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DrugScope Survey 2014 - Tell us what you think of DrugScope, its products and services

DrugScope is conducting a survey of its members and other individuals and organisations who use its products and services as part of a review of our work. We would appreciate it if you could help us by completing the survey, which should take no longer than 10-15 minutes. You will also be entered for a 'prize draw' to win one of two £25 shopping vouchers. Thank you from the DrugScope team for your help and support | DrugScope, UK

Vacancy - Policy, Influence and Engagement Manager: Multiple Needs

DrugScope on behalf of the Making Every Adult Matter (MEAM) coalition is seeking to recruit a Policy, Influence and Engagement Manager with a focus on ‘multiple needs’, and responsibility for a major new initiative called ‘Voices from the Frontline’. This is an opportunity to play a lead role in a landmark project to bring the views and voices of disadvantaged people and those who support them into the policy debate, while providing specialist input on drug and alcohol issues | DrugScope, UK

Debate: Society is too relaxed about marijuana

Young people who smoke marijuana may be at risk of “major” changes to the area of the brain that regulates motivation, a new study claims. Our full report on the study, carried out by researchers from Harvard University and Northwestern Medicine, can be found here | Independent, UK

Smoking cannabis will change you. That's not a 'risk', it's a certainty

So it turns out cannabis is bad for you. But we knew that. There have been decades of research on the topic: it increases your risk of mental illness, it can damage the brain, it can affect the way you think, permanently | Telegraph, UK

Seven important truths about how the world takes drugs in 2014

There's a pretty thorough list of national stereotypes stashed away in the collective consciousness. French people love bread, the Swiss are born dull, Americans don't understand humour and so go round telling jokes in which something funny they did is the punchline, etc, etc, etc, until the whole globe is just a sphere of tired cliches spinning around in space | VICE, UK

When it comes to getting high the UK lead the way

Britain may no longer be a superpower but among respondents to the survey, UK clubbers lead the rest of the world in drug use (both lifetime and last 12 months) for all the top 30 drugs in the survey - except for Ritalin | MixMag, UK

Drugs testing service Wedinos 'reduces harm' to users - video

Claims that steroid dealers are using publically-funded drug testing as guidance for which drugs to take have been rejected by the Welsh government | BBC, UK

When it comes to treatment for offenders, is small beautiful?

A question posed by the latest instalment of the Matrix Bite course, dealing this week with the influence of an organisation’s structures and processes on how well it delivers treatment for drinking problems in criminal justice settings. The context is a market which drives service providers to grow ever bigger | Drug and Alcohol Findings, UK

One addict helping another is the best route to recovery

The other day I visited a really remarkable organisation in Lambeth, south London, which is dedicated to helping drug and alcohol addicts to get their lives on track. What is impressive about the Aurora project is that it shows the power of one addict (or service user, which is the preferred term) helping another, the principle which forms the basis for most successful treatment programmes | Telegraph, UK

Family Recovery, Al-Anon & Altruism: in helping we are helped

“Giving implies to make the other person a giver also." So said Eric Fromm whose quote starts this research paper which travels to the heart of mutual aid. The clear message? In helping other, we help ourselves | Review Recovery Blog, UK

Why thousands of people are going to get high in Hyde Park

This Sunday is '420 Day', an organised protest in favour of cannabis legalisation, when users and campaigners are expected to turn up at the London park in huge numbers for a picnic and a puff on a joint | Guardian, UK

Paul Flowers faces drugs charges

Paul Flowers, the former Co-op Bank chairman, has been charged with drug possession, prosecutors have said | BBC, UK

Does smoking weed make you a better parent?

Calling all parents: as marijuana laws relax across the US, we want to know how you're navigating the new terrain of legal pot in your own home | Guardian, UK

Deforestation of Central America rises as Mexico's war on drugs moves south

Swaths of rainforest affected by 'narco-deforestation' caused by landing strips and roads built by and for drug traffickers | Guardian, UK

Limiting the exposure of young people to alcohol advertising:seventh annual report 2012 (PDF)

Our task as a Monitoring Body is to oversee the implementation of and adherence to Voluntary Codes of Practice to limit the exposure of young people under the age of 18 years to alcohol advertising. As this seventh Annual Report shows there was overall compliance in 2012 by television, radio, cinema, outdoor advertisers and newspapers and magazines with the obligations set down in the Codes | Alcohol Marketing Communications Monitoring Body, Ireland

The politics of addiction: Despite their shortcomings, most of the opioid bills have merit and should move to the governor’s desk promptly

Thirteen bills — mostly before the state House — propose ways to treat addicts, educate Ohioans about prescription drug and opioid abuse, regulate how painkillers such as Vicodin, OxyContin, and Percocet are dispensed and monitored, and prevent the diversion of these drugs onto the street | Toledo Blade, USA

Early Data in E-Cigarette Study May Raise Safety Concerns

A laboratory study presented early this year reported that the nicotine-laced vapor generated by an electronic cigarette promoted the development of cancer in certain types of human cells much in the same way that tobacco smoke does | NY Times, USA

Could People Who Use Illegal Drugs Be Trusted Not to Lose Control if the Law Was Changed?

In the second of 3 little pieces drawn on data from the world's biggest drug survey (Global Drug Survey 2014) we share a little of what we found out when we asked almost 80,000 people how changes in drug laws would affect them? While not representative of drug users more widely the findings are enlightening | Huffington Post, USA

The War on Drugs

Although Richard Nixon declared war on drugs in 1971, we must look to an economic and historic analysis of anti-drug laws in the U.S. to put the "war" into context | Huffington Post, USA

Heroin a growing threat across USA, police say

eroin and other opiate addiction is now claiming more lives in many communities than violent crime and car crashes, say America's top law enforcement officials who gathered here Wednesday to discuss the increasing devastation caused by the drug | USA Today, USA