Daily news - 8th August 2018

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UK news

Reviewing a licensing policy: think local, act local

This document provides advice for public health teams engaging in the review of their local statement of licensing policy. It suggests ways to approach the process as well as providing links to support materials and case studies | PHE, UK

Deaths from hepatitis C have fallen by 11 per cent in the last year

New PHE data shows a decrease in deaths from hepatitis C but diagnoses of advanced liver disease and related cancers remain stable | PHE, UK

Fall in injecting kits handed out to drug users

Charities say they may have seen the first hard evidence of a change in Scotland's drug-taking habits | BBC, UK

Getting heroin in Belfast as 'easy' as cigarettes

The number of drug users trying to access heroin addiction services in Belfast has risen significantly | BBC, UK

The impact of medically supervised injection centres on drug-related harms: A meta-analysis

[Open access] Medically Supervised Injection Centres (MSICs) are legally-sanctioned facilities where users can consume pre-obtained drugs under medical supervision. Although there is a substantial body of research exploring their effectiveness, there have been few attempts to quantify outcomes across studies. In order to determine the impact of the body of research as a whole, outcomes from studies were synthesised using meta-analysis | IJDP, UK

Soaring cocaine use among millennials and the middle class could lead to a rise in cases of deadly sepsis, warn experts

The Royal College of Emergency Medicine is set to issue a national patient safety alert in the coming days over the little-known link between cocaine and sepsis | Mail Online, UK

Vaping plea: Philip Hammond must not slap a tax on vaping because it helps smokers quit, leading campaigners demand

Think tanks and pressure groups called on the Government to support an anti-smoking policy that 'embraces harm reduction' | Sun, UK

This Is What It’s Like When Your Son Dies From The Chemsex Drug GHB

"We have lost a son and it could have been avoided." The Bloor family tells BuzzFeed News why the silence surrounding GHB deaths needs to end | BuzzFeed, UK

Pubs closing at rate of 18 a week as people stay at home

Pubs are continuing to struggle with 18 closing a week in Britain, according to the latest industry figures | BBC, UK

Explaining Society's Infatuation with Hangovers

You might be as addicted to hangovers as you are to the process that gives you one | VICE, UK

Behind The Scenes Returns

Our free Behind The Scenes series of talks and workshops return for professionals and students wanting to find out more about the shape of drugs in Bristol | Bristol Drugs Project, UK

Revealed: Six professional footballers failed tests for recreational drugs last season

The Football Association contracts UK Anti-Doping (Ukad) to run an out-of-competition programme, separate from its in-competition testing after matches searching for performance enhancing substances, to identify players using recreational drugs including, cocaine, heroin, marijuana, LSD and ecstasy, amongst others | i news, UK


International news

Why GDP includes the illegal drugs trade

Video.When it comes to our main measure for the economy, GDP, even the illegal drugs trade is included | BBC, UK

Rodrigo Duterte threatens to kill corrupt police officers

Philippine president tells dozens of policemen that they will be ‘watched for mistakes’ | Guardian, UK

Drug offences in Northern Ireland increase by around a fifth

The number of drug offences in Northern Ireland increased by around a fifth over the last year, police said | Irish Examiner, Ireland

Minimum pricing on alcohol could be a healthy move for Northern Ireland

In May Scotland introduced a legal minimum price for alcohol of 50p per unit. That implied a major escalation in the prices of what had previously been some of the cheapest drinks: a £1.99 bottle of cider rose to £5 | Belfast Telgraph, Ireland

Councillor calls for immediate action on crack cocaine in Dublin

There is a call for immediate action to tackle a rise in crack cocaine use across Dublin | Irish Examiner, Ireland

Mother tells Liveline that family home was 'burnt to the ground' over son's drug debts

Lorraine told the show that he owes thousands of euro | Journal, Ireland

Benzodiazepine and related drug prescriptions have increased among young people in Sweden

The prevalence rate of prescriptions for benzodiazepines and benzodiazepine-related drugs (BZD)—medications used to treat anxiety, insomnia, epilepsy and other neuropsychiatric conditions—increased by 22% between 2006 and 2013 among individuals aged 0-24 years in Sweden | Medical Xpress, USA

Has teenage substance use changed in the US? Results from a national survey

Adolescence is a vulnerable period for developing addiction. People often have their first experiences with substances, such as alcohol, tobacco, or marijuana, during this time. For some youths these experiences do not result in much harm | BASIS, USA

Got the 'drunchies'? New study shows how heavy drinking affects diet

After seeing an ad in a campus newspaper promoting unhealthy late-night foods, researchers decided to look at a sample of college students to better understand how drinking affects what they eat | Science Daily, USA

Can medical marijuana help treat intractable epilepsy?

A new British Journal of Clinical Pharmacology review examines the potential of medicinal cannabis--or medical marijuana--for helping patients with intractable epilepsy | EurekAlert, USA

Want to Win the War on Drugs? Portugal Might Have the Answer

When Gonçalo Fonseca was a child, he went to school near Casal Ventoso, a Lisbon neighborhood that also served as the biggest open-air drugs market in Europe | TIME, USA

Russia calls to abandon doubtful methods in drug addiction treatment

Russia recommends international experts to abandon doubtful methods in the treatment of drug addiction and search for truly effective methods in the fight against this threat, Russian Deputy Foreign Minister Oleg Syromolotov said on Monday, answering a question about "harm reduction programs." | TASS, Russia

Victorian heroin toll the highest this century, as overdoses mount

Victoria has recorded the most heroin-involved fatalities since the beginning of the “heroin drought” almost two decades ago | Age, Australia

There's A Way To Wean Addicts Off Ice. Why Is It Being Suppressed

At the Dame Phyllis Frost Centre, where my sister Anna is imprisoned, they have a name for the 20 or so kilos that most of the girls add to their frames upon settling into the facility | Ten Daily, Australia

Drug Foundation wants sanctions ditched for beneficiaries who fail pre-employment drug tests

The Drug Foundation is calling for an end to people losing the benefit if they fail pre-employment drug tests | TVNZ, New Zealand

Don't delay acting on synthetic cannabinoids

Last week, Acting PM Winston Peters directed government officials to take urgent action to stop any further deaths from synthetic cannabinoids. Peters’ statement was prompted by a shock announcement from the Coroner’s Office that 40-45 New Zealanders’ deaths in the last 12 months have been attributed to synthetic cannabinoids | NZDF, New Zealand


Blogs, comment and opinion

Drug addiction is a tragedy. But we could stop so many people dying

We know exactly what works to prevent drug-related deaths – and yet the numbers are still rising | Guardian opinion, UK

Stopping the rise in drug-related deaths

ONS deep dive study suggests a vulnerable, at-risk population taking drugs alone and consuming multiple different types of drug alongside alcohol | Russell Webster, UK

Self-harm among young girls has nearly doubled. Here are five things the numbers won’t tell you

To those working in youth mental health, the numbers are all too predictable | i news comment, UK

Taxing vaping would be like extending the sugar tax to sugar-free squash

As a non-smoker and a non-vaper, many people might wonder what my interest is in vaping | City AM, UK

Trump's FDA may finally end Obama's war on vaping

For more than a year, the Food and Drug Administration has hung the start-up vapor industry out to dry with anticipation for a more sane and rational approach to the regulation of electronic cigarettes | Washington Examiner, USA