DS Daily - 21st October 2009


The Cocaine Trade


1. Steve Rolles, Transform, and Professor McKeganey, Centre for Drug Misuse Research, Glasgow University.
2. Mitch Winehouse and Sarah Graham.

[Parliament, UK]

Drug users 'turning to crime to get treatment'

The quickest way for a drug addict to get residential care if their family cannot afford it is to commit a crime, Mitch Winehouse, the father of the singer Amy Winehouse, said today [Independent, UK]

NHS: Mitch Winehouse wrong on waiting lists for drug treatment

The National Treatment Agency for Substance Misuse (NTA), part of the National Health Service (NHS), has today refuted the assertion made by Mitch Winehouse, the father of Amy Winehouse, that the NHS has a one-year waiting list to get into drug treatment [NTA, UK]

Senior broadcasters on cocaine ‘praised for creative genius’

Broadcasting executives addicted to cocaine are routinely praised by bosses for their “creative genius”, a former BBC producer told MPs [Times, UK]

I was offered cocaine on my first day at the BBC

Former producer reveals how executives were praised for drug use [Daily Mail, UK]

Mum pleaded but nobody helped tragic heroin girl

A girl of 16 died of a heroin overdose despite her parents repeatedly pleading with police and social services to save her, an inquest heard yesterday [Daily Express, UK]

Abused women benefit most from holistic counselling

A major US government project found that women with substance use and mental health problems and traumatised by a history of sexual or physical abuse benefited most from services which offered integrated counselling addressing all these issues. Print publication 2005 [Drug and Alcohol Findings, UK]

Popular community prevention process cuts adolescent smoking and drinking

With its attractive community-led approach, the US Communities That Care prevention process has spread to the UK and other countries. This first randomised trial confirmed that given promising towns and rigorous execution, it can curb the growth of adolescent smoking and drinking [Drug and Alcohol Findings, UK]

Valium dealers 'target children'

Police in a south Wales community are trying to tackle the supply of valium after a number of people, including children, have been taken to hospital [BBC, UK]

Department of Health to develop National Liver Strategy

Liver disease is the fifth most common cause of death in England and if action is not taken to combat the disease, it could overtake stroke and coronary heart disease as a cause of death within the next 10-20 years. The growth in liver disease is largely fuelled by lifestyle factors such as excessive drinking and obesity and could easily be prevented [DoH, UK]

Alcohol hinders having a baby through IVF

Harvard study reveals impact of drinking [Guardian, UK]

Home owners forced to reveal spending on alcohol to get a mortgage

Home owners will be forced to disclose how much they spend on alcohol, tobacco and even summer holidays when they apply for a mortgage under new rules [Telegraph, UK]

Alcohol targets

What we need is a new debate about effective policy measures that are clearly targeted at the minority who misuse alcohol. Brigid Simmonds, Chief Executive British Beer & Pub Association [Comment, Times, UK]

Health of the homeless in Dublin

Has anything changed in the context of Ireland’s economic boom?. 6-page PDF [European Journal of Public Health]

Good Sense on Medical Marijuana

The federal government should not be harassing sick people and their caregivers. Attorney General Eric Holder Jr. has made the right decision, calling off prosecutions of patients who use marijuana for medical purposes or those who distribute it to them — provided they comply with state laws [Editorial, New York Times, USA]

Medical marijuana is an insult to our intelligence

It should be a real debate, about real decriminalization, and not clouded -- pardon the expression -- by hokum about "medical marijuana." [Washington Post, 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]