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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.


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DS Daily - 17th June 2009

£200 million 'co-location' fund to put schools at the heart of their communities

Including mental health, drug and alcohol treatment centres [eGov Monitor, UK]

Addicts commit crime to get help

Heroin addicts are committing crime to get fast tracked into drug rehab because of waiting lists for treatment [BBC, UK]

Extra support for young runaways

Young runaways in the Grampian region will be interviewed by specially-trained police to try to prevent them fleeing again [BBC, UK]

Talk to Frank - Home office replies!

The drugs unit at the Home Office finally managed a reply to my comments regarding Talk to Frank information sent in April [UKCIA]

Cannabis use increases cancer risk, study suggests

A new study published by MRC-funded researchers has found "convincing evidence" that cannabis smoke damages DNA in ways that could potentially increase the risk of cancer development in humans [MRC, UK]

Smoke Alarm

Smoke Alarm is dedicated to raising awareness among community practitioners concerning the addictive interdependency of cannabis and tobacco, as well as changing the habits and lives of smokers [Smoke Alarm, UK]

Too much too young?

Alcohol misuse among young Londoners. 56-page PDF [London Assembly, UK]

AFS becomes approved ILA Scotland learning provider

Alcohol Focus Scotland is pleased to announce we have become an approved ILA (Individual Learning Account) Scotland learning provider [AFS, UK]

Finnish MPs back second alcohol tax hike this year

Finland's parliament voted unanimously on Monday to hike alcohol taxes by up to seven per cent in a bid to curb excessive drinking, the leading cause of death among men in the Nordic country [Telegraph, UK]

Drugs and alcohol causing problems at school, says report

Intimidation, verbal abuse and the use or possession of drugs and alcohol are common problems in Irish second-level schools, according to an international survey of teaching conditions by the OECD [Irish Times]

Mechanism of alcohol-related acute pancreatitis identified

Our results provide direct evidence at the molecular level emonstrating that reduced IP3R operation can protect against alcohol-related, and probably also hypertriglyceridemic, pancreatitis [PNAS, USA]

A picture of Australia's children 2009

Including Part V: What factors can affect children adversely? (273KB PDF) [Australian Institute of Health and Welfare]

Intervention help when cannabis use out of hand

The guidelines, which had input from a panel of experts in five countries, are targetted at problem users among the more than one-third of people aged 14 and over who have used the drug [The Age, Australia]

Commission on Narcotic Drugs Political Declaration now available

At the fifty-second session of the Commission on Narcotic Drugs, held in Vienna from 11 to 20 March 2009, Heads of States adopted the Political Declaration and Plan of Action on International Cooperation towards an Integrated and Balanced Strategy to Counter the World Drug Problem [UNODC]