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March 27, 2015

NATIONAL YOUTH WEEK 2015

National Youth Week is almost here, with the theme "It starts with us".  There are events planned right around the state, with too many to name here.  If your service is planning a youth week event, it's not too late to register your event on the official Youth Week calendar.  To find out more and stay in touch with all the fun of youth week, check out the Queensland National Youth Week 2015 website.

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March 27, 2015

NEW PSYCHOACTIVE SUBSTANCES IN EUROPE 2014

The European Monitoring Centre for Drugs and Drug Addiction (EMCDAA) has published a report titled "New psychoactive substances in Europe: An update from the EU early warning system."  The EMCDAA conduct regular tracking of new psychoactive substances in and this most recent report describes 101 new substances detected in 2014.  The synthetic cannabinoids continue to make up a significant proportion of new substances identified, however 2014 also saw a significant increase in the synthetic cathinones, a class that includes substances like MDPV and mephedrone.

Go to "New psychoactive substances in Europe: An update from the EU early warning system."

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March 27, 2015

NEW RESOURCES FROM THE BLACK DOG INSTITUTE

The Black Dog Institute developed "Head Strong" a while back.  This free curriculum resource for teachers covered a range of issues and since then they've added some new resources for young people and the people who work with them.  "Mind Strength" is an online course for 14 - 16 years olds designed to develop resilience.  For workers, the "Building resilience in young people" package shows ways to support young people in building resilience, while "Navigating teenage depression" provides an overview of this common mental health concern.

Find out more at the Headstrong website.

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March 20, 2015

ECSTASY IN 2015

Global dance music magazine "Mixmag" has published an article titled "Ecstasy in 2015".  Ecstasy, or MDMA, has been widely available around the world since the late 1980's, and in that time there have been many changes in the market.  This has included increasing numbers of adulterated tablets, but also more recently the increase in high potency MDMA tablets.  The Mixmag article covers the current situation with the global Ecstasy market including changes in precursor chemicals, increasing availability of highly dangerous batches of PMA / PMMA and the rise of "molly" - powdered MDMA.

Read "Ecstasy in 2015"

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March 20, 2015

TRENDS IN YOUTH UNEMPLOYMENT

The Brotherhood of St Laurence has published a paper titled "The Teenage Dream Unravels: Trends in Youth Unemployment".  The paper provides an overview of the upward trend in youth unemployment commencing with the Global Financial Crisis (GFC) in 2008.  Currently 290 000 Australian young people aged 15 - 25 are unemployed, with 15 - 19 year olds experiencing the highest levels of unemployment with almost 20% of this group considered unemployed.  This level of unemployment has not been seen in Australia since the mid 1990s, where unemployment rose following the recession of the early 1990s.  Of most concern is the fact that 6 years after the GFC unemployment continues to rise.

Download "The Teenage Dream Unravels: Trends in Youth Unemployment". (333KB PDF)

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March 20, 2015

SMOKING CESSATION AND TOBACCO PREVENTION IN INDIGENOUS POPULATIONS

Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people continue to have higher rates of tobacco smoking than the general population.  There is recent evidence of declines in rates of smoking and it appears that there are some specific programs that are successfully reducing smoking rates.  The journal "Evidence Base" has published an article titled "Smoking cessation and tobacco prevention in Indigenous populations" which systematically reviewed 91 studies in order to identify the components of effective interventions.  The authors found that pharmacotherapy like nicotine replacement was effective when combined with culturally tailored behavioural interventions, and prevention programs that involved multiple components were most effective.

Download  "Smoking cessation and tobacco prevention in Indigenous populations" (571KB PDF)

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March 13, 2015

YOUNG ADULTS AND ALCOHOL

The State Government of Victoria has published a research report titled "Young Adults and Alcohol: Developing local government policy responses in inner and outer-urban settings".  While the report is based on research from Victoria, there are many useful insights for Queensland communities.  The report used data from the Victorian Youth Alcohol and Drug Survey, along with 60 interviews with young people as well as data from police and emergency services in order to consider the different patterns of alcohol use in inner urban and outer urban centres.  The report looked at the impacts of longer travel times for people living in outer urban areas - leading to in some cases increased alcohol related problems.

Go to "Young Adults and Alcohol: Developing local government policy responses in inner and outer-urban settings".

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March 13, 2015

WORKING WITH ADOLESCENTS WITH PTSD AND / OR SUBSTANCE USE

The National Drug and Alcohol Research Centre have launched an online survey seeking the views and experiences of workers who work with young people who have post traumatic stress disorder / and or substance use.  The survey only takes 10 - 15 minutes to complete and participants will go into the draw for a $100 Westfield voucher.

Complete the survey here.

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March 13, 2015

THE COST OF UNRESOLVED CHILDHOOD TRAUMA AND ABUSE

Adults Surviving Child Abuse commissioned a report titled "The cost of unresolved childhood trauma and abuse in adults in Australia".  The report provides an overview of the impacts of childhood trauma, including impairments in education, work, relationships as well as mental health impacts and criminal justice impacts.  The report also looks at the impacts of childhood trauma on tobacco and alcohol consumption, before proposing an economic analysis of the costs of these impacts.  The authors found that addressing child sexual, emotional and physical abuse could save government's a minimum of $6.8 billion dollars.


Go to "The Cost of Unresolved Childhood Trauma and Abuse in Adults in Australia"

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March 13, 2015

NOVEL PSYCHOACTIVE SUBSTANCES OF INTEREST FOR PSYCHIATRY

A special article has been published in the journal "World Psychiatry" titled "Novel psychoactive substances of interest for psychiatry".  The article provides an overview of a wide range of substances including synthetic cannabis-like products, cathinones, phenethylamines, novel stimulants, synthetic opioids, synthetic cocaine substitutes, GABA agonists, tryptamines, phencyclidine-type dissociatives, piperazines, plant-based products as well as performance and image enhancing drugs.  The paper provides an excellent list of references to key papers that describe the health impacts and implications for mental health from this broad range of substances.

Download "Novel psychoactive substances of interest for psychiatry" (152KB PDF)

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