ISSUE 8 of the DRUG AND ALCOHOL FINDINGS magazine first published in 2003 is now available free of
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A few days ago you were introduced to the feature articles. This and subsequent messages will
introduce you to the NUGGETS, each of which analyses an important new 'what works' evaluation.
Remember to check the EXTENDED TEXTs for much more information.
TREATMENT SAVES MEDICAL COSTS FOR HEALTH SERVICES
A large US health provider found that outpatient treatment for substance dependence saved it money
by cutting future inpatient stays and emergency attendances. For the health service, providing this
treatment can be considered spending to save.
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NEEDLE EXCHANGES: SPENDING A LITTLE TIME ON DRINKING REDUCTION REAPS HEALTH DIVIDENDS
Under two hours of risk assessment and motivational sessions cut heavy drinking and equipment
sharing among exchange attenders, offering a way to further reduce the risks of overdose, viral
infection and the aggravation of hepatitis disease.
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BRIEF ALCOHOL COUNSELLING LEADS TO FEWER INJURIES AMONG A&E PATIENTS
One of the few studies to have tried alcohol interventions actually in the emergency department
rather than after admission was also the first to find a significant reduction in later injuries -
but only if the initial approach had been reinforced with a booster.
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LASTING INJURY-REDUCTION IMPACT OF BRIEF ALCOHOL COUNSELLING IN PRIMARY CARE
A rare long-term study of a brief alcohol intervention in primary care found substantial drinking
reductions and health care and social cost-savings four years later, largely due to 41% fewer
traffic accidents causing injuries or death.
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RIGOROUS STUDIES FIND 'REAL' ACUPUNCTURE TREATMENT NO BETTER THAN 'SHAM'
Using more rigorous methods and larger and more diverse samples, two research teams failed to
replicate their previous positive findings on acupuncture in the treatment of alcohol and cocaine
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