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Research and analysis: Hepatitis C in the UK

The most recent national estimates suggest that around 214,000 individuals are chronically infected with hepatitis C (HCV) in the UK | PHE, UK

‘Most’ gay men have tried drugs

Three quarters of gay and bisexual men have used drugs recreationally, according to a survey by a leading magazine for the gay community | BBC Newsbeat, UK

Is alcohol a gateway drug to chemsex?

Warren came out at age 18. It was a good time for him – exploring the Soho gay bars with mates, having a few drinks, some clumsy drunken sexual encounters, mostly good times. Not so lucky with relationships, but lots of awesome one-night-stands. Plenty of hangovers sure, but that’s being young and single | FS Magazine, UK

Dark net drugs adverts 'double in less than a year'

The number of listings offering illegal drugs for sale on the "dark net" appears to have more than doubled in less than a year, BBC News has learned | BBC, UK

Debate on internet drugs trade

Sam (not his real name) told BBC News why he now buys cannabis on the Dark Net, while Caroline Young, deputy director of the National Crime Agency's Organised Crime Command, says the authorities are determined to crack down | BBC, UK

Welsh service safeguards their welfare yet avoids children being taken in to care

Avoiding children at serious risk being taken in to care can jeopardise their welfare, but in Wales Option 2 seems to have avoided that pitfall. This second evaluation found the cost-saving service helps keep children of drinkers and drugtakers at home without inadvertently harming the children| Drug and Alcohol Findings, UK

Vapshot lets you literally inhale your alcohol

“Now you can enjoy vaporized alcohol anytime at home or at one of your awesome parties," says Vapshot, because they know you have awesome parties | Independent, UK

Cannabis saved my baby's life: Mother claims daughter made miraculous recovery when she gave her drug after being told the 19-month-old had just days to live 

The mother of a toddler who was sent home from hospital to die claims her daughter is now making a miraculous recovery thanks to cannabis | Mail Online, UK

The Skills Consortium is changing - surveys

The Skills Consortium is exploring the options available for the evolution of the Consortium from 2015 onwards to best support you – the service users, practitioners, service managers, commissioners and decision makers who make our country’s excellent treatment systems what they are. Two online surveys ask for input from two groups within the sector on these options. The surveys provide some information about the proposed models and ask a few questions on their feasibility | Skills Consortium, UK

Guidance: Multi-agency working and information sharing project

This report looks at the findings of a Home Office funded project to better understand multi-agency information sharing models | Home Office, UK

Eric Holder: Police should carry drugs antidote

US Attorney General Eric Holder has urged federal law enforcement agencies to equip some of their officers with the heroin overdose antidote naloxone | BBC, UK

Growing drugs in Peru: finding profitable alternatives for coca farmers

Understanding and addressing the plight of impoverished farmers is key to solving the world's heroin and cocaine problem | Guardian, UK

The war on drugs has become a war on occasional pot smokers of color

Marijuana arrests now account for 52% of all drug arrests in the US – and 88% of them are for simple possession, like the charge that cost DeMarcus Sanders his job and college credit | Guardian CIF, UK

HIV/AIDS grants programme: Apply for HIV Grants for Civil Society Organizations

This Call for Proposals seeks to provide funding support to civil society organizations working in the area of harm reduction. The proposals should aim at strategic initiatives addressing HIV prevention, treatment, care and support among people who inject drugs | UNODC, Austria

Virtual Reality Is Being Used to Treat Heroin Addiction

Sometimes the only way to beat your demons is to face them, even if it’s in a simulated reality | VICE Motherboard, USA

What Science Says About Marijuana

For Michele Leonhart, the administrator of the Drug Enforcement Administration, there is no difference between the health effects of marijuana and those of any other illegal drug | NY Times, USA

New study explores physician attitudes about use of e-cigarettes

Physicians are increasingly discussing and recommending electronic cigarettes (e-cigarettes) as cessation devices for their patients, but more research needs to be done on their efficacy and safety, according to a new survey of North Carolina physicians published in PLOS ONE. This study is believed to be the first to measure attitudes toward e-cigarettes among physicians treating adult smokers | Medical Xpress, USA

Can You Fire Employees Who Smoke?

Despite data showing that each smoker costs their employer nearly $6,000 in lost productivity and higher medical costs, employers are still bound by laws when it comes to smoker discrimination | Forbes, USA

Medicinal cannabis: delaying the inevitable?

In the 1990s, a woman was admitted to St Vincent’s Hospital, Sydney, with cancer of the uterus. She was told that chemotherapy followed by a hysterectomy would give her an excellent chance of cure | Canberra Times, Australia