Weekly news - 16th Ocober 2009

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The treatment journey from Prison through into work

Paul Hayes talks about the challenges facing the drugs field in working with and for drug users and communities at a variety of points of contact. Paul describes the more complex factors that can belie key policy decisions [FEAD, UK]

The need to 'think through' the risks involved in devolution

Paul Hayes: "There is a very real risk that if there was an unthought-through devolution of resources and responsibilities from the centre to localities then the improvements that have been won over the last last ten years or so would evaporate quite quickly" [FEAD, UK]

Needle and syringe programmes

Needle and syringe programmes: providing people who inject drugs with injecting equipment [NICE, UK]

Audio recordings available from Making Recovery Real Conference

In February 2009, over 60 people contributed to the various 12 parallel sessions at SRNs national conference 'Making Recovery Real' [Scottish Recovery Network, UK]

Alcohol-use disorders (prevention)

Consultation and background documents on the draft guidance [NICE, UK]

£0.40 minimum per unit of alcohol plus discount ban would save a life a day in Scotland

Mathematical model suggests that a £0.40 minimum price per unit of alcohol plus a ban on discount promotions would cut drinking by 5.4% in Scotland, saving a life every day once the policy fully takes effect, and over the first ten years saving £millions in public and private sector costs [Drug and Alcohol Findings, UK]

Teenage drinking, alcohol availability and pricing

A cross-sectional study of risk and protective factors for alcohol-related harms in school children [BMC]

Alcohol inquiry hears from supermarkets and Premier League

The Health Committee inquiry into alcohol continued with evidence from supermarkets ASDA, Sainsbury's and Waitrose. The Committee then questioned representatives from the Premier League and the Football League [Parliament, UK]

Offender Health IBA Training Pilot Interim Report

You can now read the interim summary from the Offender Health IBA training the trainer pilots taking place currently in Eastern Region Prisons and South Central Probation [Alcohol Learning Centre, UK]

Communities for Health: unlocking the energy within communities to improve health

These local reports show what can be achieved to make a real difference to peoples’ lives when local partners work together with the communities they serve. 183-page PDF [DoH, UK]

Minister announces start date for UK Anti-Doping

Minister for Sport, Gerry Sutcliffe MP, has today announced a start date of 14 December 2009 for UK Anti-Doping (UKAD), the UK’s first stand-alone anti-doping body, to assume responsibility for the UK’s national anti-doping programme [Department for Culture, Media And Sport, UK]

Consultation on proposed tobacco control regulations in England

The consultation document includes four sets of proposed regulations, covering: tobacco displays, tobacco price lists, specialist tobacconists, tobacco vending machines. Consultation document 83-page PDF [DoH, UK]

2008/2009 Annual report - The Gathering Effect

A set of 20 recommendations forms the core of this innovative Canada-wide approach to improving treatment, focusing on the individual in need of care. 24-page PDF [CCSA, Canada]

Medical marijuana

Review and analysis of federal and state policies. 50-page PDF [Congressional Research Service, USA]

Deadly in pink

Big Tobacco steps up its targeting of women and girls. 36-page PDF [Campaign for Tobacco-Free Kids, USA]

Return on Investment 2

A evaluation report published by Commonwealth Department of Health, conducted by a team of investigators at the National Centre in HIV Epidemiology and Clinical Research, The University of New South Wales, Sydney, Australia. 2MB PDF [Australian Government]

The Dawn of a New Era: Transforming our Domestic Response to Hepatitis B & C.

This national forum focusing on viral hepatitis was held in in Washington, DC, on 10-11 September 2009. The multi-stakeholder forum aimed to develop a coordinated national response to chronic viral hepatitis through improved prevention, detection and patient care. 1MB PDF [Via Hep C org, Australia]

Alcohol Use in New Zealand

Key Results of the 2007/08 New Zealand Alcohol and Drug Use Survey. 278-page PDF [Ministry of Health, New Zealand]