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UK news

Parents giving children alcohol too young, researchers say

Parents could be storing up problems for their children by introducing them to alcohol too young and ordering takeaways too often, researchers warn | BBC, UK

Ecstasy warning after teenager taken ill in Pembrokeshire

A 16-year-old girl is in hospital in Pembrokeshire after taking ecstasy(MDMA) police have said. Officers said she was the latest of several teenagers to be admitted to hospital in the county in a month suffering from the effects of the drug | BBC, UK

Making it happen (PDF)

This document provides guidance for commissioners on how to ensure the needs of families affected by drugs and alcohol are met, and builds on the ‘Why Invest’ resource produced by Adfam in 2015 which makes the case for investment in family support | Adfam, UK

Wholly Alcohol-specific Deaths (new National Statistics definition)

This section presents information on the numbers of deaths which are classified as wholly 'alcohol-specific' on the basis of the new National Statistics definition, which was introduced, towards the end of 2017, following a consultation conducted by the Office for National Statistics | National Records of Scotland, UK

Minimum alcohol price will raise cost by up to 90% in Scotland – study

Institute for Fiscal Studies says 50p minimum unit price will have dramatic impact with cider and lager prices soaring | Guardian, UK

Wales MUP evidence heard as consultation closes

The Welsh Government has been hearing evidence on Minimum Unit Pricing (MUP) from a broad range of stakeholders as the deadline to submit evidence to the Welsh MUP consultation closes on 15th December 2017 | Alcohol Policy UK, UK

Dry January

Dry January is the annual movement through which millions of people give up alcohol for the month of January. Sign up here | Alcohol Concern, UK

Alcohol and drug education in 2017: our findings

Improvements in PSHE provision, especially alcohol and drug education, are essential to ensuring students’ academic, personal and social wellbeing is supported. This report indicates that little has changed in the thinking of schools, students or other stakeholders since our report on the evaluation of Mentor-ADEPIS in 2013 | Mentor-Adepis, UK

Drugs: Misuse

To ask the Secretary of State for Health, pursuant to the Answer of 22 November 2017 to Question 113472, for what reasons the period from April 2010 to March 2013 was excluded from the total amount of money from the public purse spent on Talk to Frank since its creation | They work for you, UK

Drugs: Misuse

To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what steps his Department is taking to tackle opioid abuse in the homeless community | They work for you, UK

Railways: Alcoholic Drinks

To ask Her Majesty's Government whether they have given any consideration to banning the service of free alcoholic drinks on all rail services, in the interests of public health | They work for you, UK

Smoking: Children

To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what the implications for his policies are of the recent findings from the health group FRESH North East that 55 per cent of children are accessing their first use of tobacco from illicit sources | They work for you, UK

Injecting drug users are vulnerable to HIV exposure - video

Injecting drug users are vulnerable to HIV exposure. Ex-user and drug law reform campaigner Fiona Gilbertson says more needs to be done to reform drugs policy in the UK | BBC, UK

HIV in Scotland: Do you know the facts? - video

There is no comparison between 20th and 21st Century HIV, according to a leading public health body in Scotland | BBC, UK

Poet and writer Nan Shepherd; The Fix: Women and Addiction; Siblings and their partners - Radio 4 iPlayer

[Listen from 22 minutes in.] ...As part of The Fix: Women and Addiction Milly Chowles visits a women-only treatment centre. What is it about women's experiences of addiction, treatment and recovery that might make a single-sex space for some women with addiction problems? | BBC Radio 4, UK

Video: Spending a night with Glasgow's street pastors

We spent a night with the Glasgow street pastors, as some people were merry on their Christmas night out | BBC, UK

Step Out of the Crowd

This is a film made by participants from 'Mind and Body', an early intervention programme delivered by Addaction which aims to support young people involved in self harming behaviours | Charity Film Awards, UK

WHA President Charles Gore's Farewell Message to WHA Members

After ten years, Charles Gore's term as WHA President comes to an end and he is stepping down from the role. Charles has driven efforts across the world to put viral hepatitis on the global health agenda and his leadership has helped the hepatitis community realise great achievements | World Hepatitis Alliance, UK

BBC commentator Ian Stringer's struggle to help alcoholic mother

A BBC football commentator has spoken of his struggle to help his alcoholic mother, who was found dead in her home weeks after her death | BBC, UK

Former Addict Urges Public To Support Loved Ones Battling Alcohol Dependency This Christmas

At the age of 12, John* was drinking four cans of lager a week, by 15 he was living above a pub and by 28 he was gripped by a near-fatal alcohol addiction | Huffington Post, UK

Tony Martin claims it is a 'scandal' Chris Froome was not immediately suspended for adverse drugs test

Tony Martin, the multiple world time trial champion, has reacted angrily to news of Chris Froome’s adverse analytical finding for salbutamol at the recent Vuelta a España, calling the fact that the Team Sky rider was not immediately suspended a “scandal” and suggesting that Froome should not have been allowed to compete at the recent world championships in Bergen | Telegraph, UK

Lawyer began throwing drug-fuelled 'chem sex' parties after being diagnosed with HIV, court hears

Tim Varchmin faces with seven counts of possessing indecent images of children and one count of possessing 830 milligrams of crystal meth | Independent, UK


International news

Cannabis and vaping more popular than smoking among US teens

US teenagers are using marijuana and vaporisers more than they smoke cigarettes, a government study shows | BBC, UK [See US section below for the MTF survey ] | BBC, UK

The War on Drugs Disenfranchises Thousands of Black Americans, Subverting Democracy

The US war on drugs disenfranchises hundreds of thousands of people, particularly black Americans, often influencing elections in favour of right-wing politicians | Talking Drugs, UK

Nephews of Venezuela's first lady sentenced to prison for cocaine plot

Judge says two ‘narconephews’ were ‘perhaps not the most astute drug dealers’ when sentencing them to 18 years for conspiring to import cocaine into US | Guardian, UK

Australia gripped by poker machine addiction, report says

Australia Institute’s paper says large number of poker machines in pubs and clubs makes country a ‘global anomaly’ | Guardian, UK

Don’t snort chocolate powder, FDA warns

The U.S. Food and Drug Administration has issued a warning against snorting chocolate powder | Independent, UK

New rosé promises to be hangover-free, but will get you high

Come January - once the state’s new cannabis industry regulations go into effect - California’s Rebel Coast Winery will officially release its new line of wine that promises to be 100 percent hangover-free, "because hangovers suck." | Independent, UK

How Smoke-Free Campuses Went Global

While Trinity's future as a smoke-free campus is as yet uncertain, universities across America and Australia have had no hesitation buying into the idea | University Times, Ireland

Reducing the harm associated with drugs of abuse: the role of pharamacists (PDF)

This report represents the outcome of a literature search of a working group, their deliberations and insights | IPF, The Netherlands

Norway Decriminalizes Drug Use

Drug use will no longer be punished, but treated in Norway. The majority in the Storting (Norwegian Parliament) aggrees on the historic transformation of Norwegian drug policy | Nordic Page, Norway

Monitoring the Future

Since 1975 the MTF survey has measured drug, alcohol, and cigarette use and related attitudes among adolescent students nationwide. Survey participants report their drug use behaviors across three time periods: lifetime, past year, and past month. Overall, 43,703 students from 360 public and private schools participated in this year's Monitoring the Future survey. The survey is funded by the NIDA, a component of the National Institutes of Health (NIH), and conducted by the University of Michigan | NIDA, USA

National Drug and Alcohol Facts Week 2018

National Drug and Alcohol Facts Week® (NDAFW) is coming January 22-28, 2018. Regsiter now | NIDA, USA

Monetary Incentives Improve Cessation in Mentally Ill Smokers

Abstinence-contingent incentives improved smoking cessation outcomes among 661 economically disadvantaged smokers with mental illness receiving tobacco treatment at community mental health centers, according to a study published in Psychiatric Services in Advance | Psychiatry Advisor, USA

Minimizing Harm

Public Health and Justice System Responses to Drug Use and the Opioid Crisis | Vera Institute, USA

All politics—and cannabis marketing—are local

California's legal cannabis market, opening for business on Jan. 1, is expected to quickly grow to be the largest in the nation and worth more than $5 billion a year | Medical Xpress, USA

Suicidal thoughts rapidly reduced with ketamine, finds study

Ketamine was significantly more effective than a commonly used sedative in reducing suicidal thoughts in depressed patients, according to researchers at Columbia University Medical Center (CUMC). They also found that ketamine's anti-suicidal effects occurred within hours after its administration | EurekAlert, USA

Fentanyl test strips could lead to false sense of security, Health Canada warns

Small number of drug samples incorrectly tested negative for the opioid in preliminary study | CBC News, Canada

Student drug use in Ontario, Canada, at historic lows but new concerns over fentanyl emerge

By almost every measure, students in grades 7 through 12 in Ontario, Canada are drinking, smoking, and using drugs at the lowest rates since the Ontario Student Drug Use and Health Survey (OSDUHS) began in 1977. This according to new numbers released today by the Centre for Addiction and Mental Health (CAMH) | Medical Xpress, USA

Letter Calls On Government To Improve Access To Medicinal Cannabis Nearly Two Years After It Was Legalised

Exclusive: Labor, the Greens and the crossbench have signed a letter calling on the government to remove the hurdles in place to restrict access to medicinal cannabis | Buzzfeed, Australia

E-cigarettes not safe, and potential public health disaster

In response to the article ‘Vaping better than smoking, Ministry of Health tells MPs’ published on Newshub on 13 December 2017 stating “It is much safer than smoking, and there is emerging evidence it helps people quit, the Ministry of Health said during a briefing at Parliament on Wednesday.” | SCOOP, New Zealand


Blogs, comment and opinion

Where’s the alcohol?

Last month, Collective Voice delivered a series of events on behalf of the Home Office to assist the implementation of the Government’s 2017 Drug Strategy. Given the nature of these events, it is perhaps surprising that our first reflection on these is the questions from the floor on the Government’s strategy on alcohol. These can be summed up as: where is it? | Collective Voice blog, UK

STEPHEN GLOVER: What gives police the right to legalise cannabis on the sly?

How do you spot a regular cannabis user? Dilated eyes are one clue. So is giggling when there is nothing very obvious to giggle about. At the extreme end, manic and even violent behaviour are signs | Mail Online debate, UK

8 reasons to go dry

I've noticed that people tend to focus on the negatives of a sober lifestyle, and don't give much thought to the benefits. Before I stopped drinking, I wasn't even aware that they existed!| Alcohol Concern blog, UK

A Blind Spot in the Movement Against Gender-Based Violence

When Yulia, the coordinator of the women’s outreach program at a harm reduction service in Kyiv, Ukraine, noticed a young client’s relationship with her partner was becoming increasingly violent, she called the local government-run women’s shelter for help. The reply was short: “Does she use drugs or alcohol? Yes? Then we cannot take her.” | Open Society Foundation voices, USA

As a doctor, I was opposed to supervised injection facilities. Now I’m ready to give them a try

Over the last few years, I have watched with a blend of amazement and grave concern as an odd phenomenon has unfolded against the backdrop of our nation’s opioid crisis: Despite the clear need to battle this ongoing epidemic with all of the tools at our disposal, one evidence-proven option — supervised injection facilities — is being overlooked, and even disparaged | STAT News opinion, USA