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Drug and Alcohol Use in the Community and the Workplace

On Wednesday 21.02.2018, mlcoa QLD hosted an educational event called “Drug and Alcohol Use in the Community – How Can It Be Managed” presented by Psychiatrist Dr Derek Lovell.

Dr Derek Lovell provided the following outline:

  • Alcohol
  • Illicit drugs – cannabis, methamphetamine, benzodiazepines, OTC
  • Interventions in the work place
  • Role of WDT
  • Case Examples

Dr Lovell provided statistics and insights into alcohol consumption in the community, effects of alcohol and intoxicated workers in the workplace.

Dr Lovell also spoke about the psychiatric complications of alcohol consumptions and workplace factors associated with alcohol and other drug use.

Dr Lovell indicated through research that 42% of the population (8 million) have used an illegal drug and that 3 million people (or 1 in 7 people) have used illegal drugs in the last 12 months.

Dr Lovell indicated the following trends:

  • Significant decline in use of ecstasy and heroin
  • Most common illicit is Cannabis (10.2%)
  • Age group with largest increase 50= of synthetic cannabinoids
  • No significant increase in methamphetamine use but use of powder has halved and ice use has doubled.

For more information on our upcoming educational events, please go to our events page.

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