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Welcome to DS Daily, our new daily drug and alcohol news service. We are launching the service both as part of our core commitment to the provision and dissemination of up to date information and in support of our role as a membership organisation for the sector.


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Weekly news - 5th June 2009

Drug treatment to get funding boost for 2009/10

Drug treatment services across England will benefit from £11.8m of extra investment from the Department of Health for service improvements this year [NTA, UK]

Residential drug treatment services: a summary of good practice

This report is based on interviews with the local drug partnerships and services that scored highly in the Tier 4 commissioning and provision theme of the 2007-08 Healthcare Commission and NTA service review. 11-page PDF [NTA, UK]

Practice sharing project update

This document features the first set of practice example case studies collated
by DrugScope. Submissions 2 [Home Office, UK]

UK Drug Policy Commission’s run extended to 2012

The UK Drug Policy Commission (UKDPC) has been awarded a second three-year grant from the Esmée Fairbairn Foundation. The £1.1m grant allows the Commission to continue its work for a final three years, until December 2012 [UKDPC]

“Nice People Take Drugs” - Release campaigns to shift the debate on drugs

Uning an advertising campaign on London buses during June with the slogan ‘Nice People Take Drugs’, Release is looking to open up the drugs debate and engage the public in a more sophisticated and honest drugs dialogue [Release, UK]

Letting Our Communities Flourish

A Strategy for Tackling Serious Organised Crime in Scotland [Scottish Government, UK

Alcohol and pregnancy message

The documents and emails released to the applicant on 4 June 2009, relate to the policy process, in 2006/7, by which the UK Chief Medical Officers decided to have a single message on alcohol and pregnancy, and what that message should be [DoH, UK]

Minimum Alcohol Pricing: A targeted measure?

This review identifies significant concerns with the evidence base behind the case for minimum alcohol pricing, and shows that the economic case for the introduction of minimum alcohol pricing in the United Kingdom appears to be weak. 71-page PDF [Centre for Economics and Business Research, UK]

The All Party Parliamentary Group on Alcohol Misuse - Report on the Future of Alcohol Treatment

The future of alcohol treatment services. 28-page PDF [Alcohol Concern, UK]

Clean Switch: The Case for Prison Needle and Syringe Programs in Canada

This paper outlines the available evidence and the legal rationale, under federal Canadian and international human rights law, for Canada to implement PNSPs without delay. 44-page PDF [Canadian HIV/AIDS Legal Network]

Drug Control Strategy

2010 Budget Summary. 204-page PDF [White House, USA]

Drug control - Report to the Co-Chairman, Caucus on International Narcotics Control, U.S. Senate

Better Coordination with the Department of Homeland Security and an Updated Accountability Framework Can Further Enhance DEA’s Efforts to Meet Post-9/11 Responsibilities. 80-page PDF [GAO, USA]

AOD Withdrawal Practice Guidelines 2009

The Alcohol and Other Drug Withdrawal: Practice Guidelines are now available to download 1,192KB PDF [Turning Point, Australia]

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-pagePDF [NHMRC, Australia]

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