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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 - 19th June 2009

Patterns of mortality amongst individuals in contact with drug treatment services in the North West of England

This report details the causes of death of those identified, via the National Drug TreatmentMonitoring System(NDTMS), as having died whilst in contact with structured drug treatment services in the North West of England between 2003/04-2007/08. 16-page PDF [Centre for Public Health, John Moores University, UK]

Heroin 'cheaper than a night out'

The latest figures from the European Monitoring Centre for Drugs and Drug Addiction show the average street price for heroin is roughly £25-£40 per gram across the continent - four times more than the price you could get it in Colchester [BBC, UK]

Police making dozen arrests every week in war against drugs in Cumbria

More than 570 arrests were made for drug offences in the west of the county in the year up to May – and substances with a street value of £320,000 were seized [News & Star, UK]

Reducing Harm in Drinking Environments

Fact sheet prepared as part of the Focus on Alcohol Safe Environments (FASE) project co-financed by the European Commission[Centre for Public Health, John Moores University, UK]

Campaigners want alcohol promotions adverts banned

The Alcohol Health Alliance (AHA), which includes Alcohol Concern and the Royal College of Physicians, wants to see an end to all adverts which promote alcohol on the basis of low cost [The Publican, UK]

Growing up in social housing in Britain: A profile of four generations from 1946 to the present day

This research draws on four British birth cohort studies to examine the role of social housing for four generations of families since the second world war. Summary - Full Report [Joseph Rowntree Foundation, UK]

Mind-enhancing drugs: Are they a no-brainer?

Advocates say they are an irresistible way of improving students' performance. Critics argue they are a dangerous fad [Independent, UK]

Give Ritalin to healthy people to boost their brain power, says medical expert

Professor John Harris said it was unethical to stop the controversial drug being used for this purpose - as students have been known to at exam time [Daily Mail, UK]

Images plus text work best to put people off smoking

The warnings should cover at least half of the packet and be part of a mass media campaign [BMJ, UK]

Ecstasy voids crash death payout

A father whose teenage son (Jamie, 13) died in a light aircraft crash will not get an insurance payout to fund his headstone - because the pilot was high on ecstasy [Independent, UK]

Histamine affects alcohol-related behaviour

The histamine-3 receptor is important in terms of alcohol-related behaviour, and a drug affecting that receptor may have qualities that alter alcohol-related behaviour. Whether these histamine-3 receptor drugs help in the treatment of human alcoholism will probably be clear when the results of the currently ongoing clinical trials become public [Academy of Finland]

Budget omits grants for school drug programs

President Obama's first budget proposes to end state grants for school drug programs that he and Vice President Biden fought for as senators [USA Today]

Fathers’ Alcohol Use May Significantly Affect Their Adolescent Childrens’ Use of Alcohol and Drugs

The study by the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) shows that the rate of past year alcohol use was dramatically higher among adolescents living with a father with an alcohol use disorder than those living with a father who had not used alcohol in the past year [SAMHSA, USA]

Alcohol abuse by GIs soars since '03

The rate of Army soldiers enrolled in treatment programs for alcohol dependency or abuse has nearly doubled since 2003 — a sign of the growing stress of repeated deployments in Iraq and Afghanistan, according to Army statistics and interviews [USA Today]

Addictive Disease in Adolescence - a 40-Year Addiction Perspective

Addiction medicine is now a mainstream medical specialty recognized by the American Medical Association, and our relationship with law enforcement is more cooperative, as evidenced by the use of Drug Court diversion to treatment initiatives [Counselor Magazine, USA]

The Price of Everything, The Value of Nothing

A (Truly) External Review Of BERL’s Study Of Harmful Alcohol and Drug Use. 42-page PDF [Department of Economics and Finance College of Business and Economics University of Canterbury, New Zealand]