DS Daily - 7th June 2013

Debate on the 9th Report of the Home Affairs Select Committee on Drugs: Breaking the Cycle - video

Televised parliamentary debate | Parliament TV, UK

UK 'war on drugs' not working, says coalition of celebrities and politicians

Richard Branson, Sting and Russell Brand join MPs including Caroline Lucas and Keith Vaz pushing for change in open letter | Guardian, UK

NICE publishes guidance on cutting down smoking

"Smokers urged to 'cut down' rather than quit," The Daily Telegraph reports | NHS Choices, UK

Can you beat my BATAK?

Lauren Booker, Alcohol Concerns Workplace Programme Manager (a post funded by EN10), writes about the UK summer road show helping people get to grips with how alcohol affects their reaction times. It’s been a while coming but it seems like summer has finally arrived. Our partners, EN10, have been busy with their UK summer road … | Alcohol Concern blog, UK

UK prison programme associated with positive psychological change

Cognitive-behavioural group programmes have been relied on to improve the anti-offending record of UK prisons, but evidence has been scarce and generally negative. This study from England at least suggests that one such programme can promote the intended psychological changes | Drug and Alcohol Findings, UK

Rehabilitation Programme – Payment Mechanism Straw Man (PDF)

This document sets out our “Straw Man” payment mechanism proposal for how we will pay for the parts of the Rehabilitation Programme that will be put to market. We would like to have comments from potential providers on our proposal and aim to use these to refine the payment mechanism before it is finalised in the contracts | Justice.gov.uk, UK

Professor David Nutt: Drug Science - videos

David Nutt, Professor of Neuropsychopharmacology at Imperial College London and former Chairman of the Advisory Council on the Misuse of Drugs discusses the role of Cocaine in the recent Banking Crisis, his current struggle to conduct a clinical trial on the effects of the psychedelic psilocybin on depression, Amy Winehouse’s death and the dangers of alcohol and more | London Real, UK

UK ‘could lose tough reputation on tobacco controls’

The UK could lose its reputation as having the toughest tobacco control measures in Europe unless it introduces standardised packs for cigarettes, a charity has warned | Yorkshire Post, UK

Does it bother you when adults smoke around you?

BBC newsbeat asks young people how they feel about adults around them smoking | BBC Newsbeat, UK

Iran and alcohol - Wet and dry

The middle-class northern suburbs of Tehran are the wet part of Iran. In no other place in the Islamic Republic are piety and conservatism less evident and alcohol consumption more so | Economist, UK

£1.8million cannabis factory uncovered near police station

An enormous cannabis factory containing an estimated £1.8million worth of plants has been discovered – around 100 metres from a police station | St Helen's Star, UK

Mexico rescues 165 kidnapped migrants near US border

The Mexican army says it has rescued 165 migrants kidnapped by a criminal gang at least two weeks ago | BBC, UK

Harley Loco by Rayya Elias, review

Nicholas Blincoe warms to a New York hairdresser's tale of of hedonism and redemption | Telegraph, UK

€3m ecstasy haul is the biggest in nine years

Gardaí and customs officers have made the largest seizure of ecstasy in nine years after confiscating 350,000 tablets in Dublin | Irish Examiner, Ireland

Practice nurses can ID alcohol problems

Nurses working in GP practices are ideally placed to identify patients with alcohol problems, it has been claimed | Irish Health, Ireland

MEPs struggle for consensus on tougher tobacco rules

MEPs are split over plans to revise rules on the sale and marketing of cigarettes | European Voice.com

Hepatitis C infection in young injecting drug users: addressing an emerging trend

In recent years, there has been an emerging epidemic of hepatitis C virus (HCV) infection among young injection drug users (IDU) in rural and suburban settings | Aids.gov blog, USA

Smoking Alcohol: The Dangerous Way People Are Getting Drunk

To get drunk, people are getting creative. But a new form of drinking, known as “smoking” alcohol, has doctors concerned | TIME, USA

The Heart and Mind of Addiction

In the darkest days of my alcoholism, it became very important to me to think of my disordered life as the consequence of a brain disease | Huffington Post, USA

Statement from the Canadian Medical Association - June 6, 2013

Today in the House of Commons, Health Minister Leona Aglukkaq introduced new legislation, Bill C-65, An act to amend the controlled drugs and substances act (Respect for communities act) | CMA, Canada

Harper Government respects community concerns with new legislation for Supervised Drug Consumption Sites

"Our Government believes that creating a location for sanctioned use of drugs obtained from illicit sources has the potential for great harm in a community," said Minister Aglukkaq | Health Canada, Canada

Any Canadian province could decriminalize marijuana

Did you know that BC can decriminalize marijuana? Indeed, any Canadian province could decriminalize marijuana possession at any time | Vancouver Sun, Canada

People who inject drugs deserve help: Elton John

Rock icon Elton John has urged compassion for people who inject drugs, saying "stigma and criminalisation" robbed them of their humanity and exposed them to a life of addiction and disease | Australian, Australia

Mexico could be legal pot exporter, says former president Vicente Fox

Former president Vicente Fox says Mexico should legalise marijuana, steal business back from violent drug cartels and when it's legal, he's in - as a grower | Australian, Australia

Bizarre deaths blamed on rise of synthetic drugs

An emerging field of research into dependence on synthetic drugs has been given fresh impetus with another death linked to an LSD-like hallucinogen, an expert believes | Medical Observer, Australia