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Drugs, alcohol and mental health
7% surge in people taking their own lives
Suicide in rural areas linked to mental illness and economic issues
Mental illness, economic difficulty, and a male tendency to deny problems or refuse to seek help are contributing to the high level of suicide among men living in rural areas, a new study has found.
Not just junkies
"Treatment can help problematic drug users but unless we stop judging them and offer kindness and empathy instead it will fail."
UCD School of Psychology and Headstrong study shows one third of young people have experienced mental health distress
Centre for Mental Health
Detox, rehab keep few meth users clean long term
NEW YORK (Reuters Health) - Many methamphetamine users who joined a residential rehabilitation program to quit their drug use succeeded initially - but after three years, all but a few had gone back to using, according to a new study from Australia.
Mental health blog
'It is time to end the war on drugs', says top UK police chief
Mike Barton, Durham's chief constable, says NHS 'could be used to supply addicts' and urges drugs policy revolution...[The Guardian]
The rational choices of crack addicts
"Like other scientists, he hoped to find a neurological cure to addiction, some mechanism for blocking that dopamine activity in the brain so that people wouldn’t succumb to the otherwise irresistible craving for cocaine, heroin and other powerfully addictive drugs. But then, when he began studying addicts, he saw that drugs weren’t so irresistible after all. “Eighty to 90 percent of people who use crack and methamphetamine don’t get addicted,” said Dr. Hart, an associate professor of psychology." [New York Times]
Domino Effects: The impact of localism and austerity on services for young people and on drug problems
....The main focus of the project was on adult drug treatment services and policing but it became clear in the course of the research that in many areas youth services were being particularly hard hit by funding reductions.....
Doctors sued for creating 'Valium addicts'
"Patients take legal action after being damaged by over-prescription of drugs"
It’s time to end the failed war on drugs
Small-time drug dealers to be spared jail in new rules
Cocaine found in more than 10 per cent of British banknotes
"More than one in 10 banknotes in circulation in Britain have tested positive for traces of cocaine, according to a new report."
Capturing the faces of the drug trade in Afghanistan
Moral welfare: the addicts on welfare benefits debate
The drug war hits Central America
Discovery offers new hope for drug addiction treatments
"Users of heroin and other addictive opioids may be spared from distressing withdrawal symptoms in the future thanks to a research breakthrough by University of Sydney scientists."
Students aren’t getting the facts about marijuana
From McLean's, the Canadian magazine. Includes very interesting set of comments afterwards/
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