DS Daily - 29th June 2011


Appointment of a new member to the Advisory Council on the Misuse of Drugs

The new appointee is Dr Linda Harris, CEO and Clinical Director of Spectrum Community Health Community Interest Company and Clinical Director of the Royal College of General Practitioners Substance Misuse and Associated Health Unit | Home Office, UK

SMMGP Response to CPS "Breaking the Habit" Report

SMMGP responded to recent media reports on the Centre for Policy Studies report by Kathy Gyngell entitled "Breaking the Habit: Why the state should stop dealing drugs and start doing rehab" (June 2011), by submitting an abbreviated version of the letterto several newspapers today, as well as by making a complaint to the BBC. Download response | SMMGP, UK

National Drug Treatment Waiting Times

Information on the number of clients seen and the length of time they waited to be seen for various interventions, quarter ending March 2011. Full report - Summary | NHS Lothian, UK

Would you know a Recovery Champion if you saw one?

For those of you who didn’t take the drug strategy home to peruse at leisure with a warm cup of cocoa back in December 2010 … or simply those of you not familiar with the recovery field, you might be wondering at this early point in my blog what I’m talking about | RSA, UK

The UN drugs report 2011

What's happening to cocaine and heroin use? | Data Blog, Guardian, UK

Bristol Mum Lobbies Downing Street To Reclassify Ketamine

A Bristol mother who's son died after taking an overdose of the class C drug Ketamine is marching on Downing Street today with a petition to try and see it reclassified |The Breeze, UK

NHS Lothian beats target on alcohol use conversations

NHS Lothian has exceeded its target for alcohol brief interventions (ABIs) by almost 30%, according to statistics published by Information Services Division Scotland. Full report - Summary | NHS Lothian, UK

Police warn alcoholic energy drink 'Crunk Juce' causing rise in violence

A craze for a 'turbo-charged' alcoholic energy drink as strong as wine and sold in pint cans has lead to a rise in violence, police have claimed | Metro, UK

'Turbo-charged' energy drink defended by distributor

The UK arm of the American company behind a new ‘turbo-charged’ alcoholic energy drink “Crunk Juce” has defended itself following concerns raised by police in Southampton | The Publican’s Morning Advertiser, UK

MPs campaign to relax smoking ban in pubs

Conservative Greg Knight, Lib Dem John Hemming and Labour's Roger Godsiff argue that the ban has had a devastating impact on the industry | BBC, UK

Many Tory councillors 'oppose housing benefit cuts'

More than two-thirds of Conservative and Lib Dem councillors oppose a key plank of the government's housing benefit changes, a survey suggests | BBC, UK

Drink and drugs fuelling Northern Ireland suicide rates: study

Alcohol and drugs are fuelling homicide and suicide rates in Northern Ireland, an independent report said | Belfast Telegraph, UK

SAMHSA previews new, comprehensive approach to Recovery Month efforts

Materials developed to help communities plan and host Recovery Month events and activities to help address the treatment needs of those dealing with behavioral health problems such as substance abuse and mental illnesses | SAMHSA, USA

Phoenix House Responds to UNODC World Drug Report 2011

We were particularly struck by the report’s explicit call for the expansion of “drug use treatment, prevention, care, and support.” In the United States, more than 90 percent of those who need substance abuse treatment do not receive it | Phoenix House, USA

Proposed National HIV/AIDS Strategy Implementation Fund

Because the National HIV/AIDS Strategy (NHAS) is a priority endeavor for the U.S. government, when the President released his Fiscal Year 2012 (FY12) budget proposal in February of this year, he proposed a special fund to support the implementation of the Strategy | Aids.gov, USA

Annual Synar Reports: Youth Tobacco Sales

In FY 2010, the national weighted average rate of tobacco sales to minors for the 50 States and the District of Columbia was 9.3 percent. This is the lowest rate in the 14 year history of the Synar program | SAMHSA, USA

Illicit Drug Data Report 2009 - 10

The report is recognised as one of the most valuable tools for law enforcement agencies, policy and decision makers, research bodies and other stakeholders in combating illicit drugs. Full report and a series of press releases | Australian Crime Commission

Finance more drug help centres, says police chief

More funding was needed for treatment facilities to help drug addicts break the habit, Police Commissioner Karl O'Callaghan said | The West Australian