DS Daily - 8th December 2009


After the Nutt affair: the future of the Advisory Council on the Misuse of Drugs

We sincerely believe that the relationship between the Council and government can and must be repaired. It is in the wider interests of society that this process be supported and encouraged. Leslie Iversen, PhD, FRS, and Richard Phillips - members of ACMD [Times, UK]

Neil McKeganey: Drugs advisory body may be too linked to government to work

The commission is responsible for advising on the implementation of Scotland's "Road to Recovery" drug strategy ... The commission is roughly the equivalent of the Advisory Council on the Misuse of Drugs in England [The Scotsman, UK]

Joy Barlow videos on FEAD

Joy Barlow is the Head of STRADA (Scottish Training – Drugs and Alcohol) [FEAD, UK]

Weekend of cocaine warnings in Aberdeen's bars

Dozens of pubs and clubs in Aberdeen are warning revellers this weekend about the dangers of cocaine [BBC, UK]

Festive drink and drug driving campaign

Law enforcement agencies across Scotland are to get tougher with drink drivers this festive season and offenders face losing their cars as well as losing their licences [Scottish Government, UK]

Hooked 25: Importance of rituals

For me understanding the use of drug using rituals is a key aspect of a workers job, but is something that unfortunately a lot of workers rarely discuss [Injecting Advice, UK]

Managers and Commissioners Share Part 1/3

George Williams chairs a group discussion with five managers and commissioners of recovery services in the north west [Inexcess TV, UK]

Radical overhaul of support for people with mental health conditions

From today people with mental health conditions can rely on new support to help them manage their conditions so they can stay in work or get back to work as quickly as possible if they lose their job or have never worked [DWP, UK]

Work key for people with severe mental health conditions, says new report

More people with severe mental health conditions should be in work, according to a new Government report ‘Work, Recovery and Inclusion’ [Cabinet Office, UK]

Health Minister announces new money for smoking prevention

New funding worth more than £650,000 for smoking prevention has been announced by Health Minister Edwina Hart [Welsh Assembly Government, UK]

Minimum alcohol price 'would cut binge drinking'

A survey of 205 public health experts for the UK Faculty of Public Health, found 87% were in support of introducing a law to set a minimum price for alcohol [Independent, UK]

A success story that isn't spreading

In less than five months of operation, the uptown methadone clinic has greatly reduced wait times and more than doubled the people receiving treatment in Saint John [Telegraph Journal, Canada]

Deaths related to narcotic pain relievers have doubled since 1991: Study

Deaths from opioid use in Ontario have doubled—from 13.7 deaths per million residents in 1991 to 27.2 deaths per million residents in 2004 [EurekAlert]

Addiction on 2 Fronts: Work and Home

The loss of his younger son, who overdosed on anti-anxiety medication and Scotch last year at age 30 while his older son was in residential treatment for alcoholism and cocaine addiction ... “That’s why I took this job,” said Dr. McLellan, who was sworn in as the deputy director of the Office of National Drug Control Policy in August [New York Times, USA]

Intranasal Naloxone: Overcoming Opioid Overdose

Research is accumulating to suggest that Naloxone administered intranasally by caregivers at home may have even far-greater lifesaving potential [Pain Treatment Topics, USA]

REMS: When Elephants Prance, Ants Take a Pounding

At a meeting last Friday, December 4, 2009, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) called upon pharmaceutical company representatives to report on their progress in developing a REMS (Risk Evaluation and Mitigation Strategy) for extended-release or long-acting opioid analgesic products containing oxycodone, morphine, methadone, and other agents [Pain Treatment Topics, USA]

Consultation: Australia's National Drug Strategy beyond 2009

The Consultation Paper has been prepared on behalf of the MCDS by the Intergovernmental Committee on Drugs National Drug Strategy Development Working Group. The MCDS invites feedback on the paper [NDS, Australia]

Reformers are not 'pro-drug' Mr Costa

Last week I received a response from Antonio Maria Costa - Executive Director of UN Office on Drugs and Crime - to a letter requesting that he desist from calling advocates of legalisation and regulation 'pro-drug' [TDPF, UK]

Security Council to focus on drug trafficking

On 8 December, the Security Council - under the Presidency of Burkina Faso - will debate "Drug trafficking as a threat to international security" [UNODC]