Daily news - 7th June 2018

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European Drug Report 2018 - launch information

On 7 June 2017, Commissioner for Migration, Home Affairs and Citizenship Dimitris Avramopoulos and Director of the European Monitoring Centre for Drugs and Drug Addiction (EMCDDA) Alexis Goosdeel will launch the European Drug Report 2018. The European Drug Report provides a comprehensive analysis of recent drug trends across the 28 EU Member States, Turkey and Norway. In particular, the 2018 report will focus on: drug supply and the market; drug use, prevalence and trends; harms associated to drug use and different responses to them. The report will be accompanied by the 2018 Statistical Bulletin and 30 Country Drug Reports presenting summaries of national drug phenomena (in the EU 28, Turkey and Norway). Press release | EMCDDA, Portugal


UK news

Manchester night tsar: all festivals and clubs need drug-testing labs

Night-time economy adviser Sacha Lord says he will also make spice epidemic a priority | Guardian, UK

Study examines sickness absence from work among abstainers, low-risk drinkers and at-risk drinkers

In a recent study, people who reported not drinking any alcohol over several years were absent from work due to illness more often than low-risk drinkers | Science Daily, UK

Not drinking alcohol linked to taking more sick leave than moderate drinking

A study of 47,520 people from Britain, Finland and France found those who drank alcohol in moderation were less likely than teetotallers to take sickness absence for a range of illnesses | NHS Choices: Behind the Headlines, UK

Foetal Alcohol Syndrome

To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what assessment he has made of the number of children born each year in the UK suffering from Foetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorder | They work for you, UK

Risk of emergency hospital admission in children associated with mental disorders and alcohol misuse in the household: an electronic birth cohort study

Mental disorders and alcohol misuse are common in families but their effects on the physical health of children are not known. We investigated the risk of emergency hospital admissions during childhood associated with living with an adult who has a mental health disorder, or who had an alcohol-related hospital admission | Lancet, UK

Glass of wine and good night's sleep can ward off Alzheimer's, says scientist 

The brain has an internal drain which needs to be kept clear to prevent neurodegenerative diseases like Alzheimer’s, scientists believe | Telegraph, UK

Like Minds: What to do when using alcohol turns into abusing it

At Like Minds, we’ve been exploring why it's so tempting to use alcohol as a coping strategy, and gathering tips for when you might be struggling | BBC, UK

Alcohol interventions and support within hospital settings: PHE & CLAHRC resources

Two new resources supporting the commissioning and delivery of alcohol interventions and support within hospital settings have been released | Alcohol Policy UK, UK

'Snapchat pills' warning as police say drug dealers use famous brands to entice young people

Apolice force has warned the public of taking illegal drugs with catchy names after two people were left in hospital after taking "Snapchat pills" | Telegraph, UK

Some drunk offenders to be spared court and criminal record

Offenders who commit minor crimes after drinking will be given the chance to attend a course rather than face court | BBC, UK

Inconsistent and erratic regulators risk stifling our thriving vaping industry

Independent vaping companies, free from ownership or control by the tobacco or pharmaceutical industries, make up 90 per cent of what is one of the fastest growing industries in Britain | City AM, UK

Ryanair restates call for alcohol curbs at UK airports

Low-cost carrier Ryanair is again asking airports to restrain alcohol consumption on their premises in order to proactively prevent inflight problems caused by drunk and unruly passengers. The call comes as the airline continues its policy of banning duty free alcohol in its cabins on flights to Ibiza this summer | Moodie Davitt, UK

Over-the-limit British Airways pilot arrested in cockpit after panicked cabin crew called 999, court hears

A British Airways pilot was hauled out of the cockpit by armed police after a flight technician called 999 as the aircraft was being  prepared for takeoff | Telegraph, UK

Forest Bank prison officer arrested on suspicion of trying to smuggle phones and cannabis into jail

A woman prison officer has been suspended after being arrested on suspicion of trying to smuggle in contraband | Manchester Evening News, UK

Jamie Acourt charged with conspiracy to supply cannabis

Forty-two-year-old was extradited from Spain where he was arrested last month | Guardian, UK


International news

Goodbye counterculture: what will happen when weed goes corporate?

It is big corporations, not small independent producers, who will reap the benefits of cannabis legalization in Canada – but what will that mean for musicians and artists? | Guardian, UK

'I deliver to your house': pot dealers on why legalization is doomed

The success or failure of cannabis legalization comes down to one thing: beating the black market. So what do dealers think? | Guardian, UK

One group is dreading marijuana legalization: the Marijuana party

Like Ukip after Brexit, the Marijuana party won the very battle it was established to fight. But its leaders insist the resistance continues against ‘prohibition 2.0’ | Guardian, UK

Festival goers stopped by sniffer dogs to be banned – even if no drugs are found

Civil liberties groups say the policy for Above and Beyond music festival in Sydney is a ‘clear abuse of police powers’ | Guardian, UK

Legal challenge over use of sniffer dogs to deny entry to concert

Civil liberty activists seek an injunction preventing NSW police from implementing the policy at show by dance music trio Above and Beyond | Guardian, UK

Even non-smokers have had enough! How 86% of Australians believe cigarettes are too expensive - as addicts use 'hacks' to avoid paying the world's highest prices

Most Australians believe cigarettes are now too expensive, a Daily Mail Australia poll has found | Mail Online, UK

174 NGOs call on the United Nations to condemn Bangladesh drug war

Civil society calls on the UN to take action in response to the killing of 130 people suspected of drug dealing by the Bangladeshi police | IDPC, UK

Audio clip 'captures Bangladeshi police killing drugs suspect'

Death of Akramul Haque raises fresh fears over extrajudicial killings in drugs crackdown | Guardian, UK

Alice Johnson: Trump grants Kardashian's clemency plea

President Trump has granted clemency to 63-year-old great grandmother Alice Johnson, who has been serving life in prison for a non-violent drug offence | BBC, UK

Storm over India film on women who 'smoke, drink and have sex'

A Bollywood summer film that shows female bonding among four hard drinking, foul-mouthed friends has sparked a social media storm | BBC, UK

EU health chief not satisfied with industry’s alcohol labelling proposal

EU Health Commissioner Vytenis Andriukaitis is not pleased with the “inconsistent” proposal recently submitted by the alcohol industry on labelling and insisted that European consumers should be presented the full information of the products they purchase | Euractiv, Belgium

The Feds Are Raiding the Offices of Doctors Who Prescribe Addiction Medication

Addiction doctors are worried about federal retribution against their treatment programs, and they're terrified for their patients, whose lives are at risk from overdose | TONIC, USA

Psychosis Tends to Follow Cannabis Use, Not Vice Versa

Cannabis use preceded onset of psychosis symptoms in teens more often than the reverse, according to researchers analyzing data from a longitudinal study conducted in Quebec | MedPage Today, USA

Human drug addiction behaviors tied to specific impairments in six brain networks

Specific impairments within six large-scale brain networks during drug cue exposure, decision-making, inhibitory control, and social-emotional processing are associated with drug addiction behaviors, according to a systematic review of more than 100 published neuroimaging studies by experts at the Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai and published Wednesday, June 6 in the journal Neuron | Medical Xpress, USA

New project aims to encourage people to quit smoking

SmokeFreeBrain brings together experts in toxicology, pulmonary medicine, neuroscience, and behavioral therapy, as well as health economics and health informatics | News Medical, USA

Prostate cancer survival odds worse for smokers

Prostate cancer patients who smoke are more likely to have tumors return, spread to other parts of the body, and become fatal than nonsmokers, a new study suggests | Reuters, USA

Senate Democrats aim to eliminate tobacco imagery in movies

Some Democratic senators are encouraging the new head of the Motion Picture Association of America to ensure “responsible” practices when it comes to displaying use of tobacco in films – a plea they believe will stop young people from taking up smoking | abc news, USA

'A very big increase': cocaine use spikes in Sydney's CBD and east

Sydney's CBD and Eastern Suburbs remain hot spots for arrests relating to the drug, according to new statistics released on Wednesday | Age, Australia

Sydney revellers to take NSW Police to court over concert sniffer dog plan

Three people are taking NSW Police to court over a controversial plan to deny entry to a Sydney concert anyone who is singled out by a sniffer dog - regardless of whether drugs are actually found | SMH, Australia

Drug and Alcohol Connections - June issue

Latest news, opinion, research and projects from the collaborative network of alcohol and other drug research centres; National Drug and Alcohol Research Centre (NDARC) at UNSW; National Drug Research Institute (NDRI) at Curtin University; and National Centre for Education and Training on Addiction (NCETA) at Flinders University | NDARC et al, Australia

Methamphetamine testing

The report from Dr Anne Bardsley and Dr Felicia Low for the Office of the Chief Science Adviser makes clear that testing of houses for methamphetamine has been a complete failure for the sort of evidence-based risk-benefit analysis the NZ governments are claiming to care about | StatsChat, New Zealand

New Advice on Methamphetamine Contamination

Real estate agents must tell prospective house buyers if a property has methamphetamine contamination of 15 micrograms per 100cm2 or above, says the Real Estate Authority (REA) | Scoop, New Zealand

Allowing drug users to remain in Housing NZ properties a 'step too far': Collins

National says move to allow drug-users to remain in Housing NZ homes sends wrong message | NZ Herald, New Zealand

New research on antidepressant addiction and withdrawal

A study of more than 1800 New Zealanders has found a significant number of people on antidepressants believe the drugs are addictive and more than half report experiencing withdrawal symptoms | Medical Xpress, New Zealand


Blogs, comment and opinion

Medical cannabis and the challenge for regulation of medicines

Three-quarters of the British public think doctors should be able to prescribe cannabis for medical purposes. Wider interest has followed recent media reports about children such as six-year-old Alfie Dingley, whose seizures have been dramatically reduced after being given cannabis products – often by travelling abroad for treatment, or illegally sourcing or importing from countries such as the Netherlands | Conversation, UK

Is drug testing a public health issue?

Like a lot of people in the field, I’ve been thinking about drug testing lately – meaning the testing of drugs that people might use, rather than people who might use drugs.  A good introductory piece was written in The Times by Hugo Rifkind | Thinking to some purpose, UK

Online alcohol screening works

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 | Russell Webster, UK

Four myths about homelessness: voices from a tent city

The stereotypical image of a person who is homeless is a mentally ill, dishevelled man who self-medicates with drugs or alcohol. While single men are the most likely demographic to be homeless, in the US, families with children represent one-third of the total homeless population – falling into homelessness because of job loss, domestic violence, divorce, evictions and health crises | Conversation, USA