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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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May 19, 2017

DRUG FACTS VIDEOS

The Drug Policy Alliance has produced a series of four short videos about MDMA, Methamphetamine, Heroin and Cocaine which aim to present straightforward, factual information. Each video is only two minutes long and covers the history of each of these drugs, how they work, the major health risks of each substance and practice harm reduction advice.

Read more and watch the videos here.

 

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May 8, 2017

CRACKS IN THE ICE

Cracks in the Ice is an online toolkit providing, evidence-based, and up-to-date information and resources about crystal methamphetamine (ice) for the Australian community. Cracks in the Ice has been developed with input from community members across Australia in consultation with researchers from the NHMRC Centre of Research Excellence in Mental Health and Substance Use, National Drug and Alcohol Research Centre, UNSW and  the National Drug Research Institute, Curtin University. The website consists of a community toolkit, information for schools,  families and significant others and resources for health professionals.

View Cracks in the Ice here

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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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January 27, 2017

METH CHECK: RESOURCES FOR PEOPLE WHO USE METHAMPHETAMINE

As a part of Queensland Health's response to increasing use of crystal methamphetamine, Insight produced a number of resources to support workers.  There's a free, self-paced online learning package, a flow chart designed for emergency departments, a harm reduction guide and a brief intervention tool for workers who are engaging with people who use methamphetamine.  The Queensland Aboriginal and Islander Health Council (QAIHC) have also contextualized the resources for use with Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people.  To order free copies of the resources, or to find out more go to the Meth Check website.

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October 14, 2016

FREE METHAMPHETAMINE RESOURCES FOR QUEENSLAND WORKERS

Insight, the Queensland Health alcohol and other drug training and workforce development unit, have recently released a suite of tools and resources for health and community service workers who engage with people who use methamphetamine. The "Meth Check" toolkit consists of an eLearning module, medical early intervention flowcharts, an ultra-brief intervention tool, a harm reduction booklet and a factsheet for families. The resources are freely available for download. Hard copies of the resources are also available.

For more information and to download the resources click here

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September 30, 2016

METHAMPHETAMINE IN WORLD WAR TWO

The Guardian has published an article titled "High Hitler: Nazi drug abuse steered the course of history".  The article includes an interview with German author Norman Ohler, who has written a book titled "Blitzed" which explores the role that substances played in Hitler's Germany. It is well known that drugs like methamphetamine were used by both sides of the conflict in World War 2, but Ohler believes that methamphetamine played a significant role in Hitler's declining physical and mental health throughout the war.  He uncovered documents from Dr Theodor Morell, Hitler's personal physician, which indicated that Hitler had a significant methamphetamine dependence.  Ohler discovered a letter from Martin Bormann, Hitler's private secretary, suggesting that the "medication" being supplied to Hitler needed to be regulated, due to his failing health.  The factories producing methamphetamine were destroyed by allied bombing in 1945, cutting off Hitler's supply and causing him to go into withdrawal.  Ohler suggests that this explains the widely reported poor state of Hitler's physical and mental health in the final weeks of World War 2.

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March 10, 2016

BREAKING THE ICE PODCAST

This Radio National podcast "Breaking the Ice" from the All in the Mind program looks at the effects of methamphetamine use, treatment and a personal account of methamphetamine dependence.

Listen to the podcast here.

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December 11, 2015

FINAL REPORT OF THE NATIONAL ICE TASKFORCE

The federal government's National Ice Taskforce has published its final report.  The report contains a broad range of recommendations including recommendations around providing support to families, communities and frontline workers, targeted prevention, tailoring services and support, improving governance and building better evidence.

Go to the Final Report of the National Ice Taskforce

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September 25, 2015

QUEENSLAND GOVERNMENT CONSULTATION: WAYS TO COMBAT ICE ADDICTION

The Queensland Premier has released a discussion paper to engage with key stakeholders and the broader community on options and solutions to address the emerging problem of methamphetamine in Queensland.  The Queensland government are considering a range of possible reforms including increasing access to treatment, targeting at-risk groups in the population, supporting families and more.  The government has developed a discussion paper and they are calling for written submissions.

Find out more about "Ways to combat ice addiction in Queensland"

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