table of contents
Table of Contents
Services directory for drug and alcohol users
Table of Contents
1. HOW DRUGS AFFECT YOU
what is a drug?
where do drugs come from?
who uses drugs?
harm caused by drugs
effects of drugs
types of drugs
testing for drug use
drug reference guide
2. TAKING CARE OF YOURSELF
harm reduction - policy and practice
blood borne viruses and injecting drug use
hepatitis C and intravenous injecting drug use
looking after your health
3. WHAT CAUSES A DRUG OVERDOSE?
what increases the risk of overdose?
what happens when you OD?
how do you know if someone has overdosed?
what to do if someone has overdosed
what to do while waiting for an ambulance
what you should know about naltrexone
using opiates, drug half life and combining drugs
depression and overdose
4. NEEDLE AND SYRINGE PROGRAMS (NSPS)
what do NSPs do?
where are NSPs located?
5. MYTHS AND FACTS
the 'stereotypical user' myths
6. DRUGS, PREGNANCY AND BREASTFEEDING
taking care of your health
after the birth of your baby
7. TREATMENT OPTIONS
finding the right option for your needs
what might you want to get out of treatment?
types of treatment
what treatment service do I want?
8. SELF-HELP AND MUTUAL AID
what is self-help?
why self-help groups work
drug self-help groups
listing of self-help services
9. DRUG AND ALCOHOL AGENCIES
how to access drug and alcohol services
agency listing by region
drug and alcohol agencies - alphabetical
10. DRUGS, ALCOHOL AND THE LAW
drug laws in Victoria
penalties and sentences
getting legal advice
carer payment and carer allowance
parenting payment (single)
disability support pension
common problem areas with Centrelink
12. MAKING ENDS MEET - MONEY PROBLEMS
assessing the problem
how to manage living costs
what to do if you have debts
coping with pressure from creditors
avoiding problems in dealing with creditors
13. EMERGENCY RELIEF AND MATERIAL AID
what types of emergency relief are available?
when can you get emergency relief?
who can get emergency relief?
tips for getting emergency aid
other forms of emergency relief
Victorian emergency relief providers
14. MAKING A COMPLAINT
tips for making a complaint
discrimination and unfair treatment
pensions and allowances
15. QUICK GUIDE
information, support, counselling and advocacy
family and friends services
gay and lesbian services
prison and post-prison services
community legal centres
community health centres - by region
women's health services
16. FURTHER READING - ISSUES AND TRENDS
Access Health: providing primary health care to vulnerable and marginalised populations - a practice paper
involving the community in shaping drug policy
the Fitzroy Legal Service drug outreach lawyer project
overdose prevention and street-based injecting drug use: why we're heading in the wrong direction
the Victorian Human Rights Charter and the alcohol and other drugs sector
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