DS Daily - 3rd August 2009


NDTMS Core Data Set G consultation

We are asking stakeholders to review the proposals presented here and comment back to us. The consultation will last for 12 weeks and will close on 23 October 2009. However, we are keen to give providers of NDTMS software as much notice as possible of any changes and so early responses would be appreciated [NTA, UK]

Putting science and engineering at the heart of government policy

This memorandum provides a brief description of the use of scientific evidence within drug policy and reaches some conclusions about how this can be improved [UKDPC]

Getting high behind prison bars

There are no official figures, but one senior Prison Service source told Panorama, it is estimated that the drugs trade in jails across England and Wales is worth an annual £22m. Others say it could be four times that amount [Panorama, BBC, UK]

On the trail of drug smugglers in prison

Those who have read my profile will know I spent many years in prison, so I have an insight, even if slightly outdated, about the inner workings of the prison system [Raphael Rowes's Blog, BBC, UK]

Call for 'smarter' drugs policing - BBC Video

UKDPC group's chief, Roger Howard, said he did not "think the police are doing anything wrong" but should use their "limited resources to best effect"[BBC, UK]

Everything else has failed so let’s legalise drugs

Gormless psychology underpins the current approaches to the problem of drugs [Letters, Times, UK]

Why it’s time to end the war on drugs

2009 has seen a change: among the academics and professionals who study this issue ... there is growing sense that reform is possible and increasingly urgent [Financial Times, UK]

Cambridge University 'to pay drug addicts for taking part in addiction study'

Cambridge University is to pay crack and cocaine addicts for taking part in a study on impact of drugs on the brain, it has emerged [Telegraph, UK]

A pill for every ill: Two million Brits have become addicted to prescription drugs

Britain has a new drug problem: two million of us are addicted to tranquillisers, while countless thousands abuse over-the-counter painkillers. How has this unchecked culture of legal drug addiction been allowed to flourish [Independent, UK]

Abuse of drug used by Michael Jackson growing among medical professionals

Some addicts inject drug more than 100 times a day - Use among medical professionals increasing [Guardian, UK]

Addicts face nine-month wait for place on methadone programme

NHS Highland yesterday blamed the long wait on “significant demands” that community clinics and methadone clinics are experiencing as they are at capacity, and have been for some time [Press and Journal, UK]

Working with children who misuse drugs and alcohol

Concerns about young people binge drinking and using drugs are growing as figures reveal more children are being treated for substance misuse [Community Care, UK]

Laboratory reports of C infections January to March 2009

The high level of individuals with unknown age testing positive (6.0%) may reflect testing of individuals in settings such as prisons, drug services and GUM clinics where few demographic details on patients were available and where service users may be at high risk of hepatitis C infection [The Hepatitis Trust, UK]

Daily alcohol limit 'unhelpful'

Daily limits on alcohol consumption are meaningless and potentially harmful, experts have warned [BBC, UK]

“Supermarkets exhibiting the morality of a crack dealer” Select Committee told

The House of Commons Health Select Committee was told that “supermarkets are exhibiting the morality of a crack dealer” by expert witness Professor Martin Plant and he stated bluntly “Cheap alcohol kills people.” [Iinstitue of Alcohol Studies, UK]

Fetal alcohol victims face discrimination

A steady stream of offenders suffering from a syndrome with no cure – fetal alcohol spectrum disorder – are being unfairly entangled in the criminal justice system, says a leading criminal law scholar [The Globe and Mail, Canada]

Washington Supports Exchange of Needles

City officials on Friday called on Congress not to reinstate a ban that prevented the nation’s capital from using local money to distribute clean needles to drug users [New York Times, USA]

Treatment Practitioner’s Research Bulletin

Alcohol and drug research treatment advances and best practice summary [Join Together, USA]

Self-treatment versus recreation as motivations for prescription drug misuse

This study indicates that there is heterogeneity among prescription drug misusers and that members of the recreational subtype are more likely to engage in high risk alcohol and drug use behavior than those in the self-medication subtype. Identifying relationships between prescription misuser subtype and other drug and/or alcohol use and abuse illuminates potential pathways for prevention and intervention [Brief Addiction Science Information Source, USA]

Crack cocaine and American injustice

It's time to end the sentencing disparity between powder and crack cocaine offenses [LA Times, USA]

Operation Bloodette: Women head US drugs gangs, prosecutors say

Women have broken through a new glass ceiling, rising to the top of drug-dealing gangs, say US prosecutors. [Telegraph, UK]

Mail away drug analysis set to test family relationships

Parents suspicious their children are dabbling with drugs are being offered the resources to play detective, with a US company needing only one lock of hair to analyse for drug use [ABC News, Australia]

DIY drug testing: every home could have one

Drug testing per say is good but in the wrong hands it can be disastrous and I think in the hands of parents without any professional support could cause some problems with relationships with their children [ABC News, Australia]

Britain should give up its anti-drugs role in Afghanistan, say MPs

Britain should give up its lead role in fighting Afghanistan's drug trade and focus on security, a committee of MPs says [Telegraph, UK]

Britain's drug fighting role in Afghanistan a 'poisoned chalice', say MPs

Britain has "taken on a poisoned chalice" in Afghanistan and urgently needs to reduce its role in the country, a powerful committee of MPs says [Telegraph, UK]

No More Opium, No More Money for Afghan Villagers

The government ban on opium is working at best unevenly. In areas of the country under Taliban control, opium production is going strong. In government-held areas such as Shahran, it has gone down drastically, but at the cost of the livelihood of hundreds of thousands of people [New York Times, USA]

Hong Kong youth caught in wave of ketamine addiction

An oversupply of the drug in Hong Kong and the fact that it is cheaper than other narcotics makes ketamine popular with young people [CNN, USA]

Statement of the INCB President during the 2009 ECOSOC Substantive Session

A report to the Economic and Social Council (ECOSOC) about the work of the International Narcotics Control Board (INCB) for the year 2008 [INCB]