Daily news -8th February 2018

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Statistics on Drug Misuse: England, 2018

This statistical report presents a range of information on drug use by adults and children drawn together from a variety of sources. It focuses on England only where possible although some statistics are only readily available at GB or UK level or for England and Wales combined. Some of this is new information whilst some has been published previously | NHS Digital, UK

Drug-related mental health admissions in NHS hit record high

82,135 hospital admissions had a primary or secondary diagnosis of drug-related disorders | Guardian, UK

Alcohol: applying All Our Health

Evidence and guidance to help healthcare professionals reduce alcohol-related harm | PHE, UK

Reported road casualties in Great Britain, provisional estimates involving illegal alcohol levels: 2016

Provisional estimates on personal injury drink drive accidents in Great Britain for 2016 | Department of Transport, UK

Police and public health: collaboration

These documents highlight case studies of initiatives between police and health colleagues and identify barriers and enablers to collaboration | PHE, UK

The value of the UK alcoholic drinks market

Data from Euromonitor International's Alcoholic Drinks in the United Kingdom report shows how the value of the market has been steadily increasing over the last few years. In 2017, the value reached 66,144.2 million euros - an 11 percent increase on 2012's 59,793.6 million | Statista, UK

Low-alcohol wine and beer fuelling lunchtime drinking, study suggests

Low-alcohol beer and wine promotions risk fuelling day-time drinking, a new study by Cambridge University suggests | Telegraph, UK

More than a million people use e-cigarettes to stop smoking and there’s calls for them to be sold in hospitals — but is vaping safe?

Here, Professor Peter Hajek, director of the Tobacco Dependence Research Unit, Queen Mary University of London, ­separates fact from fiction | Sun, UK

Drugs: Smuggling

To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, whether her Department has made an estimate of the annual profit made organised crime from the illegal drugs market in the UK | They work for you, UK

Prescription Drugs: Misuse

To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what the terms of reference are for the forthcoming Public Health England review on addiction to medicine | They work for you, UK

Statutory PHSE Education — [Mr Laurence Robertson in the Chair]

I beg to move, That this House has considered the matter of statutory personal, health, social and economic education | They work for you, UK

Tackling substance dependence and mental health problems among UK prisoners: An integrated approach

The Forward Trust releases new research on integrated approach to substance misuse and mental health issues in prisons | Forward Trust, UK

News & updates January 2018: airports, labelling 'awareness vacuum', young people, Newcastle MUP

Selected media stories since the November roundup | IAS, UK

Kate in Essex: Duchess of Cambridge arrives in Wickford to open addiction recovery centre

The Duchess of Cambridge, has arrived in Essex to open a new treatment centre devoted to helping addicts recover as part of her role as patron of charity Action on Addiction | Express, USA

'Alcoholism led me to live under bush'

"I ended up living under a bush in a park in Brighton for five months. It was the nadir of 20 years of alcoholism. I'd become homeless, and I knew that something had to change otherwise I was going to drink myself to death. I decided that I had to go to rehab." | BBC, UK

Students! We want to talk to you about drugs

Today, we launch our Students’ Drug Survey to learn more about students’ attitudes towards and experiences of drug use to inform our welfare and campaigning work, and to provide advice and support for both cis and trans students | NUS Connect, UK

Torquay homeless charity accused of ruining town as shops blame it for decline in sales

With its palm trees, pleasure gardens and tea rooms the Devon resort of Torquay has long drawn thousands of visitors from around the country every year | Telegraph, UK

New rules following increase in Shropshire bowls alcohol trouble

A rise in alcohol-related trouble has led to a crown green bowls association toughening up its rules | BBC, UK

Nine-year sentence for drug dealer Anthony Shrimpton

A drug dealer has been jailed for nine years and eight months after police seized more than £200,000 of cocaine and cannabis | BBC, UK

12 Slightly Unbelievable Adverts for Booze and Cigarettes

We spoke to Jim Heimann, the editor of a new Taschen book about alcohol and tobacco ads from the 20th century | VICE, UK


International news

Health chiefs will not give green light to vaping

[Registration may be necessary] Irish health chiefs have no plans to review their policy on vaping despite an official call in England for the use of e-cigarettes in hospitals as part of an anti-smoking drive | The Times, UK

FDA Releases Kratom Death Data, Undermines Its Own Claims About Drug's Deadly Harms

The cases include a suicide and a drug overdose victim who tested positive for nine different substances | Huffington Post, UK

Gang storms hospital in Spain to release arrested drug suspect

Police holding suspect did not use guns ‘to prevent situation from turning into a drama’ | Guardian, UK

Health Minister hits out at drinks industry 'efforts to scupper' Alcohol Bill

The Health Minister Simon Harris has told the Dáil that the drinks industry has been promoting myths about Ireland's alcohol consumption | Irish Examiner, Ireland

Drinks industry comparing cancer risk from alcohol to that of burnt toast

Drinks industry calls on TDs to oppose health warnings and advertising restrictions | Irish Times, Ireland

Programming document 2018–20

The EMCDDA Programming Document for the period 2018–20 covers the final year of implementation of the EMCDDA Strategy 2016–18 and coincides with the completion of the first Roadmap established under the new EMCDDA Strategy 2025 | EMCDDA, Portugal

Link Between Medical Marijuana and Fewer Opioid Deaths Is More Complex Than Previously Reported

The association between medical marijuana and lower levels of opioid overdose deaths—identified previously in several studies—is more complex than previously described and appears to be changing as both medical marijuana laws and the opioid crisis evolve, according to a new RAND Corporation study | RAND, USA

Drugs, alcohol and suicides contributing to alarming drop in US life expectancy

Drugs, alcohol and suicides are contributing to an alarming drop in US life expectancy, particularly among middle-aged white Americans and those living in rural communities, warn experts in The BMJ today | Medical Xpress, USA

Who’s Got the Influence? Youth friend and family influences on DUI behavior

Driving under the influence of alcohol or drugs (DUI) remains a leading public health concern despite general declines in the behavior over the past few decades | BASIS, USA

Japan Tobacco to launch new smokeless product this year

Japan Tobacco Inc (2914.T) said on Tuesday it plans to launch a new “heat-not-burn” (HNB) product in Japan as early as the end of this year, as it tries to catch Philip Morris International (PM.N) in a growing cigarette-alternative category | Reuters, USA

African Health groups join protest against Global Fund, Heineken alliance

More fallout has emerged from the recently announced alliancebetween Global Fund and Heineken. Health advocacy groups in Africa have joined to condemn the partnership between Global Fund, a government, civil society and private sector group that fights the spread of HIV, tuberculosis and Malaria in Africa with the Heineken Group, an alcohol firm | Beverage Industry News, Nigeria

Should women call time on wine o'clock?

Ooh, is it wine o'clock yet? I'll be there in a prosecco. Boom-tish! Are we celebrating or commiserating? Who cares? | Age, Australia

drug: n-ethylpentylone

If it isn’t MDMA, then it’s very likely to be a new drug called n-ethylpentylone, testing by KnowYourStuffNZ has revealed | Know your stuff, New Zealand

Blogs, comment and opinion

Harry’s blog 49: Norway, Gateway? No Way

You would think that any government looking at these figures for the steep decline in smoking among those under 25 would be a cause for celebration, Yes, over the same period, snus use has gone up, but that blows a hole in the gateway theory while all the independent evidence makes it clear that snus is so much safer than tobacco | NSP blog, UK

Alcohol and substance misuse amongst older adults

Dr Martin Hyde reviews and reflects on the recent Do Not Go Gentle substance misuse and ageing conference | CIA blog, UK

Addaction responds to NHS statistics on drug-misuse

The number of hospital admissions in England with a diagnosis of a drug-related mental or behavioural disorder has reached an all-time high, according to statistics released by the NHS today | Addaction, UK