DS Daily - 3rd January 2012


Warning over repeat drug offenders

More than two-thirds of prisoners serving time for drug-related offences have previously been in prison for a similar offence in the last decade, figures show | Press Association

Doctors sued for creating 'Valium addicts'

Lawyers and medical experts have reported an increase in clinical negligence cases by patients left physically and psychologically broken by "indefensible" long-term prescribing of addictive tranquillisers such as Valium, collectively known as benzodiazepines | Independent, UK

£15.3m deal to helps addicts in Coventry and Warwickshire

The Recovery Partnership, made up of charities Addaction and Cranstoun, is to run a recovery-focused treatment service across the region for the next two years | Coventry Telegraph, UK

David Cameron plans minimum alcohol price in England

Drinkers will pay a minimum price for alcohol under plans instigated by David Cameron to tackle a growing health crisis | Telegraph, UK

Alcohol and sex: a cocktail for poor sexual health

A report of the Alcohol and Sexual Health Working Party | Royal College of Physicians, supported by the British Association for Sexual Health and HIV

Sexual health teams 'should offer alcohol advice'

Young people should be given advice on the dangers of alcohol when they access sexual health services, a group of health experts has recommended | BBC, UK

Detoxing in January is futile, says liver charity

Instead, the British Liver Trust says drinkers should make a decision to stay off alcohol for a few days every week throughout the whole year | BBC, UK

Conservative health minister comes under fire over tobacco briefings

Leaked emails reveal that Earl Howe sought out the views of Philip Morris International in his campaign against tobacco control measures | Guardian, UK

Tobacco display ban reminder for supermarkets

The government is reminding supermarket retailers in England to remove tobacco displays within the next 100 days | BBC, UK

Revolution in smoking aims to stub out cigarettes – with the help of tobacco firms

New substitutes deliver a hit of nicotine and mimic the sensation but without the lethal effects | Independent, UK

Half of all smokers underestimate the health and financial impacts of smoking

As millions of New Year’s resolutions are made today, new NHS Smokefree research reveals that many smokers are largely underestimating how damaging smoking is to their personal health and finances | Department of Health, UK

70,000 children homeless for Christmas

Almost 70,000 children will wake up on Christmas Day in temporary accommodation, without a home to call their own | Shelter, UK

Antidepressant use in England soars

Prescriptions rise by more than a quarter in three years. Depression costing economy nearly £11bn a year | Guardian, UK

Hard drug use on rise in Dublin

Community groups say they are increasingly worried by a rise in the use of hard drugs such as crack cocaine and crystal meth on the streets of Dublin | Irish Times

Drug treatment centres to close

The possible closure of two large community based drug treatment programmes in Ballyfermot, which has one of the highest rates of drug misuse in the country, will have devastating consequences for the area, it has been warned | Dublin People, Ireland

Drug addicts in Canada given free crack pipes in bid to tackle spread of HIV and Hepatitis B and C

The handouts are part of a 'harm reduction strategy' aimed at curbing the spread of disease in Vancouver's Downtown Eastside | Daily Mail, UK

Powerful New Painkillers Have Addiction Experts Worried

If approved, it would mark the first time patients could legally buy pure hydrocodone. Existing products combine the drug with nonaddictive painkillers such as acetaminophen | TIME, USA

States say it's time to rethink medical marijuana

Medical marijuana advocates are hoping state governments can succeed where their efforts have failed by asking federal authorities to reclassify pot as a drug with medical use | CNN, USA

Mexico's drugs war: Lessons and challenges

For the past five years, Mexico has been engaged in a bloody confrontation with drug gangs. Mexican political scientist Eduardo Guerrero Gutierrez looks at how the struggle is going and the implications for Mexico's presidential election in July | BBC, UK

Temporary Class Drug Notice

This notice places a temporary ban for 12 months on the supply and sale of the synthetic cannabinomimetic substance AM-2233| Ministry for Health, New Zealand