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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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Weekly - 29th May 2009

The Road to Recovery: One year On

A progress report detailing achievements over the last year following the publication of Scotland's drugs strategy "The Road to Recovery" [Scottish Government, UK]

It's their own fault for doing drugs

Inaugural Professorial Lecture May 2009 - This lecture explored the negative impact of the war on drugs upon drug users [Professor Julian Buchanan, Glyndwr University, Wales, UK]

The Phoney Argument For a New Drug War

This detailed critique of the Centre for Policy Studies report 'The Phoney War on Drugs' was prepared by Axel Klein, Lecturer in the Study of Addictive Behaviour, Centre for Health Service Studies, University of Kent [TDPF, UK]

Assessing Changes in Global Drug Problems, 1998–2007

This Main Report provides a dispassionate overview of the true nature and extent of the problem today, and to assist policy makers at national and regional levels to deal with it. It was suggested that the drugs market be looked at as if it were licit, in order to get a clearer picture of the way that it works. 84-page PDF [Trimbos Institute and RAND]

Postgraduate Certificate in Leadership of Drug and Alcohol Services

This programme has been developed for those already working within, or seeking, leadership positions in Drug and Alcohol support agencies. The programme contains three courses; "Leading People" and "Leading Organisations", which aim to provide participants with an understanding of leadership theory and practice with a particular focus on the Scottish Health System [STRADA, UK]

Delivering effective needle and syringe programmes. Implementing NICE guidance

The joint NTA and NICE event on 1 July 2009 will showcase the recent publications and discuss how local areas can ensure their NSPs are in line with current best practice. Flyer [NTA, UK]

UK Event on Drugs, Alcohol and Criminal Justice

The Conference Consortium – in partnership with Drink and Drug News, the CNWL Health Trust, and the Coventry and Warwickshire Partnership Health Trust – are running an interactive and participative conference in London on June 25th 2009 [IHRA]

The Story of Drug Treatment

A timely look back, and forwards, at the achievements and challenges of the drug treatment system in England. 8-page PDF [NTA, UK]

NICE contributes to the Health Select Committee inquiry on Alcohol

Professor Mike Kelly, NICE Director of the Centre for Public Health Excellence, was one of three witnesses invited to give evidence at a recent HSC session on what steps should be considered to tackle the rising problem of alcohol misuse [NICE, UK]

Tackling alcohol harm: lessons from other fields

This report examines how initiatives successfully used in other fields can help inform new strategies for tackling alcohol related harm [Joseph Rowntree Foundation, UK]

Proposed control of gamma-butyrolactone (GBL) and 1,4-butanediol (1,4-BD)

The purpose of this consultation paper is to draw attention to, and invite comments on, the options to control both GBL and 1,4-BD under the Misuse of Drugs Act 1971 or otherwise. 14-page PDF [Home Office, UK]

Proposed control of 1-benzylpiperazine (BZP) and a group of substituted piperazines

This consultation seeks your views on the government’s proposals for a number of substances to be controlled under the Misuse of Drugs Act 1971 and its associated subordinate legislation. 31-page PDF [Home Office, UK]

Drug Use, Sex Work and the Risk Environment in Dublin

The NACD believe that this highly detailed report will increase understanding of the serious issues facing those who struggle with the daily burden of drug dependency and who engage in sex work. 208-page PDF [ANCD, Ireland]

Shoveling Up II: The Impact of Substance Abuse on Federal, State and Local Budgets

In this report, The National Center on Addiction and Substance Abuse (CASA) at Columbia University has identified the total amount spent by federal, state and local governments on substance abuse and addiction--the first time such an analysis has ever been undertaken. 176-page PDF [CASA. USA]

Substance Use among Women During Pregnancy and Following Childbirth

Combined 2002 to 2007 data show that past month alcohol use among women aged 18 to 44 was highest for those who were not pregnant and did not have children living in the household but comparatively low for women in the first trimester of pregnancy, and even lower for those in the second or third trimester [SAMHSA, USA]

Medical profiteering: the economics of methadone dispensation

We recommend continuing the current pharmacy-based model. Any policy changes that limit or decrease access to methadone maintenance treatment should be discouraged. Recognition of the economic incentives of all parties involved is imperative in understanding the illicit drug use phenomenon and devising effective strategies to reduce the social burden it impose [CMAJ]

Non-government organisations in the alcohol and other drugs sector

Issues and options for sustainability [ANCD, Australia]

Why are the rates of hepatitis higher in Aboriginal injecting drug users. Part 1

Slow download from [Australian Injecting & Illicit Drug Users League]

Why are the rates of hepatitis higher in Aboriginal injecting drug users. Part 2

Slow download from [Australian Injecting & Illicit Drug Users League]

Harm Reduction 2009 Takes Place in Bangkok

Overall, the conference highlighted how far harm reduction has progressed and where there are still huge challenges to be overcome. Videos [IHRA]

UNODC launches new electronic newsletter

The e-newsletter contains links to news items and other current drugs and crime information [UNODC]