Weekly news - 24th December 2009

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A Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year to you all

DS Daily will be published again on Monday 4th January 2010

Substance misuse among young people

Data for 2008-09 [National Treatment Agency for Substance Misuse, UK]

Banned - GBL and other 'legal highs'

A range of former so called ‘legal highs’ including GBL, BZP and man-made chemicals sprayed on herbal smoking products such as ‘Spice’ are now illegal [Home Office, UK]

National Residential Rehabilitation Meeting

Report on progress [National Treatment Agency for Substance Misuse, UK]

Bloodborne viruses and prisons

For download: Get out of jail BBV-free! [DoH, UK]

HIV & AIDS in the North West of England

Mid year 2009 statistics from HIV treatment and care centres in the North West of England. 42-page PDF [Centre for Public Health, Liverpool John Moores University, UK]

Drug death matters

This is the eighth issue of a twice yearly bulletin that will report on progress in relation to the Government's Drug Death Action Plan and the work of the National Forum on Drug-related Deaths [DMIS, UK]

Mentally disordered offenders

A Joint Inspection on work prior to sentence. 56-page PDF [HM Inspectorate of Probation, UK]

INEBRIA 09 Brief Advice presentations now available

Presentations covering up to date international research, learning and developments in brief interventions for alcohol from 6th Conference of INEBRIA, 8th and 9th October 2009 are now available [INEBRIA, UK]

Off Measure: How we underestimate the amount we drink

A new analysis carried out by Liverpool John Moores University finds that the discrepancy between alcohol surveys calculating consumption and actual alcohol sales equals 430 million units a week. 12-page PDF [Alcohol Concern, UK]

Polish Prisons: Improving Access to Substitution Treatment

Recommendations for improving access to substitution treatment in Polish prisons have been signed. This step forward was made in early December at a conference co-hosted by the Penitentiary Service, the Social AIDS Committee and Open Society Institute’s Global Drug Policy program [IDPC]

Misleading and Misguided: Mandatory Prison Sentences for Drug Offences

Brief to the Senate Standing Committee on Legal and Constitutional Affairs regarding Bill C-15, An Act to amend the Controlled Drugs and Substances Act and to make consequential amendments to other Acts. 19-page PDF [Canadian HIV/AIDS Legal Network]

Clearing the Smoke on Cannabis

Respiratory Effects of Cannabis Smoking [Canadian Centre on Substance Abuse]

Guidelines on the management of co-occurring alcohol and other drug and mental health conditions in alcohol and other drug treatment settings

The Guidelines are based on the best available evidence and draw upon the experience and knowledge of clinicians, researchers, consumers and carers [National Drug and Alcohol Research Centre - UNSW - Faculty of Medicine, Australia]

Does bingeing affect earnings?

Using unit-record data from the Australian National Drug Strategy Household Survey, this paper examines the impact of drinking patterns on individuals’ earnings, controlling for selectivity bias driven by the endogenous relationship between drinking and earnings. 38-page PDF [Centre for Health Economics, Australia]

Development First

A More Promising Approach to Reducing Cultivation of Crops for Illicit Markets [WOLA]

Redefining Targets

Towards a Realistic Afghan Drug Control Strategy [Transnational Institute]

Status of the Bureau of International Narcotics and Law Enforcement Affairs Counternarcotics Programs in Afghanistan

Full Status report. 67-page PDF [United States Department of State, Office of Inspector General]