Weekly news - 11th September 2009


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DrugScope Street Drug Trends Survey 2009

Falling illegal drug purity 'accelerates trend' in users combining different drugs [DrugScope, UK]

Commercial breakdown

A severe drop in the quality of illegal drugs coupled with a mix and match approach to taking them is creating an expanding ‘junk food’ drug market. Max Daly takes a look at this year’s UK-wide DrugScope Street Drug Trends Survey [Druglink, UK]

Evaluating Harm Reduction Works campaign

The National Treatment Agency (NTA) invites tenders for an evaluation of the Harm Reduction Works (HRW) campaign, produced by Exchange Supplies for the NTA [NTA, UK]

UK study supports naloxone-based opiate overdose reversal training

As concern mounts over the recent growth in drug-related deaths, the first large scale UK follow-up study has assessed the impact of training in overdose recognition and management featuring the opiate blocking drug naloxone [Drug and Alcohol Findings, UK]

Drink and Drugs News

7th September issue [Drink and Drugs News, UK]

Under the influence - the damaging effect of alcohol marketing on young people

This report examines the damaging effect of alcohol marketing on young people. It aims to identify effective ways of protecting young people from the influence of alcohol promotion and marketing, thereby redressing the excessively pro-alcohol social norms to which they are exposed. 58-page PDF [BMA, UK]

Alcoholic Drinks Advertisements Compliance Survey 2008

The ASA has undertaken this survey to determine the compliance rate of alcohol ads with the British Code of Advertising, Sales Promotion and Direct Marketing (the CAP Code) and with the BCAP TV and Radio Advertising Standards Codes (the BCAP Codes. 30-page PDF [Advertising Standards Authority, UK]

Message On A Bottle

Supermarkets are contributing to an epidemic of heavy drinking by promoting cheap alcohol that is poorly labelled. Many of the supermarkets‟ corporate social responsibility statements (where they exist with regards to alcohol) are totally at odds with their actual practice [Alcohol Concern, UK]

New FEAD videos from Professor Lord Patel of Bradford OBE

Including: Ground breaking work on discrimination in the NHS and The Community Engagement Model [FEAD, UK]

SMMGP Clinical Update

For August 2009 [SMMGP, UK]

Information Sharing and Mental Health

This guidance sets out some of the issues relating to the exchange of information between mental health trusts and outside organisations and individuals. 27-page PDF [DoH, UK]

National Drugs Strategy 2009-2016

The overall strategic objective for the National Drugs Strategy 2009–2016 is: To continue to tackle the harm caused to individuals and society by the misuse of drugs through a concerted focus on the five pillars of supply reduction, prevention, treatment, rehabilitation and research [Department of Community, Rural and Gaeltacht Affairs, Ireland]

National Drugs Strategy totally undermined by government cuts

Speaking at this morning's launch by An Taoiseach Brian Cowen of the government's National Drugs Strategy, Citywide Drugs Crisis Campaign have challenged the Taoiseach to explain how the, "National Drugs Strategy can be implemented while government policy calls for cuts of €2.6m to the same strategy." [Citywide, Ireland]

Taking the piss: is HSE drug testing wasting millions?

Faced as we are with proposed cutbacks in frontline services, and when adequate drug treatment services are not available in most areas outside greater Dublin (but heroin is), it is time for an objective review of guidelines which compel doctors treating drug users to waste the limited resources given to this essential area of practice [Irish Medical Times]

A Standard Drink in Ireland:What strength?

The purpose of the study was to examine the different alcoholic beverages currently available in Ireland, in terms of beverage categories, the alcohol content and serving size of typical drinks and other relevant information. 20-page PDF [HSE, Ireland]

National Survey on Drug Use and Health: National Findings 2008

The survey is the primary source of information on the use of illicit drugs, alcohol, and tobacco in the civilian, noninstitutionalized population of the United States aged 12 years old or older [SAMHSA, UK]

The Victorian Drug Statistics Handbook

Patterns of drug use and related harm in Victoria for the period July 2006 to June 2007. 288-page PDF [Mental Health and Drugs Division Department of Human Services (Victoria), Australia]

Initiative to curb trade in chemicals for illicit drugs

The UNODC and the European Commission have partnered to launch PRELAC, a three-year project to strengthen the capacities of national administrative control authorities to prevent the diversion of precursor chemicals from the licit market into Latin America and the Caribbean [UNODC]

Shining a Light on a Hidden Epidemic

Why and How Civil Society Advocates Can Support the Expansion of Hepatitis C Treatment in Eastern Europe and Central Asia. 52-page PDF [Open Society Institute, USA]