DS Daily - 24th November 2009


An Audience with Professor Nutt - video

On 11th November CCJS held an audience with Professor David Nutt chaired by our director, Richard Garside [Centre for Crime and Justice Studies, UK]

Hooked 23: Sharing

We discussed reasons people share, the perceptions of sharing in trust relationships (eg husband and wife) and of course ways of minimising the risks of blood borne virus transmission if someone decides they are going to share [Injecting Advice, UK]

SNP ‘running scared’ over alcohol Bill

Minimum pricing is strongly supported by the health lobby and senior police officers but has been met with criticism from the drinks industry, including the Scotch Whisky Association (SWA) and the retail sector [Times, UK]

Drink and drug use 'endemic' among many young drivers

According to the survey by road safety charity Brake and firms 3M and Alcosense some 7 per cent of motorists aged 17-25 admitted driving after taking illegal drugs and, of these, 84 per cent said they drove "on a cocktail of drink and drugs." [The Scotsman, UK]

'Minimum price' demand on alcohol

The availability of cheap alcohol has led to calls for minimum prices in Wales to change the drinking culture [BBC, UK]

The Effects of Drug User Registration Laws on People’s Rights and Health

Recent research has revealed that drug user registration laws in the former Soviet Union unfairly restrict the civil rights of drug users and impede their access to drug treatment. Key Findings from Russia, Georgia, and Ukraine. 42-page PDF [Open Society Institute via IDPC]

Pioneer heroin study in jeopardy in Quebec

Province won't fund long-term phase of controversial research [The Star, Canada]

The War on Weed

Marijuana Is Basically Harmless - The Monumentally Stupid Drug War Is Not [Alternet, USA]

California adopts stricter rules for drug abusers in the health industry

Nurses, dentists and other professionals with addictions will be subject to more drug tests, and any restrictions to their licenses will be listed on public websites [LA Times, USA]

The Afghan Narcotics Industry

While the economic and narcotics situation in Afghanistan may be improving, there are still areas: mainly the south (and some parts of the west) where the situation is significantly worse since the invasion and though now improving, are still at astonishingly high levels of production of opium, violence, and corruption. 2.3MB PDF [Center for Strategic and International Studies]

US rewards Afghans with $38.7m in drug fight

The United States on Monday signed an agreement giving 38.7 million dollars to 27 Afghan provinces that eliminated or significantly reduced opium production in the world's biggest supplier country [AFP]