DS Daily - 19th August 2009


Landlords warned of illegal drugs

Police in north Wales are reminding landlords to be on the lookout for tell-tale signs their properties are being targeted for illegal use [BBC, UK]

Last chance to enter tackling drugs changing lives awards

The deadline is fast approaching for nominations to the Tackling Drugs Changing Lives Awards with the top prize of £10,000 to help prevent and stop drug and alcohol problems [Home Office, UK]

Teens 'aware of cannabis harm'

Forty-two percent of 11-18 year olds know someone who has experienced memory loss, panic attacks or paranoia from cannabis, drugs information service Frank said [BBC, UK]

Guidance on managing pregnant opiate-dependent women

New guidance on managing pregnant women dependent on heroin and allied drugs emphasises that maintenance prescribing is the core treatment but holistic, individualised care is essential. However, its warnings about the dangers of detoxification are not universally accepted [Drug and Alcohol Findings, UK]

Mother's outrage after Met officers stop and search her nine-year-old son

Recent figures released under Freedom of Information rules revealed that thousands of children under the age of 10 are stopped and searched for drugs, weapons or stolen goods each year [Daily Mail, UK]

Prisoner ran global drug-smuggling operation from his jail cell

A prisoner who ran an international drug-smuggling operation from his cell, using a smuggled mobile phone, was dealing with another Briton, also in jail, but in Panama [Times, UK]

Cannabis cancer treatment warning

Prostate cancer patients have been warned not to treat themselves by smoking cannabis after active chemicals in the drug were shown to combat the disease [The Scotsman, UK]

Drinkers 'ignorant of sleep woes'

Many people do not realise drinking alcohol can disturb a good night's sleep by interfering with the brain, a government-funded poll suggests [BBC, UK]

Massive public opposition to Ministers’ plans for new burdens on British pubs

More than 7,000 pubgoers have contacted the Home Office to object to planned new measures further threatening the future of British pubs [British Beer and Pub Association, UK]

U.S. Drug Czar Awards $60 Million To 565 Drug-Free Communities Continuation Grantees

These grants will assist local community coalitions as they work to prevent and reduce youth substance use [ONDCP, USA]

100 Addiction Workers Face Layoff, Union Says

Mayor Adrian M. Fenty's administration plans to lay off more than 100 drug addiction treatment workers by the first week in September and has already told about two dozen employees at its detoxification center to take administrative leave, according to union officials who represent the workers [Washington Post, USA]

Mexico Drug Fight Fuels Complaints

Mexico’s fight against drug traffickers generated a sixfold increase in human rights complaints against the Mexican military between 2006 and 2008, and it is unclear that any of those complaints resulted in prosecutions, according to a State Department report on the effort [New York Times, USA]

Drugs, the law and safer injecting

For injecting drug users who want to know about how the law in Victoria affects them [Victoria Legal Aid, Australia]

Participate in our survey

You are invited to take part in a research project examining your interest in, and experiences of, treatment for psychostimulant use [Turning Point, Australia]

UN Economic and Social Council Endorses Harm Reduction

In July 2009, the United Nation’s Economic and Social Council (ECOSOC) adopted a resolution related to the work of the Joint United Nations Programme on AIDS (UNAIDS). The resolution was agreed at an ECOSOC meeting in Geneva focusing on the social determinants of health. It contains an explicit supportive reference to harm reduction – the first official mention of harm reduction by this senior UN body [IHRA]