DS Daily - 10th August 2009


Pilot sites to test a new regime for problem drug users on benefit

In five Jobcentre Plus Districts (Merseyside, Lancashire and Cumbria, West Yorkshire, Birmingham and Solihull and Central London) [NTA, UK]

Medics avoid mental health help

The vast majority of doctors would not seek medical help for mental health problems, a survey suggests [BBC, UK]

Dieting could lead to a positive test for cannabis

Cannabis smokers beware: stress or dieting might trigger "reintoxication", resulting in a positive drug test long after you last used the drug [New Scientist, UK]

Minimum alcohol prices for Oldham

Lancashire town has come up with a unique way of fighting back the recent spike in alcohol-related disorder [BBC, UK]

MEP says ratification of Lisbon will step up fight against drug trafficking

Ratification of the Lisbon Treaty will enable the EU to intensify its fight against international drug trafficking, according to Brian Crowley, Fianna Fáil MEP for the South constituency [Irish Times]

Heroin addicts left waiting for methadone supplies

The withdrawal of hundreds of pharmacists from their State contracts is hampering the recovery of more than 5,000 stabilised heroin addicts across the country [Independent, Ireland]

Harper manipulating the scientific process

The fate of Vancouver's medically supervised safer injecting facility, known as Insite, hangs in the balance as three B.C. Court of Appeal justices weigh arguments by the Harper government aimed at overturning an earlier ruling that provided the program a brief respite from the Tories' efforts to close it [The Star, Canada]

Preventing Overdose, Saving Lives

Strategies for Combating a National Crisis. 24-page PDF [Drug Policy Alliance, USA]

Police ultimatum to drug dealers: Quit, or go to prison

Confronted with photos, video clips and binders full of evidence gathered in a yearlong operation along Seattle's 23rd Avenue corridor, from Madison to Jackson streets, the dealers were promised they wouldn't be arrested, prosecuted or sent to jail for 20 months or more if they embraced the job training, educational opportunities and chemical-dependency treatment being offered them [Seattle Times, USA]

The Five Stages of Grief over Obama's Drug Policies

Like the stages people who experience grief due to a personal tragedy pass through, people concerned about modifying American drug policies have dialed through these five stages since Barack Obama was elected President of the United States [Huffington Post, USA]

The Shocking Benefits of Legalizing Pot

Here are some pluses to legalization that you probably haven't heard about [AlterNet, USA]

Heroin Use, Drug Busts Up, According to Police

Heroin Use Replacing Prescription Drug Abuse for Many Young Users [abc NEWS, USA]

Gene expression changes following extinction testing in a heroin behavioral incubation model

The importance of drug-seeking behavior and memory of previous drug-taking sessions suggest that such genes may be important for relapse. 38-page PDF [BioMed Central]

Obama backs Mexico's war on drugs

US President Barack Obama has given "strong support" to Mexico's war on drugs cartels, at the start of a summit in Guadalajara [BBC, UK]

Meth in the madness

Methamphetamine, aka crystal meth or a host of other names, gives dizzying highs but is acutely addictive and wrecks the body. So why do people do it, asks Louis Theroux [BBC, UK]

Evidence of drug lab activity in West Africa

The large quantities of chemicals seized on 15 July by the armed forces of Guinea at several locations in Conakry are far in excess of the country's legitimate demands [UNODC]

Drug Addiction in Afghanistan

According to the U.N., there are a million Afghan drug addicts. But the actual number is at least double that with, women and children make up a quarter of those addicts - video [CBS NEWS, USA]

U.S. to Hunt Down Afghan Drug Lords Tied to Taliban

United States military commanders have told Congress that they are convinced that the policy is legal under the military’s rules of engagement and international law [New York Times, USA]