Daily news - 5th June 2018

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UK news

Home Office has 'no plans for fix rooms'

UK Home Office officials have said they cannot support the creation of "fix rooms" for drug addicts in Glasgow | BBC, UK

Mixed reviews for minimum pricing

One month in retailers assess the controversial policy | Scottish Grocer, UK

170,000 people screened and counting: how online alcohol interventions are growing in popularity

Online alcohol interventions are on the rise – and their potential impact is huge. DontBottleItUp is an innovative alcohol screening tool that proves just that. With 170,000 people screened to date, it is estimated to have brought several million pounds of savings to the wider health and care economy, and motivated over 10,000 people to reduce their drinking to within Lower Risk levels | Blenheim CDP, UK

Community Experiences of Serious Organised Crime in Scotland (PDF)

This summary sets out key findings from a research project that aimed to explore the community experiences of serious organised crime (SOC) in Scotland | Scottish Government, UK

Organised crime less about guns and more about 'preying on the vulnerable'

Serious organised crime is part of everyday life in many of Scotland's communities, according to a new report [Item above] | BBC, UK

Drug driving - BBC radio

David looks into the problem of drug driving. Figures in our area have risen dramatically, he'll be asking why and hearing how Thames Valley Police have more kit than ever to test people on the roadside | BBC, UK

Saudi flag removed from pubs' World Cup bunting

A brewery is removing the Saudi Arabia flag from World Cup bunting from hundreds of its pubs after complaints it was inappropriate to display it where alcohol is sold | BBC, UK

Salford heroin smuggling gang jailed

A drugs gang which tried to smuggle £63m of heroin into the UK in tables has been jailed | BBC, UK

Jail for man who used parcel courier to smuggle ecstasy into Northern Ireland

A Lithuanian man has been jailed after attempting to smuggle ecstasy worth around half a million pounds into Northern Ireland | NCA, UK

Malala takes on Alan Rusbridger, the former Guardian editor, in a bid to bring back parties at her Oxford college

She has become a household name as a global campaigner for human rights and women’s education, and became the youngest-ever Nobel Prize laureate aged just 17 | Telegraph, UK

Tyson Fury on depression, drugs, drinking and his comeback fight

Tyson Fury has been to the "worst place anybody could go" during his fight with depression. Within a year of his greatest triumph he was taking drugs, binge drinking and going to sleep hoping he wouldn't wake up | BBC, UK


International news

Extrajudicial Killings Surge in Bangladesh amid Fear of New Duterte-Style Drug War

At least 131 people have been publicly killed for alleged drug offences in Bangladesh in the past three weeks, with the country’s leaders lending their support to the approach | Talking Drugs, UK

Drug addiction expert says cocaine abuse back at boom-time levels

Number of people being treated for cocaine addiction is 60% higher than three years ago | Irish Times, Ireland

Crack-cocaine use surging in Dublin city centre

Dealers began offering smaller, cheaper bags of the drug from last summer | Journal, Ireland

Offline constraints in online drug marketplaces: An exploratory analysis of a cryptomarket trade network

[Open access] Cryptomarkets, or illegal anonymizing online platforms that facilitate drug trade, have been analyzed in a rapidly growing body of research. Previous research has found that, despite increased risks, cryptomarket sellers are often willing to ship illegal drugs internationally | IJDP, Netherlands

Physicians’ progress to reverse the nation’s opioid epidemic (PDF)

American Medical Association Opioid Task Force 2018 Progress Report | AMA, USA

Origins of an Epidemic: Purdue Pharma Knew Its Opioids Were Widely Abused

A confidential Justice Department report found the company was aware early on that OxyContin was being crushed and snorted for its powerful narcotic, but continued to promote it as less addictive | NYTimes, USA

Gap in substance abuse data could have long-term implications, study finds

Due to a change in federal regulation, from 2013-2017, the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) redacted any health care encounter that included a diagnosis or procedure code related to substance abuse from the Medicare and Medicaid identifiable files | Medical Xpress, USA

Most in U.S. Say Consuming Alcohol, Marijuana Morally OK

Large majorities of Americans believe that using substances like alcohol and marijuana are morally permissible. Specifically, 78% say drinking alcohol is morally acceptable and 65% say smoking marijuana is | Gallup, USA

Non-pharmacologic approaches improve outcomes for infants with neonatal abstinence syndrome

A quality improvement (QI) initiative at Boston Medical Center that focused on using non-pharmacologic approaches to care for infants with neonatal abstinence syndrome (NAS) yielded positive short-term outcomes for both the mothers and infants | EurekAlert, USA

High schoolers who use heroin commonly use multiple other drugs

High school seniors who use heroin commonly use multiple other drugs -- and not just opioids, according to a new study | Science Daily, USA

Bubble pop? Brownie batter? Vapes’ added flavors fuel e-cig debate

A heated debate is redrawing alliances in the tobacco control movement as federal officials wrestle with how to regulate the growing e-cigarette market | News Medical, USA

Introduction to Special Series on Addiction in the LGBTQ Community

Forty-five years after the American Psychiatric Association removed homosexuality from its diagnostic manual of mental illnesses, the LGBTQ (Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender, and Queer) community continues to experience health disparities, particularly when it comes to mental health and addiction | BASIS, USA

Cannabis Showing Promise for IBD

New results encouraging, but still very preliminary | MedPage Today, USA

Drug Used To Treat ADHD Touted As A Possible Treatment For Ice Addiction

What nicotine patches are to smokers, this new pill may be to ice addicts | Ten Daily, Australia

Cytisine: Could it help smokers quit?

Audio. Cytisine has been used in Europe as a smoking cessation tool for a number of years | abc.net.au, Australia

Review of Cannabis by the World Health Organisation

This week marks a historic turning point for cannabis as the World Health Organisation’s ECDD conducts its first ever review of the scheduling of cannabis | Scoop, New Zealand


Blogs, comment and opinion

Drug testing can stop the festival tragedies

[Free article] Rather than treating young people buying Ecstasy or ketamine as criminals, the focus should be on keeping them safe | The Times, UK

Chemsex: just dance or bad romance?

Chemsex is a term for the use of drugs before or during planned sexual activity to sustain, enhance, disinhibit or facilitate the experience. Chemsex commonly involves crystal amphetamine, GHB/GBL and mephedrone, and sometimes injecting these drugs (also known as slamming). These practices can have an adverse impact of the health and wellbeing of MSM | Mental Elf, UK

Frequent drinkers unravelled

They may think themselves responsible, but older people may not recognise that their drinking could be a risk to their health, argues Bethany Kate Bareham | IAS blog, UK

Why we need better, smarter, panic-free education on cannabis

This week, the third reading and vote on the bill to legalize cannabis will take place in Canada’s Senate | Conversation, Canada