DS Daily - 4th August 2009


Towards successful treatment completion

A good practice guide. 76-page PDF [NTA, UK]

Clinical governance in drug treatment

A good practice guide for providers and commissioners. 76-page PDF [NTA, UK]

Routes to recovery

New resources for clinicians and key workers helping clients on their journeys to recovery [NTA, UK]

BTEI: getting motivated to change

Routes to Recovery part 7. 44-page PDF [NTA, UK]

Videos from 'UKDPC Seminar'

Speakers: Jon Caulkins: A Harm Reduction approach to enforcement - Nicola Singleton: Impact on harms via drug-related law enforcement - Ben Lynam: Introduction [FEAD, UK]

Confirmation that tax rises are key alcohol harm reduction measure

Comprehensive calculations from Australia offer clues to what would make the biggest dent in alcohol-related harm at the lowest cost; top of the list were alcohol tax rises, advertising bans, licensing controls, and random breath testing [Drug and Alcohol Findings, UK]

NHS offering alcoholics 'potentially lethal' treatment, say campaigners

UK Advocates threatens legal action against health authorities providing drug-based treatments over rehabilitation [Guardian, UK]

Dept of Health under fire from Commons Committee re lack of progress on alcohol-related harm

The report, 'Reducing Alcohol Harm: health services in England for alcohol misuse', examines how the Department of Health (DoH) responds to alcohol related harm through Primary Care Trusts, responsible for determining local priorities and spending [Alcohol Policy UK]

Curb binge drinking by preventing supermarkets from slashing prices, urges Carling Black Label brewers

The brewery which produces the country's most popular lager has called on the Government to set minimum prices in a bid to tackle [Daily Mail, UK]

Drug chief sues over sniffer dogs

Release's Sebastian Saville, 56, claims police breached his human rights during the incident at Camden Town station in June 2008. Nothing illegal was found [BBC, UK]

Smoking in middle age increases risk of dementia by 75%

A study found that smokers aged between 46 and 70 were 70 per cent more likely to suffer from Alzheimer’s in later life compared to those who had never smoked [Daily Mail, UK]

Cannabis Use and Mental Health Problems

This paper investigates whether cannabis use leads to worse mental health. 39-page PDF [Tilburg University, The Netherlands]

Should We Ban Tobacco?

Cigarettes kill more people than cocaine, heroin, meth and all other illegal drugs combined. Imagine if they were illegal [AlterNet, USA]

Indonesia's drug fight pushes prison AIDS explosion

The root of the problem, activists say, is a war on drugs that treats injecting users -- many of them already HIV positive -- with the same harsh punishments as dealers, flooding jails where opportunities to get drugs and spread the disease are plentiful [Google News]