Weekly news - 11th December 2009

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Tackling Drugs Changing Lives 2009 Awards

National winners announced [Home Office, UK]

SCDEA Annual Plan 2009 - 2010

This Plan describes our strategic priorities set by Scottish Government Ministers, together with the funding available to the Agency and the manner in which I propose to allocate this funding [Scottish Crime and Drug Enforcement Agency, UK]

Getting better, and getting on with your life

Drugs workers and service employers hold the key to delivering a treatment system more sharply focussed on drug users overcoming addiction as soon as they are able, NTA Chief Executive, Paul Hayes, said at the Crime Reduction Initiative's (CRI) Towards Sustainable Change staff conference in London [NTA, UK]

Joy Barlow videos on FEAD

Joy Barlow is the Head of STRADA (Scottish Training – Drugs and Alcohol) [FEAD, UK]

Balancing women's recovery with the vulnerability of affected children - Video

Joy Barlow describes the model that built on the contributions of women who were tackling the problems drug use brought for them and their children. Joy continues to describe the work at Aberlour [FEAD, UK]

Transform submission to the Home Office review of the ACMD

Transform have prepared a response to the Home Office review of the ACMD available in pdf here [TDPF, UK]

One million DIP drug tests!

The milestone of one million drug tests conducted as part of the Drug Interventions Programme has been celebrated with a presentation at the Home Office [Home Office, UK]

2009 DIP Success Stories

Case studies from the Drug Interventions Programme, compiled by the DIP Strategic Communications Team. 27-page PDF [Home Office, UK]


July to September 2009 [Communities and Local Government, UK]

Work key for people with severe mental health conditions, says new report

More people with severe mental health conditions should be in work, according to a new Government report ‘Work, Recovery and Inclusion’ [Cabinet Office, UK]

Future proof

Can we afford the cost of drinking too much? Mortality, morbidity and drink driving in the UK. 35-page PDF [Alcohol Concern, UK]

Alcohol advertising in new media

Trends in Alcohol Marketing [EUCAM]

Strategies to reduce the harmful use of alcohol

Draft global strategy. 25-page PDF. Follow the progress here [World Health Organisation]

NHS Stop Smoking Services

This document provides best practice guidance relevant to the provision of all NHS stop smoking interventions and sets out fundamental quality principles for the delivery of services which can be used to inform the development of local commissioning arrangements. 112-page PDF [DoH, UK]

WHO Report on the Global Tobacco Epidemic, 2009

The report provides a comprehensive overview of the evidence base for protecting people from the harms of second-hand tobacco smoke through legislation and enforcement [World Health Organisation]

Clinical Supervision and Professional Development of the Substance Abuse Counselor

Treatment Improvement Protocol (TIP) 52 - Part 1 for clinical supervisors and Part 2 for program administrators. 45-page PDF [SAMHSA, USA]

Intranasal Naloxone: Overcoming Opioid Overdose

Research is accumulating to suggest that Naloxone administered intranasally by caregivers at home may have even far-greater lifesaving potential [Pain Treatment Topics, USA]

Free HIV Handbook Online

a revised edition of its comprehensive HIV/AIDS handbook, intended for those at risk of HIV infection and people currently living with the virus. 116-page PDF [Columbia University , USA]

Consultation: Australia's National Drug Strategy beyond 2009

The Consultation Paper has been prepared on behalf of the MCDS by the Intergovernmental Committee on Drugs National Drug Strategy Development Working Group. The MCDS invites feedback on the paper [NDS, Australia]

Security Council debates "devastating impact" of drug trafficking

States have been called upon to strengthen international cooperation "on the basis of a common and shared responsibility to counter the world drug problem and related criminal activities." [UNODC]