DS Daily - 16th September 2009


Untreatable or just hard to treat?

Results of the Randomised Injectable Opioid Treatment Trial (RIOTT) [King’s Health Partners, UK]

RIOTT a success for chronic heroin addicts

John Strang, Professor of Addiction Research, Institute of Psychiatry, today presented headline results from the Randomised Injectable Opiate Treatment Trial (RIOTT), at a conference organised by the charity Action on Addiction at the Royal College of Physicians [Institute of Psychiatry, UK]

Expert in heroin prescribing call

The Scottish Drugs Forum director David Liddell said there was now "overwhelming" evidence in favour of having such a project ... Prof McKeganey, also speaking on Good Morning Scotland, said: "Start providing people with heroin and their recovery could be a long way down the road, they may be on that many, many years to come." [BBC, UK]

Fury at bid to give addicts free drugs

A drugs expert sparked fury yesterday after calling for a scheme where addicts are given heroin to be tested out in Scotland [Daily Express, UK]

RCN welcomes reported success of injecting clinics

RCN Chief Executive Dr Peter Carter says the clinics offer drug users to chance to move on from a life of crime and reduce the immediate problems caused when drugs are bought on the street [RCN, UK]

Supervised heroin prescription - 07:50 Today programme

A scheme in which heroin is given to addicts in supervised clinics has led to big reductions in the use of street drugs and crime, the BBC has learned. Home affairs correspondent Danny Shaw talks to some of those involved in the scheme. Professor John Strang, director of the National Addiction Centre, discusses the implications of these findings [Today, BBC, UK]

IHRA Launch ‘Addicted to News’ Media Guidelines

IHRA – in partnership with the European Opiate Treatment Association (EUROPAD), the South Eastern European Adriatic Addiction Treatment Network (SEEAnet) and Schering-Plough – have created a set of media guidelines to assist in the reporting of constructive, accurate and responsible information in the field of opioid dependence [IHRA]

Addicts get text overdose advice

Drug users in Swansea are being asked to sign up to be sent mobile texts on what to do if they overdose and how to reduce their addiction risks [BBC, UK]

Blueprint for what?

I have just completed reading the long awaited “Impact” report of the Home Office’s Blueprint Drug Education project. As then Drug Education Forum Chair and one of the Drug Education Forum representatives on the project’s Advisory Group, I am disappointed, frustrated… [Eric Carlin's Blog, UK]

Detox works for 1-in-4 teenagers

Only one-in-four heroin-dependent Irish adolescents who un­dergo methadone treatment manage to stay off heroin, the results of a new Irish study reveal [Irish Medical News]

Forgotten Families - The Needs of Kinship Carers in Europe

Understanding the needs of kinship carers and the children they care for is a critical part of the EU Kinship Carers Project. This report provides an overview of the needs of this group based on interviews with over 180 carers in 7 European countries. It draws conclusions that will be used by partners on the project to develop resources which are intended to protect children and young people in these placements from the harms that drugs may cause [Mentor UK]

Addressing Escalating Issues of Pro-Drug Web Content

Treatment Research Institute (TRI) and Unyos, a Maryland-based Internet developer, along with the Partnership for a Drug-Free America (Partnership), today released "WebSafe," an on-line platform to educate and empower parents, professionals and others to protect teens and other children from Internet drug threats [WebSafe, USA]

Is war on drugs worth it? Maybe not, new FBI data suggest

Many law enforcement officers now say the drug interdiction effort is costly and unsuccessful. The bulk of drug arrests in 2008 were for simple possession, almost half for marijuana. [Christian Science Monitor , USA]

Crime in the USA 2008

By offense, by region, by state, by local agency [FBI, USA]

In Mexico's drug wars, police stepping up

More than 11,500 people have died in drug-related violence nationwide, including hundreds of police, since Calderón took office in 2006. Despite his vow to destroy the cartels, they still control 90% of the cocaine that flows into the USA, and some violence from their turf wars has spilled into Georgia, Arizona and other states [USA Today]

No escape in New York for under-fire smokers

1,700 parks and 14 miles of beach may become cigarette-free zones [Independent, UK]