DS Daily - 25th November 2009


'Now let's act on killer drug' - mother of victim

A mother robbed of her "popular and free-spirited" daughter by methadone has launched a heartfelt campaign for the drug to be taken off the streets [South Wales Evening Post, UK]

Mother of dead addict helps launch drug campaign

The mother of a woman who died from a heroin overdose helped to launch a campaign last night to clamp down on the scourge of drug dealing [The Scotsman, UK]

Schoolgirl, 14, dies 'after taking dangerous new drug' at house party

She might have taken a mixture of ketamine and a new party drug 'meow meow' before she fell ill, according to neighbours [Daily Mail, UK]

Aberlour children's charity call to aid addict parents

A Scottish children's charity has called for drug addicts who are parents to be given more support to keep their children. The plea comes amid growing calls for more children to be taken into care [BBC, UK]

Festive overdose prevention campaign launched in Greater Glasgow and Clyde

The Preventing Risk of Overdose in the Vulnerable (PROVE) Group has organised information sessions and distribution of practical items containing useful help and advice [Scottish Drugs Forum, UK]

The ACMD and cannabis - the end of an affair

It has taken the sacking of Professor Nutt, the brouhaha and the publicity surrounding it, to pull attention back to the science on cannabis effects; science that he and the ACMD were so slow to assess, so little interested in and so quick to dismiss - Kathy Gyngell [Centre for Policy Studies, UK]

Modest support for drug-based treatments for alcohol dependence

Review finds some but inconsistent and often modest support for each of the four medications approved by the US administration for the treatment of alcohol dependence: disulfiram; acamprosate; oral naltrexone; and once-monthly, injectable, extended-release naltrexone [Drug and Alcohol Findings, UK]

Identifying Effective Interventions for Preventing Underage Alcohol Consumption

A report identifying a range of effective interventions aimed at preventing/reducing alcohol use in young people, and particularly underage drinkers. Final Report prepared for Wirral Drug and Alcohol Action Team. 29-page PDF [Centre for Public Health, UK]

AERC Partnership Research - Alcohol Lead Contributions Wanted!

The Alcohol Education Research Council has funded Middlesex University to undertake research into local partnerships as effective mechanisms for delivering policies and achieving targets. They are keen to gather the perspectives of alcohol co-ordinators and alcohol leads working across England [Alcohol Learning Centre, UK]

Important Changes to how we present our data

We have changed the way we analyse and present data from the Scottish Morbidity Records 01 (SMR01) database [ISD, Scotland, UK]

New Alcohol Service for Brighton & Hove

A new Alcohol Brief Intervention Service was launched in Brighton & Hove on 6 November 2009. The service provides advice and information on safe levels of alcohol use and how people can cut down their drinking [CRI, UK]

Holistic and Complementary Therapy

Trevessa talks to Stuart about how these therapies have been found to aid the symptoms of detoxification such as lack of sleep, anxiety, paranoia, anger, grief, stomach cramps etc. [Inexcess TV, UK]

Smoking ban 'did not lead to rise in home exposure'

Anti-smoking groups and the government said the results vindicated the introduction of the ban [BBC, UK]

Perceptions of Risk from Substance Use among Adolescents

Only 40 percent of adolescents perceive great risk from having five or more drinks of alcohol once or twice a week and just over one third perceived great risk from smoking marijuana once a month [SAMHSA, USA]

Legislative Innovation in Drug Policy

This briefing summarises 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 [Latin American Initiative on Drugs and Democracy via IDPC]

AIDS Epidemic Update 2009

Eight-year trend shows new HIV infections down by 17% [UNAIDS]