Daily news - 11th April 2018

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UK news

Mutual aid toolkit for alcohol and drug misuse treatment

Evidence and guidance on the benefits of mutual aid in preventing and treating alcohol and drug dependency | PHE, UK

Joint working between substance misuse and children's services: Revised Guidance by Public Health England

Consultation. Public Health England (PHE) Alcohol, Drug and Tobacco Directorate have commissioned TONIC to consult with relevant stakeholders working in substance misuse (drug and alcohol) services as well as children and families services to understand and further joint working between these two agencies in local areas | PHE, UK

Government to announce £9m dark web crackdown to tackle paedophiles, drugs and arms dealers

A ‘sickening shopping list of services and products are available’ online, home secretary will warn | Independent, UK

Sales to 'drunks' - tackling a culture of intoxication?

A research evaluation has been published in the journal Addictionassessing the impact of the 'Drink Less Enjoy More' project that aimed to increase adherence to the law prohibiting sales to intoxicated persons in Liverpool | Alcohol Policy UK, UK

Illegal tobacco sold across Wales at 'pocket money prices'

The programme’s cameras followed trading standards officials as they conducted raids to take illegal tobacco products off the streets in Powys and Cardiff | ITV, UK

Smoking: Young People

To ask Her Majesty's Government what lessons they have learnt from Norway's success in reducing its smoking rate among young women from 30 per cent to 1 per cent in the last 16 years | They work for you, UK

Concerned about a loved one engaged in chemsex?

London Friend and Adfam are working together on a project to provide information and support for partners, families and friends of people that engage in chemsex | London Friend, UK [See also Chemsex: partners, friends and families' experiences survey | Adfam, UK]

Forward Leeds to offer new LGBT+ sessions

Forward Leeds is increasing its accessibility to the LGBT+ community further through drop in sessions at Yorkshire MESMAC’s city centre location | Forward Leeds, UK

POLL: ‘Shooting galleries’ may be introduced in Dundee. Will this combat city’s drugs problem?

Dr Robert Peat says the group will explore controversial methods to tackle Dundee’s drugs problems, including the potential introduction of “shooting galleries” to allow addicts to take drugs in a safe environment | Evening Telegraph, UK

The introduction of a booze-free zone at the Principality Stadium should be applauded

First things first. It should be stressed that rugby union cannot afford to put off any newcomers that might help to build the sport’s audience | Telegraph, UK

Hep C drugs among those accepted today for Scottish NHS

Five new medicines, including treatments for hepatitis C, psoriasis and rheumatoid arthritis, have been approved for use by regulators in Scotland | Nursing Times, UK

Press Release – Announcing the launch of Beckley Canopy Therapeutics

The Beckley Foundation and Canopy Growth Corporation (TSX: WEED) (“Canopy Growth”) is pleased to announce the launch of Beckley Canopy Therapeutics | Beckley Foundation, UK


International news

Ethos, dose, organisation

Seminal work from Australia identified these as the three pillars of medication-based treatment of drug dependence; they form the kernel of our free online course’s exploration of organisational influences on these treatments | Drug and Alcohol Findings, UK

Rock in a hard place: the decline of the all-ages music venue

With Australia’s live music scene struggling to survive, Brisbane’s promoters are using open and alcohol-free gigs to attract younger music lovers. Will it work? | Guardian, UK

Blow to Colombian peace deal as former Farc rebel chief arrested on drug charges

Prosecutors accuse Seauxis Hernández, AKA Jesus Santrich, of conspiring to ship 10,000kg of cocaine to the US but supporters cry setup | Guardian, UK

Homemade alcohol containing mosquito repellent kills more than 50 people in Indonesia

Muslim-majority Indonesia has high tax rates on alcohol | Independent, UK

Testing mothers for alcohol consumption during pregnancy could reduce risk to babies

A proposal calling for alcohol testing during pregnancy was passed at the Irish Medical Organisation’s annual conference last weekend | Independent, Ireland

Smoking ban in restaurants reduces smoking-related diseases

The statistical data of the Czech Institute of Health Information and Statistics (UZIS) on the number of hospitalised persons over smoking-related diseases show its fall after smoking ban in restaurants was enacted last May, Ondrej Majek, an UZIS expert, told journalists on Monday | Prague Daily Monitor, Czech Republic

Tiny injectable sensor could provide unobtrusive, long-term alcohol monitoring

Engineers have developed a tiny, ultra-low power chip that could be injected just under the surface of the skin for continuous, long-term alcohol monitoring. The chip is powered wirelessly by a wearable device such as a smartwatch or patch | Science Daily, USA

Toxins produced by e-cigarettes vary by flavor

The flavor of an e-cigarette may affect more than a consumer's taste buds, according to Penn State researchers who say the chemicals that make up different flavors also produce different levels of free radicals, toxins often associated with cancer and other diseases | Medical Xpress, USA

Long-simmering battle over e-cigarettes erupts as FDA clamps down on nicotine

The Food and Drug Administration is pressing ahead on regulating tobacco products, but a long-simmering battle has erupted over the future of e-cigarettes | Washington Examiner, USA

Popular e-cigarette flavors produce different levels of toxins

The flavor of an e-cigarette may affect more than a consumer's taste buds, according to Penn State researchers who say the chemicals that make up different flavors also produce different levels of free radicals, toxins often associated with cancer and other diseases | News Medical, USA

The magic of marketing: Brand identity and smoking behavior

The tobacco industry spends vast amounts of money on marketing, including advertising tactics that tap into consumers’ sense of identity, which might reinforce smoking habits | BASIS, USA

Students are key influencers in changing attitudes toward alcohol, research finds

Initiatives to reduce alcohol harm on campus are more successful when students are involved. But what are the best ways to engage students in these initiatives? | U Calgary, Canada

Cases of fetal alcohol spectrum disorder up to 3 times higher in the GTA than predicted, CAMH report says

‘FASD is a leading cause of developmental delays in children in Canada,' report concludes | CBC news, Canada

Ontario makes controversial change on how to help overdose victims

The Ontario government is making a controversial change in the fight against opioid overdoses by asking bystanders to give mouth-to-mouth resuscitation to victims, CBC News has learned | CBC, Canada

Pill testing consortium offers indemnity for trial at Groovin the Moo

The consortium that wants to conduct Australia's first legal pill-testing trial at Groovin the Moo says it has offered the promoter legal indemnity | Canberra Times, Australia

Ice will be allowed in Melbourne safe injecting room

Addicts will be allowed to use the drug ice under medical supervision at Melbourne's new safe injecting room in Richmond | Age, Australia

Denying elderly stroke patients medical cannabis a form of elder abuse, Grey Power branch says

A group representing the elderly has appealed to Parliament to be able to grow its own cannabis | NZ Herald, New Zealand


Blogs, comment and opinion

Susan Aitken: Drug facility could lead the way for the UK

In recent days, your representatives on Glasgow City Council have again shown their readiness to discuss some of the most difficult social issues facing our city. They have also committed to see how best to deliver the radical measures to address these problems | Evening Times opinion, UK

The Views Of Dr Sarah Wollaston MP On Drugs Policy. A Worrying Case Requiring A Good Dose Of Evidence

Dr Sarah Wollaston MP is chair of the cross party Health Select Committee. She was a practising GP but is now the most senior Westminster politician, not in government, who has expertise in health and medicine | Clear, UK

“The Ant McPartlin case proves we have double standards around drinking”

I was never arrested for drink driving during the 22 years that I consumed alcohol. I was never considered by the authorities to be an unfit parent, or sacked from a job due to turning up drunk | Stylist, UK

“The drug market is thriving” while the Commission on Narcotic Drugs limps along

“The drug market is thriving” is one of the key messages in UNODC’s 2017 World Drug Report. This is an important admission from the UN’s lead agency for drugs given that it is now less than nine months away from 2019... | IDPC blog, UK

Ireland’s death rate from drugs is three times the European average – we have the opportunity to better manage this huge issue

Offering services and interventions as opposed to criminal sanctions will help tackle Ireland's drug epidemic | Irish Sun comment, Ireland

An FDA tobacco announcement could save millions of lives

While Washington focused on the continuing upheaval in the White House, the Food and Drug Administration last month made a little-heralded announcement that will likely prove to be much more far-reaching | Washington Post blog, USA