Daily news - 20th January 2017

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UK news

Crime in England and Wales: year ending Sept 2016

Crime statistics from the Crime Survey for England and Wales (CSEW) and police recorded crim. [See Section 7, table 2 for drug offences] | ONS, UK

Police recorded crime and outcomes open data tables

[Updated January 19th] Police recorded crime and outcomes detailed figures and supplementary material including a user guide | Home Office, UK

Federation of drug and alcohol professionals: Important notice

This notice comes to you on behalf of the Board of the Federation of Drug and Alcohol Professionals (FDAP), to advise you of important changes that are taking place, namely that the company is to close with effect from 31st January 2017 | FDAP, UK

FDAP closes and transfers functions to SMMGP

The Federation of Drug and Alcohol Professionals (FDAP) is to close at the end of this month, it has been announced. In a statement released on 19 January, its board said that the ‘difficult decision’ had been made that it was ‘impossible to continue’ | DDN, UK

MPs debate statutory pubs code and the Pubs Code Adjudicator

On Thursday 26 January 2017 MPs will debate a motion on statutory pubs code and the Pubs Code Adjudicator | Parliament.uk, UK

The Battle Against Legal Highs - BBC iPlayer

[To be shown on Monday.] The drugs that were known as legal highs have become a global phenomenon. They have exploded in popularity in the UK, and deaths from these chemical compounds, designed to mimic illegal drugs like cocaine and cannabis, have tripled here in recent years. In May 2016, the government acted by banning these drugs with the introduction of the Psychoactive Substances Act. The north east of England is one of the worst-hit areas for drug addiction. Panorama spent six months in Newcastle to see how the city is tackling the problem and asks whether the new law is working | BBC iPlayer, UK

Why Dry January is no longer a period of doom and gloom

The emptiness of a pub in January after a hectic Christmas can strike fear into the heart of any licensee but perhaps this month has the potential to be as fruitful as any other when pubs make the most of the opportunities | Morning Advertiser, UK

The former heroin addict helping to direct Trainspotting 2

Garry Fraser survived the drugs and violence of an Edinburgh housing estate, so he knew exactly how to portray the brutal landscape in the movie | Guardian, UK

Celebrate - Recovery in Action

Free. Hosted by Addiction NI and funded by the Big Lottery Fund, our 2016 event is taking place at Girdwood Communtiy Hub, Belfast on 11th March 2017 | Addiction NI, UK

Jersey legal highs campaign shortlisted for awards

A video, made to help raise awareness of the dangers of so-called legal highs, has been shortlisted for two national awards | ITV, UK

Drugs in West Yorkshire BBC radio iPlayer

West Yorkshire police shot dead a reputed drug baron, Yassar Yaqub, in January 2017. Presenter David Aaronovitch travels to Dewsbury to find out how Pakistani gangs dominate the region's drugs trade | BBC, UK

Poppy Widdison death: Mother and boyfriend jailed for 13 years each

Two drug dealers who fed a four-year-old girl heroin, methadone and ketamine for up to six months before she died have been jailed for 13 years each | ITV, UK

Smoke free as cigarettes are banned at trust across Barnet, Enfield and Haringey

Patients and staff will be stubbing out their cigarettes as they go smoke free at a mental health trust which covers Barnet, Enfield and Haringey (BEH) | North London Newspapers, UK

Councils in legal fight over ‘hippy crack’ Clapham festival

Two London councils are at loggerheads over a dance festival locals complain will ruin their bank holiday with three days of “thumping bass music” | Evening Standard, UK

Border officials seize 2.4 tonnes of illegal drug 'khat' at Teesport

Two men have been arrested in connection with the haul, which was smuggled in 300 cardboard boxes | Gazette Live, UK


International news

Finland is set to become the first country to eradicate smokers

If you thought Finland was tough on smokers before, now things are REALLY getting grim for people who want to lit up | Business insider, UK

German MPs vote to legalise cannabis for medicinal purposes

Lower house of parliament passes law that allows people with chronic and serious illnesses to get marijuana on prescription | Guardian, UK

Teetotal Trump and the drinking presidents

As Donald Trump becomes US president on Friday many will reach for a drink. Washington DC will be whirl of parties, galas and balls | BBC, UK

Obama cuts the sentences of 330 drug crime inmates on his last day as President

It was the last time he planned to exercise his presidential powers in any significant way | Journal, Ireland

Council would support banning e-cigarettes in public places

Cork County Council say they would support a nationwide ban on e-cigarettes in offices and restaurants, should the HSE advise the Government on such a measure | Avondhu, Ireland

The great unknown—risk-taking behaviour in adolescents

Adolescents are more likely to ignore information that could prompt them to rethink risky decisions. This may explain why information campaigns on risky behaviors such as drug abuse tend to have only limited success. These are the conclusions of a study conducted by researchers at the Max Planck Institute for Human Development, which has been published in the journal Scientific Reports | Medical Xpress, USA

How to Solve the Opioid Crisis, Cheap

The Case for Pharmacy Dosing of Methadone | The Fix, USA

The grim numbers that define B.C.’s overdose crisis

B.C. had more overdoses in 2016 than any year on record as fentanyl cast a wide net across the province | Globe and Mail, Canada

Decriminalization should be considered to stop overdose crisis, says Vancouver's chief doctor

The only way to stop the fentanyl crisis is to get everyone off illicit drugs and onto legal substitutions — even if that means decriminalization — according to Vancouver Coastal Health's chief medical officer | CBC News, Canada



Blogs, comment and opinion

Addiction Debates: challenging ideas, challenging ourselves

The process of debating provides individuals with a means of discussing controversial issues in a spirit of openness and self-reflection using reasoned arguments and measured objectivity | Addiction editorial, UK

‘Dry’ and ‘try’ January campaigns show moderate drinking is not just about units of alcohol

Around this time of year, many people seek to reduce, reform or moderate their drinking habits. However, the idea of what is considered “safe”, “sensible” or “responsible” drinking varies significantly at different points in time and across different countries | Conversation, UK