Daily news - 21st February 2017

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UK news

Introducing the MEAM Approach - video

The MEAM Approach helps local areas across England design and deliver a more coordinated approach to multiple needs including homelessness, substance misuse, contact with the criminal justice system and mental ill health. In this video, we hear from practitioners and people with lived experience of multiple needs about using the MEAM Approach with our support | MEAM, UK

The 'secrecy and shame' of having alcoholic parents - video

Labour MP Caroline Flint has spoken of the "secrecy and shame" of having an alcoholic parent | BBC, UK

JDW will be first pub chain to show drinks calories

Calorie information for all pub giant JD Wetherspoon’s (JDW) drinks will be shown on its menu and website for the first time from next month | Morning Advertiser, UK

Evaluation of a complex healthcare intervention to increase smoking cessation in pregnant women: interrupted time series analysis with economic evaluation

To evaluate the effectiveness of a complex intervention to improve referral and treatment of pregnant smokers in routine practice, and to assess the incremental costs to the National Health Service (NHS) per additional woman quitting smoking | BMJ, UK

A short interview with Professor Wayne Hall on his Society Lecture 'The future of the international drug control treaties'

Video | SSA, UK

Evidence-based practice: effective youth alcohol and drug education

Event. Tuesday, 14 March 2017 from 13:30 to 17:00 (GMT) | Mebtor - ADEPIS, UK

Wrexham has 'big problem' with psychoactive Mamba drug

Concerns have been raised about the availability of the psychoactive substance Mamba in Wrexham | BBC, UK

Local charity faces closure

A local charity that helps families and friends of people with drug and alcohol problems could close within months | Barnsley Beacon, UK

Man died after trying legal high cigarette

Richard Power, 44, who was also known as Lionel, collapsed at around 3am on June 17 last year on the steps of Boots in North Street, Brighton | Brighton and Hove Argus, UK

Hundreds of shisha pipes seized in Dagenham smoking ban clampdown

A shisha bar on Green Lane has been raided by the council as it fights to enforce the smoking ban | Barking and Dagenham Post, UK

Liverpool taxi driver held over 'drug-drive' crash

A taxi driver has been arrested on suspicion of drug-driving after an elderly man was critically injured in a crash and later died | BBC, UK

Liberal Democrats move to quash all historical sex-work convictions of prostitutes and punters

Convictions that would be wiped from people's records include brothel-keeping, soliciting and kerb-crawling | Independent, UK


International news

Philippine's Rodrigo Duterte urged to drop charges against leading  war on drugs critic

Human Rights Watch has demanded the Philippines drop “politically motivated” charges against a fierce critic of a war on drugs that has killed over 7,700 people in the last seven months | Telegraph, UK

Victoria's health minister rejects trial of safe heroin injecting room

Martin Foley rules out approving trial for a North Richmond facility despite recommendation from coroner it could save lives | Guardian, UK

Melbourne overdoses could have been avoided if drug testing was available

The majority of Australians support legal drug-testing. But for many politicians, offering a service which tests illegal substances is a hard pill to swallow | Guardian, UK

The effects of tobacco control policies on retailer sales to minors in the USA, 2015

Under the 2009 Family Smoking Prevention and Tobacco Control Act , the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has been routinely inspecting tobacco retailers' compliance with under-age sales laws. We seek to identify factors associated with Retail Violation Rate for sale to minors (RVRm) | BMJ, UK

Over 12,400 drug users infected with Hep C, study finds

A study has provided the first comprehensive national estimate of the incidence of hepatitis C among people who regularly inject drugs | Irish Examiner, Ireland

FactCheck: Do supervised injection centres reduce drug-related crime?

In Part Two of a three-part series, FactCheck looks into a claim by Dublin City Councillor Mannix Flynn, during a debate on Tonight With Vincent Browne. | Journal, Ireland

Trend for ‘home grown’ cannabis in Austria

When it comes to drugs, Austrians are increasingly turning to cannabis and buying from ‘home growers’ based in Austria, according to a leading public prosecutor in Wiener Neustadt | Local Austria

Primary Care–Based Models for the Treatment of Opioid Use Disorder: A Scoping Review

Greater integration of medication-assisted treatment (MAT) for opioid use disorder (OUD) in U.S. primary care settings would expand access to treatment for this condition | AIM, USA

Majority of opioid medications not safely stored in homes with children, survey finds

Reported rates of safe storage especially low in homes with older children and teens | Science Daily, USA

Don't punish pregnant women for opioid use, docs say

Some states prosecute and jail  for substance abuse, but the new statement from the American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) warns that punitive measures have no  for mother or child and may deter women from seeking help | Medical Xpress, USA

Drugs vanish at some VA hospitals

Federal authorities are stepping up investigations at Department of Veterans Affairs medical centers due to a sharp increase in opioid theft, missing prescriptions or unauthorized drug use by VA employees since 2009, according to government data obtained by The Associated Press | Medical Xpress, USA

Pilot study finds youth more likely than adults to report seeing alcohol marketing online

Underage youth are nearly twice as likely to recall seeing alcohol marketing on the internet than adults, with almost one in three saying they saw alcohol-related content in the previous month, according to a new pilot survey led by the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health | Medical Xpress, USA

When retirement comes with a daily dose of cannabis

Ruth Brunn finally said yes to marjuanna. She is 98 | NYTimes, USA

Landmark Vaping Study Finds E-Cigs ‘Substantially Improve’ Health

The push by U.S. regulators to crush the electronic cigarette industry may be slowing in the wake of a joint study with researchers from the United Kingdom revealing that switching to vaping considerably cuts health risks | Daily Caller, USA

Like smoking tobacco, vaping may increase risk of heart disease

People sometimes opt for electronic cigarettes in hopes of escaping the proven health hazards of tobacco, which include an increased risk for heart disease. Are e-cigarettes in fact harmless when it comes to the heart? | Washington Post, USA

The drug that caused almost 40 overdoses in Melbourne

GBL is believed to be the cause of almost 40 overdoses in the city on the weekend, with people unknowingly taking the drug, which is a derivative of GHB | News.com.au, Australia

Call to reform Australia’s alcohol laws

An increase in alcohol taxation, a reduction in the hours of alcohol sales, and changes to how alcohol is promoted are all needed to reduce alcohol-related harm, a public health policy expert has argued | University of Queensland, Australia

Peter Dunne urges doctors to have 'open mind' about prescribing medical cannabis for patients

Associate Health Minister Peter Dunne has written to medical and pharmaceutical groups to tell them to have an "open mind" about prescribing cannabis products for patients | NZHerald, New Zealand

Options and Expectations for Cannabis-based products

Associate Health Minister Peter Dunne has written to medical and pharmaceutical organisations clarifying the range of appropriately manufactured cannabis-based products that could be prescribed in New Zealand | Scoop, New Zealand


Blogs, comment and opinion

Value for money in reducing opioid-related deaths

During the past decade, overlapping epidemics of opioid overdose deaths have occurred in the USA. A steep increase in overdose deaths caused by pharmaceutical opioids during the past 15 years has been followed more recently by a new epidemic of heroin overdose deaths | Lancet Comment, UK

Why should we stop saying 'public injecting'?

I have also noted that since 2016 there have been over a dozen academic publications (in academic journals) that use the term 'public injecting' in the title/abstract; or refer to public injecting as an aspect of the paper in question | Injecting Advice, UK

Blog fog? Using rapid response to advance science and promote debate

As editors of Tobacco Control we are always pleased to see readers thinking critically about what they read in this journal and using the ‘Rapid Response’ forum to engage in constructive academic debate | Tobacco Control Editoriual, UK

Drug Use And Creativity

Can psychoactive substance use enhance creativity? | Psychology Today Blog, USA

Law changes are key to cutting drug harm

Just how much more evidence do lawmakers need that our drug laws and the almost half-century "war on drugs" have failed and are doing more harm than good? | Age Editorial, Australia