Weekly news - 6th September 2013

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The Work Capability Assessment – A Call for Evidence: Year 4 Independent Review, August 2013. A response from Release DrugScope and Adfam

To provide evidence for this submission we ran two separate surveys – one for organisations providing support or advice to people going through the WCA process, the other for claimants and carers who have had direct experience of the WCA in the last year | DrugScope, UK

No Quick Fix: Exposing the depth of Britain's drugs and alcohol problem

This report lays bare the reality of substance abuse and addiction in Britain today | Centre for Social Justice, UK

DDN Magazine – September issue

This month's cover feature explores how the Unity service in Cumbria made recovery visible and relevant to a diverse community. Also in the magazine – Mike Ashton gives a tour of Findings' drug and alcohol matrices, DDN's good practice exchange is launched by a naloxone training initiative at The Wallich Community House and Ryan Campbell of KCA talks about how services can take advantage of the new commissioning landscape | DDN, UK

Effectiveness Bank hot topics for September/October 2013

This set go to the heart of what treatment is and what we feel it should be. Can the compassion, respect and care of a counsellor be replaced by material rewards and sanctions or even a computer program? What is gained and what lost in the process? They inspire and turn round lives, some brand themselves as the home of ‘full’ recovery, but is a residential rehabilitation house the best place to engineer sustainable recovery? | Drug and Alcohol Findings, UK

Holidays over? Time to sign up for the DrugScope conference

Click here for the conference brochure and booking form | DrugScope, UK

DrugScope response to “Sustaining services, ensuring fairness”

Response to Department of Health consultation on migrant access and financial contribution to NHS provision in England | DrugScope, UK

Centre for Social Justice No Quick Fix report - PHE Response

Public Health England does not recognise the picture painted by the CSJ of a treatment system that is unambitious for recovery and leaves many thousands of addicts “abandoned on state-supplied heroin substitutes” | Public Health England, UK

Poisons service issues ‘legal highs’ alert

Fresh warnings about so-called ‘legal highs’ are today sounded by the National Poisons Information Service (NPIS) in its annual review | Public Health England, UK

Recovery Month UK 2013

Well folks its here again, the most exciting month in the Recovery Community calender | UK Recovery Walk, UK

Addaction: National charity express concern over Government's Lobbying Bill

The bill titled 'Transparency of Lobbying, Non-Party Campaigning and Trade Union Administration Bill' is currently having its second reading in Parliament | Addaction, UK

Full border passport checks hit illegal migrant screening and drugs seizures

Push to check all passports at UK borders means other duties are being neglected and staff are afraid to speak out, reports say | Guardian, UK

Stop and Search Consultation: Online Poll

What do you think about how the police use stop and search? Do you think it cuts crime and catches criminals, or do you think it’s used unfairly and doesn’t make that much difference to crime levels. Whatever your opinion, we want you to tell us | Home Office, UK

Major new State of the Sector Survey to be launched

DrugScope will be launching a major new State of the Sector Survey next week. DrugScope members will be contacted shortly. For more information or if you are interested in taking part, please email Charley on observatory@drugscope.org.uk | DrugScope, UK

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Screening for hepatitis B and C infection in Europe, Second international conference on novel psychoactive substances, EMCDDA report explores models of addiction, New Zealand enacts innovative regulatory system on new drugs, 5-IT recommended for control at EU level | EMCDDA, Portugal

Modernisation of the prison estate

The Government has today set out the next stage in its prison modernisation programme | Ministry of Justice, UK

Building new prisons in the place of old ones 'repeats mistakes of the past'

"Today’s announcement by the Ministry of Justice is a mixed bag and I fear ministers are making long-term decisions to meet immediate budget pressures without underpinning those decisions with bold leadership and vision" | Howard League for Penal Reform, UK

Universal Credit: early progress

Universal Credit plans were driven by an ambitious timescale, and this led to the adoption of a new approach. The programme suffered from weak management and ineffective control. Universal Credit plans were driven by an ambitious timescale, and this led to the adoption of a new approach. The programme suffered from weak management and ineffective control | National Audit Office, UK

Universal credit: Flagship welfare reform 'poor value' says watchdog

The government's flagship welfare reform has been badly managed, is "overambitious" and poor value for money, the spending watchdog has said | BBC, UK

Migrant smuggling, ivory trafficking, heroin trafficking, and maritime piracy identified as major organized crime threats in Eastern Africa

UNODC's latest report which was released today provides insight into some of Eastern Africa's principal transnational organized crime threats | UNODC, Austria

Results from the 2012 National Survey on Drug Use and Health

This report and the detailed tables present a first look at results from the 2012 National Survey on Drug Use and Health | SAMHSA, USA

National survey shows continued reduced levels of prescription drug use among young adults

Report also shows continued reduced rates of alcohol use among those age 12 to 17 | SAMHSA, USA

'A Bitter Pill' survey and campaign to reduce drug related deaths

The aim of this survey is to find out the habits, thoughts and knowledge of people across the UK in relation to recreational drugs. Includes interview with DrugScope CEO | Key 103, UK

ACMD advises the government on the control of prescription drugs

The Advisory Council on the Misuse of Drugs has recommended the control of three prescription medicines | ACMD, UK

Transfer of Undertakings (Protection of Employment) 2006 (TUPE) Regulations - Government Response to Consultation

In this Government Response we set out a reforming package of amendments to the TUPE Regulations | Department for Business, Innovation and Skills, UK
See the DrugScope submission to this consulation here

Transforming Legal Aid: Next Steps

The Ministry of Justice has published a response to the Transforming Legal Aid consultation launched in April, including a further consultation on a revised model of procurement for criminal legal aid and options for reform of advocacy fees | Ministry of Justice, UK

Merchant’s Quay report says homelessness and drugs use on the increase

Merchant’s Quay Ireland’s report says its needle-exchange service in Dublin recorded 20,847 client visits in 2012, up almost 2,000 on 2011 | Irish Times, Ireland