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September Drugs E-bulletin
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
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
Q. But the DAT Updates are in the WorkPages, why canât 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
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.
You can also order copies of the crack plan by contacting Prolog
quoting reference DSD 14. Email: firstname.lastname@example.org
Tel: 0870 2414680
NEW REDUCING SUPPLY SECTION
This new section has information about street level dealing and
To view see
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:
A CD-ROM containing a range of resources is now available. This forms
part of the Drugs: helping ethnic communities understand the issues
For details of how to order these leaflets and the CD-ROM see:
DRUGS STRATEGY DIRECTORATE PUBLICATION LIST
To view the latest Drug Strategy Directorate publication list
see the reports and publications page at
or email email@example.com 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
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
15 SEPT INVOLVING THE VOLUNTARY AND INDEPENDENT SECTORS IN HEALTHCARE
(London) Cost Â£199 – Â£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
16 SEPT Sex, drugs and Nottingham Â£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.
Tel: 0207 928 1211
28 SEPT Cognitive Behaviour Approaches
29 Â£195 + VAT
Contact Sue Chamberlain
Tel: 0121 426 1537
28 SEPT MANAGING WORKERS WITH DRUG AND ALCOHOL PROBLEMS
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.
Tel: 0207 928 1211
28 SEPT ALCOHOL AND DRUGS IN SEXUAL ASSAULT (Manchester) Â£200
This conference is for forensic physicians and scientists,
counsellors, nurses, health and social service providers
and academics interested in rape/sexual assault or
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
29 SEPT TALKING THERAPIES: MOTIVATING INTERVIEWING: PRACTICAL
30 SEPT STRATEGIES FOR DRUGS AND ALCOHOL WORKERS
This course is aimed at Practitioners who want a practical
introduction to motivational interviewing.
Tel: 0207 928 1211
30 SEPT DOMESTIC VIOLENCE: PRACTICE ISSUES FOR DRUGS AND ALCOHOL
This course is aimed at substance misuse workers who may
come into contact with survivors or perpetrators of
Tel: 0207 928 1211
5 OCT PROSTITUTION AND DRUGS
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.
Tel: 0207 273 4661
5 OCT SETTING UP A SERVICE FOR YOUNG PEOPLE: AN OVERVIEW
6 OCT (London) Â£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.
Tel: 0207 928 1211
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
18 OCT LEARNING FROM EUROPE: PRACTICES AND POLICIES
(London) Cost Â£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
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: firstname.lastname@example.org
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