The ‘Spice is Rife’: Synthetic cannabinoid use amongst the homeless in the UK

A recent study carried out by Dr Paul Gray and Dr Rob Ralphs from Manchester Metropolitan University has found that synthetic cannabinoids – referred to generically as ‘Spice’ – are rife amongst the homeless community in Manchester, with an estimated 80 to 95 per cent of the homeless in the city using synthetic cannabinoids. The study found that their undetectable nature (both in public spaces and in mandatory drug tests), …

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A Practical Approach to Addiction

A Practical Approach to Addiction: The Hunter and the Economist’ or Addiction as an Ecological Trap Philip Townshend from PsychMed Adelaide, and Mathew McMillan. Addiction has been attributed to many physiological and psychological effects including neuroadaptation to addictive substances, self-medication of anxiety disorders, stress and deprivation, and genetics and in the community the predominant view is that addiction is a moral issue probably caused by character or biological flaws in …

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Use of Performance and Image Enhancing Drugs

Bond University is conducting a research investigation into use of performance and image enhancing drugs (PIEDs). The purpose of the study is to measure PIEDs usage within the community and to better understand the perceived benefits/harms of PIEDs use, the type and severity of physical and psychological side effects which may be experienced by users, and the addiction potential or lack of addiction potential of PIEDs and criminal linkages. Industry …

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Contributors to illicit substance use in university students.

Dr Anna Kokavec presented at the 2015 Australian and New Zealand Addiction Conference and today shares an updated view on the topic of ‘Contribution of personality, motives, coping and licit drugs to illicit substance use in university students’. The aim was to investigate whether a relationship exists between gender, smoking behaviour, and illicit substance use. A total of 343 students from La Trobe University participated in the present study. The …

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Do screens make psychotic adults?

Do your work responsibilities and recreational choices involve a lot of computer use? Are you in the habit of updating social media through the day? Are you finding it weirdly difficult to concentrate on this paragraph? If the answer to all three questions was in the affirmative, this might not be a coincidence. A number of studies from around the world this year have found a disturbing link between computer …

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Prescription for a healthy Australia: Cut salt levels, save thousands of lives

Dramatically cutting salt levels in processed foods sold in Australia could save an estimated 3500 lives each year by reducing cardiovascular disease, stroke and kidney disease, according to a new report. Reducing the population’s salt intake by 30 per cent was among ten policies proposed by the Australian Health Policy Collaboration to reduce the burden of preventable chronic conditions like heart disease, cancer and mental illness, which affect one in two Australians. Under its prescription for a …

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Professor Amanda Baker, Centre of Research Excellence on Healthy Lifestyles Approach

Healthy Lifestyles Approach: We are pleased to announce Professor Amanda Baker, Co-Director, Centre of Research Excellence in Mental Health and Substance Abuse, University of Newcastle as a Keynote Speaker at the The 17th International Mental Health Conference to be held at the brand new Sea World Resort Conference Centre on the Gold Coast, QLD from the 11 -12 August 2016. Professor Amanda Baker will be speaking on; “Taking a Healthy …

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Fierce rivals UNSW and University of Sydney team up to improve mental health

The Sydney Morning Herald Two of Sydney’s top universities will no longer compete but collaborate to tackle one of Australia’s most devastating health problems – mental illness and addiction. In a first, Sydney University and UNSW Australia on Thursday announced a partnership across an entire field of research, affecting hundreds of researchers and staff, multiple faculties and research institutions. It’s also a model for future collaborations, said the vice-chancellors, UNSW’s …

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Why I became an ice addict – and how I got clean

The Age When I was a little girl, my dream wasn’t to become an ice addict. I didn’t really have dreams. I didn’t really believe in much. I remember feeling sad, lost, lonely and in pain. I didn’t know how to deal with these emotions. In my teens, I was scared of drugs. I drank and tried to numb the pain in other ways, but I never thought of turning …

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Nearly a Third of Med Students Have Mental Health Issues

Discovery News, September 1 2015. Thirty percent of medical students have received treatment for a mental health condition and 15 percent have considered suicide — alarming statistics, say experts. “The number of students reporting mental illness or considering suicide is shocking,” Twishaa Sheth, chair of the British Medical Association’s student welfare committee, told Student BMJ. The new analysis of over 1,100 medical students appears in the September issue of the …

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