DS Daily - 13th October 2009


The treatment journey from Prison through into work

Paul Hayes talks about the challenges facing the drugs field in working with and for drug users and communities at a variety of points of contact. Paul describes the more complex factors that can belie key policy decisions [FEAD, UK]

The need to 'think through' the risks involved in devolution

Paul Hayes: "There is a very real risk that if there was an unthought-through devolution of resources and responsibilities from the centre to localities then the improvements that have been won over the last last ten years or so would evaporate quite quickly" [FEAD, UK]

Needle and syringe programmes

Needle and syringe programmes: providing people who inject drugs with injecting equipment [NICE, UK]

Save Disability Living Allowance & Attendance Allowance

Have You Signed the No 10 Petition Yet? [SMMGP, UK]

Audio recordings available from Making Recovery Real Conference

In February 2009, over 60 people contributed to the various 12 parallel sessions at SRNs national conference 'Making Recovery Real' [Scottish Recovery Network, UK]

Drunker than intended: Misperceptions and information treatments

Some research looking at whether young people intend to become as drunk as they do [Drug Education Forum, UK]

Supermarkets face MPs over alcohol policy

Three major supermarket chains will be grilled by MPs this week over their policy towards selling alcohol [The Publican, UK]

Consultation on proposed tobacco control regulations in England

The consultation document includes four sets of proposed regulations, covering: tobacco displays, tobacco price lists, specialist tobacconists, tobacco vending machines. Consultation document 83-page PDF [DoH, UK]

Government ban on cigarette displays

A flagship government anti-smoking scheme that would ban Britain’s shops from displaying cigarettes would be “unenforceable”, according to one of the country’s leading QCs [Times, UK]

Irish tobacco display ban provides encouraging results for the UK

Putting tobacco out of sight in shops has boosted support for a display ban in the Republic of Ireland - reveals new research. Ireland put cigarettes out of sight in July this year [Cancer Research UK]

Over half of inmates ‘on prescription medication’

More than half of the inmates at Castlerea Prison in Co Roscommon are on "high dependency, mind-altering" prescription drugs [Irish Examiner]

€3m drug rehab drive for Munster

Extra methadone clinics will be set up across Munster as part of a €3 million package announced yesterday to help heroin addicts [Irish Examiner]

Alcohol Use in New Zealand

Key Results of the 2007/08 New Zealand Alcohol and Drug Use Survey. 278-page PDF [Ministry of Health, New Zealand]

National Drug Policy New Zealand

This section contains a wide range of information on alcohol and public health policy in New Zealand, including [Ministry of Health, New Zealand]

Health Professionals Should Screen For Alcohol Use

Commenting on the just released Ministry of Health survey on alcohol use and alcohol-related harm, ALAC Manager Strategic Operations Tuari Potiki said the survey was a useful snapshot of New Zealanders’ alcohol use for 2007/08 and was consistent with previous surveys [Scoop, New Zealand]

Young people most affected by alcohol harm

Young people experience higher levels of harm from their own drinking or other people’s drinking than other people, a new Ministry of Health survey shows [Scoop, New Zealand]

UN Human Rights Council Backs Harm Reduction

The resolution on HIV/AIDS and human rights explicitly supports the need for a “comprehensive package of services for injecting drug users, including harm-reduction programmes in relation to HIV” in both the preambular and the operational paragraphs, and reaffirms the commitment to expand "access to essential commodities, including… sterile injecting equipment” and “harm-reduction efforts related to drug use” ... Importantly, this resolution further isolates the UN Commission on Narcotic Drugs (CND)– which has still to explicitly recognise harm reduction in any of its resolutions [IHRA]