DS Daily - 7th March 2012


'Safe ketamine' referred to drug experts

The government has referred the legal high 'mexxy' to drug experts in a move which could lead to a temporary ban | Home Office, UK

Invitation to Tender: the piloting of supervised injectable Opioid Treatment

The DH is looking to contract with Service Providers to develop a cost-effective model of delivering a high intensity treatment intervention to a thinly spread population, with a view to demonstrating how IOT can be appropriately commissioned in the future | Department of Health, UK

Greater Manchester Police promise cannabis famine as ‘evil’ farmers destroy communities

Six North West forces are calling on the public to help the fight against criminals harvesting the Class B drug, as cultivation offences in Greater Manchester have risen by 16 per cent between 2010 and 2011 | Mancunian Matters, UK

Review of the Alcohol Sponsorship Guidlines for Scotland

The review evaluated knowledge of, and compliance with, the Alcohol Sponsorhsip Guidelines for Scotland, with a focus on identifying best practice and examining whether there is a need to enhance and improve the Guidelines to ensure they remain fit for purpose | Scottish Government, UK

Review of the Alcohol Sponsorship Guidlines for Scotland - Research Findings

A summary of the review of knowledge of, and compliance with, the Alcohol Sponsorhsip Guidelines for Scotland, with a focus on identifying best practice and examining whether there is a need to enhance and improve the Guidelines | Scottish Government, UK

Holyrood's health committee split on minimum alcohol price

A majority of members said they were persuaded the measure will help reduce alcohol consumption. However, the committee's stage one report also said some MSPs remain sceptical about the potential efficacy | BBC, UK

Nalmefene plus counselling for reducing alcohol consumption in dependent drinkers

According to Phase III research presented at the European Psychiatric Association (EPA) congress, drug treatment with nalmefene combined with counselling helps dependent drinkers to reduce their alcohol consumption to safer drinking levels | National electronic Library for Medicines, UK

One month until the end of tobacco displays

On 6 April, all large shops in England will need to hide tobacco products from view in a drive to cut the number of smokers and protect young people, who are often the target of tobacco promotion | Department of Health, UK

Prison population statistics

The prison population in England and Wales, including those held in Immigration Removal Centres, was at a record high of 88,179 prisoners on 2 December 2011 | House of Commons, UK

Agencies credited for Northamptonshire's low reoffending rates

Just 7.42% of offenders in the county commit another crime once their sentence or probation has been served | BBC, UK

Citywide Film Launch

Filmed during 2010 & 2011, this project set out to show how drugs have impacted on communities, how those communities have responded, how national drugs strategies developed and how Citywide has worked locally and nationally to support community responses | City Wide, Ireland

ReDNet–EMCDDA conference, 12–13 March 2012, Budapest

Speeches will be broadcast online at: virtual.feis.herts.ac.uk/broadcast | EMCDDA

EMCDDA Budget 2012

Each year, a preliminary draft budget is presented by the Centre's Director to the Management Board, which may modify the draft before adopting it and submitting it to the European Commission - Download | EMCDDA

The European Drug Survey 2012

The Institute for Criminal Policy Research (ICPR) at Birkbeck College, University of London, has been commissioned by the European Commission to conduct a study examining EU drug markets in seven member states (Bulgaria, Czech Republic, Italy, The Netherlands, Portugal, Sweden and the UK) | ICPR, UK

Dutch move to ban sale of strong hashish cannabis

The Netherlands moved to ban the sale of potent hashish cannabis on Thursday, eroding 40 years of liberal drug policy, over fears that the proceeds were flowing to organised crime gangs | Reuters

Addiction services streamlined with federal grant

P.E.I. is attempting to weed out inefficiencies in its addictions services with the help of money from the federal government | CBC News, Canada

Expanded Drug Court Initiative to Provide Mandatory Treatment in 21 Counties

Governor Christie Sends the Message That No Life is Disposable and Announces Initiative to Help Reclaim Lives by Breaking Cycle of Crime and Addiction | Office of the Attorney General, New Jersey , USA

House committee OK’s substance abuse bill with changes

The governor's drug abuse bill, Senate Bill 437, passed the Senate last week after some flip-flopping amendments and a month of debate in two different committees | The State Journal, West Virginia, USA

Adopted kids' drug abuse risk affected by biological family

Adopted children are twice as likely to abuse drugs if their biological parents did too, suggesting that genetics do indeed play a role in the development of substance abuse problems | CNN, USA

Drug Policy as Race Policy: Best Seller Galvanizes the Debate

A law professor named Michelle Alexander took the stage and delivered an impassioned speech attacking the war on drugs as a system of racial control comparable to slavery and Jim Crow — and received a two-minute standing ovation from the 500 people in the audience | New York Times, USA

Survey: Ten Percent of American Adults Report Being in Recovery from Substance Abuse or Addiction

Survey data released by The Partnership at Drugfree.org and The New York State Office of Alcoholism and Substance Abuse Services (OASAS) show that 10 percent of all American adults, ages 18 and older, consider themselves to be in recovery from drug or alcohol abuse problems ! Market Watch, USA

AF expands drug testing to include abused prescription drugs

The Air Force and other military services will expand their drug testing to include testing for commonly abused prescription drugs beginning May 1, 2012 | U.S. Air Force

Health experts call for state-wide review of closing hours

The Alcohol Policy Coalition (APC) today commended the Victorian Government’s new Chapel Street planning reforms, which include limits on new late-night licenses in the area. The APC called for a state-wide review of closing hours for licensed premises | APC, Australia

Japan contributes nearly $23 million to support UNODC work in Afghanistan and region

The Government of Japan is to supplement its voluntary funding to projects in Afghanistan and neighbouring countries by $13.6 million as part of its "Aid to Afghanistan" initiative. This follows some $9 million donated from Japan's Peacebuilding Grant in January to strengthen the Afghan criminal justice system, bringing the country's overall funding to UNODC to roughly $23 million | UNODC