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  • Tim Bingham interview with NewsTalk

    Posted on December 10th, 2013 TimB No comments

    Tim talks about how the changing face of drug use and how people want to access information on how to use drugs more safely through social media and online website. He highlights how people are purchasing from the internet off sites like Silk Road and Topix.

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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?

     

  • Perceptions of drug users regarding Hepatitis C screening and care: a qualitative study

    Posted on June 21st, 2013 TimB No comments

    Illicit drug users have a high prevalence of HCV and represent the majority of newly infected persons in the U.S. Despite the availability of effective HCV treatment, few drug users have been evaluated or treated for HCV. Racial and ethnic minorities have a higher incidence and prevalence of HCV and higher HCV-related mortality. Factors contributing to poor engagement in care are incompletely understood. The study concludes  Drug users perceived a paucity of settings for self-initiated HCV testing and poor provider patient communication at test sites and during medical encounters. Notably, drug users reported having an unclear understanding about the meaning of a positive HCV test, the health implications of HCV infection, the importance of clinical evaluations and monitoring, and of treatment options for HCV. Efforts to improve the delivery of clinical messages about HCV infection for drug users at test settings and clinical encounters are needed.

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  • Single Screening Question May Identify Drug Use in Primary Care

    Posted on July 19th, 2010 TimB No comments

    A single screening question may identify drug use in primary care, according to the results of a study reported in the July 12 issue of the Archives of Internal Medicine.

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  • Injecting drug users rise by 30% in Scotland

    Posted on October 8th, 2009 TimB No comments

    The number of injecting drug users in Scotland is continuing to increase, according to the latest figures.

    A study by Glasgow University estimated that in 2006, 23,933 people in Scotland were injecting drugs, representing about a 30% rise on estimates for 2003.

    Another report estimated that the value of the illicit drugs market in Scotland was £1.4bn, while the economic and social cost was estimated at £3.5bn.

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  • Prisons ‘too crowded and drug use is rife’ in Ireland

    Posted on October 1st, 2009 TimB No comments

    Prisons have become dangerously overcrowded and the rate of drug taking is “enormously high”, a leading member of the prison visiting committee network has said.

    Stephen Langton, chairman of the visiting committee at Mountjoy Prison, Dublin, and the national prisons visiting committee group, said the closure in 2005 by the then minister for justice Michael McDowell of Spike Island Prison in Co Cork and the Curragh Place of Detention in Co Kildare was “a disgrace”.

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  • So what did Portugal do? They decriminalised all personal drug use in that country

    Posted on August 25th, 2009 TimB No comments

    Ten years ago Portugal had one of the worst drug problems in Europe. Heroin use was out of control and the rate of HIV infections in drug users became a humanitarian crisis. So what did Portugal do? They decriminalised all personal drug use in that country, crack, heroin, LSD, you name it. Drugs are still illegal, but it’s no longer a crime to use them. Instead of jail, users and addicts are offered treatment and education. In this Health Report special feature Nicky Phillips looks at how Portugal transformed their drug laws and whether this worked.

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  • Treated problem drug use in Ireland: Figures for 2007 from the National Drug Treatment Reporting System

    Posted on May 2nd, 2009 TimB No comments

    This research document was published in March 2009 by the Alcohol and Drug Research Unit of the Health Research Board The data presented in this paper provides a description of problem drug use in Ireland in 2007 by HSE area of residence. It is an update of the previously published report Trends in Treated probelm drug use 2001-2006

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