review (the peer reviewed journal of the Australasian Professional Society on Alcohol and other Drugs - APSAD) have dedicated their May 2018 open access edition to naloxone - the medication which reverses the effects of an opioid overdose. This issue includes an overview of take-home naloxone in Australia, some of the findings and lessons learnt from the rescheduling and implementation phase and how the evidence base is developing on administering take-home naloxone.

Read the May 2018 edition of Drug and Alcohol Review here.

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May 11, 2018

DOMESTIC AND FAMILY VIOLENCE PREVENTION MONTH

Domestic and Family Violence Prevention Month is now happening within Queensland, aiming to increase community awareness of domestic and family violence. The month provides an opportunity to encourage support seeking and increase awareness and knowledge of community and workers. Dovetail thought it would be an opportune time to share a few helpful resources we've come across recently.

 

Queensland Health have created a 'Response to Disclosure' flowchart to assist frontline staff working with clients who may have been impacted by domestic and family violence.

 

The World Health Organisation (WHO) has developed a short video in response to violence against women and the important role of the healthcare system in responding which you can watch here.


Find out about other events happening across Domestic and Family Violence Prevention Month here.

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May 11, 2018

PILL TESTING IN AUSTRALIA

A pill testing service was made available for people attending a music festival in Canberra recently. Also known as 'drug checking' or 'drug testing', pill testing involves an analysis of pills, powders and capsules often sold as ecstasy and MDMA and provides critical information regarding potentially harmful contents and can provide an indication of the potency of the pill or capsule.

 

The pill testing service was provided by the Safety and Testing Advisory Service at Festivals and Events (STA-SAFE) lead by Harm Reduction Australia. The testing was conducted by volunteer medical staff and analytic chemists in a mobile laboratory onsite at the festival. Models of practice for pill testing services includes volunteers providing harm reduction information regarding the consumption of unknown or potentially harmful contents detected and making provisions for people to dispose of the substance in a amnesty bin.

 

According to some media reports, during the testing process at the festival in Canberra 128 samples were analysed with 85 substances identified, it has been reported that a synthetic cathinone- N- ethylpentylone also known as ephylone was detected.

 

To read more about pill testing click here.

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May 11, 2018

HOW MUCH DOES PRISON REALLY COST?

The Australian Institute of Criminology have published a research report titled "How much does prison really cost? Comparing the costs of imprisonment with community corrections."  The report attempts to assess the direct and indirect costs and savings associated with incarcerating a person, including costs to the individual, family and broader community. The research was undertaken in two stages - the first stage estimating the costs and savings accrued during sentences that began in 2009-10, while the second stage considered the wider costs and savings of this period and up to five years after.

 

Download "How much does prison cost? Comparing the costs of imprisonment with community corrections." (945KB PDF)



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May 11, 2018

A SNAPSHOT INTO YOUNG AUSTRALIAN'S RISKY DRINKING BEHAVIOURS

The Young Australians' Alcohol Reporting System (YAARS) is a National research project that provides insights into the risky drinking patterns of young people. The 2016-2017 surveys were conducted with 3,500 14 to 19 year olds in every jurisdiction of Australia. Young people who were identified as drinking at risky levels were surveyed by taking a 'snapshot' of their most recent experience of risky drinking.

Results showed that half of the young people surveyed were consuming 11 or more standard drinks per session at least once a month and over three quarters said they had been injured as a result of their drinking in the past 12 months. The report demonstrates the significant levels of harm and vulnerability for this particular group of young people and the need for carefully targeted interventions.

The report also asked young people about the most common harm reduction strategies they used to help moderate their alcohol use or mitigate related harms.

You can cehck out the National Young Australians' Alcohol Reporting System report here.

You can download the results for Queensland are here.

 

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May 4, 2018

AUSTRALIAN YOUTH AOD CONFERENCE: REGISTRATIONS OPEN

The program for 2018's Youth AOD Conference been released and registrations are now open! The annual conference held by YSAS in Melbourne will be on 16-17 August 2018 with a theme of "Assertive Advocacy", seeking to advance practice by strengthening knowledge and skills in advocacy for the youth AOD workforce. The program hosts a diverse range of speakers and explores themes of child protection, attachment and trauma, domestic violence, legal rights and more.

To see the full program or register click here.

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May 4, 2018

ON DRUGS: PODCAST SERIES

The Canadian Broadcasting Corporation (Canada's ABC) has been publishing a podcast series that looks at the broad range of ways that drugs have shaped our world. The "On Drugs" podcast features episodes that the history of caffeine, the outcomes of legalisation of cannabis, and the use of drugs during war. There is also a special feature episode with an interview with Bruce Alexander, the researcher who conducted the famous "Rat Park" experiments.

Find out more about "On Drugs" at this link or subscribe via iTunes.

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May 4, 2018

A TRIP THROUGH THE GARDEN EPISODE 4: ANGEL TRUMPET (DATURA)

The term "Angel Trumpets" refers to one of two types of plant - Datura stramonium or a species of Brugmansia. The distinct trumpet-shaped flowers contain the substances scopolamine and atropine (and others) which cause delirium when consumed. There are occasional reports of hospitalisations related to Angel Trumpet consumption, sometimes in young people experimenting. This short video provides an overview Angel Trumpets, and the nature of some of the hospital presentations.

Watch "A trip through the garden episode 4: Angel Trumpet (Datura) (1min 52sec)

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