Daily news - 8th January 2018

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UK news

Only one in 10 Britons know alcohol causes cancer, survey finds

Cancer Research UK says scale of ignorance is worrying as findings also show backing for warning labels on bottles and cans | Guardian, UK

[Registration required] Google makes millions from plight of addicts

Google has been profiting from a practice banned in America in which brokers secretly reap millions of pounds from vulnerable people seeking treatment for addictive diseases in the UK | Sunday Times, UK

Smoking cessation: shifting the research focus to community pharmacy

The National Institute for Health Research has been funding a five-year programme of research into interactions between pharmacy staff and their clients in the NHS smoking cessation service | Pharmaceutical Journal, UK

How buying drugs became as easy as buying ice cream

'Everyone at uni knew the guy in the ice cream van was a dealer' | Independent, UK

Airport bars could face hours limits to curb flight rage

Restrictions on the sale of alcohol at UK airports could be introduced in an effort to reduce the number of drink-related rage incidents on planes | BBC, UK

Government announces plans to extend pub opening hours for Royal Wedding

Pubs, clubs, bars and other licensed premises could be allowed to stay open and sell alcohol on the premises later to celebrate the Royal Wedding of Prince Harry and Meghan Markle in May under plans announced by the Home Secretary today | Home Office, UK

Giving up alcohol, Women's Christmas, 18 in 201- - BBC radio iPlayer

We discuss how the usual self help manuals on diet and exercise are now being joined by books about going sober. Clare Pooley the author of The Sober Diaries and Catherine Gray who has written The UnexpectedJoy of Being Sober tell us why they gave up alcohol | BBC, UK

Non-alcoholic cocktails - BBC radio iPlayer

James meets a Salisbury 'mixologist' with ideas for cocktails during Dry January | BBC, UK

Drinking and darts: Does alcohol improve performance?

These days, darts is a professional, sober affair, at least for the players. But some of the champions of the past were famous for their boozing. Can alcohol ever enhance people's ability to play darts? | BBC, UK

Call for evidence: National Commission into women facing domestic and/or sexual violence and multiple disadvantage

AVA (Against Violence and Abuse) and Agenda, the alliance for women and girls at risk, have established a new National Commission to take evidence on the issues experienced by women who have faced domestic and/or sexual violence and who have also faced multiple disadvantage (particularly problematic substance use and mental ill health) | AVA / Agenda, UK

Aspall cider sold to US beer giant

Aspall, the cider brand founded in Suffolk in 1728, has been sold to the US beer giant that owns brands including Carling and Miller | BBC, UK

Amount of heroin found by Bath area police triples in one year

Avon and Somerset police found the equivalent of a gram of heroin every hour in 2016/17 | Bath Chronicle, UK

Fife man killed in hammer attack over drug debt

A convicted drug trafficker killed a man in a hammer attack after the victim ran up a debt he was unable to pay | BBC, UK

Two in court over Lockerbie and Eskdalemuir drug hauls

A man has appeared in court after cannabis with an estimated street value up to £120,000 was recovered from a car on the A74(M) near Lockerbie | BBC, UK

Dorset drug-driver jailed for killing motorcycle couple

A drug-driver has been jailed for causing a crash that killed a motorcyclist and his wife | BBC, UK


International news

US life expectancy falls for second consecutive year as drug-related deaths rise

Estimated lifespan of American children drops for second consecutive year for the first time since 1963 | Independent, UK

US turns to Trump targets – UN, China and Mexico – for help in opioid crisis

Washington has requested UN help declare fentanyl illegal in US and China, as White House works with Mexico to address the drug’s spread, official says | Guardian, UK

California's marijuana muddle – video explainer

On 1 January, California became the latest state to permit the sale of recreational marijuana in licensed stores. But three days later, the attorney general issued new guidance calling on states to enforce federal drug laws prohibiting the substance. Despite the confusion, the new shops have been doing brisk business | Guardian, UK

'Trump has declared war on California': state defiant as White House takes aim

Battle lines between liberal politicians and the president intensified this week as Trump’s administration targeted cannabis, immigrants and the environment | Guardian, UK

Teen 'shot drug dealer dead' after being sold paprika instead of marijuana

The court ruled he will be sent to an adult prison if found guilty | IBTimes, UK

Brazil drug lord accused of deadly jail riot seized

Police in Brazil have arrested a drug lord accused of ordering a deadly prison riot on New Year's Day | BBC, UK

Australian arrested for alleged heroin smuggling in Cambodia after AFP tipoff

Ve Thi Tran arrested at Phnom Penh airport for allegedly trying to smuggle almost 2kg of heroin in her luggage | Guardian, UK

Young drink drivers to be part of RSA research

Young people who have been arrested for drink-driving are to take part in research for the Road Safety Authority to understand why they get behind the wheel after drinking | Irish Examiner, Ireland

There are more quitters than smokers in Ireland

One in eight people who smoked this time last year have since quit. | Journal, Ireland

Medical cannabis makes small steps in EU

As of 1 January, Denmark now allows the use of medical cannabis for patients suffering from various illnesses | EU Observer, Germany

Google is making millions off ads reeling in addicts

Google cashes in on ads from shady UK companies that make millions from vulnerable people seeking addiction treatment, an investigation by the Sunday Times of London found | NYPOst, USA

Vermont Lawmakers Approve Marijuana Legalization Bill

The Vermont House of Representatives voted on Thursday to legalize possession and home cultivation of marijuana | Forbes, USA

How Marijuana Became Politicized

In 2013, Deputy U.S. Attorney General James Cole laid out guidelines for the enforcement of federal marijuana laws. NPR's Michel Martin speaks with him now that the Trump administration has rescinded them. And John Hudak, author of Marijuana: A Short History, explains how marijuana became politicized in the first place | npr, USA

Opioid Vending Machines Proposed In Vancouver

The proposed vending machine program would make hydromorphone available to registered users | The Fix, USA

In heroin's heartland

"I've been arrested 18 times, incarcerated 496 days, and spent 2,556 days addicted to heroin," Nicole Walmsley says before about 70 people at an event center in Lodi, Ohio | The Week, USA

Tobacco shops associated with crime in urban communities of color

Tobacco shops, also known as smoke shops, may represent potential "nuisance properties" in urban communities of color, a study led by a researcher at the University of California, Riverside has found. Nuisance properties are properties where unsafe activities affecting public health and safety occur repeatedly | Medical Xpress, USA

Yukon Officials Bow to Liquor Industry on Warning Labels

As part of a government-financed study, warning labels of the health risks of alcohol were put on liquor bottles to test their effectiveness. The industry was not happy | NYTimes, USA

The International Model of Alcohol Harms and Policies

The International Model of Alcohol Harms and Policies (InterMAHP) version 1.0 is a comprehensive set of guidelines, methods and manuals, as well as a SAS®-based tool created towards the goal of standardizing and automating the calculation and application of alcohol-attributable fractions (AAFs) globally | University of Victoria, Canada

Trump's Pot Crackdown Could Be Good News For Canada's Cannabis Industry

A move by the U.S. attorney general to quash an Obama-era policy that allowed legalized pot to flourish south of the border dealt a blow to marijuana stocks Thursday, but observers and industry players say the crackdown is a boon for the Canadian cannabis industry | Huffington Post, 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 | ABC news, Australia


Blogs, comment and opinion

First do no harm: developing interventions that combat addiction without increasing inequalities

Throughout England, the life expectancy at birth gap between the 10% most deprived neighbourhoods and the 10% most affluent stands at approximately 9 years for boys and 7 years for girls | Addiction editorial, UK

You don’t have to be poor to be hooked on drugs or alcohol but it helps

The Tories have excluded public health from their ‘ringfenced’ NHS spending, and dismissed addictions as diseases of choice | Guardian opinion, UK

We've teamed up with Drinkaware to offer free alcohol advice to our customers

We're joining forces with alcohol education charity Drinkaware to provide customers with free information and advice on alcohol | ASDA blog, UK

Sunny’s story: Building on user experience

From an early age of drug use, it was apparent that law enforcement would be ‘after us’. This added to the excitement of finding new and exciting locations to use drugs, with one eye always on the prospective sign of blue flashing lights | Russell Webster, UK

Sessions’s unwise move on marijuana may backfire

The decision to rescind a policy easing federal enforcement will spur calls for Congress to finally change the law | Washington Post opinion, USA

We Must Treat Opioid-Related Deaths As A Public Health Issue

We've had little success in dealing with this crisis because we focus on it in terms that fail to see it as something other than an illegal drug problem | Huffington Post blog, Canada