DS Daily - 13th November 2009


Transform launch new guide to legal regulation of drugs

'After the War on Drugs: Blueprint for Regulation' has been launched at an event in the House of Commons on the 12th of November, with simultaneous launches taking place in the US (at the Drug Policy Alliance conference in Albuquerque ), Australia and Mexico. December will see further launch events in Brazil and the EU parliament. PDF - 7.7 MB [TDPF, UK]

Sell drugs in shops - think tank

Cocaine could be sold in pharmacies and cannabis in coffee shops under suggestions for decriminalising drugs set out by think tank Transform [BBC, UK]

Councillor promotes heroin on the NHS

Social Work Convener wants to introduce a pilot scheme to establish a specialist clinic to treat addicts [STV, Scotland]

Plans to give addicts free heroin come under fire

Proposals to provide drug addicts in Aberdeen with free heroin on the NHS, as an alternative to methadone, were condemned yesterday by opposition councillors [The Scotsman, UK]

City’s addicts to get ‘less addictive’ heroin substitute

Scotland’s first dedicated drugs court has been given extra funding to prescribe Suboxone – a drug designed to deter addicts from injecting, so cutting the risk of overdose and the intravenous spread of viruses such as Hepatitis C [The Herald, Scotland, UK]

Drug Court turned my life around

One of the court's success stories and asks how it is gearing up for the future [Evening Times, Scotland, UK]

Police refer youngsters aged just 10 for alcohol counselling

Police said a crackdown saw them refer several primary school children to addiction workers because they had a drink problem [Daily Record, UK]

Pupils can be searched for drugs and alcohol

Teachers have been given new powers to search pupils for drugs, alcohol and stolen goods in a bid to tackle bad behaviour in the classroom [Telegraph, UK]

Drinking culture crackdown call

The candidates to become the new Welsh Labour leader - and First Minister - have called for tough action on the drinking culture in Wales [BBC, UK]

Evaluation of Wirral Life Education Centre on the health and wellbeing of primary school children

An evaluation of a national charity working locally with primary schools, parents and carers, and others in the community to help children make healthy choices. 56-page PDF [Centre for Public Health, Liverpool John Moores University, UK]

Minimum pricing needed now, argues Lib Dem MP

Don Foster (Lib Dem shadow culture secretary) says blaming pubs for "Binge Britain" problems is wrong [The Publican, UK]

How the Department of Health Influences healthy living

The use of behaviour change programmes in public health. 90-page PDF [RAND]

Alcohol and pregnancy - conflict and confusion

Shouldn't pregnant women be afforded the right to exercise personal choice when deciding whether to drink alcohol? [Guardian, UK]

Policy advisers should not be silenced

Home Secretary Alan Johnson's dismissal of David Nutt, chair of the Advisory Council on the Misuse of Drugs, is by no means the first time ministers have hidden behind the spurious distinction between advice and policy [Children & Young People Now, UK]

Minister John Curran Announces Capital Funding for "Vital" Ana Liffey Drug Project

John Curran T.D., Minister of State with responsibility for the National Drugs Strategy sanctioned a grant of €35,000 to Ana Liffey Drug Project, based on Middle Abbey Street in Dublin City [ALDP, Ireland]

Drug Policy Alliance Conference Comes at a Crucial Moment for Drug Reform

More people than ever grasp the need to shift from criminalization to a public health model -- the Drug Policy Alliance's conference leads the way on this discussion [AlterNet, USA]

Mexican businessmen ask for UN peacekeepers to police drugs war

Mexico's business leaders have appealed to the United Nations to deploy peacekeepers just yards from the American border to help stem the rampant violence of the country's drug cartels [Telegraph, UK]

Legislative Innovation in Drug Policy

This briefing summarizes good practices in legislative reforms around the world, representing steps away from a repressive zero-tolerance model towards a more evidence-based and humane drug policy. Full 20-page PDF [TNI via IHRA]