DS Daily - 20th May 2013

Western leaders study 'gamechanging' report on global drugs trade

Review by Organisation of American States on illicit drugs 'could mark beginning of the end' of prohibition [see OAS entry below for reports] | Observer, UK

Europe and the US should heed Latin America on drugs

It's time to engage with Latin America and pursue alternatives to the present policy | Observer, UK

Breaking the taboo about drugs

In an open letter, former Latin American leaders call for legal regulation to help undermine organised crime | Guardian, UK

Could South America end its participation in the war on drugs? Fears horrific human cost of tackling cartels will lead to change in policy

Latin American countries could stop deploying law enforcement agencies to fight cartels after concluding that the human costs of the 'war on drugs' is just too high | Mail Online, UK

The 'unhealthy' drinking culture of MPs isn't a private matter - it also impacts on public policy

Parliamentarians are as oblivious to the health risks of drinking alcohol as the general public and we have to ask what effect this is having on the nation's health | Independent, UK

MPs admit to unhealthy drinking culture in Parliament, new survey reveals

New data released today by Alcohol Concern reveals a quarter (26%) of MPs believe there is an unhealthy drinking culture in Parliament | Alcohol Concern, UK

Adrian Lee: Police commitment to tackling alcohol harm

When I took the national policing lead for alcohol and licensing in September 2012, I was clear that the police service’s focus should not just be on licensing but on preventing and tackling the harm that alcohol can cause in society | ACPO, UK

Is your workplace full of heavy drinkers?

A survey of MPs has found that 26% believe there is too much drinking in Westminster. The report found that the bars in the House of Commons took £1.33m last year | Guardian, UK

Injecting Rooms: Have we progressed since the 1970’s

As the debate heats up in Brighton over the introduction of injecting rooms it is worth reflecting that this contentious discussion has taken place over the last 40 years | Blenheim CDP Blog, UK

Leaders and service ethos set context for training to affect treatment practice

Message from this large US study is that ‘bottom-up’ practice improvements in treatment services initiated by counsellors are still strongly influenced by the climate-setting and support offered by an organisation’s leadership and ethos, especially how far they foster professional development | Drug and Alcohol Findings, UK

Smoking ban: ASH calls for more legislation to cut adult rates

Campaigners are calling for more legislation to cut the number of adult smokers in Wales as figures reveal a fall of just 1% in six years | BBC, UK

Police target Soho drug dealers in overnight raids

Police have targeted dozens of crack cocaine and heroin dealers who operate in one of the busiest parts of London in an overnight operation | Independent, UK

Charges in Greater Manchester after mephedrone drug raids

A company director is one of eight people charged with drug dealing by officers investigating a £3.8m internet-based drugs ring | BBC, UK

Drug dealers commute in to West End

Crack cocaine dealers are “commuting” to the West End to lure addicts with multi-buy offers and fake drugs, police have said after | London Evening Standard, UK

Toronto Mayor Rob Ford faces drug video allegations

A Canadian paper says it has seen video footage that appears to show Toronto Mayor Rob Ford smoking crack cocaine, but cannot verify its authenticity | BBC, UK

Amy Winehouse grant for Focus 12 rehabilitation charity

The foundation set up in the name of the late singer Amy Winehouse is to help fund a Bury St Edmunds-based drugs rehabilitation charity | BBC, UK

Three teenage boys arrested on suspicion of supplying drugs in connection with death of 16-year-old schoolgirl Ellie Jones

Three boys have been arrested in connection with the death of a 16-year-old girl who is thought to have taken an illegal drug | Independent, UK

Cameron is cursed by our family name, says Michael Douglas as his addict son serves a 10-year prison sentence for drug offences

Hollywood star Michael Douglas claims his drug addict son has been made an example of by the courts because of his famous name | Mail Online, UK

Finding the right fix to treat addiction

Whether you are treated in private or public, or are rich or poor, it is questionable whether Ireland has enough options for tackling the amount of addiction | Irish Times, Ireland

EU's alcohol strategy needs further push, MEPs say

Europeans are the heaviest drinkers in the world and in some EU member states, such as Luxembourg and the Czech Republic, the alcohol consumption is 2.5 times more than what an average person in the world drinks. The Commission's new strategy on alcohol, to be published later this year, has to better address the issue of alcohol-related harm, MEPs say | Euractiv.com, Belgium

OAS Secretary General Presents Report on the Drug Problem in the Americas

The Secretary General of the Organization of American States (OAS), José Miguel Insulza, today issued a stark review of the reality experienced in relation to drugs Analytical Report (PDF) - Scenarios Report (PDF) | OAS, USA

Americas Coalition Puts Marijuana Legalization Up for Discussion

A comprehensive report on drug policy in the Americas released Friday by a consortium of nations suggests that the legalization of marijuana, but not other illicit drugs, be considered among a range of ideas to reassess how the drug war is carried out | NY Times, USA

How to Legalize Pot

The first time I talked to Mark Kleiman, a drug policy expert at U.C.L.A., was in 2002, and he explained why legalization of marijuana was a bad idea | NY Times, USA

Alcohol advertising pre-disposes young people to have favorable attitudes toward drinking

The alcohol industry has developed and regulates its own guidelines regarding advertising. A new study has investigated the ability of panels to find consensus around code violations | News Medical, USA

First alcoholic drink during puberty increases risk of alcohol problems

Research shows that the earlier the age at which youth take their first alcoholic drink, the greater the risk of developing alcohol problems. Thus, age at first drink (AFD) is generally considered a powerful predictor of progression to alcohol-related harm | News Medical, USA

The Men and Women Who Clean Up Meth Labs

The Fix reports from Indiana, where the US meth epidemic rages on. Those who work to make hazardous homes safe have human pain to deal with, as well as chemical contamination | Fix, USA

Syringe machine push for addicts in Melbourne's heroin hot spots

Syringe vending machines and 24-hour access to sterile injecting gear are among the radical proposals to clean up Melbourne's heroin hot spots | News.com.au, Australia

North Richmond public injecting: impact study (PDF)

Despite substantial government, media and public attention and concern over public injecting in North Richmond, there has been no recent and comprehensive analysis of the impact of injecting drug use in the area | Burnet Institute et al, Australia

Campaign to raise legal drinking age to 21

A statewide coalition of community groups and associations will host a national forum in Canberra this month to discuss ways to stop the spiral of alcohol abuse and change Australia's booze culture | Herald Sun, Australia