DS Daily - 27th October 2009


Important changes announced to Welfare Reform Bill

During the House of Lords Report Stage debate on the Welfare Reform Bill (22nd October) the government announced concessions to measures specific to problem drug users: claimants will not be required to undergo treatment as a condition of receiving benefit and some limits will be placed on when a claimant can be required to undergo drug testing [Drugscope, UK]

Shooting Up: Infections among injecting drug users in the United Kingdom 2008

A 32-page PDF update [Health Protection Agency, UK]

Anaesthesia does not improve outcomes from rapid opiate detoxification

Dutch study finds that anaesthetising patients during rapid opiate withdrawal is expensive and introduces new risks, but does not help inpatients complete detoxification or sustain drug use reductions on discharge. Print publication 2005 [Drug and Alcohol Findings, UK]

East Lancashire's health director rejects 'heroin shooting galleries'

The health board, formerly known as East Lancashire Primary Care Trust, is currently tendering for a new needle exchange service, offeing a greater choice for users, which should be up-and-running by next April [Lancashire Telegraph, UK]

Date-rape drug? No dear, you just had too much to drink

Dr Adam Burgess, from the University of Kent school of social policy, said rumours about the prevalence of date-rape drugs were little more than an urban myth [Daily Mail, UK]

ACMD open meeting registration form

The Advisory Council for the Misuse of Drugs (ACMD) invites members of the public to its open meeting on 10th November 2009. There will be an opportunity for public attendees to provide feedback to the ACMD and participate in a question and answer session [Home Office, UK]

Drug abuse 'cannot be eradicated'

The Isle of Man's annual Drug and Alcohol Strategy highlights the need to focus on young people drinking too much [BBC, UK]

Exploitation of unstable regions fuelling Europe's drug problem

The escalating instability in Afghanistan, corruption and war in Africa, organized crime in Central Asia and Eastern Europe, and cartel wars in Latin America are all contributing to the flow of illegal drugs into Europe [DW-World, Germany]

Heroin addiction is still shooting up

Russia is the world's biggest target market for heroin distribution, and consumes one-fifth of all heroin produced globally [Moscow News, Russia]

Methadone clinic will relocate again

Second Chance Recovery treats about 500 people trying to kick addictions to heroin and prescription drugs [CBC, Canada]

Director's Report to the National Advisory Council on Drug Abuse - September

Research findings, program activities, congressional affairs, international activities etc. [NIDA, USA]

FDA Delays Opioid REMS; Will Industry Snooze?

After much angst and turmoil, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) is delaying for a year their mandate to the pharmaceutical industry to develop Risk Evaluation and Mitigation Strategies (REMS) for certain opioid analgesics [Pain Treatment Topics, USA]

Why Primary Care Providers Shun Opioid Therapy

Reasons for this run contrary to best medical practice [Pain Treatment Topics, USA]

With medical marijuana on the back burner, what do we know?

To understand more about the drug's medical properties, we turned to Daniele Piomelli, who since 1998 has led a program, funded by the National Institutes of Health, to study the impact of marijuana and other psychoactive drugs on the brain [Washington Post, USA]

Organised crime is out of control

The NSW Government isn't the only one guilty of duping the public on organised crime [The Age, Australia]

Extra funding for drug dependant parents

The Federal Government has announced funding to provide extra support to parents who have drug or alcohol problems [ABC News, Australia]