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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.


We are very keen to receive your comments about the new service which you can send to the Editor, Jim Young at jimy@drugscope.org.uk



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DS Daily - 30th June 2009

Why does cannabis potency matter?

Of the many people who use cannabis world wide, also known as marijuana, very few understand the increase in its potency over time [UNODC]

National Forum on Drug Related Deaths in Scotland: Annual Report 2008-09

This is the second report from the National Forum on Drug-related Deaths [Scottish Government, UK]

Review of the Scottish Drugs Forum

The overall aim of this review was to establish the effectiveness of SDF in delivering its aims and objectives, in particular the extent to which it provides value for money in respect of funding received from the Scottish Government. 97 page PDF [Scottish Government, UK]

NICE-recommended couples therapy endorsed by synthesis of findings

For the minority of patients for whom it feasible, acceptable and safe, this meta analytic review of behavioural couples therapy suggests it reduces substance use relative to other therapies, and the benefits are more likely to extend to the whole family [Drug and Alcohol Findings, UK]

Booze bans – the new frontier of joyless regulation

The right to drink in public is being systematically attacked across the country by local authorities using powers to stop people having a good time in a park or a picnic with their friends [Guardian, UK]

What’s the truth about legal highs?

Politicians want to ban the few mind-altering drugs that remain unrestricted. But what are they, are they safe – and do they work? [Independent, UK]

Parents to get drugs information

A "Drugsmart" CD is being issued for children to take home to their parents [BBC, UK]

prevention-smart parents

prevention-smart parents, an online learning aid offering parents and carers information about how to help prevent children from using and abusing drugs [Mentor, UK]

Drink and drugs help targeted at Asian community

The Ar-Rahman project has been set up to combat the issue in the Asian community in what is thought to be one of the first of its kind in the district [Evening Courier, UK]

Nice people take drugs cartoon

Lot's very nice people do indeed take drugs! [Talking Drugs]

Yes, addicts need help. But all you casual cocaine users want locking up

I know people who drink fair-trade tea and coffee, shop locally and take cocaine at parties. They are revolting hypocrites [Guardian, UK]

Magazine Features

Latest Features from [Drink and Drugs News]

Smoking scheme 'very successful'

A scheme which sees smokers paid £12.50 a week for trying to quit the habit is showing encouraging early results, according to NHS Tayside [BBC, UK]

'Cocaine tried by 7.5% of teens'

A total of 7.5% of NI teenagers surveyed for a Queen's University study say they had tried cocaine at least once by the age of 16 [BBC, UK]

Binge Drinking in Childhood and Adolescence

Epidemiology, Consequences, and Interventions. 7-page PDF [Deutsches Ärzteblatt International]

Corporate Social Responsibility: the new marketing tool

Trends in Alcohol Marketing. 16-page PDF [European Centre for Monitoring Alcohol Marketing]

To save California, legalise pot

California's budget crisis may give marijuana legalisation efforts the momentum to finally pass [Guardian, UK]

California Alcohol & Other Drug (AOD) Treatment Report

This report contains data on admissions to treatment opened and discharges from treatment closed from July 1, 2007 through June 30, 2008. 16-page PDF [California Department of Alcohol and Drug Programs, USA]

1 in 5 Young Adults Need Treatment for Alcohol or Illicit Drug Use

Study also shows that less than 1 in 10 young adults needing this treatment receive it [SAMHSA, USA]

How some doctors might unknowingly create prescription drug addicts and overdosers

Consumers are interested in researching the prescribing habits of most doctors. They want to know to whom their doctors listen, and it seems to be prestigious medical school faculty hired part-time by some of the drug companies to give lectures to other doctors that promote and market certain drugs [Examiner, USA]

Anti-Anxiety Drugs Raise New Fears

Benzodiazepines - critics say their long-term effects have gone largely unaddressed [Washington Post, USA]

Guard to seek volunteers for border

The Obama administration is developing plans to seek up to 1,500 National Guard volunteers to step up the military's counter-drug efforts along the Mexican border [Associated Press]

Focusing on Counternarcotics

The efforts to curb Afghanistan’s burgeoning opium production have been declared ‘a failure’ and ‘a sad joke’ by top-level participants at the recent G8 meeting of foreign ministers in Trieste, Italy [Ariana Afghanistan]