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DS Daily - 5th June 2009

Drug treatment to get funding boost for 2009/10

Drug treatment services across England will benefit from £11.8m of extra investment from the Department of Health for service improvements this year [NTA, UK]

DrugScope welcomes NTA announcment of increased funding for drug treatment

DrugScope welcomes the NTA's announcement of additional investment in drug treatment, but highlighted concerns over shortfalls in some of the revenue funding arrangements for residential rehab services' [DrugScope, UK]

Residential drug treatment services: a summary of good practice

This report is based on interviews with the local drug partnerships and services that scored highly in the Tier 4 commissioning and provision theme of the 2007-08 Healthcare Commission and NTA service review. 11-page PDF [NTA, UK]

Practice sharing project update

This document features the first set of practice example case studies collated
by DrugScope. Submissions 2 [Home Office, UK]

In Practice: Know how - Substance misuse

Children's centres and schools should know what support and treatment services are available locally for both children and adults with drug and alcohol problems [Children & Young People Now, UK]

Alcohol and pregnancy message

The documents and emails released to the applicant on 4 June 2009, relate to the policy process, in 2006/7, by which the UK Chief Medical Officers decided to have a single message on alcohol and pregnancy, and what that message should be [DoH, UK]

Minimum Alcohol Pricing: A targeted measure?

This review identifies significant concerns with the evidence base behind the case for minimum alcohol pricing, and shows that the economic case for the introduction of minimum alcohol pricing in the United Kingdom appears to be weak. 71-page PDF [Centre for Economics and Business Research, UK]

Community workers protest against cuts

Projects worst affected include the National Drugs Strategy, which has had a 17 per cent cut in funding for projects [Irish Times]

The Naked Empress

Modern neuro science and the concept of addiction [CEDRO, Netherlands]

Mexico tackles drug abuse

Increasingly, the country is not just a distributor of drugs but a user too [Economist, UK]

AOD Withdrawal Practice Guidelines 2009

The Alcohol and Other Drug Withdrawal: Practice Guidelines are now available to download 1,192KB PDF [Turning Point, Australia]

Police boss slams liquor laws

Police Chief Commissioner Simon Overland has criticised Victoria's liquor licensing regime, saying "literally any idiot" could get a licence [The Age, Australia]

WHO calls for enforceable policies to restrict smoking in movies

Backed by evidence that smoking in movies causes youths to want to light up, the World Health Organization is calling upon countries to enact enforceable policies that would severely restrict such depictions [WHO]