Buddy circles expand on the concept of a designated driver, encompassing other substances and risks — including COVID-19 and social media — to build a harm mitigation strategy for the 21st century.
As we clear the path towards a COVID-normal, mental illness prevention must be prioritised. Including it as a focus of the National Preventive Health Strategy could be a start.
The brain's immune system cells (called microglia) have already been shown to be involved in addiction to other substances.
Federal incentives would enhance community support for those with mental illness and would avert police engagement.
Experts recommend adopted children be told about their origins, no matter how difficult the circumstances, but doing so is tricky for adoptive parents.
Aggressive marketing of prescription opioids by pharmaceutical companies provided doctors with scant information about potential harmful effects.
Parents' substance use affects children's physical, psychological, cognitive, social and economic well-being, a new review of the research has found.
Ambulance call-outs associated with the misuse of pregabalin (Lyrica) have increased tenfold in Victoria since 2012, mirroring an increase in prescription rates.
Glues, paints, spray deodorants and fuels are all abused for their psychoactive effects.
A recent study to assess the health benefits of alcohol was halted after investigators were found to have ties to the alcohol industry. Are health benefits overstated and risks underplayed?
Despite the controversy over the graphic content, this Netlix drama could be a lifeline for young people.
Opioid addiction is a serious public health problem, killing more than 42,000 people a year and ruining families. But alcohol is still the deadliest drug in the US. An addiction expert tells why.
Today's students are at increasingly high risk for mental health diagnoses. Universities need to step up.
A homeless man was found dead at Westminster station, on the doorstep of the Palace of Westminster.
Angiolini review calls for fundamental changes to police practice in the 21st century.
New research shows that having a child in foster care is often harmful to a mother's mental and physical health.
In South Africa one of the biggest barriers to suicide prevention is that psychiatric and substance use services are often not integrated.
One First Nations community stands out in northern Ontario, for its low rates of suicide and other mental health challenges. The residents say it's all about their connection to the land.
Drug deaths in Scotland are now among the highest in Europe. What can be done?
Most physicians are unaware of effective approaches to treat opioid addiction. Addiction medicine fellowships offer a new and effective way to save lives.