Voicing concerns Public Health England (PHE) has not yet \u2018found its voice\u2019, developed a clear set of priorities or demonstrated that it is sufficiently independent of the Department of Health, according to a report from the Health Committee. There was now an \u2018urgent need\u2019 for PHE to show it could \u2018speak truth unto power\u2019, said committee chair Stephen Dorrell MP. \u2018PHE should not look to the Department or other parts of government to prompt its research or, still less, to authorise its findings,\u2019 he stated. \u2018PHE can only succeed if it is clear beyond doubt that its public statements and policy positions are not influenced by government policy or political considerations.\u2019 Public Health England at www.parliament.uk Council call The Local Government Association (LGA) has called on social media companies to introduce health warnings about internet drinking game NekNomination. \u2018This is an utterly reckless and totally irresponsible craze which has tragically claimed lives,\u2019 said chair of the organisation\u2019s wellbeing board, Katie Hall. \u2018The LGA is looking for these corporations to show leadership and not ignore what is happening on their sites. We are urging Facebook and Twitter executives to sit down with us and discuss a way forward which tackles this issue head on.\u2019 Mmm\u2026 DANOS The revised National Occupational Standards (NOS) for drug and alcohol workers have now been launched by Skills for Health. \u2018The continued development of competent practitioners, volunteers, managers and commissioners in the substance use sector is crucial for the delivery of high quality effective services which meet the needs of the individuals and communities we serve,\u2019 said FDAP chief executive Carole Sharma. Revised DANOS at tools.skillsforhealth.org.uk\/competence_search\/ Stopping stereotypes A youth alcohol summit organised by Alcohol Concern saw young people call on policy-makers to see them as \u2018part of the solution to the alcohol problems the country is facing, not part of the problem\u2019 and attempt to challenge stereotypical views of the young as binge drinkers. \u2018Young people are often spoken about in alcohol policy discussions but rarely asked for their views,\u2019 said Alcohol Concern policy programme manager, Tom Smith. \u2018It\u2019s time for this to change.\u2019\u00a0 In denial The International Narcotics Control Board (INCB) has expressed \u2018concern\u2019 at US initiatives to legalise the \u2018non-medical and non-scientific\u2019 use of cannabis. Launching its annual report, INCB president Raymond Yans said the organisation \u2018deeply regretted\u2019 developments in Colorado and Washington, which \u2018contravene the provisions of the drug control conventions\u2019. INCB was \u2018in denial\u2019 of calls for a meaningful debate on global drug policy, however, said International Drug Policy Consortium (IDPC) executive director Ann Fordham. \u2018The board is apparently oblivious to the growing number of member states questioning the status quo and exploring alternative policies.\u2019 INCB annual report 2013 at www.incb.org Poor provision Homelessness services are still failing to support women effectively, says the final report of the St Mungo\u2019s Rebuilding shattered lives project, as they are predominantly designed by, and for, men. More than 10,000 women accessed UK homelessness services last year, says the document, with many more \u2018hidden\u2019 homeless. \u2018This report evidences a sad chronicle of missed opportunities where women fail to get the help they need,\u2019 said St Mungo\u2019s chief executive Charles Fraser. \u2018National leadership is key.\u2019 Report at www.mungos.org Winging it Prison drug recovery wings (DRWs) need to be segregated from the wider establishment, with clear referral pathways and strong support from senior management, says a new report from the National Offender Management Service (NOMS). Commissioners should also consider delivering \u2018a range of recovery-focused interventions including accredited drug treatment programmes\u2019 as part of their DRW regimes says the document, which studies the five DRWs launched in 2011. Drug recovery wings set up, delivery and lessons learned: process study of first tranche DRW pilot sites at www.gov.uk Vital signs The London Drug and Alcohol Policy Forum (LDAPF) has launched a new version of its Vital info guide to drugs and their associated risks. Available free in leaflet form from email@example.com or to download at www.cityoflondon.gov.uk\/ldapf, with an optimised web version coming soon.