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'She was in a lot of pain': Call for ban on flavoured vapes popular with young Australians
ptember 2021
health charity is calling for a ban on the over-the-counter sale of vapes, after finding harmful chemicals including disinfectant, petroleum and fish euthanasia drugs inside the electronic smoking devices.
Lung Foundation Australia wants action on the sale of vapes, also known as e-cigarettes, which are largely unregulated but, with colourful packaging and fruity flavours, mostly aimed at young people.
Research by Curtin University and partly funded by the foundation found all of more than 50 vapes bought over the counter contained chemicals with "unknown effects on respiratory health".
…some often wrongly believe they're "healthier" than cigarettes. He said he knows as part of his health studies, as well as the recent findings, that's not at all true.
For complete article go to Vaping news
 
International research shows ‘strong evidence’ linking vaping to cigarette smoking
People under 20 who used vapes were more than three times as likely to have ever smoked tobacco cigarettes, and more than twice as likely to have smoked cigarettes in the previous month, according to a review of 25 studies globally.
Serene Yoong, an associate professor at Swinburne University of Technology in Melbourne and the study’s lead author, said the findings pointed to the need for youth prevention programs and better regulation of e-cigarette products.
“Every single study showed an association between [e-cigarette] use among non-smokers and increased use of cigarettes at follow-up,” she said. For complete article International research shows ‘strong evidence’ linking vaping to cigarette smoking | Health | The Guardian
 
FDA Moves to Block Some Vape Products: No e-cigarette product has been given official FDA approval to be sold, meaning all e-cigarette products technically are on the market illegally, the agency said in 2020, but federal officials decided only to begin enforcing rules against flavored products, which surveys show are more often used by children. #vaping #toxic #Quit for more FDA Moves to Block Some Vape Products, Delays Action on Juul (webmd.com)
Dakota's doctors thought she might have COVID, but it was vaping that put her in ICU (E.V.A.L.I Here)
By the Specialist Reporting Team's Alison Branley and national medical reporter Sophie Scott
Dakota Stephenson started vaping to help manage her anxiety. When 15-year-old Dakota Stephenson first started vaping with friends after school she never imagined it could have Dakota Stephenson lying in a hospital bed with an oxygen mask covering most of her face.potentially deadly consequences.

Key points:
  • A teenager ended up in ICU with a condition doctors suspect was linked to regular vaping
  • She is now speaking publicly to warn others about the potential dangers of vapes
  • There are mounting concerns about vaping advertisements targeting teens through social media
 

'It looks so innocent'
Dakota was released from hospital after a week, but months later the previously fit teen still struggled with basic cardiovascular exercise.
Her mother said she narrowly escaped permanent injury with some nodules still showing up on lung scans months later.
Dakota said she was speaking out to warn other teenagers about what she believes are the potential risks of vaping.
"It looks so innocent but it could kill you. It's so scary," she said.
Ms Stephenson said she was shocked to learn her daughter had been secretly vaping, saying neither she nor Dakota's father smoked and were very anti-smoking.
"The hardest part was definitely when they said they had to take her to the Children's Hospital," she said.
"Words can't describe as a parent how it made me feel."

For complete story click here
For Further Resources on Vaping Check out Vaping Crisis Info Sheet
What Can Drug Use do to Your Skin – The Other Important Organ of Your Body!
 
High Truths– Podcast: Dr Bertha Madras on the Addicted Brain
Dual Use of Alcohol & Cannabis a Real Problem for Young Adults – Greater Risk of Alcohol Use Disorder?
Public Health Significance—Dual use of alcohol and cannabis appears to be associated with adverse behavioral and psychological consequences and is a rapidly growing public health concern. This study suggests dual users have greater demand for alcohol, steeply discount delayed alcoholic drinks, and are at higher risk for alcohol use disorder than individuals who consume alcohol but do not consume cannabis. For complete Research Dual use of alcohol and cannabis among college students: A reinforcer pathologies approach. - PsycNET (apa.org)
 
Pill Checking/Testing: Helping or Harming – What is the Subtext?
Are There Safe Ways to Get High? Do They Exist?

These are the facts — if you’re getting high by yourself (or hell, with a group of friends), you’re not getting high safely.
The only true way to get high safely is under the care of a nurse or a doctor.
Is that possible? Rarely. There are places in some cities that have needle exchange services where you can essentially shoot up under the supervision of a nurse (maybe a doctor, I don’t know, I’ve never been to one).
(‘Harm Reduction’ Methods – helping people get ‘High – more saferer’? Hmmm?) For complete article click here
 
 
Half of Adults With ADHD Have Struggled With Alcohol, Drug Use

August 2021 -- Fully half of all young adults with attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) may also battle alcohol or drug abuse. And folks with ADHD who have a history of depression or anxiety are particularly vulnerable to substance abuse problems, a new study showed.
"People with ADHD may be self-medicating with drugs or alcohol to keep their depression under control, and of course, that is a recipe for disaster," for more Half of Adults With ADHD Have Struggled With Alcohol, Drug Use (webmd.com)
Violent overlap: In the drug world, the hits keep coming
Most frontline workers have little trouble connecting problematic drug use with violence, either in the lives of their clients or in anecdotal or actual evidence of family violence. While alcohol remains by far the main contributor to violence involving substances, the complex and difficult ecosystem of the illicit drug world has a violent edge. The key to assisting people may be to attempt a trauma-informed approach.
The Bulletin
The Redemption of Ginny Burton (I’m so grateful I was ‘locked up’ by people who loved me enough to help me change!)
Weed Very Unhelpful with Covid-19 – Study
Background: Vulnerability to COVID-19 hospitalization has been linked to behavioral risk factors, including combustible psychoactive substance use (e.g., tobacco smoking). Paralleling the COVID-19 pandemic crisis have been increasingly permissive laws for recreational cannabis use. Cannabis use disorder (CUD) is a psychiatric disorder that is heritable and genetically correlated with respiratory disease, independent of tobacco smoking. We examined the genetic relationship between CUD and COVID-19 hospitalization.
Conclusions: Problematic cannabis use and vulnerability to serious COVID-19 complications share genetic underpinnings that are unique from common correlates. While CUD may plausibly contribute to severe COVID-19 presentations, causal inference models yielded no evidence of putative causation. Curbing excessive cannabis use may mitigate the impact of COVID-19.
For complete research click here.
 
Smoking Weed Failed to Prevent Relapse to Use of Opiates in Adolescents/Young Adults With Opiate Use Disorder (Failed Harm Reduction Strategy)
Abstract: Twenty-six adolescent/young adult patients with opioid use disorder smoked marijuana in an attempt to avoid relapse to opiate use. In each case, smoking marijuana increased cravings and urges for opiates and promoted opiate relapse. Adolescents/young adults with opioid use disorder who tried to smoke marijuana as a harm reduction strategy to not return to opioid use were not successful. Smoking marijuana appeared to enhance cravings and urges for opiates and promoted relapse to opiate use. These clinical case reports show that smoking marijuana was not helpful as a harm reduction strategy to prevent return to opioids in young people with OUD. For complete research go to ScienceDirect
 
Cannabis users at 'much higher' risk of developing poor mental health
Those with a recorded history of cannabis use in general practice records are at a much higher risk of developing mental ill health problems such as anxiety or depression as well as severe mental illnesses, new research shows. For more (University of Birmingham) 01 Oct 2021 for more click here.
 
 
Legalize Weed and Public Health Suffers
New Study Outlines Public Health Impacts of Marijuana Legalization: USA: A study in the journal Neuropharmacology analyzing the public health impacts of marijuana legalization in the United States found the following developments have resulted due to the change in drug policy towards the substance: 
Highlights
  • Perceived risk of cannabis use has declined in adolescents and adults over time.
  • Potency has increased and prices decreased in legal and illicit cannabis products.
  • Traffic fatalities involving cannabis increased in some states post-legalisation.
  • More presentations to medical services related to regular cannabis use.
For more click here
“Most people have been conned into using the word ‘overdose’ regarding illicit drugs! No such thing! Why? Because it clearly implies there is a 'safe' dose which can be taken - and everyone knows that's a lie. The same goes for the words 'use' and abuse'. Those terms can only be applied to prescribed pharmaceuticals because they have a prescribed safe dose. For example, I have asked each jurisdiction in Australia if the legal amount of alcohol when driving, up to 0.49, is considered safe for driving. All said no - they would not state that!”
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