DS Daily - 14th August 2009


Annual Report of HM Chief Inspector of Prisons for England and Wales 1999 - 2000

As this, my fifth report, also marks the end of my five year contract, I am taking the opportunity to reflect on that period, draw some conclusions, and, as in all my prison and thematic review reports, highlight both good and bad practice and make recommendations for future development. 136-page PDF [Sir David Ramsbotham, GCB, CBE Her Majesty’s Chief Inspector of Prisons, UK]

DrugScope welcomes ACMD recommendation that 'Spice' products should be made illegal

DrugScope, has welcomed the Advisory Council on the Misuse of Drugs (ACMD) recommendation that synthetic cannabinoids, found in mixtures known as ‘Spice’, should be controlled under the Misuse of Drugs Act [DrugScope, UK]

Legal highs present an opportunity to try something new

As reports of how the government plans to tackle the use of so-called legal highs makes headlines, Release has submitted a paper to the Home Office consultation on two of the more dangerous substances, GBL and BZP [Release, UK]

More must be done to prevent drug deaths, urges Scottish Drugs Forum

As the Scottish Drugs Strategy has highlighted, we must do more at the prevention and treatment stages of tackling drugs problems, not only for older drug users but for all age groups [Scottish Drugs Forum, UK]

Scottish government accused of accepting steep rise in drug-related deaths

Neil McKeganey, director of the Centre for Drug Misuse Research at the University of Glasgow, said that “we are continuing to be spectators at our own drugs epidemic” [Times, UK]

Salmond must sound the battle cry in the war against drugs

Scotland’s appalling drug problem must be tackled head-on before more lives are lost [Telegraph, UK]

Robocop died of heroin overdose in apartment

Drugs charities have now warned that the death of PC David Pilling, 47, should serve as a red alert that it is not just stereotypical ‘street junkies’ who can succumb to serious substance misuse [Camden New Journal, UK]

Transform on Twitter

We have finally given in to the inevitable and set up shop on Twitter. You can find our twitter page here [TDPF, UK]

Saints not sinners? Young people bucking the trend of binge drinking

An analysis of the drinking trends of school age children in Sunderland [Drugs: education, prevention and policy]

Should charities be allowed to run prisons?

Yes and no debate [Times, UK]

Cannabis is good for you (if you're a pensioner)

The team found that while cannabis could reduce bone strength in young people, it may protect against osteoporosis in later life [The Scotsman, UK]

Cocaine caffeine drink is blasted

An energy drink called Simply Cocaine was blasted by anti-drug campaigners yesterday.The drink, with a cartoon character called "Charlie" on the bottle, has double the caffeine content of Red Bull [The Sun, UK]

City studies safe-injection site for Toronto

A city-sanctioned study is looking into the feasibility of Vancouver-style safe injection sites in Toronto, but critics fear the study’s support for such sites is a done deal [National Post, Canada]

Updated Directory of Drug and Alcohol Abuse Treatment Programs

National Directory of Drug and Alcohol Abuse Treatment Programs 2009 provides information on thousands of alcohol and drug treatment programs located in all 50 states, the District of Columbia, Puerto Rico, and five U.S. territories [SAMHSA, USA]

Effective weed control

A guide for people trying to cut down or stop using cannabis. 53-page PDF [Turning Point, Australia]

Alcopops tax into law, Opposition in disarray

The alcopops bill cleared the Senate yesterday on the second attempt after the Opposition agreed to support the Government's 70 per cent tax rise on pre-mixed drinks [The Age, Australia]

Russia's president calls time on vodka "disaster"

Russian President Dmitry Medvedev on Wednesday called time on the country's vodka tipplers, saying alcoholism had become a "national disaster." [Reuters]

The opium war rages on

Mike Trace highlights a dangerous drug problem [New Statesman, UK]