Daily news - 24th May 2017

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UK news

'Half a glass of wine every day' increases breast cancer risk

Further evidence has emerged of the link between alcohol consumption in women and an increased risk of breast cancer | BBC, UK

Six UK music festivals are to allow drug testing including Reading and Leeds

At least six UK music festivals are expected to allow people to test their illegal drugs this summer | BBC, UK

Music festivals want to let revellers test drugs before taking them

Organiser of events including Reading and Latitude hope to get support from police forces across country for radical scheme | Guardian, UK

Meet the Woman Testing Your Drugs at This Summer's Festivals

Fiona Measham, boss at The Loop, is expanding the drugs testing service from two independent festivals to a load of major events around the UK | VICE, UK

Addaction ‘Mortality Matters’ Conference

When it comes to preventing the death of society’s most marginalised people, keynote speaker Professor Alex Stevens from the University of Kent kicked off Monday’s conference by asking ‘do we care enough’? | Volte face, UK [ See also DrugWise blog below]

#GE2017 Drug Policy Manifesto Challenge

Five challenges for the parties on drug policy | Volte Face, UK

Lord Monson And CLEAR To Campaign For A Regulated Cannabis Market

Lord Nicholas Monson, whose son Rupert committed suicide after he had become psychotic from ‘skunk’, has teamed up with CLEAR Cannabis Law Reform to campaign for a safer, regulated cannabis market | CLEAR, UK

Understanding Co-occurring Substance Use & Domestic Abuse

The UK Government defines domestic violence and abuse as “any incident or pattern of incidents of controlling, coercive, threatening behaviour, violence or abuse between those aged 16 or over who are, or have been, intimate partners or family members regardless of gender or sexuality” | SSA, UK

When mum or dad is an alcoholic

One in five children in the UK are said to be negatively affected by their parents' drinking, and the effects can last well into adulthood. Four women - Karen, Liz, Hilary and Lynne - spoke to Jo Morris about growing up with a parent dependent on alcohol | BBC, UK

Being the child of an alcoholic

One in five children are affected by their parents’ drinking, and the effects can last well into adulthood. Six women spoke to Woman’s Hour about what it was like growing up with a parent dependent on alcohol | BBC, UK

RSPH: reducing drug harm at festivals and nightclubs

[Survey] Thank you for taking the time to take part in this survey for the Royal Society for Public Health (RSPH), which is aimed at assessing the potential for new initiatives to help reduce health harm associated with drug use at festivals and nightclubs in the UK | RSPH, UK

Prisoner dies after collapsing from drugs overdose

The inmate, 46, from Glasgow, died after being found unconscious at HMP Shotts | STV, UK

Gloucester drug dealers guilty of revenge murder

Two teenage drug dealers have been found guilty of the murder of a drug addict in a revenge attack | BBC, UK


International news

Medical marijuana used to treat heroin and cocaine addiction at Los Angeles rehab centre

Around 50 people have been given cannabis to treat severe drug addiction | Independent, UK

Alcohol vendors warned over underage sales

Pubs and off-licences in Co Kerry have been warned to be more vigilant when selling alcohol after a sting found nearly half of premises tested did not ask for ID and sold drink to minors | Irish Examiner, Ireland

Implementing Comprehensive HIV and HCV Programmes with People Who Inject Drugs (PDF)

This tool does not seek to ignore the complex policy and legislative environment around drugs and injecting drug use in most countries, nor the need for advocacy to confront the stigma, discrimination and human-rights violations faced by people who inject drugs. However, it aims primarily to address the question: what can we do now, with the resources we have, in the kinds of environments we face, to prevent the spread of HIV and hepatitis C among people who inject drugs? | UNODC et al, Switzerland

Making alcohol, tobacco and drug use less appealing for teens

Picture this: Young people at a beach party, having a great time, looking healthy, holding bottles of cold beer. What's missing from our beer ad? Vomiting, blurred vision, clouded judgment and hangovers, among other things | Medical Xpress, USA

Fewer US teens are boozing it up

American teens are hitting the bottle less often than they did 25 years ago, new research reveals | Medical Xpress, USA

National study looks at tobacco advertising and susceptibility to use tobacco among youth

Among 12- to 17-year-olds who have never used tobacco products, nearly half were considered receptive to tobacco marketing if they were able to recall or liked at least one advertisement, report a coalition of behavioral scientists in a new national study. Receptivity to tobacco ads is associated with an increased susceptibility to smoking cigarettes in the future | Medical Xpress, USA

Light cigarettes have likely contributed to rise of lung adenocarcinoma, study shows

A new study shows that so-called "light" cigarettes have no health benefits to smokers and have likely contributed to the rise of a certain form of lung cancer that occurs deep in the lungs | News Medical, USA

Chronic anabolic steroid use may damage heart, arteries

Long-term anabolic-androgenic steroid use may reduce the heart's ability to pump blood throughout the body, according to new research in the American Heart Association's journal Circulation | Medical Xpress, USA

Science Says: Medications prevent opioid addiction relapse

Remarks by a top U.S. health official have reignited a quarrel in the world of addiction and recovery: Does treating opioid addiction with medication save lives? Or does it trade one addiction for another? | Medical Xpress, USA

Alcohol-related deaths are rising. Will new state rules help?

The reduction in underage drinking and drunken driving accidents among young people is widely viewed as one of the greatest public health achievements in the United States. But data suggest that among people who are middle age, another problem involving excess drinking has been quietly brewing | Washington Examiner, USA

Ketamine finds market as costly off-label option to treat mental disorders

As research shows that the hallucinogen is a potentially powerful treatment for intractable mental disorders, and academics continue to debate its safety, private clinics across the country offer the drug to patients now | Medical Xpress, USA

Is 'Internet Addiction' Real?

When her youngest daughter, Naomi, was in middle school, Ellen watched the teen disappear behind a screen. Her once bubbly daughter went from hanging out with a few close friends after school to isolating herself in her room for hours at a time | npr, USA

Cashless welfare card backfires with increase in crime, according to Aboriginal Health Council of WA

The cashless welfare card championed by mining billionaire Andrew “Twiggy” Forrest” has done nothing to reduce methamphetamine use and instead backfired by leading to a crime surge, prostitution and rorting, WA’s leading Aboriginal health group warns | Perth Now, Australia


Blogs, comment and opinion

Mortality matters – but how much does it matter?

The unwelcome arrival of fentanyl onto the UK heroin market made this important Addaction conference even more timely. But hand-wringing is not enough. What needs to be done? | DrugWise Blog, UK

A triumph of the busybodies: the EU begins its crackdown on smokers and vapers

Onne day last summer I walked into my local e-cigarette shop and bought their entire stock of my favourite vape juice. For good measure, I also bought their entire stock of the same flavour in a higher nicotine concentration and 10 bottles of the same flavour with zero nicotine to be mixed at home | Spectator, UK

Self-development and Problem Gambling

For the past four decades, I have been intrigued with self-development, both as an adult educator and social scientist interested in human behaviour, addiction and problem gambling | BASIS, USA