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UK news

How smoking is diminishing in the UK, in 5 charts

On 1 July 2007 the smoking ban came into force across England, meaning it joined Scotland (26 March 2006), Wales (2 April 2007), and Northern Ireland (30 April 2007) in enacting this legislation | Independent, UK

Cuckooing: Drug dealers target the vulnerable

Police in the South of England have revealed there is an increase in so-called cuckooing - where drug dealers take over the homes of vulnerable people in exchange for free drugs | BBC, UK

Inside the drug rehab ‘giving children back their mothers’

An inside look at Trevi House, a unique rehabilitation unit that houses women and their children to try and keep them together | Community Care, UK

Cannabis drug cuts seizures in childhood epilepsy

Cannabidiol shows promise in reducing the frequency of convulsive seizures in patients with Dravet syndrome, a rare and severe form of epilepsy | Pharmaceutical Journal, UK

Residents plea for consultation over Glasgow's heroin shooting gallery

Plans for the UK’s first safe drug injecting centre in Glasgow have attracted criticisms there has been a lack of public consultation over the chosen location | Glasgow Evening Times, U

Dan Wallace: Olympic swimmer suspended after drink-driving

Olympic swimmer Dan Wallace has been suspended from the British and Scottish swimming programmes for three months after admitting to drink-driving | BBC, UK

Drug driver jailed over fatal Mold A541 crash

A drug driver who admitted causing the death of a "brilliant daddy" in a Flintshire crash has been jailed for five years and four months | BBC, UK

Forty drug-dealers jailed for more than 100 years

Forty people are now serving more than 100 years in prison for supplying heroin and crack cocaine in Southampton | ITV, UK

Caerphilly Mountain death: Boy charged with drugs offence

A 16-year-old boy has been charged with a drugs offence after the death of a Caerphilly girl | BBC, UK


International news

Illegal drug market is booming, says UN watchdog

Report says production of heroin and cocaine is increasing as campaigners call for better measures to tackle cartels | Guardian, UK

Route to recovery: how people overcome an opioid addiction

Addiction is a frightening reality. As part of our series looking at survivors, we explore how to tackle it | Guardian, UK

US fentanyl crisis: It's become a relief to only find heroin, says police officer

50 times more potent than heroin, the drug  is killing people in the US on a daily basis | Independent, UK

US Hospitals are Overrun with Opioid Related Issues

The US government has this week published new data which reveals that there has been a ’64 percent increase for inpatient care and a 99 percent jump for emergency room treatment compared to figures from 2005′ in regards to opioid related hospitalisations | Volte Face, UK

People are turning to smart drugs to gain an edge over the competition

Performing-enhancing substances are not just giving athletes an advantage, they're being used in everyday situations from presentations to sitting exams | Independent, UK

Taking On Tobacco - Lung Cancer in Uruguay

For more than 65 years we have known that smoking kills. So how can it be that a Mexican wave of tobacco use, disease and death is heading at breakneck speed towards the world’s poorest people? Millions will die of lung cancer and it is hard to grasp that this is a largely preventable disease | BBC World Service

Government accused of stalling medicinal cannabis Bill

An Opposition TD has accused the Government is effectively shutting down the bill to legalise medicinal cannabis | Breaking News, Ireland

World Drug Report 2017: 29.5 million people globally suffer from drug use disorders, opioids the most harmful

n 2015 about a quarter of a billion people used drugs. Of these, around 29.5 million people - or 0.6 per cent of the global adult population - were engaged in problematic use and suffered from drug use disorders, including dependence | UNODC, USA

GOP health bill would make the world’s worst drug crisis even worse

Senate Republicans unveiled on Thursday their formerly secret plan to overhaul America’s health care system, and it’s already clear their proposal stands to make one of the country’s worst public health crises even worse | VICE USA

What's the Holdup on the Heroin Vaccine?

He was supposed to fly to see his parents for Christmas break. He never made it on the plane. By the time they found him in his dorm, he was gone | TONIC, USA

Opioid epidemic is devastating women in Afghanistan

A rising opium and heroin epidemic in Afghanistan has begun taking a toll on the country’s women, tens of thousands of whom are believed to be suffering from addiction inside their homes and outside of the public eye | NYTimes, USA

Drug Overdoses Set To Kill More Americans Than The Vietnam War

The death rates for middle age Americans are rising among nearly every racial group after more than 100 years of decline, fueled by addiction to painkillers. Opioids contributed to the first drop in U.S. life expectancy since 1993 in 2015. Doctors wrote more than 236 million prescriptions for opioids in 2016, showing American appetite for painkillers is not slowing down, reports Axios | Daily Caller, USA

San Francisco to ban sales of vaping flavored liquid

San Francisco city supervisors unanimously approved a measure Tuesday that bans the sale of flavored nicotine-laced liquid used in electronic cigarettes and flavored tobacco products—with city supervisors saying nicotine masked in cotton candy, banana cream, mint and other flavors entices kids into a lifetime of addiction | Medical Xpress, USA

Perth girls out-drinking boys to unconsciousness, say paramedics

For the first time, St John Ambulance WA has revealed male and female breakdowns of ambulance call-outs for alcohol intoxication | Perth Now, Australia

Young liberals launch fresh assualt on NSW government over 'nanny state' lockout laws

The influential youth wing of the Liberal Party has launched a fresh assault on the federal government over NSW's lockout laws, sensing an opportunity in premier Gladys Berejiklian to have the "nanny state" provisions overturned | SMH, Australia


Blogs, comment and opinion

UN admits drug market thriving, for first time does not condemn cannabis legalisation

Today the UN World Drug Report 2017 acknowledges that under the current drug war approach, the promised drug-free world is further away than ever, with the illegal drug market  “thriving and diversifying” | Transform Blog, UK

The proposed changes to disability support pension are dangerous and unfair

The Turnbull government plans to prevent some people with severe drug and alcohol dependence to get support. This fails the most basic logic test | Guardian CIF, UK

Prohibition didn't work for alcohol and it's failing for marijuana

Decriminalising marijuana would be a small step and free up resources that could be put to better use elsewhere. So where’s the push for legalisation? | Guardian opinion, UK

Opioids, a Mass Killer We’re Meeting With a Shrug

About as many Americans are expected to die this year of drug overdoses as died in the Vietnam, Iraq and Afghanistan wars combined | NYTimes opinion, USA