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Apr 07 Vol. 5 No. 2

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Welcome to the April 07 issue of Of Substance.

People who use drugs, particularly those who choose to inject, often have multiple struggles. For the clinicians and others who work with them, helping clients sort through all these needs can be an enormous task. The complexity of the challenge coupled with pressures on time and resources means that often there are areas in clients’ lives which get less attention than is required.

Sometimes, one of these areas is blood borne viruses such as hepatitis C. We know that up to 80 per cent of hepatitis C cases occur from injecting drug use. Yet many people who receive drug and alcohol treatment are not accessing screening or treatment for the condition. In the first of a two-part series, we discuss the latest news about hep C and explore the need to better integrate treatment for blood borne viruses into drug treatment services.

Drug use occurs in all areas of society and among most age groups. In a collection of three articles, we explore two different settings for drug use. On pages 18-21, we discuss drug use in Australia’s workforce, and on pages 22-24, we look at the habits of tomorrow’s workers – today’s students.

It is always useful to look beyond our shores to see how other countries are approaching alcohol and other drug issues. We go ‘across the ditch’ to New Zealand, where an innovative and culture-changing alcohol advertising campaign is taking place.  Read more...

These are just a few of the many articles in Of Substance. We hope that you will enjoy the wide range of subjects we explore, and as always, we welcome feedback.