Daily news -9th June 2017

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Making It Happen

We are excited to launch Making It Happen, our guidance covering how to ensure the needs of families affected by drugs and alcohol are met | Adfam, UK

Events & dates 2017: UKCTAS alcohol policy course, alcohol & sport, addictions & international events

Selected alcohol events and dates forthcoming in 2017 | Alcohol Policy UK, UK

Skunk Scares Sell Papers

“Rugby Playing Teen Hacks Off His Own Penis After Smoking Skunk.” It sounds like a headline from the 1930’s Reefer Madness era USA, but it is in fact a story that has found itself prominently featured in a wide range of British tabloids and broadsheets in recent days | Volte Face, UK

Naloxone saves lives in Doncaster

A harm reduction initiative launched 12 months ago to reduce drug related deaths by Doncaster’s drug and alcohol service has seen over 150 life-saving Naloxone kits handed out across the borough | ASPIRE, UK

This man had lung cancer and took on a shopping centre over people STILL flouting 2007 smoking ban

This former smoker from Tunbridge Wells who was diagnosed with lung cancer nearly two years ago has taken on the town's shopping centre over people puffing away where smoking is banned | Kent Live, UK

Alcohol is child's play in youth production

Police have praised a group of young people who are taking to the stage to tackle the issue of underage drinking | BBC, UK

Cannabis farmer with brain tumour spared jail

A cannabis grower who was caught with a marijuana crop worth £36,000 ($46,500) will not go to jail after a judge discovered he had a brain tumour | IBTimes, UK

Conwy arrests: Five face court drugs charges

Two men from north Wales and three from Liverpool are in court after being charged as part of a drug trafficking investigation | BBC, UK


International news

Homeless shelter receives $10K donation from former resident

A Canadian man who used to live on the street has donated C$10,000 ($7,400, £5,720) to the homeless shelter that took him in | BBC, UK

Last orders for Lithuanian teenagers as government cracks down on alcohol

Heavy-drinking Lithuania plans to introduce most prohibitive alcohol laws in Europe, but young people aren’t complaining | Guardian, UK

A Day In The Life: The World Of Humans Who Use Drugs - The Full Movie

We are glad to publish our documentary movie  featuring one day in the life of people who use drugs from seven cities around the world! | Drug Reporter, Hungary

Drugnet Europe 98

In this issue: European Drug Report 2017 highlights | Overdose deaths on the rise for third consecutive year | New drugs emerging at a slower pace | Signs of rising cocaine availability | The expanding influence of the internet | Lisbon Addictions 2017 update | New EMCDDA products and services | EMCDDA scientific award 2017 | EMCDDA, Portugal

Synthetic cannabinoids in Europe

Synthetic cannabinoids represent the largest group of substances currently monitored in Europe by the EMCDDA through the EU Early Warning System. Current knowledge on these substances and trends in production, availability, use and harms are presented in this analysis | EMCDDA, Portugal

WHO updates Essential Medicines List with new advice on use of antibiotics, and adds medicines for hepatitis C, HIV, tuberculosis and cancer

New advice on which antibiotics to use for common infections and which to preserve for the most serious circumstances is among the additions to the WHO Model list of essential medicines for 2017. Other additions include medicines for HIV, hepatitis C, tuberculosis and leukaemia | WHO, Switzerland

Heroin's use rising, costing society more than $51 billion

Heroin use in the United States was estimated to cost society more than $51 billion in 2015, according to new research at the University of Illinois at Chicago | EurekAlert, USA

Heart infections spike as injection-drug abuse climbs: CDC

There's another alarming consequence to America's heroin and prescription painkiller epidemic: an increase in a serious heart infection called endocarditis, U.S. health officials report | Medical Xpress, USA

Chronic pain patients say opioid crackdown is hurting them

Jim Watkins lives with pain so intense it can snatch his breath away. He has osteogenesis imperfecta, also known as brittle bone disease, and the best way he has found to control the anguish is with daily doses of tramadol, an opioid medication | Medical Xpress, USA

Why the marijuana and tobacco policy camps are on very different paths

The regulatory approaches to marijuana and tobacco in the United States are on decidedly different paths and, according to researchers from the U.S. and Australia, neither side appears interested in learning from the other | Medical Xpress, USA

Where there’s smoke: LGB young adults' use of other tobacco products

Lesbian, gay, and bisexual (LGB) individuals are more likely than heterosexual individuals to smoke and use other tobacco products. Although acceptance of so-called sexual minorities has increased in recent years, coming out to friends, family, and coworkers can still be stressful | BASIS, USA

Victorian Coroner calls for crackdown on parolees, including random drugs checks

Victoria's coroner has called for a crackdown on the state's parole system checks, including random testing of parolees | Age, Australia



Blogs, comment and opinion

Jim Duffy: Let’s throw legalising cannabis into the melting pot

As he hits 50, Jim Duffy says he’s old enough to be trusted with altering his mind with freely-available alcohol or with a prohibited drug | Scotsman, UK

A Georgia sheriff ordered pat-down searches for every student at a public high school. Now they’re suing

Students at Worth County High School in Sylvester, Ga., have filed a federal civil rights lawsuit against their country sheriff after he ordered what the complaint describes as a schoolwide drug sweep involving pat-down searches of hundreds of teenagers | Washington Post Blog, USA