DS Daily - 15th December 2009


Home Office Research Report 26

The Drug Treatment Outcomes Research Study (DTORS): Qualitative Study [Home Office, UK]

Home Office Research Report 25

The Drug Treatment Outcomes Research Study (DTORS): Cost-effectiveness analysis [Home Office, UK]

Home Office Research Report 24

The Drug Treatment Outcomes Research Study (DTORS): Final Outcomes Report [Home Office, UK]

Home Office Research Report 23

Summary of key findings from the Drug Treatment Outcomes Research Study (DTORS) [Home Office, UK]

Public value drug treatment because its makes their communities safer and reduces crime

Most people value providing treatment for drug addiction because it improves their local community and benefits society as a whole, rather than because it helps addicts become drug free, according to independent research by Ipsos MORI published today by the [National Treatment Agency, UK]

Board meetings and papers

December 2009 [National Treatment Agency, UK]

Unfair attack masks drugs commission deficit

Fergus Ewing (Opinion, 12 December) has written a bullying, personal attack on me for, in his words, having written a "cynical," "snide" and "misinformed" commentary on the setting up of the Drugs Strategy Delivery Commission [The Scotsman, UK]

Children and Young People in Custody 2008–2009

An analysis of the experiences of 15–18-year-olds in prison. 108 page PDF [HM Inspectorate of Prisons Youth Justice Board, UK]

Women prison places reduced to fund community services

However, the majority of women offenders have multiple and complex needs that commonly include mental health problems, drug and alcohol misuse, sexual and domestic abuse and concerns about their children's welfare [Ministry of Justice, UK]

Report on the government's strategy for diverting women away from crime

The report outlines the continued commitment to bringing about improvements for women offenders in both custody and the community. 22-page PDF [Ministry of Justice, UK]

Drug dealers posing as university students to secure cheap £7,000 loans

The dealers do not attend lectures but ply their trade from multi-occupancy homes believing they are less likely to be busted [Daily Mail, UK]

Detectives seize 'Britain's largest ever haul of crystal meth' worth £1.5million

Detectives have seized drugs with an estimated street value of more than £1.5 million after a raid on the flat of a suspected dealer [Daily Mail, UK]

Industry gives Drinkaware £15m boost

Cash will help charity carry on with alcohol education campaigns and research [The Publican, UK]

Drink Less, Live More, Newcastle NHS Conference

Ed Mitchell headed north for Inexcess to visit the NHS South of Tyne and Weir Conference “One Year On” [Inexcess TV, UK]

Teen marijuana use tilts up, while some drugs decline in use

Results of this year’s survey - Data [Monitoring the Future, USA]

Canadian Study Distorts Rx-Opioid-Related Deaths

Reports of increasing deaths associated with prescribed opioid analgesics are of concern, but also may portray a distorted picture of the scope and urgency of the problem [Pain Treatment Topics, USA]

Swift action sought on medical marijuana

D.C. Council chairman ready to begin crafting policy with lifting of ban [Washington Post, USA]

New York Finds Extreme Crisis in Youth Prisons

Three-quarters of children entering the juvenile justice system have drug or alcohol problems, more than half have had a diagnosis of mental health problems and one-third have developmental disabilities [New York Times, USA]

Opium Poppy Cultivation in South-East Asia

While focusing on the opium problem (mostly in rural communities), we should not lose sight of rapidly increasing production and use of synthetic drugs (mostly in cities) in the Greater Mekong region. It would be a Pyrrhic victory for drug control if South-East Asia’s appetite for opium was simply replaced by a new craving for ampethamine-type stimulants. 119-page PDF [UNODC]

UN Leaders Make Statements for World AIDS Day

Various leaders from the United Nations marked World AIDS Day with statements highlighting the need for sensible policies that protect vulnerable populations, and an urgent appeal for more resources to support them in the face of the global financial crisis [IHRA]