Weekly news - 17th February 2012

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EMCDDA - New sponsor of DS Daily

We are please to welcome European Monitoring Centre for Drugs and Drug Addiction (EMCDDA) as a new sponsor of DS Daily | Jim Young, editor

Survey for those who work with people affected by substance misuse

The National Treatment Agency for Substance Misuse (NTA), in partnership with The Children's Society, is asking those who work with people affected by substance misuse, whether in treatment services or children and family services, to take part in a short anonymous survey - closes on Friday 9 March 2012 | NTA, UK

ACMD letter on further advice on the classification of two steroidal substances

Letter from Les Iversen to Lord Henley provides further advice on the classification of two steroidal substances | ACMD, UK

Drug treatment in England: the road to recovery

Having got record numbers of users into treatment quickly, the system is now responding to the recovery ambition of the 2010 Drug Strategy | National Treatment Agency for Substance Misuse, UK

Safe Management and Use of Controlled Drugs in Prison Health in England

Final report | National Prescribing Centre, UK

The role of GPs in the recovery process

A collaboration with the Substance Misuse Management in General Practice -- SMMGP - which recognised the potential for this film to be an engagement tool for GPs beyond those at the two project sites. You Tube video from | RSA, UK

New £1m fund for communities to tackle binge and underage drinking

A new £1 million fund to give local communities the tools they need to tackle binge and underage drinking was announced today by the Government's Champion for Active Safer Communities, Baroness Newlove | Communities and Local Government, UK

Why a drink problem is everyone’s problem

A new report from Alcohol Concern, looking at our attitudes to drink problems and to seeking treatment for them, suggests that we in Wales need to be more honest with ourselves about the role alcohol plays in our society | Alcohol Concern, UK

Building Safe, Active Communities: Strong foundations by local people

The report also provides an update on the twelve challenges to action around antisocial behaviour and alcohol that Baroness Newlove put to Government in her first report | Communities and Local Government, UK

Interpersonal violence and illicit drugs

This briefing summarises the links between interpersonal violence and illicit drug use, identifies risk factors for involvement in drug-related violence, outlines prevention measures that address drug-related violence, and explores the role of public health in prevention | Centre for Public Health, Liverpool John Moores University, UK

Ending gang and youth violence - detailed report

The report looks into the scale of the problem of gang and youth violence, analyses its causes, and identifies what can be done by government and other agencies to stop the violence and to turn around the lives of those involved | Home Office, UK

New legal limits in traffic for drugs other than alcohol

Legal limits for twenty illegal drugs and medicines with an abuse potential have been introduced by the Norwegian government | Norwegian Institute of Public Health

Community-Based Opioid Overdose Prevention Programs Providing Naloxone

To address the substantial increases in opioid-related drug overdose deaths, public health agencies could consider comprehensive measures that include teaching laypersons how to respond to overdoses and administer naloxone to those in need. Morbidity and Mortality Weekly Report from | Centers for Disease Control & Prevention, USA

Report shows 7.5 million children live with a parent with an alcohol use disorder

A new report shows 7.5 million children under age 18 (10.5 percent of this population) lived with a parent who has experienced an alcohol use disorder in the past year. According to the report by | SAMHSA, USA

Rapid HIV testing in substance abuse treatment facilities

This Advisory contains basic, introductory information about the benefits of and requirements for incorporating rapid HIV testing (RHT) into substance use disorder (SUD) treatment programs | SAMHSA, USA

Pharmaceutical drug use among police detainees

In light of increased concern regarding the illegal use of prescription medication and the extent of the diversion of pharmaceuticals into the black market, the AIC incorporated a set of new questions into its third quarterly DUMA survey in 2011 | Australian Institute of Criminology