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Is Addiction a Brain Disease?
Biden Bill to Define It as Such is Moving on Capitol Hill [Stop the Drug War, USA]
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Drug misuse: opioid detoxification
NICE clinical guideline 52 makes recommendations for the treatment of people who are undergoing detoxification for opioid dependence arising from the misuse of illicit drugs [NICE, UK]
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Drug misuse: psychosocial interventions
NICE clinical guideline 51 makes recommendations for the use of psychosocial interventions in the treatment of people who misuse opioids, stimulants and cannabis in the healthcare and criminal justice systems [NICE, UK]
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Good Practice Checklist for Prescribers - Methadone & Buprenorphine Prescriptions
This is a controlled drugs prescribing table, which has been developed and sent out to all GPs in Brent and Harrow [SMMGP, UK]
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Cannabis use and risk of psychotic or affective mental health outcomes: a systematic review
The evidence is consistent with the view that cannabis increases risk of psychotic outcomes independently of confounding and transient intoxication effects, although evidence for affective outcomes is less strong. Summary from [The Lancet - free registration required]
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Does cannabis use lead to mental-health problems? Findings from the research
This research note provides an overview of recent research into the links between cannabis use and mental-health problems [Parliament of Australia]
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Good practice in care planning
A good practice guide to care planning in drug treatment, based on practice in areas that performed well in the 2005/06 Healthcare Commission and NTA Improvement Reviews. 28-page PDF [National Treatment Agency, UK]
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How We Get Addicted
Iinvestigators have begun to figure out exactly what goes wrong in the brain of an addict - Using that knowledge, they've begun to design new drugs that are showing promise in cutting off the craving that drives an addict irresistibly toward relapse -- the greatest risk facing even the most dedicated abstainer."
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Detox not enough, conference told
A 30-day detoxification offers little hope to addicts if it is not followed up, the keynote speaker at the National Summer Institute on Addictions heard Monday [CBC, Canada]
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Homelessness & Mental Illness
Various papers e.g. Preventing Homelessness among Substance Users in Europe [The Journal of Primary Prevention, Netherlands]
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BRIEF REPORT: Methadone Treatment of Injecting Opioid Users for Prevention of HIV Infection
To assess the effects of oral substitution treatment for opioid-dependent injecting drug users on HIV risk behaviors and infections.
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Be a Better Manager
With just three clicks, users can find checklists full of practical guidance for tackling common management issues. Each checklist links to National Occupational Standards, useful tools and techniques which can be downloaded
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Clinical Guidelines on Drug Misuse and Dependence Update 2007
Independent Expert Working Group Commissioned by Department of Health (England) Supported by: Department of Health, Social Services and Public Safety (Northern Ireland) Scottish Executive Health Welsh Assembly Government
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Summary of evidence: Need and effective Interventions for Tobacco, Alcohol and Drug Misuse
This publication draws together key findings of two pieces of work commissioned jointly by West Lothian Council and NHS Lothian. 2.39MB PDF [DMIS, UK]
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Professor David Clark
describes the main recommendations from a major new book based on the views of America's leading clinicians and researchers of how treatment would look like if it were based on the best science possible.
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Drug treatment effectiveness to be put to the - quick and simple to use - test
A new tool designed to measure real outcomes for clients in drug treatment in England will be the first to become fully applied to any national clinical practice or drug treatment monitoring system.Developed by the National Treatment Agency for Substance Misuse (NTA) in partnership with Dr John Marsden and Dr Michael Farrell - leading researchers in outcomes monitoring in substance misuse - the Treatment Outcomes Profile (TOP) is a series of simple questions to measure outcomes in a way that is sensitive to change over time.
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Methamphetamine Medicine May Cause Brain Damage
A drug commonly used to treat methamphetamine overdoses may cause brain damage in patients.
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Good practice in care planning
A good practice guide to care planning in drug treatment, based on practice in areas that performed well in the 2005/06 Healthcare Commission and NTA Improvement Reviews. 28-page PDF [National Treatment Agency, UK]. [ more info]

 

Needs assessment guidance for adult drug treatment
The new needs assessment guidance is designed to assist commissioners and local partnership to build on the advances made in 07/08 in terms of depth and uniformity of approach to needs assessment, and in the evidence base on which decisions are made for treatment planning. 38-page PDF [NTA, UK]
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Summary of evidence: Need and effective Interventions for Tobacco, Alcohol and Drug Misuse
This publication draws together key findings of two pieces of work commissioned jointly by West Lothian Council and NHS Lothian. 2.39MB PDF [DMIS, UK]
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Invitation for Comment: NTA Guidance on the Commissioning of Young Peoples Specialist Substance Misuse Treatment Services
The NTA is developing a range of guidance to support the development of young people's specialist substance misuse treatment services. The aim of the commissioning guidance is to support the effective commissioning of specialist substance misuse treatments services in line with current developments in children's commissioning. View full details.
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Dependent on Rights: Assessing Treatment of Drug Dependence from a Human Rights Perspective
Social attitudes toward, and criminalization of, people who use illegal drugs have apparently influenced the practice and policy of treatment for drug dependence in many countries. The already precarious human rights situation of people who use drugs is compounded by the inability of a large percentage of them to receive humane, effective, timely and affordable treatment for their addiction. 46-page PDF [Canadian HIV/AIDS Legal Network]
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Special issues of the International Journal of Drug Policy dedicated to HIV treatment for injecting drug users has
Special issues of the International Journal of Drug Policy dedicated to HIV treatment for injecting drug users has been just published. The complete issue is available for free download until October 31 2007 at: The special issue is guest edited by Andrew Ball (World Health Organization), Michel Kazatchkine (The Global Fund), and Tim Rhodes (London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine).
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Study looks at how children's anxiety and depression may be associated with substance abuse throughout adulthood
Child Health News Research underway at Rutgers University Camden seeks to examine links between children's mental health problems and alcohol, nicotine, and illegal drug use over time.
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Impact of illicit drug use on families
The Proof of Official Hansard transcript of Senate committee hearing. 26-page PDF [Hansard, Australia]
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Background briefing
The third part of Prof David Clark's look at ways to reduce heroin overdose and death [Drink and Drugs News,
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NIDA and NIAAA Name Change Bill Approved by Senate Panel
A bill that would change the names of the National Institute on Drug Abuse and the National Institute on Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism has been approved by a key Senate committee.
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International Prisoner Health - Meeting the Health Needs of Vulnerable Groups
Monday, 24th September, 2007
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2007 Substance Abuse Treatment and Recovery Conference (WASTAR)
The University of Nevada, Reno Center for the Application of Substance Abuse Technologies (CASAT) is hosting an innovative conference with nationally known experts in the field of substance abuse treatment taking place in majestic Lake Tahoe, Nevada. The conference goal is to improve effectiveness in dealing with gender-specific substance abuse topics.Michelle Berry (866) 617-2816, (775) 682-8537 mberry@casat.org
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Effectiveness of Primary Care for Mental Health
A recent trend in medicine is to have primary care physicians take more responsibility for diagnosing and prescribing therapies for individuals who have mood or substance abuse disorders [PsychCentral, USA]
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Beyond 2008": Have Your Say on UN Drug Policies
The "Beyond 2008" initiative is also attempting to collect the experiences of civil society through an NGO questionnaire - adapted from the questionnaire that is completed by national governments for the United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime [IHRA]
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Prisons and Drugs - A global view of incarceration, drug use and drug services
Report 12 from the Beckley Foundation Drug Policy Programme which describes the high rates of drug problems in all prison systems, summarises the current state of global knowledge and research evidence, and provides a guide for policymakers on how to develop effective policies and programmes in this area. 466KB PDF [The Beckley Foundation Drug Policy Programme, UK]
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Call for rethink on needle exchange at new prison
We urge the prison officers' union and the ACT Government to rethink their ban on a needle-exchange system at the new ACT prison being built in Hume [Canberra Times, Australia]
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INVEST/CTN Drug Abuse Research Fellowship
In addition to the normal cohort of INVEST Fellows, the NIDA International Program and Clinical Trials Network (CTN) are joining forces to offer INVEST/CTN Fellowships to non-U.S. scientists who will work with a mentor affiliated with one of the 17 CTN Regional Research and Training Centers.
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Offering hope to Afghan addicts
The BBC's Bilal Sarwary visits a clinic in the Afghan capital, Kabul, especially set up to help women drug addicts.
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Widening the safety net
Caroline Cockwell explain how the substance misuse team at Bristol Prison is using naltrexone at a far earlier stage in treatment to give inmates a better chance of avoiding relapse [Drink and Drugs News, UK]
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Home and dry
There seems little point in spending money on treatment programmes only to house people in hostels rife with drug use - but that's exactly what often happens. David Gilliver looks at the need for better co-operation between housing and treatment sectors [Drink and Drugs News, UK]
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New Drug and Alcohol Training Oracle website
Internet forum of the Centre of Excellence project which has been commissioned by the Welsh Assembly Government, a collaborative project between CAIS, Work2Health and WGCADA Ltd. and it is looking at the provision of training and the use of Drug and Alcohol Occupational Standards (DANOS) across Wales. Welsh language version [DATOracle, UK]
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New DrugScope website
Accessed by over half a million people every month, the site is already seen as an unparalleled source of high quality, evidence-based information on drugs, drug use and drug policy. The relaunched site will have a brighter look and feel, a more intuitive interface, updated content and new features [DrugScope, UK]
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NIDA Announces New Tools for Drug Abuse Treatment
Accessed by over half a million people every month, the site is already seen as an unparalleled source of high quality, evidence-based information on drugs, drug use and drug policy. The relaunched site will have a brighter look and feel, a more intuitive interface, updated content and new features [DrugScope, UK]
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