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DS Weekly - 14th July 2017



In date order, Monday to Friday

Calling all rehabs!

The DDN Magazine Residential Treatment Directory is back in print this autumn! The directory will provide a free comprehensive listing of all UK residential treatment services, and will also provide an opportunity for centres to promote themselves to both statutory referrers and individuals looking for help | DDN, UK

Crackdown on drugs, drones and mobile phones in prisons

A huge haul of drugs and mobile phones has been recovered since the introduction of detection measures to crackdown on prison contraband | MoJ, UK

Prison Service finds 225kg of drugs in one year

Prison officers confiscated about 225kg (496lbs) of drugs in one year, according to the Ministry of Justice | BBC, UK

Thousands of Scots caught with cannabis let off with a warning

Police Scotland issued nearly 6,000 warnings for cannabis possession as an alternative to prosecution in the first year of a controversial new scheme.... | Scotsman, UK

Drugs: Greater Manchester

To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what discussions she has had with Greater Manchester Police on the recent discovery of a new crystalised form of the drug Spice in that area | They work for you, UK

Now, cannabis certainly is worth bothering with

Putting aside the controversial debate about it being a gateway to ‘harder’ drugs, cannabis itself is now the primary issue for half of first-time patients entering treatment – throwing up a range of issues for services. This hot topic looks at reports that stronger cannabis on the market is increasing harms to users, prospects of recovery from disorders and dependence, and the emerging response to synthetic forms of cannabis like ‘spice’ | Drug and Alcohol Findings, UK

Delivering information and brief advice on alcohol (IBA) in social work and social care settings: an exploratory study

Social workers and practitioners working in social care are potentially key players in the prevention of alcohol-related harm and harm reduction for people using services and their carers | DEPP, UK

Community groups call time on the demise of the British pub

A revolution in pub ownership is gathering pace as more and more groups club together to buy and run their local, slowing the alarming pace of closures | Guardian, UK

Criminal exploitation of children and vulnerable adults: county lines

Guidance for frontline professionals on dealing with county lines, part of the government’s approach to ending gang violence and exploitation | Home Office, UK

Number of prison deaths linked to new psychoactive drugs rises to 79

Figure for England and Wales since 2013 went up by 21 in latest revision, watchdog tells MPs, saying system is still in crisis | Guardian, UK

How far should treatment and criminal justice collaboration go?

A question posed by the latest instalment of the online alcohol treatment research course, which this week explores research and guidance on systems to cater for problem-drinking offenders in the criminal justice system. Ponder too why drinking is so prominent in sending thousands to UK prisons, yet not in the services provided there | Drug and Alcohol Findings, UK

DDN July/August issue

Problematic substance use rarely travels alone. The body of evidence keeps growing on the many strands that converge to make us lose direction. We also talk a lot about revolving doors – to prison, debt, homelessness and a state of disconnection.

As a clear case study we focus on veterans this month, through talking to the charity Combat Stress. Plus Kevin Flemen’s article should help to provide accurate advice, grounded in harm reduction | DDN, UK

Spice (Synthetic Cannabinoids SCRAs) Briefing for professionals 2017 (PDF)

Spice is a nickname for a herbal mixture containing one or more of a group of drugs called synthetic cannabinoids | Mike Linnell for Manchester Health and Care Commissioning, UK

Government's public health cuts 'will leave needles in the streets', warn pharmacists

There are around 87,000 people who regularly inject drugs in the UK, according to the NHS | Independent, UK

'Reckless' cuts to sexual health services fuel soaring STD levels 

Spending on sexual health has plummeted while levels of diseases are soaring, a think tank has warned | Telegraph, UK

Addiction: Medical Treatments

To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what plans he has to increase funding for addiction services in England | They work for you, UK

New drug strategy to safeguard vulnerable and stop substance misuse

The Home Secretary has today launched the government’s new Drug Strategy, to reduce illicit drug use and increase the rate of individuals recovering from drug dependence | Home Office, UK

Drug Strategy 2017

The drug strategy 2017 (PDF) sets out how the government and its partners, at local, national and international levels, will take new action to tackle drug misuse and the harms it causes | Home Office, UK

Collective voice response to the 2017 Drug Startegy (PDF)

The Home Office has today published the government’s latest, and long-awaited, drug strategy. Collective Voice is very pleased to welcome the strategy as a serious and realistic platform which, if delivered, will improve society’s collective efforts to minimise the various harms flowing from illegal drug use. Our optimism is driven by four key aspects of the strategy | Collective Voice, UK

DDN reports on new drug strategy

- The government’s long-awaited drug strategy has been published, and includes a new ‘national recovery champion’ role and a cross-government drug strategy board – as well as a focus on a ‘strong law enforcement approach’.

- The new drug strategy represents a ‘balanced approach’ to enforcement and support: comment piece by Sarah Newton, minister for crime, safeguarding and vulnerability.

- Budget cuts spell more pain for services: The King’s Fund warns of a huge setback to public health

Updated drug misuse clinical guidelines published

Please note that this link should be live later this morning

The update to Drug Misuse and Dependence: UK guidelines on clinical management (often called the orange book) has been published. Last updated in 2007, the newly updated guidelines endorse much of the previous guidelines. But there is a stronger emphasis on recovery and on a holistic approach to the issues and interventions that can support recovery. Key additions and reinforced messages for 2017 include: incorporation of clinical guidance on prison-based treatment, new psychoactive substances and club drugs, mental health co-morbidity, misuse of prescribed and over-the-counter medicines, smoking cessation, and preventing drug-related deaths, including naloxone provision | PHE, UK

Drug strategy 2016: development review

A review of the evidence on the 2016 drug strategy by the Advisory Council on the Misuse of Drugs (ACMD) | ACMD, UK

Psychoactive Substances Bill: evaluation review

An evaluation review of the Psychoactive Substances Bill by the Advisory Council on the Misuse of Drugs (ACMD) | ACMD, UK

Strategy targets legal highs and chemsex

So-called "legal highs" and "chemsex" drugs will be targeted in a government move aimed at cutting illicit drug use | BBC, UK

Small-town children at risk of exploitation by criminal gangs, say MPs

Plight of young people groomed into drug running by dealers who have spread out from major cities highlighted by report | Guardian, UK

Teens found selling drugs on Snapchat and Instagram, finds BBC Three investigation

Gang members can make £26,000 in just two days by selling drugs over apps including Snapchat and Instagram | BBC Newsbeat, UK

Girls inherit smoking miscarriage risk

Women exposed to cigarette smoke while in their mothers' wombs are more likely to experience miscarriage as adults, according to a study | BBC, UK