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  • International Overdose Awareness 2015

    Posted on August 31st, 2015 TimB No comments

    These two videos are of interviews with individuals who have been affected by Drug Overdose . The interviews are on the theme of Rethink and Remember

     

     

  • The SMART Method for Strength and Conditioning

    Posted on May 11th, 2015 TimB No comments

     

    This publication describes general fundamental elements of nutrition and training required for safe and effective muscle building. By putting this advice into practice and adhering to a personal training and nutritional plan for a sustained length of time the desired result should be seen.

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  • International Overdose Day App

    Posted on August 28th, 2014 TimB No comments

    The Overdose Aware app aims to raise awareness among those who are experiencing drug use and their families, of how to recognise overdose signs and respond accordingly.

    The app includes:

    • What is an overdose?
    • What to do if you suspect an overdose
    • Overdose symptoms for stimulants, depressants, alcohol and opioids
    • After an overdose – tolerance, half life and brain damage

    This app is for information only it does not constitute medical advice or take your specific situation into account. If you suspect someone has overdosed please call emergency services immediately.

    The Overdose Aware app was funded with the kind support of The William Buckland Foundation.

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  • Rapid Decline in HCV Incidence among People Who Inject Drugs Associated with National Scale-Up in Coverage of a Combination of Harm Reduction Interventions

    Posted on August 21st, 2014 TimB No comments

    Government policy has precipitated recent changes in the provision of harm reduction interventions –injecting equipment provision (IEP) and opiate substitution therapy (OST) – for people who inject drugs (PWID) in Scotland.

    We sought to examine the potential impact of these changes on hepatitis C virus (HCV) transmission among PWID. We used a framework to triangulate different types of evidence: ‘group-level/ecological’ and ‘individual-level’. Evidence was primarily generated from bio-behavioural cross-sectional surveys of PWID, undertaken during 2008-2012. Individuals in the window period (1–2 months) where the virus is present, but antibodies have not yet been formed, were considered to have recent infection. The survey data were supplemented with service data on the provision of injecting equipment and OST. Ecological analyses examined changes in intervention provision, self reported intervention uptake, self-reported risk behaviour and HCV incidence; individual-level analyses investigated relationships within the pooled survey data. Nearly 8,000 PWID were recruited in the surveys. We observed a decline in HCV incidence, per 100 person-years, from 13.6 (95% CI: 8.1–20.1) in 2008–09 to 7.3 (3.0–12.9) in 2011–12; a period during which increases in the coverage of OST and IEP, and decreases in the frequency of injecting and sharing of injecting equipment, were observed. Individual-level evidence demonstrated that combined high coverage of needles/syringes and OST were associated with reduced risk of recent HCV in analyses that were unweighted (AOR 0.29, 95%CI 0.11–0.74) and weighted for frequency of injecting (AORw 0.05, 95%CI 0.01–0.18).

    We estimate the combination of harm reduction interventions may have averted 1400 new HCV infections during 2008–2012.

    This is the first study to demonstrate that impressive reductions in HCV incidence can be achieved among PWID over a relatively short time period through high coverage of a combination of interventions.

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  • Drug Education Advocate – Belfast Experts By Experience

    Posted on July 4th, 2014 TimB No comments

     

    Welcome to the second issue of Drug Education Advocate (DEA), produced by local activist group Belfast Experts By Experience (BEBE). In synch with the principles of BEBE, DEA seeks to challenge negative representations of drug users, promote harm reduction principles and act as a vessel for sharing knowledge between local and international harm reductionists.

    In June 2013 we launched the first issue of DEA at a Harm Reduction Café in Belfast (see article in centre page for details). The short history of DEA is fraught with excitement, frustration, exhaustion and a lot of craic. When we started out to produce a magazine we had no idea where it would lead us and definitely had no idea how much work it would entail.

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  • Drug use in Ireland and Northern Ireland 2010/11 drug prevalence survey: polydrug use results.

    Posted on July 4th, 2014 TimB No comments

    This bulletin presents key findings regarding polydrug use (the use of more than one substance within a specific time period) in Ireland. These are based on the drug prevalence survey of households in Ireland and Northern Ireland.

    A representative sample of adults aged between 15 and 64 years was sampled during late 2010 and early 2011. The bulletin presents prevalence rates for combinations of both legal and illegal drug use for the Republic of Ireland and also examines gender and age differences and the relationship between the use of a particular substance and the use of another substance. The survey was carried out according to standards set by the European Monitoring Centre for Drugs and Drug Addiction (EMCDDA).

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  • Irish Drug trends, responses and unintended consequences

    Posted on May 8th, 2014 TimB No comments

  • Melanotan Injecting Survey Results

    Posted on May 6th, 2014 TimB No comments

    Due to the recent increase in publicity regarding the tanning substance Melanotan a brief survey was undertaken to gather further information about the prevalence of Melanotan injecting in Ireland .

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  • Mephedrone IV Audit Tool

    Posted on May 6th, 2014 TimB No comments

    This audit tool has been written by Dr. Adam Winstock & Tim Bingham. If its decided to use this within your drugs service we advise you to seek clinical governance with the clinical team

    Please do not hesitate to contact me if you have any questions

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  • Study on the prevalence of drug use, including intravenous drug use, and blood-borne viruses among the Irish prisoner population

    Posted on April 10th, 2014 TimB No comments

    Accurate up-to-date data on the extent of drug use and the prevalence of blood-borne viruses among the prisoner population are a necessary pre-requisite for health and social service planning and policy development. The most recent national study assessing the prevalence of blood-borne viruses, along with self-reported drug use within Irish prisons (Allwright et al., 1999), was carried out over a decade ago.

    This study was commissioned by the National Advisory Committee on Drugs (NACD)* in 2010 with the following objectives: to describe the nature, extent and pattern of consumption for different drugs among the prisoner population; to describe methods of drug use, including intravenous drug use, among the prisoner population; to estimate the prevalence of blood-borne viruses among the prisoner population and to identify associated risk behaviours; and to measure the uptake of individual drug treatment and harm reduction interventions (including hepatitis B vaccination) in prison.

    This study confirms that drug use, including injecting drug use, is a significant problem among prisoners in Ireland and suggests that drug-related factors are important in the acquisition of blood-borne viruses. The findings also show that prisoners who need services, such as the range of addiction services and detoxification, are very willing to use them when they are available. ‘In-prison’ uptake of testing and vaccination services confirms that prisons are appropriate settings for the provision of preventive, diagnostic and treatment services for drug users. It is hoped that the evidence provided in this study will facilitate service and policy development in this important area.

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