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Addaction 6th National Conference

Addiction and Emotional Health – 21/22 Nov 2016, Sussex


Addaction hosts an inspirational, provocative and immersive 2 day event for people in recovery and those in the sector, celebrating people’s achievements and debating the future of recovery.  Speakers include Ethan Nadelmann, Paul Farmer CBE, Anne Robinson, Jonny Benjamin and many more.  Packages from £135.  Free for people in Recovery (limited availability)




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This year RiTC6 is looking at what happens beyond recovery - past the treatment, the structured groups, the wellbeing activities, the building of recovery networks – into the 'now what' Click here to find out more.



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SSA Symposium 2016

Back to the future: Addiction and the scientific method.

10–11 November, York

Late-breaking delegate papers welcome until 3 October. Delegate places still available - booking deadline 30 October.




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UK news

Scottish Schools Adolescent Lifestyle and Substance Use Survey (SALSUS)

The Scottish Schools Adolescent Lifestyle and Substance Use Survey (SALSUS) is part of an important and long established series of national surveys on smoking, drinking and drug use. The survey is conducted on a biennial basis, targeting secondary school pupils in local authority and independent schools | Scottish Government, UK

Concern as drugs become more socially acceptable among Scottish teens

One in five 13-year-olds and 42 per cent of 15-year-olds said they had been offered drugs, with cannabis the most common | Herald, UK

National Naloxone Programme Scotland Monitoring Report 2015/16 (PDF)

Accidental overdose is a common cause of death among users of heroin, morphine and similar drugs, which are referred to as opioids. Naloxone is a drug which reverses the effects of a potentially fatal overdose with these drugs | ISD Scotland, UK

Rise in anti-overdose naloxone kits to cut drug deaths

The number of kits issued in Scotland's pioneering programme to cut drug-related deaths (DRD) has risen by 10%, official statistics have revealed | BBC, UK

Researchers find people who inject drugs would be willing to switch to safer equipment

People who inject drugs support the use of new, safer ‘low dead space’ syringes, NIHR-funded researchers from the University of Bristol have found. Research suggests that these low dead space syringes could reduce the chance of spreading infections among people who inject drugs, if syringes are re-used or shared, so are a safer alternative to traditional equipment. However, it was not known whether people who inject drugs would be willing to switch to this new equipment, so a team of researchers set out to find this out | CLHARC, UK

Family Life Recovery Project (PDF)

The Family Life in Recovery project - the first of its kind in the UK - is a joint report from Sheffield Hallam University's Helena Kennedy Centre for International Justice and Adfam, the national organisation working to improve support for families affected by drug and alcohol use, and is funded by Alcohol Research UK | Adfam / Sheffield Hallam Unuversity, UK

Liver cancer death rate rises by 52%

Death rates from liver cancer increased by 52% in the last 10 years, with the disease killing 572 Scots last year | BBC, UK

Women now drinking 'almost as much alcohol as men'

A survey of data from around the world suggests the gap between men and women is closing rapidly when it comes to alcohol use and subsequent alcohol-related harms | NHS Choices:Behind the Headlines, UK

Teenagers influenced by video games with alcohol, smoking content

Images and references to alcohol and tobacco in popular video games may be influencing UK teens who play the games and the age restriction system is not working, according to a new study | Science Daily, UK

Vaping could help prevent ex-smokers piling on the pounds, research suggests

E-cigarettes might help smokers who are quitting keep the pounds off, say researchers, suggesting that vaping could be harnessed in the fight against obesity | Guardian, UK

Scottish Courts approve minimum pricing - but further delay still possible

Public health groups and other supporters of minimum unit pricing (MUP) recieved welcome news last week as the Scottish Courts decided the measure could be justified under EU law | Alcohol Policy UK, UK

Bristol and Durham Show UK First Steps Towards Drug Decriminalisation

An exclusive report from Vice revealed last week that UK police are no longer intent on processing those caught with small, personal amounts of certain drugs, including cocaine and heroin, through the criminal justice system | Volte Face, UK

Crowdfunding: the new buzzword for academics needing research money

With usual funding sources squeezed, and Brexit round the corner, researchers are asking the public to fund their studies – from bees to LSD | Guardian, UK

Sophia’s Story

Last week, VolteFace reported on the case of Sophia Gibson, a five year old girl with Dravet syndrome from Northern Ireland whose mother, Danielle, is trying to get her accepted onto a clinical trial to test the effects of cannabidiol on seizures. We asked Danielle to share her parental perspective | Volte Face, UK

Hooch ad banned over Vine and YouTube star's 'juvenile' trick

Joe Charman stunt for alcopop brand was likely to be of particular appeal to under-18s, says ASA | Guardian, UK

Serious organised crime groups 'disrupted' in north east of Scotland

The activities of 11 serious organised crime groups in the north east of Scotland have been disrupted in the last year, police have said | BBC, UK


International news

WHO Framework Convention on Tobacco Control

To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what steps his Department is taking to ensure that the opinions of e-cigarette users and people who use other reduced risk products are represented at the WHO conference on the Framework Convention on Tobacco Control in November 2016 | They Work for You, UK

Philippines: Foreign Relations

To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what diplomatic assessment he has made of relations between the Philippines and the UK since the appointment of President Rodrigo Duterte in June 2016 | They Work for You, UK

Philippines police boss tells officers: Talk to me, not media about war on drugs – if you dare

The Philippines' police chief has reprimanded officers and some senior generals for raising concerns with journalists about the country's war on drugs, telling subordinates to talk to him instead – if they were brave enough | Independent, UK

The countries that drink the most wine

Devastating news: wine production has hit a four-year low | Indy 100, UK

High-CBD Cannabis Now Sold Legally in Switzerland (as a ‘Tobacco Substitute’)

An organic gardening company in Switzerland has managed to make high-CBD cannabis flower available to consumers by capping the THC content and registering the product with regulators as a tobacco substitute | Volte Face, UK

US 'could legalise cannabis across country' in wake of California decriminalisation vote

California will vote over whether to make recreational marijuana use legal on 8 November | Independent, UK

Illicit cannabis farming thrives in Lebanon

"It was the need to survive that forced me into it," says cannabis farmer Ali Nasri Shamas | BBC, UK

Mexican police discover border tunnel with US used to transport drugs

Mexican prosecutors say that they have found a tunnel in the border city of Tijuana that leads toward or into the United States | Telegraph, UK

'Torpedo' filled with £4.4 million of cocaine found on Irish beach close to tourist hotspot

A "torpedo" filled with 165lbs of cocaine with a street value of £4.4 million has been found on a beach in Ireland close to a tourist hotspot | ITV, UK

Coming off a prescribed painkiller was a struggle

‘Mother’s little helper’ was, in fact, a highly addictive drug that was overprescribed | Irish Times, Ireland

"We're losing the battle against drugs": GAA star calls for decriminalisation after brother's death

A new poll says that 44% of Irish people support decriminalisation of small amounts of drugs for personal use | Journal, Ireland

Study offers clues to help develop new treatments for cannabis use disorder

A new paper in Biological Psychiatry reports that chronic cannabis users have reduced levels of an enzyme called fatty acid amide hydrolase (FAAH) | News Medical, USA

3 in 4 teens think e-cigarettes safer than tobacco: Survey

Close to three-quarters of American teenagers believe e-cigarettes are less harmful or addictive than real cigarettes, a new study finds | UPI, USA

You can blame cigarettes for nearly 3 in 10 cancer deaths in the U.S., study says

Cigarette smoking can be blamed for at least 167,133 cancer deaths in the U.S. in a single year, according to a new report | LATimes, USA

How Did Heroin Overdoses Get So Common in New York City?

Outside his office overlooking a stunning harbor, Michael McMahon was showing me a map of heroin overdoses on Staten Island. It seemed like there were dots everywhere in the New York City borough where, as Richmond County district attorney, McMahon enjoys the mantle of top cop | VICE, USA

The problem with the stigma around ice

When Thomas* first moved from the UK to Australia 15 years ago, he made the switch from his drug of choice cocaine to methamphetamine as it was more readily available here | Star Observer, Australia

Blogs, comment and opinion

Paying drug users to stay in treatment

Earlier this month (10 October 2016), the European Monitoring Centre for Drugs and Drug Abuse published a systematic review of the use of contingency management in drug and alcohol treatment | Russell Webster, UK

The counter argument: corner shops don’t need tobacco sales to make a profit

Nearly half (45%) of smokers buy cigarettes from our corner shops, so for the tobacco industry it’s essential that it puts a lot of effort into persuading retailers to maintain the profile of tobacco sales in those stores | Write You, UK

Voice of reason: Dave Roberts of the Alcohol Information Partnership

Within hours of the announcement that Dave Roberts was to head a new industry-backed initiative to counter the claims of the anti-alcohol lobby, he had already stirred controversy. Not because of anything he’d done or said, but because he shares a rather common name with the chief executive of Alcohol Research UK | Off License News, UK

Don’t Lock ’Em Up. Give ’Em a Chance to Quit Drugs

Seattle tries a program to reduce incarceration of addicts, and other cities begin to follow | NY Times Opinion, USA

Why requiring low-nicotine cigarettes is a bad idea

Global policymakers will soon consider a policy of requiring that only reduced-nicotine cigarettes can be manufactured or sold. This may sound good, but as someone who has studied tobacco for decades, I believe it is premature to deploy this as a tool to improve global health | Huffington Post Blog, USA

The Eyes of the City: Fiorello La Guardia’s Committee on the Marihuana Problem in New York

I examined the La Guardia Committee Report on the Marihuana Problem in New York, published in 1944. The committee was tasked with investigating the validity of public hysteria surrounding marijuana use in New York City during the so-called Reefer Madness era, which galvanized political support for the Marihuana Tax Act of 1937 | Points: Blog of the alcohol and drugs history society, USA




And finally..

This bar left a surprising note for a woman who left her car parked outside overnight

The note quickly drew the attention of people on Facebook, and received almost 10,000 shares since she put it up last week | Indy100, UK