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Society for the Study of Addiction Conference


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Crowne Plaza hotel, Newcastle upon Tyne, UK, on Thursday 8 and Friday 9 November, following our PhD Symposium on Wednesday 7 November.


The Society lecture will be given by Professor Antoni Gual of the Clínic Hospital of Barcelona.


In addition to last year’s very successful new feature, ‘The Addiction Debate’, we welcome delegate-programmed symposia looking at new developments and current topics in addiction. Members are invited to submit their own sessions here





SMART Recovery – The Evidence


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UK SMART Recovery in association with London South Bank University.

Hear the latest research findings and understand SMART Recovery’s place within the mutual aid landscape.


Tue 23 January 2018, London SE1 6NG. Book here




Druglink archive

Nearly 30 years of DrugScope’s magazine, Druglink, dating back to 1986 now available and searchable on the DrugWise website



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UK news

Parliamentary calendar: What's on today

Watch live - 9.30am Westminster Hall: County Lines exploration. 4.30pm Westminter Hall: Drug Consumption Rooms | Parliament.UK

UK Government must allow 'fix rooms' or devolve powers to Scotland, says SNP MP

RONNIE COWAN, SNP MP for Inverclyde will lead a Westminster hall debate on drug consumption rooms on Wednesday, where he will call on the UK Government to legalise the rooms or devolve the powers needed for the Scottish Government to do so | Commonspace, UK

Misuse of Xanax

Until five months ago, I was oblivious to the existence of the drug Xanax. It was only after I was contacted by a concerned mother that I became fully aware of the problem that is going on right under our noses | They work for you, UK

Engaging organisations, engaging treatment

Key studies on the how the functioning of treatment organisations affects the implementation and impacts of improvements. Highlights the most wide-ranging investigation yet of the organisational health of British services. Implication was, ensure your staff experience what through them you want patients to experience: respect, understanding, and support; still true in the hard-nosed era of carrot-and-stick incentives? | Drug and Alcohol Findings, UK

AMs want legal medicinal cannabis for patients

Cannabis should be available on prescription to stop people who use it to ease pain being criminalised, a group of AMs has said | BBC, UK

Prisons: Smoking

To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, if he will pause the roll-out of the smoke-free prison scheme in the light of the judgement of the Supreme Court of 19 December 2017 on smoking in prisons | They work for you, UK

Why science says doing Dry January is good for you, even if you don’t quite succeed

Even failed attempts at not drinking can have positive results | Spectator, UK

Can psychedelic drugs 'reconnect' depressed patients with their emotions?

Imperial research suggests psilocybin can help relieve the symptoms of depression, without the 'dulling' of emotions linked with antidepressants | Imperial College London, UK

Hepatitis C: '6,000 in Wales have virus without knowing'

About 12,000 people in Wales are living with hepatitis C, half of whom have it unknowingly, a charity has said | BBC, UK

Over half of 12-24 year olds have side effects from energy drinks, survey reports

"Energy drinks 'trigger nasty side effects like heart problems and seizures in half of kids'," is the potentially terrifying, but misleading, headline in The Sun | NHS Choices, UK

Get your free copy of: Plotting Change: A Volteface Journal

The reports examine contemporary global drug policy innovation, the impact of drugs on prison life, the consequences of the rise in cannabis potency, the potential for creating legal online cannabis markets and the effectiveness of current drug treatment services | Volte Face, UK

Spice use rise after HMP Cardiff smoking ban

There has been an increase in the use of the synthetic drug spice at HMP Cardiff after prisoners were banned from smoking, according to a report | BBC, UK

Might as well do the white line: Liam Gallagher, still caning it at 45

The former Oasis singer admitted in an interview that he still takes drugs. Which may make it a bit tricky to warn his kids off them, he says | Guardian, UK

Accused in 1993 'drug scam' murder goes on trial

A man accused of shooting dead a builder during a drug dealing scam nearly 25 years ago has gone on trial | BBC, UK


International news

Chechnya's Ramzan Kadyrov launches new crackdown on drug users

Reports follow on from last year's anti-gay purge that left dozens of young men reported missing, some feared dead | Independent, UK

Government urged to ban free bets as part of new gambling regulations

Spot checks at bookies and online intervention are some of the measures that are being proposed to help control gambling | Irish Examiner, Ireland

Baby died due to toxic effects of cocaine, inquest

The baby was born at the Rotunda Hospital in Dublin on May 25 2016. His mother was a known drug user who was on a methadone programme for heroin addiction | Irish Examiner, Ireland

Cannabis abuse alters activity of brain regions linked to negative emotion

Young people with cannabis dependence have altered brain function that may be the source of emotional disturbances and increased psychosis risk that are associated with cannabis abuse, according to a new study | Medical Xpress, USA

Study reveals negative long-term effects of heavy cannabis use on brain function and behavior

New study in Biological Psychiatry: Cognitive Neuroscience and Neuroimaging looks at the effects of heavy cannabis use on brain function and behavior | News Medical, USA

Alternative tobacco use by adolescents associated with greater odds of future cigarette smoking

Nonsmoking adolescents who use e-cigarettes, smokeless tobacco or tobacco water pipes are more likely to start smoking conventional cigarettes within a year, according to new research by UC San Francisco | News Medical, USA

Quitting smoking can add years, quality of life

As resolutions go, quitting smoking could be the most important choice on a smoker's list | Medical Xpress, USA

Philip Morris to give up cigarettes manufacturing

Global tobacco giant Philip Morris International has announced that its new year's resolution is to give up cigarettes manufacturing | The Nation, USA

Researchers identify protein involved in cocaine addiction

Mount Sinai researchers have identified a protein produced by the immune system—granulocyte-colony stimulating factor (G-CSF)—that could be responsible for the development of cocaine addiction | Medical Xpress, USA

The Opioid Crisis Is Blurring the Legal Lines Between Victim and Perpetrator

Fellow users who provided the drugs that caused overdoses are being treated like murderers. That won’t solve the problem | SLATE, USA


Blogs, comment and opinion

Potential for delivering hepatitis C care in community pharmacy

It is apparent that there is a very different state of play in Scotland compared with the situation in England and Wales, as explained by these authors, who note that further challenges are likely to be encountered before community pharmacy can become a ‘one-stop shop’ | Pharmaceutical Journal opinion, UK

I'm a partner in a city law firm and I want to legalise drugs to protect my kids

Amongst my many Christmas traditions is forcing my sons (now sixteen and fourteen) to watch “Bugsy Malone” with me.  Once you get over the questionable nature of pre-teen girls dressed in slinky dresses, it is a riot of fun, with guns replaced with custard pies and sophisticated cocktail waitresses serving orange squash | Transform Blog, UK

Mum, can you lend me £20? - Book review

Elizabeth Burton-Phillips' book "Mum, can you lend me twenty quid?" has been republished and her story brought up to date | SMMGP, UK