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DS Daily - 25th June 2009

World Drug Report 2009

It provides detailed estimates and trends on production, trafficking and consumption in the opium/heroin, coca/cocaine, cannabis and amphetamine-type stimulants markets. This year, for the first time, the World Drug Report includes special feature sections on the quality of drug data available to UNODC, trends in drug use among young people and police-recorded drug offences. It also discusses one the most formidable unintended consequences of drug control - the black market for drugs - and how the international community best can tackle it [UNODC]

Release of World Drug Report 2009

The Report was launched in Washington, D.C., by UNODC Executive Director Antonio Maria Costa and the newly appointed Director of the United States Office of National Drug Control Policy, Gil Kerlikowske [UNODC]

World Drug Report Preface majors on legalisation

The text from the Preface to World Drug Report 2009 - dominated by a detailed rebuttal of the growing calls for a debate on legal regulation of drug production and supply [TDPF, UK]

The needle and the damage done

The World Drug Report shows we cannot tackle the drug trade without dealing with development justice and human rights [Guardian, UK]

A drug report offering hope as well as outdated claims about Britain

News of a reduction in the global drug market is accompanied by softening in rhetoric of UN's 'war on drugs' warrior [Guardian, UK]

UN shows scale of UK cocaine use

The UK has more cocaine users than any other European country, according to the UN's latest report on drugs [BBC, UK]

Britain is cocaine capital of Europe, UN report finds

The UK is the cocaine capital of Europe with 5 per cent of people aged 15 to 16 admitting that they have tried the drug, according to a UN report published today [Times, UK]

The Cocaine Trade

Witnesses: Independent Drug Monitoring Unit and Release [Home Affairs Committee, Parliament, UK]

Statistics from the National Drug Treatment Monitoring System

Assessment Report 1 June 2009.23-page PDF [UK Statistics Authority]

Families to receive antidote to help drug users who overdose

Pilot scheme to offer naloxone to reverse effects of drug overdose in relatives [Guardian, UK]

UK film censor takes softer view on drugs

The British Board of Film Classification has revised its guidelines to allow references to drugs in ‘U’ rated films, if they are ‘infrequent and innocuous’. In the past such reference would have earned a film a ‘PG’ classification [Screen Daily, UK]

Grieving mother urges party drug ban

Including video from [Channel 4 News, UK]

Market forces will always win in drugs war

Afghanistan’s drug industry has become a victim of its own success. Last year it probably outproduced world demand for heroin by about 30 per cent. Hence, the price of opium for Afghan farmers has been falling since a peak in 2004 [Times, UK]

Advances in brain research throw light on addiction

How people become addicted to drugs and why they may find it difficult to stop are issues explored by the EU drugs agency (EMCDDA) today in new material released ahead of International day against drug abuse and illicit trafficking (26 June) PDF [EMCDDA]

INPUD Statement at UNAIDS PCB meeting, Geneva

This week in Geneva, the Program Coordinating Board (PCB) of UNAIDS is meeting. On the agenda is a discussion on HIV prevention among injection drug users, and there is debate taking place to try and urge explicit support for the term 'harm reduction' in the UNAIDS action points coming out of the session [IHRA]

Attorney general wants review of cocaine sentences

Attorney General Eric Holder sought support Wednesday for erasing the gap in prison sentences for crack and powder cocaine crimes, a disparity that hits black defendants the hardest [Washington Post, USA]

Don't Pay for a Mistake

The Obama administration has decided to stop funding one of the nation's many failed drug policies. President Obama's new budget proposal contains no funding for the ineffective Safe and Drug-Free Schools and Communities program [DPA, USA]

UN report shows fall in opium and cocaine production

Treat drug use as illness rather than crime, UN drug chief says [Guardian, UK]

Drug cultivation plummets in Afghanistan as demand falls

The UN figures showed substantial declines in drug production in Afghanistan, which produces 93 per cent of the world?s opium [Times, UK]