DS Daily - 28th September 2009


Drugs test for claimants sparks row over unemployment benefits

Addiction charities protest at Jobcentre powers under welfare reform bill [Observer, UK]

The big issue: Scandal of the doctors sacked for doing good

Drugs should be legalised and the doctors struck off for helping addicts should be reinstated [Letters - Observer, UK]

Seeing double

Meeting the challenge of dual diagnosis [NHS Confederation, UK]

Minimum drink price would save 70 lives in first year, study shows

A mimnimum price for alcohol of 40p per unit would eventually save hundreds of lives a year, a Scottish Government commissioned study will reveal this week [Scotland on Sunday, UK]

Counsellor skill influences outcomes of brief motivational interventions

Few studies can manage the painstaking analyses needed to identify what makes for successful counselling. This Swiss study broke new ground in dissecting why in brief motivational interviews, some staff had far better results than others with risky drinking A&E patients [Drug and Alcohol Findings, UK]

Can we prevent drug related deaths by training opioid users to recognise and manage overdoses?

Our findings confirm that training of bystanders constitutes a valuable resource in the assessment and management of opiate overdoses that may not otherwise be recognised or addressed [Harm Reduction Journal]

Injecting without drugs

Why? As a coping strategy for stress. ... a build up of feelings and emotions that would previously have lead to heroin use, but now he just injected water and citric acid [Injecting Advice, UK]

Rewriting the English language and a criminalised approach to medication

As this blog reported last week, there’s been a flurry of drug law reform articles in the media and prohibition supporters have been having their say and it’s worth looking at their arguments [UKCIA]

One for the road?

Film forces France to admit its drinking problem [Observer, UK]

California mulls legalising marijuana

Evidence of the impact that the approval of medicinal marijuana has had on some areas of California is clear in Oakland [BBC, UK]

Young and Suburban, and Falling for Heroin

A new wave of heroin abuse that officials across the New York region are grappling to understand [New York Times, USA]

Sale of needles eased

Pharmacists and health care organizations applaud a state law recently enacted to allow over-the-counter sales of hypodermic needles and syringes in Pennsylvania [Pittsburgh Tribune, USA]

Implementing Change in Substance Abuse Treatment

Technical Assistance Publication (TAP) 31: Implementing Change in Substance Abuse Treatment Programs offers guidance on howto integrate evidence-based practices (EBPs)for substance abuse treatment into clinical practice [SAMHSA, USA]

Clinton discusses fight against drugs with Mexico

U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton and Mexican Foreign Minister Patricia Espinosa have vowed to "keep strengthening" cooperation in the fight against drug violence and organized crime that spills across their countries' common border [Associated Press, USA]

Will the U.S. Legalize Drugs Like Latin America?

This year alone, two countries in Latin America have loosened punishment for personal drug consumption, and two others have moved closer to a similar scenario [New York Times, USA]

Navy seizes cocaine 'worth £240m'

The Portsmouth-based frigate HMS Iron Duke seized more than five-and-a-half tonnes of the drug from a 138ft fishing boat off the coast of South America [BBC, UK]

Trends in estimated alcohol-attributable deaths and hospitalisations in Australia, 1996-2005

Over the last 10 years (1996–2005), an estimated 32,696 Australians aged 15 years and older died from alcoho lattributable injury and disease caused by risky/high risk drinking [NDRI, Australia]

Alcohol-caused death rates decline but hospitalisations keep on rising

The number of Australians hospitalised for preventable injuries and illnesses caused by risky drinking has risen by a third in a decade [NDRI, Australia]

Anti-drug powers face cuts

Police will be prevented from dispersing known drug suppliers and will be forced to consider social factors before making drug users move on, under recommendations to go before state cabinet in the coming weeks [SMH, Australia]

AFL is on the case to end binge drinking

The AFL industry is in the third year of a five-year responsible-use-of-alcohol initiative. Its cornerstone is a belief in harm minimisation, and a belief in looking after your mates [The Age, Australia]

Drugs and HIV: voices of hope in India

Cristina Albertin, UNODC Representative for South Asia recently visited the North East of India and met determined men and women dealing with drug use and HIV and AIDS [UNODC]