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The National Alcohol & Drug Education Conference

19th October 2016
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The Alcohol Education Trust and Mentor UK invite professionals to hear from leading experts on the latest research on alcohol and drugs prevention, attend a choice of workshops on evidence-based programmes and receive planning and evaluation advice for effective PSHE.





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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

Drug-Related Hospital Statistics Scotland 2015/16 (PDF)

This report includes information on inpatients and day cases discharged by general acute and psychiatric specialties in Scotland, where drug misuse was mentioned in the records at some point during the patients’ hospital stay | ISD Scotland, UK

Joining the dots: The combined burden of violence, abuse and poverty in the lives of women (PDF)

...Women in poverty have fewer resources and can find it harder to escape perpetrators of abuse, while experiencing abuse is often a factor in women’s homelessness, substance misuse, poor mental health and poverty. Tackling this inequality must start at the very top. We are calling for a crossgovernment approach to improving life chances for women who face the most extensive abuse, poverty and disadvantage. We need leadership and strategic thinking to break the links between these issues | Agenda, UK

Leading drug education charities, Angelus and Mentor, to merge

Angelus is the only UK charity dedicated to raising awareness of the risks from new psychoactive substances (also known as ‘legal highs’). Mentor UK is the UK's leading charity working to prevent the misuse of alcohol and drugs among children and young people. They will merge on 1 October 2016 and operate under the Mentor name | Mentor & Angelus, UK

Carlsberg's Stuart Pearce ad gets red card for dangerous play

Euro 2016 promo banned for showing ex-England footballer delivering beer to a building site – an ‘unsafe and unwise location’ for drinking | Guardian, UK

I Went on a Wetherspoons Holiday and Got Really, Really Drunk

Little known fact: Wetherspoons own and operate over 40 hotels in the UK. I say "little known" because I – a proper Wetherspoons head; a man whose blood runs worryingly thick with the chain's £3 pints – did not know that Spoons owned and operated 40 hotels in the UK until I read a recent issue of the chain's monthly magazine, The Wetherspoon News, cover to cover | VICE, UK

Will Conservatives get drugs under control? Time to legalise and regulate - free event

Join us at Conservative Party Conference on Wednesday 5th October from  8:30 - 9:30am for a lively discussion on why the Conservative Party should start taking drugs...seriously. Birmingham | Jane Slater, UK

Alcohol and Pregnancy: A Free Seminar

1st November, Strling. This seminar will focus on the challenging but important area of identifying and preventing such harm.  Bringing together research teams from across the UK, and with a keynote address from WHO-Europe, it will focus on the latest evidence on how to appropriately identify and prevent alcohol consumption in pregnancy, and future innovation in this field | SHAAP/SARN, UK

The Gary Seaman Award 2016

We are now accepting nominations for the Gary Seaman Award 2016: an award we present to outstanding practitioners who have made a real difference. The award is given out at our annual Carol Concert | Adfam, UK

Ten people fined for having drugs at T in the Park

Ten people have been fined a total of more than £5,000 for having drugs at T in the Park | BBc, UK

Streets cleared of legal highs following change in law

Police have found no trace of illegal psychoactive substances for sale in former ‘Head Shops’ across the West Midlands, four months on from a change in laws which banning the sale of so-called legal highs | ITV, UK

I, Daniel Blake star: 'working-class actresses are cast as drug addicts and bad mothers'

The star of Ken Loach’s Palme d’Or-winning movie I, Daniel Blake has attacked the film industry for prejudicial treatment of actors from less privileged backgrounds | Guardian, UK


International news

2017 International Rolleston Award: Nominations Now Open

Do you know someone, or an organisation or group, that has had a global impact in the harm reduction sector? Do you think they deserve international recognition for their work? Nominate them for the 2017 International Rolleston Award, to be given out at HR17, the 25th Harm Reduction International Conference in Montreal in May, and they could be given that recognition | HRI, UK

Smoking rates among high school students drop as habit falls out of favour

Australian Institute of Health and Welfare says Australia making ‘favourable progress’ towards reaching rate of 10% of the population by 2018 | Guardian, UK

More parents are taking drugs while children watch, and the viral videos are 'shaming' addicts

Police and drug activist support groups strongly disagree on the use and purpose of 'shaming' addicts in videos and photos | Independent, UK

Reporter who quit on air to fight for pot legalization could face decades in prison

Pending trial of advocate Charlo Greene raises questions about the war on drugs and could have broader legal implications as more states move to legalize weed | Guardian, UK

‘Drug-driving’ test to focus on cocaine, cannabis, heroin

Dáil debates Bill which would allow local authorities introduce 20 km/h speed limits | Irish Times, Ireland

Why we simply have to rid our roads of killer drink drivers

Our RSA expert highlights shocking waste of life as report shows alcohol involved in 286 deaths | Independent, Ireland

Study pours cold water on ‘responsible drinking’ ads

An Irish “responsible drinking” campaign by multinational drinks group Diageo could do more harm than good, a study shows | Irish Examiner, Ireland

Young Irish smoke, drink less but gamble frequently

More than one-in-10 young people aged 15 to 16 in Ireland reported frequent gambling in the previous 12 months, the latest European School Survey Project on Alcohol and Other Drugs (ESPAD) found | Irish Medical Times, Ireland

Public health successes and missed opportunities. Trends in alcohol consumption and attributable mortality in the WHO European Region, 1990–2014 (PDF)

This publication describes trends in alcohol consumption and attributable mortality. It gives data by country, showing huge differences. This underlines opportunities for countries to benchmark their standing against others’ and introduce policies to reduce the burden of alcohol-attributable mortality. It also underlines the overall need to further reduce the alcohol consumption in the WHO European Region | WHO, Denmark

Addicted Parents Get Their Fix, Even With Children Watching

The opioid epidemic in New England and elsewhere has reached such proportions that addicts are increasingly getting high and passing out with their children in tow | NYTimes, USA

Identifying ecstasy's dangerous path

In an important discovery in the battle against the United States' growing drug epidemic, a Michigan State University economist has found the Carolinas could be a hotspot for the trafficking and production of the drug Ecstasy | Science Daily, USA

Alcohol shown to act in same way as rapid antidepressants

In a study published in the current issue of the journal Nature Communications, researchers found that alcohol produces the same neural and molecular changes as drugs that have proven to be rapidly effective antidepressants | Medical Xpress, USA

If legalizing pot, consider health, not profits, analysis says

A new analysis of marijuana legislation offers a framework for states that are considering legalizing the drug and want to protect public health, rather than corporate profits | Medical Xpress, USA

Either way, it’s a drag: Daily vs. non-daily smoking in adolescents

Many teens try smoking. The real danger comes when they develop nicotine dependence or transition into regular smoking. This week, ASHES reviews a study conducted by Mark L. Rubinstein and colleagues that compared intermittent adolescent smokers to regular adolescent smokers. Their goal was to learn more about preventing dangerous smoking patterns | BASIS, USA

Liberals to regulate e-cigarettes to help shield young people from addiction

The federal government has announced it will introduce legislative amendments this fall to regulate e-cigarettes in Canada | Globe and Mail, Canada

Tobacco indicators: measuring midpoint progress—reporting under the National Tobacco Strategy 2012–2018

This report presents midpoint data for several tobacco indicators using various data sources and collections years. The majority of indicators show that favourable progress has been made, particularly for exposure to tobacco smoke, uptake of smoking, transition to established smoking and regular smoking among young people, adults and Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people. However, some groups achieved greater progress than others, and inequalities within particular groups increased for some indicators | AIHW, Australia

Alcohol and pregnancy: Preventive health campaign a success but lessons learnt

A rigorous and independent evaluation of a project that encouraged health professionals to discuss the risks of alcohol and pregnancy with women who are pregnant or planning a pregnancy, has judged the campaign a success, and delivered important recommendations for future health promotion projects | FARE, Australia

Quitting alcohol a social challenge: study

New research has found many Australians hide the fact they want to cut back on the booze because of the social challenges it creates | SBS, Australia

Man charged after woman's death linked to MDMA at Sydney music event

A woman has died after taking the drug MDMA at a music event in Sydney's inner west | Age, Australia



Blogs, comment and opinion

British attitudes to alcohol

In 2015 Public Health England (PHE) commissioned questions on the British Social Attitudes survey (BSA) to measure public attitudes to four subject areas one of which was alcohol | Russell Webster, UK

What’s it like to access services?

September is Recovery Month, which gives people in recovery an opportunity to celebrate what is possible and provide hope to those who need it. This week, we’ve spoken to staff and service users of Learn2Earn, an employability programme that we deliver alongside the Octavia Foundation. Learn2Earn fills a much needed gap for those who are finding it difficult to access employment and volunteering opportunities: it is a bespoke service that is tailored to an individual’s circumstance, abilities and goals. So, what is it like on the Learn2Earn course? One service user tells us his story | Blenheim CDP, UK

Holding Space for the Unredeemed: Harm Reduction and Justice

I spent last Friday in Chicago at the Midwest Harm Reduction Institute’s annual conference. The theme was Growing from Our Roots | Talking Drugs, UK

‘Oh Excellent Air Bag!’ review – two centuries of laughing gas

This wonderful collection of writings on nitrous oxide features carnivals, dentists’ chairs, Humphry Davy in ecstasy and William James talking nonsense | Guardian, UK

Why a person gets addicted to drugs: The humanness of addiction

As a psychologist, people grant me the awe-inspiring gift of letting me into their inner world where I walk alongside them as they take on what stings, saddens, and constrains. Certainly, there are sundry moments of laughter, celebration, joy, and simple amusement, but hardship hovers like twilight. And the journey’s aim is to advance toward daybreak | Addiction Blog, USA

FDA Issues New Draft Guidance on Regulation Compliance for Certain Types of E-Cigarettes; CDC Comments

The FDA took steps yesterday to clear a big point of confusion that has arisen concerning a subset of electronic cigarettes on the market | Tobacco Analysis Blog, USA