Daily news - 5th April 2018

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Half of heroin/morphine misuse death hotspots in England and Wales are seaside locations

Some of England and Wales's favourite seaside resort areas are now among the towns with the highest rates of deaths from the misuse of heroin/morphine | ONS, UK

Heroin deaths highest in Blackpool and coastal areas

Seaside resort towns are among those with the highest rates of death from heroin and morphine, figures show | BBC, UK

Mother of Deal teenager killed by fentanyl hails breakthrough

The mother of a teenager who died after taking a lethal painkiller has welcomed tougher guidance on prosecutions involving the over-the-counter drug | BBC, UK

Drug Offences

Addition of section on Fentanyl | Crown Prosecution Service, UK

Collective Voice is recruiting a Director

Collective Voice was created in May 2015 to ensure that the voices of the drug and alcohol treatment sector and those who use our services are represented effectively.  We have achieved a huge amount in the last 3 years under the expert leadership of Paul Hayes, who will be stepping down later this year. We are now in a position to be able to establish the ‘project’ as an organisation | Collective Voice, UK

Victoria Derbyshire - BBC iPlayer

Victoria examines the unspoken problem with alcohol among Punjabis in the UK. Watch from 17 mins 30 seconds | BBC, UK

Medical cannabis safe and effective in older people, study finds

Research has shown medical cannabis to be safe and effective for treating pain in older people | Pharmaceutical Journal, UK

‘Smoke-free Scotland’ goal stalls as one in five fail to quit

The number of Scots trying to quit cigarettes has fallen to a record low, sparking concerns over the flagship ambition to create a “tobacco-free” generation by 2034 | Scotsman, UK

The promise of computerised interventions

Computers, mobile phones and tablets have permeated everyday life and will probably take their place among culturally-accepted routes to overcoming unhealthy drinking and drug use – but do they retain the effectiveness of in-person interventions? | Drug and Alcohol Findings, UK

The chemsex response is reshaping sexual health services and reinventing harm reduction

Chemsex has led the French community-based HIV organisation AIDES to bring two previously separate strands of its work together, Fred Bladou told the recent European Chemsex Forum in Berlin. AIDES began to talk about drug use with gay men and to talk about sexuality with people who inject drugs, he said | NAM Aidsmap, UK

Paramedics deal with 50 alcohol cases a day

Ambulance crews were forced to attend more than 15,000 emergencies last year where alcohol was to blame | Scotsman, UK

Alcoholic Drinks: Scotland

To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, whether she has made an assessment of the potential effect on (a) cross-border trade and (b) smuggling of the introduction of minimum unit pricing for alcohol in Scotland; and if she will make a statement | They work for you, UK

Will paying more for alcohol and fizzy drinks make us healthier?

An anti-obesity drive is about to see a tax introduced on sugary drinks across the UK, while Scotland is set to impose a minimum price on alcohol to target problem drinking | BBC, UK

The 'war on drugs' is not working, says mum whose son died after taking ecstasy

The popular 23-year-old from Aberdare had graduated from university, had a job he enjoyed and a girlfriend he loved | ITV, UK

Former undercover officer on why police should 'declare peace' in war on drugs

A former undercover policeman has told ITV News why he believes there is "no policing solution" to reducing illegal drug use in Britain | ITV, UK


Podcast | What's the crack, UK

New IMPACT service launches!

IMPACT – Swindon & Wiltshire Active Recovery Service has been launched by social enterprise, Turning Point | Turning Point, UK

Cranstoun website

New look website now launched | Cranstoun, UK

Training Islington in alcohol interventions

Blenheim have trained over 180 professionals and residents in Islington over the past twelve months in how to support local people to reduce their alcohol use | Blenheim CDP, UK

How battle for Britain's drugs trade is behind the tit-for-tat killings and postcode wars sparking rise in London's murder rate

A drug market run by 'McMafia style underworld bosses' is leading to innocent teenagers being killed in brutal postcode wars, an MP has claimed | Mail Online, UK

Teen accused of murdering Watford 'drug dealer friend'

A teenager was stabbed by his friend at a flat from which they both dealt drugs, a court has heard | BBC, UK

Fake army beggar Stewart Fenton died of drug overdose

A man who posed as a homeless ex-serviceman to beg for cash died of a drugs overdose, an inquest has heard | BBC, UK


International news

Meth remains Australia's illicit drug of choice, report says

Minister says the nationwide level of methamphetamine consumption is ‘extraordinary’ [See report at the end of this section] | Guardian, UK

Call for applications

The EU Commission is calling for applications with a view to selecting members of the Expert Group - Civil Society Forum on Drugs | EURAD, Belgium

Wine is not special, it's as dangerous as any alcohol, warn French doctors

Doctors in France have issued a stern warning to wine drinkers, as the row over whether the quintessentially French tipple should be treated as a health risk or a national treasure | Local, France

The Surgeon General Just Called For Making An Overdose-Reversing Drug Available To Everyone

In his office’s first nationwide advisory in 13 years, the surgeon general is urging the public to learn to use the overdose-reversing drug, naloxone. Jerome Adams has spoken out about his own brother’s struggle with drugs | BuzzFeed, USA

How Changing The Language Of Addiction Affects Policy And Treatment

With addiction such a prominent problem, experts say it's time to use words that don't carry judgment. Studies show that saying "addiction" instead of "substance abuse," and "person with substance abuse disorder" instead of "junkie," affects the treatment patients receive, as well as public policy | WBUR, USA

Trump Plans to Send National Guard to the Mexican Border

The White House said Tuesday night that President Trump plans to deploy the National Guard to confront what it called a growing threat of illegal immigrants, drugs and crime from Central America | NYTimes, USA

More to gain: dietary energy density is related to smoking status in US adults

Given the current prevalence of both cigarette use and obesity in the United States, identification of dietary patterns that reduce mortality risk are important public health priorities. The objective of the present study was to evaluate the correlation between cigarette use and dietary energy density, a marker for diet quality, in a population of current smokers, former smokers, and never smokers | BMC Public Health, USA

B.C. allows nurses to prescribe opioid substitutes, lowering barriers to treatment and clean alternative to street drugs

A large group of B.C. nurses can now prescribe a range of opioid substitutes that are used to treat addictions to drugs like heroin and fentanyl | Georgia Straight, Canada

Your cannabis questons answered

New web portal that enables people to enter questions about cannabis | Canadian Government, Canada

National Wastewater Drug Monitoring Program Report - March 2018

The National Wastewater Drug Monitoring Program provides leading-edge, coordinated national research and intelligence on illicit drugs and licit drugs that can be abused, with a specific focus on methylamphetamine and other substances | ACIC, Australia


Blogs, comment and opinion

Chemsex exemplifies much wider issues with drugs and sexual consent

In the wake of campaigns such as #metoo and Time’s Up, and with relationships and sex education becoming a mandatory part of the curriculum in England and Wales, consent is being discussed as never before | Conversation, UK

Alcohol, now you’re a parent

There’s so much confusing information around alcohol, pregnancy and children, that parents can find it difficult to know what to do for the best. So, we’ve put together evidence-based advice and suggestions to help new parents make informed decisions about alcohol | Alcohol Concern blog, UK

Who’s got your back?

Having a sense of belonging and connection is something we strive for day in day out as humans. It is this sense of community that fuels our hopes, defining our identity in life and empowering us to live meaningfully | Inspirado hubs blog, UK