DS Daily - 20th October 2009


The Drug Treatment System and its key transitions

At all times we must be capable, as a field, of speaking powerfully, positively and clearly to the public about the full range of social benefits associated with accessible and effective drug treatment - UK Drug Worker Forum Conference Presentation by Ian Wardle [Lifeline, UK]

Addict fears as needle-swap pharmacy set for Holyrood

A pharmacy offering a needle exchange service is set to open close to the Scottish Parliament, sparking fears of an influx of drug addicts [Edinburgh Evening News, UK]

Repertoires of distinction

Exploring patterns of weekend polydrug use within local leisure scenes across the English night time economy. 29-page PDF [Criminology and Criminal Justice, UK]

Self help groups: too important to leave to chance

Keith Humphreys and colleagues report on a workgroup of US experts on substance abuse self-help organisations. Main conclusion: self-help groups are too valuable to leave to chance. They should be actively promoted and facilitated by treatment services and policymakers. Print publication 2005 [Drug and Alcohol Findings, UK]

Aftercare via the phone suit less relapse-prone patients

An intensive US outpatient programme found that for less relapse-prone patients, a flexible aftercare regime mixing initial support groups with regular phone calls was at least as effective as entirely face-to-face contact, yet far less time-consuming. Print publication 2005 [Drug and Alcohol Findings, UK]

Drinking and obesity fuel surge in liver disease among middle-age Britons

The average age of those dying of the disease has fallen to 60 for women and 58 for men - four years lower for both sexes than 25 years ago [Daily Mail, UK]

Alcohol is worse than cigarettes

Drink-related disease has reached epidemic levels. We acted on tobacco, now we must act on this [Comment - Guardian, UK]

Huge fall in alcohol consumption in first six months of 2009

UK alcohol consumption is falling at the fastest rate for more than 60 years according to new official figures released today by the [British Beer & Pub Association

Warning over heavy home drinking

People who enjoy drinking at home are being warned its effects can be as devastating as going to the pub [BBC, UK]

Calls for minimum alcohol price

Doctors in the North West of England have called for the introduction of a minimum price for alcohol [BBC, UK]

NHS should care for those in custody

Many suspects not registered with GPs, says consultant [Guardian, UK]

Now tell us something we didn’t already know…

Two stories over the past few days reported as “news” which actually serve to underline how the prohibition of recreational drug use hides what’s really going on out there in the real world [UKCIA]

Hooked 19: Questions and listener feedback

We've had some great questions in the months that we've been doing the show so we thought it was time we answered some of them [Injecting Advice, UK]

HSE South to 'eliminate' addiction waiting lists

A major investment in addictions services involving additional methadone clinics in Cork City, Tralee, Waterford, Wexford, Carlow and Kilkenny was announced this week by Pat Healy, the Regional Director of Operations, HSE South [Irish Medical Times]

HSE to limit information on death of youth in care

David Foley (17) died of a drugs overdose in 2005, three years after being admitted into the care system [Irish Times]

Tackling drug abuse

An assessment of the previous National Drugs Strategy 2001– 2008 provides a context for the implementation of the new NDS 2009–2016 [Irish Medical News]

Minister to cut drink-driving limit

Transport Minister Noel Dempsey has insisted he will push ahead with plans to lower the drink-driving limit despite threats of a revolt by Fianna Fáil backbenchers [Irish Examiner]

B.C. health official considers supervised rooms for crack addicts

The suggestion, made after a study linked smoking crack to increased risk of HIV, will be controversial, but is driven by pressing public health concerns, British Columbia's top health official said Monday [Globe and Mail, Canada]

Justice to Stop Pursuit of Medical Marijuana Use

People who use marijuana for medical purposes and those who distribute it to them should not face federal prosecution, provided they act according to state law, the Justice Department said Monday in a directive with far-reaching political and legal implications [New York Times, USA]

US medical cannabis policy eased

Federal prosecutors in the US have been ordered to stop cannabis-related prosecutions in the 13 states where medical use of the drug is legal [BBC, UK]

New Advice to Parents: Tell the Truth About Your Past Drug Use

Moms and dads who grew up in the 60s, 70s and 80s have long struggled with a fundamental question of parenting: what do say when your children ask you about your own drug use? [Join Together, USA]

Prohibition Fighter

As a Harvard grad, former Princeton professor, and the son of a respected rabbi, Ethan Nadelmann might seem like an unlikely advocate for legalizing marijuana. But when you meet him, it all makes a lot of sense [Newsweek, USA]

New report on devastating impact of Afghan opium

On Wednesday 21 October UNODC will unveil a new publication entitled Addiction, Crime and Insurgency: The Transnational Threat of Afghan Opium [UNODC]

Interview with Malalai Joya, Afghanistan's youngest member of parliament

The opium industry of Afghanistan is solely designed by the United States. The drug business started long before in the 1980s during the Cold War, and the CIA worked hard to promote it in the areas under the control of the mujahideen. It is a joke when they are talking about counter-narcotics efforts while everyone knows that the production level goes up every year [Foreign Policy In Focus, USA]