DS Daily - 8th July 2009


NTA Annual Accounts 2008/2009

The accounts for the year ended 31 March 2009. 38-page PDF [NTA, UK]

The NTA is working to ensure that reintegration of service users into the workplace is appropriately considered

The NTA is working with the relevant Government departments and the ISA to advise on the specific issues for the substance misuse workforce and service users [NTA, UK]

Substance use 1: background, risks and effects of commonly used drugs, and current issues

Exploring background information, the range of risks and effects and current trends in commonly used drugs, reasons for and extent of use, and legal concerns [Nursing Times, UK]

Drugs focus for social work research unit

Tilda Goldberg Centre at Bedfordshire University to focus on substance misuse [Community Care, UK]

Drug addicts offered help

Don't suffer – seek help. That was the message from Wigan and Leigh Drug and Alcohol Services to addicts in the borough who may find their usual supply chain cut off following a massive heroin seizure by police [Wigan Today, UK]

Think child, think parent, think family: a guide to parental mental health and child welfare

A new guide has been published today which promotes the wellbeing of children whose parents have mental health problems [SCIE, UK]

Research into the financial benefits of the Supporting People Programme, 2009

Investment in packages of support that include housing related support services avoids costs elsewhere and therefore produces a net financial benefit [Communities and Local Government, UK]

Price control vital to cut drink problems

Abundant evidence shows that the most effective and cost-effective way of reducing consumption and harm is increasing the price of alcohol relative to disposable income [Letter from Scottish Health Action on Alcohol Problems, Scotsman, UK]

MPs unite to condemn Diageo plan to axe jobs

Diageo's plan to axe up to 900 jobs could ultimately lead to the death of Scotland's iconic whisky industry, Scottish MPs have warned [The Herald, Scotland, UK]

Fascinating research into public perception of the drugs issue

Let's hope we can get some more polling like this done in the UK in order to demonstrate to our politicians that if only they were brave enough to lead on this issue, there are likely to be a large number of people very willing to follow [Mark Reckons blog]

Soup and sympathy

After 40 years of providing shelter, St Mungo's is tackling mental health as well as homelessness. New initiatives include a pioneering palliative care unit for frail older men, a pilot scheme offering heroin addicts a take-home overdose antidote kit, and an intermediate care unit - a halfway house between hospital and GP service, offering specialist care [Guardian, UK]

Insite drug-injection facility awaits fate amid controversy

For now, Insite remains open, but its fate is as uncertain as that of the addicts of the Downtown Eastside [The Province, Canada]

Canada's 1st needle exchange program to end after 29 years

A Vancouver program aimed at reducing the spread of diseases such as HIV and hepatitis among injection-drug users is shutting down [CBC, Canada]

New Jersey Moving Forward with Syringe Access

New Jersey is finally prioritizing its residents' heath and safety and moving forward with a syringe access program that will help prevent the spread of HIV and provide beneficiaries of the program with referrals to treatment and other social services that can mean the difference between life and death for many drug users [D'Alliance, USA]

Progressives Push Against Drug War: Will Dems Listen?

Why this divide between massive public opposition to current policies and the positions taken by our leaders? [Huffington Post, USA]

The Social Construction of ``Evidence-Based'' Drug Prevention Programs

This study explores the possibility that any drug prevention program might be considered ``evidence-based'' given the use of data analysis procedures that optimize the chance of producing statistically significant results by reanalyzing data from a Drug Abuse Resistance Education (DARE) program evaluation [Evaluation Review Journal]

Organized Crime Plundering West Africa, Says UNODC Report

In the past few years, West Africa has become a hub for cocaine trafficking from Latin America to Europe [UNODC]

INPUD Delivers Speech to UNAIDS Programme Coordinating Board

In June 2009, representatives from the International Network of People who Use Drugs (INPUD) delivered a powerful speech about injecting drug use to delegates at the Programme Coordinating Board (PCB) of the Joint United Nations Programme on HIV/AIDS (‘UNAIDS’) [IHRA]