DS Daily - 3rd December 2009


Rise in number of cocaine-dependent women entering treatment

Cocaine has emerged as the fastest growing treatment need among women drug users of child-bearing age in England. Data sheet [NTA, UK]

Skunk linked to psychosis

Conclusion - This study has strengths and limitations [Behind the Headlines, NHS Choices, UK]

Don't knock findings on dangerous drugs

Danger is a reason for regulation, which an illegal market cannot deliver [Guardian, UK]

Drinking with Charlie

Introducing Cocaethylene, a third drug created when alcohol and cocaine meet and in this case three is definitely a crowd [Drinking with Charlie, UK]

Scottish Drugs Forum’s innovative National Quality Development Programme launched

This new initiative aims to provide practical help and assistance to drug treatment and rehabilitation agencies across Scotland, so they are better placed to assist the recovery of people with drug problems [Scottish Drugs Forum, UK]

Delay over scheme to help drug addicts

Aberdeen councillors are demanding more information before they back a contentious plan to offer heroin on the NHS to city drug addicts [Press and Journal, UK]

Drug and alcohol addiction centre £2.8m move

Plans for a 15-bed unit in two refurbished buildings at Highbury Hospital in Bulwell are being considered by the trust's board as the new home for the service [Evening Post Nottingham, UK]

Video: Bill Kenwright at SHARP

Bill Kenwright, Everton FC Chairman and theatre impresario, returns to SHARP in Liverpool to discuss with an invited group his remarkable introduction to abstinence based programmes and how he became involved with the recovery community [Inexcess TV, UK]

Think again on drink pricing and save lives, expert urges MSPs

Professor Ian Gilmore, the president of the Royal College of Physicians, will tell an event in Aberdeen there is "compelling evidence" that price is linked to alcohol use and harm [The Scotsman, UK]

New guide for mental health commissioners

Designed to support primary care trusts and local authorities and assist them in developing their mental health commissioning practice. 64-pager PDF [NMHDU, UK]

'Put health advice on alcohol' call

Some 80pc of people questioned said they would like alcohol labels to contain health advice [Independent, Ireland]

US prescription drug abuse 'growing'

There are worries about the number of teenagers in the US putting their lives at risk by abusing prescription drugs [BBC, UK]

Marijuana Withdrawal: A Survey of Symptoms (Part 2)

Official recalcitrance is one of the reasons for the belated recognition and characterization of marijuana’s distinct withdrawal syndrome [Addiction Inbox, USA]

Prescribing Marijuana to Treat Troubled Children

It is quite disturbing that providing marijuana to psychiatrically troubled youth is now seen in some quarters as “medicine.” - Deputy Director, White House Office of National Drug Control Policy [New York Times, USA]

Only sliver of aid for US-Mexico drug plan spent

Only $26 million of the $1.4 billion authorized to help Mexico and Central America fight organized crime has been spent due to bureaucracy, conditions placed on the funds by Congress and preparations in recipient countries, according to a government report scheduled for release Thursday [Washington Post, USA]

Govt considers prison needle program

The ACT Government will review policies at Canberra's prison as part of its draft strategy to reduce drug use in the community [ABC News, Australia]