Daily news - 1st March 2017

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Statistics on Drugs Misuse: England, 2017 

This statistical report presents a range of information on drug use by adults and children drawn together from a variety of sources. It focuses on England only where possible although some statistics are only readily available at GB or UK level or for England and Wales combined | NHS Digital, UK

Drug and mental health admissions highest for a decade

More patients are being admitted to hospital in England for drug-related mental health issues or poisoning than at any time in the past 10 years | BBC, UK

Health Matters - Preventing Drug Misuse Deaths - video

This edition of Health Matters from Public Health England focuses on preventing drug misuse deaths. It outlines how providers and commissioners can help prevent deaths from drug abuse | PHE, UK

Fewer people 'using e-cigarettes to quit smoking amid lack of official guidance'

The number of smokers using e-cigarettes to quit the habit is declining amid "little in the way of official guidance" from the market or the NHS, according to a report | BT, UK

E-Cigarettes Ignite The Smoking Cessation Market

Once quitting smoking was simply a matter of a patch, gum or tablet, but new research from Mintel sees smokers in the UK increasingly turning to E-cigarettes to beat the habit. Indeed, latest research from Mintel finds that today, while sales of smoking cessation aids have slowed, the market for E-cigarettes in the UK is booming, increasing an impressive 340% over the past year from an estimated £44 million in 2012 to reach an estimated £193 million in 2013 | Mintel, UK

Does AA really help drinkers stop?

12-step fellowships offer a way to reconcile shrunken resources with the desire to get more patients safely out of treatment. Accounting for the self-selection bias which has obscured AA’s impacts, this synthesis of US trials finds that attending more meetings after treatment really does boost abstinence | Drug and Alcohol Findings, UK

Substance Misuse and Homelessness in Greater Manchester An Analysis of National Drug Treatment Monitoring System (NDTMS) Data (PDF)

The aim of this report... is to illuminate the scale of need in Greater Manchester by analysing one of the few datasets that does collate information relating to both homelessness and substance misuse: the National Drug Monitoring System (NDTMS) | Lifeline Project, UK

Drugs: Misuse

To ask the Secretary of State for Health, how many patients have been treated by the NHS for drug abuse in (a) the UK and (b) South Thanet constituency in each of the last five years | They work for you, UK

Cannabis: Research

To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, with reference to the oral contribution of the then Minister for Policing, Crime and Criminal Justice on 20 January 2016, Official Report, column 1479, what progress her Department has made on the use of cannabis for the purposes of medicinal research | They work for you, UK

Health Services: Local Government

To ask the Secretary of State for Health, whether local authorities are required to provide non-mandated public health services such as drug and alcohol services | They work for you, UK

Ayahuasca dimethyltryptamine, and psychosis: a systematic review of human studies

Ayahuasca is a hallucinogen brew traditionally used for ritual and therapeutic purposes in Northwestern Amazon. It is rich in the tryptamine hallucinogens dimethyltryptamine (DMT), which acts as a serotonin 5-HT2A agonist | SAGE Journals, UK

Glastonbury Drugs Arrests Down Dramatically

Each year, around 175,000 lucky revelers make their way to a sleepy Somerset village to see how quickly they can churn the green fields of the Glastonbury Festival into mud | Volte Face, UK

Cannabis addiction: Don’t forget about tobacco

Cannabis and tobacco are two of the world’s most commonly used drugs. They are also often used together in joints, bongs or pipes | SSA, UK

Take-Home Naloxone 2017: Revolution, Convolutions & Necessary Evolutions

Free event. Fri 10 March 2017. 10:00 – 16:30 GMT | NAC, UK

SSA Bursaries

The aim of the Bursary scheme is to facilitate training in the addictions field for individuals experiencing difficulty in funding a course of study | SSA, UK

Media Briefing: No Smoking Day: Ditch or Switch – Give Yourself a Pay Rise!

Wednesday 8th March is No Smoking Day. It’s also Budget day and tobacco taxes will rise by at least 2% above inflation. ASH wants smokers in England to use the day as their chance to quit – smokers are being encouraged to ‘Ditch or Switch’ | ASH, UK

'One is too many, 1,000 is never enough': Reformed addicts reveal their stories and tell how Northampton's Cocaine Anonymous kept them from cliff edge

Recovering class A drug users and alcoholics from Northamptonshire have helped hundreds of people get their lives back as part of the Cocaine Anonymous fellowship | Northampton Chronicle, UK

NI parties urged to support 'mental health champion'

The Royal College of Psychiatrists in Northern Ireland has called on all political parties to support a move to appoint a mental health champion | BBC, UK

Toasting Welsh whisky on St David's Day

If you are so minded this St David's Day, you might want to toast the patron saint of Wales with a dram of Welsh whisky. With two distilleries, the EU now formally recognises Wales as a whisky-producing country | BBC, UK

Inspector Keith Boots 'knew nothing' of drugs stash at home

A police inspector responsible for disposing of seized drugs had nothing to do with drugs found in his home, jurors have heard | BBC, UK


International news

Not Up For The Sesh

Jeff Sessions, the new United States Attorney General, voiced his opposition to cannabis legalisation on Monday and his arguments are… not based in fact | Volte Face, UK

Philippine president to bring police back into war on drugs

Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte said on Tuesday he would recall some police to fight his controversial war on drugs, nearly a month after suspending the entire force from all operations in the bloody narcotics crackdown | Reuters, UK

'If you're over the alcohol limit, you're over the limit': Ross wants more support for drink-driving law

Shane Ross says he hopes publicans and those living in rural areas will make the “necessary arrangements” to ensure they get home safely | Journal, Ireland

Irish Pain Society backs use of medical cannabis

The HPRA report recommended against the use of medical cannabis for the treatment of chronic pain | Irish Examiner, Ireland

'If you smoke 20 cigarettes a day, you inhale a mugful of tar each year'

One in every two smokers will die of a tobacco-related disease – pharmacists want to buck this trend | Journal, Ireland

If we want to save people from opioid overdoses, a new study shows naloxone works

A successful policy prescription for one of the worst public health crises in the US today | Vox, USA

Is a new class of painkillers on the horizon?

Scientists are chasing a new lead on a class of drugs that may one day fight both pain and opioid addiction | Science Mag, USA

New anti-cocaine monoclonal antibody moves forward towards clinical studies in humans

A University of Cincinnati (UC) researcher who has developed an immunotherapy to help reverse cocaine addiction that's been successful in animal models says he hopes to have it in clinical trials in human volunteers within a year | News Medical, USA

New study on smoking bans finds decrease in smoke exposure in public and private places

Exposure to secondhand smoke has long been associated with negative health effects. A study of secondhand smoke exposure after two smoking bans in Spain, publishing today in Nicotine & Tobacco Research, suggests that overall exposure can be decreased across all settings by comprehensive legislative efforts | EurekAlert, USA

From heroin addiction to alcohol-related problems

Around 3,000 heroin addicts currently receive opioids such as methadone, buprenorphine or morphine as part of their treatment in the Canton of Zurich. The number of these so-called substitution treatments has remained constant since their introduction in the 1990s. Long-term courses of therapy with methadone or other opioids evidently reduce the consumption of illegal drugs among patients addicted to heroin | Medical Xpress, USA

Aggression disorder linked to greater risk of substance abuse

People with intermittent explosive disorder at five times greater risk for substance abuse than those who don't display frequent aggressive behavior | EurekAlert, USA

Tobacco Companies Taking Over the E-Cigarette Industry

For decades, cigarettes cornered the market on nicotine | Huffington Post, USA

Rail drug testing: Queensland adopts national reforms

Railsafety workers will now have to pass drug and alcohol testing after new rail safety laws were passed through State Parliament tonight | Courier Mail, Australia

Medicinal cannabis imported by Victorian government to treat ill children 

Victorian government are importing cannabis | Age, Australia


Blogs, comment and opinion

Health Matters: Preventing drug misuse deaths

Welcome to the latest edition of Health Matters, a resource for local authorities and health professionals, which focuses on preventing drug misuse deaths | PHE Blog, UK

The problem with an alcohol ad ban

The relationship between advertising and health has changed for the better. There was a time when cigarette adverts were ubiquitous. Now advertising is banned, the packets are hidden behind anonymous screens in the shops and smoking rates have fallen. There are few who would argue with what has happened | Herald View, UK

How did the Daily Mail get it so wrong? The difference between sensationalist commentary and journalism

Here at AOD Media Watch, we’re used to supporting our friends and colleagues in the media to a better understanding of the issues involved in drugs and drugs policy, and the impact of how these issues are reported affects public views and harms | AOD Media Watch, Australia


And finally...

Liberal hopeful and City of Perth councillor gives free wine to potential voters

A City of Perth councillor hoping to leap into state politics is under fire for handing out free bottles of wine while doorknocking in her nominated seat | Age, Australia