DS Daily - 24th January 2012


Sentencing Council launches new definitive guideline for drug offences

The new guideline, which has been issued following a 12-week public consultation, will come into effect on 27 February 2012 | Sentencing Council, UK

DrugScope responds to publication of new sentencing guidelines on drug offences

DrugScope has welcomed aspects of the new sentencing guidelines for drug offences published today by the Sentencing Council for England and Wales. The publication follows a consultation process undertaken by the Council to which DrugScope provided a full written submission, as well as participating in a number of consultation meetings with Council representatives | DrugScope, UK

Drug guidelines suggest lighter sentences for 'social dealers'

People who buy drugs to share with friends could avoid prison under guidance that also recognises medical use of cannabis | Guardian, UK

Drugs mule sentences cut in new sentencing guidelines

People who smuggle drugs will face more lenient sentences if they have been exploited, under new guidelines | BBC, UK

A milestone on the road to recovery

Successful completion of drug treatment will be a key measure of improvement in population health when local authorities take over responsibility for public health next year | National Treatment Agency for Substance Misuse, UK

Drug Advice for Schools

Drugs and drug-related incidents - advice for local authorities, head teachers, school staff and governing bodies from the | Department for Education and the Association of Chief Police Officers, UK

New Druglink magazine out now

Free article "Death of a service - Long day's journey into night " | DrugScope, UK

Mind-alteringdrugs research call from Prof David Nutt

Former government drugs adviser Prof David Nutt has said that regulations should be relaxed to enable researchers to experiment on mind-altering drugs | BBC, UK

Magic mushrooms may help with depression, say leading scientists

Active ingredient could allow sufferers to relive happier times, says team including former government adviser David Nutt | Guardian, UK

UK's only drug treatment centre for sex worker mothers to shut

Naomi House is part of Bristol-based charity One25, which supports local sex workers with drug problems | Children & Young People Now, UK

Drugs laws: Is legalisation an acceptable alternative?

But how could we legally regulate these potentially risky substances? | The Mirror, UK

Public health outcomes framework sets out desired outcomes

The framework concentrates on two high-level outcomes to be achieved across the public health system. Increased healthy life expectance and reduced differences in life expectancy and healthy life expectancy between communities | Department of Health, UK

Government suffers Lords defeat over benefit cap plan

The government has been defeated in the Lords in a vote on its plans for a £26,000-a-year household benefit cap | BBC, UK

Will the benefits cap force more children into poverty?

The work and pensions secretary Iain Duncan Smith insisted that a new £26,000 annual limit on benefits included in the coalition's welfare reforms would not increase child poverty. Is that right? | Guardian, UK

Shelter responds to the Today programme

Shelter has responded to comments on this morning’s Today programme from the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, Iain Duncan Smith, about the Government’s plans to impose a cap on benefits | Shelter, UK

Social fund: shredding the ultimate safety net

Even the noblest borough would be wary of getting a reputation for looking after the penniless, thus becoming a magnet for them | Guardian, UK

Welfare cuts: now they're slamming the door on the truly desperate

After a dismal day in the Lords comes the cruellest cut to the welfare state, in which emergency loans go over to 'local' control | Guardian, UK

Councils get £2bn for public health

Councils will be allocated more than £2 billion to look after public health under plans announced by Health Secretary Andrew Lansley | Press Association, UK

Alcohol summit to take place in Glasgow

The Chief Constable of Strathclyde Police and the Director of Public Health for NHS Greater Glasgow and Clyde are amongst the keynote speakers at the event | STV, UK

Corner shops buy booze at supermarkets because slashed prices were so cheap

Small businesses said the prices were so low it was cheaper for them to buy from a supermarket than go to their usual wholesalers or cash and carry firms | Daily Mail, UK

Call for Proposals

The call for proposals is based on the Drug Prevention and Information Programme's Annual Work Programmes for 2011 and 2012 and combines the priorities as well as the resources available for both years. The available funding consists of an indicative amount of EUR 4.953.200. The deadline for submission of proposals is: Tuesday 17 April 2012, 12h00 CET - Downloads| European Commission

Ana Liffey Drug Project: Strategic Plan 2012 - 2014

The Strategic Plan will shape the work and aims of the organisation through the next three years. Significant goals to be achieved include the development of a Crisis Residential Detox Unit for people experiencing problems with poly-drug use; the development of a Medically Supervised Injecting Centre for injecting drug users in Dublin; and the development of a Naloxone Pilot Programme for drug users, peers and families - Download | Ana Liffey Drug Project, Ireland

New test for cocaine users hailed

A new psychological test can predict whether a cocaine addict is more likely to kick the habit during rehab, researchers have said | Independent, Ireland

Seeking Drug Abuse Treatment: Know What To Ask

Offers guidance in seeking drug abuse treatment and lists five questions to ask when searching for a treatment program | NIDA, USA

Stricter Thinking on Alcohol During Pregnancy

Overall, the more the women drank, the more likely their babies were to have such problems, according to the study published last week in the journal Alcoholism | Wall Street Journal, USA

Starbucks rolls out alcohol sales to boost appeal

The chain, which first served alcohol in October 2010 at a Seattle store, will sell beer and wine in as many as 25 locations by the end of this year | Independent, Ireland

Australia Day the peak for booze fuelled violence

The Drug and Alcohol Office says Australia Day is the worst date on the calendar for alcohol-related violence and injuries | ABC News, Australia

Policy options to redress excessive alcohol consumption

The 80 page report includes coverage of the alcohol industry's response to such initiatives thus far. It also examines the role of public opinion in influencing alcohol policy and whether changes to alcohol policy are likely to see individuals switch to consuming other substances | NDARC, Australia

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