Daily news - 15th February 2018

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Victoria Derbyshire show - 14th Feb 2018

Our Director, Harry Shapiro, talks about Xanax and young people - 1 hr 40 mins in | BBC, UK

Teenagers buy Xanax on social media to cope with exam stress

Teenagers are buying Xanax on social media to help them cope with exam stress, addiction experts have said | Telegraph, UK

'Xanax made my daughter an aggressive zombie' - video

A mum has told 5 live’s Sarah Brett how she had her daughter arrested after she became violent while under the influence of Xanax | BBC, UK

Key research on treatment of problem drug use: cross-modality fundamentals

Time to consolidate the lessons of the five cells in row 2 of the Drug Treatment Matrix. Whether medical or psychosocial, if you work in/with treatment, this is your chance to lift your eyes from the workbench and reconsider what it’s all about and how to make it better | Drug and Alcohol Findings, UK

Holland & Barrett becomes first high street stockist of CBD oil

Health food chain Holland & Barrett has become the first high street store to stock medical cannabis oil in the UK | Independent, UK

March 2018 – Current Issue

Key findings | Addiction journal, UK

Breaking the fourth wall: Realities of working in drug policy reform

Free event. Mon 26 February 2018. London. What’s it really like working in international drug policy reform? Join us as we welcome a very special guest from Washington DC | LEAP, UK

Ale better: how craft beer found its mission

Stung by a reputation as gentrification’s outriders, craft breweries are trying to bring in more women, working-class people and people with disabilities to both drink beers – and make them | Guardian, UK

Ninewells Hospital 'fresh air' garden closed due to smokers

NHS Tayside has temporarily restricted access to the fresh air garden at Ninewells Hospital to promote its no smoking policy | BBC, UK

Police find £70,000 heroin stash at missing person's flat

Police investigating a suspected murder instead found a £70,000 heroin stash in the alleged victim's flat | BBC, UK


International news

Austria's plan to stub out smoking ban prompts health plea

Many Western countries have banned smoking in bars and restaurants, but Austria is bucking that trend | BBC, UK

Innovations in harm reduction can't curb 'catastrophic' overdose crisis

In the waning days of his tenure as B.C.'s provincial health officer, Perry Kendall said the harm reduction policies that form his legacy have saved lives — but have not done enough to curb the devastating numbers of people in B.C. who have died of overdoses from illicit drugs | IDPC, UK

Ten students treated for ingesting marijuana in San Francisco

Stores offering recreational marijuana to adults opened last month | Independent, UK

Cassie Sainsbury: drug mule's six-year jail term in Colombia could be cut

Judge to consider previously undisclosed evidence in Australian’s final legal opportunity to reduce her sentence | Guardian, UK

Pompidou Group – Co-operation Group to Combat Drug Abuse and Illicit Trafficking in Drugs

We are calling for projects to apply for the Pompidou Group European Drug Prevention Prize, 2018. The Prize is awarded every two years to active youth drug prevention projects | Pompisou Group, France

Heroin vaccine blocks lethal overdose

Scientists at The Scripps Research Institute (TSRI) have achieved a major milestone toward designing a safe and effective vaccine to both treat heroin addiction and block lethal overdose of the drug | Medical Xpress, USA

Safe injection sites in San Francisco could be first in the US

The San Francisco Department of Public Health has unanimously endorsed a task force's recommendation to open what could become the nation's first legal safe injection sites aimed at curbing the opioid epidemic | CNN, USA

The Trump Administration Says Proposed Heroin Injection Sites Could Face “Legal Action”

They’ve been approved in San Francisco, Seattle, and Philadelphia — and some local officials are ready to fight the DEA in court | BuzzFeed, UK

How a Police Chief, a Governor and a Sociologist Would Spend $100 Billion to Solve the Opioid Crisis

This is far from an exhaustive list of solutions, but it provides a rough guide for how to prioritize future spending, written by those with deep experience in studying and confronting the opioid epidemic | NYTimes, USA

Mass. public safety, public health agencies collaborate to address the opioid epidemic

Boston Medical Center, Social Science Research and Evaluation, Inc., and the Massachusetts Department of Public Health found four types of collaborative programs have emerged | EurekAlert, USA

How best to treat opioids' youngest sufferers? No one knows

Two babies, born 15 months apart to the same young woman overcoming opioid addiction. Two very different treatments | Medical Xpress, USA

Opioid addiction treatment behind bars reduced post-incarceration overdose deaths in Rhode Island

A new study suggests that treating people for opioid addiction in jails and prisons is a promising strategy to address high rates of overdose and opioid use disorder | Science Daily, USA

How to Talk With Teenagers About Vaping

E-cigarettes are only the latest entrant into the longstanding category of perils we might wish for our teenagers to avoid. Vaping — using an electronic cigarette to inhale vapor infused with flavor, nicotine, both or neither — holds promise as a path away from the harms of conventional cigarettes | NYTimes, USA

Third hand cigarette smoke not cause for panic

An Australian National University (ANU) researcher is warning against undue alarm as the concept of health concerns from third-hand-smoke - lingering residue from cigarettes - is starting to build momentum in Australia | Medical Xpress, Australia

MJA Podcasts 2018 Episode 10: Codeine dependence, with Dr Suzanne Nielsen

Dr Suzanne Nielsen is a Senior Research Fellow with the National Drug and Alcohol Research Centre at the University of NSW. She discusses ways of identifying and treating codeine dependence | MJA, Australia

Drug use unchanged despite a tripling in traffickers being sentenced

But the numbers of Queenslanders reporting they had recently used an illicit drug has remained unmoved | Age, Australia

We Spoke To Black Market Medical Cannabis Patients Who Don't Access The Drug Legally. Here's What They Said

Australian patients using medicinal cannabis illegally say their only worry about being arrested would be having their medicine taken from them | BuzzFeed, Australia

Exclusive: Synthetics petition launches, victim's family calls on Kiwis for help

The family of West Auckland synthetics victim Calum Jones are among the first to call for a parliamentary inquiry into the deadly drugs and the lack of help for addicts and their families | NZHerald, New Zealand


Blogs, comment and opinion

Reaching parts that others can't?

The Norwegian government has announced that it cannot support The Global Fund's latest venture with Heineken – will the Dutch follow suit? | IAS Blog, UK

Gaming addiction as a mental disorder: it’s premature to pathologise players

Gaming addiction is expected to be classified as a mental disorder by the World Health Organisation (WHO) but – while concerns over the addictive properties of video games are reasonable – there is a lack of rigorous research to back it up | Conversation, UK

Does a sugar tax cause alcohol sales to spike? The research doesn’t give a decisive answer

Consuming sugar-sweetened drinks is associated with a range of health issues including weight gain and obesity. These are risk factors for diabetes, heart disease, high blood pressure, strokes and certain cancers | Conversation, USA