DS Daily - 15th July 2009


Drugs replacing drink as road danger, report finds

One in four young drivers have been in a car when the driver appeared to be high on drugs, the 2009 RAC report on motoring reveals today. [Guardian, UK]

Nearly 1 in 10 Scots admits driving after taking drugs

Motorists in Scotland are the most likely in the UK to get behind the wheel after taking drugs – but the least likely to drink and drive. [Scotsman, UK]

Study shows drug treatment programmes are working

Treatment programmes for heroin addicts are working, according to a detailed research project. A three-year follow-on study of users who entered treatment shows significant improvements in terms of drug use, criminal behaviour and rehabilitation. [Irish Examiner]

Harm Reduction 2010: IHRA’s 21st International Conference

These conferences have been held around the world for two decades and, for 2010, we are returning to the city which hosted the first conference in 1990 – Liverpool, England [IHRA]

July edition of the Connections newsletter available to download

The ‘Connections’ project, launched in Autumn 2007 focuses on the potential for partnerships within criminal justice systems of the EU Member States to develop joined-up responses to drugs and related-infections, particularly HIV/AIDS and hepatitis. [Connections Project, UK]

The myth of the chemical cure

People with mental health problems - and their doctors - use pills in the belief they alter a chemical imbalance in the brain. But Dr Joanna Moncrieff says they simply alter someone's mental state - like alcohol and cannabis. [BBC, UK]

Alcohol - Councils and police cut under age sales but more must follow

Successful initiatives in the fight against underage sales of alcohol have been highlighted in a new study by the public body for better local regulation, LBRO, as part of a drive to help local councils and police forces keep alcohol out of the hands of the under 18’s [Local Better Regulation Office, UK]

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 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 Examiner]

Alcohol a factor in 50% of youth crime

Alcohol is a critical factor in about half of all recorded juvenile crime, according to a report. An Irish Youth Justice Service (IYJS) report of the country’s Garda Youth Diversion Projects said the "overwhelming picture" was one of easy access to alcohol. [Irish Examiner]

A new start: young adults in the criminal justice system

T2A Transition to Adulthood (an alliance of 11 organisations including Addaction) contains 21 new and innovative proposals aimed at changing the way that Britain deals with the burgeoning problem of young adult crime. T2A would welcome comments on the proposals via their website. [Transition to Adulthood, UK]

Youth services: lost in nowhere land

As the government revives its mantra about getting tough on crime, research highlights why youth clubs need to be properly funded. [Guardian, UK]

Young offenders: Unequal race against doing time for kids like Shaun

This is the true story of a day in the life of a 17-year-old boy, Shaun, who worked for me briefly before he got into a drunken, violent fight and was sent to jail. His background is one of poverty, chaos and lovelessness. [Guardian, UK]

Independence, Well-being and Choice: Our Vision for the Future of Social Care for Adults in England

This Green Paper sets out a vision for adult social care over the next 10 to 15 years and how this might be realised. It invites everyone to give their views on the vision and the ideas set out in the document, as well as to contribute new ideas to the debate [DoH, UK]

Drug consumption room releases comprehensive review of evidence

Report by the British Colombia Centre of Excellence in HIV/AIDs has published an accessible report into Vancouver’s supervised injection facility, Insite.  [IHRA]

Bangkok conference added to IHRA archive

The IHRA archive now includes resources from Harm Reduction 2009: IHRA’s 20th International Conference.  A comprehensive overview and a range of documents and information about the event are available. [IHRA]

Strategy and work programme 2010-12

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]

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 [EMCDDA]

Drug trafficking: time to abolish the death penalty

This editorial will contend that the execution of people convicted of drug trafficking and other drug-related offences is a penalty that should be abolished, as it is both ineffective as a policy measure and abhorrent in terms of human rights violation [Addiction Journal]

Alcohol intoxication and mental health among adolescents

The aims of this study were to describe alcohol use among Norwegian teenagers and investigate the associations between mental health problems and alcohol intoxications with focus on age and gender. [Child and Adolescent Psychiatry and Mental Health]

New manual provides guidance on addressing suicidal thoughts and behaviours in substance abuse treatment

A new manual which offers substance abuse counsellors a four-step process for addressing suicidal thoughts and behaviours in substance abuse treatment, is now available through the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration. [SAMHSA, USA]

Health practitioners' guide on Foetal Alcohol Syndrome

An Australian children's health research organisation has released guidance which aims to provide practitioners with information and guidance for identifying and providing support relating alcohol use and pregnancy and preventing Foetal Alcohol Syndrome. [Alcohol Policy blog, UK]