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Welcome to
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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.


We are also very pleased to announce that Jim Young, formerly of Daily Dose, has joined our DS Daily team.


We are very keen to receive your comments about the new service which you can send to the Editor, Jim Young at jimy@drugscope.org.uk



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Encouraging general practitioners to treat drug users: an analysis of the policy of ‘shared care

Different agendas are apparent in policies to encourage GPs to become involved in drug treatment services. These include views that GP services are less stigmatising and more easily and ‘naturally’ accessible (without much supporting evidence) and will prevent the overload of secondary care [SMMGP]

Statistics on Alcohol, England 2009

The report aims to present a broad picture of health issues relating to alcohol in England and covers topics such as drinking habits and behaviours among adults and school children, drinking related ill health and mortality, affordability of alcohol and alcohol related costs [NHS, UK]

New video contributions from Professor Neil McKeganey

A new series of video contributions by Professor Neil McKeganey have been added to [FEAD, UK

The 2009 National Drug Treatment Conference - Archive

Presentation from the 2009 National Drug Treatment Conference that was held on Thursday the 19th and Friday 20th March [Exchange Supplies, UK]

‘The Phoney War on Drugs’

A successful drugs policy should be based on three simple principles: reducing the supply of drugs; reducing recruitment to drug abuse; encouraging people with drug problems to give up their abuse. The UK has lost sight of each one of these basic aims in its attempt to reduce crime by managing problem drug use [Kathy Gyngell - Centre for Policy Studies, UK]

NTA response to Centre for Policy Studies’ report

The CPS report makes a number of assertions the NTA refutes [NTA, UK]

Needle and Syringe programme guidance – implementation tools now available

NICE endorses the schemes currently provided by pharmacies and other drug services in England to reduce the harms caused by injecting drugs [NTA, UK]

A report on Global Illicit Drugs Markets 1998-2007

This Report provides an assessment of how the global market for drugs developed from 1998 to 2007 and describes drug policy around the globe during that period. To the extent data allow, it then assesses how much policy measures, at the national and international levels, have influenced drug problems. 74-page PDF [Europa]

Building on Our Strengths

Canadian Standards for Youth Substance Abuse Prevention. 71-page PDF [Canadian Centre on Substance Abuse]

National Prescription Drug Threat Assessment 2009

This assessment examines current nonmedical use of prescription-type psychotherapeutic drugs and discusses their distribution, the societal impact of diversion and abuse, and Prescription Drug Monitoring Programs that have been established legislatively in many states to stem diversion and abuse [NDIC, USA]

A Review of Screening, Assessment and Outcome Measures for Drug and Alcohol Settings

This review provides an overview of some useful standardised tools that can be used to measure treatment outcomes and to screen and assess for mental health symptoms and conditions, drug and alcohol use and disorders and general functioning. 225-page PDF [NADA, Australia]

National Opioid Pharmacotherapy Statistics Annual Data collection: 2008 report

2008 report presents data on the 41,000 clients accessing pharmacotherapy for the treatment of opioid addiction, the 1,400 prescribers participating in the delivery of pharmacotherapy treatment, and quantitative information about the prescribing sector (AIHW, Australia)