DS Daily - 14th July 2009


Cocaine A&E cases hit record high

Seventeen people a week are now being admitted to accident and emergency departments after taking cocaine, according to official government figures seen by Newsbeat [Radio1, BBC, UK]

Families in need

No one was prepared for the growing number of children whose parents are unable to care for them. Families and statutory authorities alike are struggling to cope with children damaged by neglect and abuse as a result of their parents' dependence on drugs and alcohol [The Herald, Scotland, UK]

New initiative to boost skills aims to improve the delivery of drug treatment

The National Treatment Agency for Substance Misuse is launching a new partnership initiative to work with practitioners and providers of drug treatment to improve the delivery of drug treatment [NTA, UK]

Heading for recovery

Editorial followed by Magazine Features [Drink and Drugs News, UK]

David Blakey report: update on implementation progress

Justice Minister Maria Eagle has made a statement on the progress made following the Blakey report, which reviewed the effectiveness of measures that disrupt the supply of drugs into prisons [Home Office, UK]

Norman Lamb: Tough talk is cheap, but tackling drugs costs money

The reality is that drugs policy in this country has been an abject failure. While politicians posture with tough rhetoric, the number of people taking drugs and becoming addicted remains at disturbingly high levels. And the associated crime causes mayhem in many of our towns and cities. Norman lamb is Liberal Democrat Shadow Secretary of State for Health [Yorkshire Post, UK]

Substance use 2: nursing assessment, management and types of intervention

Exploring how nurses can assess patients with suspected substance use problems, and how to approach interventions and treatment options with patients [RCN, UK]

Extending our reach: A comprehensive approach to tackling serious organised crime

This strategy sets out the reforms we will make to ensure that the government, law enforcement agencies, businesses and the public have the necessary tools to reduce the harm caused by organised crime [Home Office, UK]

ACPO comment on Serious and Organised Crime review

Serious and organised crime is a multi-billion pound enterprise. It is not an abstract phenomenon – the drugs are dealt, firearms used and acquisitive crime committed in local neighbourhoods. It is essential that the law enforcement response matches up to that threat [Association of Chief Police Officers, UK]

30,000 criminals are members of organised drugs, guns and fraud gangs

At least 30,000 criminals are members of organised gangs, including teenage children, a Government report has disclosed [Telegraph, UK]

New website helps tackle anti-social behaviour

A new website will help you find your local anti-social behaviour (ASB) team, and see what is being done to tackle anti-social behaviour in your area [Home Office, UK]

Hooked 6: Caffeine

In the sixth episode of Hooked Allison and I are discussing the most popular and widely used drug on the planet [Injecting Advice, UK]

A few drinks 'cuts dementia risk'

Older people who drink moderate amounts of alcohol may have a lower risk of dementia, a US study suggests [BBC, UK]

Growing problem of alcohol abuse among elderly uncovered

Growing numbers of people are drinking more heavily after retirement, reflecting a surge in “late-onset” alcohol abuse, research suggests [Times, UK]

Alcohol addiction - The industry must share the burden

In recent years there has been much hype about our drugs problems, but usually when people talk about drugs, they are not talking about the most prevalent and most abused drug in the country – alcohol. Irish people spend more on alcohol annually that any other people [Irish Examiner]

Call for 1% of alcohol profits to tackle abuse

An expert in treating alcohol addiction has called on the drinks industry to ringfence 1% of its annual profits towards the research and treatment of alcohol abuse [Irish Examiner]

Alcohol use among university students in Sweden measured by an electronic
screening instrument

The use of computerised surveys to provide alcohol screening in university populations is effective on many levels [BioMed Central]

1-Benzylpiperazine (BZP) Abuse Amongst Attendees of The Drug Treatment Centre Board

Until control measures are put in place, it remains freely available in “Head” shops in Ireland and Europe [Irish Medical Journal]

Methamphetamine: a European Union perspective in the global context

This study focuses on the supply and use of methamphetamine in Europe, set in a global context. 32-page PDF [EMCDDA]

Strategy and work programme 2010-2012

This work programme ensures that the EMCDDA remains a key resource for Europe — providing high-quality information to underpin effective drug policies and serving as a catalyst for supporting and developing national information systems [EMCDDA]

The Role of DEA in Controlling Drug Abuse

Slide show - American Society of Interventional Pain Physicians. 119-page PDF [DEA, USA]

New Roadside Survey Shows Steady Decline in Alcohol Levels, while Driver Drug Use is Detected

The survey found 16.3 percent of nighttime weekend drivers were drug positive. The survey focused on weekend nighttime drivers and found that the drugs used most commonly by drivers were: marijuana (8.6 percent); cocaine (3.9 percent); and over-the-counter and prescription drugs (3.9 percent) [NHTSA, USA]

U.S. Department of Education Awards more than $32.8 Million to Promote Safe Schools, Healthy Students

The comprehensive, community-wide plan that focuses on the following elements: Safe school environments and violence prevention activities, Alcohol, tobacco and other drug prevention activities, Student behavioral, social and emotional supports, Mental-health services, Early childhood social and emotional learning programs [ED.gov, USA]

America's Love-Hate History with Pot

With a New CBS News Poll Finding 41% Now Support Legalization, CBSNews.com Examines Changing Views of Marijuana in the U.S. [CBS, USA]

Shocking anti-drug driving ad to hit TV

A shocking TV advertisement depicting a horrific death is the latest campaign to stop drugged drivers from getting behind the wheel [Herald Sun, Australia]

Of Substance - July edition

Of Substance covers the latest Australian news and research on alcohol, tobacco and other drugs. 2.l5MB PDF [Of Substance, Australia]

Alcohol and homicide in Australia

The current study sought to build on the limited Australian research on alcohol-related homicide by examining solved homicides recorded in the National Homicide Monitoring Program over a six year period [Australian Institute of Criminology]

Economic downturn increases rural substance abuse

A health advocacy group fears more people in rural Australia are using alcohol to cope with stress caused by the economic downturn [ABC, Australia]

Technology to help war on drugs

Customs is looking to arm itself with digital tracking technology in the war against drug traffickers and smugglers. About 20 per cent of illegal drugs imported into New Zealand are detected by Customs, according to a report by the National Drug Intelligence Bureau [Stuff.co, New Zealand]

Drug Use Rises In Russia

Burgeoning narcotics trade has both domestic and global implications [Forbes, USA]

Financing the response to AIDS

Financing the response to AIDS in low- and middle- income countries: International assistance from the G8, European Commission and other donor Governments in 2008 [UNAIDS]

DEA expands in Afghanistan

More agents move in to cut profitable opium trade, target dozens of 'kingpins' [Baltimore Sun, USA]