Weekly news - 7th August 2009


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Videos from 'UKDPC Seminar'

Speakers: Jon Caulkins: A Harm Reduction approach to enforcement - Nicola Singleton: Impact on harms via drug-related law enforcement - Ben Lynam: Introduction [FEAD, UK]

Breaking the Link

The role of drug treatment in tackling crime. 24-page PDF [NTA, UK]

Towards successful treatment completion

A good practice guide. 76-page PDF [NTA, UK]

Clinical governance in drug treatment

A good practice guide for providers and commissioners. 76-page PDF [NTA, UK]

Routes to recovery

New resources for clinicians and key workers helping clients on their journeys to recovery [NTA, UK]

BTEI: getting motivated to change

Routes to Recovery part 7. 44-page PDF [NTA, UK]

NDTMS Core Data Set G consultation

We are asking stakeholders to review the proposals presented here and comment back to us. The consultation will last for 12 weeks and will close on 23 October 2009. However, we are keen to give providers of NDTMS software as much notice as possible of any changes and so early responses would be appreciated [NTA, UK]

Improving access to child and adolescent mental health services

This guide has been produced to help providers and commissioners of child and adolescent mental health services (CAMHS) improve access and waiting times for children and young people. 36-page PDF [Department of Health, Department for Children, Schools and Families, UK]

Laboratory reports of C infections January to March 2009

The high level of individuals with unknown age testing positive (6.0%) may reflect testing of individuals in settings such as prisons, drug services and GUM clinics where few demographic details on patients were available and where service users may be at high risk of hepatitis C infection [The Hepatitis Trust, UK]

Dept of Health under fire from Commons Committee re lack of progress on alcohol-related harm

The report, 'Reducing Alcohol Harm: health services in England for alcohol misuse', examines how the Department of Health (DoH) responds to alcohol related harm through Primary Care Trusts, responsible for determining local priorities and spending [Alcohol Policy UK]

Reported Road Casualties in Great Britain: 2008 estimates for accidents involving illegal alcohol levels

This release includes provisional statistics on accidents involving drinking and driving in Great Britain in 2008, according to the arrangements approved by the UK Statistics Authority [Department of Transport, UK]

Cannabis Use and Mental Health Problems

This paper investigates whether cannabis use leads to worse mental health. 39-page PDF [Tilburg University, The Netherlands]

Treatment for Stimulant Use Disorders

This Treatment Improvement Protocol (TIP) describes basic knowledge about the nature and treatment of stimulant use disorders. More specifically, it reviews what is currently known about treating the medical, psychiatric, and substance abuse/dependence problems associated with the use of two high-profile stimulants: cocaine and MA [SAMHSA, USA]

Self-treatment versus recreation as motivations for prescription drug misuse

This study indicates that there is heterogeneity among prescription drug misusers and that members of the recreational subtype are more likely to engage in high risk alcohol and drug use behavior than those in the self-medication subtype. Identifying relationships between prescription misuser subtype and other drug and/or alcohol use and abuse illuminates potential pathways for prevention and intervention [Brief Addiction Science Information Source, USA]

Australian Guidelines to Reduce Health Risks from Drinking Alcohol

These 2009 National Health and Medical Research Council (NHMRC) guidelines aim to establish the evidence base for future policies and community materials on reducing the health risks that arise from drinking alcohol. 179-page PDF [NHMRC, Australia]

IDPC Address to ECOSOC Meeting

As a co-ordinating mechanism, the ECOSOC committee needs to seek better coherence between the outcomes of the different functional commissions on this issue, and we would urge you to request that the Secretary General to consider ways to ensure that the UN can truly ‘speak as one’ on the issue of drug control [IDPC]