DS Daily - 15th May 2013

NIHR call for research proposals in the fields of alcohol and substance misuse in younger people

NIHR has now issued a call for new research on alcohol and substance misuse in younger people, under the NIHR Efficacy and Mechanism Evaluation (EME) Programme. This programme focuses on evaluating the clinical efficacy of an intervention and adding to our understanding of biological and behavioural mechanisms and processes | Medical Research Council, UK

Synthetic cannabis - video

Synthetic cannabis - 93% of tokers don't prefer it! The spray on stone - like fake tans are bad for your health. If it doesn't look like weed, smell like weed or taste like weed then don't smoke it. GDS and Dr John Ramsay discuss synthetic cannabis products and wonder why? | YouTube, UK

'Alcohol and British Society' - Alcohol Research UK - videos

Videos from Alcohol Research UK's 2013 conference took place on 12 March 2013, exploring alcohol and British society have now been uploaded to FEAD | FEAD, UK

The NICE Tobacco Return on Investment Tool

We are currently working to extend the tobacco return on investment tool (for example to include youth prevention) and are developing new return on investment tools for alcohol and physical activity - we aim to publish these 3 developments in the Autumn | NICE, UK

Support don't punish

New website for a global advocacy campaign to raise awareness of the harms that are being caused by the criminalisation of people who use drugs | IDPC, UK

Former addict: 'Heroin ruined 15 years of my life' video

David is a former heroin addict who has been receiving help from the charity Turning Point Scotland in Glasgow. He told the BBC's Chris Buckler about the devastating impact that drugs have had on his life | BBC, UK

Cannabis linked to prevention of diabetes

Regular users of the drug found to have lower levels of insulin after fasting, research shows | Independent, UK

Alcohol Treatment in Cheshire and Merseyside, 2011/12 (PDF)

This publication details the results of the tier 3 and 4 (structured) National Drug Treatment Monitoring System (NDTMS) and the tier 2 (non structured) Alcohol Treatment Monitoring System (ATMS) in Cheshire and Merseyside during 2011/12 | CPH, Liverpool John Moores University, UK

Liverpool gang jailed for multi-million pound drugs plot - video

Nine members of a Liverpool gang that supplied £100m of cocaine and heroin to the streets of Glasgow have been jailed | BBC, UK

Drug gang were 'top of organised crime network'

Thirty men have been convicted of involvement in a huge drugs conspiracy and the key players have been sentenced | BBC, UK

Ayr man James Jess jailed over Lockerbie motorway drugs haul

A 54-year-old drugs courier found with cannabis resin with a potential street value of £300,000 has been jailed by the sheriff at Dumfries for 29 months | BBC, UK

Guernsey sees 'resurgence in traditional drugs'

There has been a resurgence in the importation of "traditional drugs" such as ecstasy and cannabis, according to the Guernsey Border Agency | BBC, UK

Kicking a bad habit helped me recover

What started as a few drinks with his friends, ended with Jason Murphy losing his job, home, and will to live | Nottingham Post, UK

The development and Year One Implementation of the Local Justice Reinvestment Pilot

Testing of the extent to which local partners can be incentivised to work together more effectively to tackle crime & reduce reoffending | Gov.uk, UK

I made a mental note to give up alcohol. Again

It started with an email from an actor in the US. He said I should get out and socialise more, if I wanted to shake off the melancholy | Irish Times, Ireland

Still no warning labels on alcohol one year on

No labels have yet been put on alcohol products sold in Ireland containing health warnings about drinking during pregnancy, despite the recommendations of a report a year ago | Irish Independent, Ireland

Call for proposals – Drug Prevention and Information - Action grants 2013

Deadline for submission of proposals: 11/07/2013 | European Commission, Belgium

Task Force Recommends Screening All Adults for Alcohol Misuse

Questions about alcohol use should be a part of regular physical checkups, according to a panel of experts | TIME, USA

Montreal Cops Seize Drug "40X Stronger Than Heroin"

Police seize hundreds of thousands of highly-potent synthetic pills aimed for young people | Fix, USA

In Mexico, restrictions on U.S. agents signal drug war shift

The recent changes ordered by new President Enrique Peña Nieto to Mexico’s anti-narcotics partnership with the United States have produced markedly different reactions here and in Washington, underscoring what appear to be diverging perceptions of the drug war’s goals and the costs of fighting it | Washington Post, USA

Psychiatry's New Diagnostic Manual: "Don't Buy It. Don't Use It. Don't Teach It."

I happen to know this guy who knows a lot about mental-health policy. And, well, okay, he happens to be my father. So my ears perked up recently when my dad mentioned that the DSM-5, the latest in a series of diagnostic manuals soon to be published by the American Psychiatric Association, is something of a disaster | Mother Jones, USA

The use of cannabis for medical purposes

This is the final report for the inquiry into the use of cannabis for medical purposes tabled on 15 May 2013 | Parliament of New South Wales, Australia

Cannabis treatment for pain wins MPs' approval

A NSW parliamentary committee has recommended the medical use of cannabis for people with terminal illness and AIDS. If adopted by the government, the measure will allow patients to use up to 15 grams of dry cannabis or its equivalent in cannabis products | Age, Australia

Kava plant 'works for anxiety'

The South Pacific kava plant could be an effective and safe treatment for anxiety, according to research by Australian scientists | Australian, Australia

Paramedics are treating four times the number of crystal meth users than three years ago

Paramedics are treating more than four times the number of crystal methamphetamine users than they were three years ago, with health experts warning the dangers of this highly addictive stimulant are not widely understood | Courier Mail, Australia

Vintage boss wants British alcohol tax fix

Australian Vintage boss Neil McGuigan has called for an overhaul of the way wine is taxed in Britain, Australia's largest wine export destination | Age, Australia

This Month's Debate: Should soft drugs be decriminalised?

Drug use has become a hot topic in recent weeks as communities from Timaru to Manurewa have picketed sellers of legal highs, synthetic products have been banned by government and select committee hearings into a new drugs law have been taking place | 3news.co.nz, New Zealand