Publications

Receiving Addiction Treatment in the US: Do Patient Demographics, Drug of Choice, or Substance Use Disorder Severity Matter?

Published by
International Journal of Drug Policy
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This article looks at who receives treatment in the United States in terms of demographic characteristics, addiction severity and drug of choice. While sex, age and race/ethnicity have small effects on treatment utilization, the primary factors leading to addiction treatment in the U.S. are involvement in the crimina justice system and SUD severity.

The link offers a free download of the article through Jan. 4, 2020

Helping to Support and Transform the Lives of People Affected by Alcohol

Published by
Local Government Association
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Drinking to excess takes a huge toll on individuals, families, communities and society as a whole.

Many adult problem drug users have long histories of substance misuse which often starts before the age of 18.

Providing well-funded, targeted and effective substance misuse services is vital to help prevent alcohol abuse, enable people to overcome addiction and sustain their recovery.

Recomendaciones para el Abordaje de la Salud Mental en el Primer Nivel de Atención 2019

Published by
Ministerio de Salud, Argentina

El objetivo de esta publicación es acercar recomendaciones como herramientas de trabajo para el abordaje de la salud mental en el Primer Nivel de Atención, desde un enfoque centrado en los derechos humanos, basado en la Ley Nacional de Salud Mental No 26.657 y desde la Estrategia de Atención Primaria de la Salud y el Modelo de Salud Mental Comunitaria.

Single-session & Other Brief Interventions for Preventing Youth Alcohol, Marijuana, E-cigarette & Opioid Use

Published by
Chudley Edward Werch, PhD
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We recently presented a webinar on brief interventions for preventing youth substance use.  Because it was a completely filled session, I wanted to provide a description of the main points covered in the webinar for those who had not had an opportunity to attend it.    

Introduction

El sentido social en la investigación epidemiológica en adicciones

Published by
Revista Observatorio Social ISSN 1667-586X
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La problemática del consumo de sustancias psicoactivas es definida como compleja y multidimensional, por lo tanto obliga a recurrir a enfoques renovadores dentro de la epidemiología que permitan abordajes a la medida de dicha complejidad. Estos nuevos enfoques deben contemplar componentes participativos que a su vez impacten en las políticas públicas.

Comorbidity and Recovery

Published by
Ali Adyb
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Imagine going through treatment numerous times but not being able to stop using. Imagine deciding not to use and doing everything you possibly can to stop using but relapsing despite all your efforts. If this sums up your situation or If this story keeps repeating in your journey of recovery from substance use disorder, then chances are you might be suffering from substance use disorder together with another disorder or comorbidity.

Different Risk Factors Are Associated with Alcohol Use versus Problematic Use in Male Pakistani Adolescents

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Salman Shahzad, Wendy Kliewer, Muzaffar Ali and Nasreen Begum
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Abstract

Substance abuse is a significant problem in Pakistan (Hussain, 2017), yet, there are few studies of risk factors in this population, particularly in remote areas. Male adolescents (N = 243; M = 16.9 years, SD = 1.3 years) were recruited from schools in Gilgit‐Baltistan, and completed questions on demographics, substance use, and psychosocial functioning.

Modelling the Impact of Alcohol Duty Policies Since 2012 in England & Scotland

Published by
Institute of Alcohol Studies

In 2008 the UK introduced a ‘duty escalator’ which meant alcohol duties (government tax collected by HM Customs and Excise) would rise by 2% above inflation each year until 2012. However, since then the preceding governments have abolished the duty escalator and alcohol duties have been cut or frozen.

Pain Management Best Practices, Stigma, and Fact Sheets

Published by
Department of Health and Human Services - Inter-Agency Task Force

These key reports come from the US Pain Management task force at the Department of Health and Human Services. There are 5 instructive documents involving information and facts about pain management, the opioid addiction crisis, special populations and their specific needs, and the role of stigma in treating chronic pain. 

Monitoring the Elimination of Viral Hepatitis as a Public Health Threat in Europe

Published by
EMCDDA

This technical report focuses on an elimination barometer for viral hepatitis to help countries assess progress towards eliminating hepatitis C and B among people who inject drugs (PWID).

The barometer is being developed by the EMCDDA together with its expert network on drug-related infectious diseases (DRID), as a follow-up to the first global health sector strategy on viral hepatitis endorsed by the World Health Assembly in 2016.

Prevention of Drug-Related Deaths

Published by
EMCDDA

Opioids are a class of drugs that act on the nervous system to produce feelings of pleasure and pain relief. Opioids have a high potential for causing addiction in some people and can cause life-threatening health problems, including the risk of overdose.

Over the years there has been a dramatic rise in the number of drug-related deaths worldwide. Finding ways to tackle the issue has become a public health priority.

SPYM Newsletter

Published by
SPYM

The latest SPYM newsletter provides an account of the visit from Deputy Secretaries and Directors, Government of India. It also discusses the ways art can be used therapeutically with children, new teacher training programmes and outreach services.

Focus on Youth Football and Alcohol

Published by
Lead by SHAAP

Focus on Youth Football and Alcohol is a joint initiative aiming to reduce underage drinking and heavy episodic drinking among young people, as both strongly affect the health and welfare of Europe’s population.

The evidence highlights that there are links between increased exposure to alcohol advertising and higher levels of drinking by young people.

Status Report on Alcohol Consumption, Harm and Policy Responses in 30 European Countries 2019

Published by
World Health Organisation
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Alcohol remains one of the most commonly used psychoactive substances in Europe. Despite being a major risk factor for burden of disease, with substantial impacts not only on individual drinkers but also on the broader society, alcohol consumption in Europe continues to be almost double the global average.

In 2011, the WHO European Region adopted the European action plan to reduce the harmful use of alcohol 2012–2020 (EAPA).

Review of Methamphetamine Use among Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander People

Published by
Snijder M, Kershaw S. (2019). Review of methamphetamine use among Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people. Australian Indigenous HealthBulletin 19(3).
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Research suggests methamphetamine use is higher amongst Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islanders compared to non-Indigenous Australians.