World-First Australian Research Underway to Determine if NAC Can Reduce Methamphetamine Cravings and Use

National Drug Research Institute at Curtin University began trialling a new medication to help people who are dependent on crystal methamphetamine, or ‘ice’.

The world-first trial is taking place at three sites in Victoria; Wollongong, Geelong and Melbourne.

Called the N-ICE Trial, researchers are investigating if N-Acetyl Cysteine, or NAC, can reduce cravings for ice and help people stop using the substance.

Lead researcher and NDRI Associate Professor Rebecca McKetin said previous studies showed NAC could reduce cravings for methamphetamine use and other substances including cocaine, cannabis and tobacco.

NAC is one of a new generation of medications being trialled for addiction. It targets glutamate changes in the brain that are thought to underpin drug craving and addiction.

To read the entire media release and for more information on the trial, please click here.

NDARC Research: Teenagers Consuming Alcohol Weekly have High Risk of Developing Alcohol Dependence

Professor Richard Mattick Drug and Alcohol Studies in the National Drug & Alcohol Research Centre at the University of New South Wales, Sydney spoke to ABC radio about the dangers of teenagers drinking alcohol.

“A study of more than 9000 young people found that for those under 17-years-old drinking alcohol each week, there was a two- to threefold increase in the odds of binge drinking, drink driving, and alcohol dependence in adulthood.”

To listen to the interview, please click here.

North Australian Aboriginal Family Healing Service Counselling Service

Please see information below on the North Australian Aboriginal Family Healing Service’s counselling service:

We are a service that is available for anyone who has or is experiencing trauma, family violence or sexual abuse; they do not need to be a current NAAFLS client. Our only conflict is if they are conflicted out through the CLASS conflict check and in another matter they have been the other party.

Please contact Beth Cooper, Counselling Support Officer 08 8927 5942 for more information.

NAAFLS Agency referral form

NAAFLS counselling brochure

Assist Clients with Medication Free Training Darwin, Katherine, Barkly, Alice Springs

The Association of Alcohol and other Drug Agencies NT is offering training to the drug and alcohol sector for those who support clients to self-administer medication. This training is kindly being funded by the Northern Territory Department of Health and is free to all participants.

This training will be offered in Darwin, Katherine, Barkly Region, and Alice Springs. BCA National Training Group will provide the training and have created a page to track expressions of interest, please follow this link to register your interest. BCA National will assess all applications to make sure this training is suitable and has not already been completed through another qualification.

Please see summary of the training course below:

Unit summary – HLTHPS006 This unit describes the skills and knowledge required to prepare for and provide medication assistance, and complete medication documentation. It also involves supporting a client to self-administer medication. This unit applies to community services and health workers with authority in their state or territory to assist with the administration of medication. The skills in this unit must be applied in accordance with Commonwealth and State/Territory legislation, Australian/New Zealand standards and industry codes of practice.

If you have any questions contact Katie Flynn, Project Worker 8943 0608

*Please note no dates have been set for the training

AIHW: Overlap between youth justice supervision and alcohol and other drug treatment services

Please see below report from the Australian Institute of Health and Welfare released Friday 13th July, Overlap between youth justice supervision and alcohol and other drug treatment services 1 July 2012 to 30 June 2016.

This report examines the overlap between alcohol and other drug treatment services and youth justice supervision from 1 July 2012 to 30 June 2016. Compared with the age-equivalent Australian population, those who had youth justice supervision were 30 times as likely to have an alcohol and other drug treatment service, and those who received an alcohol and other drug treatment service were 30 times as likely to have youth justice supervision.

Throughout the report, linkages are made between young people accessing alcohol and other drug (AOD) treatment at least once in correlation with being involved in youth justice.

Young people who received an alcohol and other drug treatment service were 30 times as likely as the Australian population to be under youth justice supervision: Of young people who received an AOD treatment service, 1 in 5 (21%) were also under youth justice supervision at some point during the same 4-year period, compared with 0.7% of the Australian population of the same age. About 1 in 4 (26%) young people who received an AOD treatment as a diversion (police and court referrals) in 2012–13 subsequently spent time under youth justice supervision within 3 years.

To read the entire report, please click here.