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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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July 22, 2016

THE ORIGINS OF NITROUS OXIDE

Nitrous oxide is a medical anaesthic sometimes referred to as "laughing gas".  It is also commonly available over the counter in the form of whipped cream chargers, and there is some evidence of its use in music festivals and entertainment settings.  The history of nitrous oxide is fascinating, and we recently came across an article that describes the early years of nitrous oxide.  The article titled "O, excellent air bag: Humphry Davy and Nitrous Oxide" tells the story of Humphry Davy - an enthusiatis purveyor of nitrous oxide, who popularised the recreational consumption of the gas in 1799 England.  Davy self-experimented with nitrous oxide, and developed a number of different tools to administer the gas, while promoting its use in both medicine and as a recreational drug.


Go to "O, excellent air bag: Humphry Davy and Nitrous Oxide"

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July 15, 2016

UNDERSTANDING INHALANTS

The misuse of inhalants continues to be an issue around Queensland. Managing young people who engage in inhalant misuse can be complex. Recently, Dovetail's own Cameron Francis hosted a one hour webinar on this topic titled "Understanding Inhalants". The presentation is now available online, and provides an overview of the history of inhalant use and information on the health effects, as well as best practice approaches to managing intoxication and regular use of inhalants.


Watch "Understanding Inhalants"

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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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February 26, 2016

REVIEW OF VOLATILE SUBSTANCE USE AMONG ABORIGINAL AND TORRES STRAIT ISLANDER PEOPLE

The Australian Indigenous Health InfoNet has published a "Review of volatile substance use among Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people".  This updated resource includes a comprehensive overview of the current evidence around the effects of volatile substances, the global situation, current prevalence in Australia, as well as an overview of responses.  It incorporates information on the success of low aromatic fuel (such as Opal) in reducing rates of petrol sniffing in central Australia.

Go to "Review of volatile substance use among Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people"

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November 20, 2015

SUPPLY REDUCTION THROUGH LOW AROMATIC FUEL

Low aromatic fuel (LAF) is regular unleaded petrol that performs the same as regular petrol, but it has less of the toxic components that allow people to become intoxicated from the fumes.  The federal government has been supporting the rollout of LAF across northern Australia, including the Gulf region and Cape York.  LAF has been available in central Australia for around ten years.  Tristan Ray from the Central Australian Youth Link-Up Service (CAYLUS) has written a fact sheet for the Australian Drug Foundation's Drug Info service, titled "Supply reduction through low aromatic fuel (LAF) goes from strength to strength: A perspective on the LAW rollout from Central Australia." Tristan describes the success of the program and provides links to research which indicates significant savings to government and the community following the rollout of LAF.


For more information go to the Australian Government "Low Aromatic Unleaded" website.

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February 13, 2015

INHALANT MISUSE IN THE MEDIA

Triple J's Hack recently ran a 3-part series on inhalant misuse in Alice Springs, following the death of a 12-year-old who had been sniffing deodorant.  Inhalant misuse is an issue that many communities in Queensland are dealing with, and the Triple J story addresses a number of the complexities faced in addressing inhalant misuse include appropriate after-hours service delivery and supply reduction activities involving retailers.

Deodorant sniffing in Alice Springs - Part 1

Deodorant sniffing in Alice Springs - Part 2

Deodorant sniffing in Alice Springs - Part 3

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August 15, 2014

REVIEW OF INTERVENTIONS FOR VOLATILE SUBSTANCE MISUSE IN REGIONAL NORTH QUEENSLAND

Cairns based youth service YETI (Youth Empowered Towards Independence) has published a research report titled "Dignity, Diversion, Home and Hope: A review of interventions for volatile substance misuse in regional North Queensland."   This research report involved interviews with youth and AOD workers in Cairns, Mt Isa, Rockhampton and Townsville, as well as interviews with current and former inhalant users who access services at YETI.  The report includes a series of practice principles and insights directly from young people who use inhalants about what they believed were the most useful approaches workers should use when providing effective services.

Download "Dignity, Diversion, Home and Hope: A review of interventions for volatile substance misuse in regional North Queensland." (620KB PDF)

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February 28, 2014

MONITORING TRENDS IN THE PREVALENCE OF PETROL SNIFFING IN SELECTED ABORIGINAL COMMUNITIES

The Menzies School of Health Research has published a report titled "Monitoring trends in prevalence of petrol sniffing in selected Aboriginal communities: An interim report".  The report authored by Peter d'Abbs and Gillian Shaw provides an overview of current trends in petrol sniffing in communities across Australia - some of whom have significant coverage of low aromatic fuels (that contains negligible amounts of chemicals that can cause intoxication) and other communities that have low or no access to low aromatic fuels.  This report looked at 41 communities located in the Northern Territory, South Australia, Western Australia and Queensland.  In those communities where comparable data was available from earlier research in 2005-07, declines in petrol sniffing were observed - indicating that the rollout of low aromatic fuel has been successful in reducing petrol sniffing in communities that have access to it.

Download "Monitoring trends in prevalence of petrol sniffing in selected Aboriginal communities: An interim report" (406KB PDF)

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March 15, 2013

PETROL, PAINT AND GLUE: USING MUSIC TO ADDRESS INHALANT USE

Triple J TV recently broadcast a story featuring Aboriginal singer Delson Stokes Junior, who teamed up with musicians from the Panics and the Lazy Calm to create a song about the impacts of inhalant use on young people.  Delson, from the Kalgoorlie area, wants to make a pop anthem that will reach the masses of young people - both Indigenous and non-indigenous.  Delson has personal experience of the impacts of petrol sniffing, having had a close childhood friend develop problems from petrol sniffing.  The video features interviews with Delson and goes behind the scenes as they make the film clip and perform in communities around Kalgoorlie.

Watch Petrol, Paint and Glue here

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