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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 - 2nd June 2009

“Nice People Take Drugs” - Release campaigns to shift the debate on drugs

Uning an advertising campaign on London buses during June with the slogan ‘Nice People Take Drugs’, Release is looking to open up the drugs debate and engage the public in a more sophisticated and honest drugs dialogue [Release, UK]

Target for drug treatment

The first ever NHS performance (HEAT) target for drug treatment will be confirmed in November and brought into force from next April - requiring Board chief executives to set out how they intend to achieve it and be accountable for doing so [Scottish Government, UK]

The All Party Parliamentary Group on Alcohol Misuse - Report on the Future of Alcohol Treatment

The future of alcohol treatment services. 28-page PDF [Alcohol Concern, UK]

The Licensing Act 2003

Sixth Report of Session 2008–09. Report, together with formal minutes, oral and written evidence207-page PDF [House of Commons, UK]

Tell us what you think about alcohol sales and promotion

Our new consultation looks at how to challenge irresponsible sellers [Home Office, UK]

Survey on a mandatory code of practice for the drinks industry

We are keen to hear your views and involve as many people as possible. Please complete the 5-question survey [Alcohol Concern, UK]

Alcohol Concern is to launch Wales office

Alcohol Concern is pleased to announce it has received funding from the Welsh Assembly to set up a national office for Wales, with the aim of reducing alcohol-related harm across the country [Alcohol Concern, UK]

DDN Magazine Features 1st June

Also available as PDF or why not view their virtual magazine [Drink and Drugs News, UK]

Consultation on new registration standards

From April 2010, providers - large or small, private or public - that run healthcare or adult social care services must be registered with us [Care Quality Commission, UK]

Warning: brain overload

Concerns have been raised by two newly published studies which indicate that streaming digital news may now run faster than our ability to make moral judgments [Times, UK]

German Parliament Votes in Favour of Heroin Assisted Treatment

In May 2009, the German Parliament voted in favour of diamorphine (a synthetic, pharmaceutical form of heroin) to be used as a therapeutic option for severely dependent opiate users who had not benefited from any previous treatments [IHRA]

Drug Control Strategy

2010 Budget Summary. 204-page PDF[White House, USA]

Heroin market back to the bad old days

The so-called heroin drought looks like being well and truly over, as paramedics and emergency department doctors say they are treating rapidly increasing numbers of heroin overdose victims [ABC News, Australia]

Alcohol and smoking are key causes for bowel cancer

A new global study has found that lifestyle risk factors such as alcohol consumption and cigarette smoking are important risk factors for bowel cancer [AHHA, Australia]

Preventing smuggling of drug producing chemicals into Afghanistan

The estimated 725 tons of heroin produced during 2008 required over 10,000 tons of precursor chemicals [UNODC]