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Open consultation: Drug misuse and dependence: UK guidelines on clinical management - deadline approaching

Public Health England is undertaking a review on behalf of the departments of health in England, Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland. Please note that the consultaion closes at the end of this month - 30th September | PHE, UK

Open access articles on NPS, alcohol advertising and more

This issue of Addiction journal has a large number of free access articles on NPS, Alcohol, cannabis and more | Addiction, UK

Are e-cigarettes safe?

Inside Out goes to the lab to investigate what is in e-cigarettes while unwrapping the arguments surrounding them. Also Inside Out returns with an investigation into e-cigarettes | BBC, UK

'Drink Think' alcohol warning for pregnant mothers

A health pressure group in Londonderry has warned of the dangers of drinking during pregnancy | BBC, UK

Plain cigarette pack fears 'unfounded,' says study

After Australia introduced plain packaging laws in 2012, opponents of the legislation argued it would lead to a number of unintended consequences | NHS Choices, UK

E-cigarettes should be called 'nicotine sticks' to curb appeal, experts say

Renaming the devices may help discourage younger people from using devices, according to Royal Society for Public Health | Guardian, UK

Healthcare experts turn on WHO over calls to ban e-cigarettes

Healthcare professionals have warned that a culture of fear surrounding electronic cigarettes could be risking smokers' health by putting them off switching to the safer alternative | Herald, UK

Health experts to argue for Scotland drink price plan

Health professionals say they are stepping up efforts to see alcohol minimum pricing in place in Scotland, with a seminar being held in Brussels | BBC, UK

Drugs meeting in Londonderry hears calls for detox centre

A senior policeman in Derry has backed calls for a drugs detox unit to be established in the city | BBC, UK

Your brain on cocaine: Researchers photograph the devastating effect drug has on bloodflow in the brain for first time

Researchers have captured exactly what taking cocaine does to the flow of blood in the brain | Mail Online, UK

Reducing poverty in the UK: A collection of evidence reviews (PDF)

The 33 studies in this collection are the findings of those reviews, and there are links to more detailed reports by the research teams, where available. The reviews are split into five sections: The bigger picture; Welfare and work; Money and the cost of living; Education, family and community; Complex needs | JRF, UK

Tough case to crack: the mystery of Britain's falling crime rate

Decline in heroin use, unrecorded cybercrime and greater civility are some of the reasons suggested for the drop in offending | Guardian, UK

Scientologists use anti-drugs campaign to target families

An anti-drugs campaign targeting Scotland is funded by the Church of Scientology, the Sunday Herald can reveal | Herald, UK

Portsmouth docks cocaine smuggling gang jailed

Ten people have been jailed for up to 20 years for attempting to smuggle millions of pounds worth of cocaine in crates of bananas and pineapples | BBC, UK

Treatment for ‘benzos’ addiction soars

The number of people seeking treatment for addiction to benzodiazepines has more than doubled since 2009, according to figures released by the Health Service Executive | Irish Examiner, Ireland

Opinion: Addiction is often boiled down to sound bites – but the truth is complex

We need to reflect on how addiction affects an individual, their experience of seeking help, and what the throes of addiction are like | Journal, Ireland

Stubbing out e-cigarettes will condemn smokers to death

Earlier this week, the World Health Organisation (WHO) declared that electronic cigarettes posed a serious threat to public health. They are now advocating severe restrictions on these products, most notably via a global ban on 'vaping' indoors | Independent, Ireland

$1.25 million NIH grant to aid research on impact of heroin use

Funds support innovative virtual reality drug abuse research, mentor programs | EurekAlert, USA

Fears of addiction keep cancer patients from getting pain relief

Fears of opioid abuse and addiction might be keeping patients with advanced cancer from getting enough pain medicine, researchers say | Reuters, USA

To save lives, let addicts inject

We are in the midst of an epidemic of opioid abuse, of which heroin addiction is the most visible manifestation. And while so much government effort has been expended to crack down on users and distributors, a simple public health approach would be far more effective at saving hundreds of lives | NY Daily News, USA

Popular painkiller oxycodone has been linked to more overdose deaths than heroin for the first time

Prescription painkiller oxycodone has surpassed heroin as the deadliest opioid drug in Australia | Herald Sun, Australia

Patients risk prosecution as medicinal cannabis faces long road to legalisation

After a week of political announcements, Victorians who believe in the healing powers of marijuana feel no closer to sourcing the drug legally and say they will continue to risk prosecution for buying questionable products on the black market | Age, Australia