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An evaluation of Western Australia’s first take-home naloxone program, in which drug users and their peers are taught how to manage opioid overdose situations and are provided with the overdose-reversal drug naloxone, has found that the program saves lives and should be continued and expanded.
The research, conducted by the National Drug Research Institute (NDRI) at Curtin University and released on International Overdose Awareness Day, evaluated the WA Peer Naloxone Project run between January 2013 and May 2015 by the Western Australian Substance Users’ Association (WASUA) in collaboration with the Mental Health Commission. Read report here.
The Illicit Drug Data Report (IDDR), now in its 13th edition, informs Australia’s understanding of the illicit drug threat and focuses collective efforts by bringing together data from a wide range of sources into the one unique report.
In the 2014–15 financial year, Australian law enforcement agencies made a record 105,862 national illicit drug seizures, weighing a total of 23.5 tonnes, with a record 133,926 national illicit drug arrests.
For the first time, the IDDR includes data from wastewater analysis, gathered through the chemical analysis of sewerage water. Data on methylamphetamine, MDMA and cocaine was collected, indicating methylamphetamine use in the community has been increasing since 2009–10. The data obtained from wastewater analysis will provide law enforcement, policy, regulatory and health agencies with additional and more objective data in relation to the usage of methylamphetamine and other drugs. View report here.
To view previous IDDRs, please click here.
The Illicit Drug Reporting System (IDRS) provides insights about shifting trends in drug use among a population of people who regularly inject drugs. Read more here.
Monitoring Trends in Petrol Sniffing among Australian Indigenous Communities
This report is the final report from a study commissioned by the (then) Australian Government Department of Health and Ageing (DoHA) with a view to monitoring the impact of introducing low aromatic unleaded fuel (LAF) as a means of preventing petrol sniffing in Indigenous communities in remote and regional Australia1. The study commenced in 2011, with data collection concluding in December 2014. It included 41 communities, each of which was visited twice in the course of the study. The study was conducted by the Menzies School of Health Research, Darwin, in partnership with Bowchung Pty Ltd, Canberra, under a Consultancy Agreement with the Department. Read report here.
2016 World Drug Report
With an estimated 207,400 drug-related deaths in 2014, corresponding to 43.5 deaths per million people aged 15-64, the number of drug-related deaths worldwide has also remained stable, although unacceptable and preventable. Overdose deaths contribute to between roughly a third and a half of all drug-related deaths, which are attributable in most cases to opioids. This data has been taken from the 2016 World Drug Report, which is available online here.
Opioid Painkiller Study
More than half of patients prescribed opioid painkillers have or expect to have extra pills left over, according to a new study. And one-fifth of those individuals share their pills with a friend or family member.
The findings by the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Health sheds light on how prescription painkillers circulate in the US, as overdose deaths from opioids are skyrocketing. There were 29,000 opioid overdoses in 2014, according to the most recent Centers for Disease Control and Prevention data. Read more here.
Tasmanian Government's exposure draft of the white paper on Delivering Safe and Sustainable Clinical Services
Tasmanian Government’s exposure draft of the white paper on Delivering Safe and Sustainable Clinical Services.
The Exposure Draft of the White Paper outlines a series of proposals that taken together will help to deliver better health outcomes to the Tasmanian community that will deliver improved safety and quality of services, greater efficiency and improved patient support to enable better access to services.
Read the exposure draft here.
Alcohol’s devastating impact on children and families has been revealed in a new report titled The Hidden Harm: Alcohol’s impact on children and families.
Commissioned by the Foundation for Alcohol Research and Education (FARE), The hidden harm includes the most comprehensive findings to-date of alcohol-related family and domestic violence in Australia and presents a startling and confronting picture.
Alcohol is involved in up to two of every three domestic violence incidents and as many as half of all child protection cases, depending on the state or territory. Visit the drinktank website for further information.
University of Tasmania Comorbidity Resources
During the first stage of the Improved Services Project, funded through the Commonwealth Department of Health, Hannah Graham from the University of Tasmania put together a list of useful resources including:
- Alcohol and Other Drugs Practitioner Protocols for Responding to Self Harm
- Alcohol and Other Drugs Practitioner Protocols for Attempted Suicide and Risk Assessment
- Domestic Family Violence Practitioner Protocols
- Panic Attacks and Anxiety Practitioner Protocols
- Prescription Drug Misuse Practitioner Protocols
- Psychosis Practitioner Protocols
- Comorbidity Factsheet No. 1 – Co-occurring mental illness and drug misuse
- Comorbidity Factsheet No. 2 – The process of grieving a loss
- Comorbidity Factsheet No. 3 – Mephedrone
- Comorbidity Worksheet No. 1 – Grieving a loss – the year of firsts
- Comorbidity Worksheet No. 2 – Personal well-being plan
- Comorbidity Worksheet No. 3 – Finding the Good [Strengths]
- Comorbidity Worksheet No. 4 – Celebrating Strengths
- Recovery postcards
- Comorbidity Improved Services Capacity Building Project
- Co-existing Mental Illness and Substance Misuse: Information & Contacts for Family and Carers Comorbidity Quick Contact List
- Cormobidity: towards evidence based practice in the ATOD sector
- A Practitioner’s Guide to Mental Health Services in Southern Tasmania
These are available as downloads online from the following link: http://www.utas.edu.au/social-sciences/research/criminology-research-unit