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DS Daily - 29th May 2009

Assessing Changes in Global Drug Problems, 1998–2007

This Main Report provides a dispassionate overview of the true nature and extent of the problem today, and to assist policy makers at national and regional levels to deal with it. It was suggested that the drugs market be looked at as if it were licit, in order to get a clearer picture of the way that it works. 84-page PDF [Trimbos Institute and RAND]

It's their own fault for doing drugs

Inaugural Professorial Lecture May 2009 - This lecture explored the negative impact of the war on drugs upon drug users [Professor Julian Buchanan, Glyndwr University, Wales, UK]

Revisions to reporting of Drug Treatment Waiting Times Information

ISD have revised the format of the publication on drug treatment waiting times (to be published 30th June 2009) [ISD, Scotland, UK]

Child poverty in Scotland: taking the next steps

This Viewpoint discusses progress made in Scotland to end child poverty. Child poverty has fallen in Scotland, but evidence from the Joseph Rowntree Foundation suggests that the current rate of progress will not achieve the 2020 target to eradicate child poverty. The authors outline what the Scottish Government needs to do to reach this target [Joseph Rowntree Foundation, UK]

Critical issues in the treatment of hepatitis C virus infection in methadone maintenance patients

European and US studies show that methadone patients stick with therapy for hepatitis C disease and do as well as other patients, bolstering the case for drug services to encourage clients to consider diagnostic testing and therapy [Drug and Alcohol Findings, UK]

A systematic review of emergency care brief alcohol interventions for injury patients

Confirmation that brief advice to risky drinkers identified in accident and emergency departments can cut drinking and reduce the chance of further injuries and readmissions; the issue now is why this happens sometimes but not always [Drug and Alcohol Findings, UK]

Tackling alcohol harm: lessons from other fields

This report examines how initiatives successfully used in other fields can help inform new strategies for tackling alcohol related harm [Joseph Rowntree Foundation, UK]

Take part in the alcohol code of practice survey

The Royal College of Nursing is conducting a survey to investigate members' views on what should be included in a mandatory code of practice for the drinks industry, proposed by the UK Government [RCN, UK]

Lord Patel Personal Website Welcome

Welcome to the official website for the Prison Drug Treatment Strategy Review Group. This is a group that I have been asked by Ministers to Chair in order to review the current drug treatment system in prisons and on release [PDTSRG, UK]

The origins of the Prozac nation

David Herzberg is a cultural historian; and here he weaves three strands of cultural history together: the rise of consumerism in the 1950s, the politics of identity and autonomy, and the professional ideal of altruism in medicine. He shows how the consumerist maxim that "things can make you happy" was applied to mental health [BMJ, UK]

New Study Reveals Scope of Drug and Crime Connection

Data Underscores Urgent Need to Expand Alternatives to Incarceration for Non-violent Offenders [ONDCP, USA]

Sowing the Seeds for Recovery 2009 Conference

The Association for Addiction Professionals Annual Conference in Salt Lake City [NAADAC , USA]

Marijuana and cocaine should be legalised, says Latin American drugs commission

Marijuana and cocaine for personal use should be decriminalised because the "war on drugs" has been a disaster, according to some of Latin America's most powerful politicians and writers [Guardian, UK]

Demand for SAAP accommodation by homeless people 2007-08

This report presents an overview of the demand for Supported Accommodation Assistance Program (SAAP) accommodation in 2007–08 [AIHW, Australia]

Frontline addiction services: P addicts curable if society will make the commitment

The P problem is frightening but those who work in addiction treatment say the situation is not hopeless [New Zealand Herald]