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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.


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DS Daily - 11th June 2009

DrugScope welcomes APHO report on drug use in England

Commissioned by Sir Liam Donaldson, Chief Medical Officer for England, the report provides a comprehensive picture of regional and national patterns of drug use prevalence and treatment, as well as trends in crime and hospital admissions related to drug use [DrugScope, UK]

Drug use where you live

New figures for the chief medical officer which show use of cocaine has increased since 2002/03 [Guardian, UK]

Residential drug treatment services: good practice from the field

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. 49-page PDF [NTA, UK]

Cocaine users 'risk getting Hep C'

People who snort drugs like cocaine are putting themselves at risk of contracting Hepatitis C, health charities are warning [BBC Radio 1 Newsbeat, UK]

Government 'to ban legal highs'

A range of 'herbal highs' could be banned by the summer under a fast track scheme to cut the number of powerful but legal drugs on sale in the UK A range of 'herbal highs' could be banned by the summer under a fast track scheme to cut the number of powerful but legal drugs on sale in the UK [BBC, UK]

Prevention of Homelessness Guidance

New homelessness prevention guidance has been issued to local authorities today as part of the Scottish Government's strategy to meet the 2012 homelessness target [Scottish Government, UK]

A map of drink-related hospital admissions

Researchers at health intelligence firm CHKS and mapping software specialists
GeoWise have created a map of drink-related hospital admissions which shows
that primary care trusts in the north of England have the highest rates of
admission [CHKS, UK]

Conference Report by CodeineFree

A report by CodeineFree describing their experiences as first-time exhibitors at the RCGP 14th National Conference. 3-page PDF [CodeineFree via SMMGP, UK]

Illicit drugs 'modify placenta'

Health professionals must ensure pregnant women taking the heroin substitute methadone avoid any illicit drugs, a Swiss study suggests [BBC, UK]

Understanding and Addressing Prescription Drug Abuse Among Adolescents

Many young people do not perceive their nonmedical use of physician-prescribed drugs as dangerous. Written by National Institute on Drug Abuse for [Counselor Magazine]

Major Report on U.S. Tobacco Control Policies and Use Finds Stark Contrasts in Progress Among States

The United States is becoming a nation of haves and have-nots when it comes to tobacco control, according to a comprehensive publication (16.34MB) on cigarette smoking prevalence and policies in the U.S. that was released today [University at Buffalo, USA]

The WHO cocaine report the US didn't want you to see

The suppression of this detailed, authoritative and independent report is yet more evidence of how certain governments, most conspicuously the US, have willfully refused develop rational drug policy based on science and evidence [TDPF, UK]

Cocaine use on the rise: report

The Australian Crime Commission's report on illicit drugs for 2007 to 2008 shows the detection of cocaine at the border increased by 71 per cent [ABC news, Australia]