LATEST NEWS

CATEGORIES

ARCHIVES

TAG CLOUD

Did you know?
People rarely die from heroin overdoses - meaning pure concentrations of the drug which simply overwhelm the body's responses. In a study conducted by the National Alcohol and Drug Research Centre, the majority of drug deaths involved heroin in combination with either alcohol (40 percent) or tranquilizers (30 percent).
 

Subscribe to the Dovetail weekly digest & magazine

 
 

Required fields

 
 

September 5, 2014

KNOW4SURE.ORG.AU

Children by Choice, the Brisbane-based non-profit organisation that provides unbiased information on unplanned pregnancy options, has launched a new website designed for young people: know4sure.org.au.  The website includes information on common myths about contraception, pregnancy and abortion, tips on being a supportive friend, information on pregnancy testing options, and options for young pregnant women.  This site uses easy to understand language, and includes links to get support in real life, if required.

Go to know4sure.org.au

Read More

 

September 5, 2014

SHOULD AUSTRALIA LIFT ITS BAN ON E-CIGARETTES?

An article has appeared on The Conversation website titled "Should Australia lift its ban on e-cigarettes?  In this article, Wayne Hall (Professor and Director of the Centre for Youth Substance Abuse Research at the University of Queensland) debates Ross MacKenzie (Lecturer in Health Studies at Macquarie University) about the issue.  Wayne Hall outlines to arguments to lift the ban, because he believes that the ban stifles research into the possible public health benefits of e-cigarettes.  He argues for tight restrictions until such research is conducted, however he believes that the suppliers of e-cigarettes should be obliged to facilitate research.  

Read "Should Australia lift its ban on e-cigarettes?"

Read More

 

September 5, 2014

MEDICATION TREATMENT OPTIONS FOR AMPHETAMINE-TYPE STIMULANT USERS

The Australian National Council on Drugs has released a report titled "Medication treatment options for amphetamine-type stimulants."  The report considers withdrawal medications, treatments for amphetamine dependence, treatment of co-occurring mental health problems and treatments for other amphetamine-type stimulants.  The authors found that there was no evidence to support the use of benzodiazepines for the management of sleep disturbance or agitation amongst amphetamine-type stimulant users in withdrawal, despite this being frequently recommended in clinical guidelines.  The authors did find some evidence (although limited) that mirtazapine, modafinil, dexamphetamine and amineptine may be effective in reducing withdrawal symptoms in some people.

Download  "Medication treatment options for amphetamine-type stimulant users (1.75MB PDF)

Read More

 

August 29, 2014

AUSTRALIAN WINTER SCHOOL 2014 PRESENTATIONS AVAILABLE NOW

The Australian Winter School conference happened back in July, and the conference organisers at Lives Lived Well have now published a number of the conference presentations online, as well as video of a number of the key note speakers and panel discussions. If you weren't able to make it along, you can sit back watch some of the best speakers from Australian and abroad present on a diverse range of topics from novel psychoactive substances, responding to the challenges and pressures of the AOD service delivery environment, pharmaceutical drug misuse and much more.  And if that's not enough, Lives Lived Well have announced the dates for next year's conference -July 22 - 24 and the call for abstracts is already open!  So mark out your diaries and start planning your presentation today.

View PDFs of a selection of presentations here

Watch videos from the Australian Winter School 2014 here (password to access is delegate2014)

Read More

 

August 29, 2014

HOW BIG IS THE GLOBAL DRUG TRADE?

The global trade in illicit drugs is a massive industry - so massive that it's sometimes hard to comprehend the amounts of money involved and the significant political instability that illicit drug production and distribution can cause.  We came across this fascinating infographic during the week that attempts to present this information in an easy to understand format.  From the price of cocaine in South America right through to the streets of the United States, to the unique smuggling methods employed - this infographic helps to put global drug production and supply into perspective.

Go to "How big is the drug trade?"

Read More

 

August 29, 2014

YOUNG PEOPLE'S OPINIONS ON ALCOHOL AND OTHER DRUG ISSUES

The Australian National Council on Drugs has published a report titled "Young people's opinions on alcohol and other drugs issues".  The report is the result of a survey of 2335 young people from across Australia, the majority of whom had completed year 12 education and had experience with alcohol use (95.1%), cannabis (71.9%), ecstasy (47.7%) and hallucinogens (41.3%).  The report notes that young Australians expressed strong support for treatment and rehabilitation, but also strong support for harm reduction measures with over two thirds supportive of measures such as needle and syringe programs, regulated injecting facilities and pill testing services.  Also, more than two thirds of respondents indicated that they were opposed to increasing the price of alcohol, reducing trading hours, reducing alcohol outlets, or raising the drinking age.

Download "Young people's opinions on alcohol and other drug issues" here. (3.9MB PDF)

Read More

 

August 22, 2014

NATIONAL ALCOHOL AND DRUG KNOWLEDGEBASE

The National Centre for Education and Training on Addiction (NCETA) has launched the National Alcohol and Drug Knowledgebase.  The website looks at alcohol, cannabis, pharmaceuticals and methamphetamine and provides an easy to understand "Frequently Asked Question" format for each of the drugs.  At this stage the website only contains information around alcohol, but the remaining areas will be populated over time.  The site will also update information as new research is released.

Go to the National Alcohol and Drug Knowledgebase website.

Read More

 

August 22, 2014

ALCOHOL AND OTHER DRUG TREATMENT SERVICES IN AUSTRALIA 2012-13

The Australian Institute of Health and Welfare has published their annual "Alcohol and other drug treatment services in Australia 2012 - 13".  This report complies data from over 700 agencies throughout Australia, who provided more than 160 000 treatment episodes or approximately 108 000 clients in 2012-13.  The report has noted decreases in episodes where alcohol is nominated as the principal drug of concern from 48% of presentations in 2009-10 to 41% of presentations in 2012-13.  On the other hand, presentations where amphetamines are nominated as the principal drug of concern have increased from 7% of presentations in 2009-10 up to 14% of presentations in 2012-13.

Go to "Alcohol and other drug treatment services in Australia 2012-13"

Read More

 

August 22, 2014

DEPARTMENT OF COMMUNITIES FUNDING AVAILABLE

The Queensland Department of Communities, Child Safety and Disability Services has announced funding available for two significant outcomes of the recent review of child protection services in Queensland.  The Department is inviting services to submit offers for the "Child Safety - Community Based Intake and Referral services" and also "Child Safety - Intensive Family Support Services".  The "Community Based Intake and Referral" services are designed to provide an information, assessment and referral service for vulnerable families including assessing the safety and support needs of children, young people and families.  The "Intensive Family Support Services" involves the delivery of services to vulnerable families with multiple or complex needs.

For more information go to the Department of Communities Funding Website.

Read More

 

August 15, 2014

DOVETAIL SCHOOLS AND DRUGS WEBINAR

Dovetail's "Schools and Drugs" webinar happened a few weeks back and for those who couldn't make it along we've now posted a recording of the presentation to our video library.  The presentation provides an overview of the research in best practice school drug education and prevention, as well as an overview of some of the best tools and resources that can assist school-based workers.

To watch the Dovetail "Schools and Drugs" webinar go here.

Read More