Daily news - 19th July 2018

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Public Health England: Health and Justice Annual Review 2017/18 (PDF)

People in prison have multiple complex needs with higher levels of physical health, mental health and substance misuse needs than their peers in the community. These issues are often complicated by homelessness, joblessness, indebtedness or social isolation and poor access to health services appropriate to their needs | PHE, UK

Social media, SRE, and sensible drinking: Understanding the dramatic decline in teenage pregnancy (PDF)

The UK has traditionally had the highest rate of teen pregnancy in Western Europe. Over the last two decades, teenage conception rates have fallen across countries in this region, yet the UK has experienced a particularly rapid decline, and rates now stand at a record low, a decline that has been described as "the success story of our time" | BPAS, UK

'Generation Sensible' in five charts

Rebellions of young people have been recorded for decades, bucking trends and breaking the rules before entering the world of being a boring grown up. But a new generation is coming through and truly shocking society | BBC, UK

Avoidable death rate in Scotland highest in the UK

Scotland has the highest rate of avoidable death in the UK and the figures are getting worse, BBC analysis has found | BBC, UK

Government orders Phillip Morris to stop advertising "healthier" tobacco products or face legal action

The Government will take one of the world's largest tobacco firms to court unless it stops illegally targeting UK consumers with tobacco adverts, a Minister has said | Telegraph, UK


To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what steps he is taking to ensure that people who smoke are aware of the health risks caused by smoking | They work for you, UK

Alcoholic Drinks: Misuse

To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, if he will make it his policy to provide targeted support for people over the age of 55 who have problems with alcohol | They work for you, UK

Theresa May just says no to safe drugs facility in Glasgow

Prime Minister has ruled out Glasgow opening a safe drugs consumption room | Evening Times, UK

Modelling the impact of a national scale-up of interventions on hepatitis C virus transmission among people who inject drugs in Scotland

[Open access] To reduce hepatitis C virus (HCV) transmission among people who inject drugs (PWID), ScottishGovernment-funded national strategies, launched in 2008, promoted scaling-up opioid substitution therapy (OST) andneedle and syringe provision (NSP), with some increases in HCV treatment | Addiction, UK

Tackling The Stigma: Taking Music Festival Safety Seriously

The excitement of a music festival is an unprecedented feeling for all of us – the thrill of seeing our favourite acts live, the vivid light shows and immersive displays, the delicious artisan foods and most of all – partying the nights away with the people we’re close to in the music scenes we love | The Playground, UK

Drug users are flocking here from across the country on the 'Spice trail to Manchester'

The devastating impact of the drug on the city was laid bare in court | Manchester Evening News, UK

Improving engagement and health and care outcomes for people with co-existing mental health and substance misuse conditions

The HTA Programme is considering this topic for future commissioned research. The likely advert date for this topic, if prioritised, is November 2018 | NIHR, UK

Cannabis: Mental Health Question Time

Free event. London tbc. 26th September. Smoke signals: what does legalised cannabis mean for mental health? |  UCL Division of Psychiatry, The Lancet Psychiatry and the National Elf Service, UK

What’s all the HYPE?

Find out how drug and alcohol support in Hounslow is changing | Firstcare, UK

Live well for longer: Sex, drugs and alcohol - Video

Sex, Drugs and Alcohol: Includes a look at smart drugs, medicinal uses of cannabis and what happens when you take a month off the booze | All 4, UK

Can boozy food take you over the limit? I used tiramisu, trifle and a Breathalyser to find out

A new study has warned that consuming some foods can make people unsafe to drive. But how risky are they really? One writer arms himself with liqueur chocolates and a ton of pudding … | Guardian, UK


International news

The Environmental Impacts of the Legalization of Cannabis in California (PDF)

In November 2016, Proposition 64 was passed in California allowing for the legalization of recreational cannabis use. The measure came into effect on January 1, 2018 with California joining 28 other US states that have legislated for the medical and/or recreational use of cannabis | GDPO, UK

Philadelphia's plan for opioid safe injection site splits opinion

More than 1,200 people died of accidental overdoses in the city last year – could bringing users in off the street be the answer? | Guardian, UK

Mortality due to cirrhosis and liver cancer in the United States, 1999-2016: observational study

[Open access] To describe liver disease related mortality in the United States during 1999-2016 by age group, sex, race, cause of liver disease, and geographic region | BMJ, UK

Vaping and nicotine patches during pregnancy linked to cot death

Pregnant women who resort to e-cigarettes or nicotine patches to avoid smoking may increase the risk of their new borns becoming cot-death victims, it is claimed | BT, UK

Air China vaping: Pilots fired over e-cigarette emergency

China has revoked the licences of two Air China pilots after a vaping incident in the cockpit forced an emergency descent last week | BBC, UK

The Former Home of Heroin Has Become a Luxury Rehab Hub

Chiang Mai used to be at the centre of the Golden Triangle; now, it's full of facilities offering £8,000 rehab packages | VICE, UK

End of the road for Dublin rickshaws? - video

The Republic of Ireland's transport minister has proposed banning rickshaws from the streets of Dublin amid complaints about drug-dealing and safety | BBC, UK

Strict new drink driving laws complete passage through Oireachtas

New drink driving laws have passed through all stages in the Oireachtas, after senators voted in favour of the legislation this afternoon | Irish Examiner, Ireland

Minister for Health launches new online information repository on Medical Cannabis

The Minister for Health Simon Harris today (Tuesday) published a new online repository of information on medical cannabis on the Department of Health’s website | DoH, Ireland

Low-dose ketamine found to be as effective as opioids for treating acute pain

Opioids are commonly prescribed in the emergency department (ED) for the treatment of acute pain, but due to the epidemic of opioid misuse, analgesic alternatives are being explored | News Medical, USA

Resetting e-prescriptions for opioids helps curb use: study

Lowering the default number of opioid painkillers in electronic prescription systems reduced overall use of the drugs, a new study finds | Medical Xpress, USA

UA clinical trial to repurpose ketamine for Parkinson's patients

The best-known treatment for Parkinson's disease isn't perfect. Named levodopa, the drug can treat the stiffness and slowness of movement associated with the debilitating disease | Medical Xpress, USA

Not a ‘lost cause’: Report highlights need for addictions recovery

For too long, Josh McDearmid didn’t realize recovery was an option | Globe and Mail, Canada


Blogs, comment and opinion

Successfully delivering smokefree prisons across England and Wales

Nelson Mandela Day is celebrated every year in July and this year it marks one hundred years since his birth. The Centenary is an occasion to reflect on his life and legacy, and to follow his call to “make of the world a better place.” | PHE blog, UK

Why service user choice might frighten commissioners

I wrote down some thoughts a couple of weeks ago, prompted by the EXCO conference hosted by the Expert Faculty on Commissioning.  The Faculty has since posted a summary of the conference on their own website, along with videos from the day | Thinking to some purpose blog, UK

Integrating Infectious Disease Prevention and Treatment into the Opioid Response

Some communities that have been hardest hit by the opioid crisis have also seen associated increases in hepatitis B and C and other infections | HHS blog, USA

Another Perspective: Opioid Crisis Is Not Caused by Legal Prescription Drugs

It’s caused by abuse of illegal drugs — and we need a new approach to fight it | American Spectator, USA

Myths and misinformation about law enforcement and fentanyl exposure

A recent story covered by, KTVU , East Bay Times, and the San Francisco Chronicle details an incident where two Alameda County Sheriff’s department personnel experienced the effects of “fentanyl exposure.” | HRC blog, USA

The case for decriminalizing drugs in Canada

Officials in two of Canada's biggest cities are calling on Ottawa to decriminalize personal drug use and possession | CBC blog, Canada