DS Daily - 23rd September 2011


Homegrown cannabis boom fired up by cash-strapped middle class

Drug dealers are renting rooms in middle class, suburban homes to grow cannabis in as they attract less suspicion from the police | BBC, UK

Does income inequality cause health and social problems?

This report provides an independent review of the evidence about the impact of inequality. Full report - Summary | Joseph Rowntree Foundation, UK

Chronic lack of treatment available for drug addicts

Louth addicts are finding it virtually impossible to get residential treatment and are being forced to go cold turkey on their own, according to Ciaran Traynor, Drogheda Drugs and Alcohol Forum | Argus, Ireland

Fears raised over potent cannabis

The Government’s leading adviser on illegal drugs has expressed concern about the high potency of cannabis being cultivated in cannabis grow-houses here, saying it is much more likely to cause psychosis than other forms of the drug | Irish Times

Plan to cut consumption of alcohol

The forthcoming national substance misuse strategy, which replaces the national drugs strategy, would set targets to reduce alcohol consumption levels right across the population | Irish Examiner

The Contribution made by Beer to the European Economy

This new report shows the astonishing scale of the tax burden that the UK government is putting on our brewing industry, which remains one of the most important in Europe | British Beer & Pub Association, UK

Calderon urges drug-using nations to seek a new path

Three times this week, Calderon urged nations that are the biggest buyers of illegal drugs - tops is the United States - to consider "market alternatives" if they can’t find ways to reduce consumption | LA Times, USA

Police to target drugs at summer festivals

Fans attending music festivals in Victoria are being warned to get their highs from the music and not from drugs | ABC News, Australia

Impact of cannabis use on thalamic volume in people at familial high risk of schizophrenia

These are the first longitudinal data to demonstrate an association between thalamic volume loss and exposure to cannabis in currently unaffected people at familial high risk of developing schizophrenia. This observation may be important in understanding the link between cannabis exposure and the subsequent development of schizophrenia | The British journal of psychiatry