Daily news - 12th January 2017

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Rebalancing Act

This resource is structured around the themes of policy; prevalence; and partnership and governance. In adopting this approach, we have tried to provide an introduction to the context, the need for action, and to highlight some of the activity being undertaken now in local areas to try to address some of the challenges outlined here | Revolving Doors, UK

Safeguarding: provision of personal, social and health education

Children and Social Work Bill [Lords] – in a Public Bill Committee at 2:45 pm on 10th January 2017 | They work for you, UK

Study reveals how alcohol shifts brain into 'starvation mode'

"Alcohol switches the brain into starvation mode, increasing hunger and appetite, scientists have discovered," BBC News reports | NHS Choices: Behind the headlines, UK

The true face of the drug epidemic ravaging UK prisons

Record levels of drug use, violence and overcrowding are turning prisons into a toxic environment, with riots set to continue unless sweeping reforms are made | Huck Magazine, UK

Stuff of Substance: Scottish Report Elucidates NPS Usage Patterns

In December a new report undertaken by the Scottish Drugs Forum and Glasgow University was delivered to the Scottish Government. In it, researchers have shed a light on an often misunderstood area of drug use – Novel Psychoactive Substances | Volte Face, UK

The drug that reverses heroin overdoses - video

But not everyone wants it to be handed out to addicts | BBC, UK

AIF's Festival Congress 2016 - Drugs Testing Piloted at UK Festivals - video

Steve Rolles (Transform), Fiona Measham (The Loop), Freddie Fellowes (Secret Garden Party), Jon Drape (Ground Control), Justin Bibby (Cumbria Constabulary) discussing the MAST drugs testing piloted at UK festivals in 2016 at AIF's Festival Congress in Cardiff, Wales | AIF, UK

Marketing - factsheet

Alcohol is one of the most significant ‘fast moving consumer goods’ (FMCGs) marketed today. It is estimated that each year more than £800 million is spent on advertising alcoholic beverages in the UK, with the global estimate approximating $1 trillion. Marketing can include advertising in traditional media outlets such as print, television and radio, promotional activities in online and social media, and sponsorship of sporting and music events | IAS, UK

Tramadol kills more people than heroin in Northern Ireland, Stephen Booth inquest told

More people are dying from misuse of Tramadol than heroin or morphine, a coroner's court has heard | Belfast Telegraph, UK

Apply for a Viral hepatitis grant

The Gilead UK & Ireland Fellowship Programme started in 2009. The aim of the Programme is to support local innovation and best practice in patient care in HIV, viral hepatitis, oncology, respiratory and invasive fungal disease. The Programme invites applications from healthcare or allied professionals who are seeking funding for a project that aligns with the goals of the Gilead UK & Ireland Fellowship Programme | Gilead UK & Ireland Fellowship Programme, UK

No new antidepressants likely in next decade, say scientists

Reluctance of healthcare providers such as NHS to pay for expensive drugs is behind lack of research, says Oxford professor | Guardian, UK

Key Kardashian jewellery suspect was in cocaine smuggling ring with Saudi prince and Medellin drugs cartel

One of the suspected armed thieves in the Kim Kardashian jewellery heist is a "grandad gangster" linked to a vast cocaine smuggling ring involving a Saudi prince and the Medellin drugs cartel, prosecutors told the Telegraph on Wednesday | Telegraph, UK


International news

How Oliver Stone took revenge on cocaine by writing the Scarface screenplay

Though Brian De Palma’s Scarface (1983) is considered a ‘mob film’ and starts out as such, by the time Tony Montana reaches his gargantuan guilded bathtub it’s really more about drugs - specifically cocaine - and its ability to sabotage relationships and induce paranoia | Independent, UK

EU Drug Markets Report (poster)

The EU Drug Markets Report 2016 is the second comprehensive overview of illicit drug markets in the European Union by the EMCDDA and Europol. Taking an evidence-based approach, the report considers the impacts of the drug market on wider society and reviews the markets for cannabis, heroin, cocaine, amphetamine, methamphetamine, MDMA and new psychoactive substances. It also provides concrete action points to inform policy development at EU and national level | EMCDDA, Portugal

Contemporary Drug Problems

Open access articles for the latest issue | CDP, USA

More older americans using cannabis, underscoring need for research

The U.S. Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration has reported that cannabis use by persons over age 50 has outpaced recent growth observed across all other age groups. In 2000, about one percent of Americans over 50 had used it within the past year; by 2012, that number had risen to 3.9 percent | EurekAlert, USA

Testing breast milk for cannabinoids

With the legalization of medical and recreational marijuana spreading across the country, the drug's use is reportedly increasing among pregnant women | EurekAlert, USA

Legal or not, marijuana can increase the risk of developing alcohol use disorders

Alcohol use disorders (AUDs) develop with time and in stages. Following the initiation of drinking, some people progress to problem drinking, and then develop a "cluster" of specific problems to comprise an AUD. However, not all stages of AUD development have been studied equally. This report examines high-risk families to understand underlying influences across multiple stages of AUD development | Science Daily, USA

Remembering where to get high

Addiction-related memories are exceptionally strong and stable, suggesting that addictive drugs remodel the brain’s circuitry in a prominent and lasting way | Science Daily, USA

What do you think? Perceived peer attitudes & adolescent drinking

The influence of norms on attitudes and behavior is particularly strong during adolescence, a period of pronounced developmental changes | BASIS, USA

Christie gets input from recovering addicts on drug treatment plan

The law is supposed to prevent employers from asking about criminal records prior to interviewing a potential job candidate | Politico, USA

Two-Thirds Of Cops Support Some Form Of Marijuana Legalization

A new survey suggests the law enforcement community doesn’t agree with the government’s policy of prohibition | Huffington Post, USA

Preparing for the fentanyl threat in Toronto - youtube

As the number of fentanyl overdose deaths climbs across the country, Toronto civic leaders are working to develop a strategy to deal with a potential opioid crisis. Heather Hiscox talks to Zoe Dodd, a harm reduction worker with South Riverdale Community Health Centre | CBC News, Canada

ALDI’s strict underage alcohol policing leaves shoppers high and dry

It's called responsible service of alcohol and when it comes to supplying it to minors, supermarket giant ALDI and some bottle shops are leaving nothing to chance when enforcing it | News.com.au, Australia

Blogs, comment and opinion

Open Letter to President Obama

We wish to thank you for the great commitment you have shown to revisit the punitive approach to drug policy, particularly with regards to the pardon of low-level drug offenders | Global Commission on Drug Policy, USA

Want to reduce drug use? Listen to women drug users

Catalina was in prison for a drug conviction in Guaviare, Colombia. She had been detained for possessing some coca paste­ – an amount barely sufficient to economically support herself and her two young children for a few weeks | Aeon, USA

Drug control challenges for the next ‘drug czar’

In this series, FSI experts share their recommendations for President-elect Trump | Medium, USA

I’ve seen the opioid epidemic as a cop. Living it as a patient has been even worse

This is what happens when pain meets bad health policy and bad drug laws | Washington Post, USA