Daily news - 17th April 2018

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UK news

Tobacco and smoking: policy, regulation and guidance

These documents support local healthcare systems dealing with the harm of tobacco and provide guidance for manufacturers and importers on UK regulation | PHE, UK

E-cigarettes and vaping: policy, regulation and guidance

Evidence on the impact of e-cigarettes, information on government policy and regulation, and guidance for organisations on vaping policies | PHE, UK

ACMD members' register of interests

Occupations, career history and interests of the members of the Advisory Council on the Misuse of Drugs (ACMD) | ACMD, UK

Diamorphine-Assisted Treatment

Methadone and buprenorphine are among the first-line responses to the treatment of opioid dependence, alongside psychosocial approaches. A large body of research evidence shows that this approach is effective at stabilising drug use and preventing associated health and social problems | SSA, UK

Your Voice Everyday Hero

The Everyday Hero campaign aims to breakdown the stigma surrounding addiction, by highlighting and role modelling positive action and compassionate behaviour. If you have a story to tell about how someone showed you compassion in your recovery and the difference it made please get in touch... | Phoenix Futures, UK

Drug Policy Reform Activist Training in London

Free event. London. Sat, April 28, 2018 11:00 AM – 2:00 PM.We are holding a training session for anyone who wants to get actively involved in changing UK drug policy to create a healthier, safer society | Anyone's Child and Transform, UK

My Alcoholic Dad and Me - BBC iPlayer radio

What is life like for children growing up with an alcoholic parent? Reece Parkinson finds out more | BBC, UK

Charity to distribute heroin overdose reversal kits in Dundee

Substance abuse support charity Addaction is taking further steps to help those at risk of overdosing by dispensing a lifesaving drug that can reverse the effects of an overdose | Evening Times, UK

Ant McPartlin admits drink driving charge

TV presenter Ant McPartlin said he was "ashamed and mortified" as he pleaded guilty to drink driving | BBC, UK

Dan Evans: British tennis player to return in Glasgow after drugs ban

Former world number 41 Dan Evans is set to return from a one-year drugs ban as a wildcard entrant into the qualifying draw at the Glasgow Trophy on 28 April | BBC, UK

New violent crime taskforce 'seizes gun, knives and drugs'

A new group set up amid a spike in violent crime in London has seized weapons and a "large number" of drugs in a two-day blitz, police said | BBC, UK

Ayrshire teenager admits supplying drug which put six children in hospital

The 17-year-old - who cannot be named - gave the class A drug to two 13-year-old girls who shared the tablets with four of their friends, also 13 | BBC, UK

Man admits Deeside 'teen drugs dispute' murder

A man accused of stabbing a teenager to death in a dispute over the sale of drugs has pleaded guilty to murder during a trial | BBC, UK

Meghan Markle's nephew is a 'proud' cannabis farmer 'planning new strain of the drug called Markle's Sparkle'

yler Dooley will call the potent hybrid batch 'Markle's Sparkle' and is willing to show his aunt and Prince Harry around his farm if they were interested, reports say | Mirror, UK

Wetherspoon pub chain shuts its social media accounts

Pub chain JD Wetherspoon has used Twitter to tell its 44,000 followers that it is quitting social media | BBC, UK

University dissetation survey - Reducing youth alcohol consumption

This survey is part of an undergraduate research project and should take no longer than 10 minutes to complete. This research aims to explore influences in the decision-making process for youth consumption and alcohol purchase intentions | South Bank University, UK


International news

Today I Learned: The UK Is the World's Biggest Importer of Legal Cocaine

We buy over 80 percent of all licit cocaine around the world | VICE, UK

The Hague bans cannabis smoking in city centre in Dutch first

Move prompted by numerous complaints from both residents and visitors, says mayor’s office | Guardian, UK

Canada's Liberal party considers decriminalization of all illicit drugs

The push towards decriminalization comes as the opioid crisis continues to claim thousands of lives on both sides of the 49th parallel | Guardian, UK

Greens propose full legalisation of cannabis

Richard Di Natale’s policy would also allow sales in licensed shops and up to six marijuana plants at home for personal use | Guardian, UK

'Cannabis strengthened our bond': can pot make you a better parent?

Touting the benefits of ‘being present’, some parents claim marijuana helps with their job – but the facts are uncertain | Guardian, UK

The untold story: harms experienced in the Irish population due to others’ drinking (PDF)

Harms that are prominent throughout the report include: feeling unsafe, being harassed or insulted verbally, physical harassment, stress, having less money for household expenses, sleep disturbances, being a passenger with a drunk driver, ruined belongings and having to leave home due for safety | Health Service Executive, Ireland

Clondalkin Drug and Alcohol Task Force strategic plan 2018 – 2025. Reclaiming community development as an effective response to drug harms, policy harms, poverty and inequality (PDF)

Consultation with those working in community based programmes and services and those accessing these services provided some detail on the implications of these ongoing challenges | Clondalkin Drug and Alcohol Task Force, Ireland

How France Cut Heroin Overdoses by 79 Percent in 4 Years

In the 1980s, France went through a heroin epidemic in which hundreds of thousands became addicted | The Atlantic, USA

Naloxone-access programs miss many opioid users

 Some opioid users are more likely than others to know about and use naloxone, a medication designed to rapidly reverse opioid overdoses, suggests a study conducted in Chicago | Reuters, USA

Safety info for opioids found lacking

The researchers examined 98 package inserts for six commonly prescribed and misused types of opioid pain relievers: Vicodin (hydrocodone); Exalgo (hydromorphone); Ultram (tramadol); fentanyl; morphine; and Oxycontin (oxycodone) | Medical Xpress, USA

Poll: Most Americans wary of those suffering from addiction, despite recognition of medical condition

A slim majority of Americans see prescription drug addiction as a disease that requires medical treatment, but most would not welcome those suffering from the problem into their neighborhoods, workplaces, or families | STAT News, USA

Evidence mounts that daily opioid users may fare worse after spine surgery, study finds

In a multicenter database study of adults who had undergone surgery for spinal deformities, researchers say that those who had used narcotics daily on average had worse outcomes | Medical Xpress, USA

Number of drinks predicts teens' other risky behaviors

The researchers found that 7 percent binged at least twice and 9 percent less than twice the age/gender-specific thresholds, while 14 percent drank less than the binge thresholds | Medical Xpress, USA

Federal government rejects Greens push to legalise cannabis

Health Minister Greg Hunt has spoken out against a Greens push to legalise cannabis use, arguing it is a gateway drug to others | SBS news, Australia

Fury As Amazon Busted Selling “Enjoy Cocaine” Kids’ Clothing

Amazon has found itself in a spot of hot water after it was caught selling toddlers’ clothing with the logo “enjoy cocaine” emblazoned across the front | B and T, Australia

High on the list of priorities: Cannabis beauty takes off

2018 is set to be the year of extending the beauty boundaries with the rise of body part specific masks for the décolletage, arms and breasts, silk cocoon finger balls that you place on your fingertips to help with exfoliation and one of the hottest ingredient trends on the radar this year, cannabis | Age, Australia

New study finds tobacco industry delayed plain packs

A new study has suggested that threats of lawsuits given by the tobacco industry contributed to the stall in New Zealand’s plain packaging legislation by at least three years | SCOOP, New Zealand


Blogs, comment and opinion

Harry’s blog 57: Snus won’t rot your teeth, but watch out for truth decay

We start this week with the European Court of Injustice interim ruling playing fast and snus with smokers’ health as part of a rather long blog (sorry) on what the Rand Corporation call Truth Decay. More on that below | NSP, UK

Is ketamine the new wonder drug for depression? As someone who's struggled with traditional methods, I'm hopeful – but cautiously so

When you are at your lowest and most vulnerable, it can feel like there is no way out, so to have something available which could potentially offer fast relief is worthy of further consideration | Independent voices, UK

Greens want cannabis to be made legal

The Greens say cannabis should be legalised and sold in plain packaging, with its wholesale distribution monopolised by a new government agency | Conservation, Australia

Legal highs: arguments for and against legalising cannabis in Australia

Greens leader Richard Di Natale wants Australia to legalise cannabis for personal use, regulated by a federal agency. This proposal is for legalisation of recreational use for relaxation and pleasure, not to treat a medical condition (which is already legal in Australia for some conditions) | Conversation, Australia