DS Daily - 2nd December 2009


Building a safe, confident future

The final report of the Social Work Task Force. 71-page PDF. The Government response [Department for Children, Schools and Families, UK]

Ambitious reforms to transform the social work profession

Children’s Secretary Ed Balls and Health Secretary Andy Burnham today announced the Government’s acceptance of a radical package of recommendations from the final Social Work Task Force report, to transform social work and public understanding of social workers’ crucial contribution to our society [Department for Children, Schools and Families, UK]

Skunk ‘poses greatest risk of psychosis’

Researchers at the Institute of Psychiatry at King’s College London (KCL) have found that people who smoke skunk, the most potent form of cannabis available in UK, are almost seven times more likely to develop psychotic illnesses than those who use traditional cannabis resin (hash) or grass [IoP, UK]

Comment – High-potency cannabis and the risk of psychosis study

The long expected research from The Institute of Psychiatry in London regarding cannabis and psychosis has finally been published and has received the to be expected coverage in the press [UKCIA]

Annual rate of newly diagnosed HIV infections in Europe more than doubled between 2000 and 2008

Injecting drug use is still the main mode of transmission in the eastern part of the WHO European Region [World Health Organisation]

HIV/AIDS surveillance in Europe 2008

Joint WHO/Europe and European Centre for Disease Prevention and Control (ECDC) surveillance report on HIV/AIDS in the WHO European Region. 5MB PDF [WHO/ECDC]

"I am living my rights"

Since the beginning of the AIDS pandemic, approximately 60 million people have been infected with HIV and more than 20 million have died ... UNODC helps people live their rights, particularly those who are marginalized and at risk like drug users, victims of human trafficking and prisoners [UNODC]

IHRA and Human Rights Watch Issue Joint Briefing for World AIDS Day

The war on drugs is fueling HIV epidemics among people who use drugs around the world, and condemning millions of people with terminal cancer and with HIV/AIDS to needless suffering [IHRA]

HIV and condoms

As it's World AIDS Day on December the 1st we decided we had to do a full show on HIV [Injecting Advice, UK]

Alcohol Arrest Referral guide

This document has been produced to help commissioners of services e.g. Drug and Alcohol Action teams (DAATs) and project teams who are considering establishing or further developing Alcohol Arrest Referral (AAR) schemes. Full report 62-page PDF [Home Office, UK]

Alcohol Arrest Referral guide identifies challenges

Keith Lawrance, delivery manager of the Leeds Options AAR programme recently presented at an Academy event and also highlighted a number of challenges, though noted improving outcomes as learning developed [Alcohol Policy UK]

Effectiveness and cost-effectiveness of a stepped care intervention for alcohol use disorders in primary care: pilot study

Stepped care was feasible to implement in the primary care setting and resulted in greater cost savings compared with minimal intervention [British Journal of Psychiatry]

Road Casualties: Drinking and Driving, 2008

Statistics on Road Casualties: Drinking and Driving include data for Wales for the period up to the end of December 2008. 17-page PDF [Welsh Assembly Government, UK]

Track your festive drinking with your mobile

A new mobile phone application that helps people to keep track of their drinking during the festive period was launched today by Public Health Minister Gillian Merron [DoH, UK]

Heroin accounts for 33% of city’s drug seizures

Gardai have, so far this year, seized €1,758,633 of illegal drugs in Cork city, of which nearly a third was heroin [Irish Examiner]

Four in 10 women drink excessively

More than 50 per cent of Irish people are drinking alcohol harmfully, with older people and women especially at risk, research published today has found [Irish Times]

Nursing guideline helps overcome stigma of Methadone

For nurses who encounter methadone maintenance therapy clients during the course of their work, the recently published Registered Nurses' Association of Ontario (RNAO) MMT guideline is a welcome resource [Registered Nurses' Association of Ontario [Registered Nurses' Association of Ontario, Canada]

Task Force Grapples With Setting up Marijuana Dispensaries

Members of a state task force charged with implementing Maine's new medical marijuana dispensary law began work yesterday, confronting dozens of questions and a short timetable to answer them [MPBN, USA]

Interview with Jean-Luc Lemahieu - video

Jean-Luc LemahieuUNODC's Representative Jean-Luc Lemahieu speaks about the situation and UNODC's programme in Afghanistan [UNODC]