DS Daily - 24th August 2009


"My gifted son died horrifically from GBL. You must be aware of its dangers'

Chris, from Peebles, in the Borders is understood to be the first Scot whose death has been linked to the "legal high", which is almost certain to become a banned drug by the end of this month [Scotland on Sunday, UK]

New videos [FEAD]

1. Ian Wardle on commissioning and substance misuse services

2. Ian Wardle on 'Recovery' as a challenge to improve quality

Making Every Adult Matter events at Labour and Conservative party conferences this autumn

Join us to debate the importance of a national policy framework for multiple needs and exclusions [MEAM, UK]

The 12 Step Debate

Tim Leighton - I have been reading with interest the debates about 12 Step recovery on the various blogs at [Wired In]

Taking the spice out of legal smoking mixtures

Comment about the Misuse of Drugs (ACMD) investigation into the pharmacology and effects of the substance known as spice - registration required [The Lancet, UK]

Needle snapping

OK I’m not going to talk about needles accidentally snapping in this article, but instead the idea of deliberately snapping a pin as a means of harm reduction [Injecting Advice, UK]

Volunteering for All?

A Qualitative Study of Women Ex-offenders’ Experiences of Volunteering. 61-page PDF [The Griffins Society, UK]

Local Adult Reoffending 1 April 2008 – 31 March 2009 England and Wales

Statistics bulletin. 42-page PDF [Ministry of Justice, UK]

Clinks Working With Offenders Directory

An online database that allows you to search for organisations that work with offenders and their families in England and Wales [Clinks, UK]

Home Office Free Alcohol Training Seminars

The two day alcohol enforcement skill seminars are primarily aimed at enforcement staff [Home Office, UK]

Last orders for traditional pint glass as search begins for alternatives

Time is being called on the traditional beer glass as the Home Office calls in experts to develop a safer pint pot. The move follows growing concern at the number and extent of injuries caused in violent incidents involving glassware each year [Times, UK]

Happy hours are here again, so a new crackdown looms

Legal loophole on cheap drink promotions prompts calls for new curbs [Times, UK]

Web-Based Psychotherapy Can Work

Finding could help bring treatment to thousands who need it, experts say [MedlinePlus]

Who are Cocaine’s Primary Victims?

The answer may surprise you. [Addiction Inbox, USA]

Antidepressants surpass antihypertensives as most commonly prescribed drugs in US

Use of antidepressants in the United States almost doubled from 1996 to 2005, and in 2005 antidepressants surpassed antihypertensives to become the most widely prescribed class of drugs in primary care and in hospital outpatient clinics [Abstract - BMJ, UK]

Teen trippin' on ADHD drugs can be a real downer

Calls to poison control centers about teens abusing attention-deficit drugs soared 76 percent over eight years, sobering evidence about the dangerous consequences of prescription misuse, a study shows [Washington Post, USA]

In Mexico, Ambivalence on a Drug Law

Under siege by drug traffickers, Mexico took a bold and controversial step last week when it opted to no longer prosecute those carrying relatively small quantities of marijuana, cocaine, heroin and other drugs [New York Times, USA]

Obama, Ignoring Local Outrage, Set to Expand U.S. Military Presence in Colombia

Obama continues to defend the expansion of U.S. military operations in Latin America, but against what threat? [AlterNet, USA]

Substance Abuse Treatment Admissions for Smoked Substances: 1992 to 2007

This report examines changes in the drug use and demographic characteristics of substance abuse treatment admissions for smoked substances between 1992 and 2007 [SAMHSA, USA]

No one knows how little alcohol can harm an unborn child

This is an edited extract of an article that first appeared in the Australian Medical Journal [Courier Mail, Australia]

Tobacco is no ordinary product, warns GP

Tobacco is no ordinary product – it kills half its users – so why do we display cigarettes as if they were a harmless bottle of milk or a loaf of bread?" [Professor Bruce Arroll - ASH, New Zealand]