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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 - 27th May 2009

The Phoney Argument For a New Drug War

This detailed critique of the Centre for Policy Studies report 'The Phoney War on Drugs' was prepared by Axel Klein, Lecturer in the Study of Addictive Behaviour, Centre for Health Service Studies, University of Kent [TDPF, UK]

Proposed control of gamma-butyrolactone (GBL) and 1,4-butanediol (1,4-BD)

The purpose of this consultation paper is to draw attention to, and invite comments on, the options to control both GBL and 1,4-BD under the Misuse of Drugs Act 1971 or otherwise. 14-page PDF [Home Office, UK]

Proposed control of 1-benzylpiperazine (BZP) and a group of substituted piperazines

This consultation seeks your views on the government’s proposals for a number of substances to be controlled under the Misuse of Drugs Act 1971 and its associated subordinate legislation. 31-page PDF [Home Office, UK]

UK Event on Drugs, Alcohol and Criminal Justice

The Conference Consortium – in partnership with Drink and Drug News, the CNWL Health Trust, and the Coventry and Warwickshire Partnership Health Trust – are running an interactive and participative conference in London on June 25th 2009 [IHRA]

Six arrested after cannabis worth £1m seized

Police have smashed an alleged cannabis-growing ring and netted more than £1m worth of drugs in warehouse units in a village in southern Scotland [The Herald, Scotland, UK]

More smokers quit the habit

The figures, released by ISD Scotland, show that 4.8 per cent of smokers attempted to quit using an NHS smoking cessation service during 2008 - up from 4.2 per cent in 2007 [Scottish Government, UK]

"There is NO recession in the drugs trade"

Citywide has launched a campaign calling on the government to use the money from the Criminal Assets Bureau to fund drug services in our communities [Citywide, Ireland]

Addiction Assumptions: The Meth Epidemic

A simple question: Has meth use in the United States truly reached “epidemic” levels, as is commonly stated by health authorities and drug experts? - The answer depends on how you slice the data, according to sociologist Herbert Covey [Addiction Inbox, USA]

Vast US illegal drug market fuels Mexican cartels

The Mexican drug cartels battling viciously to expand and survive have a powerful financial incentive: Across the border to the north is a market for illegal drugs unsurpassed for its wealth, diversity and voraciousness [Washington Post, USA]

Mexican Sweep Nets Officials

A large-scale antidrug operation involving hundreds of Mexican soldiers and federal police officers [New York Times, USA]

Why are the rates of hepatitis higher in Aboriginal injecting drug users. Part 1

Slow download from [Australian Injecting & Illicit Drug Users League]

Why are the rates of hepatitis higher in Aboriginal injecting drug users. Part 2

Slow download from [Australian Injecting & Illicit Drug Users League]

Increasing access to Hepatitis C treatment

Stocktake of existing services [via HCV.org, New Zealand]

Comment: Get real, drug czars

Those in charge of the world's drug control system seem more committed to maintaining the existing policy than to addressing its failures. International discussions on the subject have become absurd, and nowhere is this more apparent than with cannabis [New Scientist]

UNODC launches new electronic newsletter

The e-newsletter contains links to news items and other current drugs and crime information [UNODC