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LONDON STUDENTS MODERATE SUBSTANCE USE AFTER BRIEF ADVICE
London study suggests that individual brief motivational sessions from non-teaching staff could
fulfill a college's responsibility to prevent drug-related harm more effectively than media
campaigns or health education lectures.
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TEACHERS DON'T HAVE TO GET INVOLVED - SCHOOL NURSES HELP PREVENT DRINKING
US school nurses briefly talked one-on-one to early secondary school pupils about alcohol and
parents were involved in related 'homework'. The result was to significantly curb the uptake of
drinking without teachers having to be involved or using up precious classroom time.
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FIRST RANDOMISED TRIAL OF NEEDLE EXCHANGE
Alaskan needle exchanges passed an unusually stringent test of whether they improved on simply
enabling injectors to buy equipment from pharmacies. Risky injecting was reduced without increasing
(and if anything reducing) injecting frequency and cocaine use.
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CONFIRMATION THAT METHADONE IN PRISON REDUCES INFECTION RISK
From Australia another first - the first trial to randomly allocate prisoners seeking this treatment
to methadone maintenance; important because previous trials could not eliminate the possibility that
outcomes were simply due to promising cases self-selecting for treatment. Making this option
available led to substantial reductions in heroin use, injecting and syringe sharing. The result
should be to avert infections and preserve lives.
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