DS Daily - 18th August 2009


Major new campaign to crack down on drug driving

New £2.3 million Drug Drive campaign launched by Transport Secretary Lord Andrew Adonis. Watch the TV advert [Department of Transport, UK]

Can we stop drug-driving?

A campaign to stigmatise drivers who take drugs has just been launched. How tough should we be on drug-drivers? [Guardian, UK]

Sex, drugs, and crime top the bill at Festival

Drug prices are pushed up while dealers arrive to target the captive market [Edinburgh Evening News, UK]

The sniffer dog trials

Using sniffer dogs to identify people carrying drugs is wrong in principle and ineffective in practice – and we'll prove it in court [Claudia Rubin - Comment, Guardian, UK]

Unproven verdict on hospital-based brief alcohol interventions

Heavy drinking hospital inpatients, many with alcohol-related disorders, ought to be prime candidates for advice on their drinking. But this new synthesis of studies found impacts were often lacking; the jolt of a serious injury may have been the best platform for intervention [Drug and Alcohol Findings, UK]

Hooked 11: Legalisation debate

Although we both took very extreme sides in the debate, it does help in pointing out some of the major issues on both sides [Injecting Advice, UK]

Development of a Parents’ Resource Manual Booklet to equip parents/guardians to provide early and appropriate responses to young people’s substance use

A comprehensive review of international and national research and literature in order to: Identify and document best practice with regard to primary and secondary prevention of substance use (completed in part 1) - Identify and document the range and levels of current programmes, strategies, interventions and resources available for parents in this regard (completed in part 2). 50-page PDF [Crosscare, Ireland]

Time to stand up to drinks industry and ban adverts

Various aspects of our culture are exploited to market alcohol, writes Dr Michael Loftus, a GP practising at Crossmolina, Co Mayo. He is a former president of the GAA [Opinion - Irish Times]

Cocaine on ninety percent of dollar bills

Cocaine can be found on ninety percent of all dollar bills circulating in some cities in the USA scientists have reported. It's as high as 95% in Washington DC (which might explain some of the laws that we get) and is lowest among the cities tested in Salt Lake City [Examiner, USA]

Rx-Opioid Misuse by Students – REMS Won’t Help

A recently-reported study found that about 1 in 8 U.S. high-school seniors have misused prescription opioid drugs for “nonmedical” purposes, but nearly half of them were illicitly using the medications for self-treating physical pain [Pain Treatment Topics, USA]

Ethan Nadelmann speaks at the annual NAACP Convention

The talk is on a panel called Smarter Strategies toward Safer Communities [YouTube]

Mexico May Get More Anti-Drug Aid

The Obama administration has concluded that Mexico is working hard to protect human rights while its army and police battle the drug cartels, paving the way for the release of millions of dollars in additional federal aid [Washington Post, USA]

Is Obama Aware of the History of Failure that Marks Our Drug War in Latin America?

Barack Obama shores up his support for Plan Merida, a $1.4 billion anti-drug package designed to assist the Mexican government in its ongoing battle with violent drug trafficking organizations [History News Network, USA]

Research into addiction (Audio)

The definitions of addiction have changed over the years, according to Barry Everitt, Professor of Neuroscience at the University of Cambridge. He and his colleagues have done research into addiction, identifying the kind of person who is more likely than others to become addicted to substances, and they have looked at new ways to help people overcome their addictions [ABC Radio, Australia]

Inquiry Into Strategies To Prevent High Volume Offending And Recidivism By Young

In this Report we have tried to focus on this group of offenders, namely repeat offenders, and have attempted to develop strategies that will assist these young people, firstly to try to stop them from ever getting into the juvenile justice system, and secondly, if this is unsuccessful, to outline strategies that will reduce or eliminate further offences. 397-page PDF [Drugs and crime prevention committee, Victoria Parliament, Australia]

Spies to swoop on children's energy drinks

Supermarkets and corner stores will be asked to spy on students who buy large amounts of high-caffeine energy drinks amid increasing fears about their health risks [Telegraph, Australia]

U.S. Intelligence and Afghan Narcotics

As U.S., Afghan and coalition forces increase their focus on breaking up Afghan drug rings that help finance the insurgents, more support is being given to gathering and processing intelligence on drug operations [Washington Post, USA]

Drug users not treated humanely

Drug users in Asia and Pacific regions face discrimination and limited access to proper medical treatment since many of these countries still regard human rights as minor problems [Jakarta Post]