DS Daily - 28th July 2011


Comment: Don't abandon young drug users

The government may talk a good game on combating drug use, but funding cuts will leave young users without support | Politics.co.uk

Figures on drug and alcohol use among young people

At 9.30am today the NHS will release new figures on smoking, drinking and drug use among young people | Addaction, UK

Lib Dem MP demands 'radical overhaul' of drug policy

In a politics.co.uk article Julian Huppert dubs the government's current drug policies "ineffective" and "expensive" | Politics.co.uk

Amy Winehouse's death prompts review of drug rehab waiting times

MPs are to review waiting times for drug addicts in need of rehabilitation following the death of the singer Amy Winehouse | Telegraph, UK

Drug addiction programmes cost millions – but it’s money well spent

Thousands of heroin addicts in South Wales are being weaned off the killer substance with substitute drug programmes costing millions | Wales Online, UK

Used needle dumped every two minutes

That means nearly half of the 600,000 syringes dispensed by NHS Lothian through the needle exchange programme have never been returned, despite incentives for addicts to do so | Edinburgh Evening News, UK

Life addicted to prescription drugs

More than a million people in the UK are estimated to be addicted to prescription drugs known as benzodiazepines | BBC, UK

Letter to Employment Minister on release of benefit claimant statistics

The Chair of the Commons Work and Pensions has today written to the Minister for Employment Chris Grayling expressing serious concerns at the most recent misrepresentation of DWP statistics on benefit claimants in some sections of the media | Parliament, UK

Spanish GPs target binge-drinking patients

Unusually a primary care brief alcohol intervention in Madrid targeted heavy episodic drinking. The result was drinking reductions which probably saved lives due to less drunkenness and less drinking overall - and both screening and intervention were done by the doctors themselves, not specialist staff | Drug and Alcohol Findings, UK

Officials fear for infants born to prescription drug addicts

According to a new report from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, prescription drug overdose deaths in Florida are up a staggering 265% since 2003. But it's not just the deaths that have Florida officials worried; it's the births | CNN, USA

NAACP calls for end to "war on drugs"

The NAACP on Tuesday passed what it called a "historic" resolution calling for an end to the war on drugs | CBS, USA

Florida: Drug Laws Ruled Unconstitutional

A federal judge in Orlando on Wednesday declared the state’s controlled-substances laws unconstitutional. A 2002 Florida law eliminated the requirement of a “guilty mind,” or “mens rea,” as part of a drug offense | New York Times, USA

Alcohol Justice

The Marin Institute, which organizes campaigns to reduce alcohol-related harm, announced it has changed its name to "Alcohol Justice.”

Moore report - Implementation of a Needle and Syringe Program

On the 28th July 2011 the ACT Chief Minister announced the release of the Public Health Association of Australia’s (PHAA) report "Balancing Access and Safety: Meeting the challenge of blood borne viruses in prison" into implementation of a Needle and Syringe Program in the Alexander Maconochie Centre | ACT Health, Australia