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The National Drug Related Deaths Database (Scotland) Report: analysis of Deaths occurring in 2015 and 2016 (PDF)

The National Drug-Related Deaths Database (NDRDD) was established to collect detailed information regarding the nature and circumstances of people who had a Drug-Related Death (DRD) in Scotland. This is the seventh report and covers the calendar years 2015 and 2016 with trend data from 2009 | ISD Scotland, UK

Antidepressants found in more drug death post-mortems than methadone, amid record fatal overdoses in Scotland

Although rarely the cause of death, antidepressants are increasingly being found in post-mortems of individuals who have suffered an accidental drug death, according to a report by ISD Scotland | Herald, UK

Why is Britain suffering from an ecstasy overdose?

Deaths from MDMA-poisoning are on the rise. Why has a mildly hallucinogenic stimulant, originally used as a therapy aid in 1970s California, become so hazardously potent? | Shortlist, UK

Minimum Price for Alcohol Bill passes Stage 3

Under a 50p minimum unit price (MUP) formula, a typical can of cider would be at least £1 and a bottle of wine at least £4.69 | BBC, UK

MPs condemn UK cannabis laws after epileptic boy's medication seized

Urgent reform called for after government denies Billy Caldwell access to treatment | Guardian, UK

Epileptic boy has first seizure in months less than 24 hours after 'life-threatening' confiscation of cannabis medication

A 12-year-old boy who uses a cannabis-based medication to control his severe epilepsy suffered his first seizures in months last night, hours after his prescription was confiscated by customs officials | Independent, UK

Post It From Practice - an ever dwindling share of care

Steve Brinksman, SMMGP Clinical Director writes about the "rise and fall" of drug treatment shared care and the impact on patients | SMMGP, UK

Potential new treatment for drug addiction relapse revealed

Research published in Addiction Biology by scientists at the University of Bath reveals a new potential mechanism for combatting drug addiction relapse | Medical Xpress, UK

Foetal Alcohol Syndrome: Mental Health services

To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, pursuant to the Answer of 4 June 2018 to Question 147893, whether his Department has made an assessment of the potential merits of ring-fencing mental health funding to ensure that people affected by Foetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorder and wider mental health illnesses can access mental health treatment | They work for you, UK

Free drug and alcohol awareness courses for people who work in Glasgow – New dates added

New dates have been added for drug and alcohol awareness training courses specifically developed for people who work within Glasgow City | SDF, UK

My Quest to Get Inside Britain's Biggest Weed Greenhouse

The UK is the world's biggest exporter of cannabis-derived medicines. This British Sugar greenhouse is where a whole load of that cannabis is grown | VICE, UK

Traces of drugs taken by foreign tourists found in York rivers

Traces of drugs thought to have been taken by American and Chinese tourists are among nearly 30 found in river water in York, according to a new study | Telegraph, UK

'County line' drug dealing network dawn raids see seven arrested

Gangs operate the lines by receiving calls from customers in far flung places and using teenage couriers to take them drugs | Independent, UK

Royal Ascot: Racegoers could be breathalysed as part of security crackdown

Brawls have marred meetings at Ascot and Goodwood this season | BBC, UK

Fake ‘designated cannabis zone’ pictures put up around Brighton

Signs claiming that parts of Brighton have been declared “designated cannabis zones” have been put up around the city – but sadly for dope smokers, the council has confirmed they are fake | Brighton and Hove News, UK


International news

Opioid lawsuit targets rich family behind drug that fueled US crisis

Sackler family, which owns Purdue Pharma, the maker of OxyContin, accused of fueling addiction while boosting profits | Guardian, UK

Addictive video games may change children's brains in the same way as drugs and alcohol, study reveals

Fortnite and other addictive video games can have a similar effect on children’s brains as drug abuse or alcoholism, MRI scans reveal | Telegraph, UK

Sydney girl, 15, dies with lethal blood alcohol level after researching drinks

Teenager found unconscious at Kenthurst had blood alcohol reading of 0.4 | Guardian, UK

Talk to teens about alcohol ahead of end-of-exam celebrations

The HSE is encouraging parents to talk to their teenagers about alcohol ahead of their Leaving and Junior Certificate end-of-exam celebrations. AskAboutAlcohol.ie offers parents information and advice to help keep children and young people safe from alcohol-related harm | HSE, Ireland

General Report of Activities 2017 – Key achievements and governance: a year in review

The General Report of Activities is an annual publication providing a detailed progress report of the EMCDDA’s activities over a 12-month period. It catalogues the Centre’s achievements in each area of its annual work programme. The report is a useful information source for all those seeking comprehensive information on the Centre and its work | EMCDDA, Portugal

How can patients be protected from post-surgery opioid addiction?

Greater coordination is needed between surgeons and physicians about the prescription of pain-relieving opioid drugs following surgery to help identify patients who are at risk of becoming opioid addicts | Medical Xpress, USA

CDC: invasive MRSA more likely among injection drug users

Kelly A. Jackson, M.P.H., from the CDC in Atlanta, and colleagues examined the effect of the opioid epidemic on invasive MRSA infections during 2005 to 2016 using data from the Emerging Infections Program | Medical Xpress, USA

Toxicant levels up to 99 percent less in myblu™ aerosols compared to cigarette smoke

New data shows that vaping the myblu pod-system e-cigarette device could be a positive choice for smokers seeking to reduce toxicant exposure | EurekAlert, USA

Psychedelic drugs, ketamine change structure of neurons

Psychedelics as possible treatments for depression and PTSD | EurekAlert, USA

The strong link between cancer and alcohol

Our latest report, Diet, Nutrition, Physical Activity and Cancer: a Global Perspective collates, reviews and analyses decades of research on diet, weight, physical activity and cancer risk and survivorship | Drinktank, Australia

Online alcoholic drink recipe examined after death of 15-year-old Sydney girl

We will endeavour to find answers, but our message has to be: do not risk your health experimenting with high-risk information sourced online," police said in a statement | Age, Australia

ACT set for real-time prescription monitoring from March 2019

The ACT will have a real-time prescription monitoring system set up by March 2019, after a lengthy inquest into the death of Paul Fennessy | Canberra Times, Australia

NSW Health Department finds not all e-juices are as nicotine free as they claim

The effectiveness of Australia's vaping laws is being thrown into question with data showing illegal nicotine is making its way into retail stores | abc.net.au, Australia

Twyford: 'Housing NZ is a landlord - not the police'

Housing New Zealand will now let meth users stay in state homes - and try to find them help | NZHerald, New Zealand

'Poetic': Seized drug money to fund addiction services, says Ardern

Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern says it is "somewhat poetic" to pay for new drug addiction services with money seized from criminals – including drug dealers | NZHerald, New Zealand


Blogs, comment and opinion

Mental health review is an opportunity to do better for people with drug and alcohol problems

On 1st May The independent review of the Mental Health Act published their interim report. MEAM’s Policy Manager Sam Thomas reflects on the way that people with drug and alcohol problems are treated under the current Mental Health Act and how this requires further attention | MEAM blog, UK

Postcode sector counts of alcohol points of sale from OpenStreetMap data

I have a new article out in the journal Health & Place entitled OpenStreetMap data for alcohol research: Reliability assessment and quality indicators, written in conjunction with a number of people here at the OII and elsewhere | Oxford Internet Institute blog, UK

When governments create a hostile environment for people who use and supply drugs it puts us all in grave danger

The weekend before last two more festival goers died after taking super-potent drugs bought from the illegal market | Transform blog, UK

Ending child labour in tobacco production by 2025: the tobacco industry is the problem, not part of the solution

Today is World Day Against Child Labour and this article is dedicated to the millions of children trapped in child labour. It is a reminder that in the 21st century we have failed our children miserably, otherwise there would not be 152 million children working, many full-time | BMJ blog, UK

Congress needs a broader approach to address opioid epidemic

When it comes to addressing the opioid crisis, the United States is falling far short. Only 10 to 26 percent of those with an opioid use disorder are getting care | The Hill opinion, USA