DS Daily - 11th September 2009


DrugScope Street Drug Trends Survey 2009

Falling illegal drug purity 'accelerates trend' in users combining different drugs [DrugScope, UK]

Commercial breakdown

A severe drop in the quality of illegal drugs coupled with a mix and match approach to taking them is creating an expanding ‘junk food’ drug market. Max Daly takes a look at this year’s UK-wide DrugScope Street Drug Trends Survey [Druglink, UK]

Users 'mix wider range of drugs'

A decline in the quality of drugs is encouraging takers to use a wider range of substances, a report suggests [BBC, UK]

'Junk food' illegal drug market hits the streets

The illegal drug market is starting to mirror a "junk food" economy with a menu of increasingly low quality, cheap and readily available products being sold to an ever less discerning group of customers, according to the latest survey of street trends [Guardian, UK]

Drink and drugs a leading cause of youth deaths

The deaths of more than 3,000 young people in the UK every year could be prevented and many are precipitated by Britain's drink and drugs culture, a leading child health expert claims [Guardian, UK]

The British Medical Association says it is not 'anti-alcohol'. Well, it should be

The British use booze as an ice-breaker or to release the rebel within. We’d be healthier just being ourselves [Times, UK]

Statutory Homelessness

2nd Quarter (April to June) 2009, England [Communities and Local Government, UK]

National Drugs Strategy 2009-2016

The overall strategic objective for the National Drugs Strategy 2009–2016 is: To continue to tackle the harm caused to individuals and society by the misuse of drugs through a concerted focus on the five pillars of supply reduction, prevention, treatment, rehabilitation and research [Department of Community, Rural and Gaeltacht Affairs, Ireland]

Taoiseach launches new National Drugs Strategy 2009-2016

Despite the successes achieved in recent years, the Taoiseach acknowledged that problem drug use continues to be a significant challenge facing our country [Department of Community, Rural and Gaeltacht Affairs, Ireland]

National Drugs Strategy totally undermined by government cuts

Speaking at this morning's launch by An Taoiseach Brian Cowen of the government's National Drugs Strategy, Citywide Drugs Crisis Campaign have challenged the Taoiseach to explain how the, "National Drugs Strategy can be implemented while government policy calls for cuts of €2.6m to the same strategy." [Citywide, Ireland]

Taking the piss: is HSE drug testing wasting millions?

Faced as we are with proposed cutbacks in frontline services, and when adequate drug treatment services are not available in most areas outside greater Dublin (but heroin is), it is time for an objective review of guidelines which compel doctors treating drug users to waste the limited resources given to this essential area of practice [Irish Medical Times]

Better world: Legalise drugs

Far from protecting us and our children, the war on drugs is making the world a much more dangerous place [New Scientist]

Psychopathology in Cocaine-abusing Adolescents

Cocaine-preferring adolescents may have higher comorbidity and more anxiety disorders. The presence of anxiety may be a major factor in adolescent cocaine addiction [Abstract - Addictive Disorders & Their Treatment]

U.S. Sentencing Commission Urged to Give Judges More Flexibility

Criminal justice reform proponents have long pushed the federal government to back alternatives to incarceration and more flexible sentencing for drug convictions [Washington Post, USA]

Venezuela 'tackling drugs trade'

Venezuela's top anti-drugs official has roundly rejected recent US criticism that his country is failing to tackle international drug trafficking [BBC, UK]

The Victorian Drug Statistics Handbook

Patterns of drug use and related harm in Victoria for the period July 2006 to June 2007. 288-page PDF [Mental Health and Drugs Division Department of Human Services (Victoria), Australia]

Chemical ecstasy components banned in SA

More than 60 chemicals that can be used as ingredients for making illegal drugs including ice and ecstasy have been banned in South Australia [The Age, Australia]