Daily news - 5th April 2017

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Drug and alcohol addiction, and obesity: effects on employment outcomes: claimants' views

Research with claimants to inform Dame Carol Black's report 'Drug and alcohol addiction, and obesity: effects on employment outcomes' | DWP, UK

Money or vocation. Does it matter?

Is organisational change driven by money just as good for patients as change motivated by the desire to improve their lives? One of the issues raised by the latest instalment (on organisational influences on psychosocial therapies) of the online course on alcohol treatment research | Drug and Alcohol Findings, UK

Alcohol Research UK and Alcohol Concern merge

The trustees of Alcohol Research UK and Alcohol Concern are pleased to announce the merger of the two charities following the completion of detailed negotiations over the last six months | Alcohol Research UK, UK

Alcohol: Children’s Health - Question

To ask Her Majesty’s Government what assessment they have made of whether the way in which supermarkets and convenience stores display and promote alcohol can endanger the well-being and health of children | They work for you, UK

Is alcohol too cheap? - BBC radio iPlayer

Topical conversation and debate | BBC radio Stoke, UK

Five sudden Belfast deaths investigated by police

Five sudden deaths in greater Belfast over the past few day are being investigated, with police saying three of the cases may have involved drugs | BBC, UK

What is Addiction?

Podcast | acast, UK

This psychedelic drug seems to affect the brain in ways that are surprisingly similar to meditation

At the end of a dark, earthen trail in the Peruvian Amazon  stands a round structure with a thatched roof that appears to glow from within | Business Insider, UK

£1,000 reward offered for information about drugs like Spice and Mamba

There are concerns about the 'growing issue' in parts of the country | Wales Online, UK

Partnership working promotes fitness in recovery

Doncaster people who are on the road to recovery from drug and alcohol problems are being given a fitness boost thanks to the support of local charity Doncaster Culture and Leisure Trust (DCLT) | ASPIRE, UK

Controversial pub shuts its doors - but a 'high quality establishment' is already planned to replace it

The drinking spot opened up three years ago and was put up for sale last year | Gazette Live, UK

Lorry driver caught smuggling cigarettes into UK on the run

A lorry driver is on the run after being caught smuggling more than five-and-a-half million cigarettes into the UK under boxes of frozen chips | BBC, UK

Three in court after £500,000 drugs raid

Three Dundee men were caught during a police operation that recovered over £500,000 worth of class A drugs, a court was told | BBC, UK


International news

March 2017 Newsletter

Globally, approximately one-third of all people who use drugs are women. In spite of this the needs, interests and voices of women who use drugs are consistently neglected. This edition examines what is happening to women and offers some thoughts on how to overcome this completely unacceptable situation | IDHDP, UK

Poppers linked to increased risk of some cancers in older MSM without HIV

Daily or weekly use of poppers over a number of years is associated with a substantial increase in the risk of cancers caused by viruses in men who have sex with men (MSM) without HIV, but only in the 50-70 age group, a study published in the journal AIDS shows. Heavy use of poppers was not associated with an increased risk of these cancers in men with HIV | NAM Aidsmap, UK

UK Drug Policy Is Aiding Human Traffickers

Last October, Volteface reported on how Vietnamese children are being trafficked to the UK in large numbers and forced to work in inhumane conditions | Volte face, UK

Dismay over Liam Fox's claim of 'shared values' with Duterte's brutal regime

UK trade minister is in the Philippines to meet a president who has publicly encouraged civilians to kill drug addicts | Guardian, UK

Australia makes 'largest ever' crystal meth seizure

Australian police have made the largest seizure of crystal methamphetamine in the nation's history, officials say | BBC, UK

Less fear: How LSD affects the brain

Scientists at the University of Basel have shown that LSD reduces activity in the region of the brain related to the handling of negative emotions like fear. The results, published in the scientific journal Translational Psychiatry, could affect the treatment of mental illnesses such as depression or anxiety | Medical Xpress, USA

Health policy researcher finds drug monitoring reduces opioid prescriptions, medicaid costs

UK College of Public Health researcher Hefei Wen has authored a study showing state drug-monitoring programs are effective in reducing the number of opioids prescribed to Medicaid recipients | Medical Xpress, USA

Ohio Opioid Epidemic: 13-Year-Old Boy Dies Of Heroin Overdose

A 13-year-old boy in Ohio died of a suspected heroin overdose, authorities said Tuesday. Nathan Wylie died Saturday at a local hospital after being found unresponsive March 28 | IBTimes, USA

Community in crisis: Battle against opioids rages in beaten-down Sanford

Its economic strife and its proximity to the Massachusetts drug trade put the York County city in the cross hairs of the crisis. But forces within Sanford are stepping up and fighting back | Portland Press Herald, USA

When a drug epidemic’s victims are white

How racial bias and segregation molded a gentler response to the opioid crisis | Vox, USA

U.S. Appetite for Mexico’s Drugs Fuels Illegal Immigration

President Trump’s border policies focus on keeping people out. But some officials say the flow of drug money going from north to south is an equal part of the problem | NYTimes, USA

SALIS & Internet Archive Digitization ("Digs") Project

SALIS is partnering with The Internet Archive to create a digital collection of books focused on alcohol, tobacco, and other drugs | SALIS, USA

GPs not prepared for switch to prescription-only codeine, expert warns

Julia Proud cried when she was told she needed to stop taking her opioids | Age, Australia

Dunne decides against register for medical cannabis users, says police not targeting them

Associate Health Minister Peter Dunne says he has changed his mind about a formal policy to protect terminally ill cannabis users from being bothered by police | NZHerald, New Zealand



Blogs, comment and opinion

Psychoactive substances: Tough new law drives drug trade underground

In 1677 Dutch philosopher Baruch Spinoza wrote: "We always strive toward what is forbidden and desire the things we are not allowed to have. He who tries to determine everything by law will foment crime rather than lessen it." It's a lesson which has been proved again and again in drug policy and it's being proved once more in the wake of the Psychoactive Substance Act | Politics.co.uk, UK

Opium, Empire, and India (Part I)

 For many years before the British incursion in the Indian subcontinent, the “hubble-bubble” (tobacco smoking) along with opium had served as a favourite pastime of the aristocracy and the commoners alike | Points Blog, UK

Let’s Go for a Win on Opioids

This is the moment for a war on a problem that is getting worse | NYTimes Opinion

New York’s Imminent Need for a Supervised Injection Facility

In 2016, approximately 1,300 New Yorkers died of preventable drug overdoses — 80 percent of those deaths were linked to opiate use | Washington Square News editorial, USA

Why Fewer Canadians Are Using Tobacco

Just 17.7 percent of Canadians smoked daily or occasionally in 2015, according to the Canadian Community Health Survey released last week. That's down from 18.1 per cent the previous year | Huffington Post Blog, Canada