DS Daily - 3rd May 2013

Helping service users to engage with treatment and stay the course (Turning evidence into practice series) (PDF)

The second in a series of briefings to support commissioners and providers who want to improve the recovery orientation of their services as recommended by ‘Medications in recovery: re-orientating drug dependence treatment’, the final report of the John Strang-chaired Recovery Orientated Drug Treatment expert group | PHE, UK

Doctors condemn Government's decision to hold plans for plain cigarette packaging

President of Royal College of Physicians appeals for a rethink from Jeremy Hunt | Independent, UK

Tobacco industry to fight 'standardised' cigarette packs in Europe

Plans to force tobacco manufacturers to sell cigarettes in plain packs in the UK have been kicked into the long grass, it has emerged, but the industry faces a fresh threat from Europe | Telegraph, UK

Teenager killed by sniffing gas balloon

Public schoolboy Joe Benett, 17, believed he was taking nitrous oxide — also known as laughing gas — from a canister marked Smelly Balloon, an inquest heard | Sun, UK

PCSO Batmaz tipped off drug criminals

A police community support officer (PCSO) tipped off criminals about where cannabis was being grown and helped them evade detection, a court heard | BBC, UK

Man dies and three in hospital as rogue heroin alert is raised in Portsmouth

A 36-year old man has died after taking heroin from a suspected rogue batch. Three other people also needed hospital treatment – with one man still in a critical condition. Three men have this afternoon, been arrested by Hampshire police, on suspicion of being concerned in the supply of a class A drug | Portsmouth News, UK

Dark web drugs site Silk Road knocked offline by hacker

An "underground" website famed for selling drugs and other illegal items has been targeted in a cyberattack | BBC, UK

Put our kids first say Fresh

Fresh is urging the Government to put our kids first and back proposals to protect children in the North East from tobacco marketing in the Queen’s Speech next week (May 8). Last year more than 13,500 people and 129 organisations in the North East came out in support of standardised packs during the Department of Health consultation | Fresh, UK

IDHDP Newsletter Volume 13 April 2013 (PDF)

Latest newsletter from International Doctors for Healthy Drug Policies | IDHDP, UK

Kris Kross rapper Chris Kelly dies at 34

Chris Kelly, one half of the 1990s rap duo Kris Kross, has died in an Atlanta hospital at the age of 34 | BBC, UK

Jet ski riding drug traffickers busted in Spain

Spanish police have busted a gang of drug traffickers who used jet skis to smuggle vast amounts of hashish across the Strait of Gibraltar from Morocco | Telegraph, UK

US President Obama to discuss trade in Mexico

US President Barack Obama is travelling to Mexico on Thursday for talks expected to focus on bilateral trade | BBC, UK

Mexico's anti-narcotics tsar just one casualty of US-backed war on drugs

As Obama visits Mexico, many are asking how uncorroborated testimony led to dubious cases against innocent officials, with apparent US approval, while drug cartels went undisturbed | Guardian, UK

Cocaine flows through Sahara as al-Qaida cashes in on lawlessness

Young Malians risk their lives to earn big money transporting drugs across desert | Guardian, UK

Look on the bright side: There’s a roaring heroin trade in Afghanistan, and it's all thanks to us

It just goes to show that, even in the most difficult circumstances, with a popular product and thoughtful marketing, there are always business opportunities | Independent, UK

An Endgame for Tobacco?

Proposed tobacco endgame strategies in a special supplement of Tobacco Control | RWJF, USA

Is Urban Outfitters Promoting Rx Drug Abuse?

The youth clothing store is under fire for a new line of "ironic" Rx drug-themed drinkware | Fix, USA

New Jersey's 911 Good Samaritan Law Goes Live

Chris Christie finally signs a bill to protect people who call in ODs. Campaigners tell The Fix they're thrilled | Fix, USA

Synthetic anti-inflammatory substances related to marijuana may help fight HIV infection

Researchers at Temple University School of Medicine's Department of Pathology and Laboratory Medicine and Center for Substance Abuse Research (CSAR) recently discovered that synthetic anti-inflammatory substances distantly related to the active ingredient of marijuana may be able to take the punch out of HIV | News Medical, USA

Embassy Row: Drugs and terror

Israeli Ambassador Michael Oren is warning about the links between Latin American drug lords and Iranian-backed Lebanese terrorists | Washington Times, USA

Fears NT morphine trade is pocket money for pensioners

Research showing illicit drug users in the Northern Territory are increasingly turning towards the use of prescribed morphine is raising concerns there is not enough moderation of the drug | ABC.net.au, Australia

Qld lawyers criticise new synthetic drug laws - video

New laws to control synthetic drugs in Queensland have come under fire from the Queensland Law Society for encompassing substances found in common foods | ABC.net.au, Australia