DS Daily - 9th October 2009


NTA Annual report

Recovery begins here - The year in numbers - Sustaining recovery - Changing behaviour - Joined-up thinking for better outcomes - Information value - The grass-roots response - NTA board and staff. 16-page PDF [NTA, UK]

Trends in drug treatment show shift away from ‘trainspotting’ generation

A dramatic fall in heroin use among young adults is revealed today, heralding a generational shift in patterns of drug dependence in England [NTA, UK]

Numbers in treatment

Drug treatment activity in 2008/09 [NTA, UK]

Statistics from the National Drug Treatment Monitoring System

Annual NDTMS report. 1 April 2008 - 31 March 2009 [NTA, UK]

DrugScope responds to NTA figures on drug treatment

Drug treatment changes lives and it is good news that record numbers of people are being supported to overcome their drug problems. Nevertheless today’s figures highlight some important challenges for the treatment system [DrugScope, UK]

'Paul Hayes on the NTA Foundations and the role of retention in treatment'

As the NTA publishes its annual report and statistics for 2008/09, Paul Hayes talks about the NTA’s foundations and some of its achievements to date [FEAD, UK]

Dodgy dossiers of addiction non-treatment

The content and intertwined interests of the National Treatment Agency for Substance Misuse’s document – Effectiveness of community treatments for heroin and crack cocaine addiction in England: a prospective, in-treatment cohort study – have been questioned [Addiction Today, UK]

Addicted to methadone?

The latest figures on drug treatment in England show that despite calls for services to be "more ambitious", despite a new drugs strategy stressing the importance of helping users get clean, the proportion of addicts getting into rehab is stuck at just 2% [Mark Easton's Blog, BBC, UK]

If 'rehab' is so marvellous, how come up to 80 per cent of addicts relapse?

Advocates of residential treatment can be fervent, and persuasive, in their enthusiasm, especially those individuals for whom rehab represents the turning point in their battle with addiction. But the fact is that the expected outcome for most people who enter a treatment centre remains – relapse. Andrew M Brown, writer specialising in the influence of addiction and substance abuse on culture and celebrities [Telegraph, UK]

Drug Rehab Too Much, Too Late Says Graham Allen MP

For every pound spent on rehab, a few pence are spent on drug education and awareness, which would prevent young people getting into drug abuse [eGov Monitor, UK]

'Generational shift' in addiction

The number of young people seeking treatment for heroin and crack cocaine addiction in England has fallen dramatically, annual figures suggest [BBC, UK]

Number of young cocaine addicts seeking treatment doubles in four years

While heroin and crack use among the young is falling, the number of older people seeking help for those drugs is multiplying, data from the NHS's National Treatment Agency for Substance Misuse (NTA) shows [Daily Mail, UK]

Addiction to cocaine among young doubles in four years

The number of young people addicted to cocaine has nearly doubled in four years as dependence on heroin or crack declines, NHS figures suggest [Times, UK]

Anti-cocaine campaign sets out to shock teenagers

Disturbing images of the effects of taking cocaine will be shown in a television advertising campaign. The £1.6million campaign from Frank, the Government’s drug information and advice service, warns of the links between cocaine use and heart seizures. It is aimed at 15 to 18-year-olds [Times, UK]

Time to count and compare the costs of legal and illegal drugs

A new report published by the Scottish Government this week called 'Assessing the Scale and Impact of Illicit Drug Markets in Scotland' ... What is interesting about the report is that it recognises, for the first time, that the models used to estimate the costs of illicit drugs could, and should, be extended to legal drugs such as alcohol and tobacco [TDPF, UK]

Ed Mitchell - Lost & Found

A new documentary on the latest steps to recovery of former BBC and ITN broadcaster [Inexcess TV, UK]

Post staff trained to spot drugs

Postal workers are being recruited by police in Edinburgh to help in the fight against illegal drugs [BBC, UK]

HIV, hepatitis C, and injecting drug use: a training film

Aimed at drug workers, peer trainers, policy makers and commissioners, and anyone interested in injecting drug use, this full length documentary features leading experts in the field including Gerry Stimson, Noel Craine, Dr Roy Robertson and Robert Heimer giving their analysis of the current state of our knowledge [Harm Reduction Works, UK]

HIV, hepatitis C and injecting drug use, part 1

Video [Harm Reduction Works on You Tube, UK]

Parents 'should supply alcohol'

Parents could help keep their teenagers away from drink-fuelled violence and sex by giving them a weekly alcohol allowance, a study has suggested [BBC, UK]

Allowing children to drink occasionally may prevent problems later, says study

The survey of almost 10,000 15- to 16-year-olds' drinking patterns in north-west England by researchers at the Centre for Public Health at Liverpool John Moores University found that enforcing abstinence within the family may push youngsters out into more dangerous environments and increase the risk of excessive drinking [Guardian, UK]

Seven weeks of booze in 5 days

Two first-year students were asked to keep a diary of their drinking in Freshers' Week [The Sun, UK]

Drug abuse and testing in prison

Treatment services need continuing support and funding but have been, in the prison context, transformed – for the better – beyond recognition in recent years. Reply by Dr Des Crowley GP (Co-ordinator Addiction Services, HSE Northern Area, and Medical Officer with Responsibility for Drug Treatment Services, Main prison Mountjoy) to an article in the [Irish Times]

Heroin has replaced cannabis as second highest treated drug

Statistics from the HSE reveal that treatment for heroin use rose from 49 in 2000 (3.5% of all cases) to 293 in 2008 (12.5% of all cases) [Irish Examiner]