This project aimed to identify and minimise barriers to accessing and enhancing effective health and social care services for vulnerable and/or marginalised young drug users.
Treatment and Intervention
Heroin dependence is a chronic relapsing condition, associated with high levels of psychopathology. On entry to treatment approximately one quarter of heroin users meet criteria for Major Depression (MD), and this comorbidity has been linked to poorer treatment outcomes.
Trauma and post traumatic stress disorder are highly prevalent among people with substance use disorders. There is however, a dearth of literature as to how best to treat this comorbidity.
Prevalence rates of mental disorders among homeless persons typically exceed general population estimates. Despite the high level of need in the homeless population, access to appropriate services is limited, particularly among those with co-occurring substance use and other mental disorders.
An emerging body of literature from the United States (US) describes ‘aberrant’ (i.e. divergent) medication-related behaviours among pain patients, and the extent to which they are associated with harm, including medical morbidity, dependence and diversion.
Despite the increasing use of the internet by the general community to access information about alcohol/other drug use and related conditions, there remains no central portal through which people can reliably access a range of evidence-based information and treatment for alcohol/other drug use.