Daily news - 9th January 2017

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Inquiry to look at police and cybercrime after drugs in the post investigation

Chair of the Home Affairs Select Committee Yvette Cooper wants the UK to learn from countries like New Zealand, where there are closer links between police and the postal service | BBC Newsbeat, UK

Drugs In The Post - video

Is your postman unknowingly delivering drugs ordered online? Newsbeat finds that few checks take place in the UK's postal system, with users saying they are so sure their orders will arrive, they are trying out new drugs | BBC Newsbeat, UK

Fabric nightclub and delivering drugs - BBC radio

The re-opening of Fabric nightclub and is your postman delivering drugs? | BBC Radio London, UK

Hospital vaping ban sends 'mixed message' about dangers, says public health expert

Smoking tobacco products was banned in all Scottish hospital grounds in 2015, but individual health boards can choose whether to allow "vaping" - smoking electronic cigarettes which give smokers a nicotine fix without tobacco | Herald, UK

Proposals to ban smoking in cars carrying children

[Northern Ireland] Plans to ban smoking in private vehicles carrying children are to be discussed, the health minister has announced | BBC, UK

NICE focuses on improving treatment and diagnosis of liver disease

Consultation on the draft quality standard for liver disease is open until 2 February 2017 | NICE, UK


To ask Her Majesty’s Government how many people they estimate will need to receive hepatitis C treatment in England over the next 13 years in order to achieve the World Health Organisation's goal of eliminating hepatitis C by 2030 | They work for you, UK

Women and drink-driving

When you think of a drink-driver, what image springs to mind? Chances are, you didn't think of a woman | Saga, UK

The major reason why you shouldn't jump on the Dry January bandwagon

According to researchers, it would be better to have two alcohol free days each week all year, rather than one month of abstinence | Evening Standard, UK

Forget Dry January. Drinking in pub with friends is good for you, says Oxford University 

For the stoic souls participating in Dry January the local pub might seem like a den of temptation which is best avoided | Telegraph, UK

WARNING. So-Called 'Indica' CBD Products Are Illegal

You could be prosecuted for possession, importation or supply as with any other form of prohibited cannabis | Clear, UK

Financing Needs of Recovery Enterprises

Rehabilitation for Addicted Prisoners Trust (RAPt) and Social Investment Business (SIB) are interested in supporting recovery enterprises in England to start up, scale up and increase their impact. If you are a recovery enterprise or you are looking to set one up, we would really appreciate it if you could spare 10 minutes to complete this short questionnaire | RAPt, UK

Public Health in Focus Seminar: A Force for Good? How the criminal justice system can support the public’s health

Free event. Wednesday 25th January 2017, 1pm-3.30pm. Marybone Lecture Theatre, Marybone, Liverpool, L3 2BT | PHI, UK

Steroid awareness initiative takes off

An awareness campaign warning about the dangers of using anabolic steroids is to be launched in Wigan | Wigan Today, UK

Alcohol and karaoke ban for over 55s at housing scheme

Bosses at a housing complex for the over 55s have introduced a ban on alcohol and karaoke following a festive bust-up | BBC, UK

Pupils at £25k-a-year private school 'went on cocaine and alcohol binge' during Tenerife field trip

A £25,000 a year private school’s field trip to Tenerife descended into chaos after pupils broke the curfew to get drunk and buy cocaine from a local dealer, with one student ending up in hospital | Telegraph, UK

Lobbying tsar investigates all-party parliamentary groups

Whitehall’s lobbying tsar has launched an inquiry into concerns that informal parliamentary groups set up by MPs and peers are being used to bypass lobbying rules | Guardian, UK



International news

'Drugs fix room is like my second home' - video

Several countries across Europe supply fix rooms, where drug users can take substances under supervision. There are six such facilities in Denmark | BBC, UK

Alcohol tracking gadget monitors how drunk you are on a night out

Do you want another drink?” a friend asks at the bar. “Hang on a minute, let me just check my blood alcohol level (BAL) tracker,” comes the reply | Telegraph, UK

Vodka tonic cocktail leaves woman on her 'deathbed' due to her quinine allergy

She only had one sip | Independent, UK

Drugs gang 'kills 33 inmates' in Brazilian jail

At least 33 prisoners have been killed in a prison in northern Brazil, just days after 56 died during a jail riot in a neighbouring state | BBC, UK

Muslim politicians in Indonesia call for nationwide alcohol ban

Those in breach could face two years in jail under the proposal | Independent, UK

Children's Books Are the New Frontier in Weed Normalisation

The author of 'Hairy Pothead' and 'Green Buds and Hash' explains why children's books are the perfect way to make weed approachable | VICE, UK

A Psychedelic History

The treatment proved an instant success, at least with King, whom Lattin lists as merely one of the ‘thousands of research subjects who were given LSD, psilocybin, and mescaline as therapeutic tools in the 1950s and 1960s, often with government support and with promising results | Volte Face, UK

When Grassroots Action Works: How Ireland Won Its Medical Cannabis Battle

Ireland has become the latest European nation to approve a bill allowing for the use of medicinal cannabis. The bill, which was passed on the 1st of December after the government said it would not oppose it | VICE, UK

Statutory groups hold summit in Belfast after drug deaths spike

Friday’s meeting at Belfast City Hall was organised by SDLP councillor Paul McCusker after a recent rise in the number of drugs related incidents, including several deaths police believe may be linked to drugs, across Belfast | Irish News, Ireland

Drug Treatment Court: Life-saving option for drugs offenders

The DTC aims to rehabilitate criminals and prevent a life spent in and out of court | Irish Times, Ireland

EMCDDA chairs JHA agencies’ network and focuses on the theme of the internet

This week, the EU drugs agency (EMCDDA) embarks on a year-long presidency of a network of nine EU Justice and Home Affairs agencies (‘JHA network’), which play key advisory, operational and coordination roles in implementing EU priorities in the areas of freedom, security and justice | EMCDDA, Portugal

Mental distress following inpatient substance use treatment, modified by substance use; comparing voluntary and compulsory admissions

Treatment services to patients with substance use disorders (SUDs), including those mandated to treatment, needs to be evaluated and evidence based. The Norwegian Municipal Health Care Act (NMHCA) calls for compulsory treatment for persons with “severe and life-threatening substance use disorder” if these individuals are not otherwise willing to be voluntarily treated and consequently risk their lives over drug use | BMC, Norway

Marijuana Legalization In Europe: Is France Next?

Marijiuana, a divisive issue that normally resurfaces in Europe during election campaigns, has come home to France's hotly-contested presidential race | Forbes, USA

Vomiting disorder on rise in weed-friendly colorado

Long-term heavy marijuana use can cause chronic vomiting and abdominal pain in some people, new research suggests | Medical Xpress, USA

Fentanyl Causing Brain Damage in Overdose Survivors, Doctors and Paramedics Report

Fentanyl is so potent. It only takes minutes without breathing and they’ve got brain complications | The Fix, USA

Snapshots of an Epidemic: A Look at the Opioid Crisis Across the Country

The opioid epidemic killed more than 33,000 people in 2015. What follows are stories of a national affliction that has swept the country, from cities on the West Coast to bedroom communities in the Northeast | NYTimes, USA

His Coke Habit Was the Tip of the Iceberg

Abuse of cocaine, alcohol and pills was the patient’s obvious problem, but at its root was undiagnosed ADHD | Scientific American, USA

A federal prosecutor takes on the heroin scourge that claimed his son

The top federal prosecutor for central and northeastern Pennsylvania lost his own son to a heroin overdose | LATimes, USA

Toronto’s plan to open supervised-injection sites stuck in limbo

As Toronto prepares to respond to more overdoses caused by bootleg fentanyl, the city’s plan to open three supervised-injection sites remains stuck in limbo | Globe and Mail, Canada

Needle-dispensing vending machines could be coming to Ottawa

Needle-dispensing vending machines could be installed at five locations across central Ottawa, making it the first city in Canada to offer sterile syringes in machines to reduce drug-related virus transmission | Ottawa Citizen, Canada

Give an alcoholic an hourly drink: Why a controversial Canadian program is catching attention in Australia

Managed alcohol program being studied for feasibility Down Under | CBC News, Canada

Blood Borne Viruses (BBVs) - 2017

AMA position statement | AMA, Australia

Why do doctors want needle and syringe programs in jails? - audio

AMA president Dr Michael Gannon spoke to ABC Radio Canberra breakfast presenter Louise Maher about why needle and syringe programs are needed in jails | ABC news, Australia

Victorian Alcohol and Other Drug Worker Survey 2016

The purpose of this survey is to identify the size, structure and composition of the alcohol and drug workforce across Victoria | VAADA, Australia

Pauline Hanson makes plea over medicinal cannabis

Her appeal to Mr Turnbull follows the raid on the house of an Adelaide woman who produces and supplies medicinal cannabis oil for free to terminally ill patients around Australia | Courier Mail, Australia


Blogs, comment and opinion

2016 Drug & Alcohol review

Most interesting things about alcohol and other drugs in 2016 | Russell Webster, UK

Guest blog: Smoking and vaping in public places

Martin Dockrell, Tobacco Control Programme Lead at Public Health England, considers how vaping is changing thinking on smokefree policies | RSPH Blog, UK

David's story: my struggle with alcohol

David had always enjoyed the occasional beer however, as his drinking steadily worsened during a difficult few years, it took its toll on his health. After a stay in hospital, he found himself supported by the Trust’s Alcohol Related Long Term Conditions Team and is now firmly on the road to recovery | Nottinghamshire Healthcare NHS Foundation Trust Blog, UK

Dry January and sponsored marathon running

On Tuesday, presumably to break me into my first day back at work gently, I was asked to comment on Dry January for Radio 5’s Drive Time programme | Thinking to some purpose Blog, UK

How dropping acid saved my life

When writer Ayelet Waldman fell into depression she started microdosing with LSD. She tells Rachel Cooke about her extraordinary experiment with acid | Guardian, UK

Let Opioid Users Inject in Hospitals

Providing safe rooms for drug users in clinical settings will enhance trust and treatment | NYTimes Opinion, USA

America’s $6.7 billion marijuana habit, mapped

The marijuana industry is at a crossroads. Voters have approved recreational marijuana measures in eight states plus the District of Columbia. When these laws become fully implemented in the next few years, more than one in five American adults will live in places where they can walk into a store and legally purchase marijuana | Washington Post Blog, USA

No More Fake News — Obama Should Require Truthful Data On Medical Marijuana

Since the day Obama became president, there have been rumors that on his last day of office he would somehow do a mic drop and make marijuana legal | Huffington Post Blog, USA

Is the US really ready to end its drug war?

In recent years an international movement to reform global narcotics policies has been growing, with activists and presidents alike declaring that the United States’ “war on drugs” has failed | Conversation, Australia



And finally...

Man jailed for three days after police thought his cat litter was crystal meth

A man says he was wrongly locked up for three days after police mistook his kitty litter for methamphetamine | Metro, UK