DS Daily - 10th September 2009


Helpline promoted on cell walls

A mental health group's phone number has been painted on the cell walls at an Edinburgh police station in the first move of its kind [BBC, UK]

Killer pills warning at city clubs

A dangerous but legal drug originally developed for worming cattle is being peddled instead of Ecstasy to Edinburgh clubbers [Edinburgh Evening News, UK]

Stories of recovery from addiction

Greater Glasgow and Clyde Drug Action Team has teamed up with Lapidus writing and storytelling service to work with recovering drug users to write short stories about their recovery process [Stories of Recovery, UK]

UK study supports naloxone-based opiate overdose reversal training

As concern mounts over the recent growth in drug-related deaths, the first large scale UK follow-up study has assessed the impact of training in overdose recognition and management featuring the opiate blocking drug naloxone [Drug and Alcohol Findings, UK]

Recovery Through Film Part Two

This motivational film shows us the importance of personal development within recovery [Inexcess TV, UK]

Information Sharing and Mental Health

This guidance sets out some of the issues relating to the exchange of information between mental health trusts and outside organisations and individuals. 27-page PDF [DoH, UK]

Athletes argue against harsh penalties for party drugs

Professional sportsmen and women in Britain mounted a campaign yesterday to soften the penalties handed to athletes caught using recreational drugs [Times, UK]

Booze ad ban threat

Music and sports events could lose millions in sponsorship [Evening Times, Scotland, UK]

Ban on advertising alcohol won’t curb bingers

Advertising promotes brands, not bingeing - Will Broadfoot, Marketing Director, The London International Wine Fair [Letter, Times, UK]

Drugs strategy to be published

Random roadside drug-testing of motorists should be implemented as soon as is technically and legally possible, according to the new National Drugs Strategy to be published today [IrishTimes]

The Portuguese Experiment

How has decriminalization fared in Portugal? [Addiction Inbox, USA]

National Survey on Drug Use and Health: National Findings 2008

The survey is the primary source of information on the use of illicit drugs, alcohol, and tobacco in the civilian, noninstitutionalized population of the United States aged 12 years old or older [SAMHSA, UK]

U.S. drug policy is losing global support

European countries have been quietly defecting from the war for years, decriminalizing personal consumption of some or all of the banned drugs in order to minimize harm to their own people, but it's different when countries like Argentina and Mexico do it [Salt Lake Tribune, USA]

Hepatitis C infection rates 50 per cent down

New figures on drug use in Australia reveal that the spread of hepatitis C has halved over the past decade, partly because of effective public health programs [ABC News, Australia]

Prevention of alcohol-related harm in the workplace

DrugInfo Newsletter: September 2009 [DrugInfo clearinghouse, Australia]