DS Daily - 4th December 2009


Road to Recovery

A panel of experts and people with personal experience of recovery are among members of the new Drugs Strategy Delivery Commission which held its first meeting today [Scottish Government, UK]

Road Safety

Based on the evidence to date, I think there may be a case for reforming the current legal framework covering drink and drug driving. However both topics raise complex legal and practical issues, and I have decided that before I publish a new road safety strategy I should seek further advice on both these topics from an independent expert [Department for Transport, UK]

Study into the legislative regime for drink and drug driving

Scope and detailed terms of reference [Department for Transport, UK]

Response to Department for Transport Statement on Road Safety

Concateno welcomes the statement from the Department for Transport on road safety strategy and on future approaches to address drug driving. These indications that there may be a case for reforming the current legal framework on drink and drug driving are very encouraging [Concateno, UK]

MPs to go clubbing to investigate cocaine trade

MPs are to get a taste of nightclubbing when they take part in a fact-finding mission on the cocaine trade [BBC, UK]

Rough sleeping should be tackled as a public health issue

Rough sleeping should be tackled as a public health issue, with the Department of Health taking a lead on improving mental health services for vulnerable people, concludes a new report published today by homelessness charity [St Mungo's, UK]

Down and Out?

The full report [St Mungo's, UK]

Monitoring poverty and social exclusion 2009

The annual report on the state of poverty and social exclusion in the United Kingdom from the [Joseph Rowntree Foundation and the New Policy Institute, UK]

The Poverty Site

The UK site for statistics on poverty and social exclusion [Joseph Rowntree Foundation, UK]

Board elects Portuguese member João Goulão as new EMCDDA Chairman

João Goulão, Portuguese national drug coordinator and Head of the Institute for Drugs and Drug Addiction — the national focal point in the EMCDDA’s Reitox network — was elected Chairman for the next three years [EMCDDA]

A&E to quiz patients on drinking

Patients who attend the emergency departments of four hospitals around the country are to be quizzed on their drinking habits as a matter of routine [Independent, Ireland]

Nominations Invited for 2010 IHRA Awards

Nominations are now being invited for the 2010 International Rolleston Award, National Rolleston Award and the Carol and Travis Jenkins Award [IHRA]

Pharmacies blamed for dirty needles

Ottawa’s pharmacists are frustrated that they have been blamed for the number of dirty needles being collected on the city’s streets [Canoe News, Canada]

Steelworkers call drug testing intimidation

The United Steelworkers will fight a plan by the Iron Ore Company of Canada to require drug testing for some new employees at its mine in Labrador Wes [CBI News, Canada]

The Human and Economic Cost of Alcohol Abuse in New Mexico, 2006

The economic costs associated with alcohol abuse1 in New Mexico in 2006 amounted to an estimated $2.5 billion [New Mexico Department of Health, Epidemiology and Response Division, USA]

The TEDS Report - Characteristics of Adolescent Heroin Admissions

On average, adolescent heroin admissions were 14.8 years old when they first used heroin and 16.3 years old at admission to treatment, indicating approximately 18 months of use before entering treatment [SAMHSA, USA]

Computer-Based Interventions Promote Drug Abstinence

Interactive multimedia therapies may reduce costs and extend access to treatment [NIDA Notes, USA]

Mexico Still Waiting for U.S. Aid, Report Says

The United States government has spent only 2 percent of the more than $1 billion it has pledged to help Mexico win its battle against drug traffickers, according to a government study released Thursday [New York Times, USA]

Alcohol rehab numbers outstrip hard drugs

Alcohol has again outstripped illicit drugs like heroin and ice as the number one reason for admissions at a major Australian rehab service [Herald Sun, Australia]

New health services to detox P users

Up to 60 new treatment and social detoxification beds will be made available from the middle of next year to address New Zealand's methamphetamine problem [Stuff.co, New Zealand]

'First of its kind' stay of execution for drug offence in Singapore

In what is being reported as an unprecedented decision, the High Court of Singapore has granted a stay of execution to a convicted drug trafficker who was scheduled to be hanged on Friday [IHRA]