DS Daily - 11th December 2009


European human rights monitors contradict BBC's 'methadone madness' reporting

In contrast to the BBC's reporting (Mark Easton) that prisoners 'desperate to get off drugs...are still put on methadone', the European Committee for the Prevention of Torture (CPT) found instead that 'the reduction [in methadone dosage] was being done without the consent of the patient' [IHRA]

2009 DIP Success Stories

Case studies from the Drug Interventions Programme, compiled by the DIP Strategic Communications Team. 27-page PDF [Home Office, UK]

‘Cunning’ £13.5m drug smuggling gang jailed

Five men involved with smuggling 4.7 tonnes of cannabis resin worth around £13.5 million were jailed for a total of 37 years [HM Revenue & Customs, UK]

Festive drugs crackdown under way

A police campaign has started in south west Scotland to highlight the dangers of drug taking over the festive season [BBC, UK]


July to September 2009 [Communities and Local Government, UK]

Budget only deepens drugs crisis

The governments cut of 11% in Drugs Task Force funding is a serious set back in the battle against the growing drugs crisis [City Wide, Ireland]

Budget plans to cut excise on alcohol

Alcohol Action Ireland says it is shocked and surprised at Budget plans to cut excise on alcohol by as much as 60 cent [Alcohol Action Ireland]

Cigarette pack health warnings 'could encourage people to keep smoking'

According to a study, smokers who are continunally confronted with warnings that cigarettes kill actually develop coping mechanisms to justify continuing their habit [Telegraph, UK]

Addicted to Bad Reporting

How should we cover drug dependence? [Addiction Inbox, USA]

U.S. may take new look at `war on drugs'

Earlier this week, in a tacit admission that current U.S. anti-drug policies are not working, the House of Representatives unanimously passed a bill to create an independent commission to review whether the U.S. anti-drug policies of the past three decades in Latin America are producing positive results [Miami Herald, USA]

Poll majority: Legalize marijuana

A new national poll by Angus Reid Public Opinion shows that two-thirds of Americans believe the "War on Drugs" is a failure. A majority of those polled agreed that marijuana should be legalized [Seattle PI, USA]

Marijuana might cause new cell growth in the brain

A synthetic chemical similar to the active ingredient in marijuana makes new cells grow in rat brains. What is more, in rats this cell growth appears to be linked with reducing anxiety and depression. The results suggest that marijuana, or its derivatives, could actually be good for the brain [New Scientist]

Intelligence-sharing centre opened in Kazakhstan

The Centre is part of ongoing efforts to strengthen law enforcement cooperation among countries on the front line of drug trafficking from Afghanistan [UNODC]

Drug World

December issue [Paul Cook]