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Mexican Drug Cartel Battle Forces Thousands to Flee Their Homes

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  2. Avram Goldstein 1919–2012
  3. Mexican Drug Cartel Battle Forces Thousands to Flee Their Homes
  4. Tobacco Industry Tactics Under Scrutiny
  5. New Journal Launched
  6. Smoking Control Measures Proposed In China
  7. Emcdda Portal for Prevention
  8. Updated Guidelines on the Best Methods to Treat Substance Abuse and Addiction
  9. Danish Government Rejects Call for State-Run Cannabis Dispensaries in Copenhagen
  10. On-Line Intervention for Cannabis Problems
  11. Limerick of the Month
  12. Conferences and Events

InSight-Organised Crime reports that thousands of villagers have been forced to leave their homes in the state of Sinaloa as two of Mexico's biggest criminal organisations, the Sinaloa Cartel and the Beltran Leyva Organization, fight for control of the major centre of Mexico's cannabis and poppy production in the Sierra Madre mountain range. There are also believed to be large methamphetamine labs in the area. In May, the Sinaloa state government released a report claiming 1203 families, or an estimated 5000 people, had been forced to leave their homes in the last several months, but blamed the displacements on both increasing violence in the area and a severe drought. The Sinaloa Human Rights Commission, a non-governmental organization, says the number of displaced in the state is closer to 25 000 people over roughly the same period, the vast majority of whom are fleeing the fighting between drug cartels. ‘They say: “If you stay, you work with us. If you don't work with us, you die,” ’ one frightened displaced resident of Sinaloa de Levya told InSight Crime on condition of anonymity. InSight likens these developments to events in Colombia where armed groups fight for control of drug production zones. Similarly, like Colombia, authorities in Mexico have been slow to recognize the problem, thus leaving villagers to arm themselves and resist.

Tobacco Industry Tactics Under Scrutiny

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  2. Avram Goldstein 1919–2012
  3. Mexican Drug Cartel Battle Forces Thousands to Flee Their Homes
  4. Tobacco Industry Tactics Under Scrutiny
  5. New Journal Launched
  6. Smoking Control Measures Proposed In China
  7. Emcdda Portal for Prevention
  8. Updated Guidelines on the Best Methods to Treat Substance Abuse and Addiction
  9. Danish Government Rejects Call for State-Run Cannabis Dispensaries in Copenhagen
  10. On-Line Intervention for Cannabis Problems
  11. Limerick of the Month
  12. Conferences and Events

Researchers at the University of Bath have recently launched an online resource, called TobaccoTactics.org. TobaccoTactics aims to provide up-to-date information on the tobacco industry, its allies or those promoting a pro-tobacco agenda and explores how the industry attempts to influence public health debates through lobbying and public relations tactics. TobaccoTactics also collates examples from the tobacco industry's own internal documents, which illustrate how it operated in the past when resisting restrictions on the marketing of its products. Researchers at the University of Bath have also co-authored a report on how tobacco companies worked to prevent the strengthening of European tobacco legislation such as improvements to tobacco labelling and the removal of misleading terms such as ‘light’ and ‘mild’. The report was commissioned by the Smoke Free Partnership (SFP) through a Cancer Research UK grant and carried out by academic researchers at the University of Bath, University of Edinburgh, and London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine. The report was linked to World No Tobacco Day which was themed ‘Tobacco Industry Interference’.

New Journal Launched

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  2. Avram Goldstein 1919–2012
  3. Mexican Drug Cartel Battle Forces Thousands to Flee Their Homes
  4. Tobacco Industry Tactics Under Scrutiny
  5. New Journal Launched
  6. Smoking Control Measures Proposed In China
  7. Emcdda Portal for Prevention
  8. Updated Guidelines on the Best Methods to Treat Substance Abuse and Addiction
  9. Danish Government Rejects Call for State-Run Cannabis Dispensaries in Copenhagen
  10. On-Line Intervention for Cannabis Problems
  11. Limerick of the Month
  12. Conferences and Events

The Kettil Bruun Society for Social and Epidemiological Research on Alcohol (KBS) has launched its official journal, the International Journal of Alcohol and Drug Research. The editors-in-chief of this free-of-charge open access online journal are Kathryn Graham and John Clapp. Among its aims are to increase international knowledge and understanding about substance use and problems by providing mentoring and other assistance to research colleagues in countries where there are fewer resources and less infrastructure and traditional support of research on alcohol and drugs. It also aims to promote involvement of early career researchers and researchers from less resourced countries in all aspects of journal operations.

Smoking Control Measures Proposed In China

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  2. Avram Goldstein 1919–2012
  3. Mexican Drug Cartel Battle Forces Thousands to Flee Their Homes
  4. Tobacco Industry Tactics Under Scrutiny
  5. New Journal Launched
  6. Smoking Control Measures Proposed In China
  7. Emcdda Portal for Prevention
  8. Updated Guidelines on the Best Methods to Treat Substance Abuse and Addiction
  9. Danish Government Rejects Call for State-Run Cannabis Dispensaries in Copenhagen
  10. On-Line Intervention for Cannabis Problems
  11. Limerick of the Month
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According to the China Daily the Ministry of Health (MOH) has called for a hotline to be set up to provide professional help in smoking cessation. It is one of a range of smoking control measures proposed in a circular issued by the MOH and the ministry said that China will establish further regulation of smoking control in public places in accordance with the World Health Organization Framework Convention on Tobacco Control.

Emcdda Portal for Prevention

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  2. Avram Goldstein 1919–2012
  3. Mexican Drug Cartel Battle Forces Thousands to Flee Their Homes
  4. Tobacco Industry Tactics Under Scrutiny
  5. New Journal Launched
  6. Smoking Control Measures Proposed In China
  7. Emcdda Portal for Prevention
  8. Updated Guidelines on the Best Methods to Treat Substance Abuse and Addiction
  9. Danish Government Rejects Call for State-Run Cannabis Dispensaries in Copenhagen
  10. On-Line Intervention for Cannabis Problems
  11. Limerick of the Month
  12. Conferences and Events

The European Monitoring Centre for Drugs and Drug Abuse (EMCDDA) has provided a portal on its website summarising evidence about the effect of the most widely used prevention interventions. While recognising the most common classification of prevention interventions are universal, selective and indicative, the portal displays the evidence according to the main target groups rather than the category of intervention provided, in order to follow the same methodological approach applied to other modules of this portal. The target groups are families, school students, community members and the general population.

Updated Guidelines on the Best Methods to Treat Substance Abuse and Addiction

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  2. Avram Goldstein 1919–2012
  3. Mexican Drug Cartel Battle Forces Thousands to Flee Their Homes
  4. Tobacco Industry Tactics Under Scrutiny
  5. New Journal Launched
  6. Smoking Control Measures Proposed In China
  7. Emcdda Portal for Prevention
  8. Updated Guidelines on the Best Methods to Treat Substance Abuse and Addiction
  9. Danish Government Rejects Call for State-Run Cannabis Dispensaries in Copenhagen
  10. On-Line Intervention for Cannabis Problems
  11. Limerick of the Month
  12. Conferences and Events

The British Association for Psychopharmacology (BAP) has released updated guidelines on the best methods to treat substance abuse and addiction in the Journal of Psychopharmacology. The new BAP guidelines focus on the treatment of substance abuse, harmful use, addiction and comorbidity with psychiatric disorders, and primarily focus on pharmacological management. The guidelines also draw on recent documents from the UK National Institute for Health and Clinical Excellence (NICE), and other organisations. ‘Our aim is to provide helpful and pragmatic guidelines for clinicians such as psychiatrists and GPs involved in prescribing to people with substance abuse or harmful use alone and with psychiatric comorbidity,’ says Anne Lingford-Hughes of Imperial College, London, lead author of these guidelines.

Danish Government Rejects Call for State-Run Cannabis Dispensaries in Copenhagen

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  2. Avram Goldstein 1919–2012
  3. Mexican Drug Cartel Battle Forces Thousands to Flee Their Homes
  4. Tobacco Industry Tactics Under Scrutiny
  5. New Journal Launched
  6. Smoking Control Measures Proposed In China
  7. Emcdda Portal for Prevention
  8. Updated Guidelines on the Best Methods to Treat Substance Abuse and Addiction
  9. Danish Government Rejects Call for State-Run Cannabis Dispensaries in Copenhagen
  10. On-Line Intervention for Cannabis Problems
  11. Limerick of the Month
  12. Conferences and Events

The Copenhagen Post reports that the Danish government rejected Copenhagen City Council's request to experiment with legalising cannabis in the city. The Danish justice minister, Morten Bødskov, told the council that the government could not permit the experiment as it believed that legalising cannabis would likely increase both availability and use, which was unwise given the range of side effects that cannabis has been linked to. City council member Lars Aslan Rasmussen criticised the government's decision. ‘[Legalisation] would limit the gang conflict and it would also give us access to the group of users who have been left to the criminal environment,’ Rasmussen said. ‘We had hoped that they would take our proposal seriously, as we have the support of 80 percent of the city council. Copenhagen has a serious problem because the gang conflict is a result of the trade in marijuana. The gangs turn over more money than 7-Eleven.’

On-Line Intervention for Cannabis Problems

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  2. Avram Goldstein 1919–2012
  3. Mexican Drug Cartel Battle Forces Thousands to Flee Their Homes
  4. Tobacco Industry Tactics Under Scrutiny
  5. New Journal Launched
  6. Smoking Control Measures Proposed In China
  7. Emcdda Portal for Prevention
  8. Updated Guidelines on the Best Methods to Treat Substance Abuse and Addiction
  9. Danish Government Rejects Call for State-Run Cannabis Dispensaries in Copenhagen
  10. On-Line Intervention for Cannabis Problems
  11. Limerick of the Month
  12. Conferences and Events

The National Cannabis Prevention and Information Centre (NCPIC) has launched an online intervention program, Reduce Your Use, to help cannabis users quit or lower their use of the drug. The program is mainly based on a face-to-face brief treatment previously found to be effective for problematic cannabis use, with the adaptation incorporating interactive elements from other existing web-based treatments. The intervention is informed by the principles and methods of CBT and MET. The therapy aims to be highly personalised, containing several different additional treatment options and individualised documentation for users of the website. Personalised feedback is also provided throughout the program.

Limerick of the Month

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  2. Avram Goldstein 1919–2012
  3. Mexican Drug Cartel Battle Forces Thousands to Flee Their Homes
  4. Tobacco Industry Tactics Under Scrutiny
  5. New Journal Launched
  6. Smoking Control Measures Proposed In China
  7. Emcdda Portal for Prevention
  8. Updated Guidelines on the Best Methods to Treat Substance Abuse and Addiction
  9. Danish Government Rejects Call for State-Run Cannabis Dispensaries in Copenhagen
  10. On-Line Intervention for Cannabis Problems
  11. Limerick of the Month
  12. Conferences and Events

We run a single limerick each month, chosen according to the Commissioning Editor and Editor-in-Chief's tastes. Please feel free to send us some should our pages inspire you to this form of poetry.

Tobacco use doesn't just kill,

It can make people mentally ill.

It's like zapping your brain

Again and again

And then taking a cyanide pill.

Robert West

Conferences and Events

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  2. Avram Goldstein 1919–2012
  3. Mexican Drug Cartel Battle Forces Thousands to Flee Their Homes
  4. Tobacco Industry Tactics Under Scrutiny
  5. New Journal Launched
  6. Smoking Control Measures Proposed In China
  7. Emcdda Portal for Prevention
  8. Updated Guidelines on the Best Methods to Treat Substance Abuse and Addiction
  9. Danish Government Rejects Call for State-Run Cannabis Dispensaries in Copenhagen
  10. On-Line Intervention for Cannabis Problems
  11. Limerick of the Month
  12. Conferences and Events

American Psychological Association Annual Convention, 2–5 August 2012, Orlando, Florida, USA. Website: http://www.apa.org/convention/index.aspx

Addiction Research and Therapy 2012, 20–22 August 2012, Las Vegas, Nevada, USA. Website: http://omicsonline.org/addictiontherapy2012/

Cutting Edge, 6–8 September 2012, Michael Fowler Centre, Willington, New Zealand. Website: http://www.cuttingedge.org.nz/

25th Annual National Prevention Network (NPN) Prevention Research Conference, 18–21 September 2012, Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, USA. Website: http://swpc.ou.edu/npn/index.htm

2cd National Cannabis Conference: From Genetics to Practice, 19–21 September 2012, Brisbane Convention and Exhibition Centre, Brisbane, Australia. Website: http://ncpic.org.au/

Canadian Society of Addiction Medicine (CSAM) 2012 Annual Meeting & Scientific Conference, 20–22 September 2012, Toronto, Ontario, Canada. Website: http://www.csam.org/

American College of Clinical Pharmacology (ACCP) Annual Meeting, 23–25 September 2012, San Diego, California, USA. Website: http://www.accp1.org/meetings_welcome.shtml

International Society of Addiction Journal Editors (ISAJE) Annual Meeting, 26–29 September 2012, Lisbon, Portugal. Website: http://www.parint.org/isajewebsite/meetings2012.htm

9th Annual Conference of the International Network on Brief Interventions for Alcohol and Other Drug Problems (INEBRIA)—From Clinical Practice to Public Health: Two Dimensions of Brief Interventions, 27–28 September 2012, Barcelona, Spain. Website: http://www.inebriaconferencebarcelona.net/

Canadian Psychiatric Association Annual Conference, 27–29 September 2012, Montreal, Quebec, Canada. Website: http://www.cpa-apc.org

National Conference on Addiction Disorders, 28 September–2 October 2012, Orlando, Florida, USA. Website: http://www.naatp.org/conferences/index.php

Harm Reduction International's ACCESS conference: Drug users in custody: Learning the lessons, 5–6 October 2012, Milan, Italy. Website: http://www.accessproject.eu/conference

Gender and Sexualities: Revisioning Drug and Alcohol Research, 10–12 October 2012, Centre for Alcohol & Drug Research, Aarhus University, Denmark. Website: http://crf.au.dk/genderconference/

25th European College of Neuropsychopharmacology (ECNP) Congress, 13–17 October 2012, Vienna, Austria. Website: http://www.ecnp-congress.eu/en.aspx

International Society of Addiction Medicine (ISAM) Annual Meeting, 14–18 October 2012, Geneva, Switzerland. Website: http://www.isamweb.org/

14th Annual Meeting of the International Society of Addiction Medicine, 14–18 October 2012, Geneva, Switzerland. Website: http://www.isam2012.org/

The Addiction Health Services Research (AHSR) Conference, 17–19 October 2012, Desmond Tutu Conference Center, New York, New York, USA. Website: http://www.ndri.org/ahsr2012/index.html

Traitement de la dépendance aux opioïdes: Troisième colloque francophone, 18–19 October 2012, Geneva, Switzerland. Website: http://www.tdo3.ch/index.php

14th Spanish National Conference on Dual Disorders, 25–27 October 2012, Madrid, Spain. Website: http://www.patologiadual.es/jornadas2012/

American Public Health Association (APHA) 140th Annual Meeting and Exposition, 27–31 October 2012, San Francisco, California, USA. Website: http://www.apha.org/meetings/AnnualMeeting/

Association for Medical Education and Research in Substance Abuse (AMERSA), 36th Annual National Conference, 1–3 November 2012, Bethesda, Maryland, USA. Website: http://www.amersa.org/conf.asp, or contact Doreen: Doreen@amersa.org

2cd Asia Pacific Behavioral and Addiction Medicine (APBAM) Conference, 1–3 November 2012, Singapore, Singapore. Website: http://www.apbam.org/site/

American Academy of Addiction Psychiatry 23rd Annual Meeting and Symposium, 6–9 December 2012, Aventura, Florida, USA. Website: http://www2.aaap.org/meetings-and-events/annual-meeting/23rd-annual-meeting

21st European Congress of Psychiatry, 6–9 April 2013, Nice, France. Website: http://www.epa-congress.org/

26th European College of Neuropsychopharmacology (ECNP) Congress, 5–9 October 2013, Barcelona, Spain. Website: http://www.ecnp.eu/en/Congress2013/ECNP%20Congress.aspx

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