Daily news - 3rd January 2018

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UK news

UK addiction treatment centres braced for new year surge in demand

Self-referrals predicted to reach record levels amid fears that cuts to drug and alcohol services are compounding problem | Guardian, UK

Legitimate use of controlled drugs: research and healthcare

Interim advice to the Home Office regarding the legitimate use of controlled drugs in research and healthcare | ACMD, UK

Why a booze-free month may be the perfect start to 2018

After the excesses of Christmas, many people decide to give up booze for the month of January in the hope that it will do them some good | BBC, UK

New podcast: What is the point in ‘Dry January’?

In our latest podcast professor of psychology Matt Field discusses what many people will be doing next month, ‘Dry January’ | University of Liverpool, UK

Our liver vacation: Is a dry January really worth it?

Less liver fat, cholesterol and weight – just some of the benefits that New Scientist staff enjoyed in a pioneering study into a month's alcohol abstinence | New Scientist, UK

Steroids 'sold illegally to teens', BBC South East finds

Steroids are being sold illegally to children as young as 14, BBC South East has discovered | BBC, UK

Managing transformation in addiction treatment

Key studies on the role of management and supervision in the treatment of problem drug use. Commentary asks, “Is there anything more instructive than *being* the patient?”, explores the role of patient choice and preferences in treatment planning, and queries the ubiquitous stages of change model as a basis for determining the treatment offer. Research on these issues is scarce, but it is at this level that services can be transformed from ‘going through the motions’ into engaging recovery-promoters | Drug and Alcohol Findings, UK

'We're trying to give up cigarettes', says Philip Morris ad

PMI has placed the full-page ad in the The Daily Mirror, The Sun and The Times, through media agency Response Media | Campaign, UK [see also - Philip Morris places anti-smoking advertisement in papers | BBC, UK]

Southampton researchers launch alcohol project in breast clinics

Researchers in Southampton are leading a pioneering national initiative to incorporate alcohol awareness into breast screening and breast cancer clinic appointments | Southampton University, UK

Funding for helpline to support 'children of alcoholics' announced

New funding of £500,000 has been reported by the Health Secretary to go towards a national helpline to support 'children of alcoholics' as part of a new Governemnt strategy | Alcohol Policy UK, UK

Boomtown on Drugs: The Harm Reduction Story

Festival organiser releases a 15-minute documentary discussing the dangers of drugs and openly addressing the issues drugs can cause at the festival, as well as in wider society | Access all areas, UK

North East charity urges people to quit smoking this New Year - after shocking figures show over 100 people A DAY are admitted to Hospital

Fresh and North East chest physician Dr Robert Allcock are urging the North East’s 390,000 smokers to give quitting another try this New Year | Planet Radio, UK

Warrington Frankie & Benny's serves girl, 4, alcohol

A restaurant has apologised after a four-year-old girl was mistakenly served an alcoholic cocktail | BBC, UK


Alcohol Research UK is dedicated to supporting new research in the alcohol field. Over the last 30 years, we have awarded £24 million in funding to over 900 projects, many of which have made a significant contribution to the evidence base in this area. Completed applications must be received by midnight on 16th January 2018 | Alcohol Reserach UK, UK

Travelling scholarships

The SSA shall award a maximum of £2,500 to support a member or associate of the Society to travel to international meetings, and/or laboratories and/or clinics, to further their training. This amount will be awarded twice a year, in March and September | SSA, UK

Have your say about addiction services in Doncaster

A service that supports people to recover from drug and alcohol addiction across the borough is asking residents to have their say about its services at a ‘stakeholder’ day on Monday January 29 | RDASH, UK


International news

Gaming addiction classified as disorder by WHO

Gaming addiction is to be listed as a mental health condition for the first time by the World Health Organisation | BBC, UK

“No Liberalisation”: How Drug Policy was Discussed in the Russian Parliament

On the 4th of December, the “Parliamentarians Against Drugs” conference saw deputies from 43 countries gather to discuss drug policy in Russia’s Parliament, known as the State Duma | Talking Drugs, UK

Recreational marijuana on sale in California - video

Recreational marijuana is now legal in California's cannabis market, but so far only a few cities have shops that have obtained a licence to sell | BBC, UK

Nine backpackers in hospital after suspected mass drug overdose in Perth

Four in intensive care after emergency workers found people unconscious in Victoria Park house | Guardian, UK

A man's scent can make women drink more alcohol, study claims

Researchers from the Department of Psychology at the University of South Florida decided to explore how a man’s scent can affect a woman’s decision to drink after carrying out a similar experiment on men | Independent, UK

In heroin's heartland

As the opioid epidemic spins out of control, a grassroots network of activists is fighting it at the source | Pacific Standard, USA

A Doctor with a Phone and a Mission

Startled by the hard sell addicts face, a psychologist discovered the rehab industry’s customer acquisition tricks, one crank call at a time | NYTimes, USA

California's New Marijuana Tracking System Kicks Off To A Slow Start

California’s legal pot economy was supposed to operate under the umbrella of a vast computerized system to track marijuana from seed to storefronts, ensuring that plants are followed throughout the supply chain and don’t drift into the black market | TIME, USA

Naloxone nasal spray began as a remedy for binge eating, CEO says

Opiant Pharmaceuticals chief exec Roger Crystal reveals opioid crisis caused company to pivot | CBC, Canada

Peer support program links overdose victims with former addicts

A new program will link up overdose victims with the help they need at their most vulnerable time | Cambridge Times, Canada

Scare stories ‘not working’ says drug expert

We've all heard scare stories about illicit drugs, but if we want young people to ditch them we should try a different approach | News.com.au, Australia

Police charge 173 people with drug offences at Field Day Music Festival

Five people were also hospitalised for drug-related health issues at the New Year's Day event | Age, Australia

NSW cops weigh in on methadone and driving

People under the influence of methadone shouldn't be on the road, the NSW deputy police commissioner says | Australian, Australia


Blogs, comment and opinion

My journey to recovery from alcohol addiction

Dry January is an annual movement where people give up alcohol for the month of January. To highlight the importance of alcohol awareness, one of our former clients shares their story of their journey to recovery from alcohol addiction and what it’s like to be in social situations where drinking is commonplace | Forward Trust blog, UK

Substance misuse treatment “past tipping point”

Adfam, on behalf of the Recovery Partnership, published the fourth State of the Drug and Alcohol Treatment Sector report on 18 December 2017, the first update since March 2016 | Russell Webster, UK

Have a drinking problem? Here’s a tool for finding effective treatment

American alcohol consumption spikes every December as the holidays descend, which may help explain why reducing or eliminating alcohol consumption is a common New Year’s resolution. If you have resolved to seek treatment for a drinking problem, there is good news and bad news | Washingon Post blog, USA

Those on methadone don't deserve stigma

Avoidable loss of life is always a tragedy. On December 26, Craig Whitall veered onto the wrong side of the Princes Highway when driving from Nowra to Ulladulla resulting in four deaths, including his own | SMH opinion, Australia