DS Daily - 10th December 2009


Tackling Drugs Changing Lives 2009 Awards

National winners announced [Home Office, UK]

One million DIP drug tests!

The milestone of one million drug tests conducted as part of the Drug Interventions Programme has been celebrated with a presentation at the Home Office [Home Office, UK]

Is methadone being over-prescribed as a treatment for drug addiction?

A questions and answers article [Independent, UK]

Get prisoners off drugs? Don’t be so silly

By pushing methadone to inmates, the State has become the dealer-in-chief in Britain’s jails [Times, UK]

Managers and Commissioners Share Part 2/3

Managers and Commissioners Share Part 2/3 George Williams chairs a group discussion with five managers and commissioners of recovery services in the north west [Inexcess TV, UK]

Men get health advice on tap

Project brings men's health services to the pub [Guardian, UK]

Infectious diseases have alcohol link

A new study establishes a causal link between alcohol use and the risk of contracting TB and pneumonia, as well as influence from alcohol use on the progression of TB and HIV [Alcohol Drugs and Development, Norway]

More councils in Wales get under-age drinks sale powers

Thirteen more councils in Wales are being given powers to hand out £80 fines to people caught selling alcohol to anyone under the age of 18 [BBC, UK]

Alcohol Levels in Killed Drivers and Pedestrians on Irish roads 2003-2005

This study provides evidence of the role alcohol plays in fatal road crashes nationwide from 2003 to 2005 prior to the introduction of random breath testing (RBT) which came into force in July 2006 [Irish Medical Journal]

Epidemic Of Addiction Threatens Russia's Future

Russia has long grappled with alcoholism among its population. Now, a second plague is afflicting the country: intravenous drug use. Officials say addiction — whether it's drug or alcohol dependency — is threatening the country's future [NPR]

Prescribing of opioid analgesics and long-acting oxycodone - related mortality

Opioid-related deaths in Ontario have increased markedly since 1991. A significant portion of the increase was associated with the addition of long-acting oxycodone to the provincial drug formulary [CMAJ, Canada]

Vigabatrin shows promise for cocaine dependence: study

The atypical antiepileptic vigabatrin seems to be safe and effective for the short-term treatment of cocaine addiction, according to results of a trial conducted in Mexican parolees [Reuters, USA]

The Hep C Review

December edition [Hepatitis C Council of NSW, Australia]

Drink giant Diageo banks on the cocktail hour

THE global alcohol company Diageo will use a new portfolio of premium spirit brands and the rising popularity of cocktails to boost its earnings in Australia after the introduction of the alcopops tax and shifting consumer tastes slashed local profits by 25 per cent [SMH, Australia]

Tobacco inquiry a truly historic event

A seminar was held in Auckland today to help smokefree organisations make submissions to a government inquiry into the tobacco industry’s impact on Maori [Scoop, New Zealand]

Security Council debates "devastating impact" of drug trafficking

States have been called upon to strengthen international cooperation "on the basis of a common and shared responsibility to counter the world drug problem and related criminal activities." [UNODC]

Sahara new centre for drugs trading, UN warns

The Sahara desert has become a new centre for trading cocaine from west Africa for heroin from east Africa, the UN's drugs chief said yesterday [Guardian, UK]

Drugs cartels open another front in a futile war

Over the past five years the coastal countries of west Africa have fallen like dominoes to an assault launched from distant Colombia, Venezuela and Mexico as some of the world's most ruthless drugs cartels seek to bring these territories under their control [Financial Times, UK]

WHO Report on the Global Tobacco Epidemic, 2009

The report provides a comprehensive overview of the evidence base for protecting people from the harms of second-hand tobacco smoke through legislation and enforcement [World Health Organisation]

Only 5.4% of world's population covered by comprehensive smoke-free laws

Only 5.4% of the world's population was covered by comprehensive smoke-free laws in 2008, up from 3.1% in 2007 [World Health Organisation]