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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.


We are very keen to receive your comments about the new service which you can send to the Editor, Jim Young at jimy@drugscope.org.uk



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DS Daily - 1st June 2009

Weekly bulletin

21 articles in our synopsis of the news from last week. If you only want a summary of the week's news, you can sign up just for that service there [Jim Young, Editor]

One in 500 babies now born drug dependent

Newborns with withdrawal symptoms up by 67% in 10 years as money for specialist rehab units runs out [Independent, UK]

Multiple adverse outcomes over thirty years of adolescent substance misuse

A study by scientists led by Sheilagh Hodgins from the Institute of Psychiatry, King's College London have demonstrated that adolescents involved in substance abuse have elevated risks in multiple domains for 30 years in adulthood [Institute of Psychiatry, UK]

Postgraduate Certificate in Leadership of Drug and Alcohol Services

This programme has been developed for those already working within, or seeking, leadership positions in Drug and Alcohol support agencies. The programme contains three courses; "Leading People" and "Leading Organisations", which aim to provide participants with an understanding of leadership theory and practice with a particular focus on the Scottish Health System [STRADA, UK]

Anger at NHS targets set for drug addicts

Drug addicts will be promised faster treatment than cancer patients under controversial new government targets last night dismissed as "bizarre" [Scotsman, UK]

Government must implement radical new proposals for criminal justice system

Government cannot afford to sit on the fence and allow lives and resources to be wasted. It still seems willing to spend billions on expanding prison places when it could reduce prison numbers faster and more cost effectively by implementing the Bradley recommendations [Rethink, UK]

Changing attitudes, knowledge and behaviour

This report examines how initiatives successfully used in other fields can help inform new strategies for tackling alcohol-related harm. 110-page PDF [Joseph Rowntree Foundation, UK]

Anti-drink campaigns 'woefully inadequate'

Government anti-drinking campaigns are woefully inadequate and have failed to tackle the growing drink problem, research shows [Observer, UK]

Scandal of Scotland’s teenage alcoholics

Information obtained from the country's councils and health boards shows almost 1600 young people, some as young as 11, are currently being treated for alcohol addiction [Sunday Herald, Scotland, UK]

Scotland's teenage alcoholics

The Scottish government will invest £120 million over three years in treatment and support [Sunday Herald, Scotland, UK]

New campaign against drink drivers

Police forces around the UK are embarking on a "relentless campaign" to crack down on drivers under the influence of alcohol or drugs, it has been announced [Daily Express, UK]

Alcohol Alert

Issue 1 2009. PDF version [Institute of Alcohol Studies, UK]

The Impact of Parenthood on Alcohol Consumption Trajectories

The current study tested the impact of the transition to parenthood on growth in alcohol consumption from early adolescence through emerging adulthood [Developmental Psychopathology]

Annette Dale-Perera leaving the NTA

Annette Dale-Perera, Director of Quality, has announced that she will be leaving the National Treatment Agency for Substance Misuse (NTA) to become Strategic Director of Addiction and Offender Care for the Central and North West London (CNWL) Mental Health Foundation Trust [NTA, UK]

Binge Drinking Among U.S. Active-Duty Military Personnel

Binge drinking is common among ADMP and is strongly associated with adverse health and social consequences [American Journal of Preventive Medicine]

Canada's 'Prince of Pot' at war with US drug war

Known as the Prince of Pot, Emery has sold millions of marijuana seeds around the world by mail over the past decade. In doing so, he has drawn the attention of U.S. drug officials, who want him extradited to Seattle [Associated Press]

Interview with Fernando Henrique Cardoso, former President of Brasil

Fernando Henrique Cardoso, former President of Brasil is interviewed by Sebastian Saville, Director of Release at launch of the report of the Latin American Commission on Drugs and Democracy [Talking Drugs]

Interview with Cesar Gaviria, former President of Colombia

Cesar Gaviria, former president of Colombia is interviewed by Sebastian Saville, Director of Release at launch of the report of the Latin American Commission on Drugs and Democracy [Talking Drugs]

Interview with Diego Garcia Sayan, former Foreign Minister of Peru

Diego Garcia Sayan, former Foreign Minister of Peru is interviewed by Sebastian Saville, Director of Release at launch of the report of the Latin American Commission on Drugs and Democracy [Talking Drugs]

Anex 09 Australian Drugs Conference – Drugs in Hard Times

Anex invites you to submit abstracts that will assist delegates build their understanding of the issues presented by the interplay between social disadvantage, drugs and tough economic conditions [Infoexchange, Australia]

Heroin addicts shame

There are now almost 50,000 heroin addicts receiving taxpayer-funded treatment in Australia as the illicit drug epidemic returns to a scale not seen since the 1980s [Herald Sun, Australia]

Call for pictorial warnings on tobacco packs

WHO urges governments to require that all tobacco packages include pictorial warnings to show the sickness and suffering caused by tobacco use [WHO]

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