Weekly news - 18th September 2009


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DS Daily partnership with Drink and Drugs News

DrugScope is pleased to announce that the DS Daily news service has joined forces with the DDN online news service. Subscribers will receive the latest headlines and news from the field, compiled by researcher Jim Young, and have a direct link to Drink and Drugs News magazine and DDN online jobs. DS Daily now has a growing circulation of over 4500 subscribers as a result of the new arrangement, which reflects both partners’ commitment to high quality information provision for the field

Untreatable or just hard to treat?

Results of the Randomised Injectable Opioid Treatment Trial (RIOTT) [King’s Health Partners, UK]

RIOTT a success for chronic heroin addicts

John Strang, Professor of Addiction Research, Institute of Psychiatry, today presented headline results from the Randomised Injectable Opiate Treatment Trial (RIOTT), at a conference organised by the charity Action on Addiction at the Royal College of Physicians [Institute of Psychiatry, UK]

NTA statement on injectable heroin trial

The National Treatment Agency for Substance Misuse (NTA) has clarified today that contrary to a story in today’s Independent, it is not calling for a nationwide roll-out of ‘shooting galleries’ for injectable heroin [NTA, UK]

An idea whose time has come

This year’s Druglink survey of street drug trends found that a drop in the quality of drugs could be accelerating a longer term trend towards poly drug use – taking a variety of different substances in combination or at different times – as users look to ‘top up’ on low quality drugs or experiment with alternatives [Druglink Blog]

Project Blueprint: 'Not sufficiently robust'

Quietly, without press release or even a statement, two weeks ago ministers published a long and eagerly-awaited evaluation of drugs education in schools ... Why, one might ask, did they not want to trumpet the conclusion of a major research project which took six years of work and close to £6m of our money? ... The answer is that the science had been so bungled that the research was almost useless [Mark Easton's Blog, BBC, UK]

Blueprint for what?

I have just completed reading the long awaited “Impact” report of the Home Office’s Blueprint Drug Education project. As then Drug Education Forum Chair and one of the Drug Education Forum representatives on the project’s Advisory Group, I am disappointed, frustrated… [Eric Carlin's Blog, UK]

Statement on Recovery

We wish to make clear SMMGP's position on recovery and to emphasise the pivotal and on-going role of primary care in delivering recovery-oriented treatment [SMMGP, UK]

Forgotten Families - The Needs of Kinship Carers in Europe

Understanding the needs of kinship carers and the children they care for is a critical part of the EU Kinship Carers Project. This report provides an overview of the needs of this group based on interviews with over 180 carers in 7 European countries. It draws conclusions that will be used by partners on the project to develop resources which are intended to protect children and young people in these placements from the harms that drugs may cause [Mentor UK]

Backing the Future: Why investing in children is good for us all

Backing the Future provides the economic and social case for transforming the way we invest in the future of society through our children. The report makes clear the need for a comprehensive investment programme in preventative services for children and young people that would both save spending on dealing with the impact of problems later, and deliver wider benefits to society. Registration required [New Economics Foundation, UK]

IHRA Launch ‘Addicted to News’ Media Guidelines

IHRA – in partnership with the European Opiate Treatment Association (EUROPAD), the South Eastern European Adriatic Addiction Treatment Network (SEEAnet) and Schering-Plough – have created a set of media guidelines to assist in the reporting of constructive, accurate and responsible information in the field of opioid dependence [IHRA]

Management of neonatal abstinence syndrome: a national survey and review of practice

The majority of units currently use an opiate as the drug of first choice as recommended. Doses utilised and second agents added vary significantly between units. Many of our findings reflect the lack of high-quality randomised studies regarding management of NAS [NDC, Ireland]t

Comparing the drug situation across countries: Problems, Pitfalls and Possibilities

This briefing paper seeks to compare the drugs situation in a number of developed countries. Data from six European countries, the United States, Canada, Australia and New Zealand are included [Beckley Foundation Drug Policy Programme]

Professor Keith Humphreys: SFF Presentation on Recovery May 09 (FEAD film)

Currently Dr. Keith Humphreys, Professor of Psychiatry, Stanford University is on detail to [ONDCP, USA]

Parity of mental health and substance abuse disorder benefits

On behalf of the American Bar Association and its nearly 400,000 members, I write to you today to urge your Committee to include in its proposed health care reform legislation the provisions with respect to parity of mental health and substance abuse disorder benefits that are contained in P.L. 110-343, the “Paul Wellstone and Pete Domenici Mental Health and Addiction Equity Act of 2008.” - Written to the Committee on Finance, U.S. Senate [American Bar Association]