This post is a celebration of the increasing range and variety of online resources developed by the drug treatment world.
It’s great to report that all sectors of the field are bringing their tradition of creativity to the world of web 2.0
Harm reductionists have eagerly embraced the opportunities to engage with drug users which the World Wide Web and social media bring.
These are just a few of the many high quality harm reductions resources now available online:
- Regular readers will be well aware of the new smartphone app developed by @UTurnTraining to help prevent opiate overdoses. The app is being widely used and the iPhone and iPad versions are in beta testing as we speak.
- @GlobalDrugSurvy have harnessed the power of the net to undertake a worldwide survey of recreational drug use. The survey gives individuals feedback about their drug use compared to other recreational drug users, prompting considerations about levels and type of use. Over 15,000 people have taken the survey and you can see the key findings in an animated version on the Guardian website. Watch out for the launch of their cannabis app, scheduled for this Friday 23 March.
- @Injectingadvice makes his Blog and podcasts freely available online and both he and I curate online resources about the use and availability of naloxone.
- @isoremedia recently won an award from @DDNMagazine for their “Flat out and Back” YouTube video about preventing overdose deaths on release from prison:
Posting these resources online facilitates global co-operation and @Stonetree_Aus maintains a busy blog which focuses on using social media for harm reduction and has just started to host a series of twitterchats on this subject.
Those working in recovery services have been no less active.
SMART Recovery is one of an increasing number of treatment services that offers ongoing online support to its service users, recreating the mutual support and mentoring of their actual meetings in the virtual realm. The size of the organisation and its global reach means that there is always an online meeting no matter what time of day someone is looking for support.
Most of these resources have been developed in the last year.
Who knows what uses drug workers will put the web to in 2012.
Please let me know of other online resources via comments or Twitter.