Weekly news - 14th August 2009

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Drug Related Deaths in Scotland in 2008

Statistics of drug-related deaths in 2008 and earlier years, broken down by cause of death, selected drugs reported, age and sex [General Register Office for Scotland, UK]

SCDEA - Annual Report 2008-09

A year of success. 1.1 MB PDF [Scottish Crime & Drugs Enforcement Agency, UK]

ACMD report on the major cannabinoid agonists

This report draws on much of the evidence cited in the European Monitoring Centre for Drugs and Drug Addiction (EMCDDA) recent assessment of the synthetic cannabinoid receptor agonists, based on an expert meeting held in Lisbon on 6th March 2009. 29-page PDF [ACND, UK]

NTA Business Plan 2009/10

The role of the NTA, Action for 2009-10, Risk management, NTA resources, NTA budget. 25-page PDF [NTA, UK]

Annual Report of HM Chief Inspector of Prisons for England and Wales 1999 - 2000

As this, my fifth report, also marks the end of my five year contract, I am taking the opportunity to reflect on that period, draw some conclusions, and, as in all my prison and thematic review reports, highlight both good and bad practice and make recommendations for future development. 136-page PDF [Sir David Ramsbotham, GCB, CBE Her Majesty’s Chief Inspector of Prisons, UK]

Towards a strategy to support volunteering in health and social care: consultation

This response document is in response to 'Towards a strategy to support volunteering in health and social care' consultation. It sets out messages heard during the consultation process through nine regional workshops held around England, an on-line questionnaire. 34-page PDF [DoH, UK]

Legal highs present an opportunity to try something new

As reports of how the government plans to tackle the use of so-called legal highs makes headlines, Release has submitted a paper to the Home Office consultation on two of the more dangerous substances, GBL and BZP [Release, UK]

Young Adults Today: Key Data

For the first time ever – comprehensive data on the lives of young adults aged 16-25 [Young People in Focus, UK]

Effective weed control

A guide for people trying to cut down or stop using cannabis. 53-page PDF [Turning Point, Australia]

A Profile of Workers' in South Australian Alcohol and Others Drugs Non-Government Organisations

The aim of the survey was to develop a profile of this workforce to assist SANDAS as the peak non-government body in South Australia to support their constituents [NCETA, Australia]

How Opium Profits the Taliban

This report illustrates how—for more than three decades of conflict in Afghanistan—the opium trade has become deeply embedded in the politics of the region. 44-page PDF [United States Institute of Peace]

Preventing Overdose, Saving Lives

Strategies for Combating a National Crisis. 24-page PDF [Drug Policy Alliance, USA]