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August 11, 2017

CODEINE SCHEDULING CHANGES: FEBRUARY 2018

Commencing in February 2018, medications containing codeine will require a prescription. The re-scheduling has been introduced by the Therapeutic Goods Administration following evidence of increasing misuse of over-the-counter codeine. It's possible that this change in scheduling could lead to an increase in people seeking treatment for codeine dependence, and workers in the youth and alcohol and other drugs sector should be aware of this change and start thinking about how your service can prepare to best support people who might be having problems with codeine dependence.

Find out more from the Therapeutic Goods Administration

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August 11, 2017

OVERVIEW OF FORENSIC TESTING DEVICES FOR HARM REDUCTION POINT-OF-CARE

An article has been published in the "Harm Reduction Journal" titled "An overview of forensic drug testing methods and their suitability for harm reduction point-of-care services".  The article describes the range of devices that are able to determine the contents of substances, and considers their potential utility in harm reduction point-of-care services including drug checking services. Technology in this area evolves rapidly and this article considers issues such as the amount of training required to use a particular device, the accuracy and portability.

Go to "An overview of forensic drug testing methods and their suitability for harm reduction point-of-care services."

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August 4, 2017

INSIGHT TRAINING AND WEBINAR CALENDAR: OUT NOW

Insight has released the semester two training and webinar calendar for semester 2 of 2017.  The training calendar includes a range of free full day and part day workshops on topics including "Culturally secure AOD practice", "Introduction to motivational interviewing" and "An introduction to mindfulness for AOD".  The training workshops are happening in Brisbane, Cairns and Townsville and are likely to book out quickly.  The Insight webinar series happens every Wednesday morning from 10am live in person at the Biala BUilding in Brisbane, or broadcast live online. This semester includes a webinar from the Queensland AIDS Council on "How to better meet the needs of your LGBTI clients" on Wednesday 30th of August, and Dovetail's own Cameron Francis will be presenting on Wednesday 6th of September "A trip through the garden" which provides an overview of a range of different psychoactive plants and fungus.

Find out more about the Insight Webinars

Find out more about Insight Training

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August 4, 2017

AOD TREATMENT IN AUSTRALIA 2015-16

The Australian Institute of Health and Welfare recently published "Alcohol and Other Drug Treatment Services in Australia 2015 -16".  This report collates the National Minimum Data Set information, submitted by 796 AOD services from across Australia.  Nationally, there were estimated to be 134 000 clients in AOD treatment 2015-16, with about 35 000 of these living in Queensland. Alcohol was the most common drug of concern (32%), however that number has been falling. The number of people seeking treatment for amphetamines has risen substantially, making up only 12% of treatment episodes on 2011-12, and in 2015-16 making up 23% of treatment episodes in 2015-16.

Go to "Alcohol and Other Drug Treatment Services in Australia 2015 -16"

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August 4, 2017

IS THE WELLBEING OF METHAMPHETAMINE USERS WORSE THAN HEROIN USERS?

The latest Illicit Drug Reporting Reporting System (IDRS) Drug Trends Bulletin is titled "Is the wellbeing of people who inject drugs worse for those who use methamphetamine rather than heroin?".  The report considers data from the IDRS which involved 877 people who regularly inject substances.  Of the sample, 59% of people regularly injected opioids, 34.9% regularly inject methamphetamine.  There were a number of statistically significant differences between the two groups, with 41.4% of the methamphetamine users reporting a very high distress score of the K-10, compared with 14.5% of opioid users.

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July 28, 2017

POLICE POWERS: YOUR RIGHTS

The Caxton Legal Centre produce a guide titled "Police Powers: Your rights."  The guide provides a plain English overview of police powers, including when being questioned by police or being given a direction by police, rights while being arrested, police searches, various offenses and penalties, and more.  The guide was updated in October 2016, and laws can change frequently, so the guide also contains contact information for community legal centres from across Queensland, as well as specific services such as the Crime and Corruption Commission.

Download "Police Powers: Your Rights" (775 KB PDF)

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July 28, 2017

CAFFEINE INFORMER

Caffeine Informer is a useful website that provides information about caffeine and the amount contained in a wide range of products such as energy drinks, coffee and other caffeinated goods. Caffeine is a popular stimulant, often used to kick start the day, and when used in moderation can have some positive benefits. However, when caffeine is used regularly in large quantities users can experience some unpleasant side effects. Caffeine Informer has information about safe limits, a caffeine intake calculator and an overdose calculator which can help determine how many milligrams of caffeine a day is being consumed.

Check out the website here

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July 28, 2017

YOUTH AOD TOOLBOX

The Youth AOD Toolbox, developed by Youth Support and Advocacy Service (YSAS) in Victoria is an excellent resource for new and current youth AOD service providers. We have promoted it in the past but feel it is worthy of a repost. The Youth AOD Toolbox contains a range of evidence informed resources designed to improve and enrich practice. The site contains practice modules on a range of topics and specific information on practice approaches. The Toolbox project is in constant development with new content added regularly and existing content kept up to date.

View the Toolbox here

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July 20, 2017

NATIONAL DRUG STRATEGY 2017-2026

The National Drug Strategy 2017-2026 has been released by the Commonwealth Department of Health and maintains the harm minimisation focus on supply, demand and harm reduction. The National Drug Strategy is a long term framework for reducing and preventing the harms associated with alcohol, tobacco and other drugs. This latest strategy is built on the principles of partnerships, coordination and collaboration, national direction and evidence informed responses with the aim of building safe healthy and resilient Australian communities.

Read and download the National Drug Strategy here

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July 20, 2017

ADDRESSING BARRIERS TO ENGAGEMENT-WORKING WITH CHALLENGING BEHAVIOUR

The National Centre of Excellence in Youth Mental Health, Orygen, has published a clinical practice guide called " Addressing barriers to engagement-Working with challenging behaviour". The guide is designed to support service providers who are engaging young people, 12 - 25 years of age, who present with behaviour that is seen to be 'challenging'.The practice guide explains how to respond appropriately to challenging behaviour, better understand the contributing factors, manage personal responses and identify the barriers associated with different types of behaviour.

Read and download the practice guide here

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