DS Daily - 27th July 2009


1 in 50 admit to drug addiction

Survey also shows 19% of adult Britons have been dependent on illegal drugs or know someone who has. [The Observer, UK]

‘Heroin was my priority – not my family’

The story of James Sadler, 35, who is now head of the Drug and Treatment User Service in Birmingham. [The Observer, UK]

Drug addicts get ‘priority access’ to swine flu vaccine

Drug addicts could be among those given priority for vaccines against the virus, the official in charge of the Government's response to the swine flu pandemic has suggested. [The Independent, UK]

Surprisingly small advantage for cognitive-behavioural therapies

Cognitive-behavioural therapies are among the most widespread and influential approaches to substance use, yet this analysis found they conferred a surprisingly small advantage over other therapies. Perhaps other features are more important than the therapeutic 'brand' [Drug and Alcohol Findings, UK]

New edition of Drink and Drug News is available now

Cover story is ‘Target Culture’ – ‘Health and wellbeing are too far down the list for prisoners with drug and alcohol problems concluded delegates at the recent In somebody else’s shoes conference.’ [DDN, UK]

Narco wars: can the war be won?

[Video] Last week Danny Kushlick, Mike Trace and David Raynes spoke at the Frontline Club to explore whether the war on drugs can be won. [Transform blog, UK]

The truth about cocaine

As a British Crime Survey shows the UK to be a country where cocaine is widespread and liberally consumed, an author explodes some of the myths about the drug — and calls for it to be legalized. [The Times, UK]

ACPO response to British Crime Survey Drug Misuse Declared

Tim Hollis, ACPO lead on drugs said:  “The figures released today reflect the ongoing impact of the national drugs strategy, which also addresses the issues of prevention, education and treatment. Encouragingly drug use remains at a historically low level since the BCS measurement began in 1996.” [ACPO, UK]

Internet drug fear of ‘legal highs’ to buy online

Police have warned that an increasing number of people in Scotland are taking "legal highs" bought online despite limited information about their potentially lethal side-effects. [The Herald, UK]

HIV epidemics among people who inject drugs remain uncontrolled in South-East Asia

Update on HIV epidemics among people who inject drugs and national responses in South-East Asia Region. [IHRA, UK]

Increase in drug driving tests

The number of incidents of suspected drug-driving in Ireland has more than doubled to almost 2,000 over the last three years.  [Irish Post, Ireland]

Buprenorphine for the management of opiate withdrawal

Randomised controlled trials of interventions involving the use of buprenorphine to modify the signs and symptoms of withdrawal in participants who were primarily opioid dependent. Comparison interventions involved reducing doses of methadone, alpha2-adrenergic agonists, symptomatic medications or placebo, or different buprenorphine-based regimes. [NCDCU, Ireland]

GPs to screen pre-teens for alcohol

New guidelines expected from the government’s health watchdog will recommend that family doctors screen youngsters for alcohol abuse on their first appointment or during routine visits. The guidelines aim to curb the health damage caused by binge drinking at a young age. [The Times, UK]

What drives a child to drink?

By the time Madeline Hanshaw's son Gary Reinbach was 13 he was drinking heavily. This week, aged just 22, he died of liver failure. Here, she defends herself – and her son's memory – against those who have been quick to pass judgment [Guardian, UK]

The paramedic’s story

Steve Evans has been a paramedic for 38 years with the North West Ambulance Service."I remember the moment I realised what a big problem underage drinking had become. It was a Friday night in Widnes and we were called out to two 11-year-old boys and a 13-year-old girl who were unconscious due to alcohol. [Guardian, UK]

The alcoholic child’s story

I got my first taste of alcohol when I was a tot – my mum used to give me whisky in warm milk to help me sleep. She was a big drinker, a binge drinker. At the age of 11 I had my first proper drink. I found a bottle of advocat in the bathroom cupboard, and I had some. I was incredibly ill, but I guess I must have liked the sensation because after that, I went on looking for more. [Guardian, UK]

Britain’s largest lager brand calls for minimum price to stop binge drinking

The brewery which produces the country's most popular lager has called on the Government to set minimum prices in a bid to tackle dangerous binge drinking. [Daily Mail, UK]

‘Booze ban will save lives’

In an exclusive interview with the Sunday Express, Professor Ian ­Gilmore, president of the Royal ­College of Physicians and liver ­specialist at the Royal Liverpool University ­Hospital, urged the ­Government to ban the sale of ­alcohol in “drink blackspots”. [The Express, UK]

Hartlepool drinker banned from purchasing alcohol

A woman has been labelled a 'habitual drunkard' and banned from attempting to purchase alcohol anywhere in the country. Hartlepool council used section 6 of the 1902 Licensing Act, the 'Prohibition of sale of liquor to persons declared to be habitual drunkard', which can only be applied to someone previously convicted of an offence contained within the 1898 Inebriates Act. [Alcohol Policy blog, UK]

Last orders

The announcement that the enforcement of new laws on personal alcohol licences will be postponed is long overdue. It has been obvious for some time now that licensees and councils across Scotland were simply not ready for the change to the law which was due to come into force on September 1. [The Herald, UK]

Cocaine justice

This year marks the 25th anniversary of legislation that created mandatory minimum sentences and established a 100-to-1 sentencing disparity between crack and powder cocaine. [The Washington Post, USA]

Methland: the drug epidemic that ravaged the Midwest

The meth epidemic tearing apart America's small towns is in many ways a product of the global economy. [AlterNet, USA]

Canada border is drug war’s second front

The world's longest undefended border: It's a catchy yet increasingly imprecise term for the U.S.-Canada frontier, as authorities on both sides ratchet up efforts to curb bustling traffic in illegal drugs and guns. [Washington Times, USA]