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July 8, 2016

DOES MIXING TOBACCO WITH CANNABIS MAKE IT HARDER TO QUIT?

A paper has been published in the journal "Frontiers in Psychiatry" titled "No smoke without tobacco: A global overview of cannabis and tobacco routes of administration and their association with intention to quit".  The paper uses data from the Global Drug Survey to understand the ways tobacco is mixed with cannabis across the various routes of administration, and then to ascertain if these differences impact on intention to quit. The study found significant variations in different countries, with European countries having the highest rates of mixed cannabis and tobacco, with the Americas having the lowest rates.  From the nearly 6000 Australian participants, just over 50% reported mixing tobacco with their cannabis, with the majority of these mixing tobacco and cannabis in joints.  The association between route of administration and intentions to use less cannabis were inconsistent.

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July 8, 2016

THE GLOBAL STATE OF LSD

An article has been recently published on the tech blog Gizmodo titled "There really is an LSD shortage and here's why".  The article describes the global availability of LSD which appears to be on the decline, partly due a significant police seizure back 2000, which saw most of the global LSD supply seized.  It is also theorised that the death of Jerry Garcia from the Grateful Dead meant that the band stopped touring, and these tours had been associated with significant LSD distribution throughout the United States.  This fascinating article provides a snapshot of the complex nature of global drug markets, and shows how LSD's future may well be in legitimate therapeutic research which has recently been re-started after a long hiatus. Whatever the cause of the decline in LSD availability, the gap in the market has been filled with a growing number of novel psychoactive substances such as the NBOMe-type hallucinogens, which are significantly more harmful than LSD.

 

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July 8, 2016

PROVIDING ALCOHOL TO PEOPLE WHO ARE DEPENDENT

The BBC World Service recently broadcast a radio documentary titled "The city giving wine to alcoholics".  The radio documentary looks at a program running in Ottawa, Canada, that provides a homelessness service for people who are dependent on alcohol, where they are provided with a fixed measure of white wine every hour throughout the day.  The "Managed Alcohol Program" has been found to improve the health of the participants, reduce their alcohol intake, and some of the participants have been able to stop drinking completely.  The program is now being expanded to other Canadian cities.

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June 30, 2016

DOVETAIL GOOD PRACTICE GUIDE 5 LAUNCHED: WORKING WITH FAMILIES AND SIGNIFICANT OTHERS

The team at Dovetail are very excited to announce the launch of the fifth youth alcohol and drug good practice guide "Working with families and significant others."  The guide is designed to assist workers engage with families, when the young person is the primary client. It includes an overview of family responsive practice, strategies for mapping a young person's relationships and ways to engage families and significant others. It also addresses issues including when not to include families and significant others, understanding the impacts of parental abuse and neglect, and the impacts of problematic familial substance use. The guide also contains a "Family Responsive Youth Service Tool (FRYS-T)" which is a self-assessment tool for services to reflect on their family responsiveness and map out areas for improvement. This resource is part of a series of Queensland Health initiatives designed to support individuals, families and workers to better respond to the effects of 'ice' crystal methamphetamine across Queensland.

The good practice guide is available electronically from this link, or you can order free print copies by emailing the team at info@dovetail.org.au

 

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June 30, 2016

NAIDOC WEEK 2016: 3-10 JULY

NAIDOC Week commences this Sunday July 3 with a range of events planned across Queensland and around Australia. NAIDOC Week celebrates the history, culture and achievements of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples annually. The theme of the 2016 NAIDOC Week is "Songlines: The living narrative of our nation". The NAIDOC website has a calendar of events as well as NAIDOC merchandise.  Get involved in NAIDOC events in your community!

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June 30, 2016

AMENDMENTS TO QUEENSLAND YOUTH JUSTICE LEGISLATION

The Queensland State Parliament has recently passed a number of changes to the Youth Justice Act 1992.  The changes include removing "boot camps" as a sentencing option, restricting the media from reporting the names of young people involved in the youth justice system, ensuring that detention of young people is a last resort, and allowing courts to refer a young person to a youth justice conference.

To find out more about these changes download the legislation here (450KB PDF)



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June 30, 2016

THE PUBLIC HEALTH APPROACH TO PREVENTING CHILD MALTREATMENT

The Australian Institute of Family Studies has published a news article titled "The public health approach to preventing child maltreatment". The article describes a population approach that aims to prevent child maltreatment, respond quickly if problems do occur, and then to minimise the long-term effects, and prevent re-occurrence.  The article describes primary (or universal) approaches, secondary services that target families at higher risk of child maltreatment, and tertiary services that target families where abuse or neglect has already occurred. The article goes on to describe the evidence base for this approach, which is still developing.

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June 24, 2016

DOVETAIL WEBINAR: UNDERSTANDING INHALANTS: TUESDAY 28TH OF JUNE 10AM

The misuse of inhalants continues to be an issue around Queensland.  Common products like glues, deodorants and petrol are easily available, and managing young people who engage in inhalant misuse can be complex. Dovetail's own Cameron Francis is hosting a one hour webinar on this topic titled "Understanding Inhalants".  The presentation will provide an overview of the history of inhalant misuse, and overview of the products that can be misused, information on the health effects of inhalants as well as best practice approaches to managing intoxication and regular use of inhalants.  The presentation will be recorded and made available afterwards on the Dovetail website and YouTube channel.

 

1.On the day of the seminar, go to this link

2. Select `PARTICIPANT`

3. Enter Webinar Registration Code: 52365378

4. Enter your name

5. Join the Webconference (it may take a minute or two to load)

6. Turn up the sound on your computer (or preferably use headphones)

Note: You will need to be using the Firefox Web Browser for best results.

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June 24, 2016

DRUG MULES OF THE ANDES

Illicit drugs have far reaching impacts around the world.  In countries where illicit drugs like cocaine are produced, the trade has signficant impacts on local people.  Late last year, the BBC broadcast a radio documentary called "Drug Mules of the Andes".  In this story, the reporter follows the "mochileros" - mostly young men who hike through the jungle in convoys of up to 150 people, carrying the cocaine to clandestine airstrips where it is then smuggled out to countries like Australia.  For their effort, the young men are paid significant sums of money, yet there are great risks including imprisonment, robbery and death.  This fascinating radio documentary provides an important insight into the far reaching effects of the trade in illicit drugs globally.


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June 24, 2016

UNDER CONSTRUCTION: ALCOHOL AND THE TEENAGE BRAIN

A few years back, Eastern Health and Turning Point developed a short animated video called "Under Construction: Alcohol and the teenage brain".  The video resource is aimed at young people in grades 7 - 10, and presents up-to-date information on the effects of alcohol on different parts of the brain, as well as impacts on behaviour.  The video is designed to be screened as a part of the alcohol and other drug curriculum within schools, alongside material that supports assertive decision making and help seeking.

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