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DS Daily - 3rd June 2009

Home secretary 'set to step down'

Jacqui Smith is to stand down as home secretary in the cabinet reshuffle, sources close to her have told the [BBC , UK]

Presentations from the 2009 National Drug Treatment Conference

Full list of speaker presentations from the conference, along with online audio of the main hall speeches, powerpoint presentations, abstracts and biographies [Exchange Supplies, UK]

No reason to deny hepatitis C treatment to methadone patients

Methadone patients stick with therapy for hepatitis C disease and do as well as other patients, bolstering the case for drug services to encourage clients to consider diagnostic testing and therapy [Drug and Alcohol Findings, UK]

Brief alcohol advice in A&E can reduce drinking and injuries

Confirmation that brief advice to risky drinkers identified in accident and emergency departments can cut drinking and reduce the chance of further injuries and readmissions; the issue now is why this happens sometimes but not always [Drug and Alcohol Findings, UK]

Minimum pricing will stem rise in alcohol harm

Alcohol Focus Scotland Chief Executive, Jack Law, is calling for the introduction of a minimum price per unit of alcohol to stem the rise in alcohol-related health and social harm [Alcohol Focus Scotland, UK]

Dope farmers feeling the heat of police technology

Thermal maging equipment is being used by police in the Lothians to home in on Asian drug gangs who are turning residential properties into cannabis farms [Edinburgh Evening News, UK]

Fresh strategy aims to include alcohol

The first action of the National Drugs Strategy 2009-2016 is to set up a group to devise a replacement National Substance Misuse Strategy (NSMS) [Irish Examiner]

Schoolchildren critical of drugs education, says report

The effectiveness of the country’s main drugs education programme for schools has been seriously questioned in the new National Drugs Strategy (NDS) [Irish Examiner]

Sarah Graham Solutions

Sarah has left In-volve and set up [Sarah Graham Solutions, UK]

Heroin for addicts

Two hundred drug addicts in Montreal and Vancouver will be lining up for free heroin later this year at publicly funded clinics. The three-year medical trial, which will offer the drug in pill and injectable forms, builds on a similar heroin experiment last year that found most participants committed far fewer crimes and their physical and mental health improved [Globe and Mail, Canada]

Canada should offer heroin to addicts, Tory says

Former MP John Reynolds, who co-chaired Prime Minster Stephen Harper's 2006 election campaign, is a director of the charity that is fundraising for a new medical trial that will provide heroin and a substitute narcotic in Vancouver and Montrea [Globe and Mail, Canada]

TAP 30 Buprenorphine: A Guide for Nurses

This guide is intended to provide nurses (including Registered Nurses (RNs), Licensed Practical Nurses (LPNs), and Nurse Practitioners (NPs)) with general information about buprenorphine products—Suboxone® (buprenorphine and naloxone) and Subutex® (buprenorphine)—for the pharmacological treatment of opioid addiction [SAMHSA, USA]

TIP 49: Incorporating Alcohol Pharmacotherapies Into Medical Practice

Many health problems or mental disorders that healthcare practitioners
(particularly those in primary care) encounter in their everyday practices derive from or are complicated by alcohol use disorders (AUDs). Consequently, healthcare practitioners are in key positions to manage the care of large numbers of individuals with AUDs [SAMHSA, USA]

June meeting of the group forum of NPAMC participants

June meeting is the third group forum of NPAMC participants, and builds on the collective discussions gleaned from the preceding meetings toward developing programs to attack the problem of alcohol misuse and crime in our country. Agenda PDF [NPAMC, USA]

Clinton Pledges US Anti-Drug Support to Caribbean, Central America

Secretary of State Hillary Clinton has pledged new support to Central American and Caribbean allies to combat violent drug traffickers. Clinton is meeting counterparts from across Latin America [Voice of America]

The Dark Side of Plan Colombia

How the U.S. is Subsidizing Death and Drug Trafficking on Stolen Lands [AlterNet, USA]

Survey - child and parent sensitive work practice in the alcohol and other drug (AOD) field

NCETA, in conjunction with the Australian Centre for Child Protection is conducting a survey to examine the role of child and parent sensitive work practice in the AOD field [NCETA, Australia]