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Many people believe that vomiting, drinking strong coffee, fresh air, food or even having a shower will help someone to sober up if they have been drinking. The only thing that will actually lessen the effects of alcohol is time.
 

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November 21, 2014

HEALTH OF QUEENSLANDERS 2014

Dr Jeanette Young, Chief Health Officer in Queensland Health has launched the latest "The Health of Queenslanders 2014" report.  The report is released every two eyars and providse an overview of the health status and burden of disease of the Queensland population.  The 2014 report indicates a number of areas where Queensland is performing well, including the continuing decline in rates of smoking (down 26% over the last decade), however there are some areas where we can do better.  This includes the high levels of depression and anxiety in young people which makes suicide the leading cause of death in young people, Indigenous people have a 60% higher death rate than non-Indigenous people, and the rate of risky drinking is 16% higher in Queensland than in other states.

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November 21, 2014

FUND ASSIST

The National Centre for Education and Training on Addiction (NCETA) at Flinders University has published a new resourced titled "Fund Assist", designed to help non-government AOD organisations develop funding applications.  The online resource contains a database of potenial funding sources, group activities designed to build organisational capacity, identify community needs, determine objectives and outcomes and write high quality funding applications.

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November 21, 2014

FETAL ALCOHOL SPECTRUM DISORDERS: STRATEGIES TO ADDRESS INFORMATION GAPS

The Australian Institute of Health and Welfare has published a report titled "Fetal alcohol spectrum disorders: Strategies to address information gaps."  The paper describes the issues caused by the limited information currently available about the incidence and prevalence of FASD in Australia.  This is partly due to low levels of awareness about FASD amongst clinicians, however there is also no nationally agreed and consistent diagnostic criteria.  The paper describes these current challenges and proposes a process to develop a system of regular surveillance to ensure that appropriate resources and services are available in areas of high need.

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November 14, 2014

GLOBAL DRUG SURVEY 2015

It's that time of year again - the Global Drug Survey has been launched and this year is set to be the biggest ever.  Last year almost 80 000 people from around the world shared their experiences and expertise, contributing to findings that were reported around the world, reaching over 1 billion people.  The survey aims to get the views of more than 120 000 people from around the world, helping us to understand what people are using and why.  The survey will help us understand why people use synthetic cannabis products, the rise of butane hash oils and why people decide to stop using drugs.  The information from the survey will be used to develop the world's first "safer drug using limits" to build on their fantastic harm reduction information already published in the Global Drug Survey's "The Highway Code". The survey is open from now until December 20th 2014.

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November 14, 2014

SHOULD AUSTRALIA PILOT PILL TESTING?

Alison Ritter, Professor and Specialist in Drug Policy at the University of New South Wales has written an article for The Conversation titled "Six reasons Australia should pilot 'pill testing' party drugs."  Professor Ritter believes that pill testing services at venues where ecstasy is known to be consumed could inform users about the content of illicit drugs.  She quotes research that shows pill testing services can change the black market, change the consumption choices of people who use ecstasy, and provide an opportunity to provide support and information to an otherwise difficult to reach population of illicit drug users.

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November 14, 2014

AUSTRALIAN WINTER SCHOOL 2015: CALL FOR ABSTRACTS

We're fairly confident in declaring the 2014 Australian Winter School the best conference that we've been lucky enough to attend - and the 2015 conference is set to be even bigger and better.  The conference is happening in Brisbane from the 22 to 24th of July 2015, and the conference organisers at Lives Lived Well have just announced the call for abstracts.  There will once again be a youth stream and we'd love to see some of the amazing services from around Queensland submit abstracts and show us your great work.  Put the date in your diary now!

Find out more about submitting your abstract here.

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November 14, 2014

CHILDREN AFFECTED BY DOMESTIC AND FAMILY VIOLENCE

The Australian Institute of Family Studies has published a review titled "Children affected by domestic and family violence: A review of domestic and family violence prevention, early intervention and response services."  The report synthesises the research looking at the impacts of domestic and family violence on children aged 0 - 8 years, and considers the evidence for primary prevention and early intervention strategies.  The paper then goes on to consider the extent to which these identified best practice approaches are currently being employed with existing services in Australia.

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November 7, 2014

SUPPORT IN TOUGH TIMES: ENCOURAGING YOUNG PEOPLE TO SEEK HELP FOR THEIR FRIENDS

The NSW Commission for Children and Young People in conjunction with the NSW Mental Health Commission have published research report titled "Support in tough times: Encouraging young people to seek help for their friends."  The report looks at the barriers and supports to young people seeking adult help for a friend experiencing mental health problems.  The research involved online surveys of 3241 school aged young people and a survey of 89 principals.  About two thirds of the students surveyed knew someone who had experienced a mental health problem, and most of these students indicated that they would support a friend in a range of ways.  Almost one third of participants stated that they did not know a suitable adult who they could go to in order to get help for a friend.

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November 7, 2014

BEST PRACTICE IN DRUG INTERVENTIONS

The European Monitoring Centre for Drugs and Drug Addiction has published a new website that is designed to highlight best practice in drug interventions. The site is designed with simplicity in mind - topics are listed by category including prevention, treatment, harm reduction and social reintegration, with a concise list of "what works". The site then provides links for more information, including real-world examples of best practice in action, tools and resources for implementing best practice and a database of national and international guidelines and standards.

Go To "EMCDAA Best Practice"

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November 7, 2014

SMOKING OUT THE FACTS ABOUT CANNABIS

Wayne Hall has recently written an article in the Medical Journal Australia that provides an excellent overview of the research into cannabis harms.  Professor Hall addresses the polarised debate about cannabis, which he says simplifies the debate "to a choice of two options - either cannabis is harmless and so we should legalise it, or cannabis harms users so we should continue to prohibit it's use."  These simplistic positions make it difficult to get a clear view of the actual impacts of cannabis use on the community.  Professor Hall's article looks at the research into long term daily cannabis use, the risks of dependence, psychosis, motor vehicle accidents and school performance.

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