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September 22, 2017

SO THE MEDIA WANT TO INTERVIEW ONE OF YOUR CLIENTS

Hearing directly from people with lived experience of substance use can be a really useful way to increase the community's understanding of substance issues.  Services are often contacted by media outlets, looking to be connected with clients who can share their stories. However, there are risks in this type of public disclosure, and  workers need to be able understand these risks, in order to assist clients in making informed decisions about sharing their story publicly.  The good folks at AOD Media Watch have published a great article, that covers the issues and can assist a worker or a client to make the decision to tell their story.  It includes an overview of the risks involved, the types of stories that journalists frequently publish, and some key questions to consider before speaking to a journalist.

Go to "AOD Media Watch Guideline for Consumers"

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August 31, 2017

HARM REDUCTION VIDEOS FROM VICE MEDIA: SAFE SESH

Vice Media have developed a series of harm reduction videos, including substances such as MDMA, cocaine., cannabis, nitrous oxide and more.  The videos use a scientist from The Loop, a drug testing service from the UK, to answer some key questions that users often have, with practical suggestions to reduce the harms. Obviously, the only way to reduce all of the harms is to not use. However for those who do use, there are some strategies that can be implemented to reduce the harms. Some of the tips in the videos include: not to use MDMA more than once every three months, to reduce the risks of developing tolerance and increasing some of the potential cognitive effects of MDMA.

Go to Vice Media's "Safe Sesh" videos.

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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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April 7, 2017

SNAP THAT STIGMA: REDUCING THE STIGMA FACED BY YOUNG PEOPLE WITH A CARE EXPERIENCE

The Create Foundation is the national peak consumer body representing the voices of children and young people with an out-of-home care experience. They have recently launched a campaign to help reduce the stigma faced by young people with a care experience: #snapthatstigma.  The campaign is designed to highlight positive stories and achievements of young people with a care experience.  Create have made a video featuring eight young people sharing their experiences, as well as a stigma position paper and a social media campgain based around #snapthatstigma.

Find out more at Create's Snap That Stigma page

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March 10, 2017

ADF DRUG FACTS

The Alcohol and Drug Foundation (formerly known as the Australian Drug Foundation) have re-launched their Drug Facts website.  The site contains information on a broad range of drugs, in an accessible format suitable for any worker.  Each fact sheet contains information on the specific substance including how the substance is used, an overview of the effects and harms, and information on rates of use in the population.

Go to the ADF Drug Facts website

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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.

Watch "Under Construction: Alcohol and the teenage brain"

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June 10, 2016

Introducing Batyr

Batyr is an organisation that trains young people to speak about their personal experience with mental ill health.  They have a number of programs that will connect their trained presenters with schools and universities, so that young people with lived experience of mental ill health can deliver education in a fun, safe and engaging way.  The Batyr@School program offers 60 - 90 minute presentations for school communities, or half day and full day workshops designed for school students.  Batyr are offering their services to Queensland schools, so if you are interested, check out the Batyr website for more information.

Go to the Batyr website.

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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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February 12, 2016

MOUSE PARTY: LEARNING ABOUT HOW DRUGS WORK

Last week we posted an animation that demonstrated the process of substance dependence.  This week, we've got another animation - Mouse Party. Created by the University of Utah, Mouse Party lets you drag and drop a substance affected mouse into a testing device which then shows you how that particular drug works on the brain.  Interactive animations such as this can be useful for workers engaging with young people, who might be interested to learn about the ways that drugs work.

Go to Mouse Party

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October 14, 2015

SAFER USE LIMITS

Alcohol guidelines have been developed in many countries, including Australia, in order to help advise people who use alcohol of ways to reduce the short and long term consequences of their drinking.  Similar guidelines for illicit drug use do not exist, and so the folks at the Global Drug Survey have used the data generated by over 100 000 participants from last years survey in order to understand the ways that real people who use illicit drugs minimise harms.  The "Safer Use Limits" website allows a person to enter the current level of substance use and then provides the user with feedback.  The feedback includes an overall assessment of risk, as well as practical strategies to reduce these risks.  Current cannabis is the only substance available, however more drugs will be added in the future including cocaine, MDMA and alcohol.

Go to "Safer Use Limits" website

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