DS Daily - 24th September 2009


Rebuilding lives

A model of good practice — that’s the verdict of health minister Gillian Merron after visiting Oldham’s specialist service for prescription drug addicts . . . and it could be copied in other parts of the country [Oldham Evening Chronicle, UK]

Aid for addicts

Those speaking on behalf of the Scottish Government would be well advised to ensure that they are familiar with research findings, including those funded by the Scottish Government itself - Letter from Neil McKeganey, Professor of Drug Misuse Research, University of Glasgow [The Scotsman, UK]

It is ludicrous to claim doctors' views on alcohol are not credible

We medics see first-hand the damage done by excessive consumption - Dr Vivienne Nathanson is head of science and ethics for the British Medical Association [Guardian, UK]

Curb binge drinking

Measures to curb binge drinking must not be delayed. Letter - Don Shenker, Chief Executive, Alcohol Concern. Professor Ian Gilmore, President, Royal College of Physicians. Mike Craik, Chief Constable, Northumbria Police. Alison Rogers, Chief Executive, British Liver Trust [Times, UK]

HSE report backs lower alcohol limit

At least 18 drivers killed in crashes between 2003 and 2005 had a blood alcohol level between the current limit of 80mg and the Government’s proposed new lower limit of 50mg, according to a new Health Service Executive report [Irish Times]

Drug-Related Deaths

2007 DAWN Report Provides Insight on Drug-Related Deaths in a Number of States and Metropolitan Communities Across the Country [SAMHSA, USA]

5 Things the Corporate Media Don't Want You to Know About Cannabis

Recent scientific reports suggest that pot doesn't destroy your brain, that it doesn't cause lung damage like tobacco -- but you won't hear it in the corporate media [AlterNet, USA]

Debate over Legalizing Drugs

Critics called it, the War on the War on Drugs Conference, since many of the conference speakers advocate legalization or at least the decriminalization of drugs like marijuana [FOXNews, USA]

The Importance of Family Dinners V

More than a decade of research at The National Center on Addiction and Substance Abuse (CASA) at Columbia University has consistently found that the more often children have dinner with their parents, the less likely they are to smoke, drink or use drugs [CASA, USA]

The Most Violent City on Earth

Ciudad Juárez Takes on the Drug Cartels [Spiegel, Germany]

Jury in on heroin ban

We don't need a debate about heroin-assisted treatment. We should be providing this now to the small minority with very severe problems who have not benefited from repeated episodes of other treatments - Alex Wodak, director of the Alcohol and Drug Service at St Vincent's Hospital, Sydney [The Age, Australia]