Daily news - 2nd February 2017

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UK news

Drugs map of Britain -Alcohol: Britain's Most Harmful Drug - BBC iplayer

London’s intake of this country's most harmful drug is boosted in December when British people drink 41% more alcohol than other months of the year | BBC, UK

Novel psychoactive substances (NPS)

Infographics on NPS | BMJ, UK

Criminal Justice Project – Impact of targeted drug testing on drug using offenders coming into treatment in Liverpool

This report explores the impact of targeted drug testing on drug using offenders coming into treatment in Liverpool. It compares the numbers of drug tests, Required Assessments and criminal justice assessments prior to and following the implementation of targeted testing in Liverpool’s custody suites | PHI, UK

Is the 'legal high' ban working?- video

Lucy doesn't seem to think so. The ban came in response to a rising number of deaths linked to substances mimicking illegal drugs | BBC, UK

Assessment of Non-Response Bias in Estimates of Alcohol Consumption: Applying the Continuum of Resistance Model in a General Population Survey in England

Previous studies have shown heavier drinkers are less likely to respond to surveys and require extended efforts to recruit. This study applies the continuum of resistance model to explore how survey estimates of alcohol consumption may be affected by non-response bias in three consecutive years of a general population survey in England | PLOS one, UK


To ask the Secretary of State for Health, whether the new Tobacco Control Plan will include funding for media campaigning to promote the reduction of smoking rates | They work for you, UK

Homelessness: Older People

To ask Her Majesty’s Government what steps they are taking to ensure older homeless people with additional needs, such as learning difficulties, mental health issues or drug and alcohol problems, receive the necessary support | They work for you, UK

Armed Forces: Alcoholic Drinks

To ask Her Majesty’s Government whether they are planning to devise a strategy on alcohol use among veterans and serving personnel, and if so, when that strategy will be published | They work for you, UK

Protestors demand industry pays for damage at Imperial Tobacco AGM

Today protestors have gathered outside the Imperial Tobacco AGM to demand the tobacco industry pays for the damage it causes | ASH, UK

MPs call for price hike on bottles of cheap £3 cider in Doncaster after meeting liver damage patients

Two Doncaster MPs have called for action to tackle the "devastating impact" caused by cheap cider in the town | South Yorkshire Times, UK

Cannabis Social Clubs: Community, Cultivation and Change-Making

There are many different models upon which a regulated cannabis market could be based. Even in countries where cannabis is still prohibited, one of those models is already spreading fast | Volte Face, UK

How to Actually Curb Your Drinking for the Rest of the Year

It's the first day after Dry January. If you want to keep this new enhanced lifestyle up, here's what you need to do | VICE, UK

Hope and Mick (UK)

[New video]. Our son James was in his second year at Manchester University when it happened. We’d just come back from a food shop at the local supermarket, when the phone rang, and our lives were changed forever| Anyone's child, UK

Sex Workers and the Law (2017 Edition)

“Sex Workers and the Law” outlines: the criminal offences related to sex working and the buying of sexual services; offences specific to premises used for sex working; the law around anti social behaviour orders; dealing with the police and the criminal justice system more generally; criminal records; trafficking offences; advice on tax and the rules around non British sex worker | Release, UK

Four arrests over 3m-euro drug seizure in Ashbourne

Cannabis with an estimated street value of 3.2m euros (£2.7m) has been seized in a joint operation by police and customs in the Republic of Ireland | BBC, UK

Former oil worker convicted of cannabis cultivation

A former oil worker grew cannabis to support himself after being made redundant due to the North Sea downturn, a court heard | BBC, UK

Drug dealer guilty of murdering carer who fostered more than 50 children

Small-time criminal Gareth Dack stole money and set fire to 79-year-old Norma Bell’s house after strangling her with telephone cord | Guardian, UK


International news

Global economic cost of smoking-attributable diseases

The detrimental impact of smoking on health has been widely documented since the 1960s. Numerous studies have also quantified the economic cost that smoking imposes on society | BMJ, UK

Irish Government Report Makes Medicinal Cannabis Recommendations

The Oireachtas Health Committee has recommended that the Health Products Regulatory Authority (HPRA) ensure improved access to medicinal cannabis products | Volte Face, UK

IDHDP newsletter

News and events from the field of international drug policy | IDHDP, UK

The cost of Punjab's heroin 'epidemic' - video'

The north Indian state of Punjab is due to hold polls on Saturday for a new government | BBC, UK

Why has India's Punjab fallen into the grip of drug abuse?

The northern Indian state of Punjab votes on Saturday for a new government. But the biggest issue confronting voters is not jobs or corruption, but a drugs epidemic that is sweeping the state | BBC, UK

Drugs, Alcohol, and Suicide Represent Growing Share of U.S. Mortality

Americans are killing themselves at an alarming rate. Nationwide, the mortality rate1, from drug poisoning, alcohol poisoning, and suicide increased by 52 percent between 2000 and 2014. Most of this increase was driven by a surge in prescription opioid and heroin overdoses, but overdoses from other drugs, suicides by means other than drugs, and alcohol-induced deaths also increased over this period | UNH, USA

Marijuana use trends and health effects

A report from reviewing scientific literature on the health effects of marijuana and Colorado-specific health outcome and use pattern | Colorado.gov, USA

E-cigarettes may increase cardiovascular risk

Electronic cigarettes are becoming increasingly popular, but little is known about the risks they pose to cardiovascular health. New research investigates the link between habitual electronic cigarette use and cardiovascular risk | MNT, USA

Drug shows promise for treating alcoholism

An anti-inflammatory drug called Ibudilast, used in Japan to treat asthma, may be a promising new treatment for alcoholism, a new study has found | Science Daily, USA

Intimate partner violence among youth linked to suicide, weapons and drug use

Adolescents who are violent toward their romantic partners are also more likely to think about or attempt suicide, carry a weapon, threaten others with a weapon and use drugs or alcohol than peers in non-violent relationships, according to new research from the University of Georgia | Medical Xpress, USA

Deep brain stimulation can reduce heroin relapse in rat models of addiction, TSRI study shows

Scientists at The Scripps Research Institute (TSRI) have found that deep brain stimulation (DBS) can greatly reduce the compulsion to use heroin in standard rat models of addiction | News-medical, USA

Woman called police to report drug dealer's 'outrageous' price increase

Northern Territory Police said they received the call from the woman on Sunday when she complained her drug dealer had asked for more money for marijuana than usual | UPI, USA

Drug research and lived experience

Few researchers working with prohibited drugs such as heroin and psychedelics admit ‘inside knowledge’ of their use, but some argue that the culture of non-disclosure is irresponsible | Saturday Paper, Australia


Blogs, comment and opinion

Europe must learn to react faster to drug challenges, says EU drugs monitoring agency chief

EU can’t afford to hesitate when next drug ‘wave’ comes, warns EMCDDA director Alexis Goosdeel | Parliament Magazine, UK

'Do no harm' - working towards effective models of PSHE

My thoughts recently have been returning to the age old argument of ‘something is better than nothing’ (I’ll stick to SIBTN from now on) in terms of classroom delivery of PSHE topics | Ian Mac on PSHE, UK

Kick alcohol sponsorship out of sport

Professor Carwyn Jones argues that industry attempts to resist marketing legislation on ethical grounds must be sidelined in favour of protecting children from harms caused by alcohol | IAS Blog, UK

Thinking about Drinking: A Year in the Life of an Alcohol Researcher at Stirling

Niamh was active in helping the media understand the implications of the 2016 new alcohol guidelines. Here she discusses what happened as a result of the publication of the new guidelines and how the media portray the facts in their own way | University of Stirling Research and Enterprise Blog, UK

Reducing harm from alcohol consumption

Child of our Time editor Yvonne Kelly has shared her latest research findings on very young drinkers with policy makers, senior health professionals and third sector groups | Child of our time, UK

Researching with purpose: what is the point of public involvement?

Here our new Senior Research and Policy Officer, Jo Cairns, describes her journey from conventional academic researcher to someone with a passion for working with the public | Alcohol Research UK blog, UK

Trump's Marijuana Options

Finally, there appears to be a serious federal discussion about marijuana legalization. But it's nowhere near the Beltway | RAND Blog, USA