Tough new measures against drugs

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Proposals for a tough package of anti-drugs measures, including new powers for police to order ultrasounds or x-rays of dealers who swallow their drugs to conceal the evidence, were set out recently as the Home Office published the Drugs Bill. Click title for more

Jan 2005 Drugs E-bulletin
http://www.drugs.gov.uk


Welcome to the cross-government monthly drugs bulletin.  As a
subscriber to http://www.drugs.gov.uk we have automatically sent
you this bulletin. This month’s news includes:

– Re-appointment of the Advisory Council on the Misuse of Drugs (ACMD)
– Tougher Measures to Target Drug Drivers
– Breaking the Link between Drugs and Crime: Home Office
  Publishes Drugs Bill
– £150 Million more for tackling homelessness
– New Publications
– Events


RE-APPOINTMENT OF THE ADVISORY COUNCIL ON THE MISUSE OF DRUGS (ACMD)
The Home Secretary, Charles Clarke, announced on 1 January the
re-appointment of the Advisory Council on the Misuse of Drugs for a
further period until 31 December 2007.

The council was established under the Misuse of Drugs Act 1971 and is
charged with keeping drug misuse throughout the United Kingdom under
review and advising the Government on measures for preventing misuse
and for dealing with the social problems arising from it.


TOUGHER MEASURES TO TARGET DRUG DRIVERS

New powers to help tackle the dangers of drug driving can now be used.
A new Code of Practice means that drivers will be compelled to
undertake roadside impairment tests if the police suspect they are
driving under the influence of drugs.

The Code details the way trained police officers must conduct the tests
to help judge whether someone may be unfit to drive. Refusal to
participate is an offence in the same way as failure to provide a
breath test.


BREAKING THE LINKS BETWEEN DRUGS AND CRIME: HOME OFFICE
PUBLISHES DRUGS BILL

Proposals for a tough package of anti-drugs measures, including new
powers for police to order ultrasounds or x-rays of dealers who
swallow their drugs to conceal the evidence, were set out recently as
the Home Office published the Drugs Bill.

At the heart of new legislation are measures aimed at building on
existing work to break the link between drug addiction and crime by
getting more drug users into treatment at an early stage and taking
tougher action against dealers.

Proposals in the Bill include:

Giving police powers to test for class A drugs on arrest and require
those who test positive to attend an assessment and follow-up
appointment;

Making dealing near a school, or using children as couriers for drugs
or drug-related money an aggravating factor in sentencing;

Introducing a new presumption that those caught with more drugs than
reasonable for personal use intend to supply, which carries tougher
penalties;

Tougher powers to deal with dealers who swallow their drugs or hide
them in body cavities.  The police would be able to order a drug or
ultrasound and magistrates would be able to remand suspected
swallowers in custody for up to eight days;

Dealing with the open selling of magic mushrooms by clarifying in law
that fresh mushrooms, as well as prepared ones, are illegal; and

A new drug intervention order to run alongside anti-social behaviour
orders to address drug misuse by people committing anti-social acts.



£150 MILLION MORE FOR REDUCING HOMELESSNESS

The Deputy Prime Minister, John Prescott, recently announced a
£150 million funding package for new action to prevent and reduce
homelessness.

An extra £90 million will be targeted at improving the condition of
hostel accommodation and the vital services they provide, to help
rough sleepers make a permanent move away from the streets.

A further £60 million will be allocated to local authorities and
voluntary sector agencies over 2005/06, to deliver front line services
to reduce homelessness. This includes drug rehabilitation treatment,
mediation to resolve family and relationship problems and support for
women experiencing domestic violence.

EMCDDA 2004 ANNUAL REPORT ON THE STATE OF THE DRUGS PROBLEM IN THE
EUROPEAN UNION AND NORWAY
Commenting on the European Monitoring Centre for Drugs and Drug
Addiction’s 2004 report, Home Office Minister Caroline Flint,
said: “This report is based on two year old data and does not reflect
current levels of drug misuse in the UK. More recent trends have seen
a steady fall in the use of cannabis, amphetamines and, more recently,
ecstasy.


For more information on the above news stories visit
http://www.drugs.gov.uk/News


NEW PUBLICATIONS

NATIONAL WORKPLACE INITIATIVE PACK

This training pack developed by the Home Office, provides support
for Drug Action Team (DAT) nominated business trainers who are
delivering training to companies on the basic issues surrounding
substance misuse within the workplace.

This training pack offers readily useable, flexible material that can
be mixed and matched to meet the needs of a variety of target
audiences.  It is not a fixed training programme but a flexible tool.
It is modular in style, with each section covering stated clear aims
and objectives.  Timings for the delivery of each session are given
as a guide.

You can order a pack free of charge from Prolog at telephone 0870 241
4786 or email dpas@prolog.uk.com

PROVIDING FOR THE HOUSING NEEDS OF DRUG INTERVENTION PROGRAMME CLIENTS

This briefing provides guidance to DATs and their partners on the need
to take further action to ensure that the housing needs of Drug
Interventions Programme clients are being met as part of Throughcare
and Aftercare work. It is important to delivering CJIT interventions
that the work in this document influencing partners, mapping services
and commissioning where necessary is taken forward rapidly.

For further details see
http://www.drugs.gov.uk/ReportsandPublications/DrugInterventionsProgramme/1101918988


TACKLING DRUGS:CHANGING LIVES
An ambitious programme of action to crack down further on the harm
that drugs cause to individuals, families and communities was set out
on 24 November in a report published by the Home Secretary. The report
outlines a renewed drive to tackle the scourge of class A drugs and
shows the significant progress made since the Government published its
drug strategy in 1998, updated in 2002.

For further details see
http://www.drugs.gov.uk/ReportsandPublications/NationalStrategy/1101307094

To order the report: Tackling Drugs Changing Lives order online at above link or
telephone 0870 241 4786 and quote the order code TDMAD

DRUG AWARENESS PROJECT WINS FIRST EVER FRANK AWARDS
The Bedfordshire Drug Action Team (DAT) won plaudits from the
Government at the first ever national FRANK stakeholder awards.
Home Office Minister Caroline Flint and Health Minister Melanie
Johnson awarded the DAT for the creative way in which it has raised
drug awareness in Bedfordshire through its ‘Knockout Drugs’ project,
based on the popular top trumps card game.

For further details see
http://www.drugs.gov.uk/News/1101895699


NEW PUBLICATIONS

CANNABIS HEALTH INFORMATION CAMPAIGN
Launched in July 2004, the campaign has been expanded with an
excellent ‘FRANK’ cannabis leaflet and now also contains the new
‘Know Cannabis’ campaign targeting heavy cannabis users. You can
download the material and order printed copies online, free of charge.

For further details see
http://www.drugs.gov.uk/Campaign/Cannabis


COMPETENCY AUDIT TOOL
The Competency Audit Tool has been developed to assist Joint
Commissioning Groups and Commissioners of Young People’s Substance
Misuse Services. It is a self assessment tool designed to help
identify:

What is expected of each member of the Joint Commissioning Group
Whether they are working to national standards
What improvements can be made

For further details see:
http://www.drugs.gov.uk/WorkPages/YoungPeople/SubstanceMisuseServices

THE SKILLS DEVELOPMENT MANUAL
This provides training and resource material for the Commissioners of
Young People’s Substance Misuse services. It was developed through the
Young People’s Pooled Budget pilot programme which ran from 2002 to
2004. A part of the pilot was to identify the skills and knowledge
required by those commissioning young people’s substance misuse
services, and respond by providing training modules. The Commissioners
involved identified three key areas of skills development.

Engaging Young People
Contract and Performance Management and,
Financial Management

For further details see:
http://www.drugs.gov.uk/WorkPages/YoungPeople/SubstanceMisuseServices



DRUG USE, SMOKING AND DRINKING AMONG YOUNG PEOPLE IN ENGLAND IN 2003
The Department of Health released these statistics on 26 November 2004.
These can be found at:
http://www.dh.gov.uk/PublicationsAndStatistics/PublishedSurvey/ListOfSurveySince1990/SurveyListLifestyle/fs/en

DRUGS STRATEGY DIRECTORATE PUBLICATION LIST
The latest Drug Strategy Directorate publication list is available
on the reports and publications page at:
http://www.drugs.gov.uk/ReportsandPublications
All publications are free to order.


CONFERENCES AND SEMINARS
The drug related conferences below are relevant to Government
Department and Agencies, Drug Action Teams and local delivery
partners.


20 Jan    IDEAS FROM NEW YORK (New York) Cost £1,475
    Crime, health and drug managers can find out how services
    in New York have been transformed on a study tour next
    January, organised by the Centre for Public Innovation.
    Contact: Patricia Sauer
    Tel: 020 8675 5777
    Email: patricia.sauer@publicinnovation.org.uk

28 Jan    RELEASE, DRUGS, THE POLITICS, PHILOSOPHY and ECONOMICS
    (London) £195 + VAT
    This conference will examine the increasingly important theme
    of drugs, the law and human rights.
    Contact: moniquetomlinson@wdi.co.uk

3 Feb    DEALING WITH DRUGS – A HOUSING AGENDA
    (London) The aim of this event is to increase the understanding
    of the role of housing and housing related support services
    in the pre-treatment, through care and aftercare of drug users.
    The event will be targeted at those people with a strategic
    responsibility for housing and drug treatment.
    Contact: National Housing Federation
    Tel: 020 7067 1069
    www,housing.org.uk

21 Feb    2005 NATIONAL DRUG TREATMENT CONFERENCE
22     This conference gives a unique opportunity for service
    providers, purchasers and users to come together to discuss
    the latest research, ideas and problems.
    Contact: Monique Tomlinson 020 7928 9152
    Email: helen@exchangesupplies.org

23 Feb    ARREST REFERRAL – FULL SPEED AHEAD?
    (London) At a time when drugs and crime is set to be the
    election hot topic, this conference sets out the challenge
    ahead for those involved in commissioning, managing and
    delivering and monitoring arrest referral work.
    To book see:
    http://www.policyspotlight.co.uk/conferences/pdf/psl-arrest.pdf

24 Feb    7th ANNUAL COMBATING DRUGS AND ALCOHOL IN THE WORKPLACE
25 Feb    CONFERENCE
    (London)
    This exhibition gives delegates an opportunity to examine and
    understand the array of services offered to corporates.
    Contact: djames@bfi.co.uk



For more details and future events see http://www.drugs.gov.uk/Events
If you would like to send details of an event for publication on
http://www.drugs.gov.uk please email: drugsevents@homeoffice.gsi.gov.uk

If you have any comments about the e-bulletin, please send them to
eddie.hallett@homeoffice.gsi.gov.uk

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