Friday, 18 October 2013

AOD and MH blogs to follow

Following blogs is a great way to keep up-to-date with your profession.  Of course, anyone can publish a blog so there may be great variances in their reliability and the quality of information. 

The following blogs are well regarded and well worth a read if you have time. 

It's a good idea to consider "following" blogs that interest you.  By following a blog you will get notifications when there is a new article on that blog.  There are a number of different ways to follow blogs - we'll put up a couple of different ways on here next week, if you're interested in how to do it.  In the meantime, have a look through and consider if any of the following appeal to you.

If you have a blog that you find useful please consider sharing in the comments. 

National Drug and Alcohol Research Centre – University of New South Wales.
Details the University’s latest research and resources.
Latest blog post topics – How community action impacts on alcohol, Shedding light on online stores for illicit and synthetic drugs, The life of a heroin user- now in German


Addiction blog
”Addiction Blog is a network of writers and bloggers managed by Lee Weber. Contributors are industry leaders who are interested in the field of addiction treatment. We embrace new ideas and alternative therapies for the treatment of all types of addiction.”
Latest blog post topics: How to withdraw from Ecstasy, OxyContin withdrawal side effects, How to treat Ativan addiction


Clear the Air News Tobacco Blog
“All the facts, legislation and how it affects your health”
Latest blog post topics: Tobacco industry victorious as EU fails to pass tougher laws against tobacco marketing, Tobacco Unpacked: Shadowy lobbying against Tobacco Products Directive, SMH: Tobacco industry involved in child labour in production


The Addiction Inbox
“Articles and health studies about drugs, addiction and alcoholism, including the most recent scientific and medical findings.”
Latest blog post topics: Spiced: synthetic cannabis keeps getting stronger, State marijuana legalization: the opposing voices, Dr. David Nutt on Alcohol


National Institute of Mental Health Director’s Blog
Thomas R. Insel, M.D., is Director of the National Institute of Mental Health (NIMH), the component of the National Institutes of Health charged with generating the knowledge needed to understand, treat, and prevent mental disorders.”
Latest blog post topics: In vitro veritas, Accessing and accessing science from PLOS to DORA, Antipsychotics: taking the long view


College on Problems of Drug Dependence
“This site is intended to be an information resource on substance abuse research, treatment, and related issues for CPDD members, the public, and the media, and a site for commentary by CPDD members and invited guests.”
Latest blog post topics: Should e-cigarette sale be regulated?, CPDD Annual Meeting Public Policy Forum: Part II: Considerations for Regulating Marijuana to Achieve Public Objectives, NIDA Director Nora Volkow Presents Plenary Session Report from NIDA and the CPDD President's Lecture at the CPDD 75th Annual Meeting


Addiction and recovery news blog
Latest blog post topics: New drug bans, How low can you go?, How full do you want your recovery to be


Australian and New Zealand Mental Health Blog
Latest blog posts: Mental Health Workers perspectives on Rural practice, Submit your abstract to present at the No 2 Bullying Conference in 2014, Improving Aboriginal health and well-being: a view from the north


Mad World: News and views on Mental Health and other stuff
Latest blog post topics: Crime victims with mental illness fearful of disclosing experiences to professionals, Why crass ‘mental patient’ costumes offend me as a patient and professional, CQC to investigate impact of mental health beds crisis on patients and staff

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