DS Daily - 30th April 2013

Getting our priorities right (PDF)

The updated guidance sets out the challenge of adult problematic alcohol or drug use, its possible impacts on children and families and how services should respond. It provides all child and adult service practitioners working with these vulnerable families with an overview of the supporting evidence base | Scottish Government, UK

Cocaine and heroin use costs Wales £780m a year - video

The social and economic cost of Class A drugs such as cocaine and heroin is estimated at £780m a year in Wales, according to those working to help the estimated 20,000 problem drug users in the country | BBC, UK

Phase 2 of local Legal Highs harm minimisation campaign launched

Launch of Phase 2 of the “Legal Highs Lethal Lows” harm minimisation campaign by Leicestershire Substance Misuse Strategic Team. The campaign aims to highlight the risks of legal highs and recreational substance misuse and follows a successful Phase 1 | Leicestershire Substance Misuse Strategic Team, UK

Rising numbers of people going to hospital with liver problems caused by alcoholism as organ donations soar by a third

Growing numbers of 'everyday drinkers' are being admitted to hospital with liver disease – including many middle-aged, middle-class women | Mail Online, UK

Cigarette display ban comes into effect

The ban on cigarette displays at point of sale in Scotland’s larger shops has finally come into force after years of legal wrangling. Tobacco vending machines are also outlawed from today | BMA, UK

Tobacco display ban 'unnecessary', says grocers' association boss- video

The head of the Scottish Grocers' Association, John Drummond, believes new rules banning the display of tobacco products in large Scottish retail stores is unnecessary | BBC, UK

Two party-goers die after lethal cocktail of former legal high drug 'bubble' and drink during an 'all nighter' with friends

Two party-goers have died after taking a lethal cocktail of drink and the former legal high drug 'bubble' during an 'all nighter' with friends | Mail Online, UK

Bolton drug deaths: Toxicology tests to take place

Concerns have been raised about a "potentially contaminated batch of drugs" after two people died following a night out in Bolton | BBC, UK

Cheshire PCC advertises for £25,000 youth ambassador

Cheshire's police and crime commissioner is advertising for a £25,000-a-year youth ambassador. John Dwyer said he wanted to appoint someone with experience of working with young people to give youngsters a voice in policing | BBC, UK

Could youth commissioners do the police more harm than good?

Just 15% of us voted for the new UK police and crime commissioners, and their attempts to appoint 'youth commissioners' keep running into trouble. Is it worth it? | Guardian, UK

Food addiction: could overeating be compulsive?

Scientists are divided over whether or not addiction could be contributing to rising global obesity. Does food addiction really exist and - if it does - how can it be treated? | BBC, UK

I went stop and seatching in Soho with the London Met

We shadowed a team of the Met's finest on Saturday night in Soho to see if their series of very minor victories are helping them win their war on drugs | Vice, UK

Alcoholic councillor David Potts dies after battle with addiction

A South Tyneside councillor who had battled alcoholism has died at the age of 30. Councillor David Potts, died in hospital on Sunday afternoon after receiving treatment for his addiction | BBC, UK

Funeral of Aberdeen MSP Brian Adam set for Friday

The funeral of Aberdeen MSP Brian Adam is to take place on Friday, it has been announced | BBC, UK

Substance misuse amongst looked after children

The last figures that the NTA released on youth substance misuse treatment numbers reported that 20,688 under 18s accessed specialist support in 2011/12, of whom 1,030 were Looked After Children between the ages of 10 and 18 years | Mentor Thinks, UK

Britain on the bottle - iPlayer radio

A Ministry of Health Report in 1956 referred to heavy drinking as something that had been an issue in Britain "at times in the 18th and 19th century". In 1961 the Home Secretary RA Butler confidently told the Commons that "public drunkenness is not a problem". But such denial couldn't last long | BBC, UK

Employers are from Mars, young people are from Venus: addressing the young people/jobs mismatch

Our research reveals a clear mismatch between employers’ expectations of young people during the recruitment process and young people’s understanding of what is expected of them. This is hindering young people’s access to the labour market and contributing to high rates of youth unemployment | CIPD, UK

Fully Funded Apprenticeships - Available Now

Skills for Justice are working in partnership with Rocket Consultancy Ltd to promote fully funded Adult Apprenticeships in Management, Team Leading and Customer Service. As adult funding ceases in July, this is the last opportunity to apply for these courses at no charge | Skills for Justice, UK

Early intervention needs decade-long service plans, says charity

Action for Children has said 10-year plans for children’s services are needed at national and local level to encourage the development of early intervention work | CYP Now, UK

Colorado marijuana growers hoping for a Rocky Mountain high

Businesses prepare for 'green rush' when selling drug for recreational use becomes legal under state law in 2014 | Guardian, UK

Drugs bought on the internet ‘can contain rat poison’, warn pharmacists

Those who buy drugs online are risking their health and even their life, pharmacists have warned | Journal, Ireland

A Drug War Informer in No Man’s Land

The forecast called for record snowstorms, and Luis Octavio López Vega had no heat in his small hide-out | NY Times, USA

A Rising Tide of Substance Abuse

America’s 78 million aging baby boomers are heading into retirement with more than their considerable wealth, health and education. They are also bringing into their golden years an epidemic of drug and alcohol abuse and mental illness that has yet to be recognized, according to a recent Institute of Medicine report | NY Times, USA

Calling 911 Shouldn’t Lead to Jail

As a teenager, my son, Nic, was addicted to methamphetamine, heroin and other drugs. At 20, he had used most of the illicit drugs known to man. But one night, partying with a couple of friends in his basement apartment in Brooklyn, the combination and volume caused him to overdose. One of his friends called 911 | NY Times, USA

President Obama and #DrugPolicyReform: A Leap in the Right Direction

On April 24th, the Obama Administration released its 2013 National Drug Control Strategy – and it contains some huge gains for harm reduction advocates | Open Society Foundations, USA

OxyContin a gateway to heroin for upper-income addicts

Powerful prescription painkillers have become pricier and harder to use. So addicts across the USA are turning to this more volatile drug. The new twist: Heroin is no longer just an inner-city plague | USA Today, USA

Drug testing welfare recipients? Not so fast

The Texas Senate unanimously passed legislation recently to mandate drug tests for welfare applicants, demonstrating the widespread support behind a measure that appears common sense to many | Washington Post, USA

Govt bans more legal high chemicals

The government has banned two more chemicals found in former legal high K2 | Stuff.co.nz, New Zealand