Daily news - 18th January 2018

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County Lines Exploitation: London

This debate is sourced from the uncorrected (rolling) version of Hansard and is subject to correction | Hansard, UK

Drug Consumption Rooms

I beg to move, That this House has considered drug consumption rooms | Hansrad, UK

Alcoholic Drinks: Drugs

To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, whether her Department plans to collect and publish data on drink spiking | They work for you, UK

UK vaping industry launches awareness month

The vaping industry is to hold its first national awareness month in the UK in April | Talking Retail, UK

Top Tips: What Helps Us Family members share their experience (PDF)

When it comes to dealing with a loved one’s addiction, there’s no one-size-fits-all solution. But family members have a wealth of experience on how to respond, rather than react, in the face of challenging behaviour. Here are some of their top tips | Adfam, UK

Drug Debts Have Become an Essential Part of the Narco-Trade

In September of 2017, Colin Oliphant – a low-level drug seller and user – was relaxing at a friend’s house in Fife, Scotland when he was confronted by his drug supplier, William Richardson, over a £200 cocaine debt | VICE, UK

Will Southampton introduce 'drug consumption rooms' in the city? - BBC Radio iPlayer

Listen from 1.36mins | BBC, UK

Civic chiefs to discuss possibility of 'drug consumption rooms' in Southampton

European- style ‘drug-taking rooms’ could be set up in Southamptonin a bid to tackle dangerous drug litter on the city’s streets | Daily Echo, UK

Cannabis In The UK — A Call For Partner Support

Around sixty years ago, cannabis effectively arrived in the UK when new migrants from former British colonies brought with a habit for using it recreationally and for its therapeutic benefits | Volte Face, UK

ADEPIS Community of Evidence-Based Practice around Prevention: Roundtable

Free event. Wednesday, 24 January 2018 from 13:00 to 16:00 (GMT). Liverpool. This half-day roundtable will consider evidence-based prevention and look at ways of connecting practitioners, service providers and commissioners in order to develop effective ecosystems of prevention at a local level.| Mentor-ADEPIS, UK

Axis – a new chemsex clinic for south London

We’re really excited to announce the launch of a brand new chemsex support service in the heart of South London. Based at the Camberwell Sexual Health Service | London Friend, UK

Using cannabis helped ease 'frightening' tremors

A mother-of-two with multiple sclerosis has described how a form of cannabis has helped ease her symptoms | BBC, UK

'I'll do everything not to be like my parents'

Callum Christie's memories of growing up with heroin addict parents are so shocking that he suffers from post-traumatic stress disorder but posting Youtube videos about his life has built his confidence | BBC, UK

From mother's ruin to modern tipple: how the UK rediscovered gin

Gin parties, gin menus, ginvent calendars and even a Ginstitute hotel: the UK’s renewed passion for all things gin is fast creating a whole new industry | Guardian, UK

Cambridge 'cannabis' school bus driver arrested with pupils on board

A school bus driver taking pupils to their classes has been arrested after failing a drugs test for cannabis | BBC, UK


International news

Cocaine found in fresh pineapples

Video. Police in Portugal and Spain have seized cocaine hidden inside fresh pineapples | BBC, UK

Changing political climate threatens US cannabis research

The current uncertainty plaguing US cannabis policy could deter companies across the country from pursuing R&D or teaming up with academia to develop cannabis-based medicines, research industry advocates are warning | Chmeistry World, UK

Young people who use any form of tobacco product may be at greater risk of starting smoking

New research undertaken by scientists at the University of California San Francisco (UCSF) has found that young people who use any form of tobacco product may be at greater risk of starting smoking | Independent, UK

House Democrats introduce a bill to legalize marijuana and provide 'restorative justice' to communities impacted by the war on drugs

A group of House Democrats on Wednesday introduced a bill to legalize marijuana at the federal level and expunge the federal arrest records of those incarcerated for marijuana use and possession | Business Insider, UK

Taoiseach: Only qualified people should supply addiction services

Varadkar says Catholic Church offers programme as FF condemns Scientology rehab | Irish Times, Ireland

HSE to spend €3 million on new drug addiction centre in Portlaoise

A treatment centre for drug and other addictions is Portlaoise is set to cost nearly €3 million to build in health service spending | Leinster Express, Ireland

Locals turn out in numbers to protest proposed drug rehab centre in Co Meath

The new Narconon centre in the rural village of Ballivor has been linked with the Church of Scientology | Journal, Ireland

Rural Syringe Services Program

New website. Increasing rates of injection drug use have led to increased rates of infectious disease in rural areas | Harm Reduction.org, USA

New York City Program Takes Controversial Approach to Opioid Crisis

There's no single solution to the opioid crisis, but a New York City program is taking a controversial approach to fighting the epidemic | WNYC, USA

Patients receive most opioids at the doctor's office, not the ER

A close examination of federal survey data shows that while many settings including ERs cut back on prescribing opioids for more than a decade, physicians' offices continued to prescribe them | Science Daily, USA

Philadelphia sues opioid makers in response to epidemic

Philadelphia has filed a lawsuit against drug companies that make prescription opioids, saying they've created "an unprecedented public health crisis." | Medical Xpress, USA

Public health study finds sexual minorities more likely to have used E-cigarettes

Lesbian, gay and bisexual adults are more likely than heterosexual adults to have tried e-cigarettes and other alternative tobacco products, according to a study led by tobacco researchers at the Georgia State University School of Public Health | Medical Xpress, USA

GameChangers 2017: Is Colombia’s FARC Really Gone?

Has Colombia’s FARC really left the country’s criminal scene? Yes, and absolutely not. The rebel army is gone, and has become a political party. But the FARC Mafia is just coming into being | Insight Crime, USA

Half of Americans support alternatives to full marijuana legalization: poll

Half of Americans now support alternatives to full legalization of recreational marijuana use, according to a new poll following the Justice Department's decision to change the federal law enforcement policy on the drug | The Hill, USA

Know what drugs you're really taking this summer

Podcast. Surprisingly strong MDMA has hit NZ shores. Some might rejoice at this news, but it’s cause for concern, according to Wendy Allison, Director of Know Your Stuff; An organisation aimed at drug use testing and harm reduction at events and festivals nationwide | Know your stuff, New Zealand


Blogs, comment and opinion

Harry’s blog 46: It’s the smoke not the tobacco

Language matters. In my last blog, I highlighted the campaign by Cancer Research UK to counteract the idea that e-cigarettes are just as dangerous as smoking.  And part of the problem resides in conflation of ‘smoking’ and ‘tobacco’ when communicating about smoking-related death and disease and more generally the denial of accurate public health information to smokers | NSP, UK

Ian Hamilton: Language alone cannot reduce the stigma that people who use drugs experience

The derogatory language we use to describe people who use drugs is merely a symptom of a deeper problem, says Ian Hamilton | BMJ opinion, UK

Stop and search not the solution

Last year black people were stopped by the Metropolitan police on 30,000 occasions without any further action | Guardian letters, UK

20 best books about (not) drinking

If you were ever in any doubt that mindful drinking is the health trend of the moment, then just look at the number of books coming out this January dedicated to helping you change your drinking habits | Alcohol Concern blog, UK

We have a global drug problem, and it’s not what you think

In a recent report, The World Drug Perception Problem: Countering Prejudices about People Who Use Drugs, the Global Commission on Drug Policy makes the case that we need a rethink | Virgin blog, UK

Should you give homeless people money? Absolutely

Gloucester city council’s poster implies they are not worth our compassion. This is a travesty of human decency | Guardian opinion, UK

The Wrong Way to Treat Opioid Addiction

Buprenorphine and methadone are the most effective treatments for fighting opioid addiction. But most rehabilitation programs won’t use them | NYTimes opinion, USA