DS Daily - 22nd September 2009


Evidence for the effectiveness and cost–effectiveness of interventions to reduce alcohol-related harm

The WHO European Region has the highest proportion of total ill health and premature death caused by alcohol in the world. The effectiveness of alcohol policies in reducing this harm has been evaluated mainly in North America and northern Europe, but the general principles are applicable across societies and countries 2MB PDF [WHO]

Handbook for action to reduce alcohol-related harm

Every country in the WHO European Region has some form of alcohol action plan. This handbook helps them review, adjust or strengthen their plans to further reduce the harm caused by alcohol 538KB PDF [WHO]

Remarkable impact from alcohol parenting advice at parent-school meetings

In Sweden routine parent-school meetings incorporating parenting advice and encouraging commitment to take a strong stand against underage drinking had a remarkable impact on adolescent drunkenness - but would this simple, low-cost tactic work as well in the UK? [Drug and Alcohol Findings, UK]

Should drinking age be raised to 21?

Should the pub-drinking age be raised from 18? That question will now be asked following research from the US suggesting that a minimum legal drinking age of 21 may have prevented a 'significant amount' of alcoholism and drug abuse [Male Health, UK]

Drink drug prescriptions increase

The use of drugs to treat alcohol dependence has risen sharply in south west Scotland in the past five years [BBC, UK]

New 'healthy' Scottish Cup (shame about the drinks sponsorship)

The rebranding of Scottish football's premier cup competition to promote healthy living was last night dismissed as "ridiculous" because major alcohol companies remain prominent sponsors of the game [The Scotsman, UK]

Z Drugs on the RADAR

The injection of zopiclone and other (so called) z-drugs in the north east of England led us to do a dedicated RADAR report with local agencies and to develop a leaflet aimed at users in the North East. We are now able to release this information, report and leaflet available as downloads for those who may be experiencing similar situations - Michael Linnell, Russell Newcombe [Lifeline, UK]

Residential care for drug addicts at 'astonishing' all-time low

Tory health spokeswoman Mary Scanlon, who obtained the official figures in a parliamentary answer, said: "At a time when more and more people in Scotland are looking for help, it is astonishing that fewer and fewer are getting residential rehab [The Scotsman, UK]

Where does the UK get its legal heroin from?

The government is considering whether legal, injectable heroin might be one way to tackle the effects of drug abuse, but where exactly do the authorities get their heroin from? [BBC, UK]

Hooked 15: Melanotan 2

Hooked episode 15 about a drug that has been appearing more and more in UK needle programmes, Melanotan 2. We discuss what this complex synthetic analogue does, where it comes from, and what some of the risks might be from its use [Injecting Avice, UK]

IHRA Release Position Statement Defining Harm Reduction

After months of discussion and consultation with partners, the Board of Directors and staff have released a detailed position statement defining the term ‘harm reduction’ [International Harm Reduction Association]

New IHRA Report: From Evidence to Action

Among the many notable events happening in and around Harm Reduction 2009: IHRA’s 20th International Conference in Bangkok were the highly publicised keynote speeches by Professor Michel Kazatchkine (Executive Director of the Global Fund to Fight AIDS, TB and Malaria) and Craig McClure (Executive Director of the International AIDS Society) [International Harm Reduction Association]

Marching for Recovery in Liverpool

Inexcess TV spoke to Jacquie Johnson-Lynch about the UK’s first Recovery March that is taking place on Saturday 26th September 2009 [Inexcess TV, UK]

Tobacco, marijuana and alcohol may lower levels of some anti-HIV drugs

Tobacco and marijuana may reduce levels of atazanavir (Reyataz) in the body, whilst tobacco and alcohol may lower efavirenz (Sustiva or Stocrin) levels in individuals who carry specific genetic variations [Aidsmap, UK]

Republic of croatia to become member of EMCDDA

Deputy Prime Minister of Croatia, Đurđa Adlešič, visited the EMCDDA today as the country prepares for membership of this EU agency. Ms Adleši, who is also president of the Commission on Combating Narcotic Drug Abuse of the Croatian Government, was joined by a 20 strong delegation [EMCDDA]

Death rate for Bulgarian addicts is Europe's fifth highest

Bulgaria now has more than 30 000 drug addicts of which just 3000 undergo treatment each year, according to recent statistics [Sophia Echo, Bulgaria]

Are smart drugs really that clever?

So-called 'smart drugs' have been seized upon by undergraduates as a means to stay alert and improve mental performance. But the long-term effects remain unknown [Independent, UK]

ICF gets pact for substance abuse prevention work

ICF International said Monday it received a five-year contract valued at more than $7 million from the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services to help promote substance abuse prevention [Forbes, USA]

Pain-Reliever Abuse/Addiction Stabilized in U.S.

The annual NSDUH survey generates an impressive array of data, often used by government agencies and civic organizations to justify their antidrug programs and research. However, there are a number of potential flaws and concerns that need to be recognized [Pain-Topics, USA]

Cocaine Laced with Veterinary Anti-Parasite Drug

Nationwide Public Health Alert Issued Concerning Life-Threatening Risk Posed by Cocaine Laced with Veterinary Anti-Parasite Drug [SAMHSA, USA]

Between Hypocrisy and Narcoterrorism in Latin America

If the United States is to have operational capacities in Latin America for its counternarcotics efforts, it should at least call for a proper dialogue between producing, consuming and transshipment countries [Brookings Institution, USA]

What the Drug War Needs is a Debate, Not a Disingenuous Battle Plan

What will it take for the White House to act? Since the current strategy is clearly not working, why not open up the hemispheric drug policy to public debate for the very first time [Council on Hemispheric Affairs, USA]

Legalise addicts' heroin: experts

Australian doctors should be allowed to prescribe heroin to long-term addicts to prevent fatal overdoses, crime and the spread of blood-borne viruses, leading addiction specialists say [The Age, Australia]

Drug bus will swoop 'anytime, anywhere'

Two new drug buses will hit NSW roads next month as part of a blitz aimed at high-risk parolees. The buses will be used to conduct 30,000 random urine tests across the state each year, randomly turning up at workplaces, parolees' homes or parole offices to make sure offenders are meeting the conditions of their release [The Australian]

'Hillbilly heroin' becoming drug of choice

Australian's are increasingly abusing prescription drugs such as oxycodone, which is also known as "hillbilly heroin", experts have warned [News.com, Austalia]

Report highlights big increase in alcohol-related injuries

The report from the National Drug Research Institute at Curtin University in Perth found risky drinking was responsible for a 30 percent rise in the number of people admitted to hospital for preventable illnesses and injuries [ABC News, Australia]