DS Daily - 19th January 2012


Building recovery in the workforce: developing an inspirational, recovery-orientated drug and alcohol workforce

14th February 2012 10.00am - 4.30pm. After the success of the Consortium’s first national event, service managers, team leaders and other key treatment service staff are again invited to hear and share practical experience on how to deliver an inspirational recovery-orientated workforce. Booking form | Skills Consortium, UK

Submission to the Labour Justice Policy Working Group

This submission will focus on two key issues relevant to the policy review. Firstly, it will focus on how we can reduce the impacts of drug offences on the criminal justice system. Then it will look at how the burden on the justice system of issues related to drug dependency among offenders can be addressed and reduced | UKDPC

Disproportionate policing goes beyond stop and search

The decision by the Metropolitan Police to review the use of stop and search laws is certainly a welcomed development. As an organisation that provides legal advice on drug laws we are well aware of how young black men are targeted by the police under s23 of the Misuse of Drugs Act 1971, which permits stop and search for where there is reasonable suspicion of drug possession. Often the most tenuous excuses are used to establish that suspicion | Release, UK

Cameron pledges new laws to make it easier to prosecute drug-driving

He promised legislation within 18 months to make it easier for police to prosecute those who drive under the influence of drugs such as cannabis | Daily Mail, UK

Surviving the transition and volunteering FREE workshops

At Leeds and Newcastle | Adfam, UK

Toolkit: Real voices in volunteering

Adfam has developed a 'Real voices in volunteering' toolkit for use by any volunteer, prospective volunteer, volunteer-manager or prospective volunteer-manager | Adfam, UK

Drink, not fees, is the biggest problem at universities

Debt won't kill you, but alcoholism might, warns a student who knows what it is to pass out dressed as a lady | Guardian, UK

Cigarette vending machines to be banned in Northern Ireland

The new legislation is to come into force on March 1 and it is hoped this will cut the number of children and young people who smoke, as they will no longer be able to purchase cigarettes from vending machines | Belfast Telegraph, UK

Government outlines key elements of public health transition plans

Primary care trust clusters and local authorities will need to carry out a number of 'critical tasks' to ensure robust transition of power from NHS to local government | Guardian, UK

Review of term for drugs offences recommended

The Law Reform Commission says the minimum sentence for drugs offences has led to an increase in the prison population | RTE News, Ireland

One in 10 'has alcohol problem'

The research compiled on behalf of the Department of Health was based on interviews with more than 2,000 people and revealed trends in alcohol use | Independent, Ireland

Are parents harming their teenagers by allowing them to drink at home?

The Irish Minister for Health Roisin Shortall has suggested that parents who allow their teenage children to drink alcohol at home may be contributing to substance abuse among young people | BBC, UK

Evaluation of the European Monitoring Centre for Drugs and Drug Addiction

The European Commission, Directorate-General Justice, has asked the Centre for Strategy and Evaluation Services (CSES) to carry out an evaluation of the European Monitoring Centre for Drugs and Drug Addiction (EMCDDA) | IDPC

Penalties for illegal drug trafficking

The following table shows the penalties foreseen in, and the most common judicial practices applied by, the EU Member States | EMCDDA

Evaluation of Practice Guidelines for Cannabis Use Treatment

We are looking for health professionals who work with people who use cannabis to participate in an online survey about cannabis use guidelines | NCPIC, Australia

Call for national plan to combat fetal alcohol spectrum disorders

Australia's leading alcohol research and education body has called for a comprehensive Commonwealth-led National Action Plan to tackle Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorders (FASD) - the most common preventable cause of birth defects in Australia | FARE, Australia