Australian soldiers and veterans are calling for an immediate inquiry into the use of an antimalarial drug they believe scarred them with permanent psychological damage, anxiety attacks, vertigo, nightmares, suicidal thoughts and hallucinations.The group, which includes commandos and officers who have served in Iraq and Afghanistan, believe they have been incorrectly diagnosed with post-traumatic stress disorder or depression and were ignored by the military after raising concerns about the drug.
When artist Doug Lail was still drinking, he would go to bars and only after knocking back a few was able to find the courage to ask others, “What’s your story?”“That was the only way I could relate and open up,” he said.Even while Lail was trying to connect with others, he wasn’t telling his own story: That he was an alcoholic.When Lail finally started attending Alcoholics Anonymous in May, 2013, he struggled with the stigma and the shame of his alcoholism, of the 20 years he’d spent drinking, of the times his drinking was out of control.He lost his job, his house. He got a DUI. His relationship ended.He was suicidal. He got a second DUI. A friend reached out and convinced him to get into treatment and as a part of his conviction he was required to go to AA meetings.Around the same time, he was laid off his job in the furniture industry and he started doing art full time. He was making large, abstract expressionist paintings. But the art he was making wasn’t much of a release.“The abstract work, you sort of do it and the painting emerges out of itself,” he said. “But what I was putting in, people were not getting.”
United States military operations in Afghanistan, now in their 15th year, are routinely described as America’s longest war. For overseas combat, that is true. But nothing tops the domestic “war on drugs” that an American president declared more than four decades ago. The casualty rate has been exceedingly high.FROM OUR ADVERTISERSNearly 44,000 Americans a year — 120 a day — now die of drug overdoses. Neither traffic accidents nor gun violence, each claiming 30,000-plus lives a year, causes so much ruination. The annual drug toll is six times the total of American deaths in all wars since Vietnam.Continue reading the main storyRELATED COVERAGEIn Heroin Crisis, White Families Seek Gentler War on DrugsOCT. 30, 2015Obituaries Shed Euphemisms to Chronicle Toll of HeroinJULY 11, 2015Vermont Tackles Heroin, With Progress in Baby StepsFEB. 25, 2015
According to a new study, smoking high-potency skunk-like cannabis can significantly damage white matter, which is responsible for connecting different areas of the brain.The team explored the impact of cannabis potency in inducing psychosis. They used an MRI technique to look at the white matter of 99 people, 56 of which had reported a first psychotic episode. They found that white matter damage was significantly greater among heavy users of high-potency cannabis compared to occasional or low-potency users.Dr. Paola Dazzan, reader in neurobiology of psychosis from the Institute of Psychiatry, Psychology & Neuroscience (IoPPN) at King’s College London, and senior researcher on the study, said in a statement: “We found that frequent use of high potency cannabis significantly affects the structure of white matter fibres in the brain, whether you have psychosis or not. This reflects a sliding scale where the more cannabis you smoke and the higher the potency, the worse the damage will be.”White matter is made of large bundles of nerve cells called axons, which connect the grey matter in different regions of the brain, enabling fast communication between them. The corpus callosum, a band of nerve fibers that connect the left and right hemispheres, is the largest white matter structure within the brain. The corpus callosum is rich in cannabinoid receptors that are affected by the tetrahydrocannabinol (THC) in cannabis.
In 1994 Ngaimpe Aboriginal Corporation was registered (and set up The Glen). Since that date it has been an example of the triumph of the Koori Spirit and how we can make our dreams come true. The Glen is proud to be a Central Coast Drug and Alcohol Rehabilitation Centre.The founding motivation for Ngaimpe was the suffering of our people at the hands of drugs and alcohol. Ngaimpe was especially interested in trying to get men (indigenous and non-indigenous) out of the criminal justice system and into treatment for their drug or alcohol addiction (which causes the offending behaviors).Ngaimpes Motivation :There has and continues to be an over representation of Indigenous Australians in the prison system.There is hazardous levels of use of alcohol and other substances by Indigenous Australians.There is lower levels of participation in education and employment by Indigenous Australians compared to the general population.Ngaimpes Treatment :The programs run by Ngaimpe Aboriginal Corporation are designed to treat a client in a holistic manner to address their issues. This means treating the person as a whole (spiritually, mentally and physically). It also means trying to not just treat their addiction but the things that may be causing the addictive behaviors. The programs that Ngaimpe employ through The Glen Ce