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  • The Experience of Recovery from Alcohol/Drugs (AOD)

    Posted on April 10th, 2011 TimB No comments

    The focus of this study is to research the “lived experiences” of participants in bearly recovery from alcohol and/or other drugs.  Understanding such experiences is  important for health professionals in treatment planning and can also provide insight into  relapse prevention.  The insight and knowledge gained from the “lived experiences” of  people in early recovery may help health professionals in formulating better models of  care for individuals in early recovery.

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  • Children Who Use Drugs: The Need for More Clarity on State Obligations in International Law

    Posted on April 10th, 2011 TimB No comments

    Drug use among children has two systems of international law that may be brought to bear to ensure that States take measures to protect children from drug related harms. Neither, however, appears to have been adequately applied to the issue. This commentary raises a number of questions related specifically to the UN drug conventions and the UN Convention on the

    Rights of the Child (CRC). Broadly – how ‘up to date’ are the UN drug control conventions in the 21st century, and in the light of drug use among children? How does the CRC (coming from the different tradition of international human rights conventions) fit in? What does the CRC add, including via its various other interconnected provisions? Finally, what is the relationship between these two branches of international law?


  • Briefing notes prepared for Enda Kenny TD upon his taking up office

    Posted on April 7th, 2011 TimB No comments

    Drugs and Alcohol

    • Estimated 20,790 problem opiate users in Ireland with about 55% in treatment with almost three quarters based in Dublin.

    The National Drugs Strategy 2009-2016 with priority actions set across the main pillars of supply reduction, prevention, treatment, rehabilitation and research supporting 24 Local and Regional Drug Task Forces


  • Concern over plans to force drug addicts into rehabilitation

    Posted on March 18th, 2011 TimB No comments

    Community drug projects have expressed serious concern at controversial government plans to force drugs addicts to undergo rehabilitation.

    CityWide Drugs Crisis Campaign, an umbrella group for local projects, said resources need to be pumped into voluntary rehabilitation programmes.

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  • Harm Reduction at Work – A Guide for Organisations Employing People who Use Drugs

    Posted on March 14th, 2011 TimB No comments

    This is the third in a series aimed to provide practical hands on guidance for harm reduction and drug user organisations. This guide lays out a series of strategies to address the challenges faced by organisations that want to hire people who are on drugs or who are on methadone treatment


  • Women who inject drugs: A review of their risks, experiences and needs

    Posted on January 12th, 2011 TimB No comments

    Women who inject drugs have substantially different needs and face higher risks of disease and violence than do men who inject drugs.  Given this difference, it is surprising that much of the literature on injection drug users (IDU) does not distinguish between men and women when discussing prevalence, needs, risks and outcomes of injection.

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    Posted on December 31st, 2010 TimB No comments

    This report looks at the most recent official death registration data available on alcohol related mortality.  The figures in this report are based on the UK-wide harmonised definition of alcohol related deaths.  The definition of alcohol related deaths only includes  those causes of death regarded as most directly due to alcohol consumption.  The  definition includes all deaths from chronic liver disease and cirrhosis (excluding biliary  cirrhosis), even when alcohol is not specifically mentioned on the death certificate.


  • Scotland’s Futures Forum : Approaches to Alcohol and Drugs in Scotland

    Posted on December 3rd, 2010 TimB No comments

    This has been an important project for the Futures Forum, and a very important subject for Scotland. Whatever your views and opinions of alcohol and drugs are, there is a good chance that ten other people will disagree with you.

    The Forum set out to bring different voices around the table and produce fresh, evidenced and unique debate around the future of alcohol and drugs in Scotland. I believe that it has done so,through an imaginative systems approach. The project has taken expert views, opinions and evidence and has produced a challenging piece of work.


  • 5 Years After: Portugal’s Drug Decriminalization Policy Shows Positive Results

    Posted on October 25th, 2010 TimB No comments

    In the face of a growing number of deaths and cases of HIV linked to drug abuse, the Portuguese government in 2001 tried a new tack to get a handle on the problem—it decriminalized the use and possession ofheroin, cocaine, marijuana, LSD and other illicit street drugs. The theory: focusing on treatment and prevention instead of jailing users would decrease the number of deaths and infections.

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  • Building a national drugs observatory: a joint handbook

    Posted on October 20th, 2010 TimB No comments

    Building a more accurate picture of the drugs situation; addressing both supply and demand issues; identifying emerging trends at an early stage; sharing objective information on best practices for the planning and organisation of interventions, and; providing decision-makers with the evidence needed for the design of national and regional drugs strategies and their evaluation. These are just some of the challenges shared on both sides of the Atlantic by the European Monitoring Centre for Drugs and Drug Addiction (EMCDDA) and the Inter-American Drug Abuse Control Commission of the Organization of American States (CICAD–OAS).

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