Daily news -16th June 2017

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Statistics on Smoking, England - 2017 [NS]

This statistical report presents a range of information on smoking which is drawn together from a variety of sources. The report aims to present a broad picture of health issues relating to smoking in England and covers topics such as smoking prevalence, habits, behaviours and attitudes among adults and school children, smoking-related ill health and mortality and smoking-related costs | NHS Digital, UK

Adult smoking habits in the UK: 2016

Cigarette smoking among adults including the proportion of people who smoke, their demographic breakdowns, changes over time, and e-cigarettes | ONS, UK

Local tobacco control profiles for England: June 2017 data update

The Local Tobacco Control Profiles for England quarterly data update for June 2017 | PHE, UK

Pregnant women smoking rates 'concern' in England

The reduction in smoking rates among pregnant women in England has slowed down in the past year, prompting concern from health charities | BBC, UK

Smoking rate in UK falls to second-lowest in Europe

Public health chiefs pleased at steep decline in smoking rate among young adults, from 26% to 19% in six years | Guardian, UK

Safeguarding Adult Review: Carol (PDF)

This Safeguarding Adult Review (SAR) was initiated in 2015 by Teeswide Safeguarding Adults Board (TSAB) following the death of a 39-year-old woman, who for the purposes of this report will be called Carol. Carol was attacked and murdered in her home during the early hours of 8 th to 9 th December 2014. She was discovered dead at home by her landlord on the morning of 9 th December 2014. Two teenage girls, aged 13 and 14, were arrested for Carol’s murder | TSAB, UK

Reducing harm associated with illicit drug use

Updated info from the BMA | BMA, UK

Researchers figured out the amount of marijuana that helps people relax — and how much is too much

Marijuana and relaxation have always had a bit of a funny relationship | Business Insider, UK

Drop in violence associated with smoke-free policy at psychiatric hospital

New King’s College London research reveals a 39 per cent drop in physical assaults - both between patients and towards staff - following the introduction of a smoke-free policy at the South London and Maudsley NHS Foundation Trust (SLaM) | Kings College London, UK

Cancer patients will take cannabis to see if it can reduce the side effects of chemotherapy

Clinical trials will take place at a new research facility which is opening in Cardiff this summer | Wales Online, UK

Northern Ireland child health 'among worst in W Europe'

"Poverty is having a devastating effect on families - with smoking and drinking alcohol, poor mental health and obesity amongst children and young people all more likely to affect those from the most deprived backgrounds | BBC, UK

Belfast 'drugs threat list' criticised

Gerry Kelly said a leaflet containing threats against 48 people had been circulating "in the public arena". The leaflet purports to be from a group calling itself "Communities Against Drugs", and it names people who should "come forward" | BBC, UK

Tony Rao: Social media is as harmful as alcohol and drugs for millennials

The word “addiction” brings to mind alcohol and drugs. Yet, over the past 20 years, a new type of addiction has emerged: addiction to social media | Yorkshire Evening Post, UK

Alcohol Brief Interventions in GP settings in Scotland: Launch invitation

SHAAP and the Universities of Edinburgh and Stirling invite you to a seminar launch of two important new reports | SHAAP, UK

Recovery Games – Register now!

Aspire Drug and Alcohol Service’s Recovery Games will be back and bigger than ever on 18 August 2017 and registration is now open! Held at the Hatfield Activity Centre, Hatfield Marina, Doncaster the Recovery Games have become a fantastic way to celebrate Recovery | Aspire, UK

Hepatitis See Community Art and Digital Photography Project

A picture can tell a thousand words. Use yours to challenge stigma: harness your personal creativity and transform how we think about hepatitis C | Hepatitis C Scotland, UK

UK's longest serving police dog Brewster, who discovered drugs in Ware, has died

Britain's longest serving police dog, whose sensitive nose detected drugs in Ware and across Hertfordshire, has died after a short illness | Hertfordshire Mercury, UK


International news

Don’t forget meth: The focus on opioids overshadows another worsening drug plague

Methamphetamine has become cheaper and more potent. Deaths from overdoses have risen fast | Economist, UK

A billion-dollar industry, a racist legacy: being black and growing pot in America

What does it take to succeed as a young black entrepreneur in a sector largely dominated by white men seen as daring trailblazers? | Guardian, UK

She was a crack addict. He was a rising political star. Then their worlds collided

The story of two San Francisco residents brought together by a crime is illustrative of a city divided by deep inequality and homelessness | Guardian, UK

Deontay Wilder: Heavyweight champion charged with marijuana possession in Alabama

The 31-year-old was arrested after being stopped by police for a window tint violation | Independent, UK

The Trudeau government ramped up drug criminalization with this new law

Though the government calls it a “momentous step forward” in the fight against the worsening opioid crisis, new legislation aimed at significantly reducing obstacles to opening supervised injection sites also stands to beef up the criminal enforcement of drug use | VICE, UK

Queensland's prison policy is 'stupid', says former chief as he calls for drugs rethink

Keith Hamburger says state should legalise recreational supply and build ‘healing centres’ for Indigenous offenders | Guardian, UK

Families left feeling 'abandoned' after sudden closure of Blanchardstown drug treatment clinic

'I'm lost, my dad passed away in January and I got through it because of them. I'm not sure what I'll do now' | Dublin Live, Ireland

Youth tobacco product use, including e-cigarettes, drops during 2015-2016

The number of middle and high school students who say they are current tobacco users – defined as having used a tobacco product in the past 30 days – dropped from 4.7 million in 2015 to 3.9 million in 2016, according to new data... | CDC, USA

E-Cigarettes May Be Less Addictive Than Cigarettes, Study Finds

In an attempt to quit smoking, many people turn to products like electronic cigarettes. While e-cigs may not be healthier than traditional tobacco products, they might be less addictive, according to a new study | Medical Daily, USA

One third of U.S. adults don’t know e-cigarette vapor may harm kids

Even though the U.S. Surgeon General has concluded e-cigarette vapor may expose children to nicotine and other harmful chemicals, a new study finds that one in three adults aren’t sure if the devices are dangerous to use around kids | Reuters, USA

Tobacco is a Social Justice Issue: Why the LGBT Community is Among the Hardest Hit by Smoking

LGBT adults smoke at rates up to 2.5 times higher than straight peers, due in part to profiling by Big Tobacco, says Truth Initiative | PR Newswire, USA

Drinking during adolescence can alter brain cell nerve growth

The developmental period from adolescence to adulthood is accompanied by a greater vulnerability to addictions than is seen in other periods of life. A new report describes a study in mice of the neurobehavioral impact of chronic, intermittent alcohol-vapor exposure during adolescence, in an effort to model periodic heavy drinking and compare it with similar drinking behavior during adulthood | Science Daily, USA

Medical costs soar for U.S. babies born addicted to opioids

The number of U.S. newborns hospitalized for opiate withdrawal has spiked sharply in recent years—and so has the cost of treating them, a new study shows | Medical Xpress, USA

Strategies implemented to cut opioid ODs, deaths in Maryland

A series of special training programs, including training on how to use the Screening, Brief Intervention, and Referral to Treatment strategy in office-based settings are being facilitated by the Maryland State Medical Society (MedChi). The aim is to get 250 physicians to attend two sessions planned for June 20 and 22 | Medical Xpress, USA

GHB: An Explainer on the Most Stigmatized Club Drug

Of all the club drugs, GHB is the one that carries the most stigma. The liquid substance is also used a date rape drug, and so talking about taking it recreationally is tricky to navigate | Thump, USA

Drug and alcohol connections newsletter - June

Latest news and research | NDARC, Australia

Drug Foundation director Ross Bell seeks illicit drugs for science

Drug Foundation executive director Ross Bell has been dobbed in by his friends after he posted on Facebook trying to score some illegal drugs - but it turns out it's for scientific testing | NZHerald, New Zealand


Blogs, comment and opinion

Prevention a prescription for better health in Australia

Australia spends just $89 per person per year on preventative health, significantly less than international peers, and must commit more if it wishes to stave off budget blowouts related to chronic disease, according to a new report released Wednesday at Parliament House. The report, Preventative Health: How much does Australia spend and is itenough, found that Australia compared poorly with OECD peers in terms of spending on prevention, at about $2 billion per year or $89 per capita | Croakey Blog, Australia