DS Daily - 7th October 2009


Estimating the National and Local Prevalence of Problem Drug Misuse in Scotland

This report outlines the results of research funded by the Scottish Government and the University of Glasgow, commissioned by the Information and Statistics Division of the NHS in Scotland. The research was carried out jointly by the Centre for Drug Misuse Research at the University of Glasgow and Health Protection Scotland to provide national and local estimates of the prevalence of problem drug misuse within Scotland for the year 2006. 58-page PDF [ISD Scotland, UK]

Assessing the Scale and Impact of Illicit Drug Markets in Scotland

This report provides initial estimates of the size and value of the illicit drugs market, and estimates of the social and economic cost of illicit drug use in Scotland for the year 2006 [Scottish Government, UK]

Drugs costing Scottish society £3.5bn a year

Scotland’s drug addicts spend almost £1.4bn a year feeding their habit while NHS spends almost £2bn a year treating them [Times, UK]

£6.8million haul in police drugs swoop

£7million worth of drugs were seized and 51 people claimed to have links to organised crime were arrested during a major crackdown [Evening Times, Scotland, UK]

Roadside drug testing trial with UK police force announced

Concateno, Europe’s most experienced drug and alcohol testing provider, has announced a suite of support services to assist police forces researching the prevalence of drug driving [Concateno, UK]

Motorists in North Wales face roadside drug test trial

Police in North Wales are in talks with Concateno, a manufacturer of a "drugalyzer" device, to enable drivers to be screened [Telegraph, UK]

Drugs misuse

Reducing the number of problem drug misusers and disrupting the illicit drugs market can bring huge social and economic benefits to Scotland, Minister for Community Safety Fergus Ewing said yesterday [Scottish Government, UK]

RIOTT and supervised injecting

Hooked episode 17 is all about supervised injecting rooms and the recent media coverage of Proffessor John Strang's RIOTT (Randomised Injectable Opioid Treatment Trial) and its outcomes [Injecting Advice, UK]

Understanding young people’s alcohol-related social norms in Sefton

Interim Report [Centre for Public Health - Liverpool John Moores University, UK]

NHS Direct Launches online Mental Health Advice

Around 1 in 4 people will be affected by mental health issues like anxiety, stress and depression at some point in their life [NHS Direct, UK]

Banning legal drugs

Fool’s errand or necessary evil? [Addiction Inbox, USA]