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Young and homeless conference

19 November 2014 | London 

This conference will look at how to prevent youth homelessness alongside approaches to housing, health and employment support that can really make a difference


No return to the streets conference

11 December 2014 | London 

Homeless Link is hosting this national conference that will explore new responses to reducing rough sleeping and supporting move on, alongside innovative practice in a residential setting




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4th National Recovery Conference

Glasgow, 10-11th November


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UK news

DrugScope response to the Health Premium Incentive Scheme 2014/15 – technical consultation (PDF)

DrugScope strongly supports the proposal that the successful completion of drug treatment, with combined data for opiate and non-opiate users, should be used as the national measure for the incentive pilot. This is the principal indicator in the Public Health Outcome Framework that has the potential to incentivise local investment in evidence based drug treatment and signal the Government’s commitment to ensure the local capacity to deliver the Drug Strategy 2010 in a period of uncertainly and significant risk of disinvestment. [Original consultation here] | DrugScope, UK

Children living with parental alcohol abuse are being missed by system, report finds

A children's commissioner report has found social services support for alcohol misuse is failing to look beyond the impact on the individual | Community Care, UK

Do the media talk down to teenagers over drugs?

As a study suggests teenage cannabis users risk "impairing" their educational ability, a leading researcher claims young people are being let down by media reporting on the dangers of drugs | Channel 4, UK

HM Chief Inspector of Prisons Annual Report 2013-2014

Inspectorate report on prisons in England and Wales, including information on drug and alcohol use| HM Chief Inspector of Prisons for England and Wales, UK

Legal highs fuelling growing levels of violence in British jails, annual prison report warns

Prison suicide rate has reached a 10-year high, Chief Inspector of Prisons has said | Independent, UK

Prison watchdog: Improvement needed in prisoner safety

More needs to be done to improve the safety of prisoners in Northern Ireland, a report by Criminal Justice Inspection has found | BBC, UK

Ban e-cigarettes indoors say public

Most British people would support a ban on e-cigarettes being used indoors – and half support a ban on smoking tobacco in public open places such as parks | YouGov, UK

Even ‘imperfect’ opioid maintenance still protects

From Norway, strong evidence that being in a methadone or buprenorphine maintenance programme protects patients from life-threatening overdoses and infections, even if some illegal drug use continues, and that discharging patients dramatically escalates risk. Poses the question whether to accept continued illegal drug use for the sake of harm reduction | Drug and Alcohol Findings, UK

Psychosocial approaches in treatment systems; focus on mutual aid and residential rehabilitation

Latest instalment of the on-line course. Seemingly the only feasible way to do more (recovery) with less (money), mutual aid is a major theme, in particular, whether promoting engagement with groups boosts outcomes, or just attendance. At the other end of the expense spectrum is residential rehabilitation; should it be used more? How much do your feelings on its proper extent and targeting derive from research, experience, or values – and how much from cost? | Drug and Alcohol Findings, UK

Free events - Technology Enhanced Recovery: Advances in Public Health' 

A set of free conferences looking at substance misuse and technology-enhanced recovery | Breaking Free, UK

'Sophisticated drugs network' with links to Northern Ireland probed by police

Police investigating a "sophisticated drugs network" with links to Northern Ireland have arrested a woman in London | BBC, UK

Cannabis lamps used by football club on Rochdale pitch

Heat lamps seized by police in raids on cannabis farms are being used to cultivate the grass at Rochdale's football pitch in Greater Manchester | BBC, UK

Drinking on Tenby streets to be restricted by police

Police have been given powers to stop people drinking on streets in Tenby in a bid to keep the seaside town a "nice place to visit" | BBC, UK



International news

US spends $7bn but fails to stop Afghan opium poppy growth

Opium poppy cultivation in Afghanistan hit record levels in 2013 despite counter-narcotics efforts by Washington, a US report says | BBC, UK

Afghan Opium Exports Peak - iPlayer Radio

David Kuo from the Motley Fool website and Ken Vogel, reporter for Politico, join Roger Hearing to discuss the day's business stories. A US report finds that efforts to contain the export of opium from Afghanistan have fallen short | BBC Radio, UK

Breaking Bad dolls pulled from Toys R Us after petition

A US toy store chain has pulled four action figures based on characters from the popular TV drama Breaking Bad, following a petition for their removal | BBC, UK

Moderate Pot Use By Adolescents Doesn't Hurt IQ

A paper presented at the annual congress of the European College of Neuropsychopharmacology (ECNP) in Berlin says that moderate cannabis use by adolescents does not lead to educational or intellectual decline, but that heavy cannabis use is associated with slightly poorer exam results at age 16 | Science 2.0, USA

ACC staff member caught using drugs prompts call for wider tests

The Australian Commission for Law Enforcement Integrity has called for more "high risk" public service agencies to consider drug testing after a staff member at a major corruption fighting agency was caught out | Age, Australia


Blogs, comment and opinion

5 Ridiculous Anti-Drugs Posters

In an effort to "inform" and "educate" the general public about the myriad harms associated with illicit drug use certain anti-drug posters have become infamous... | Talking Drugs, UK

How safe is your teen from a drink-drive conviction?

What’s the worst thing that could happen when your child starts driving? | Swanswell, UK

We are People - Not Addicts, Criminals, Inmates, and Convicts

Media coverage of drugs and drug policy has grown much more sophisticated in the past few years. Yet many media outlets -- even some of the most well-meaning ones -- still often use inaccurate, offensive, or just plain absurd language that would be considered unthinkable when covering other issues | DPA, USA

Operation Understanding: Disclosure and stigma in 1976

In May 1976, more than fifty people—celebrities and professionals from various fields—announced at a carefully staged press conference that they had recovered from alcoholism | Points: The Blog of the Alcohol and Drug History Society, USA