Daily news - 15th June 2018

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UK news

Drug-related harms in homeless populations: public evidence gathering day

We are holding a public evidence gathering day on drug-related harms in homeless populations as part of a commission from government to report on vulnerable people and drug misuse | ACMD, UK

Rising numbers of older and female cannabis users seeking treatment in England and Wales

Presentations to specialist drug treatment services in England for cannabis have been rising in recent years. As cannabis is no longer disaggregated in annual reports of drug treatment presentations published by Public Health England, we requested access to a detailed data-set to explore the treatment population in more detail | DEPP, UK

Cannabis addiction 'rising among women and over 40s'

Addiction to cannabis is rising among people above the age of 40, and women in particular, according to a study by the University of York | BBC, UK

Tackling alcohol-related anti-social behaviour through Civil Injunctions and Criminal Behaviour Orders: A missed opportunity? (PDF)

The Government estimates that alcohol misuse costs the criminal justice system £11bn every year, though this is liable to be lower than the actual cost.1 People with alcohol problems emerging from the criminal justice system may also place a burden on other health, housing and social care services | Alcohol Concern and Alcohol Research UK, UK


To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what progress his Department has made with Public Health England Tobacco Implementation Board on implementing the recommendations of the Independent Cancer Taskforce; on what date his Department has held meetings with that Board; and who attended those meetings | They work for you, UK

Electronic Cigarettes: Prescriptions

To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what assessment he has made of the potential merits of the prescription of e-cigarettes by GPs as part of smoking cessation programmes | They work for you, UK


International news

WHO’s Review Of Cannabis May Be The Starting Point For Worldwide Reform

The World Health Organisation (WHO) decides this week whether to further examine if cannabis should remain on the international list of most restricted substances, signalling a potential change in the international law on cannabis | Volte Face, UK

Crackdown on prescription opioids followed by increase in ‘dark web’ purchases, study finds

Study suggests government crackdown on access to drugs did not suppress demand | Independent, UK

Binge drinking could affect the health of teenage girls’ bones, study warns

Teenage girls who binge drink could affect the health of their bones, a study has found | Independent, UK

Cocaine, the captain & the frozen mummies: Paolo Guerrero's World Cup journey

Back in 1999, on the mountainous border between Chile and Argentina, the frozen bodies of three Inca children were discovered on top of a volcano | BBC, UK

DUP gives backing to Billy Caldwell receiving cannabis medication

The DUP have given their backing to Northern Ireland boy Billy Caldwell receiving access to medicinal cannabis oil which his mother says helps control his seizures and could even safe his life | Belfast Telegraph, UK

Minister will still have power to grant licences for medical cannabis

The existing Ministerial licence route for medical cannabis will continue to operate in parallel to the Cannabis for Medical Use Access Programme, when it becomes operational, the Department of Health has said | Medical Independent, Ireland

Almost three-quarters at Oberstown Detention Campus have substance misuse problem

Almost three-quarters of young people at Oberstown Detention Campus in Co Dublin have a substance misuse problem | Irish Examiner, Ireland

Almost half a million euro worth of herbal cannabis seized at Dublin Port

Just under half a million euro worth of herbal cannabis has been seized at Dublin Port | Irish Examiner, Ireland

EU cigarette tests hide true harm of smoking, research shows

obacco companies may have been able to downplay the amount of tar and carbon monoxide ingested by smokers in Europe because of a flaw in testing | Euronews, Beligium

Flavored electronic cigarettes linked to possible cardiovascular disease

There has been a rapid rise in e-cigarette use, partially due to flavoring additives in tobacco products and perception of less harm than traditional combustible cigarettes | EurekAlert, USA

Fewer US teens smoking, doing drugs ... and drinking milk

Fewer U.S. teens are smoking, having sex and doing drugs these days. Oh, and they're drinking less milk, too | Medical Xpress, USA

AMA: Remove barriers to opioid-use disorder treatment

Treating opioid-use disorder as a chronic disease means eliminating stigma and removing barriers to treatment, AMA House of Delegates says | AMA, USA

Syringe exchange program played key role in controlling HIV outbreak

A study by researchers investigating the 2015 HIV outbreak in Scott County, Indiana, found that a syringe services program is an important tool to control and prevent HIV outbreaks among people who inject drugs in a nonurban area | Medical Xpress, USA

Annual alcohol poll (PDF)

The Foundation for Alcohol Research and Education’s (FARE) Annual alcohol poll: Attitudes and behaviours (the Poll) assesses Australians’ attitudes towards alcohol, alcohol consumption behaviours, awareness and experiences of alcohol harm, and perspectives on various alcohol policies. In 2018, the Poll was carried out by YouGov Galaxy for the ninth consecutive year | FARE, Australia

'Not equal before the law': Why regional drug addicts are often sent to jail, not rehab

A retired judge has backed calls for more drug rehabilitation centres in the bush, warning addicts in regional areas are too often thrown behind bars | abc.net.au, Australia

Ice possession surges in Victoria

A new report shows a 2000 per cent increase in the number of minor drug offences involving ice over the past decade in Victoria | SBS News, Australia


Blogs, comment and opinion

Huge rise in number of middle-aged cannabis smokers seeking treatment

Fewer people are using cannabis, but record numbers are seeking help as a result of using the drug. In the last decade the number of people using cannabis in the UK fell from 3m to 2m | Conversation, UK

Alcohol at sporting events? What’s the harm?

In the wake of reports of violent brawls at horse-racing and rugby venues, Habib Kadiri asks if we should level the playing field between football and other sports by banishing alcohol from all sporting grounds? | IAS blog, UK

Epilepsy sufferers deserve effective treatment and proper research into medicinal cannabis

Charlotte Caldwell has gone to great lengths – quite literally – to get life-saving treatment for her son Billy | Metro opinion, UK

Sending Public Health back to the NHS…the comfort of false counsel

We’ve seen in recent months the call from several sub-sections of the public health world (addictions, sexual health, tobacco control) for their services to be returned to the NHS | Jim McManus blog, UK