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UK news

Measuring addiction recovery: a sector wide consensus seeking exercise

In recent months, we have undertaken focus groups and consultations with users of addiction services in order to identify some core indicators of recovery. This work has produced 28 indicators that most service users feel are important. We now wish to consult service providers and other key stakeholders working within the addictions field to see whether or not they agree that the 28 indicators are important | King's College London, UK

New registration application and registration variation forms

The new forms have been developed to take account of the changes to regulations from 1 April, including the introduction of the fundamental standards. They will also reflect our new approach to regulation, which looks at whether care services are safe, effective, caring, responsive to people's needs, and well-led | CQC, UK

DCLG report on 'Alcohol Fund' project to tackle binge and underage drinking: money well spent?

Findings from a £1 million project to support ten key areas to tackle alcohol-related problems have been released by the Department for Communities and Local Government (CLG) | Alcohol Policy UK, UK

More than two thirds of smokers are killed by diseases caused by tobacco use, says study

Ten million smokers in the UK could expect to die 10 years earlier | Independent, UK

UK government must vote against the United Nations’ ketamine control plan

Proposals being brought before the UN to restrict global access to ketamine would leave the two billion people living in the most rural areas of developing countries with no alternative anaesthetic for vital surgeries | Guardian, UK

New drug-driving laws are a 'stunt' says traffic lawyer

A new law has come into force in England and Wales to help police catch drug drivers | BBC Newsbeat, UK

‘One Drink One Click’ app launch

A new mobile application has been launched to make the Welsh public ‘stop and think’ about their level of alcohol consumption | NHS Wales, UK

We need to talk about ChemSex: risks of Hep C and HIV are high

More gay men in the UK are presenting to clinicians with complicated issues associated with drug use and consent to sex in ChemSex environments (taking recreational drugs during sex and attendance at sex parties). David Rowlands highlights the issues around this controversial topic based on responses to his February online poll | PharmaPhorum, UK

Natalie Grove: 'Drug drivers are a big problem'

New regulations aimed at stopping people driving while on drugs have come into force in England and Wales | BBC Radio 4, UK

Tell us where the legal highs are: GMP map Manchester 'dealers' after Lincoln ban

Manchester could be following Lincoln's lead to stamp out 'legal highs' across the region after GMP announced they want locations of all shops that are selling the substances across the city | Mancunian Matters, UK

Naloxone Action Group names Bedford as 'priority town'

Members of a drug action group are urging the council to increase access to a overdose antidote which they say ‘saved their lives’ | Bedfordshire News, UK

A Leeds Head Shop Just Won a Landmark Appeal to Keep Selling Bongs

Last week, a head shop in Leeds won a landmark appeal to overturn a conviction for selling smoking paraphernalia, including bongs and grinders | VICE, UK

Douglas McWilliams: George Osborne's adviser quits after claims he smoked crack cocaine in drugs den

The 63-year-old will step down as executive chairman of the Centre for Economic and Business Research after the Sunday Mirror revelations | Mirror, UK

Charles Mann stabbed mother in 'drug-fuelled psychosis'

A man who stabbed his mother 11 times in a "drug-fuelled psychosis" has been jailed for 16 months | BBC, UK

Ex-Swansea RFC player sold steroids after trafficking ban

A former rugby player barred from sport for trafficking has continued to produce and supply anabolic steroids | BBC, UK

Bizarre drug smuggling attempts that went wrong, in pictures

Here is a collection of photographs of botched attempts at getting illegal substances past the law. We are still looking for that image of a real mule loaded to the gunwales with hashish... | Telegraph, UK


International news

Renewed Drugs alert: white heroin sold as cocaine

There is a street dealer active in the centre of Amsterdam who is selling white heroin as cocaine to tourists | GGD Amsterdam, Netherlands

White Heroin Still Being Sold As Cocaine in Amsterdam

On February 27, the Amsterdam Public Health Service circulated the announcement (see below) following three Danish tourists being taken ill after snorting white heroin, believing it to be cocaine | Talking Drugs, UK

Tobacco industry accused of 'intimidation and interference' in Kenya

Researchers suggest British American Tobacco has undue influence over the Kenyan government and is in breach of WHO tobacco convention | Guardian, UK

Government ‘is turning a blind eye’ to drug crime

The Government has been accused of turning “a blind eye” to drug crime after figures reveal a 30% cut in the strength of local garda drug units across the country | Irish Examiner, Ireland

Hospital sees more than 100 children with 'acute alcohol intoxication' in three years

One of the country's largest children's hospitals says girls make up almost two thirds of minors they have treated for alcohol poisoning | Irish Examiner, Ireland

Minors easily able to purchase electronic cigarettes online

Teenagers in North Carolina were easily able to buy electronic cigarettes online because both Internet vendors and shipping companies failed to verifying ages in a study that assessed compliance with North Carolina's 2013 e-cigarette age-verification law, according to an article | Science Daily, USA

Tasmanian poppy crops cuts likely as United Nations drugs forum meets

At a United Nations Commission on Narcotic Drugs conference in Vienna this week, poppy growers representatives expect to hear Tasmania's poppy crop area will be cut |, Australia



Blogs, comment and opinion

CEO blog: How to ensure prevention works for all

I have now had the privilege of being Chief Executive with Mentor for four months. I believe that these early days are really important. As a new Chief Executive you have a chance to look at an organisation with a fresh perspective and clarity which are sometimes more difficult later in a tenure | Mentor, UK

Drinks industry has no place in anti-alcohol campaigns

When young people are told to drink responsibly, the emphasis is always on ‘drink’ | Irish Times, Ireland



And finally...

Utah hears of danger of dope-crazed rabbits if marijuana legalised

DEA agent tells state senate of ‘rabbits that had cultivated a taste for marijuana’ and warns of problems of pesticides, deforestation and erosion | Guardian, UK