DS Daily - 17th May 2011



Tell us about changes or cuts in funding | DrugScope, UK

Drug addicts get £1bn a year in jobless benefits alone

Four in five of all those on hard drugs in England - an estimated 270,000 people - are claiming out of work benefits ... Employment Minister Chris Grayling has said more will be done to help addicts recover | Daily Mail, UK

Christian drugs expert in fight to get job back

Funded by The Christian Institute, Dr Hans-Christian Raabe is taking legal action after he was dismissed from the Advisory Council for the Misuse of Drugs (ACMD) in February | The Christian Institute, UK

Curtis Warren to appeal in Europe at Jersey conviction

The UK drugs baron Curtis Warren intends to appeal to the European Court of Human Rights against his conviction for importing cannabis into Jersey | BBC, UK

Binge drinking damages the memory of people as young as 18

Binge drinking not only makes you forget what you did the night before but also the day before that – and the day before that, a study suggests | Telegraph, UK

Cigarette vending machine ban to go ahead in Scotland

The tobacco industry has lost a legal challenge to the ban on cigarette vending machines in Scotland | Daily Record, UK

Waking up to the use and abuse of 'study drugs' in Irish colleges

Will Irish students follow their US counterparts by using neuro-enhancing drugs in the run-up to exams? | Irish Times

Student abuse of wakefulness drug leads to restrictions

Doctors have been warned to severely restrict their use of a wakefulness promoting drug with a history of abuse by students seeking to boost exam performance because of new concerns about its safety | Irish Times

Bill Introduced in Albany to Clarify Law, Standardize Penalties for Simple Marijuana Possession

Bi-partisan Legislation Seeks to Save Taxpayer Dollars, Protect Against Illegal Searches, Reduce Unwarranted Racial Disparities | Drug Policy Alliance, USA

Recovering addict describes Brazil's deadly new drug

A new drug sweeping Brazil called Oxi - a deadly cocaine bi-product twice as powerful and addictive as crack | Aljazeera, Qatar

From coca monitoring to sustainable farming

In Bolivia, UNODC has been working closely with authorities to assist in this process and to better utilize land usage through promoting the growing of licit crops in place of coca bushes | UNODC

Screening & assessment survey for AOD clinicians

The current Victorian Alcohol and Drug Services Specialist Assessment Form is over ten years old and thus it is timely we review it. The survey has been extended by one week & will be active until COB Monday 23rd May 2011 | Turning Point Alcohol & Drug Centre, Australia

Health Minister Nicola Roxon has not ruled out raising the tax on cigarettes if tobacco companies slash their price

Health Minister Nicola Roxon described the plans to slash prices as 'hogwash', and said the government would not rule out further increasing taxes on cigarettes should the tobacco companies go ahead with the plan to cut prices | The Australian

Facts about the Taliban and heroin

The Taliban makes money not by running poppy growing and heroin production and export but by "taxing" each of these activities | The Age, Australia

New Journal on Human Rights and Drug Policy available in full online

Produced by the International Centre on Human Rights and Drug Policy the journal critically engages with many of the frequently neglected human rights issues raised by drug policy and law enforcement. It is also open access, so available to all - Download full volume | TDPF, UK

Kratom in Thailand: decriminalisation and community control?

This briefing paper provides an overview of issues related to kratom legislation and policy in Thailand as well as a set of conclusions and recommendations to contribute to a reassessment of the current ban on kratom in Thailand and the region | IDPC