DS Daily - 19th November 2009


Deaths among drug users - a new report (Ireland)

The first national report on trends in deaths among drug users due to traumatic or medical causes [Health Research Board, Ireland]

Drugs deaths could mask suicide rate among older drug users

Some deaths treated as accidental drug overdoses could in fact be suicides among a ‘forgotten’ generation of older drug users, according to [Scottish Drugs Forum, UK]

Sacked adviser urges drugs probe

Sacked government drugs adviser Prof David Nutt has called for a Royal Commission to investigate whether cannabis should be decriminalised [BBC, UK]

DrugScope's conference October 2009

Presentations from our annual conference - Drug Treatment at the Crossroads: where next for the recovery agenda? October 2009 [DrugScope, UK]

Family Drug and Alcohol Court Evaluation Project - Interim report

This report presents interim findings from the evaluation of the first pilot Family Drug and Alcohol Court (FDAC) in Britain. FDAC is a new approach to care proceedings, in cases where parental substance misuse is a key element in the local authority decision to bring proceedings. 99-page PDF [FDAC Research Team Brunel University, UK]

Royal Society of Medicine – Leaders in the field

Ed Mitchell was invited to the Royal College of Medicine in Wimpole Street to listen to two of the leaders from the world of medicine and addiction [InecessTV, UK]

Government drops provisions to force drug users into treatment

The final Act will still contain many of the controversial powers initially proposed to identify drug using claimants including drug testing and the sharing of claimants' information between the police and Jobcentre. At least, however, the Government has dropped the most pernicious part of this legislation [Release, UK]

Alcohol 'protects men's hearts'

Drinking alcohol every day cuts the risk of heart disease in men by more than a third, a major study suggests [BBC, UK]

Heavy drinkers less likely to get heart attack, research says

Do you ignore safe drinking limits and consume far more alcohol than official health advice recommends? If so, it seems that while your bingeing will horrify doctors, it will also – for men at least – halve your risk of contracting coronary heart disease [Guardian, UK]

Four schoolgirls 'seriously ill after drinking ethanol in second copy of BBC's Waterloo Road episode

In this latest incident the youngsters, who are thought to have found the potentially lethal neat alcohol in their school’s science lab, reportedly mixed it with Ribena [Daily Mail, UK]

Award for drink-violence project

A partnership between university researchers and police in Cardiff to reduce alcohol-related violence has been given an award [BBC, UK]

Hanging deaths by drug-users doubled

The number of deaths among drug users due to trauma including hanging more than doubled between 1998 and 2005, while the number of deaths due to medical causes such as heart attack increased more than five-fold in the same period, a new study from the Health Research Board [Irish Times]

Rabbi 'offered cocaine for sex'

A rabbi financed a drug-dealing business and offered cocaine to girls in exchange for sex, a court heard [BBC, UK]

Capping Israel's teen drinking

Binyamin Netanyahu may not like drunkenness among minors, but Israel's west-facing culture makes some level of it inevitable [Guardian, UK]

Needle exchange expanded

Addicted individuals who use needle exchange services will have more and greater access to clean supplies as the Vancouver Island Health Authority (VIHA) expands the distribution methods and venues for needle exchange services on Vancouver Island [Canada.com]

The Financial Burden of Substance Abuse in West Virginia

This report, published by the West Virginia Partnership to Promote Community Well-Being and funded by the U.S. Office of Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention Block Grant, details the financial burden of substance abuse on the health care system. Full report [SAMHSA, USA]

NZ Needle Exchange one of world's most successful

Recent data has confirmed that New Zealand’s Needle Exchange Programme is one of the most successful in the world, but we could do even better, says Needle Exchange New Zealand National Manager Charles Henderson [Scoop, New Zaland]

How do methamphetamine users respond to changes in methamphetamine price?

The aim of the current study was to estimate how methamphetamine users would respond to changes in the prices of methamphetamine and heroin, using hypothetical drug purchasing scenarios. 16-page PDF [NSW Bureau of Crime Statistics and Research]

Dose of reality in revelations of jail drug use

A spate of drug overdoses reported at a Melbourne women's prison may be a bitter pill for Corrections Victoria, but anyone who has spent time in jail would be far more sanguine about the news[SMH, Australia]

Govt rejects lifting drinking age to 19

The federal government has ruled out increasing the drinking age to 19 as a way of reducing binge-drinking during schoolies week celebrations [SMH, Australia]

Kids and Alcohol Don't Mix

Today’s Parliament House launch of the ‘Kids and Alcohol Don’t Mix’ campaign, by DrinkWise Australia and the alcohol industry, is targeted at parents and is a positive move by the industry to combat binge drinking [DoH, Australia]

HIV testing and counselling in prisons and other closed settings

This position statement aims to ensure: That people held in prisons and other closed settings are not left out of efforts to scale up access to HIV testing and counselling, as part of broader efforts to scale up access to comprehensive and evidence-based HIV prevention, treatment, care and support for prisoners [UNODC / WHO]

UN Report on HIV Testing and Counselling in Prisons

The document acknowledges that access to HIV prevention, treatment and care – including key harm reduction interventions – remains inadequate in most prison systems [IHRA]