Daily news - 24th April 2018

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UK news

New support to help children living with alcohol-dependent parents

The measures will give children living with alcoholic parents fast access to support and advice | Department of Health and Social Care, UK

Help for kids whose parents are addicted to alcohol

The government has said it will give £6 million of funding to help children whose parents drink too much alcohol. This would pay for quicker access to mental health services for the children and help to treat their parents' addiction to alcohol | BBC, UK

Time, please: is drinking becoming as socially unacceptable as smoking?

Drinking is ingrained in our social life – much as cigarettes were until public health campaigns led to a huge cultural shift. With many young people eschewing alcohol, the beginning of the end of booze Britain is in sight | Guardian, UK

Controlled Drugs (Supervision of Management and Use) Regulations 2013 - Questionnaire

The Department of Health and Social Care, working with the Scottish Government, are reviewing the Controlled Drugs (Supervision of Management and Use) Regulations 2013 (the "2013 Regulations"). The purpose of this questionnaire is to inform our review of the Controlled Drugs (Supervision of Management and Use) Regulations 2013 and the framework underpinning the governance and accountability of controlled drugs in England and Scotland. This questionnaire will be open from 23 April 2018 until 23:59 on 21 May 2018 | Department of Health and Social Care, UK

Medical cannabis helps manage concurrent cancer-related symptoms

Medical cannabis has been shown to help people living with cancer manage their symptoms, with more than 95% of respondents reporting an improvement | Pharmaceutical Journal, UK

E-cigarette firm cashes in on vaping boom with stock market listing

Supreme, which owns the KiK and 88vape brands, is first UK vaping company to go public | Guardian, UK

Bodybuilding Boots pharmacist stole over £6,500 worth of steroids for his own 'enhancement'

Teesside Magistrates' Court heard that the real loser of Andrew Brown's crime was the NHS | Gazette Live, UK

Two jailed over cross-Channel cocaine night flights

Two members of a drugs-smuggling gang that transported cocaine worth £7m from France to the UK have been jailed | BBC, UK

Players’ union chief says blame society, not rugby league, for increased drug use

The head of the Rugby League Players’ Association has claimed that his sport does not have a problem with drugs and said that the recent spate of failed tests are more indicative of society as a whole, not the game | Guardian, UK

Maximum stake for ‘crack cocaine’ gambling machines WILL be slashed to just £2 after a deal is struck between the Treasury and Downing Street

The maximum stake for ‘crack cocaine’ gambling machines is set to be slashed to just £2, following a deal between the Treasury and Downing Street | Mail Online, UK


International news

Alcohol may cause one in five cases of PMT

PMT may be caused by alcohol in more than one fifth of cases, research suggests | Telegraph, UK

Drug testing welfare recipients could lead to more crime, mayor says

[Australia] Canterbury-Bankstown mayor says federal plan would ‘perpetuate marginalisation’ | Guardian, UK

There's a science-backed treatment for drug addiction that works — but it's nearly impossible to get

The death toll from the opioids epidemic continues to soar — nearly 64,000 people died in 2016 alone | Business Insider, UK

Family Addiction Support Network: Tender for F.A.S.N. Research Project 2018

The Family Addiction Support Network was established in 2002 and became the first group to be funded by the newly formed N.E.D.A.T.F. It was formed to address the lack of services for family members living with the consequences of another family member’s addiction | Activelink, Ireland

Seizures of mobiles and drugs in prisons rose last year

Prison Service says 872 mobiles were found in jails last year, highest number since 2013 | Irish Times, Ireland

Marijuana-related ER visits by Colorado teens on the rise

More visits to the emergency room by teens in Colorado are related to marijuana use than in the past, suggesting an impact of the drug’s legalization that needs closer attention, researchers say | Reuters, USA

Prenatal cannabis use associated with low birth weights

With marijuana use during pregnancy on the rise, a new study shows that prenatal cannabis use was associated with a 50 percent increased likelihood of low birth weight, setting the stage for serious future health problems including infection and time spent in neonatal intensive care units | Science Daily, USA

Anxiety Relief Without The High? New Studies On CBD, A Cannabis Extract

As more states legalize marijuana, there's growing interest in a cannabis extract — cannabidiol, also known as CBD | npr, USA

A Naturalistic Examination of the Perceived Effects of Cannabis on Negative Affect

Cannabis is commonly used to alleviate depression, anxiety, and stress. Indeed, one of the most commonly reported motives for cannabis use is to cope with stress with 72% of daily cannabis users reporting use of cannabis to relax or relieve tension | Science Direct, USA

Hemp shows potential for treating ovarian cancer

Researchers demonstrate hemp's ability to slow cancer growth and uncover mechanism for its cancer-fighting ability | Science Daily, USA

Could vaping lead teens to pot smoking?

Teens who use e-cigarettes may be more likely to try marijuana in the future, especially if they start vaping at a younger age, a new study shows | Medical Xpress, USA

More than half of heart patients continue smoking after hospitalisation

Professor Kornelia Kotseva, chair of the EUROASPIRE Steering Committee from Imperial College London, UK, said: "Smoking is still a major problem in patients who have been hospitalised for heart disease, especially in younger patients." | Medical Xpress, USA

Promise for safer opioid pain reliever

New compound offers pain-relief of opioids without tolerance or addictive properties | Science Daily, USA

New vaccine could help people overcome bath salts abuse

Researchers have developed a vaccine for one of the most dangerous types of synthetic cathinones, or bath salts. The vaccine blunts the illegal stimulant's effects on the brain, which could help recovering drug users who experience a relapse | Medical Xpress, USA

Police Drug Sniffer Dogs Probably Cost A Lot More Than You Think

Greens MP David Shoebridge claims data shows that NSW Police drug dog operations at music festivals cost the NSW taxpayer more than $700,000 in the past 12 months, on top of the almost $9.5 million a year it costs to maintain police detection dog units | BUzzfeed, Australia


Blogs, comment and opinion

We welcome vital new funding for children of alcohol dependent parents. Now let’s do more

Today’s [23 April 2018] announcement by Jeremy Hunt, committing £6 million to support children of alcohol dependent parents, is both welcome and vital. We know that there are around 120,000 parents in the UK in need of specialist alcohol treatment, and around 200,000 children live with at least one dependent parent or carer | Alcohol Concern blog, UK

Scotland’s drug users need supervised safe havens

I was heartened to read the Scottish Parliament has backed a drug site in Glasgow. It has various names: a “fix room” or a safe injection site. Here in Canada, they’re called supervised drug-use sites, because the word “safe” isn’t accurate when it comes to illegal drugs | Courier opinion, UK

BAT must be held financially responsible for the damage it causes

In 2009, six of the top tobacco producing countries had undernourishment rates between 5–27% | Medium, UK

Lack of sensible UK drug policy means young people are forced to play ‘Roulette’ with drugs

D esire for group identity is a part of life during the first term of anyone’s degree. While some people find a sense of group belonging in korfball or volunteering, others find this sense of belonging on nights out, because that’s what students do | Anyone's Child blog, UK