Daily news - 5th June 2017

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UK news

Green dreams: the growing case for medical marijuana

Should medical cannabis be legalised? It makes sense to the woman with MS who pays £500 a month on it, and the neurologist whose patients resort to street drugs | Guardian, UK

'I can stop and breathe': the people taking ketamine for depression

It has a reputation as a party drug, but some patients say it has transformed their lives after no other treatments helped | Guardian, UK

UK trial tests personality-based approach to preventing drinking

Positive and persistent effects on the drinking outcomes of high-risk
London pupils suggests they may have benefited from this psychosocial
intervention over standard drug education - but was the novel strategy
of matching the intervention to the pupils' personality the active
ingredient | Drug and Alcohol Findings, UK

Women and Drugs - videos

Recordings of the women and drugs event | Mental Elf, UK

Tighten availability to reduce alcohol-related harms, say IAS & FARE report

new report has called for tighter restrictions on alcohol availability to help address alcohol-related harms, including pressures on emergency departments, hospitals and the police | Alcohol Policy UK, UK

From Harm to Psychoactivity: The Upside of The 2016 Psychoactive Substances Act?

Writers have pointed out on Volteface before that, as we discuss ‘drug policy’ it’s worth noting that the very concept of ‘drugs’ is flawed, and we shouldn’t even debate in these terms. But what does that mean for policymaking in practice, and how does it relate to current UK debates? | Volte Face, UK

Video: Father: ‘Skunk caused my son to cut off his penis’

A man whose son cut off his penis and repeatedly stabbed his mother while high on skunk – a strong strain of cannabis – has spoken exclusively to BBC Radio 5 live about the dangers of the illegal drug | BBC, UK

Cocaine use promoted on BBC Radio 4

The BBC has been heavily criticised for a radio interview which told listeners of the current price of cocaine, but neglected to mention that it is an illegal drug | Christian Institute, UK

Tim Farron: I want to legalise cannabis - but my children cannot use it

Tim Farron has said he will not allow his children to use cannabis – even though the Liberal Democrats  wants to legalise the drug | Telegraph, UK

Integrating HIV and substance use services: a systematic review

Substance use is an important risk factor for HIV, with both concentrated in certain vulnerable and marginalized populations. Although their management differs, there may be opportunities to integrate services for substance use and HIV. In this paper we systematically review evidence from studies that sought to integrate care for people living with HIV and substance use problems | JIAS, UK

“Symbolic” Drug Policing in England Doing More Harm than Good

Police crackdowns on low-level drug offences in England are often taking place for symbolic purposes, can exacerbate violence, and may increase health risks for people who use drugs, a recent report warns | Talking Drugs, UK

2017 06 02 10 05 Apprenticeships in the drug and alcohol sector - you tube

A recording of the webinar that we held today, hosted by FDAP, regarding apprenticeships in the drug and alcohol sector | SMMGP / FDAP, UK

Free event - testing times

70 Oxford Street, Manchester M1 5NH - 6th June. Free event. This is a FREE event that sets out to explore the challenges and opportunities for collaborating with substance testing services | Manchester Metropiltian University etc al, UK

Graduation celebrates Volunteers’ Week

A group of Doncaster people who will be offering advice and support to people in recovery from drug and alcohol addiction celebrated the completion of their training during Volunteers’ Week (1-7 June) | Aspire, UK

DrugFAM Receives The Queen’s Voluntary Award

DrugFAM is delighted to announce that the charity has been awarded The Queen’s Voluntary Award.  This is the most prestigious award available to voluntary organisations and is the equivalent of an MBE.  The award recognises excellence in voluntary activities carried out by groups in the community | DrugFam, UK

Mountain Recovery Walk

Chooselife, in Partnership with Drugaid Cymru are once again inviting you to join their staff, service users and supporters for a walk up Pen-y-Fan Mountain, Brecon Beacons on Friday 14th July 2017 | Choose Life / DrugAid Cymru, UK

Forward Leeds to Focus on Summer Detox

For the first time, Forward Leeds are putting detox in the spotlight. We are focusing from June 13-15 on raising clients’ knowledge of what support there is for when they go through detox | Forward Leeds, UK

Welcome to the Anabolic Steroid user Survey

This survey is part of a research project looking at the Use/Misuse of Anabolic Steroids. This can be completed within 5-8 minutes. We would be really grateful if you could take part in this survey | University of Hertfordshire, UK

Connor Owens went from Liverpool to Kendal to sell crack cocaine and heroin

A teenager who was travelling 160 miles almost daily to sell drugs has been sentenced to 40 months in a young offenders' institution | BBC, UK

Gain Without the Pain: Legal Drugs in Sport

Painkillers in sport: a form of legal doping or an excessive reliance on medication that puts the long-term health of athletes in jeopardy? | BBC iPlayer, UK


International news

Opioid crisis: The letter that started it all

Canadian researchers have traced the origins of the opioid crisis to one letter published almost 40 years ago | BBC, UK

Cannabis oil stops life-threatening seizures in 12-year-old 

Annalise Lujan is the latest child suffering from seizures to be treated with the cannabis derivative CBD | Independent, UK

A father overdose on heroin to try to force his son to go rehab 

A father overdosed on heroin in an attempt to shock his drug-addicted son into going rehab | Independent, UK

Beer sales slide as global alcohol consumption falls

‘Worst year for beer volumes since 2009’ in the US as drinkers turn to spirits | FT, UK

Global beer sales drying up, says report

People are drinking fewer alcoholic drinks, according to a new industry report tracking consumption worldwide | BBC, UK

How to cut smoking in poor countries

The recipe to get people to quit is well-known. Why are so many governments ignoring it? | Economist, UK

The rise of heroin brings violence and fear to Mexico

Along the country’s heroin highway: signs of a booming drug business and horrific bloodshed | Independent, UK

Alleged drug dealer raided by police while showing off cash in Facebook Live stream

Swat team threw smoke bomb before descending on the property, neighbours say | Independent, UK

The woman who thinks we should use marijuana to treat pets

Danielle Blair is hoping to lead the way in using CBD to treat pets. But is it safe? | Independent, UK

Ireland shuns smoking and lands award for tobacco control

Almost two thirds of Irish people have never smoked, according to an EU-wide poll | Economist, UK

Drink driving arrests ‘increase week on week’

The number of arrests for driving under the influence between January and April 2017 has risen by 18% compared to the same period last year, according to gardaí | Irish Examiner, Ireland

Children in Dublin's north inner city want violence and drugs off their streets

As the Kinahen-Hutch feud claims another life, a report written by children calls for more gardaí and the end to violence | Journal, Ireland

Drug treatment in Ireland 2009-2015

In this seven-year period 61,439 cases were treated for problem drug use (excluding alcohol). The number of cases rose from 7,479 in 2009 to 9,892 in 2015 | HRB, Ireland

The One-Paragraph Letter From 1980 That Fueled the Opioid Crisis

Because it was published in the most prestigious U.S. medical journal, its influence snowballed in a dangerous way | The Atlantic, USA

Drug Deaths in America: Are Rising Faster Than Ever

New data compiled from hundreds of health agencies reveals the extent of the drug overdose epidemic last year | NYTimes, USA

‘Drug tourists’ keep overdosing at this library. Here’s how employees are saving their lives

Librarian Chera Kowalski has learned to scan the room for signs that someone is overdosing on heroin | Washington Post, USA

Low-dose THC can relieve stress; more does just the opposite

Cannabis smokers often report that they use the drug to relax or relieve stress, but few studies provide clinical evidence of these effects | Medical Xpress, USA

Cheaper cigarettes, roll-your-own tobacco are perpetuating a public health threat

Yesterday morning, Australia's tobacco industry woke to the latest chapter in the book documenting its inexorable decline | Medical Xpress, USA

In utero tobacco exposure can lead to executive function issues in adolescents

Prenatal tobacco exposure is known to have negative short-term impacts including preterm birth, low birth weight and subsequent behavioral issues. However, a new study found that the negative impacts can last well into the child's future | Science Daily, USA

Binge and high-intensity drinking is increasing for US young adults in their late 20s

Monitoring changes in drinking patterns and amounts helps researchers, prevention professionals, and treatment providers plan for and respond effectively to personal and public harms associated with alcohol consumption | Science Daily, USA

Retired women are entering the medical marijuana industry

The growing medical marijuana industry is seeing a remarkable trend: Women in their 50s, 60s and even 70s are starting pot-related businesses, inspired by their own experiences with the therapeutic use of the drug, according to a report by The New York Times | NYTimes, USA

Police diversion for cannabis offences: Assessing outcomes and cost-effectiveness

olice diversion is widely utilised as an intervention for minor cannabis offending in Australia. This study compared the cost-effectiveness and outcomes of three kinds of diversions—cautions, expiation and warnings—with the traditional criminal justice system response of charging the offender | AIC, Australia

National Drug Strategy Household Survey (NDSHS) 2016 key findings

The National Drug Strategy Household Survey (NDSHS) collects information on alcohol and tobacco consumption, and illicit drug use among the general population in Australia. It also surveys people’s attitudes and perceptions relating to tobacco, alcohol and other drug use. Survey findings relate mainly to people aged 14 years or older | AIHW, Australia

How one school is fighting underage drinking - and hoping to lift NAPLAN scores

One in 10 grade six students binge drink in Knox. This includes children as young as 11 | Age, Australia

Drug detox centre for children due to be hit with overflowing waiting list

The state’s first detox centre for alcohol- and ice-addicted children opened only yesterday but its bosses say it already has a huge waiting list generated by the ongoing drug crisis | Daily Telegraph, Australia

Beyond addiction

The Uniting Church in Victoria and Tasmania will consider its position on the establishment of Medically Supervised Injecting Centres (MSICs) when it gathers for the September Synod meeting at Box Hill | Crosslight, Australia


Blogs, comment and opinion

Who to vote for on drugs?

UK General Election 2017: Drug Policies of the Main Parties | Russell Webster, UK

Nick Clegg: Why the Liberal Democrats believe a legal, regulated cannabis market would improve public health

This is a debate about the merits of regulation versus a system without any control, says Nick Clegg | BMJ Opinion, UK

Some reflections on World No Tobacco Day

Today is the WHO’s World No Tobacco Day, a day set aside as a tribute to the seven million people killed each year by tobacco and a call to action to governments to halt this deadly epidemic | Medium Blog, UK

What can nurses do to help people stop smoking?

In this Evidence for Everyday Nursing blog, mental health nurse Hannah Walsh @hannaheawalsh considers the role of nurses in helping people stop smoking as she looks at Cochrane evidence on nursing interventions for smoking cessation | Evidently Cochrane Blog, UK

My alcoholic daughter, 26, must leave home – or I will

Mariella Frostrup says a father must agree clear boundaries with his wife for their alcohol-addicted daughter – and stick to them | Guardian, UK

I fear skunk has claimed our son – but his siblings come to the rescue

He leaves the house without telling me where he’s going and stays out all night, but his elder siblings are being vigilant | Guardian, UK

Parliamentary Archives: Inside the Act Room

To celebrate London History Day we had a close look at our collections and tried to find records that reflected on London’s past but would speak to Londoners today; and that's how I found the Tippling Act | Parliamentary Archives Blog, UK

Informing prevention through big data – The Global Drug Survey

This month’s blog post comes from Larissa Maier, who is voluntarily involved in the Global Drug Survey (GDS) besides her actual job, believing that this engagement can make a difference. In this blog post, she describes how she joined the GDS and shares the very first results from the GDS2017. She concludes with her view on how these results relate to global drug prevention | EUSPR Blog, UK

Guide to UK Free Mental Health Helplines

In this post, we signpost you to the various free helplines that exist for people suffering from mental health issues. There exist many helplines of this nature, and you may be confused by their sheer volume | Cassiobury Court, UK

Soviet anti-alcohol posters (book)

Alcohol presents an exhaustive collection of previously unpublished, Soviet Anti-Alcohol posters. The book includes examples from the 1960s through to the 1980s, but focuses on those produced during the Mikhail Gorbachev campaign initiated in 1985 | ADHS Blog, USA