Daily news - 10th May 2017

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UK news

Teenagers ill after taking prescription drug Xanax

Up to 20 teenagers in Wiltshire have needed medical treatment after taking the prescription drug Xanax in the last week, police have said | BBC, UK

Should people who end up in hospital because they were drunk be charged for their emergency care? Plus, renaming venues and making beds results

6856 UK adults were questioned on 4 May 2017 | You Gov, UK

The General Election Manifesto Challenge

Exactly a month from today the British people will be asked to elect a new Government and Prime Minister. Theresa May’s decision to call a snap election to increase her majority in advance of the upcoming Brexit negotiations has caught everyone off guard | Volte Face, UK

A new way to detect ecstasy has been discovered

A new method of detecting ecstasy has been discovered, which could improve the reliability and simplicity of testing for the drug in home kits and for professional operations such as The Loop | MixMag, UK

'People are gambling with their lives' Fears after DIY recipes for highly addictive zombie drug Spice found online

Homemade versions of the dangerous drug have been responsible for putting users into zombie-like states | Daily Record, UK

Change, Grow, Live

CGL (Change, Grow, Live) are the first drug and alcohol treatment provider to recognise that “Safer Consumption Rooms deliver an evidence-based approach to providing health services to some of the hardest-to-reach heroin users” | Volte Face, UK

Look Away: Swansea is an Ideal Place for a Drug Consumption Room

Last year I wrote an article called ‘Look away you don’t want to see this’, it was focused on drug related litter (DRL) and public injecting spaces in Birmingham. The article presented photos I had taken to help me make a point about the need for drug consumption rooms in a conference talk I was giving | Volte Face, UK

Call You and Yours: Alcohol and Drug Addiction - BBC radio iPlayer

Melanie Abbott presents Radio 4's weekly phone-in asking: How have you helped someone overcome their alcohol or drug addiction? Guests include former drug policy adviser to the Obama White House, Professor Keith Humphreys | BBC radio 4, UK

Abbey marks achievements of DrugFam

A Service of Celebration and Hope to mark the achievements of DrugFAM was held at Westminster Abbey at Noon on Tuesday 9th May 2017 | DrugFam, UK

Drug-related deaths highlighted at meeting in Dunmurry

A public meeting has been held in Dunmurry to discuss the rise in the number of drug-related deaths across Belfast | BBC, UK

'Manipulated' drug test data probe extended - police

A probe into the alleged manipulation of drug test result data is now looking at thousands more blood samples | BBC, UK

The Stories of Women Who've Worked in Prostitution - audio

The Hull Lighthouse supports women in the sex industry. They've just helped make a book | BBC radio iPlayer, UK

Drug dealer 'lured' to death by rival gang in Dagenham carjacking

A drug dealer was lured to his death by a rival gang who attacked him and then stabbed him 13 times in a street in east London, a court has heard | BBC, UK

School dinner lady baked cannabis biscuits and gave them to children in a pub

Lesley Collins fed the homemade 'space cakes' to four children aged 12 and 13 | Independent, UK

Aine Davis: The gangster who ditched drugs for jihad

Convicted of being a senior member of the self-styled Islamic State group, Aine Davis is part of a worryingly familiar trend: the petty criminal who embraced violent jihad | BBC, UK


International news

A dangerous mix of opioids called ‘gray death’ is causing overdoses in parts of the US

It's being called "gray death" — a new and dangerous opioid combo that underscores the ever-changing nature of the U.S. addiction crisis | Independent, UK

Drug-testing will demonise Australians on welfare, experts say

Crackdown announced in budget labelled ‘wacky’ but Malcolm Turnbull says Coalition is doing jobseekers a favour | Guardian, UK

Is it time for a different approach to dealing with drug use in the NRL?

If the definition of insanity is doing the same thing over and over and expecting a different result, then the NRL is mad as a hatter over its stance on drugs | Guardian, UK

Italy seizes huge drugs haul intended for Isil fighters in Libya 

Italian authorities seized a huge quantity of drugs that were allegedly destined for Islamic State fighters in Libya, who use them to dull pain and suppress fatigue | Telegraph, UK

Fentanyl can sicken first responders. Here's a possible solution

NIST researchers demonstrate screening techniques that can help prevent accidental exposure to synthetic opioids | EurekAlert, USA

Bullying's lasting impact

University of Delaware study finds peer victimization in fifth grade increases health risks a few years after the incidents | EurekAlert, USA

A Public Overdose. An Antidote at Hand. Would Passers-By Use It?

As Cambridge, Mass., begins to consider installing lockboxes containing the nasal spray Narcan, officials there tested how willing people would be to help a stranger needing it | NYTimes, USA

From Budweiser to Heineken, Alcohol Brands Are Rampant in Hollywood Films

Over the past two decades, even G-rated films have amped up the booze labels | Smithsonian, USA

The Government Announced It Will Be Drug Testing Centrelink Clients And People Are Pissed

"Drug use is a mental health issue. Drug testing trials for welfare recipients is embarrassing work Australia."| BuzzFeed, Australia

Budget’s war on drugs as Treasurer Scott Morrison warns welfare recipients: ‘It’s a two-way street’

In a Budget that promises to claw back more than $632 million from the welfare system, Mr Morrison has unveiled tough new rules that will penalise Australians on Centrelink payments who battle with substance abuse | News.com.au, Australia

Drug and alcohol connections newsletter - May edition

New projects and opinion | NDARC, Australia


Blogs, comment and opinion

‘Changing the game’ for people with multiple needs: the role of evidence and reason

Tackling multiple disadvantage requires prioritising reason and evidence over the lure of exciting new approaches and the inertia of established ways of working, argues Beth Watt | Herriott Watt University Blog, UK