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Welcome to DS Daily, our new daily drug and alcohol news service. We are launching the service both as part of our core commitment to the provision and dissemination of up to date information and in support of our role as a membership organisation for the sector.


We are also very pleased to announce that Jim Young, formerly of Daily Dose, has joined our DS Daily team.


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DS Daily - 1st July 2009

Alcohol attributable mortality and morbidity: alcohol population attributable fractions for Scotland

The aim of this study was to calculate alcohol population attributable fractions for Scotland, using the best possible estimates based on the current evidence available in the epidemiological literature and specific estimates of population drinking in Scotland. 56-page PDF [ScotPHO, UK]

Alcohol-related deaths

New research shows alcohol-related illnesses could be killing one in 20 Scots - twice as many as previously thought [Scottish Government, UK]

Drink kills eight Scots a day

Alcohol is killing one Scot every three hours, figures showed yesterday as the leader of Scotland's doctors challenged MSPs to support plans to increase the price of cheap drinks [The Scotsman, UK]

Outpatient alcoholism treatment - 24-month outcome and predictors of outcome

Matching patients to different types of treatment by means of empirically based characteristics may help to improve outcome but research has failed to establish reliable predictors in that area. Data from this follow-up study confirm the role of certain clinical outcome predictors. 26-page PDF [Substance Abuse Treatment, Prevention, and Policy]

Provision of Injecting Equipment in Scotland, 2007/08

This report presents the findings of a survey, carried out by Information Services Division (ISD), on injecting equipment provision (IEP) to injecting drug users in Scotland in 2007/08 72-page PDF [ISD, Scotland]

Drug Treatment Waiting Times Information Framework Report
January-March 2009

This is the first publication of drug treatment waiting times using a revised publication format [ISD, Scotland]

Drug users wait a year to be assessed

About 22 per cent of 2,675 drug users were still waiting after 52 weeks by the end of March this year [The Scotsman, UK]

A guide to improving practice in housing for drug users

Offering fresh insight into the development, planning and delivery of housing and related support services for drug users, it introduces new ways of joined-up working that will help to improve practice. 16-page PDF [Home Office, UK]

Moving up a Gear –the Next Steps for DIP

A review of the Drug Intervention Programme A review of the Drug Intervention Programme. 31-page PDF [Home Office, UK]

Still no silver-bullet drug to treat stimulant dependence

Expert and accessible review of the state of play in finding effective and (to the patients) acceptable medications to initiate or sustain abstinence from cocaine or methamphetamine. Though extensive, the results of this US-led search have so far been disappointing [Drug and Alcohol Findings, UK]

Bridging the gap between evidence and practice

A multi-perspective examination of real-world drug education [Drugs: education, prevention and policy]

Are short term prison sentences an efficient and effective use of public resources?

Two sets of analyses are presented in this paper. First, brand new analysis is presented for the first time that estimates the economic impact expected from diverting offenders from short-term prison sentences to community sentences. Second, the paper summarises the analysis of the costs and benefits of alternative sentences. 22-page PDF [Make Justice Work, UK]

Dangerous Ideas in Development 'Beyond Toxic Shock: Narcotics as a Development Resource?'

Attempts by DFID and FCO to create an enabling environment for the effective implementation of aid programmes must include consideration of the impact of drug control policies on health and social development. Seminar - Committee Room 17, Palace of Westminster, 8 July 2009 [Run jointly by the Institute of Development Studies and the All-Party Parliamentary Group for Debt, Aid and Trade, UK]

Border control can intercept drugs

The formation of Soca and the Border Agency has, on the seizure figures and so far, proved less effective at dealing with commercial drug trafficking than what went before David Raynes, Former Assistant Chief Investigation Officer, HM Customs & Excise [Letter in Times, UK]

War wounds

Only by ending the politically driven war on drugs can we begin to address the underlying causes of the drugs trade [Progress Magazine, UK]

Call for Irish drug epidemic to be tackled

Ireland is in the grip of “a really devastating drug epidemic” and people need to be frightened into tackling the issue, a leading emergency medicine consultant said yesterday [Irish Times]

Commission calls for Smoke Free Europe by 2012

The European Commission adopted today, after extensive consultation, a proposal for a Council Recommendation calling on all Member States to bring in laws to protect their citizens from exposure to tobacco smoke by 2012 [eGov Monitor, UK]

Analysis to support the Impact Assessment of the Commission's smoke-free initiatives

This report assess the expected health, economic, social and environmental impacts of five policy options that the European Commission (DG SANCO) is considering for achieving smoke-free environments in the European Union [RAND]

UKIP raises concern over EC smoke ban plans

The UK Independence Party (UKIP) has raised major concerns about new EU plans on smoking, which it claims could lead to a clampdown on smokers outside pubs [The Publican, UK]

Substance Abuse in the Military

DoD and National Institutes of Health Take on Substance Abuse in the Military [Army.com, USA]

Practice Guidelines for Recovery-Oriented Behavioral Health Care

The document that you are about to read is an extraordinary one in its origins, its content, and its value as another step toward achieving and maintaining a recovery-oriented health care service system in Connecticut.. 110-page PDF [Connecticut Department of Mental Health and Addiction Services, USA]

Statistics highlight link between injecting drug use and HIV

Injecting drug use is responsible for an increasing proportion of HIV infections in many parts of the world [UNODC]

Face-to-face with Afghanistan's opium addiction

Numerous eradication efforts appear to be failing to cut Afghanistan's dependence on opium [ABC News, Australia]