Daily news - 1st February 2017

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The ‘Men and Masculinities’ Programme (PDF)

Working with perpetrators of domestic abuse in a substance abuse treatment context | Cranstoun and DVIP, UK

APPG Inquiry into key issues and priorities for local control – January 2017

Following an evidence session on Tuesday 10th January 2017, the All Party Parliamentary Group on Smoking and Health published the report Burning Injustice – reducing tobacco driven harm and inequality (PDF download). The report provides recommendations to the government, local authorities and the NHS for effective action to further reduce smoking prevalence at a time of austerity | ASH, UK

Faulty by design. The state of public-service commissioning

How public services are commissioned underpins their success in healthcare, criminal justice, employment services and beyond. In theory, designing contracts for services delivered by third-party providers stokes competition for service delivery, driving down prices and incentivising expert providers to deliver the best services to meet users’ needs | Reform, UK

Fears over alcohol home deliveries as first city-wide firm launches in Scotland

Campaigners have called on the Scottish Government to tighten the rules on how drink can be sold following the launch of the first city-wide alcoholic drink home delivery service | Herald, UK

Drugs thrown over HMP Exeter walls 'almost daily'

Contraband including drugs is thrown over the walls almost daily at a prison struggling with staff shortages, a report has found | BBC, UK

Stub it out: Smoking challenge for hospitals in Wales

On a crisp afternoon a group of school children stand outside Prince Charles Hospital holding their handmade no smoking posters | BBC, UK

Addiction Journal

Key findings for February issue | Addiction, UK

Y-Stop - app

This app is a tool for you to monitor how stop and search is conducted, either of yourself or someone else. It helps you film and collect your own evidence and share it with Y-Stop, no longer having to rely on police records. It makes it easier for you to report or complain about what happened and access support and advice. Y-Stop is a project run by Release in partnership with StopWatch | Y Stop, UK

Devon teenager drowned after taking LSD drug

A teenager drowned in a river after taking an LSD-style drug, an inquest has heard | BBC, UK

Warning over cuts to Worcestershire's drug and alcohol recovery service

More than 2,500 people in Worcestershire are having taxpayer-funded help to try and wean them off drugs or alcohol addiction - with a council report citing serious concern over the prospect of more cuts | Worcester News, UK

DISC Celebrates Silver IIP accreditation

Chairman Jim Black and Chief Executive Officer Paul Townsley unveiled a plaque on Monday 30th January 2017 to commemorate the charity’s newly acquired Silver status with Investors In People | DISC, UK

Chelsea Cameron writes thank you letter to addict parents

A Scottish teenager has written an open letter to her drug addict parents, thanking them for showing her that "life is not sunshine and rainbows" | BBC, UK

How a drug dealer ran a cannabis empire from prison with the help of a hospital porter

Three men have been jailed after two drugs farms were discovered | Manchester Evening News, UK

Less is more: why wine in smaller packages is the next big thing

There’s a growing trend in the world of wine that many wine producers have been slow to catch up to. It doesn’t have anything to do with grapes, blends or finishes. It has to do with size. Consumers increasingly prefer smaller wine portions | Wine Packaging, UK

The seven best low-alcoholic drinks post-detox

Nuria Stylianou has the answer for low-alcoholic drinks to ease yourself back into after a long month of detoxing | Independent, UK


International news

Amnesty: Philippine police 'planned' drug war killings

Amnesty International has accused the Philippine police of "systematically planning" extrajudicial killings in the controversial war against drugs | BBC, UK

If you are poor you are killed (PDF)

President Rodrigo Duterte has made no secret of how he views people linked to drugs or crime; for him, they are less than human and deserving of death. Since taking office in the Philippines on 30 June 2016, his administration’s “war on drugs” has borne that out to a devastating degree. Statistics from the Philippine National Police indicate that police officers and unknown armed persons collectively carried out 7,025 drug-related killings between 1 July 2016 and 21 January 2017, roughly an average of 34 per day | Amnesty, UK

What do the French Presidential Candidates Think about Cannabis?

The five leading candidates in the upcoming French presidential election, who hail from across the political spectrum, offer markedly different approaches to cannabis policy | Talking Drugs, UK

Israel To Decriminalise Personal Use of Cannabis

Israel looks set to decriminalise the personal use of cannabis, it has been reported. During a news conference in Tel Aviv last Thursday, the nation’s Public Security Minister, Gilad Erdan, announced that he is adopting the recommendations of a panel that had been tasked with reviewing the matter | Volte Face, UK

Legal ‘CannaBillions’ Pour into North America

A new report reveals that North Americans spent in the region of $7 billion on legal cannabis in 2016 | Volte Face, UK

Alcohol industry subverting science to prevent greater regulation, study finds

Researchers say industry’s lobbying of politicians and involvement in policy discussions obstructing health outcomes | Guardian, UK

Japan urged to go smoke-free by 2020 Tokyo Olympics

Campaigners call for full ban on smoking in bars and restaurants to comply with IOC requirement to stage healthy Games | Guardian, UK

Factsheet – Sedatives and tranquillisers: the Irish situation (PDF)

This factsheet contains information on treatment, prevalence, mortality and crime in Ireland | HRB, Ireland

Non-smokers can pay up to 50% less than smokers for life insurance

A 45 year old smoker will pay over €12,000 more in premiums for Mortgage Protection Life Cover over a 25 year term than their non-smoking counterpart. While a 55 year old smoker will pay over €11,000 more than their non-smoking peer over the course of the policy for Term Assurance Life cover for a 10 year term | Business World, Ireland

Reversing the HIV epidemic: Europe needs to scale-up prevention, testing and treatment

​In a two-day conference organised in collaboration between the Maltese Presidency of the Council of the European Union and ECDC, HIV experts from across the European Union discuss how to reverse this trend and how to prepare Europe to achieve the set target of ending AIDS by 2030 | EMCDDA, Portugal

Nicotine normalizes brain activity deficits that are key to schizophrenia

A steady stream of nicotine normalizes genetically-induced impairments in brain activity associated with schizophrenia, according to new research. The finding sheds light on what causes the disease and why those who have it tend to smoke heavily | Science Daily, USA

States Reconsider Driver’s License Suspensions For People With Drug Convictions

A dozen states still strip the driver’s license of those convicted of drug crimes, even when their offense had nothing to do with driving. But some are reconsidering, saying the suspensions make it harder for people to work and be productive citizens | Huffington Post, USA

How Drugs Will Get Under, Over, and Around Trump's Wall

A wall may be a powerful symbol, but it won't be a useful tool in the war on drugs | VICE, USA

The pill to manage addiction: why so few doctors are prescribing Suboxone

It's proven to be incredibly effective, but its complex nature makes some doctors hesitant to prescribe it | CBC News, Canada

Police 'paid bounties' in Duterte's war on drugs: report

Police in the capital Manila are allegedly being given a bounty of up to $400 a head for each accused drugs suspect killed in Rodrigo Duterte's drugs crackdown | Age, Australia

Port Phillip councillor Dick Gross calls for pill testing machines

Drug deaths are a bitter pill to swallow for one Port Phillip councillor, who is leading the push for a pill-testing pilot program | Herald Sun, Australia

Vic calls heighten for pill testing

Calls for pill testing facilities at music festivals are heightening amid police fury over patron behaviour at this year's Rainbow Serpent festival in regional Victoria | News.com.au, Australia


Blogs, comment and opinion

'Taking drugs just once nearly killed me' - How one teen conquered severe drug-induced anxiety

When George Hodgson tried drugs for the first time at 16 years old at a festival, he had no idea that some months later it would spark a chemical reaction in him which would threaten to bring an end to his life | Telegraph Lifestyle, UK

What Historians Wish People Knew About Drugs, Part I: Miriam Kingsberg Kadia

At the 2017 American Historical Association in Denver, several historians with relevant research interests participated in a roundtable discussion, What Historians Wish People Knew about Licit and Illicit Drugs.” Keeping with the spirit of the title, Points is delighted to publish some of the panelists’ opening remarks in a temporary new series over the coming weeks | Points: Blog of the alcohol and drugs history society, UK

Why we are hoarding our opioid pills

To curb the ongoing tidal wave of opioid addiction and overdose deaths, state and federal governments have put in place policies that restrict doctors’ ability to prescribe opioids such as OxyContin, Vicodin, and Percocet | Stat Opinion, USA

A Potential Case of Amyl Nitrate Poisoning Provides an Opportunity for Harm Reduction

In a piece published on the Hack website on the 31/1/17, an old drug – amyl nitrite- has been implicated in the death of a young man at a music festival | AOD Media Watch, Australia

It’s time to focus on an endgame for tobacco regulation

New comprehensive research shows smoking imposes a heavy economic burden throughout the world, gobbling up almost 6% of global health spend and nearly 2% of the world’s GDP. In 2012 this amounted to US$1,436 billion (A$1,898 billion) | Conversation, Australia

War on drugs — It’s time to change tactics

The recent articles in the Daily Telegraph expose the charade that the ongoing claims of ever increasing seizures somehow represent increasing success | Daily Telegraph, Australia