Daily news - 27th January 2017

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Drug misuse treatment in England: evidence review of outcomes

A review of evidence on what outcomes can be expected of the drug treatment and recovery system in England, with advice on future policy | PHE, UK

Evidence review on drug misuse treatment published

Press release. Public Health England's review shows the drug misuse treatment system in England is performing well | PHE, UK

Secure setting statistics from the NDTMS: financial year ending March 2016

National Drug Treatment Monitoring System (NDTMS) alcohol and drug treatment activity statistics for adult and young people in secure settings | PHE, UK

Thematic analysis of training for prison staff on new psychoactive substances

The use of new psychoactive substances (NPS) in prisons has been recognised as an increasing problem for several years | PHE, UK

Mental Health in General Hospitals: Treat as One (2017)

This NCEPOD report highlights the quality of mental health and physical health care for patients aged 18 years or older with a significant mental disorder who are admitted to a general hospital. The report takes a critical look at areas where the care of patients might have been improved. Remediable factors have also been identified in the clinical and the organisational care of these patients | NCEPOD, UK

Statistics on NHS Stop Smoking Services: England, April 2016 to September 2016

This quarterly report presents results from the monitoring of the NHS Stop Smoking Services in England during the period April 2016 to June 2016. NHS Stop Smoking Services offer support to help people quit smoking. This can include intensive support through group therapy or one-to-one support | NHS Digital, UK

Call to ban sweet-flavoured e-cigarettes in Wales

Health officials are calling for a ban on the sale of confectionary-like flavours in e-cigarettes over concerns they appeal to children | BBC, UK

State of Child Health Report 2017

Child health 'in jeopardy', due to the alarming gap between rich and poor | Shorthand Social, UK

FDAP members’ interests and accreditation safe with SMMGP

It’s business as usual for FDAP members, the organisation’s outgoing chief executive has confirmed. In a statement on 19 January that the professional body for substance misuse workers would close at the end of the month (drinkanddrugsnews.com/fdap-closes-and-transfers-functions-to-smmgp), FDAP’s board transferred all member services to SMMGP | DDN, UK

Perceptions of school-based alcohol education by educational and health stakeholders: “Education as usual” compared to a randomised controlled trial

The present study sought the views of stakeholders, including school leaders and statutory stakeholders, on the content and evaluation of a classroom-based alcohol education intervention in a Randomised Controlled Trial in Scotland and Northern Ireland | DEPP, UK

How LSD affects the brain and creates its trippy effect

Once you drop, you can’t stop – sometimes for up to 15 hours. Images revealing how LSD interacts with receptors in the brain could explain why a trip lasts so long, while another study involving a similar receptor unpicks how the drug makes these experiences feel meaningful | New Scientist, UK

Take-Home Naloxone 2017: Revolution, Convolutions & Necessary Evolutions

Free event. Camberwell. Fri 10 March 2017. 10:00 – 17:00 GMT | National Addictions Centre, UK

'Grave danger' warning over cannabis farms

Emergency services are warning people of the dangers of cannabis farms after a recent house fire in Sunderland | ITV, UK

Police start arresting users of spice as street drug is upgraded to a 'Class B' substance

USERS of highly-addictive synthetic cannabis are being arrested on the streets of Camden for the first time following a controversial change in the law which has been criticised for criminalising the vulnerable | Camden New Journal, UK

Two Premiership rugby union players test positive for cocaine use

Two Premiership players tested positive for recreational drug use last season, the Rugby Football Union (RFU) has confirmed | BBC, UK

Nineteen charged after drugs raids in London and Oxfordshire

Nineteen people have been charged following a series of drugs raids across London and Oxfordshire | BBC, UK

From Amari mania to a vodka revival: what we’ll be drinking in 2017

If you want to keep up with the in-things in drinks this year, here are four trends that could take off in a big way | Guardian , UK


International news

Iceland Knows How To Stop Teen Substance Use

It’s a little before three on a sunny Friday afternoon and Laugardalur Park, near central Reykjavik, looks practically deserted | Volte Face, UK

LSD study reveals why acid trips last so long

Research is first to demonstrate precisely how the compound lysergic acid diethylamide attaches to serotonin receptors in the brain | Guardian, UK

Israel acts to decriminalize small-scale marijuana use

Marijuana use is fairly common in Israel. The United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime has said that almost nine percent of Israelis use cannabis | Reuters, UK

Tunisia Lawmakers Reconsidering “Draconian” Drug Law

As the Tunisian parliament considers a legislative revision to the country’s notoriously strict drug law, human rights organisations are urging lawmakers to reduce penalties | Talking Drugs, UK

Factsheet: Alcohol - the Irish situation. (PDF)

This factsheet contains information on treatment, prevalence, mortality and crime in Ireland | HRB, Ireland

'Medicinal cannabis could be made free of charge'

The Oireachtas Health Committee has made several recommendations in its report on medicinal cannabis | Journal, Ireland

Report on Medicial Cannabis welcomed

People Before Profit TD Gino Kenny has welcomed the publication of an Oireachtas Health Committee report on Medicinal Cannabis | Breaking News, Ireland

Gardaí seize 175 cannabis plants from Leitrim growhouse

Nobody was arrested as the house was unoccupied | Journal, Ireland

Drug consumption rooms round the world

Interactive map | Salle de consommation, France

Skirting drug laws, Vancouver social-housing operators create consumption rooms for tenants who fear fentanyl

Two of Vancouver’s largest social-housing operators are making spaces available inside their buildings where tenants addicted to drugs can inject narcotics in an open setting and in the relative safety that comes with the presence of staff and other users | Georgia Straight, USA

50 years ago, methadone made a rosy debut

The drug methadone appears to have fulfilled its promise as an answer to heroin addiction. Some 276 hard-core New York addicts … have lost their habits and none have returned to heroin — a 100 percent success rating | Science News, USA

Age limits on e-cigarettes cause uptick in cigarette smoking among pregnant teens

-While laws placing age limits on the purchasing of e-cigarettes are intended to reduce the use of tobacco products, a recent study shows an unintended consequence: a rise in traditional cigarette smoking among pregnant teens | EurekAlert, USA

Heroin keeps clients 'normal' at unique program

The smell of rubbing alcohol permeates a tiny room where chronic heroin users inject a pharmaceutical-grade version of the drug three times a day to just feel normal | The Record, Canada

Consultation Summary: “Plain and Standardized Packaging” for Tobacco Products

Recognizing that more could be done in the area of tobacco control, the Government of Canada made a commitment in November 2015 to introduce plain and standardized packaging (PSP) requirements for tobacco products | Canadian Government, Canada

For adults only: Evolving attitudes about marijuana among Gen X-ers

As people age, their attitudes often change. Opinions can transform for many reasons. Circumstances evolve, people look at questions from different points of view, exposure to and knowledge about events and subjects changes | BASIS, USA


Blogs, comment and opinion

Reviewing the evidence on drug misuse treatment

We've published an evidence review of the outcomes that can be expected of drug misuse treatment in England, which was commissioned by the Department of Health in 2015 and has helped inform the forthcoming government Drugs Strategy | PHE Blog, UK

With ecstasy coming back, we need more campaigners like Leah Betts’s parents

The graphic picture of Leah Betts before her death changed the drugs debate. But as well as losing their daughter, her family were hounded from their home | Guardian Opinion, UK

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

On Wednesday, 5th April Alcohol Research UK will be hosting a national conference on public involvement in alcohol research.  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 comment, UK