DS Daily - 15th October 2009


Paul Hayes comments on recent reports on drug treatment at UKDWF

It is very welcome that the media is now beginning to recognize the success of drug treatment as this gives further support to those already in treatment, encourages individuals outside treatment to seek help, and contributes to the building of a political consensus in support of continued investment in the challenging financial times ahead [NTA, UK]

Save Akmal Shaikh from execution

Akmal Shaikh, a Londoner, is facing imminent execution in China for carrying drugs; Reprieve believes he suffers from a serious mental illness and is urgently asking Prime Minister Gordon Brown to intervene - email Foreign Secretary David Miliband NOW [Reprieve, UK]

British Try to Halt Execution of Briton in China

Diplomatic officials and rights groups in Britain are waging a campaign to save the life of a British man who has been sentenced to death for drug smuggling by a Chinese court despite apparent signs of mental illness [New York Times, USA]

Drugs death mother in TV advert

The mother of a hairdresser who died after taking cocaine is appearing in a national television advert made by Kent Police warning of the dangers of drugs [BBC, UK]

Concern over Carnage pub crawls

Pub crawls for first-year "freshers" organised by Carnage UK have been condemned by student leaders at a South West university [BBC, UK]

At home alcohol detox initiative

More alcoholics in Devon are being offered the chance to dry out at home on the NHS [BBC, UK]

Coroner's warning after schoolgirl drinks herself to death

A coroner has warned teenagers not to "risk your young lives" by binge-drinking after a talented schoolgirl drank herself to death at a house-warming party [Telegraph, UK]

£0.40 minimum per unit of alcohol plus discount ban would save a life a day in Scotland

Mathematical model suggests that a £0.40 minimum price per unit of alcohol plus a ban on discount promotions would cut drinking by 5.4% in Scotland, saving a life every day once the policy fully takes effect, and over the first ten years saving £millions in public and private sector costs [Drug and Alcohol Findings, UK]

Tobacco will be kept out of sight in shops

MPs have agreed further action to protect young people from the dangers of taking up smoking and to support smokers who are trying to quit [DoH, UK]

Former drug labs 'absolutely deadly'

As police crack down on more methamphetamine or speed labs, the toxic chemicals used to make the drugs remain and pose a serious health risk [ABC News, Australia]

Stemming the tide of alcohol

If effective steps to change New Zealand's heavy drinking culture are not taken soon, it is likely that the widespread damage associated with excess alcohol will continue for decades to come - Professor Doug Sellman, director of the National Addiction Centre, Otago University, Christchurch [Stuff.co, New Zealand]