DS Daily - 11th January 2013

£5.45 billion investment in local public health services

The ring fenced grants for 2013-14 and 2014-15 announced today provide local authorities with £2.66 billion and £2.79 billion to spend on public health services for their local populations | DoH, UK

The Misuse of Drugs Act 1971 (Amendment) Order 2013

The Misuse of Drugs Act 1971 (Amendment) Order 2013, which will update the 2009 generic definitions of synthetic cannabinoids, insert methoxetamine and other related compounds, and add O-desmethyltramadol for control as Class B drugs was laid before Parliament on 8 January 2013 | Legislation.gov.uk, UK

Scottish Parliament Cross Party Group to discuss Opiate Replacement Therapies

The Independent Expert Review of Opiate Replacement Therapies is the topic for discussion at the next meeting of the Cross Party Group on Drug and Alcohol Misuse on 20th February | SDF, Scotland

An expert view;- Controlling new synthetic cannabinoids

Dr Les King asks are current attempts to control new synthetic cannabinoids futile? | ISCD, UK

Drug Education and Prevention: lost or found?

Slideshow by Mentor on drug education and prevention in schools in England, including costs, what works etc. | Mentor, UK

New Psychoactive Substances: The Need for Policy Reform (PDF)

The last five years have seen some very significant changes in the international drug markets with a rapid growth in the consumption of “new psychoactive substances” (NPS) by young people in many parts of the world | YouthRISE

Seven prison closures in England announced

Justice secretary says prison cuts will save £63m a year – but concerns grow over plans for US-style Titan 'super-jail' | Guardian, UK

Swansea horse and drugs project wins nearly £795k lottery funding

A charity plans to use a lottery grant of nearly £795,000 for a centre to tackle the dual problems of horse abandonment and drug abuse in Swansea | BBC, UK

Nurses to counsel patients injured after excessive drinking

Nurses are to be trained to counsel patients who return to hospital after a drink-related injury | BBC, UK

Mexico enacts law to compensate victims of crime

Mexican President Enrique Pena Nieto has enacted a law to trace and help thousands of victims caught up in drug violence and other crimes | BBC, UK

Tobacco lobby 'has to be taken on'

Minister of State for primary care Alex White yesterday described the tobacco industry as a very powerful lobby that had to be challenged | Irish Times, UK

Prescription drug misuse remains a top public health concern

Prescription drug misuse is second only to marijuana as the nation’s most prevalent illicit drug problem according to a report by the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) | SAMSHA, USA

Would Legalizing Marijuana Be Too Hard on Simpletons?

That's the latest argument offered by a prominent critic of legal cannabis. And it fails even if you accept the need for paternalism | Atlantic, USA

Scott Bernstein & Laura Drake: In Canada’s ‘war on drugs,’ aboriginals are the biggest victims

Touted as a blow to organized drug crime, Stephen Harper’s Safe Streets and Communities Act, passed in the spring, introduced a convoluted scheme of mandatory minimum sentences into the Controlled Drugs and Substances Act | National Post, Canada