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March 31, 2016

HOW MANY YOUNG PEOPLE DON'T DRINK ALCOHOL

This recent post from Paul Dillon's blog "Doing Drugs with Paul Dillon" focuses on promoting positive norms around drinking and young people.

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March 31, 2016

MEPHEDRONE HANDBOOK

The Mephedrone Handbook published in 2015 in the United Kingdom is a guide for drug workers and other professionals working with mephedrone users and also includes a section that focuses on novel psychoactive substances (NPS), the chemical families these compounds belong to, and the appropriate treatment response that could be tailored for people who experience problems with these drugs.

Check out the handbook here

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March 24, 2016

DRUG CHECKING IN THE MEDICAL JOURNAL OF AUSTRALIA

The Medical Journal of Australia has published an article titled "Drug checking to improve monitoring of new psychoactive substances in Australia."  The article provides an overview of drug-checking services available in other parts of the world, and it describes some of the concerns raised about these types of services.  The concerns include issues such as drug-checking legitimising the use of drugs, liability of drug check staff towards consumers of the substances as well as drug sellers using the service as a quality control mechanism.  The authors point out that these concerns have not been supported by evidence from Europe.


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March 24, 2016

ACT ON ALCOHOL: 2016 SURVEY

Act on Alcohol is a service that supports Queensland communities to address alcohol-related harm.  They engage and work alongside communities that are wanting to develop local responses to local concerns.  Act on Alcohol have developed a short survey to help understand the issues relating to alcohol-related harm at a community level.  The survey only takes 10 - 15 minutes to complete.

To complete the survey click here

To find out more about Act on Alcohol click here.

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March 24, 2016

ARE THERE HEALTH BENEFITS FROM LOW LEVELS OF ALCOHOL CONSUMPTION?

There have been a number of studies that have appeared to indicate that low levels of alcohol consumption many have some health benefits. This area of research is complicated by potential confounders. For example, it's possible that people who consume low levels of alcohol engage in other behaviours that could improve their overall health, leading to an incorrect assumption about alcohol's role in positive health outcomes. To test this theory, a group of researchers have published a paper titled "Do 'moderate' drinkers have a reduced mortality risk? A systematic review and meta-analysis of alcohol consumption and all-cause mortality". The researchers found that estimates of mortality risk from alcohol was significantly altered by the design of particular studies.  When the researchers adjusted their analysis to account for these differences, they found that low-volume alcohol consumption had no positive effect on mortality, when compared with people who consume no alcohol or only occasional alcohol consumption.

 

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March 17, 2016

UNDERSTANDING METHAMPHETAMINE

Cameron Francis has been asked a lot lately for his Understanding Methamphetamine presentation so we're proud to feature a new version of the presentation here with some minor adjustments and updated statistics to reflect current trends. For those looking for more information on Methamphetamine from a health and also a historical perspective - this presentation is a great place to start. Watch it here on our youtube channel.

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March 17, 2016

Walk On the Wild Side 9 (WOWS9)

Walk On the Wild Side 9 (WOWS9) will be held at the Royal Brisbane Hospital Education Centre on Black Friday, 13th May 2016, the theme is "Superstition or Evidence?" The organising committee are calling for abstracts for brief presentations for a specific part of the 2016 program. Written submissions (250 words or less) should detail your local or national AOD related projects or research. Successful applicants will be asked to provide a very brief presentation (approx 5 minute time slots) at the WOWS9 symposium, with the chance to win an espresso coffee machine for your team.

Submissions close on 1st April 2016. Follow the link for more information. https://www.health.qld.gov.au/metronorth/events/wows/

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March 17, 2016

New to the Dovetail team!

We are very pleased to welcome a new staff member to Dovetail!

Cassie Davis comes to us from Hot House and brings over ten years of experience working in the youth alcohol and other drug field. To learn more about Cassie and the rest of the Dovetail team visit our staff page here.

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March 10, 2016

WORKING WITH SUBSTANCE USE RESOURCES

This resource from the UK was developed by the Substance Use Open Education Resources team, based at Manchester Metropolitan University to inform and develop alcohol and other drug practice. They include presentations, film clips( from both service users and professionals), animations, individual and group exercises, and practice scenarios to help apply learning.

For more information click here

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March 10, 2016

TOUCHBASE

TouchBase is a national website providing information on alcohol and drug use as well as mental health and sexual health for LGBTI communities. TouchBase is an initiative of the Victorian AIDS Council (VAC) and the Australian Drug Foundation (ADF), in partnership with the Australian Federation of AIDS Organisations (AFAO), developed to address high rates of alcohol and drug use in these communities through a targeted and destigmatising approach and is a comprehensive resource assisting LGBTI people to better manage their own health and wellbeing.

For more information click here

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