Daily news - 11th June 2018

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Take-home Naloxone toolkit

The IOTOD take-home naloxone (THN) toolkit contains guidance and resources on how to set up a THN programme, in order to reduce overdoses and save lives | IOTOD, UK

Psychiatrists: Referral Fees - Question

To ask Her Majesty's Government what steps they will take to address concerns that psychiatrists treating patients suffering from addiction have been receiving referral fees from private clinics | They work for you, UK

Ageing opioid users’ increased risk of methadone-specific death in the UK

The first evidence that the hazard ratio (HR) for methadone-specific death rises more steeply with age-group than for all drug-related deaths (DRDs) came from Scotland’s cohort of 33,000 methadone-prescription clients | IJDP, UK

Vapers may inhale more toxins with lower-strength e-cigarettes

This is based on a small study of just 20 e-cigarette users. It found those given low-nicotine rather than high-nicotine devices used them more intensely, potentially increasing their exposure to toxins in the vapour | NHS Choices, UK

Drug 'fix rooms' for addicts needed in Wales, says charity

"Fix rooms" for drug addicts would bring so many benefits it would be ridiculous not to have them in the UK, a homeless charity has said | BBC, UK

Warning over potent 'fake MDMA' drug which causes psychosis and keeps users awake for three days

The drug is so dangerous because it can be easily mistaken for MDMA, drug testers from The Loop said | Telegraph, UK

Why Festivals Aren't Doing More to Keep Drug Users Safe

A fortnight ago, two young adults died from MDMA-related causes at Mutiny Festival in Portsmouth. A week later, Festival Republic managing director Melvin Benn seemingly declared his opposition to harm reduction organisation The Loop's front-of-house drug testing at festivals | VICE, UK

Free Film Making Training

Thanks to funding from the Big Lottery Fund we are excited to be offering free training for twenty first-time film makers. The training will be provided over four dates and include support to write your storyboard, tips on how to get the best shots, how to film and edit your 3 minute film | Recovery Street Film Festival, UK

'Leave us alone or arrest me': Mother is set to openly ‘smuggle’ banned cannabis oil into Heathrow to keep her epileptic son alive

The desperate mother of a boy suffering from severe epilepsy plans to fly back to Britain tomorrow with a consignment of medical cannabis obtained in and declare it to customs officials | Mail Online, UK

Crime epidemic ‘driven by cocaine flooding UK’ leaked Home Office report reveals

Increased amounts of cocaine flooding into the country has led to the epidemic of violent crimes across Britain, a leaked Home Office report says | Metro, UK

Drug dealers caught passing cannabis to each other in the courtroom in front of shocked judge

Brazen drug dealers on trial for a stabbing were caught passing cannabis to each other in the dock in front of a shocked judge | Telegraph, UK

Birmingham 'laughing gas' shisha bar shut permanently

A shisha bar accused of selling laughing gas and alcohol to hundreds of children has been closed permanently | BBC, UK

Jamie Acourt appears in court accused of smuggling four tonnes of cannabis

Aformer suspect in the Stephen Lawrence murder case has been remanded in custody today for allegedly spearheading a drug gang's conspiracy to smuggle up to four tonnes of cannabis | Telegraph, UK

International news

France 'flooded' with cocaine as traffickers exploit 'back door to Europe'

France is being “flooded” with cocaine as dozens of drug ‘mules’ arrive daily in Paris on passenger flights from Guiana, a French territory in South America | Telegraph, UK

Parisians queue for cannabis after softening of drug laws 

Paris’s first two ‘coffee shops’ selling legal cannabis have attracted long queues of customers eager to try a low-strength version of the drug now permitted under French law | Telegraph, UK

Canada’s cannabis laws go up in smoke while India tackles the heat

This week’s edition of the Upside looks at drugs policy, deadly weather and gang rehab | Guardian, UK

Cannabis shops set to open in Canada by autumn after Senate approves legalisation

Canada's Senate passed a law Thursday legalizing recreational marijuana, moving it closer to becoming the first member of the Group of Seven nations to legalize the production, sale and consumption of the drug | Telegraph, UK

Use medication-assisted withdrawal sparingly for prescription opioid dependence

As with heroin users, the featured trial showed that people dependent on prescription opioids had poorer outcomes from tapered withdrawal of a legal opiate substitute (in this case buprenorphine) than from ongoing maintenance therapy. Withdrawal risked patients leaving treatment and the majority rapidly returning to illicit opioid use | Drug and Alcohol Findings, UK

Teenage girls who are dieting are more likely to binge on alcohol and cigarettes, new study finds

Teenage girls who are dieting are far more likely to go to parties, smoke and binge-drink, scientists have claimed | Mail Online, UK

Squonkers, drippers and cloud chasers: ​the rise of vape culture

Vaping started as a way to stop smoking. So how did it become an alternative scene with its own lingo, tricks and superstars? | Guardian, UK

Duterte Harry's drugs war: how one family was destroyed

The Filipino president’s brutal war on drugs has led to the killing of thousands of his poorest citizens – including many children. Here one family describe the death of a father and child in the crackdown | Guardian, UK

E-cigarette sellers start offering scholarships up to $5,000 with essay writing contests about the benefits of vaping

A growing number of e-cigarette and vaporizer sellers have started offering college scholarships as a way to get their brands listed on university websites and to get students to write essays about the potential benefits of vaping | Mail Online, UK

Former drug addict who slept rough for 20 years devotes life to helping others get off Dublin's street

He went on to college and graduated with a degree in addiction | Dublin Live, Ireland

New psychoactive substances in prison - video

The use of new psychoactive substances (NPS) among prisoners appears to be a rapidly developing phenomenon. But empirical data are currently scarce and patchy. A recent study suggests that synthetic cannabinoids are the most common group of NPS used in prison | EMCDDA, Portugal

Trump, in Apparent Break With Sessions, Says He’s Likely to Back Marijuana Bill

President Trump appeared to break with his own administration’s policy on Friday, saying that he was likely to support a legislative proposal to leave the decision to states about whether to legalize marijuana | NYTimes, USA

'Supersized alcopops' pose unique danger to youth

New study and commentary emphasize need for better regulation | Science Daily, USA

Reducing opioids not associated with lower patient satisfaction scores

A Kaiser Permanente study of nearly 2,500 patients who used high doses of opioids for at least six months showed that reducing their opioid use did not lower their satisfaction with care. The study, "Satisfaction With Care After Reducing Opioids for Chronic Pain," was published today in The American Journal of Managed Care | Medical Xpress, USA

Philippine Police Promotions an Affront to ‘Drug War’ Victims

Newly Upgraded Police Chiefs Oversaw Units Implicated in Scores of Killings | Human Rights Watch, USA

The FDA doesn’t know if flavored vaping chemicals are safe to breathe

Many e-cigarette flavorings have been approved for ingestion, but not inhalation. Now, a public health crisis looms | Salon, USA

Why Didn't My Drug-Affected Family Get Any Sympathy?

The crack crisis and the opioid crisis are different in many ways, and one important one: the skin color of those affected | Politico, USA

Victoria's first permanent supervised consumption site to open mid-June

A permanent answer to B.C.’s raging overdose epidemic could open in Victoria in the next two weeks, pending final federal government approval | Vancouver Island News, Canada

Inside the workings of the dark web

"Bewildered" was how his lawyer described Dov Tenenboim when he was arrested on Thursday for allegedly masterminding a dark net drug syndicate from his Vaucluse unit | Sydney Morning Herald, Australia

Vaping industry rejects child nicotine juice poisoning concerns

Watermelon panacea, cinnamon roll, milk and cookies and sour worms | Stuff.co.nz, New Zealand

Month-old baby accidentally given methadone at a Hawke's Bay pharmacy in stable condition in hospital

the baby was admitted to the Hawke's Bay Hospital's intensive care unit (ICU) on Tuesday, after reportedly being given methadone by mistake at a Hawke's Bay community pharmacy | NZHerald, New Zealand


Blogs, comment and opinion

The scandal that shames prisons, substance misuse services and most of all the fragmented probation service

This month I will give oral evidence to the Advisory Council on Drug Misuse (ACMD). What I say is nothing new, it is a scandal and it leaves many dead and puts many other vulnerable people with a recognised mental health disorder at significant risk | Blenheim blog, UK

The economic impact of changes in alcohol consumption in the UK

The Fraser of Allander Institute summarises the results from a recent research project on the potential macroeconomic impact of changes in UK alcohol consumption | IAS blog, UK

The secret shame of being a sober mother

After the birth of her second child, Amelia Hill gave up drinking. Little did she realise that her simple lifestyle choice would carry such a social stigma | Observer, UK

From failed global drug prohibition to regulating the drug market

‘At first people refuse to believe that a strange new thing can be done, then they begin to hope it can be done, then they see it can be done—then it is done and all the world wonders why it was not done centuries ago.’ A Secret Garden, Francis Hodgson Burnett | Addiction commentary, UK

The National Alcohol Strategy 2018–2026 has to become a set of commitments

Alcohol consumption is behind only smoking and obesity among leading contributors to the burden of disease in Australia. For the first time in over a decade, Australian governments are developing a National Alcohol Strategy, and plan to finalise it in 2018 | Addiction commentary, UK