Daily news - 4th May 2017

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UK news

Adult drinking habits in Great Britain: 2005 to 2016

Teetotalism, drinking in the week before interview, frequent drinking and units drunk, including changes in drinking patterns in recent years | ONS, UK

Official Statistics: Local Alcohol Profiles for England: May 2017 data update

Local Alcohol Profiles for England (LAPE) data update for May 2017 | PHE, UK

Are Britons falling out of love with booze?

Britain has always been known as a nation that loves a tipple. But the latest Office for National Statistics lifestyle survey suggests this may be coming to an end | BBC, UK

Baby boomers warned over alcohol intake as hospital admissions soar

Alcohol was the primary or secondary issue in an estimated 1.1m admissions in 2015/16, up 64% from a decade ago | Guardian, UK

Official Statistics: Local tobacco control profiles for England: May 2017 data update

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

Violent crime 'moving into homes'

More violence is happening behind closed doors in people's homes, documents obtained by the BBC reveal | BBC, UK

'Offenders need positive role models'

After spending almost two decades in and out of prison for drugs and violence offences, Eddie has turned his life around and now works as a mentor to young offenders | BBC, UK

The talking route to recovery

Time to consolidate the lessons of last five instalments of the online course on alcohol treatment research. Every treatment involves direct or indirect human interaction, but this row is about therapies in which interaction is intended to be the main active ingredient | Drug and Alcohol Findings, UK

Pharmacists warned to look out for fentanyl-tainted heroin

Pharmacists have been asked to raise awareness of contaminated heroin after "several recent deaths" linked to the drug cut with synthetic opioids fentanyl and carfentanyl | Chemist and Druggist, UK

Towards the end of Hepatitis C – and how to get involved in Local Delivery Networks

Chronic infection with the hepatitis C virus (HCV) is common and affects up to 50% of people who have injected drugs, either now or in the past. The virus is also common in many immigrant communities where poor medical practice and inadequate needle sterilisation techniques in their country of origin have led to the transmission of the virus during immunisation or other medical procedures | SMMGP, UK

Cannabis Complexities

“Any questions?” I ask, as I conclude a one hour drug awareness session to a packed sixth form common room. The projector next to me is beaming a POV shot of a roller coaster onto the wall with the Bill Hick’s quote “Life is just a ride” in bold underneath it | Volte Face, UK

I became an expert in cannabis to treat my MS - audio

A multiple sclerosis sufferer has told 5 live how he became an expert in cannabis to treat is MS | BBC, UK

Botox and ketamine could help treat depression, study finds

Researchers are trying to work out if removing people's wrinkles with Botox simply makes them feel better or if there is some other effect | Independent, UK

CQC praises work of Insight Platform

The Care Quality Commission (CQC) has published a report showing the results of a positive inspection at Insight Platform, the young people’s service in Haringey. The service was praised for many areas of good practice including; clearly defined recovery goals, effective safeguarding, skilled and knowledgeable staff providing a high quality service | Blenheim, UK

Rehab centre gets £150,000 to help men recovering from addiction

A rehab centre that helps men recovering from drug and alcohol addiction has secured extra funding of £150,000 | BBC, UK

Mother of four-year-old who stood on dirty needle wants drug injection rooms in Bristol

Caroline Lee-Smith is now facing an agonising three month wait to see if daughter Tamara manifests symptoms of HIV | Bristol Post, UK

Calls to make heroin available on the NHS to treat addiction

ITV News can reveal the number of people who have died as a result of drug abuse in Bristol has doubled in the last two years, from 33 in 2014, to 65 in 2016 | ITV, UK

Gwent Police charges more people after Newport drugs raid

Four more people have been charged following a drugs raid in Newport, Gwent Police have said | BBC, UK

Sky Nicol death: Friend cleared of supplying Class A drugs

A teenage girl has been cleared of supplying drugs that killed her friend | BBC, UK

Insurance boss shot dead at £1m home 'might have been killed by drug addicts from partner's homeless charity'

An insurance executive shot dead in a raid on his £1million home could have been killed by drug addicts from a charity where his partner volunteered, it has been claimed | Telegraph, UK


International news

IDHDP newsletter

April newsletter includes run down of progress in Hepatitis C treatment | IDHDP, UK

Canada authorities recall Bombay gin accidentally made twice as strong

Investigation on batch of Bombay Sapphire London Dry Gin finds alcohol content to be almost double what was noted and ‘not safe for consumption’ | Guardian, UK

Jane is a new online market place that’s going to be the Amazon of weed

America’s cannabis culture has gone from strength to strength in recent times | Metro, UK

Potatoes, not pot for Vanuatu islanders

Police in the Pacific island state of Vanuatu have given away free gardening tools to locals in the hope of steering them away from growing marijuana | BBC, UK

Five Journalists Killed, Newspaper Closed, amid Mexico Cartel Violence

A Mexican newspaper has closed down following the killing of several journalists, seemingly by drug cartels – highlighting the dangerous and volatile situation for the press in that country | Talking Drugs, UK

Careful with your medicine: What to know about new drug-driving laws

Our Road Safety Authority expert tells why you should check with your doctor before driving | Independent, Ireland

All Ireland forum considers relationship between alcohol, self-harm and suicide

Research shows over half of suicides involve alcohol | IPH, Ireland

First large-scale population analysis reinforces ketamine's reputation as antidepressant

Better known as an anesthetic or as an illicit hallucinogenic drug, ketamine has also long been noted for alleviating depression. But ketamine has not been tested in a large clinical trial, and all evidence of its antidepressant effects has come from anecdotes and small studies of fewer than 100 patients | Medical Xpress, USA

FDA delays enforcement of stricter standards for e-cigarette, cigar industry

The Trump administration has delayed enforcement of a rule finalized last year that imposed strict oversight over electronic cigarettes and cigars for the first time | Washington Post, USA

State’s Medical Marijuana Licensing Panel Found to Have Little Expertise

Most of the panel’s 17 evaluators, who had chosen five companies to get licenses in New York, had little or no prior professional experience in medical marijuana | NY Times, USA

Daily stress can trigger uptick in illegal drug use for those on parole, probation

A recent study finds that even small, day-to-day stressors can cause an increase in illegal drug use among people on probation or parole who have a history of substance use | Medical Xpress, USA

Synthetic Pot Use Poses A Big Problem For Bureau Of Prisons

Federal prisons are not the only penal institutions fighting synthetic marijuana | Huffington Post, USA

Neuroscientists seek brain basis of craving in addiction and binge eating

A new article in JAMA Psychiatry details the first step in revealing how craving works in the brain. Scientists at the Center for BrainHealth at The University of Texas at Dallas are the first to propose a systematic and quantitative model for drug addiction research | EurekAlert, USA

Disney World Bans Marijuana From Its Florida Theme Parks

The change is reflected on the theme park's website, where marijuana is included as a prohibited item along with alcoholic beverages and illegal substances | Fortune, USA

What experiences during senior year of high school can tell us about driving while intoxicated after graduation?

The transition for young adults after high school is marked by new found freedoms and responsibilities. For some, that freedom leads to increased substance use and possibly getting behind the wheel of a motor vehicle while impaired | BASIS, USA

More than 500 sign up to buy legal cannabis in Uruguay

More than 500 people signed up to buy state-vetted cannabis in Uruguay on the first day of registration for the first such scheme in the world, authorities said Wednesday | Medical Xpress, USA

Keynote Address – 8th Australasian Drug and Alcohol Strategy Conference, Te Papa, Wellington

It gives me great pleasure to be here to talk about our shared interest in influencing attitudes towards alcohol and drug use. It is an honour and a privilege to be asked to give one of the keynote speeches | Beehive.gvt.nz, New Zealand

How western backpackers are heading to South America for cocaine

Western backpackers are flocking to the cocaine-paved streets of South America because of its relaxed laws on drugs and the increased availability of the narcotic, experts warn | NZHerald, New Zealand


Blogs, comment and opinion

Alcohol consumption and cardiovascular disease – the deeper you go, the more you know

Most previous studies on the topic of alcohol and cardiovascular disease have looked at whether different levels of consumption are associated with a higher or lower risk of developing any type of cardiovascular disease | IAS Blog, UK

Tobacco smoking, cognition and first episode psychosis: time for a rethink?

Understanding why smoking is more prevalent among people with schizophrenia is particularly important given that much of the premature mortality associated with schizophrenia can be attributed to smoking | Mental Elf Blog, UK

Tobacco industry marketing aimed at children

Despite increasing government regulation of tobacco marketing globally, children and young people are still being targeted by tobacco companies like British American Tobacco (BAT) and Philip Morris International (PMI) | ASH blog, UK

Why Criminal Justice NGOs Should Back Drug Policy Reform

In a June 2014 open letter to David Cameron, more than 80 campaigners urged the prime minister to launch a review of Britain’s drug policy. Amongst the organisations that signed it were the National Black Police Officers Association, the Prison Governors Association, DrugScope, the Howard League, Inquest and Reprieve | Transform Blog, UK

Prohibiting drugs has ironically only created more drugs: the world against the NPS problem

Novel Psychoactive Substances have sometimes referred to in the international political and media discourse as “legal highs”—a term initially coined by those marketing them, and then latched onto by the media | Transform Blog, UK

Lawmakers must recognize that e-cigarettes can help smokers quit

As the electronic cigarette industry prepares for the devastating impact of Food and Drug Administration rules that would force nearly all products off the market 15 months from now, it's incumbent on federal lawmakers to recover from a recent misstep and pass legislation that represents a much-needed step toward rational tobacco policy | The Hill Blog, UK