Daily news -19th June 2017

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UK news

Precursor chemical import and export authorisation wallchart

[Updated] This chart outlines the authorisation requirements for importing chemicals into the UK and the requirements for exporting them to different countries across the world | Home Office, UK

Intervene beyond the family to help young problem substance users

Review finds that multidimensional family therapy, which intervenes
across a child’s social environment, is more effective than other
interventions for treating young people with substance use and other
behavioural problems, particularly those further along the severity
scale | Drug and Alcohol Findings, UK

Teenagers should stop rolling their cannabis joints with tobacco if they don't want CANCER, researcher warns

Ian Hamilton, a weed researcher based at York University, suggested youngsters should instead smoke the drug on its own if they want to get high | Mail Online, UK

Hairdressers and beauty salons warned they face £20,000 fine for offering free glasses of bubbly 

Hairdressers and beauty salons have been warned by police that offering complimentary glasses of bubbly to their customers could cost them up to £20,000 | Telegraph, UK

Sikh community urged to face 'taboo' issue of addiction

Sikhs needs to start talking openly about addiction to tackle the problems of "shame" and "stigma", a recovering alcoholic has said | BBC, UK


Whilst the shockwaves of last week’s General Election continue to rumble on, many reformers are turning their attention to what all this upheaval and uncertainty means for the future of drug policy in the UK | Volte face, UK

Balby community turns out for Great Get Together

A Balby specialist detoxification and day programme which helps people beat their drug and alcohol addictions hosted a Summer Fete for service users, friends and neighbours on Friday 16 June | Aspire, UK

Ant McPartlin checks into rehab for alcohol and drug problem

Ant McPartlin, one half of presenting duo Ant and Dec, has checked himself into rehab for a prescription drug and alcohol problem, according to The Sun on Sunday | BBC Newsbeat, UK

Spice craze 'crackdown' sees just seven charged in Scotland over zombie drug in a year

Experts believe new law may have pushed users towards other illegal drugs while ex-user says arrests represent a tiny fraction of those using the substances | Daily Record, UK

Eddie Girvan: Killer was high on crystal meth and heroin

A woman who killed a pensioner was "high on crystal meth and heroin" at the time, a court has heard | BBC, UK

Teen drug dealer detained for Bournemouth stabbing

A teenage drug dealer who stabbed a customer leaving a knife embedded in his head, has been detained for 12 years | BBC, UK


International news

Cannabis users are more successful and satisfied, finds new study 

Household income was $93,800 (£73,470) for consumers in California, significantly higher than the $70,000 (£54811) average for abstainers | Independent, UK

E-cigarette users less addicted than smokers, study finds

People who exclusively use e-cigarettes show lower levels of dependence than those who smoke cigarettes, according to a study | Pharmaceutical Journal, UK

President's Commission on Combating Drug Addiction and Opioid Crisis - video

The Commission is established in the interest of obtaining advice and recommendations for the President regarding the opioid crisis.  The Commission functions solely as an advisory body and makes recommendations regarding policies and practices for combating drug addiction with particular focus on the current opioid crisis in the United States | White House, USA

Call for Action, Not More Study, On Opioid Crisis

As a candidate, President Trump vowed to “take care” of the opioid epidemic. But some addiction experts say his action so far, a commission, is a waste of time | NYTimes, USA

What Trump’s GOP Health Cuts Mean For Drug Addicts

Republicans in both the House and the Senate are considering big cuts to Medicaid. But those cuts endanger addiction treatment, which many people receive through the government health insurance program | IBTimes, USA

L.A. sheriff's deputies to carry nasal spray to treat opioid overdose victims

The LA Department will supply thousands of field deputies with the nasal anti-opioid spray naloxone to help prevent overdose-related deaths, officials announced Thursday | LATimes, USA

The Surprising Effect of Marijuana Legalization on College Students

After Oregon legalized the drug, its use went up—but mainly among teens who also binge-drink | Atlantic, USA

Heroin Vaccine Could Turn Body’s Defenses Against The Drug

As heroin-related deaths soar in the United States, a group of researchers said they may be one step closer to developing a vaccine that could block the drug’s addictive high | Huffington Post, USA

New study shows for first time link between passive smoking in childhood and rheumatoid arthritis

The results of a study presented today at the Annual European Congress of Rheumatology (EULAR) 2017 press conference confirmed the link between active smoking and the risk of developing rheumatoid arthritis (RA). However, interestingly, it also suggested for the first time that in smokers, exposure to tobacco early in life through passive smoking in childhood significantly increased this risk | Medical Xpress, USA

Wearable sensor helps people keep tabs on drinking

Electrical engineers are creating a wearable sensor to help people manage their alcohol intake | Science Daily, USA

Hazards of cigarette smoking extend way beyond the lungs

The long list of conditions that smoking can cause, contribute to, increase the risk of or worsen runs from high blood pressure, type 2 diabetes and stroke to gum disease, arthritis and erectile dysfunction | Science Daily, USA

New Docuseries Aims to Factcheck ‘America’s War on Drugs’

When Gary Webb’s investigative series, “Dark Alliance,” came out in the San Jose Mercury-News in 1996 alleging the Central Intelligence Agency was involved in the importation of cocaine into South Central Los Angeles, many people in the Black community claimed the articles proved the CIA deliberately was out to destroy Black people, and a long-standing urban conspiracy theory was born | NBC News, USA

Dispute between alcohol companies and safe drinking review panel bubbles over

Alcohol makers have rejected an offer by a senior federal health bureaucrat for the industry to put forward experts to join a panel reviewing Australia's controversial safe drinking guidelines | Age, Australia

Herald Sun: Victorian schools swept up in drug epidemic as hundreds of children struggle with addiction

Police have warned that drug use among young Victorians is out of control, saying hundreds — including primary school-aged children — are now struggling with addiction | VAADA, Australia

Medicinal cannabis: Doctors to learn how to prescribe drug at Melbourne course

Brisbane man Michael Stoopman is a cancer survivor who believes the benefits of medicinal cannabis go way beyond palliative care | ABC News, Australia

Police blitz cannabis crop houses, admit Melbourne is Australia's pot capital

Victorian detectives have launched an unprecedented blitz against sophisticated marijuana syndicates with senior police admitting, "Melbourne is the engine room of the country's cannabis industry." | Age, Australia

Industrial cannabis grow houses hiding in plain sight in Melbourne

The brick house in a quiet street in Narre Warren would be an ideal family rental. Just 200 metres from a primary school and adjoining sports ovals, it appears to be a place that would attract tenants looking to raise their children in a low-stress environment | Age, Australia

NDARC recognised at the 2017 Alcohol and Other Drug Excellence and Innovation Awards

NDARC’s Dr Christina Marel and the Climate Schools program were recognised at the 2017 Alcohol and other Drug Excellence and Innovation Awards on 16 June 2017 | NDARC, Australia


Blogs, comment and opinion

Our ambition for a Smokefree nation is in sight

New data on smoking prevalence among adults (18+) in England for 2016 show the biggest drop in a decade with the rate falling to 15.5% of the population, a 1.4 percentage point drop from 16.9% the previous year | PHE Blog, UK

Vaping may help explain the record fall in UK smoking rates – Press Release with comments from UKCTAS Directors

UK smoking rates showed a record annual fall between 2015 and 2016 of 1.5 percentage points, based on new statistics released today [Link]. The prevalence of smoking among people aged 18 and above in 2016 was 15.8%, the lowest on record. This dramatic reduction is also the second largest annual fall in the last 40 years | UCTAS Blog, UK

Alison Douglas: Battle to introduce minimum alcohol prices almost over finishing line

This summer, the UK Supreme Court will hear the Scotch Whisky Association’s final appeal against minimum unit pricing for alcohol. This is the final stage in a long -running legal process which has seen minimum pricing tested in Europe and twice declared legal by Scottish courts. We hope that minimum pricing can at last be introduced early next year; six years after it was passed by the Scottish Parliament | Scotsman Opinion, UK

Tick Tock: Promotional Video from Three Flying Piglets

Thank you to our friends at Three Flying Piglets, part of the Gay Men’s Health Collective (GMHC), for producing this great video on Release’s helpline services | Release Blog, UK

100 best nonfiction books: No 72 – Confessions of an English Opium-Eater by Thomas De Quincey

There is never a dull moment in this, the original addiction memoir, by the celebrated and supremely talented contemporary of Coleridge and Wordsworth | Guardian, UK