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  • How to End Problematic Drug Use ; What Works and Why ?

    Posted on November 9th, 2013 TimB No comments

    What is the latest research on substance use treatment? What works and what doesn’t? And how can you tell the difference? What are the best treatments that you’ve ever heard of? Will we ever have substitution treatment for stimulants?
    Is harm reduction treatment? What does the science really say about your brain and drug addiction? And how can we get the media – not to mention the treatment industry – to accept new treatment modalities?


  • Mobile Health Clinic for homeless people and sex workers : Dublin

    Posted on May 10th, 2011 TimB No comments

    I Don’t know where else I would go, to be honest.” That’s the verdict of one homeless woman attending an out-of-hours mobile health clinic at Stephen’s Green in Dublin recently, and it reflects the views of many of the patients who came seeking medical services that night.

    The clinic, which today officially launches its newly kitted-out bus, runs twice each week and offers GP services to homeless people and sex workers.

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  • Narcotics Anonymous: Its History and Culture

    Posted on April 2nd, 2011 TimB No comments

    Alcoholics Anonymous (AA) stands as the benchmark by w hich all other addiction recovery  mutual aid societies are measured due to its longevity, national and international dispersion, size  of its membership, adaptation of its program to other problems of living, influence on  professionally-directed addiction treatment, cultural visibility, and the growing number of  scientific studies on its active ingredients and their effects on long-term recovery.  T hat said,  other addiction recovery mutual aid societies are growing in number and in the diversity of their philosophies  and methods.  Although Narcotics Anonymous (NA) was one of the earliest adaptations of the AA program,  NA remains less  well-known among addiction professionals.

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  • Hidden epidemic in Irish society

    Posted on March 18th, 2011 TimB No comments

    Dr Colin O’Gara outlines the symptoms and most effective treatments for codeine addiction and examines how availability controls can affect the incidence of dependency problems in the patient population.
    Addiction services within the Irish psychiatric system have traditionally been dominated by presentations of illicit substance abuse. An increasing number of newspaper articles in Ireland, however, have highlighted the rising problem of codeine abuse and addiction.

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  • Heroin: Facing the Dragon

    Posted on January 10th, 2011 TimB No comments

    Facing The Dragon is an intimate and shocking documentary following two desperate drug addicts on a journey from the drug addled streets of England to the toughest detox in the world.

  • Drug overdose death rates two to three times higher among First Nations people in British Columbia

    Posted on January 9th, 2011 TimB No comments

    The study, published recently in the peer-reviewed journal Addiction, is based on a review of all deaths in British Columbia between 2001 and 2005 caused by an illicit drug overdose, as determined by the British Columbia Coroners Service. While approximately four per cent of British Columbians are members of First Nations, almost 12 per cent of overdose deaths involved a First Nations individual. The rates were particularly elevated among First Nations women.

    “These findings clearly demonstrate that First Nations individuals are dying in disproportionate numbers from a preventable cause,” said Dr. Thomas Kerr, co-director of UHRI and a senior author of the study.


  • Myths and realities about drug addiction in Mexico – World Report

    Posted on January 4th, 2011 TimB No comments

    As the death toll from Mexico’s war on drugs continues to soar, a spate of attacks on recovering  addicts has focused attention on the country’s domestic drug consumption


  • The Globalization of Addiction (podcast)

    Posted on December 11th, 2010 TimB No comments

    The Globalization of Addiction  by Bruce Alexander Vancouver, Canada  Simon Fraser University


  • Gay men and lesbians are putting their health at risk by abusing drugs

    Posted on July 25th, 2010 TimB No comments

    Gay men and lesbians are far more likely to put their health at risk from drug misuse than heterosexuals, according to a Home Office-funded report that suggests there is an urgent need to rethink how addiction agencies and doctors support minority groups.

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  • Number of babies born addicted to drugs shoots up in Capital

    Posted on April 1st, 2010 TimB No comments
    The number of babies born addicted to drugs in Edinburgh has soared by almost 75 per cent in three years.New official figures show 75 cases where new-born infants had to be treated for withdrawal symptoms or other effects of their mother’s drug addiction in the three-year period from 2005-08, compared with 43 in the period 2002-05.

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