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June 9, 2017

DOVETAIL GOOD PRACTICE GUIDE: LEGAL AND ETHICAL DIMENSIONS OF PRACTICE - BACK IN STOCK

Back in 2012, Dovetail released our second good practice guide  "Legal and Ethical Dimensions of Practice".  The guide has been very popular, and we ran out of print copies some time ago.  We've been lucky enough to re-print the guide, and we have free hardopies in stock now.  The guide covers issues such as consent, Gillick Competence, confidentiality as well as issues relating to the various ethical dilemmas which can arise through our work with young people experiencing alcohol and other drug concerns.  Further good practice guides are in the pipeline so stay tuned.  Queensland based workers can order hard copies of the guide free of charge by emailing info@dovetail.org.au or you can download an electronic copy here.

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June 9, 2017

GLOBAL DRUG SURVEY 2017: RESULTS OUT NOW

Global Drug Survey 2017 results are in with over 115,000 people from around the world (5,750 from Australia) providing information on their drug use, harm, harm reduction strategies and more. The survey gives a great snapshot of a population that often don't come into contact with treatment services. Some interesting facts from the survey are that 44% of the Australian participants desire to drink less and 1/3 of those would like help.  Cannabis remains the world's most widely used illicit drugs and if it was to be regulated 75% of all participants would like to see cannabis regulation guidelines similar to alcohol. Novel Psychoactive Substances (NPS) with a psychedelic effect profile including LSD analogues are increasing and represent over 50% of the NPS drugs used by the sample.

Check out many interesting facts from Global Drug Survey 2017 here

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June 9, 2017

HEALTHY NIGHTLIFE TOOLBOX

The Healthy Nightlife Toolbox has been developed by the European Monitoring Centre for Drugs and Drug Addiction (EMCDDA) and is designed to local communities in reducing the harm from alcohol and other drugs in night time entertainment settings. The toolbox includes a database with evaluated interventions, as well as info sheets that give advice on responding to alcohol and other drug problems in nightlife settings.


Go to the "Healthy Nightlife Toolbox"

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June 2, 2017

2016 NATIONAL DRUG STRATEGY HOUSEHOLD SURVEY RESULTS

Australia's largest population based survey of alcohol and other drug use has published results collected in 2016. The "National Drug Strategy Household Survey 2016" results show a continued decline in young people's use of alcohol and other drugs. The survey showed that young people are smoking less tobacco, with the proportion who have never smoked 100 cigarettes in their lifetime increasing from 95% of young people in 2013 to 98% in 2016. The decline in young people's alcohol consumption has also continued with the proportion of 12 - 17 year olds abstaining from alcohol increasing significantly from 2013 with 72% abstaining, increasing to 82% abstaining in 2016. Most of the increases in alcohol and other drug use occurred in older age groups. More people aged between 40 - 49 recently used an illicit drug (16.2% - an increase of 3% since 2013) compared with young people aged 10 - 19 (15.9% - a decrease of 1.6% since 2013).

Find out more about the National Drug Strategy Household Survey 2016

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June 2, 2017

QUEENSLAND NEEDLE AND SYRINGE PROGRAM DIRECTORY APP

The Pharmacy Guild of Queensland have developed an app that allows people to find their nearest needle and syringe program. The directory includes 730 registered pharmacies that provide injecting equipment, as well as 140 public needle and syringe programs. The app is available for both iPhone and Android devices. To download the free app, simply go to the Google Play store, or the Apple App Store and type in "Qld Needle and syringe program." A PDF flier is available to assist in promoting the app to clients. You can download the flier or find out more information here.

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June 2, 2017

INFORMATION SHARING FOR PROFESSIONALS SUPPORTING CHILDREN AND FAMILES

The Queensland Family and Child Commission has published a handy fact sheet titled "Myth versus Fact: Information sharing for professionals in the child and family support sector".  The downloadable PDF covers a number of common points of confusion around information sharing provisions found in different pieces of legislation. The guide describes how information can be shared in cases involving young people in out-of-home care, the circumstances in which information about a family could be shared without consent, and ways that "prescribed entities" can share information.

Go to "Myth versus Fact: Information sharing for professionals in the child and family support sector"

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May 26, 2017

DOVETAIL MINIBITE: A TIMELINE APPROACH TO MAPPING FAMILY RELATIONSHIPS

Last year we released our "Working with Families and Significant Others" guide to help workers include a family responsive practice approach to alcohol and other drug work with young people. Based on this guide, we've made a short video featuring Associate Professor Phil Crane, which shows workers how to use a time line approach to mapping young people's past, present and future family and significant other relationships. In the time line approach the young person is represented by the point in the middle of a circle and indicates their proximity to family members within the circle at different points in time. This tool may assist a young person to appreciate family as dynamic and evolving and gives space for the discussion of their hopes for future relationships.

Watch the video here

For more information about working with young people and their families, you can order free copies of Dovetail's Guide 5 "Working With Families and Significant Others" by sending us an email at info@dovetail.org.au, or you can view the guide online.

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May 26, 2017

DRUG PROFILES FROM THE EUROPEAN MONITORING CENTRE

The European Centre for Drugs and Drug Addiction website has a page on drug profiles which provides detailed descriptions of psychoactive drugs, most of which are controlled internationally by United Nations conventions. Each profile includes information on the chemistry and pharmacology of these substances, their physical form, and the ways they are used.

View the EMCDDA drug profiles here.

 

 

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May 26, 2017

HOW RESILIENCE CAN BREAK THE LINK BETWEEN A BAD CHILDHOOD AND THE YOUTH JUSTICE SYSTEM

The Conversation has published an article titled "How resilience can break the link between a bad childhood and the youth justice system."  The article looks at data from Victoria showing young people involved in the youth justice system tend to have significant problems within their family backgrounds, including high rates of child protection involvement and histories of abuse and neglect.  The article goes on to describe how a range of dynamic factors can offset these risks but developing resilience that can assist in overcoming adversity.

Go to "How resilience can break the link between a bad childhood and the youth justice system"



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May 26, 2017

HOW HITLER USED HEROIN AND METHAMPHETAMINE TO FUEL THE THIRD REICH

ABC Radio National recently featured an interview with Norman Ohler, author of the book "Blitzed: Drugs in Nazi Germany".  In the interview, Ohler describes some of the startling findings of his research into substance use during World War 2, including that Hitler receiving regular methamphetamine injections from his personal physician throughout the war.  Ohler goes on the propose that following the allied bombing of the factories producing methamphetamine, Hitler's mental health declined - possibly due to substance withdrawal, which proceeded the end of the war, and Hitler's eventual demise.

Listen to "How Hitler used heroin and methamphetamine to fuel the Third Reich"

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