DS Daily - 13th August 2009


NTA Business Plan 2009/10

The role of the NTA, Action for 2009-10, Risk management, NTA resources, NTA budget. 25-page PDF [NTA, UK]

ACMD report on the major cannabinoid agonists

This report draws on much of the evidence cited in the European Monitoring Centre for Drugs and Drug Addiction (EMCDDA) recent assessment of the synthetic cannabinoid receptor agonists, based on an expert meeting held in Lisbon on 6th March 2009. 29-page PDF [ACND, UK]

‘Synthetic cannabinoids’ should be made illegal

‘Synthetic cannabinoids’, often known on the street as ‘Spice’, are as harmful as cannabis and should be made illegal, according to advice given to the government by the Advisory Council on the Misuse of Drugs [Home Office, UK]

Drug Related Deaths in Scotland in 2008

Statistics of drug-related deaths in 2008 and earlier years, broken down by cause of death, selected drugs reported, age and sex [General Register Office for Scotland, UK]

Tackling drug deaths

Fergus Ewing today renewed the Scottish Government's pledge to tackle drug misuse by continuing work to put the Drugs Strategy into practice [Scottish Government, UK]

The scourge of drugs

The relentless rise of drug-related deaths in Scotland - reaching a record 574 last year - must call into question the effectiveness of treatment and education programmes [The Herald, Scotland, UK]

Older generation blamed as drug deaths soar

Figures show the 35-44 age bracket made up 30 per cent of drug-related fatalities and 37 per cent were aged between 25 and 34 years old [The Scotsman, UK]

Scottish drug deaths reach record level

Increase in fatalities among 'Trainspotting generation' of older and long-term male users blamed for rise [Guardian, UK]

Towards a strategy to support volunteering in health and social care: consultation

This response document is in response to 'Towards a strategy to support volunteering in health and social care' consultation. It sets out messages heard during the consultation process through nine regional workshops held around England, an on-line questionnaire. 34-page PDF [DoH, UK]

Government needs tighter controls on child sentencing

Children's as young as 12 are being locked up too quickly, too easily [Barnardo’s, UK]

Charity warns over child drinkers

Fewer children are drinking but those who do are consuming more than ever before, a charity has warned [BBC, UK]

International Youth Day: It's your health, it's your future

Using drugs at an early age has been linked to negative health and social outcomes in later years [UNODC]

Hooked 9: Relaxation

This episode of Hooked is all about relaxation techniques. All drugs workers should have a toolbox of these that they can give people to use. We cover a number of the specific ones we use ourselves [Injecting Advice, UK]

Hooked 10: Worker coping skills

There has been a lot of discussion on the Simply Syndicated forums about how difficult it must be for drug workers to cope with the stresses of their jobs. In this show we discuss the skills and stratergies we use to deal with the work and the stresses [Injecting Advice, UK]

People who feel stigmatised less likely to access HIV care

HIV-related stigma is associated with poor access to specialist HIV medical care, US investigators report in the online edition of the Journal of General Internal Medicine [Aidsmap, UK]

Crackdown on e-cigarettes after some brands found to contain 'toxic levels of nicotine'

The products, which were designed to combat the smoking ban, do not comply with Department of Health regulations because some brands contain toxic levels of nicotine [Daily Mail, UK]

Mexico's Drug War

Why U.S. funding to help the government should stay on schedule [Washington Post, USA]

A Profile of Workers' in South Australian Alcohol and Others Drugs Non-Government Organisations

The aim of the survey was to develop a profile of this workforce to assist SANDAS as the peak non-government body in South Australia to support their constituents [NCETA, Australia]

New Australian Drug Foundation resource catalogue released

The Spring 2009 issue of the ADF resource catalogue includes a couple of new resources as well as many of your old favourites [Australian Drug Foundation]