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PSHE and SRE in schools

The Education Committee is looking into PSHE and SRE in schools. Written submissions are requested by Friday 6 June 2014 |, UK

Rising alcohol prices credited for drop in serious violence

Fewer people sought A&E treatment as a result of violence last year, study finds, and fall in binge drinking may be a reason | Guardian, UK

Tonight TV programme

Jonathan Maitland takes a look at Britain's binge drinking culture and the impact it is having on the health of young people including premature liver disease |, UK

A bottle of wine a day is harmless? The evidence suggests otherwise

Claims that alcohol is only harmful to health if you drink more than 13 units per day are unsubstantiated | Guardian, UK

Alcohol industry's complaints about TV advert's cancer link thrown out

Advertisement, which was shown in the north-east of England, showed tumour growing in beer glass as a man takes a drink | Guardian, UK

Two decades of successes and failures in controlling the transmission of HIV through injecting drug use in England and Wales, 1990 to 2011

Responses to injecting drug use have changed focus over the last 20 years. Prevalence and incidence of human immunodeficiency virus (HIV) among people who inject drugs (PWID) in England and Wales were examined in relation to these changes. A voluntary unlinked-anonymous surveillance study obtained a biological sample and questionnaire data from PWID through annual surveys since 1990 |, UK

Two women found dead had taken PMA thinking it was Ecstasy, inquest hears

Rachel Clayton, 34, and Emma Speed, 30, were found dead on April 7 last year after consuming Paramethoxyamphetamine (PMA), apparently believing the drug was Ecstasy | Manchester Evening News, UK

New Family Court comes into being amid justice reforms

New combined Family Courts have come into being in England and Wales as part of family justice system reforms | BBC, UK

Homeless Link looking for delivery partners for Digital Inclusion project

We’re looking for innovative ways to inspire people who are homeless to gain the basic skills they need to go online. We want to work with organisations with an excellent track record of engaging with their most excluded clients, and which have a proven capacity to deliver complex projects | VCS Assist, UK

Meaningful Mentoring (PDF)

This report attempts to portray various types and forms of mentoring now being used within the criminal justice system. We have tried to learn lessons and draw conclusions from what is happening across the spectrum of mentoring activity. Out of this spectrum we believe it is possible to identify examples and themes which constitute best practice. Once these are understood and implemented in the new TR strategy, we believe that the present free-for-all could be replaced by a coherent plan for more effective mentoring in all the geographical areas administrated by the new CRCs | Centre for Social Justice, UK

Saving money by doing the right thing: why ‘local by default’ must replace ‘diseconomies of scale’”

This new report challenges the assumption that ‘economies of scale’ are achieved in the running of public services | Locality, UK

Tramadol Abuse

Drug treatment used to seem so simple. Clients had a drug of choice, lets say alcohol, heroin or cocaine, and they came to treatment for help for that drug | Recovery Review, UK

Jed’s Story

I am an addict and I have been clean 80 days today. You know the story ‘Around the World in 80 days’? That’s me that is. Me and my 80 day journey with Blenheim | Belneheim CDP, UK

Tulisa Contostavlos appears in court again over drugs charges: Former X Factor judge attends case management hearing over alleged supply of cocaine

Tulisa Contostavlos appeared at Southwark Crown Court this morning for a plea and case management hearing, after she was charged with allegedly helping to supply an undercover reporter with 13.9 grams of cocaine | Independent, UK

E-cig firm VIP bought in £30m deal

VIP Electronic Cigarette, based in Radcliffe, was today bought by American firm Victory Electronic Cigarettes Corporation | Manchester Evening News, UK

Sheffield GPs’ addiction service worry

Doctors have expressed concern over changes to Sheffield’s addiction services – warning it will ‘inconvenience’ patients | Star, UK

Staffordshire police dog to sniff out drugs in hospitals

A sniffer dog has been brought in to find drugs in Shropshire and South Staffordshire hospitals | BBC, UK

Alaska postpones vote to legalise marijuana until November election

State could become third to legalise recreational cannabis when a ballot initiative goes before voters later than previously planned | Guardian, UK

An audit of smoking prevalence and awareness of HSE smoking cessation services among HSE Staff

This audit estimated smoking prevalence and awareness of quit services among Health Service Executive (HSE) staff. A questionnaire posted to a random sample of 1,064 staff received a 71% response rate. Staff smoking prevalence was 15.0% overall, and 4.4% among Medical/Dental staff. Front-line healthcare staff were less likely to smoke than other staff categories (adjusted OR 0.38, p<0.001). Only 63.6% of staff were aware of HSE quit services. Targeted interventions are required to help staff to quit smoking and to boost awareness of quit services | IMJ, Ireland

Ireland has 9,615 methadone users but care plans needed to get them drug-free

In the last three years the number of people on methadone has increased, according to figures released by the the Minister for Health James Reilly | Journal, Ireland

Rethinking Punishment For Drug Offenders

The Department of Justice is opening up the clemency process to a new category of drug offenders. Host Michel Martin discusses the move with NPR justice correspondent Carrie Johnson | NPR, USA

How Financial Incentives Could Help Pregnant Women To Stop Smoking

A researcher who showed that financial incentives could push cocaine users to stay clean is trying out the same method on pregnant women who can't stop smoking | Huffington Post, USA

As Drug War Rages, Tweets Reveal Mexicans’ Emotional Numbness

Tweets from citizens on the front lines of the country’s conflicts with drug cartels indicate desensitization to the growing violence | Scientific American, USA

Marijuana: Baked brains

Later this month, Washington will hold an unusual lottery: it will select 334 lucky winners of licences to sell recreational marijuana in the Pacific-Northwestern state. If all goes to plan, some of those pot shops will be serving stoners (who in Washington can already possess small recreational quantities of the drug) by early summer | Economist, USA

Big Changes Are Coming To The E-Cigarette Industry

Smokers are increasingly turning to battery-powered electronic cigarettes to get their nicotine fix. They're about to find out what federal regulators have to say about the popular devices | Huffington Post, USA

The Low-Down on Legal Highs

The results of the largest study of drug use worldwide, which surveyed 80,000 respondents in the last year, offers conflicting messages to public officials and legislators | Wall Street Journal, USA

Powdered alcohol for US market hits label snag

Washington (AFP) - A powder that would give new meaning to mixed drinks may take time to hit the US market, the company said Tuesday after regulators found a labeling problem | West Australian, Australia

Ross Bell: Law change a comedown for legal high industry

If Star Trek has taught me anything, it is that sometimes you need to change the rules in order to win. When faced with his third attempt at a no-win situation, the Kobayashi Maru test, Captain Kirk reprogrammed the simulator to allow him to take control of the situation | NZ Herald, New Zealand