September 2005 Drugs Bulletin

Backdated from previous BA website

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September 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:

– Young People ‘Talking not Taking Drugs’
– Improved News Service
– Workpages Section Now Open
– New Crack and Supply Sections
– New Publications
– Conference dates


YOUNG PEOPLE ‘TALKING NOT TAKING DRUGS’

20% of teenagers say their mates pretend to take drugs, according
to new research by the free and confidential drug helpline, FRANK.

Almost half of UK teenagers (49%) say the need to fit in with their
‘tribe’ dictates their group’s behaviour. A fifth of teens claim that
peer pressure leads their friends to pretend to take drugs to look
‘cool’.

The FRANK report asked 1,000 11-18 year olds across the UK about
their tribe, and the way in which they presented themselves as
part of the group, from their music tastes, dress sense and hairstyles
to their current leading teen tribes in the UK; Academics/Geeks,
Gangsters, Goths, Indies, Moshers, Scallies, Skaters, Sporties,
Townies and Trendies.

A key findings of the report was that boys are twice as likely
as girls to say they have taken drugs when they have not.

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


IMPROVED NEWS SERVICE

Drugs.gov.uk has now expanded it’s news service.  You will now find
more press releases each month from other government departments.
Press releases this month include:

COUPLE ARRESTED OVER COCAINE SEIZURE AT MANCHESTER AIRPORT

BIRMINGHAM MAN IN COURT ON COCAINE SMUGGLING CHARGES

CUSTOM RESPONDS TO TOBACCO ALLIANCE SMUGGLING SURVEY

CUSTOMS CHECKS ON ORKNEY

ALCOHOL BLITZ – FIRST MONTHS RESULTS

To view these stories see http://www.drugs.gov.uk/News


WORKPAGES SECTION NOW OPEN

We have now opened up access to drugs.gov.uk/WorkPages so that
you do not need to login for most materials contained in this section.
Below are some FAQs to help you understand the change.

Q. How do I access the WorkPages?
A. Simply type the address http://www.drugs.gov.uk/WorkPages into your
internet browser. You should see the sub sections listed on the left
hand navigation.


Q. But the DAT Updates are in the WorkPages, why can’t I see these?
A. The DAT Updates remain password protected. If you had access to
these before, you should still have access. You need to login with
your username and password as you did before. If you have forgotten
your details, please go to http://www.drugs.gov.uk/mail_password_form

Q. What about the other sections that used to be in the WorkPages?
Annual Return data, Blueprint Partner pages?
A. As with the Updates, these sections remain password restricted.


Q. My colleague is new and needs access to DAT updates, how do they
do this?
A. If you are a member of a DAT, DAAT, Government Office or
Central Government Department and work on drug policy, you need
access to the Updates. You will need to sign up at
http://www.drugs.gov.uk/Register/RestrictedAccess to request access.
Please ask your colleague to fill out the form themselves.


NEW CRACK SECTION

This new section details the work underway to tackle crack under the
key strands of the drug strategy including young people, reducing
supply, communities and treatment.

To view see http://www.drugs.gov.uk/NationalStrategy/CrackPlan

You can also order copies of the crack plan by contacting Prolog
quoting reference DSD 14.  Email: dpas@prolog.uk.com
Tel: 0870 2414680


NEW REDUCING SUPPLY SECTION

This new section has information about street level dealing and
middle markets.

To view see
http://www.drugs.gov.uk/NationalStrategy/ReducingSupply/StreetLevel


NEW PUBLICATIONS

Drugscope Diversity Toolkit

A new range of leaflets have now been produced to help you communicate
about drugs and drug misuse with ethnic minority communities.

These are available in:

Arabic        Punjabi
Bengali        Somali
Cantonese    Sylheti
Chinese        Turkish
Farsi        Urdu
French
Gujarati
Kurdish

A CD-ROM containing a range of resources is now available.  This forms
part of the Drugs: helping ethnic communities understand the issues
toolkit.

For details of how to order these leaflets and the CD-ROM see:

http://www.drugs.gov.uk/NationalStrategy/Diversity/DiversityToolkit

DRUGS STRATEGY DIRECTORATE PUBLICATION LIST

To view the latest Drug Strategy Directorate publication list
see the reports and publications page at
http://www.drugs.gov.uk/ReportsandPublications
or email eddie.hallett@homeoffice.gsi.gov.uk for the list.
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.


9-10 SEPT  THE APPLIANCE OF SCIENCE (Erskine Nr Paisley)
      The theme of this conference is evidence based practice
          in substance  use: the appliance of science.  Over the
      two days you will examine how you can apply science at
      the population level and the individual level.
      Contact: Angela Jones
      Tel: 01475 633 777
      Email: angela.jones@renver-pct.scot.nhs.uk
          Website: http://www.fdap.org.uk/fdapevents/conf2004.html

15 SEPT      INVOLVING THE VOLUNTARY AND INDEPENDENT SECTORS IN HEALTHCARE
      (London) Cost £199 – £399 + VAT
      This conference will examine the latest policy and practice
      in working with the voluntary and independent sectors to
      build capacity and specialisms in areas such as mental health.
      Contact: Neil Stewart Associates
      Tel: 020 7324 4330
      Fax: 020 490 8830
      Email: info@neilstewartassociates.co.uk
      Website http://www.neilstewartassociates.com


16 SEPT      Sex, drugs and Nottingham £140
      This course is aimed at Drug and alcohol workers at Tiers 2
          and 3. On completion of this course participants will have
      a full understanding on the ways in which different groups
          (including – but not restricted to sex workers) have
          incorporated drug use into their sexual activity, and will
          be able to provide effective advice to help clients reduce
          the risks they face through these altered practices.
      Contact: Drugscope
      Tel: 0207 928 1211
      Email: events@drugscope.org.uk


28 SEPT      Cognitive Behaviour Approaches
29      £195 + VAT
      Contact Sue Chamberlain
      Tel: 0121 426 1537
      Email: bookings@pipmason.com
          Web: http://www.pipmason.com


28 SEPT      MANAGING WORKERS WITH DRUG AND ALCOHOL PROBLEMS
      (Manchester) £140
          This course is aimed at Drug treatment service managers or
          managers of other non-statutory organisations.
          Included in the programme are sessions addressing the
      specific needs of drug-using staff, the types of situations
          in which information should be recorded, ways of approaching
      staff about their problems and the legal implications,
          ensuring that participants are able to work with their staff
          in a supportive and constructive way.
          Contact: Drugscope
          Email: events@drugscope.org.uk
          Tel: 0207 928 1211


28 SEPT      ALCOHOL AND DRUGS IN SEXUAL ASSAULT (Manchester) £200
      This conference is for forensic physicians and scientists,
      counsellors, nurses, health and social service providers
      and academics interested in rape/sexual assault or
      alcohol/drug use.

      St Mary’s Centre in the UK’s first sexual assault referral
      centre. The conference will include presentations on legal
      issues, drug assisted rape, physical effects of
          alcohol/drugs, intoxication and consent to examination,
      international perspectives and case presentations.
      Contact: Ian McLean
          Tel: 0161 276 6515
      Email: stmarys.sarc@cmmc.nhs.uk


29 SEPT      TALKING THERAPIES: MOTIVATING INTERVIEWING: PRACTICAL
30 SEPT      STRATEGIES FOR DRUGS AND ALCOHOL WORKERS
          (London) £385
          This course is aimed at Practitioners who want a practical
          introduction to motivational interviewing.
          Contact: Drugscope
          Tel: 0207 928 1211
          Email: events@drugscope.org.uk


30 SEPT      DOMESTIC VIOLENCE: PRACTICE ISSUES FOR DRUGS AND ALCOHOL
          SERVICES
      (Nottingham) £140
          This course is aimed at substance misuse workers who may
          come into contact with survivors or perpetrators of
          domestic violence.
      Contact: Drugscope
          Tel: 0207 928 1211
          Email: events@drugscope.org.uk


5 OCT      PROSTITUTION AND DRUGS
          (Leeds) Free
          The prostitution events will launch ‘Solutions and
          strategies: drug problems and street sex markets’.
          A guidance which provides which provides drug specific
          advice on the issues relating to prostitution and
          problematic drug misuse.
          Contact: Josephine.gray5@homeoffice.gsi.gov.uk
          Tel: 0207 273 4661

5 OCT      SETTING UP A SERVICE FOR YOUNG PEOPLE: AN OVERVIEW
6 OCT      (London) £260
          This two day course helps workers an understanding of
          drug misuse amongst young people in the context of
          youth culture and an awareness of the law, in particular
      in relation to confidentiality and child protection.
      Participants learn about ten key policy principles governing
          the delivery of drug services to young people, discuss
          practical approaches to working with them and develop an
          action plan for the development of an effective drug service
          that meets their specialised needs.
          Contact: Drugscope
          Tel: 0207 928 1211
          Email: events@drugscope.org.uk


12 OCT      NO MORE EXCUSES _ GETTING HELP TO REACH HARD TO REACH GROUPS
      (London) This conference focuses on improving access to
          and the quality of drug and alcohol services for so called
      ‘hard to reach’ groups.  These groups include young people,
          the elderly, people from BME communities, lesbians,
          gay men, bisexuals and trangenedered people, people with
          disabilities and women with children.  Speakers include
          Home Office Minister Caroline Flint MP and Lord Victor
      Adebowale, Chief Executive of Turning Point.
          Contact: FDAP: 0870 763 6193
          Email: conference@fdap.org.uk
          Website: http://www.fdap.org.uk/fdapevents/conf2004.html


18 OCT      LEARNING FROM EUROPE: PRACTICES AND POLICIES
      (London) Cost £75
      This conference will provide the opportunity to find out
        about some of the most innovative developments within
      Europe, set within the context of national policies
      relating to drug use.  This conference will be of interest
      to national and local policy makers, Strategic partnerships,
      Drug Action Teams, Community Safety Partnerships, Police
      and Health and Treatment service providers.
      Contact: Jacky Davy
      Tel: 020 7332 3078
      Email: jacky.davy@corpoflondon.gov.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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