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UK news

NIHR research in place to evaluate minimum pricing in Scotland

The NIHR has funded new research ready to elevate the consequences of this. There is evidence to suggest that reducing affordability of alcohol reduces consumption and reduces harm. Minimum alcohol pricing aims to increase the price of the cheapest and/or strongest alcohol, thus reducing its affordability | NIHR, UK

Spotlight: prescription addiction - BBC iPlayer

Lyndsey Telford investigates the rise in deaths from prescription drug abuse and asks why, in Northern Ireland, these drugs kill more than heroin | BBC, UK

Should alcohol sponsorship of Scottish football be regulated?

Thousands of Scots football fans pay homage every weekend to their clean-living sporting heroes, primed to within an inch of their optimum body-fat percentage, as they cover every blade of grass...while sporting the name of a drinks brand on their strips | Scotsman, UK

'There's a monster within' - recovering from alcoholism

"Shame. Guilt. An inability to live. I wanted to die." This is what alcoholism did to Matthew, who is now in recovery at Abbeycare rehab centre near Wishaw | BBC, UK

'Drugsland' documentary police star explains why you won't get arrested for having drugs in Bristol

Sergeant Chris Green said cutbacks meant police had to be 'smart' about policing illegal drugs | Bristol Post, UK

What's the worst that could happen? - video

An NPS awareness film from Why Not Find Out. This video is the product of a series of creative workshops with groups of young people at Tokko | Why not find out, UK

2017​ ​Vaping​ ​Policies​ ​in UK​ ​Councils​ ​Report (PDF)

In November 2016, we published a groundbreaking report looking at the vaping policies of all UK councils. We have done the same again this year to see if any councils have changed their policies as a result of advice from Public Health England (PHE) which was included in the Government’s Tobacco Control Plan. In total, 391 councils responded to our freedom of information requests - a successful response rate of just under 94 per cent | The​ ​Freedom Association’s​ ​Freedom​ ​to​ ​Vape Campaign, UK

Teenage girl ‘lay dying in the back seat of a car while two men drove for hours looking for sex workers’

Jason Burder and Adam King spiked drinks taken by Megan Bannister, 16, with fatal amounts of ecstasy, court hears | Independent, UK

Landmark devolution deal to improve health and care across the capital

A ground-breaking devolution deal that will lead to improvements in health and care in London has been signed by the Mayor of London, Secretary of State for Health Jeremy Hunt, London Councils and NHS, Public Health and wider health and care leaders | Mayor of london, UK

Mindful drinking Christmas Festival

Events. We are here to offer you healthier, hangover-free alternatives for your festive season, and help fill up those stockings ready for your January health-kick | Club Soda, UK

Tackling alcohol and addictions through applied health research

This half-day conference will showcase current work in alcohol and addictions research and will include examples of innovative applied health research. It will also provide a platform for PhD students working in this field to discuss the challenges of completing a PhD and to present their projects to an audience of senior researchers | King's College London and NIHR CLAHRC South London

Ahmad Zeidan: British student released from UAE prison

A British student has been freed from jail in the United Arab Emirates after a three-year campaign for his release | BBC, UK


International news

Lil Peep dead: Emo rapper reportedly dies from drug overdose aged 21

New York artist who blended emo with hip-hop was seen as rising star and spoke openly of battle with addiction | Independent, UK

The death of Lil Peep: how the US prescription drug epidemic is changing hip-hop

This week, the US drugs crisis may have claimed another victim with the suspected overdose of the New York rapper. The genre has always been open about recreational drugs – but how did constant references to depression and prescription painkillers move into the mainstream? | Guardian, UK

Scientists develop new opioid painkiller that could help prevent lethal overdoses

Research opens new pathway for drugs which don't stop breathing as side effect | Independent, UK

15 black men charged with drug offences have all charges dropped after being allegedly framed by corrupt detective

It is the first time in the city's history such an event has occurred | Independent, UK

Lithuania Takes First Step towards Medical Cannabis

The Lithuanian parliament has almost unanimously voted to consider a legislative amendment that could legalise medical cannabis, and potentially open the door for the medicinal use of other currently banned drugs | Talking Drugs, UK

Timetable for introduction of cheap alcohol ban 'uncertain' despite UK ruling

The timescale for the introduction of minimum pricing to outlaw cheap drink here remains uncertain despite the legal path being cleared for the same law to be imposed in Northern Ireland | Independent, Ireland

Although their introductions as treatment are different, two top medications for opioid addiction are equally effective

Two of the top medications available for outpatient, office-based treatment, once initiated, are equally safe and effective in curtailing opioid use, relapse, treatment drop-out and overdose, new research concludes | Science Daily, USA

Using social media big data to combat prescription drug crisis

Researchers at Dartmouth, Stanford University, and IBM Research, conducted a critical review of existing literature to determine whether social media big data can be used to understand communication and behavioral patterns related to prescription drug abuse | Medical Xpress, USA

Vaping 'no better' than smoking when surgery is needed

Many proponents of vaping argue that it's a healthy alternative to tobacco cigarettes; however, when it coming to surgery and interacting with anesthesia, neither is safe | Science Daily, USA

Colorado Doctors Claim They’ve Found First Marijuana Overdose Death

Two poison control physicians from Colorado believe an 11-month-old child died due to a fatal overdose of marijuana | Daily Caller, USA

The price of cannabis is falling, suggesting a supply glut

Hazy regulations encourage American marijuana firms to list in Canada | Economist, USA

Marijuana Could Be Huge for Treating HIV

From inflammation to lowering levels of the virus itself, a current study hopes to demystify pot's benefits for those living with HIV | VICE, USA


Blogs, comment and opinion

Prescription drug deaths. Do we not care because most of the victims are poor?

This week’s BBC Spotlight on prescription drug addiction made for grim viewing. We have covered prescription drug abuse before but when you see the faces of the victims and their distraught families it really brings the scale of the issue home to you | Slugger O'Toole Blog, UK

Director of Operations - Gary Rogerson's Blog "Delivering hope in times of uncertainty"

Gary Rogerson took up the role as Director of Operations in April of this year. Gary reflects on how his career and experiences are supporting him to face the challenges the sector is facing | Phoenix Futures blog, UK

Was ‘Hot Topic’s’ a HIT?

Now in its seventh year, the HIT ‘Hot Topics’ Conference on harm reduction took place on November 10th at Lutyens Crypt in Liverpool. In the context of rising drug related deaths, treatment cuts, novel psychoactive drugs and rising chemsex population harm reduction is more important than ever. From my experience of working in treatment for 9 years and my current role in policy I would be inclined to agree | Volte Face, UK

Scotland’s alcohol pricing move shows again the good that devolution can do

Not for the first time, a devolved government has decided public health trumps the claims of the market. How long before national politicians follow suit? | Guardian, UK

Parents who drink too much

Living with a parent or carer who drinks harmfully is very difficult for a child. It can have a serious impact on their daily life, self-esteem, and long-term mental health and wellbeing. But with the right support, family life can improve | Alcohol Concern blog, UK

'My husband's drinking problem left me mentally and physically broken'

The effects of heavy alcohol consumption on the drinker are well-documented. Less understood, though, is the equally devastating impact it has on those closest to them | Telegraph, UK

The Social Roots of the New Drug Scare in Budapest

“Drug Invasion in Budapest,” “New Designer Drug Wreaks Havoc,” “Death Toll from New Dangerous Drug Is Rising,” “Police Arrest Dealer Who Sold New Designer Drugs”–a few examples of headlines from Hungarian newspapers in the last days of summer | World Policy Blog, USA