DS Daily - 16th October 2009


Communities for Health: unlocking the energy within communities to improve health

These local reports show what can be achieved to make a real difference to peoples’ lives when local partners work together with the communities they serve. 183-page PDF [DoH, UK]

Teen alcohol crackdown 'success'

Thousands of teenagers had a total of 5,171 litres of alcohol confiscated in a summer crackdown on binge drinking, the government has said [BBC, UK]

Alcohol inquiry hears from supermarkets and Premier League

The Health Committee inquiry into alcohol continued with evidence from supermarkets ASDA, Sainsbury's and Waitrose. The Committee then questioned representatives from the Premier League and the Football League [Parliament, UK]

Superstores reject pleas to stop sales of cut-price alcohol

Three major supermarkets rejected calls yesterday to scrap cut-price deals on alcohol [Daily Express, UK]

Offender Health IBA Training Pilot Interim Report

You can now read the interim summary from the Offender Health IBA training the trainer pilots taking place currently in Eastern Region Prisons and South Central Probation [Alcohol Learning Centre, UK]

Public accountability in addiction treatment

John Marsden and colleagues from the National Drug Treatment Monitoring System Outcomes Study Group present an important practical step toward advancing public accountability and public trust in addiction treatment [Abstract - The Lancet, UK]

Management of injecting drug users admitted to hospital

A summary of the evidence for the management of hospitalised injecting drug users [Summary - The Lancet, UK]

Minister announces start date for UK Anti-Doping

Minister for Sport, Gerry Sutcliffe MP, has today announced a start date of 14 December 2009 for UK Anti-Doping (UKAD), the UK’s first stand-alone anti-doping body, to assume responsibility for the UK’s national anti-doping programme [Department for Culture, Media And Sport, UK]

New drug-testing agency UK Anti-Doping will open snitching hotline

Great Britain is to launch its first drug cheat hotline in the run-up to the 2012 London Olympics [Guardian, UK]

A national responsible gambling strategy

Initial recommendations on priorities for research, education and treatment (RET) to support a national responsible gambling strategy. 30-page PDF [Responsible Gambling Strategy Board, UK]

Cannabis: Study demonstrates the scale of drug's global popularity

Writing in The Lancet, Wayne Hall of the University of Queensland and Louisa Degenhardt of the University of New South Wales, Australia, say cannabis slows reaction times and increases the risk of accidents, causes bronchitis, interferes with learning, memory and education and, most seriously, may double the risk of schizophrenia. Yet these effects have failed to dent its popularity [Belfast Telegraph]

2008/2009 Annual report - The Gathering Effect

A set of 20 recommendations forms the core of this innovative Canada-wide approach to improving treatment, focusing on the individual in need of care. 24-page PDF [CCSA, Canada]

Trends in Tobacco Use among Adolescents: 2002 to 2008

The prevalence of past month use of any tobacco product among adolescents (i.e., youths aged 12 to 17) declined between 2002 and 2008, from 15.2 to 11.4 percent [SAMHSA, USA]

The future of harm reduction programmes in Russia

The Review focuses on people who inject drugs, at least 16 million people worldwide [Abstract - Lancet, UK]

Time to decriminalise drugs

Dr Norm Stamper was a police officer in the United States for 34 years, including six years as Seattle's police chief [Courier Mail, Australia]

Return on Investment 2

A evaluation report published by Commonwealth Department of Health, conducted by a team of investigators at the National Centre in HIV Epidemiology and Clinical Research, The University of New South Wales, Sydney, Australia. 2MB PDF [Australian Government]

The Dawn of a New Era: Transforming our Domestic Response to Hepatitis B & C.

This national forum focusing on viral hepatitis was held in in Washington, DC, on 10-11 September 2009. The multi-stakeholder forum aimed to develop a coordinated national response to chronic viral hepatitis through improved prevention, detection and patient care. 1MB PDF [Via Hep C org, Australia]

Inquiry tackles alcohol-fuelled violence

The first in a series of parliamentary inquiries looking into the increasing rate of alcohol-fuelled violence is being held today in Townsville in north Queensland [ABC News, Australia]

Placebo effect starts in the spine – not just the mind

The sequence of events in the brain closely mirrors the way opioid drugs, such as morphine, work — adding weight to the view that the placebo effect is grounded in physiology [Times, UK]