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UK news

Press release: Offenders get ‘through-the-gate’ support for drug and alcohol problems

A new Abstinence and Recovery Centre in Manchester will provide support to offenders affected by substance misuse issues, aiming to reduce reoffending | MoJ, UK

Duncan Smith outlines plans for pre-paid benefit cards

The government is to introduce pre-paid benefit cards to stop claimants spending their money on alcohol, drugs or gambling habits | BBC, UK

Recovery Street Film Festival - London

On the 30th September the Recovery Street Film Festival will host its final tour date in London's Camden Lock. The event will show the ten finalists of the Recovery Street Film Festival competition | Recovery Street Film Festival, UK

Kew Gardens holds 'mind-bending' plant exhibition

Kew Gardens is holding an exhibition on the mind-altering effects of plants and fungi | BBC, UK

Drug paraphernalia stops Reading park work

Work to upgrade a recreation ground in Reading has been stopped for safety reasons after council staff uncovered needles and other drug paraphernalia | BBC, UK

Former prisoners help with alcohol mentoring

ormer prisoners from HMP Manchester are helping to cut alcohol abuse and reoffending among newly-released inmates |, UK

£300k cannabis haul seized by police in Oldham

Thirty kilos of cannabis with a street value of £300,000 have been seized as part of the largest ever crackdown on drug dealing across Greater Manchester | BBC, UK

Crackdown on cannabis growers in Nottinghamshire

A campaign to crackdown on criminals who grow cannabis has been launched in Nottinghamshire |, UK

Phil Collins: 'Alcohol battle nearly killed me'

Veteran musician PHIL COLLINS was forced to face his alcohol addiction and give up booze for good 18 months ago after he contracted a near-fatal bout of pancreatitis | Scottish Daily Express, UK


International news

Looking for the Facebook of the pot industry

It is an all-too-familiar scene: a beautiful autumn day dawns outdoors and a group of pale coders are hard at work inside a downtown bar in Denver, Colorado, which has been transformed into the home base of a hackathon. The only difference? The people smoking a "bong" in the corner | BBC, UK

Snoop Dogg vows to play gig in Alaska if the state legalises marijuana: 'I'm too serious'

The rapper will put on a 'wellness retreat concert' if the drug is decriminalised | Independent, UK

The Irish public would have to foot the bill for cheaper alcohol

The Irish public will be asked to foot the bill for lower alcohol prices if the alcohol industry campaign for lower excise duty is successful, Alcohol Action Ireland has warned | Alcohol Action Ireland, Ireland

At White House, Prescription Drug Protesters Call for New FDA Chief

Hundreds gathered outside the White House today to demand tighter regulation of prescription painkillers and the removal of Food and Drug Administration Commissioner Dr. Margaret Hamburg | ABC news, USA

Big tobacco companies are putting big warning labels on their e-cigarettes

MarkTen e-cigarette packages feature a 117-word warning: "Nicotine is addictive and habit forming, and is very toxic by inhalation, in contact with the skin, or if swallowed," the warning reads. The product, the warning says, is unsuitable for children and people with diabetes, high blood pressure and heart disease | Washington Post, USA

Virginia Tech Carilion Research Institute awarded grant to study social networking as addiction recovery tool

Virginia Tech Carilion Research Institute scientists are planning to use social media to help develop a new approach to addiction recovery, one that takes advantage of people’s instinct for social connectedness | VTC Reasearch Institute, USA

One in ten truck drivers using illegal drugs while on South Australian roads

SA Police have been forced to release the results of random truck driver drug testing, as another runaway truck caused problems on the South Eastern Freeway last week. Their figures show that of 1431 truck drivers randomly stopped and tested in the ten months to August this year, 142 were on cannabis, methylamphetamine or ecstasy |, Australia

Court-ordered anti-smoking ads challenged

The US' largest tobacco companies are challenging court-ordered advertisements requiring the cigarette makers to say they lied about the dangers of smoking | Sydney Morning Herald, Australia


Blogs, comment and opinion

Liver disease: a preventable killer of young adults

Liver disease has changed over the years but my commitment to reducing deaths hasn’t. I’ve had a fascination and passion for treating and preventing it since I was a medical student, training at the Royal Free School of Medicine under Dame Professor Sheila Sherlock who was the founder of liver disease as a speciality | Public Health Matters Blog, UK

Delivering alcohol IBA in non-health settings?

In this guest post Dr Fizz Annand takes a quick look at recent researchshe was involved in exploring alcohol brief intervention as ‘IBA’ in non-health settings | Alcohol IBA Blog, UK

Opinion: Coming out of addiction and homelessness is a major life event

If we want to address complex social issues like addiction and homelessness, we need the activity of frontline services to match the vision of high level policy | Journal, Ireland

Most People With Addiction Simply Grow Out of It: Why Is This Widely Denied?

The idea that addiction is typically a chronic, progressive disease that requires treatment is false, the evidence shows. Yet the "aging out" experience of the majority is ignored by treatment providers and journalists |, USA

Time to Listen to the Experts on Legalizing Drugs

Here's a riddle: How many knowledgeable people does it take to suggest a policy change before society adopts their sage advice? | Huffington Post, USA

Why Do Your Pupils Get Larger When You're On Drugs?

Normally, our pupils dilate in response to changing light; as it gets darker, our pupils get larger. But they expand in size for other reasons as well, including when we're sexually aroused and when we're performing complex cognitive tasks. But it's also known that certain medications — including illicit drugs — can cause pupils to get larger. Here's why |, USA