Daily news - 12th January 2018

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Availability of Nalxone in England

Early day motion 777. That this House was shocked by the results of a survey by Release of local authorities in England which revealed availability of Naloxone to be wholly inadequate... | Parliament.uk, UK

Smokefree plegde

In January 2018 the Smokefree Action Coalition launched the NHS Smokefree Pledge. The Pledge is designed to be a clear and visible way for NHS organisations to show their commitment to helping smokers to quit and to providing smokefree environments which support them | Smokefree Action, UK

Measuring alcohol-related harm; politics and science

At national level alcohol-related harm and especially the net cost of harm versus benefits are slippery concepts. Malleability and policy salience combine to make the estimates contested territory, seen as justifying reduced alcohol taxes at one end and greatly increased prices at the other | Drug and Alcohol Findings, UK

Does 'just one cigarette at parties' turn into a daily habit?

"One cigarette 'may lead to habit for more than two thirds of people'," reports The Guardian. The Mail Online goes further, claiming that "one puff of a cigarette is enough to get you hooked" | NHS Choices: Behind the headlines, UK

The Hepatitis C Trust launches 'Eliminating Hepatitis C in Scotland' report

The Hepatitis C Trust has today launched a new report, ‘Eliminating Hepatitis C in Scotland: A Call to Action’. The report follows an inquiry conducted by The Hepatitis C Trust and the cross-party Scottish Hepatitis C Parliamentary Champions group over the course of 2017, which involved oral evidence sessions and the submission of written evidence by individuals and organisations working across the hepatitis C patient pathway | Heaptitis C Trust, UK

Minimum alcohol price law cost us £1m, Asda claims

Wales' health secretary has said he takes "with a pinch of salt" a claim introducing a minimum price for alcohol will be costly for supermarkets | BBC, UK

Alcoholic Drinks: Minimum Prices

To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what assessment his Department has made of the effect of minimum unit pricing of alcohol on social inequalities related to alcohol misuse | They work for you, UK


To ask the Secretary of State for Health, how the Tobacco Control Plan for England will be funded | They work for you, UK

SHAAP/SARN 'Alcohol Occasionals' seminar: Monday 29th January 2018

Scottish Health Action on Alcohol Problems (SHAAP) and the Scottish Alcohol Research Network (SARN) are delighted to invite you to our 2017-18 series of lunchtime seminars.The theme of the new programme is Alcohol and Social Justice. Register here to attend the next seminar on Monday 29th January 2018 | SHAAP/SARN, UK

Newcastle bar drug dealers 'given celebrity-like status'

Drug dealers "moved freely" through three city centre bars and were given "almost celebrity-like status", a police report has claimed | BBC, UK

Man who choked on heroin 'was known dealer'

A man who died trying to swallow heroin during his arrest had concealed drugs in that way before, an inquest heard | BBC, UK


International news

Illegal cannabis farms in California are poisoning endangered birds, say scientists

Study adds to environmental concerns about impact of toxic pesticides and other chemicals used in cultivation of the drug | Independent, UK

Portuguese doctors back marijuana medicine as bill enters parliament

Portugal’s influential Doctors’ Association called for the legalization of marijuana-based medicines on Thursday, the same day parliament started to debate a draft bill that goes even further in seeking to allow patients to grow pot at home | Reuters, UK

Measuring Canada’s cannabis economy

Recreational pot will soon be legal. Statisticians have to figure out how much it contributes to output | Economist, UK

Sharp drop in Australian teenagers’ use of drugs, alcohol and tobacco

Study’s authors attribute the fall to stricter parental attitudes and law reforms that have reduced availability of substances | Guardian, UK

'Proven to work': scheme tackling alcoholism helps keep young offenders out of jail

At one time Domac Gile-Lul was drinking four litres of wine a day. Experts say the program that rescued him saves lives | Guardian, UK

Deontay Wilder to do community service for misdemeanour marijuana possession

WBC heavyweight champion Deontay Wilder was ordered to do 60 hours of community service after being found guilty of misdemeanour marijuana possession | BBC, UK

Statement of Elinore F. McCance-Katz, MD, PhD, Assistant Secretary for Mental Health and Substance Use regarding the National Registry of Evidence Programs and Practices and SAMHSA’s new approach to implementation of evidence-based practices (EBPs)

SAMHSA and HHS are committed to advancing the use of science, in the form of data and evidence-based policies, programs and practices, to improve the lives of Americans living with substance use disorders and mental illness and of their families | SAMHSA, USA

Passive Smoking Risks to Children

Passive smoking or involuntary smoking refers to the unconscious inhalation of smoke that emerges as a result of others burning cigarettes, cigars, or pipes. This inhaled smoke is also termed as known as environmental tobacco smoke (ETS) or second-hand smoke (SHS). Mostly children are affected by passive smoking at a higher rate than adults | News Medical, USA

Do less harm: E-cigarettes a safer option than smoking

Analysis led by NYU College of Global Public Health stresses harm minimization can save lives | EurekAlert, USA

Patient education brochure provides low-cost solution to avoid diversion of unused opioids

Unused prescription painkillers lying around the home have proven to be a major source of drugs supplying the nation's opioid epidemic,1 but a new patient education brochure that describes safe disposal practices of unused pain pills can be a low-cost and effective way of getting patients to properly dispose of their leftover medications | Medical Xpress, USA

Women and men military veterans, childhood adversity and alcohol and drug use

Results of a national study led by public health scientist Elizabeth Evans at the University of Massachusetts Amherst, with others at the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) and the University of California, Los Angeles, suggest that risk for alcohol and drug use disorders among United States military veterans is increased by childhood adversity, and in ways that are different between women and men and different compared to the civilian population | Medical Xpress, USA

Skewed perceptions of drugs and people who use them negatively affect both health and health care by feeding into harmful prohibitionist policies and sometimes directly affecting clinical care, according to a new international report that aims to counter such prejudices | Globe and Mail, Canada

Opioids in Canada: One-in-eight have family or close friends who faced addiction

The thousands of deaths across Canada as a result of opioid use and addiction has been a dominating public health, public safety, and public policy issue for more than two years | Angus Reid, Canada

Australian teenagers turn their backs on 'uncool' alcohol

A study involving more than 40,000 adolescents observes a staggering drop in underage drinking | Age, Australia

Why making oxycodone tamper-proof has not made a dent in Australia's addiction to opioids

Tamper-resistant oxycodone tablets haven't curbed opioid misuse of harm in the slightest, a major Australian study shows


Blogs, comment and opinion

Stigma distorts drug policy

The Global Commission on Drug Policy just (9 January 2018) launched a new report: The World Drug Perception Problem arguing that current perceptions of drugs and people who use them have led to an unrealistic and stigmatizing, rather than pragmatic and evidence-based approach to drug policy | Russell Webster, UK

Julie’s blog: Calling Time on Alcohol and Ageism

Just before Christmas, Drink Wise, Age Well launched, ‘Calling Time – Addressing ageism and age discrimination in alcohol policy, practice and research’. A report which presents evidence of practice and service provision that is in breach of the 2010 Equality Act and effectively stops older adults who have an alcohol problem receiving the help they need | VHScotland blog, UK

Can't handle the proof

Alcohol industry protests over cancer warning labels backfire | IAS blog, UK

FDA should act on potential reduced risk tobacco products

As a primary care physician, I will be watching closely on Jan. 24 when the Food and Drug Administration’s Tobacco Products Scientific Advisory Committee (TPSAC) meets to review the Modified Risk Tobacco Product Application of Philip Morris International IQOS product | The Hill opinion, USA

Poll: Majority of voters oppose Sessions’ crackdown on legal marijuana

A huge majority of American voters oppose Attorney General Jeff Sessions's moves to crack down on marijuana use, according to a poll released Thursday | The Hill blog, USA

AA History as Opposed to AA Myth

My testimonial to Glenn is primarily devoted to digital material he authored and the use of the web for the propagation of AA history as opposed to myth | Points blog, USA