Weekly news - 21st August 2009


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Major new campaign to crack down on drug driving

New £2.3 million Drug Drive campaign launched by Transport Secretary Lord Andrew Adonis. Watch the TV advert [Department of Transport, UK]

New video contributions from David Best [FEAD, UK]

1. The Politics of Recovery

2. Psychology and recovery

3. De-medicalising, de-professionalising and de-stigmatising

4. Are we right to talk about a "Recovery Movement'

5. Intensive therapeutic interventions including ITEP

Last chance to enter tackling drugs changing lives awards

The deadline is fast approaching for nominations to the Tackling Drugs Changing Lives Awards with the top prize of £10,000 to help prevent and stop drug and alcohol problems [Home Office, UK]

Proposals to Modify NDTMS Codes - We Need Your Help!

SMMGP recently received a request from Colin Bradbury, NTA Treatment delivery manager, to participate in a consultation exercise on the content of the 2010/11 National Drug Treatment Monitoring System (NDTMS) core data set for adult drug users in treatment [SMMGP, UK]

Making Every Adult Matter

Making Every Adult Matter (MEAM) is a coalition of four national charities – Clinks, DrugScope, Homeless Link and Mind – formed to influence policy and services for adults with multiple needs and exclusions [MEAM, UK]

High Impact Changes

The Department of Health has identified a number of High Impact Changes which are calculated to be the most effective actions for those local areas that have prioritised the reduction in alcohol-related harm [Alcohol Learning Centre, UK]

Screening and brief interventions for hazardous and harmful alcohol use in
primary care

This pragmatic factorial trial, with cluster randomization of practices, will evaluate the effectiveness and costeffectiveness of different models of screening to identify hazardous and harmful drinkers in primary care and different intensities of brief intervention to reduce excessive drinking in primary care patients. 39-page PDF [BioMed Central]

Report claims public place alcohol control powers are misused

A recent report claims that the police are misusing their powers through the excessive confiscation of alcohol in controlled public places [Alcohol Policy UK]

Development of a Parents’ Resource Manual Booklet to equip parents/guardians to provide early and appropriate responses to young people’s substance use

A comprehensive review of international and national research and literature in order to: Identify and document best practice with regard to primary and secondary prevention of substance use (completed in part 1) - Identify and document the range and levels of current programmes, strategies, interventions and resources available for parents in this regard (completed in part 2). 50-page PDF [Crosscare, Ireland]

Youth alcohol and drug use in rural Ireland - parents' views

Life in contemporary rural Ireland is influenced by dominant social changes in terms of the normalisation of alcohol and drug use in youth subcultures, with increased fragmentation of traditional rural family norms and values, emerging acceptability of alcohol and drug use in recreation time and the widespread availability of alcohol and drugs [Journal of Rural and Remote Health, Ireland]

Guidance on Provider-initiated Voluntary Medical Examination, Testing and Counselling for Infectious Diseases in Injecting Drug Users

This document addresses basic operational guidance on provider-initiated medical examination, testing and counselling with regard to infectious diseases in injecting drug users (IDUs). This is accompanied by a recommended package of prevention and primary care in relation to injecting drug users and infections. 37-page PDF [EMCDDA]

Stepping away from the darkness

The Drug War has failed. After more than 20 years of tirelessly pushing for the same policy, the efforts have not been able to bring the expanding illicit drug markets under control and instead have led to an unmanageable crisis in the judicial and penitentiary systems, human rights violations, the consolidation of criminal networks and the marginalization of drug users who are pushed out of reach of health care services [Transnational Institute, The Netherlands]

Drug policy reform in practice

This article provides an overview of European drug policy practices regarding harm reduction, decriminalization of consumption and possession, and more tolerant policies towards cannabis, particularly in The Netherlands and several states in the US. 19-page PDF [TNI, Netherlands & Nueva Sociedad]

Diacetylmorphine versus Methadone for the Treatment of Opioid Addiction

Injectable diacetylmorphine was more effective than oral methadone. Because of a risk of overdoses and seizures, diacetylmorphine maintenance therapy should be delivered in settings where prompt medical intervention is available [NEJM, USA]

Infants Prenatally Exposed to Cocaine Reach Their Teens

Longitudinal study investigates cocaine's impact on adolescent development [Case Western Reserve University, USA]

Inquiry Into Strategies To Prevent High Volume Offending And Recidivism By Young

In this Report we have tried to focus on this group of offenders, namely repeat offenders, and have attempted to develop strategies that will assist these young people, firstly to try to stop them from ever getting into the juvenile justice system, and secondly, if this is unsuccessful, to outline strategies that will reduce or eliminate further offences. 397-page PDF [Drugs and crime prevention committee, Victoria Parliament, Australia]

Drugs, the law and safer injecting

For injecting drug users who want to know about how the law in Victoria affects them [Victoria Legal Aid, Australia]

Drug Policy Timeline

The Australian (illicit) drug policy timeline has been updated: 1985-2009. Please feel free to email through any comments or suggested inclusions to caitlin.hughes@unsw.edu.au. 58-page PDF [DPMP, Australia]