DS Daily - 19th March 2012


Joint Strategic Needs Assessment support packs

As part of the preparation for the establishment of Public Health England, a range of support is available for partners developing effective locally-owned systems | National Treatment Agency for Substance Misuse, UK

Will directors of public health sink or swim?

Debate at our first Public Health Dialogue focused on the evolving role of directors of public health, as well as commissioning, accountability and inequality | Guardian, UK

The EU Drugs Strategy

The26th Report of Session 2010–12. European Union Committee | House of Lords, UK

Richard Branson and Ian Blair debate drug decriminalisation

Is decriminalisation the best way to deal with drugs? Richard Branson argues in favour of helping rather than punishing addicts, but Ian Blair thinks enforcement must go on | Guardian, UK

Children in peril: The shocking reality of children and drugs in Britain today

Kids can now get hold of skunk cannabis more easily than they can buy alcohol | The Mirror, UK

Tackling alcohol-related crime

Violent and disruptive drinkers will be targeted by a new Sobriety Order to reduce reoffending and cut crime, Justice Minister Nick Herbert announced | Ministry of Justice, UK

Legal Aid, Sentencing and Punishment of Offenders Bill

Including Alcohol abstinence and monitoring requirement | Ministry of Justice, UK

'Sobriety bracelets' to monitor offenders in alcohol-related cases

Tougher community sentence regime could include advanced electronic ankle tags and greater seizures of criminals' assets | Guardian, UK

Police commissioner elections: Millions without internet 'miss out'

Millions of people who do not use the internet may be denied information about candidates for the new roles of police commissioner, warnings suggest | BBC, UK

Response to consultation on PCC election

We have issued a briefing to key stakeholders following publication of our response to the UK Government's consultation on the secondary legislation for Police and Crime Commissioner elections. The briefing sets out two significant areas of continuing concern. Read the briefing - Read our consulation response | Electoral Commission, UK

Increased levels of anxiety and depression as teenage experience change over time

The experience of teenagers has changed considerably over the last 30-40 years, including a significant increase in the rate of anxiety, depression and behaviour problems according to new research from the | Nuffield Foundation, UK

Scotland’s homeless encouraged ‘exercise your right to vote’

Housing and homeless charity Shelter Scotland has joined forces with the Electoral Commission for the initiative | The Scotsman, UK

Minimum alcohol price 'illegal', claims Scotch Whisky Association

Whisky producers have warned that proposals to impose a minimum unit price on alcohol are likely to be challenged under European law | Telegraph, UK

Growth of cannabis - Time to have an informed debate

We should have an informed, constructive debate about the relative dangers of drugs such as alcohol, tobacco, and cannabis | Irish Examiner

Gardaí combat surge in drug growing

Gardaí are fighting a national surge in large-scale production of homegrown drugs worth millions of euro annually | Irish Examiner

Alcohol program evaluators back regulated pot

The research centre that advocates minimum prices for alcoholic beverages sold in B.C. also suggests providing users with a regulated supply of marijuana and ecstasy | Vancouver Courier, Canada

Woman 'can only drive after smoking marijuana' because of crippling disease

But police can't tell when someone is stoned. States that allow medical marijuana have grappled with determining impairment levels for years | Daily Mail, UK

New Report: Cocaine Smuggling in 2010

Over the past year, we have worked with the intelligence community to compile a picture of the latest cocaine trafficking trends based on the data we have available. The most recent report - Cocaine Smuggling in 2010 | ONDCP, USA

Drug testing welfare applicants nets little

Until states can come up with a smarter way to ferret out the abusers while protecting children, the testing craze will be just another program that appeals to stereotypes in hard economic times while producing little value in the real world | USA Today

ER docs don't recognize signs of fake marijuana in teens

As use of synthetic versions of marijuana such as "K2," "Spice," and "Blaze" becomes more common, a growing number of teens are showing up in hospital emergency rooms where physicians are unfamiliar with symptoms caused by the dangerous substances, says a new report | USA Today

Getting Smart on Juvenile Offending and Substance Use Issues – The Role of the Prosecutor

From making decisions on diversion to recommending treatment alternatives and dispositions, prosecutors in juvenile court are perhaps some of the most influential officials in a young person’s life | Drugfree, USA

Study of 'meth babies' finds behavior problems

The first study to look at methamphetamine's potential lasting effects on children whose mothers used it in pregnancy finds these kids at higher risk for behavior problems than other children | SF Gate, USA

Burn-out and battle fatigue

Drug policy in Latin America - As violence soars, so do voices of dissent against drug prohibition | The Economist

Alcohol advertising to be brought to account by new review board

The Alcohol Advertising Review Board will consider and adjudicate complaints from the community about alcohol advertising, providing an independent alternative to Australia’s current inadequate and ineffective advertising self-regulation system | AHHA, Australia

Alcohol kids' worst enemy

Alcohol is fast becoming the No. 1 threat facing Australian children and there is no adequate system in place to stop them being exposed to alcohol advertising, Australia's foremost child health expert, Fiona Stanley, says | Sydney Morning Herald, Australia

Towards revision of the UN drug control conventions

Recent years have seen a growing unwillingness among increasing numbers of States parties to fully adhere to a strictly prohibitionist reading of the three principal UN drug control conventions - Download | Transnational Institute, Netherlands

Commission on Narcotic Drugs concludes 2012 session with strong health focus

Wrapping up its week-long fifty-fifth session today in Vienna, the Commission on Narcotic Drugs (CND) agreed a set of decisions to prevent illicit drug use, while strengthening national and regional responses to worrying drugs trends | UNODC

UN health agency unveils new data to help countries reduce deaths from tobacco use

Tobacco use is responsible for five million or 12 per cent of all deaths of adults above the age of 30 globally each year, according to a United Nations report | United Nations