Daily news - 16th July 2018

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Guidance for drug and alcohol treatment providers and clients

Guidelines for drug and alcohol treatment providers on sharing client's information with the National Drug and alcohol Treatment Monitoring System (NDTMS) | PHE, UK

Doctors warn of rise in addiction to prescription drugs bought online

Clinic set up for teenagers sees high number of adults seeking treatment after illicitly buying drugs such as Xanax to treat anxiety | Guardian, UK

Smokers forced to quit on their own after funding cuts

Prescriptions for drugs that help kick the habit fall by 75% in England, report says | Guardian, UK

Police ‘decriminalising cannabis’ as prosecutions fall away

Government figures sent to Norman Lamb MP reveal fall of 19% since 2015 in people prosecuted for possession | Observer, UK

British public backs legalisation of cannabis so it can be sold like cigarettes and alcohol, poll reveals

51 per cent say it is time to treat the drug in the same way as other legal substances | Independent, UK

Sophia Gibson granted landmark cannabis licence

A seven-year-old girl who suffers with a rare genetic condition has been granted a license for medicinal cannabis | BBC, UK

‘Prohibitive’ £3,655 fee for medicinal cannabis licences under review amid protests from campaigners

'The swift response by the government this past month will be undermined if these fees are imposed at the end of the licence process' | Independent, UK

Alcoholic Drinks: Misuse

To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what progress he has made on developing a national strategy to address alcohol consumption in line with recommendation 4 of the Cancer Strategy; and if he will make a statement | They work for you, UK

Relationships Alliance

To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, if her Department will take steps to ensure that charities in the Relationships Alliance will be allocated funding from the public purse for existing relationship support contracts until funding allocations have been made under the Reducing Parental Conflict programme. [The answer from @JustinTomlinson talks about the innovation fund for children of alcohol dependent parents, pointing out that bids need to be in by 17 July. More info about the fund here] | They work for you, UK

The more you smoke, the greater your risk of a heart rhythm disorder

The more you smoke, the greater your risk of a heart rhythm disorder called atrial fibrillation. That's the finding of a study published today in the European Journal of Preventive Cardiology, a European Society of Cardiology (ESC) journal | Science Daily, UK

The dynamic predictors of reconviction for women (PDF)

This research was driven by a policy question about the extent to which rehabilitative services for women in prison or on probation need to be different to those provided for men: Do women and men have different risk factors for criminal behaviour that will demand different interventions? | HM Prison & Probation Service, UK

The effectiveness of rehabilitative services for Black, Asian and Minority Ethnic people: a rapid evidence assessment (PDF)

A rapid evidence assessment (REA) was conducted to explore the research evidence looking at the effectiveness of rehabilitative correctional interventions in reducing reoffending or substance misuse, among BAME people | HM Prison & Probation Service, UK

'More law firm donations' needed to save pioneering drug court scheme

A Manchester boutique is hoping more firms will follow its lead and pledge £12,500 for three years to safeguard the future of a pioneering substance-abuse problem-solving court scheme to show government ministers that the legal profession is willing to put is money where its mouth is | Law Society Gazette, UK

Children affected by drink and drugs find respite at centre they built themselves

Ten years ago a group of teenagers set up their own youth centre because they were sick of watching friends turn to crime to get away from trouble at home | Metro, UK

Centre helps drunk youngsters stay safe in Northampton

Officers will staff the centre at weekends, based in a cafe run by Northampton University's student union | BBC, UK

Alcohol Research UK / Alcohol Concern website survey

Last chance. We’re looking to create a website for our new charity, formed by the merger of Alcohol Research UK and Alcohol Concern, and we need your help to make sure it meets your needs | Alcohol Research UK and Alcohol Concern, UK

HMP Berwyn: Drugs 'readily available' at Wrexham prison

Drugs are "readily available" at the UK's biggest prison, a report has found | BBC, UK

Why has one of the largest prisons in the UK stopped using body scanners to detect mobile phones, weapons and drugs?

HMP Wandsworth have stopped using an X-ray body scanner for “legal reasons” despite similar devices in place at other jails across the country | ITV, UK

Man held after £120,000 bus station drug recovery

A man has been charged after heroin with a street value of £120,000 was found at a Glasgow bus station | BBC, UK


International news

Bigger health warnings on wine bottles will damage 'the soul of France' warn country's top chateaus

Slapping bigger health warnings on bottles of wine will damage 'the soul of France" and turn it into a "criminal product" the country's top chateaus have warned in a stinging rebuke to government efforts to reduce alcohol consumption among pregnant women and minors | Telegraph, UK

Vaping pilot caused Air China plane to plunge 6,500m after smoke shut off air conditioning

An emergency descent by an Air China aircraft after cabin oxygen levels dropped has been linked to a co-pilot smoking an e-cigarette during the flight, state media said on Friday | Telegraph, UK

Iran: Young man flogged 80 times for drinking alcohol as a child

The public flogging on Tuesday in Iran of a young man convicted of consuming alcohol when he was just 14 or 15 years old over a decade ago highlights the inhumanity of a justice system that legalizes brutality, said Amnesty International today | Amnesty, UK

The 2018 drug slang quiz: can you tell your Bruno Mars from your Bernie's gold dust?

The US Drug Enforcement Administration has published its annual report on drug slang and there are some surprising entries | Guardian, UK

Gardai uncover first ever 'magic mushroom lab' in Ireland following raid

Magic mushroom lab discovered after suspect fell seriously ill | Independent, Ireland

Strengthening cooperation to disrupt illicit financial flows in West and Central Asia, South Eastern Europe

The UN Office on Drugs and Crime (UNODC), through its Regional Programmes for Afghanistan and Neighbouring Countries and South Eastern Europe, recently held an inter-regional training workshop on 'Building Partnerships in Countering Illicit Financial Flows" | UNODC, Austria

Routine, coordinated treatment of opioid abuse can stem national epidemic

To help stem the nationwide opioid epidemic and related increases in HIV, hepatitis C and other infections, health care providers should routinely screen and treat patients for opioid abuse when they come to clinics and hospitals seeking other services | Medical Xpress, USA

Juul plans to release lower-nicotine vape juice starting in August

Mint and Virginia tobacco flavors with 40 percent less nicotine should start hitting shelves in August | The Verge, USA

Cuomo Moves Closer to Marijuana Legalization in New York

Gov. Andrew M. Cuomo appeared to embrace elements of a state Health Department report that favored legalizing, regulating and taxing marijuana | NYTimes, USA

LGBQ teens more likely than peers to use dangerous drugs

Lesbian, gay, bisexual or questioning (LGBQ) teens are at substantially higher risk of substance use than their heterosexual peers, according to a new study led by San Diego State University researchers and published in the American Journal of Public Health | Medical Xpress, USA

State prisons fail to offer cure to 144,000 inmates with deadly Hepatitis C

State prisons across the U.S. are failing to treat at least 144,000 inmates who have hepatitis C, a curable but potentially fatal liver disease, according to a recent survey and subsequent interviews of state corrections departments | Salon, USA

The Fall and Rise of the Addiction Blogger

We were the problem child of the blogging family. The wild child. We got messed up, we hurt ourselves, and many of us hurt others and broke the rules. Sometimes we got punished by the system, but mostly, we punished ourselves | The Fix, USA

Canadian court rebuffs tobacco firm in major damages suit

US cigarette maker Philip Morris suffered a setback Friday in a long-running suit when Canada's Supreme Court denied it access to personal data on people suffering from tobacco-related diseases | Medical Xpress, USA

Mom accused of killing her infant through drugs in breast milk

A Philadelphia-area woman who described herself as a drug addict is being held on a homicide charge after she allegedly transmitted drugs to her 11-week-old baby through her breast milk, officials said | NYPost, USA

U.S. reportedly issuing lifetime travel bans for anyone even remotely connected to Canada's legal cannabis industry

Canada's cannabis industry is quickly going corporate, but U.S. border agents are reportedly issuing travel bans to anyone involved, regardless of whether they're wearing a Grateful Dead T-shirt, a lab coat, or a suit | Georgia Straight, Canada

Half Of Pediatricians Say Their Patients Have Used Medical Weed, Study Finds

"We thought it was less than that," says principal investigator Richard Belanger | Huffington Post, Canada

Health Canada ‘concerned’ by cannabis companies sponsoring music, public festivals

Health Canada is prepared to crack down on licensed medical marijuana producers who are sponsoring music festivals and other events | Globe and Mail, Canada

‘They know it’s a potential fatal experience every time they put drugs in their system’

The paper trays lie in neat rows on a stainless-steel table. Each tray has everything a user needs to shoot up: a blue rubber strap to help find the vein in an arm, an alcohol wipe, a "cooker" to heat the drug, a filter, sterile water and a needle | The Record, Canada

Overlap between youth justice supervision and alcohol and other drug treatment services: 1 July 2012 to 30 June 2016

The report shows 1 in 3 young people aged 10–17 under youth justice supervision during the 4 years to June 2016 also received alcohol and other drug treatment services at some point during the same period | AIHW, Australia

What does the research evidence tell us about what Australians think about the legal status of drugs? A 2018 update

This bulletin summarises data from a nationally representative survey of Australians (The National Drug Strategy Household Survey) which asks people their opinions about the legal status of drug in 2016. We differentiate what Australians think about “legalisation” versus “decriminalisation” for four different types of drugs (cannabis, ecstasy, heroin and meth/amphetamine)... We also explore how the Australian public think money should be directed in responding to illicit drugs | NDARC, Australia



Blogs, comment and opinion

Join Us in Celebrating the Lives of Those We Have Lost

On July 20, we will be honouring International Remembrance Day in London. The day celebrates the lives of people who use drugs who have passed away – many of whom died because of the repressive and stigmatising conditions imposed by prohibition | Release blog, UK

Three years on and change is happening

It’s our third year anniversary here are some of the highlights from the past three years... | Anyone's Child, UK

Methadone and Mixed Messages

As a physician licensed to prescribe narcotics, I am legally  permitted to prescribe the powerful opioid methadone (also known by the brand name Dolophine ) to my patients suffering from severe, intractable pain that hasn’t been adequately controlled by other, less powerful pain killers | CATO Institute blog, USA