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UK news

Press release: ‘Legal high’ and e-cigarette poison queries climb

Poisons specialists have flagged rises in calls and online queries about treating users of new psychoactive substances, misleadingly known as ‘legal highs’ | PHE, UK

National Poisons Information Service Report 2013/14 (PDF)

The Public Health England commissioned National Poisons Information Service (NPIS) today publishes its annual report for 2013 to 2014. And there it has noted further increases in enquiries about so-called ‘legal highs’, especially about man-made cannabis substitutes | PHE, NPIS, UK

News story: Evidence into action: protecting and improving the nation’s health

Public Health England has today published its 7 priorities for the next 5 years, having looked closely at the evidence to determine where it can most effectively focus its efforts | PHE, UK

News story: NHS leaders set out road map for healthcare in England

The NHS Five Year Forward View (PDF) was published on 23 October 2014 and sets out a vision for the future of the NHS. It has been developed by the partner organisations that deliver and oversee health and care services including NHS England | NHS, UK

Marijuana use by teenagers does not result in a lower IQ or worse exam results, study finds

The Avon Longitudinal Study of Parents and Children followed 2,612 children born in the Bristol area in 1991 and 1992 | Independent, UK

Implementation of new therapies will fail unless tailored to the organisation

Frank and compelling account of what it takes in the real world to introduce a new therapy programme for problem substance use. Key lesson is that each organisation is different: being there, learning about that unique context, and taking it in to account, is what’s needed to give implementation a chance | Drug and Alcohol Findings, UK

Behind the Headlines: Smokers' homes 'as polluted as Beijing'

"Living with smoker 'as bad as living in polluted city'," BBC News reports. Scottish researchers have estimated that the level of fine particulate matter (PM2.5) in smokers' households is similar to those found in a heavily polluted city such as Beijing | NHS Choices, UK


International news

Illicit drug markets in Ireland (PDF)

Understanding the organisation, scale, nature and dynamics of illicit drug markets is a critical requirement for effective policy-making and for interventions designed to disrupt their operation and to minimise the associated harms. Through in-depth research with people involved in the illicit drug market in Ireland, as drug users or sellers, as professionals responding to it or as residents affected by it, this research fills a significant knowledge gap in this important area of Irish drug policy | National Advisory Committee on Drugs and Alcohol, Ireland

85 fail drug tests in Defence Forces

Eighty-five members of the Irish Defence Forces have tested positive for illegal drugs since compulsory random checks were introduced in 2003 | Irish Examiner, Ireland

Will Uruguay's marijuana experiment survive under 'Pepe' Mujica's successor?

Luis Lacalle Pou, 41, challenges Tabaré Vázquez, 74, for presidency in most liberal nation of South America | Guardian, UK

The State Of Drug Use In America, In 9 Maps

America just doesn't do drugs like it used to. From opiates to alcohol, American substance use has shifted drastically in recent decades | Huffington Post, USA

As Seen on TV: Advertising’s Influence on Alcohol Abuse

One strong factor that reinforces the popular culture surrounding drinking is the glamour of advertising. Researchers at the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health examined alcohol-advertising placements to determine whether the alcohol industry had kept its word to refrain from advertising targeting young people | Psych Central, USA

Powerful Ad That Deals With Parental Alcohol Abuse

This Finnish ad is trending online. It has a very powerful message about 'Parental Alcohol Abuse' |, Australia

Aussie health groups aim to clamp down on shisha smoking

A coalition of public health groups is working to close a loophole in legislation that allows the smoking of waterpipes in enclosed areas |, Australia

Child liquid nicotine exposure up sharply

As the e-cigarette industry booms, poison control workers say the number of children exposed to the liquid nicotine that gives hand-held vaporizing gadgets their kick also has spiked |, Australia


Blogs, comment and opinion

One new drug a week: club drugs and novel psychoactive substances

A recent report from the Faculty of Addictions at the Royal College of Psychiatrists has highlighted the changing face of drug abuse in the UK. While drug abuse was previously dominated by crack, heroin, and ecstasy, an increasing number of people are being admitted to treatment for harm related to club drugs and novel psychoactive substances | Mental Elf, UK

Weimar Germany, Part 1: Intoxicating Metropolis

Often portrayed as a society dancing on a volcano, both the political right and left have used Weimar Germany’s permissive urban nightlife and debauchery as examples of either societal degeneration or as an open, “anything-goes” paradise. Jazz, cocaine, prostitution, and other forms of vice form one half of the Weimar stereotype: the other of course being runaway inflation, civil unrest, and the rise of Hitler | Points: The blog of the alcohol and drugs history society, USA