DS Daily - 17th November 2011


Druglink magazine

In this issue's free article Max Daly and Peter Simonson take a look at the results of this year’s UK-wide drug trends survey. They find that Ketamine is on the up again, tranquillisers are replacing low grade heroin, potent ecstasy pills are back and the artificial division between legal and illegal drugs is crumbling | DrugScope, UK

Number of ketamine users doubles in four years

DrugScope's shock findings follow the British Crime Survey that showed that the number of 16 to 24-year-olds who had taken ketamine at least once has more than doubled from 140,000 in 2007 to 300,000 people last year | Daily Mail, UK

Is it a good or bad sign when drugs are seized?

I don't know how bruised Immigration Minister Damian Green is this morning after his ticking off by the statistics watchdog. But the more I think about the row over his use of drug seizure figures, the more I conclude that the real scandal is the simplistic nature of the debate | BBC, UK

Police pledge to ‘hunt down’ gangs trafficking heroin into Swansea

Police say gangs from big English cities — and especially Liverpool — are targeting the county because it is seen as "vulnerable" | This is South Wales, UK

Upgrading to evidence-based therapies

Do attempts to implement evidence-based psychosocial therapies actually lead to the intended practice changes, and do these make things better for the clients? From this review, most clearly when the whole organisation is enrolled in the effort and training is bolstered by systematic continuing supervision and feedback | Drug and Alcohol Findings, UK

Roadside drug testing device developed by academics

A hand-held device which can detect whether a driver has taken drugs from the sweat on a finger has been developed by academics | Telegraph, UK

Doncaster New Beginnings

A promotional film made by people in recovery | Vimeo

New HIT Hot Topic swebsite

Every few weeks we'll be presenting a new discussion topic for you to join in with. These discussions and the regular seminars we run will then be used to help us decide the line-up for our next conference | HIT Hot Topics, UK

Alcohol Screening in Birmingham Hospitals

The Birmingham Drug and Alcohol Action Team (BDAAT) have supported the development of alcohol screening in A +E and other departments across the Cities hospitals | BDAAT, UK

Childhood IQ 'linked to adult drug use'

Ultimately though, it should be remembered that this study did not look at why childhood IQ may be associated with later illegal drug use. There could be any number of plausible theories put forward | NHS Choices, UK

Sinn Féin wants refocus on drugs crisis

Sinn Féin's Aengus Ó Snodaigh said the drugs crisis has been lost and forgotten in the midst of the economic crisis and claimed that the Government should be adding resources | RTE News, Ireland

'Extremely worrying' rise in alcohol abuse

A new report published by the Health Research Board has highlighted a worrying increase in abuse in Wexford. The study entitled Treated Problem Alcohol Use in Ireland 2005 to 2010, reveals that the south east had the highest number of new people seeking help for alcohol addiction | Wexford People, Ireland

Swiss cannabis smokers will be allowed to grow four marijuana plants each

Cannabis smokers in Switzerland will soon be allowed to grow up to four marijuana plants each at home to stop them buying drugs on the black market | Daily Mail, UK

California Faces Challenges Meeting Health Needs of Offenders Released from Prison

People released from prison have high need for health care, particularly mental health care and alcohol and drug treatment. Download | RAND, USA

Marijuana raids define a 'danger zone' for dispensaries

Sweeping federal raids on 10 Puget Sound-area marijuana dispensaries targeted "pure criminal enterprises operating outside the law," U.S. Attorney Jenny Durkan said Wednesday - raids that can define a "danger zone" for Western Washington's commerce in cannabis | Seattle PI, USA

Psychiatric Drug Use Spreads

The medicating of Americans for mental illnesses continued to grow over the past decade, with one in five adults now taking at least one psychiatric drug such as antidepressants, antipsychotics and anti-anxiety medications, according to an analysis of pharmacy-claims data | Wall Street Journal, USA

14 Tons of Marijuana Seized After Border Tunnel Is Found

An estimated 14 tons of marijuana was seized after the discovery of a tunnel that the authorities said on Wednesday was one of the most significant drug smuggling passages ever found on the United States-Mexico border | New York Times, USA

Drug raid nets police staff

Two police staff - one a prosecutor - and a millionaire businessman are among 19 people arrested after a covert investigation targeting a criminal syndicate allegedly making and selling thousands of Ecstasy pills every week | New Zealand Herald

Global SMART Update

A brief update which focuses on developments in the fast changing synthetic drug market and is released biannually, so that those interested in the issue of synthetic drugs can keep up to date in a timely way | UNODC