Daily news - 26th April 2018

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Taking a new line on drugs

Based on our recent report (PDF) of the same name, this video calls for a rethinking of the government's drugs policy to take a more public health-led approach | Royal Society for Public Health, UK

RCP statement of support for the Royal Society of Public Health’s new report: Taking a new line on drugs

Following a meeting of our RCP council, the Royal College of Physicians wishes to signal formal support for the Royal Society of Public Health’s report and the evidenced based recommendations it puts forward | Royal College of Physicians, UK

Taking the Hit: Student drug use and how Institutions respond (PDF)

The findings in this report paint a complex picture of student drug use, one that has both positive and negative impacts on students’ lives. In doing so, it contrasts with some university, college and students’ union drug policies, which see student drug use wholly as a problem to be eradicated through suspensions, evictions and surveillance | NUS, Release UK

Drugs 'used by two in five students'

Drug-using students should be given advice and support instead of being disciplined when no criminal offence is committed, a report recommends | BBC, UK

Archaic and harmful': report condemns strict handling of student drug takers

NUS and Release study claims universities are confused about drugs and the law | Guardian, UK

Alcohol and mental health: policy and practice in England (PDF)

The Institute of Alcohol Studies and Centre for Mental Health jointly surveyed people working in alcohol and mental health services to understand current provision and the barriers to effective help. We also co-hosted a seminar for experts in both fields and reviewed current policies and guidance in each | IAS, UK

Statistics on NHS Stop Smoking Services in England April 2017 to December 2017

Results from the monitoring of the NHS Stop Smoking Services (NHS SSS) in England | NHS Digital, UK

Further new member appointed to the ACMD

The new appointee announced today is Dr Anne Campbell, a lecturer in social work, and co-director of the drug and alcohol research network at Queen’s University Belfast | ACMD, UK


To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, how much his Department has spent on campaigns to promote the cessation of smoking in (a) 2016-17 and (b) 2017-18; and what funding he plans to allocate to such campaigns in 2018-19 | They work for you, UK

Prisons: Drug Smuggling

What steps the Government are taking to prevent the smuggling of drugsinto prisons | They work for you, UK

New book on addiction - April2 2018

Addiction publishes new book lists five times per year, both in print and on this website | Addiction, UK

Cannabis Oils 24/04/2018 - BBC radio iPlayer

There’s been a large increase in the sales of oils and creams containing a chemical found in cannabis, and It's being claimed that the legal CBD market in the UK is now worth 50 million pounds | BBC Radio Lancashire, UK

Global Psychedelic Survey

Welcome and thank you for your interest in the Global Psychedelic Survey - a scientific research project on the psychological effects of psychedelic drugs | Imperial College, UK

Police 'lead debate on drugs'

Former drug squad officer says war on drugs creates more violent gangsters | Big Issue, UK

Legal high shop owners 'nothing better than drug dealers'

The sister of a man who died after taking legal highs said two men jailed for selling the substances were "nothing better than drug dealers." | BBC, UK

HMP Birmingham inmates appear in Periscope live stream

Inmates at a prison live-streamed footage which appeared to show them smoking drugs and using mobile phones | BBC, UK

Wisbech drugs-to-children suspects released under investigation

Four people suspected of selling ecstasy tablets cut with bleach to children - and using children to deal drugs for them - have been released pending further investigation | BBC, UK

The brothers who were searched by the police for a fist bump

Liam and Dijon Joseph say racial profiling is behind Met officers’ reaction to a friendly gesture | Guardian, UK

Jonathan Earp died in Gloucestershire hospital toilet

A man who died in a hospital toilet and was not found for three days took a lethal mixture of cocaine, alcohol and prescription drugs, an inquest heard | BBC, UK

Tumbler, chalice or nonic – how important is the 'right' glass for your drink?

Princess Margaret was so miffed at the tiny glasses on Concorde that she used a vase for her G&T, according to a recent report. But can you match your drink to the correct receptacle? | Guardian, UK


International news

Spanish police seize ‘largest cocaine shipment in Europe’ weighing nine tonnes 

Police in southern Spain have seized a nearly nine tonne haul of cocaine hidden in a boat transporting bananas from Colombia - the largest ever shipment of the drug found entering Europe | Telegraph, UK

Call for smoking ban to be extended to outdoor areas that serve food

The private members' motion, by a group of Fine Gael senators, would see a ban on lighting up in al fresco parts of restaurants | Irish Mirror, Ireland

France looks to tobacco companies for help in cigarette butt clean-up blitz

The French government is looking to the tobacco industry to come up with a green solution to the problem of the cigarette butts which litter the country's streets | The Local, France

The Senate is advancing a bill to fight the opioid crisis. It’s still not enough

It’s not that the Opioid Crisis Response Act of 2018 is bad. It’s that the proposal falls short | Vox, USA

Looking past peer influence: Genetic contributions to increases in teen substance use?

Parents and adults spend a lot of time worrying about the influence of friends and peers when it comes to teen substance use - drinking alcohol, binge drinking, marijuana use and other illicit drugs. Is it all about an adolescent's environment, their friends, peers and family, or is there a genetic component that drives their desire for risk taking and novelty? | Medical Xpress, USA

Could 'one puff' of cannabis ease depression?

A new study sheds light on how different quantities of tetrahydrocannabinol and cannabidiol — the psychoactive compounds in cannabis — affect levels of stress, anxiety, and depression | MNT, USA

America’s Fentanyl Problem Is Reaching a Whole New Group of Users

“What I know for sure is that these people who died were definitely not expecting fentanyl in their system.” | Mother Jones, USA

Statement from FDA Commissioner Scott Gottlieb, M.D., on new enforcement actions and a Youth Tobacco Prevention Plan to stop youth use of, and access to, JUUL and other e-cigarettes

Protecting our nation’s youth from the dangers of tobacco products is among the most important responsibilities of the U.S. Food and Drug Administration – and it’s an obligation I take personally | FDA, USA

Maternal binge drinking linked to mood problems and alcohol abuse in offspring

Study shows for first time that binge drinking during pregnancy and lactation may make offspring more vulnerable to mood disturbances and alcohol abuse as adolescents | Science Daily, USA

What U.S. drug policy might look like in a perfect world

Say you were emperor for a day and granted the power to create a new, fully rational policy for regulating alcohol and marijuana. What would that policy look like? | SF Gate, USA

One in every six deaths in young adults is opioid-related: study

One out of every six deaths among young adults in Ontario is related to opioids, suggests a study led by researchers at St. Michael's Hospital and the Institute for Clinical Evaluative Sciences (ICES) | Medical Xpress, Canada

OPP warning the public about the dangers of 'purple heroin' and other opioids

OPP Const. Ed Sanchuk says drugs thought to be the deadly opioid fentanyl and cocaine were seized in January and sent to Health Canada for testing. Sanchuk says results returned to police on Tuesday show the drugs were actually a mix of heroin, morphine, fentanyl and carfentanil known as “purple heroin.” | Vancouver Sun, Canada


Blogs, comment and opinion

Collective Voice response to DHSC consultation on local authority public health prescribed activity

The Department for Health & Social Care ran a call for evidence on prescribed activities for local authority public health earlier this year. Below is Collective Voice’s response which was submitted on 16 April 2018 | Collective Voice blog, UK

Let's help pregnant women not drink

Women receive too many conflicting messages. Let's just stick to the facts, urges Catherine Gray | IAS blog, UK

Should we recommend e-cigarettes to help smokers quit?

Smokers want to vape, it can help them quit, and it’s less harmful than smoking, say Paul Aveyard and Deborah Arnott. But Kenneth C Johnson argues that smokers who vape are generally less likely to quit and is concerned about youth vaping as a gateway to smoking, dual use, and potential harms from long term use | BMJ Head to Head, UK

Can e-cigarettes help save lives? It’s complicated 

I was so excited the first time I heard about electronic cigarettes back in 2006. Could they save billions of lives from smoking related-death? The idea was so simple and so tempting: to replace a very harmful product with a less harmful one. Unfortunately, reality is much more complex | Euronews, UK

Suicide: A Silent Contributor to Opioid-Overdose Deaths

In 2016, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) reported 42,000 opioid-overdose fatalities, including an unknown number of suicides. Notably, two populations that are more likely than others to receive opioid prescriptions | NEJM opinion, USA

More older Americans are smoking marijuana

U.S. marijuana consumption is more prevalent today than during the conservative 1980s. Surges in drug use are often attributed to “kids these days,” but new research shows that the change has been driven not by stereotypical longhair youngsters but by the gray-haired and balding set | Washington Post blog, USA

Will Regulations Create Big Marijuana?

Ask the people who grow, manufacture, and sell cannabis about the end of prohibition and you’ll hear two stories. One is that legalization is ushering a multibillion-dollar industry into the light | CATO Institute blog, USA