Weekly news - 23 Ocober 2009

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Addiction, Crime and Insurgency: The Transnational Threat of Afghan Opium

The above link is to the interactive version - Read the 152-page PDF version here [UNODC]

Paul Hayes on the public's view of substance use and the experience of affected communities

Paul Hayes says its our role to get alongside communities rather than to persuade them of the value of drug treatment. He suggests it would be easier to persuade ordinary people than Fleet St Editors [FEAD, UK]

Paul Hayes on the relationship between drug treatment and crime

Paul suggests says that the link between drug treatment and reduced crime is good news, and that this offers a way to reach out to 'hard pressed' communities [FEAD, UK]

The Drug Treatment System and its key transitions

At all times we must be capable, as a field, of speaking powerfully, positively and clearly to the public about the full range of social benefits associated with accessible and effective drug treatment - UK Drug Worker Forum Conference Presentation by Ian Wardle [Lifeline, UK]

Repertoires of distinction

Exploring patterns of weekend polydrug use within local leisure scenes across the English night time economy. 29-page PDF [Criminology and Criminal Justice, UK]

Breaking the Cycle of Substance Misuseamong Families

The results of a three-year Addaction pilot project [Addaction, UK]

The Cocaine Trade


1. Steve Rolles, Transform, and Professor McKeganey, Centre for Drug Misuse Research, Glasgow University.
2. Mitch Winehouse and Sarah Graham.

[Parliament, UK]

Crime in England and Wales

Quarterly Update to June 2009. 18-page PDF [Home Office, UK]

DrugScope/LDAN response to New Horizons mental health strategy consultation

Our response primarily builds on a consultation process with DrugScope members, including an expert seminar we held on New Horizons in September. Following LDAN's merger with DrugScope in March 2009 its 200 strong membership of London-based drug and alcohol agencies has also provided invaluable feedback into our key policy work, including New Horizons. 122KB PDF [DrugScope, UK]

Supermarket Scandal

Super-cheap Alcohol Sales in the North West. 2MB PDF [Ourlife, UK]

European Organised Crime Threat Assessment 2009

The OCTA is based on a multi-source approach, including law enforcement and non-law enforcement contributions. 68-page PDF [Europa]

Alcohol and other drug treatment services in Australia 2007-08

Findings from the National Minimum Data Set [Australian Institute of Health and Welfare]

Alcohol and other drug treatment services in Australia 2007-08

Report on the National Minimum data Set [Australian Institute of Health and Welfare]

Needle & Syringe Program Return on Investment Study

The study seeks to analyse the effectiveness of needle and syringe programs in preventing transmission of HIV, and hepatitis C (HCV) in Australia from 1991 (that is from when NSPs were well established in all jurisdictions except Tasmania) to the end of 2000. 166-page PDF Summary report [Department of Health, Australia]

An overview of the 2009 IDRS: The Regular Injecting Drug User Survey findings

[IDRS, Australia]

An overview of the 2009 EDRS: The Regular Ecstasy User Survey findings

[EDRS, Australia]

The state of young people

Male and female teenagers aged 15–19 years had the highest hospitalisation rates for acute intoxication from alcohol among all age groups. 139-page PDF [Australian Government Office for Youth]

Tobacco costs the Australian economy more than it’s worth

A new report (44-page PDF) commissioned by the Cancer Council Western Australia debunks tobacco industry arguments that higher tobacco taxes will be detrimental to the Australian economy. It also shows there are gains to be made in driving down tobacco use through increased taxes [Cancer Council Western Australia]