DS Daily - 28th October 2009


The Cocaine Trade - Home Affairs committee: Witnesses

1. Paul Hayes, Chief Executive, National Treatment Agency for Substance Misuse, and The Priory Hospital
2. Professor Nutt, Chair, Advisory Council for the Misuse of Drugs

Videos from The Globalisation of Addiction

Bruce Alexander with SFF and KDOS [FEAD, UK]

Ketamine 'needs tougher restrictions'

Tougher laws may be needed to stop one of Britain's fastest growing drugs causing permanent damage to its users, MPs have been warned [Telegraph, UK]

Afghanistan’s chief counter narcotics judges visit the UK

Afghanistan’s two most senior counter narcotics judges are visiting the UK for the first time to meet leading Criminal Justice experts and learn more about contemporary approaches to counter narcotics law enforcement [Ministry of Justice, UK]

Diversity Award for Stockton Project Worker

John Hubbard, senior practitioner with the Stockton harm minimisation service, was named individual ‘Diversity and Inclusion Champion’ at the Stockton Celebrating Diversity Awards 2009 [CRI, UK]

I took crystal meth then lied when I tested positive, Agassi confesses

Andre Agassi, one of the greatest players in modern tennis, has confessed to using the highly addictive illegal drug crystal methamphetamine while a player [BBC, UK]

Alcohol doesn't rape women – rapists do

Rape is caused by rapists – not by women who are drunk or drugged,or by other risk-factors mentioned by the researchers such as walking alone at night [Telegraph, UK]

Drink-drive penalty points may be reduced

The number of penalty points to be issued for lower-level breaches of the proposed new drink-driving legislation is expected to be lower than originally envisaged, in order to persuade Fianna Fáil backbenchers to back the Road Traffic Bill [Drugs.ie, Ireland]

Russia warned about HIV epidemic

A top international HIV/Aids expert has told the BBC that the epidemic in Russia is now out of control [BBC, UK]

Busted for Handing Out Clean Needles?

Courageous Activists Pushed for Safe Access Despite Jail Time Risks [Alternet, UK]

Push to Legalize Marijuana Gains Ground in California

State lawmakers are holding a hearing on Wednesday on the effects of a bill that would legalize, tax and regulate the drug — in what would be the first such law in the United States [New York Times, USA]

The Case for Marijuana Legalization and Regulation

An exclusive look at the historic testimony prepared for a special hearing on legalizing marijuana to the California Assembly [Alternet, UK]

Document Collection on Overdose

This collection brings together [50] documents that provide the best information on overdose and overdose prevention [IHRA]

UN Special Rapporteur calls for decriminalisation and an end to compulsory treatment

At a conference on international human rights in Hanoi, Anand Grover, the UN Special Rapporteur on the Right to Health, called for the decriminalisation of drug use and an end to compulsory drug rehabilitation camps in Asia [IDPC]

The Continued Standstill in Reducing Illicit Drug Use

Is the Policy-Budget Mismatch to Blame? [Carnevale Policy Brief]