DS Daily - 6th December 2013

Hit Hot Topics 2013 conference presentations

Videos, slides and pictures from the recent conference | HIT, UK

Scotland's national naloxone programme - why, how & what next? - video

Kirsten Horsburgh is National Naloxone Coordinator at the Scottish Drugs Forum. Speaking at Hit Hot Topics 2013, Kirsten presented about the development of naloxone distribution in Scotland, the latest statistics, and the challenges that remain | Jon Derricott, UK

Naloxone in the family - video

Greg Scott talking about family engagement around naloxone, and the power this has | Injecting Advice, UK

Equivalent of 20 classrooms-full of children take up smoking every day in UK, according to research

At current rates, half of these children will die because of their habit if they carry on smoking | Independent, UK

Review finds weak link between cannabis use and increased risk of developing depression

Cannabis is the second most commonly used recreational drug, after alcohol, in the UK. The number of regular users has risen considerably over the past decade, and this has been particularly apparent in the adolescent population | Mental Elf, UK

Clarifying alcohol brief interventions: 2013 update (PDF)

In 2010 the Alcohol Academy released a briefing ‘Clarifying brief interventions’, co-authored by Professor Nick Heather, Don Lavoie and James Morris. This revised version accounts for developments in the field, including new research and the national implementation effort | Alcohol Academy, UK

Drugs in prisons: supply and remand

Technology is making it easier to trade drugs in prison | Economist, UK

Britain's baby boomer generation suffering ill-effects of years of hard living

Britain's baby boomer generation is suffering the ill-effects of years of hard living | Independent, UK

Drug education: Preventing young people’s access to substance misuse treatments

By looking at the education and employment status of young people accessing substance misuse treatment in 2012-13, an increase is clear in the number of people in education or employment compared to the previous year | Mentor ADEPIS, UK

Dorset Police write to 'legal high' users

Suspected users of so-called 'legal highs' have been sent letters by Dorset Police as part of efforts to discourage people from using them | BBC, UK

How Chinese companies are shipping thousands of pounds of chemicals for synthetic drugs into the U.S. - and it's all LEGAL

Chinese manufacturers are shipping thousands of pounds synthetic chemicals into the U.S. to make dangerous recreational drugs - and it's all legal | Mail Online, UK

Nigella Lawson 'not proud of drug use'

Nigella Lawson has told a court she is "not proud" of having used drugs | BBC, UK

Nigella Lawson denies stashing cocaine in book

TV chef in angry court exchanges over focus on her drug use during trial of former assistants for £685,000 fraud | Guardian, UK

Cannabis can cause man boobs, US surgeon claims

Worries about those man boobs? Then ‘put out that joint’, says Dr Anthony Youn | Independent, UK

Drug trafficking mastermind jailed

An East London man who masterminded a series of attempts to traffick class A drugs into and out of the UK has been jailed for 17 years | NCA, UK

Britain's Breaking Bad: Retired watchmaker, 63, turned cannabis farmer and called Mr White is CLEARED of shooting burglar as he protected his crop

A retired watchmaker who became a Breaking Bad-style drugs manufacturer has been cleared of wrongdoing after shooting a burglar while trying to protect his cannabis crop | Mail Online, UK

Hospital admissions for drug-related mental health problems in Plymouth drop by 20 per cent

The number of people admitted to hospital in Plymouth for drug related mental health and behavioural disorders has dropped by nearly 20 per cent in the last year, figures show | Plymouth Herald, UK

Universal Credit progress

The next stage of delivery of Universal Credit will concentrate on the continued safe and secure roll out of the vital reform | DWP, UK

Peru's war on coca production and the European smugglers - video

Peru has become the world's biggest producer of coca, which is the main component in the production of cocaine | BBC, UK

Two polls offer two different perspectives on plain packaging Bill

Bill stops tobacco companies using colour, text and packet size to market cigarettes | Irish Times, Ireland

Mayor Wants to Close Down Needle Exchange in Budapest

Public funding and political support of harm reduction is waning in Hungary | Drug Reporter, Hungary

Study: Young women at higher risk of drug-related death

Researchers tracking the lives of thousands of Helsinki-area drug users find that buprenorphine and amphetamines are especially deadly for women in their late teens and early 20s | YLE, Finland

Review of social determinants and the health divide in the WHO European Region: final report (PDF)

Includes a section on health-related behaviours and health risks | WHO, Switzerland

European Tobacco Control Status Report 2013 (PDF)

Tobacco kills nearly 6 million people each year worldwide, more than HIV/AIDS,
tuberculosis and malaria combined. Unless strong action is taken, this number
could rise to more than 8 million by 2030 (1) | WHO, Switzerland

Study points to differences in high-school crack, powder cocaine use

The use of crack and powder cocaine both varies and overlaps among high school seniors, researchers at New York University and NYU Langone Medical Center have found. Their findings, which appear in the American Journal of Drug and Alcohol Abuse, point to the need to take into account both common and different at-risk factors in developing programming and messaging to stem cocaine use | EurekAlert, USA

Drug Defendants Are Being 'Forced' To Plead Guilty, Report Claims

Only 3 percent of U.S. drug defendants in federal cases chose to go to trial instead of pleading guilty in 2012, according to a new report from Human Rights Watch | Huffington Post, USA

80 Years Ago Today We Repealed Alcohol Prohibition, Time to End the War on Drugs

Eighty years ago today, the Twenty-first Amendment to the Constitution was ratified and alcohol Prohibition was officially repealed | Huffington Post, USA

Business is booming for online synthetic drug trade

Synthetic drugs produced in secret labs more powerful than ever before — and they're often legal | CBC News, Canada

Crystal meth drug Laboratories in South East Asia double

A crystal meth or ice epidemic is building on Australia's doorstep and experts are warning it could bring with it a surge in drug availability here and a rise in HIV cases | Telegraph, Australia