Daily news - 30th January 2017

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MPs debate tackling alcohol harm

On Thursday 2 February MPs will debate tackling alcohol harm in Westminster Hall. Fiona BruceBill Esterson and Liam Byrne will lead the debate | Parliament.ik, UK


To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what steps his Department is taking to train NHS staff on the use and availability of Naloxone | They work for you, UK

Alcoholic Drinks and Smoking

To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what estimate he has made of the cost to the NHS of (a) smoking-related and (b) alcohol-related diseases in the most recent year for which figures are available | They work for you, UK

Statutory Pubs Code and Pubs Code Adjudicator

I beg to move, That this House  welcomes the Pubs Code established in July 2016 to deliver a fairer relationship between large tied pub companies and their licensees and to deliver the principle that the tied licensee should be no worse off than a free-of-tie licensee | They work for you, UK

Innovative ways to support smokers requiring nicotine management in a mental health organisation

The Trust ambition to go smokefree followed publication of the NICE Guidance PH48: Smoking cessation in secondary care: acute, maternity and mental health services and involved introduction of a Trust wide smokefree policy | NICE, UK

Healthy eating trend inspires surge in demand for almond milk, e-cigarettes and avocado

Sales of e-cigarettes rose by 30.1 per cent last year and sales of avocado added 28.3 per cent | Independent, UK

Plain packaging and graphic warnings will ‘crush’ craft drinks, says gin master

Campaigners slam ‘sanctimonious’ health experts after call for tobacco-style warnings | Guardian, UK

Exclusive: Student alcohol habits uncovered

University survey reveals attitudes to drinking, and huge gender disparity among victims of sexual harassment and assault | Varsity, UK

IAS January news

Latest updates on UK alcohol policy matters | IAS, UK

Why I bought my daughter drugs - BBC iPlayer radio

The programme that starts with its listeners | BBC, UK

Harrow pupils collapse after 'taking Ecstasy'

Three boarding pupils at Harrow School collapsed after taking Ecstasy tablets and received emergency treatment from paramedics, it has emerged | Telegraph, UK

Former grammar school boy who did not help drowning teenager whilst high on drink on drugs is jailed for manslaughter  

Agrammar school pupil who left his date to drown without helping her after taking a cocktail of drink and drugs has been jailed for manslaughter | Telegraph, UK

Preston’s first cannabis club to challenge Home Office

Preston’s newest club is taking the Government to court for the right to supply cannabis to its members | Lancashire Post, UK

Dundee memorial garden planned for those affected by drugs and alcohol

Support service Addaction is looking for volunteers to help build a remembrance garden | Dundee Evening Telegraph, UK

Drug dealers jailed after Michael Freshwater death

Five men involved in a drugs plot uncovered during investigations into an unsolved murder have been sentenced | BBC, UK

Warning that change in law will hit the homeless as ‘spice’ drug users face arrest

Westminster Council leader Nickie Aiken: 'Nobody wants to arrest the most vulnerable in our society. The last thing we need is these people in police cells. What they need is help' | West End News, UK

Two Premiership players tested positive for cocaine last season, confirms RFU

The unnamed pair returned samples showing out-of-competition use of the recreational drug, according to the latest RFU annual anti-doping report | Telegraph, UK

Chess players need checking for drugs, scientists say

Scientists have called for a crackdown on doping in chess after it emerged that players may be taking performance-enhancing substances | Telegraph, UK

Garry Fraser: How I went from dealing to Trainspotting

Edinburgh man Garry Fraser went from taking and dealing heroin to making films, and it got him a shot at the big time with T2 Trainspotting | BBC, UK

John Hurt interview: 'alcoholic is a silly word'

In this interview, which originally ran on December 15, 2015, John Hurt talks to Gaby Wood about gossiping, his battle with cancer, and the irresistible allure of Soho in the Fifties | Telegraph, UK


International news

How 'micro-dosing' LSD helped a woman to 'improve her mental health and save her marriage'

Taking small amounts of illegal, psychedelic drugs is being hailed by some as a way to combat mental illness | Independent, UK

Suspected drugs worth €3m (£2.5m) seized in County Kildare

An assault rifle, ammunition, and approximately €3m (£2.5m) of suspected heroin and cocaine have been recovered during an operation in County Kildare | BBc, UK

Colombian government and rebels announce cocaine crop plan

Colombia has announced a plan to eradicate vast crops of coca leaf, the raw material for cocaine | BBC, UK

NNA asking for permission to intervene on the SNUS ban

A spokesperson for the New Nicotine Alliance (NNA), in the UK, Jessica harding has contacted us at Vaping Post informing us that in two days' time, on the 26th of January, the organization is appealing to the High Court in London, asking "for permission to act as an independent intervenor in the Swedish Match application to challenge the ban on snus" | Vaping Post, UK

Six things you need to know about gardaí's new roadside drug testing regime

Roadside drug testing starting within weeks will check motorists for commonly prescribed medicines including Valium and sleeping tablets, as well as illegal drugs | Independent, Ireland

Attorney general to examine controversial alcohol bill

A controversial alcohol bill has stalled yet again after a number of legal issues were uncovered | Irish Examiner, Ireland

Roadside drug tests from March

Conor Faughnan from the AA is advising anyone taking these prescription medications to consult with their pharmacist before driving, in light of roadside drug-testing coming into force in March | Breaking News, Ireland

GPs support legalisation of cannabis

The majority of GPs support the legalisation of cannabis for therapeutic use, but not the Government’s policy on decriminalisation | Irish Examiner, Ireland

Revamped online Healthy Nightlife Toolbox goes live today

As of today, the EU drugs agency (EMCDDA) will be hosting an online Healthy Nightlife Toolbox (HNT), which collects and provides information on good-practice interventions targeting drug and alcohol use and related problems among young people in nightlife settings | EMCDDA, Portugal

What Finland's plan to be tobacco-free can teach the world

The Finnish government has set an ambitious goal for residents in a bid to benefit their health -- and their bank balances | CNN, USA

The US Is Opening Its First "Safe Injection Facility" For Heroin Addicts

The spaces work to prevent overdoses among people who inject drugs. “It should be our mandate to keep people alive,” said one public health expert | BuzzFeed, USA

Awash in overdoses, Seattle creates safe sites for addicts to inject illegal drugs

Officials in Seattle on Friday approved the nation’s first “safe-injection” sites for users of heroin and other illegal drugs, calling the move a drastic but necessary response to an epidemic of addiction that is claiming tens of thousands of lives each year | Washington Post, USA

Citing Opioid Crisis, Obama’s Drug Czar Warns Against Repealing Affordable Care Act

Michael Botticelli says the ACA has helped to combat the country’s opioid epidemic | Huffington Post, USA

Combined use of alcohol and cocaine linked to suicide deaths

Alcohol use can be found in suicide deaths and unintentional deaths due to injuries such as those from motor vehicle collisions (MVCs) | News Medical, 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 | Science Daily, USA

Ethan Nadelmann's Farewell Letter to Drug Policy Alliance Staff

The time has come for me to step aside as executive director of the Drug Policy Alliance | Drug Policy Aliance, USA

Exclusive Interview with David Muir on ABC's "Breaking Point: Heroin in America"

The World News Tonight and 20/20 anchor reports from the front lines to bring us "an unvarnished, powerful look at the state of heroin addiction today...This is a very unsettling story with some very raw moments." | The Fix, USA

Frito-Lay Introduces Chip Bag With Alcohol Sensor to Help Prevent Drunk Driving During Super Bowl

With just over a week to go until Super Bowl 51 kicks off, one major chip brand is introducing a new type of bag that aims to tell you if you’re too drunk to drive | WSLS USA

A Courtroom Is a Crappy Spot for a Coke Deal

Canadian mounties say they watched a man hand-deliver a baggie to a prisoner on Friday | VICE, Canada

‘Please don’t judge’: Mother whose son died from fentanyl overdose says the drug doesn’t discriminate

A B.C. mother whose son died from a fentanyl overdose earlier this month has posted a message on Facebook as a warning to others that fentanyl can kill anyone and it doesn’t discriminate | Global News, Canada

Chapel St overdoses: Green's pill testing proposal dismissed by state government

The State Government has slapped down a call by Prahran state Greens MP Sam Hibbins to introduce pill testing for illicit drugs | Courier Mail, Australia

Organised crime in NSW at levels not seen previously as state loses war on drugs

Sydney's senior law enforcement agency has made the astonishing admission that they have lost the war on drugs | Daily Telegraph, Australia

Struggling supermarkets rely on beer, babies and smokes

Supermarkets increasingly relying on alcohol and tobacco sales to prop up their bottom line | Age, Australia

More WA drivers charged with drug-driving as tests soar

Ten people a day are caught drug-driving in WA, according to new police figures which show the number of people charged for driving while under the influence of illicit substances has soared | News.com.au, Australia

Manila scraps anti-drug police units 

The Philippines police will disband anti-drugs units following the killing of a South Korean businessmen by rogue officers, but the countrys president is vowing to forge ahead with his war on drugs until the last day of his term | Herlad Sun, Australia


Blogs, comment and opinion

Nicotine in the news

In Canada, the University of Victoria’s Centre for Addictions Research of British Columbia (CARBC) in a report called “ Clearing the Air” have concluded that fears of vaping being a gateway to tobacco smoking are unfounded | NSP Blog, UK

Duncan Selbie's Friday message – 27 Jan 2017

Economic development that leads to more jobs for people in our communities is a big contributor to closing the health gap | Duncan Selbies Friday, UK

Thoughts on “Strategies and Skills for Improving Children’s Mental Health”

On 1st July 2016 CGL launched the Emotional Wellbeing Service for young people in Cardiff and the Vale of Glamorgan in South Wales | CGL Blog, UK

Never Mind Dry January, We Should Probably All Give Up Alcohol

The new inconvenient truth is that we should probably all give up alcohol - for good. Most of us will have a friend attempting Dry January, swerving the demon drink for a month for varying reasons: to live more healthily, assuage festive guilt, avoid hangovers, save money or prove their willpower | Huffington Post Blog, UK

ALEX WODAK. Do large seizures of illicit drugs really make a difference?

Large seizures of illicit drugs always attract considerable publicity, and are no doubt very positive for the law enforcement agencies and politicians involved. But do they benefit the community?| John Menadue - Pearls and irritations blog, Australia