Daily news - 6th March 2018

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Why So Many Young Brits Are Smoking Crack Again

The past year has seen a huge 30 percent rise in people under-25 seeking treatment for the drug. [DrugWise quoted] | VICE, UK

Women Affected by Domestic Violence or Abuse and Someone Else’s Substance Use: Consultation Report

This consultation was carried out as the first stage of a project funded by the Department for Culture, Media and Sport’s ‘Tampon Tax’, enabling Adfam to build on earlier work addressing the dual issues of substance use and domestic violence and abuse | Adfam, UK

Jeremy Hunt to put minister in charge of helping children of alcoholics

The Health Secretary also agreed to make Britain’s 2.5 million children of hard drinking parents as part of the Government’s mental health strategy and vowed to publish data on the scale of the problem in the coming weeks | Express, UK

Xanax: The anxiety drug putting lives at risk

Counterfeit Xanax pills laced with a powerful painkiller have become a party drug among some young people. Now Public Health England is warning users they are "dicing with death" | BBC, UK

Alcohol minimum price law not silver bullet, say AMs

A Welsh Government plan for a minimum price of alcohol is not a silver bullet to tackle alcohol-related harm, a cross-party group of AMs has said | BBC, UK

Alcohol resources and policy for 2018... and beyond?

Public Health England (PHE) have released a listing page of information and other resources to support commissioners, service providers and others providing alcohol and drug interventions | Alcohol Policy UK, UK

Alcohol harms and labelling: right to know vs. don’t want to know - free event

26 March, Bristol. A free public event to share findings from our research exploring what drinkers think about providing health information on alcohol labels (funded by the Medical Research Council and Alcohol Research UK) | TARG, UK

Energy drinks: UK supermarkets ban sales to under-16s

Sales of energy drinks to children under 16 have been banned in most major UK supermarkets, amid concerns about high levels of sugar and caffeine | BBC, UK

A Neuroscientist Explains: is the internet addictive? - podcast

Dr Daniel Glaser is back. To kick off season two he asks whether there is a connection between reward and addiction. And can we really get addicted to Twitter? | Guardian, UK

Prisoners linked to gangs face being moved to tougher jails

Mitch Albutt, national officer of the Prison Governors Association (PGA), recently described how organised crime gangs had built a lucrative trade in psychoactive drugs inside jails based on coercion, beatings and violence that could turn substances worth £200 on the street into £2,000 profits in prison | Guardian, UK

Mom ‘made son, 4, inject her with heroin’

A mom went on the run for a month after being accused of making her young sons inject her with heroin | Metro, UK

'Opportunities missed' by trust before Poundland attack

A coroner has criticised an NHS trust over how it treated a schizophrenic drug addict who stabbed a man to death in a Poundland store | BBC, UK

Drunk student who drove into runner jailed

A 20-year-old student has been jailed for driving into a runner while drunk, before fleeing the scene | BBC, UK


International news

New UN report reveals UK is world’s biggest producer of medical cannabis

A new report from the UN’s International Narcotics Control Board has revealed the UK is the world’s largest producer and exporter of legal cannabis for medical and scientific uses. Yet proper access to medical cannabis is still denied to UK patients | Transform, UK

Portugal’s Largest Political Party Endorses Cannabis Legalisation

The Social Democratic Party (PSD), the largest party in the Portuguese Parliament, has endorsed the legal regulation of cannabis. TalkingDrugs spoke with the MP behind the motion | Talking Drugs, UK

Storm in a wine glass as French doctors criticise Emmanuel Macron's twice-a-day drinking habit

President Emmanuel Macron’s staunch defence of drinking wine twice a day has come under fire from a group of French doctors, who warned on Monday that “seen from the liver” it was as bad for one’s health as any other alcoholic beverage | Telegraph, UK

What happened when we got a job picking weed in California's booming cannabis industry

The rugged wilderness of Humboldt, Mendocino and Trinity Counties, northern California’s “Emerald Triangle”, produces over half the cannabis consumed in the US | City AM, UK

Doctors issue warning over tranquilliser linked to deaths in custody

Australia: Use of midazolam during the physical restraint of a prisoner is potentially fatal, experts say | Guardian, UK

Rodrigo Duterte tells police not to cooperate in drug war investigation

International criminal court opens case after complaint accusing Philippines president of crimes against humanity | Guardian, UK

'What it means is that we won't arrest people for carrying heroin': Confusion remains over injection centre policing

Local politicians have called for clarity on what gardai are supposed to do | Journal, Ireland

No legal challenge on big tobacco planned

Minister for Health Simon Harris has no plans to launch a legal challenge against ‘big tobacco’ in order to re- cover health-related costs, this newspaper has been told | Medical Independent, Ireland

Overshadowed by the Opioid Crisis: A Comeback by Cocaine

It’s the No. 2 killer among illicit drugs in the U.S. and kills more African-Americans than heroin does | NYTimes, USA

Opioid overdose among children nearly doubles, study says

The number of children admitted to hospitals for opioid overdose has nearly doubled since 2004, according to a new study | CNN, USA

Trump and Trial Lawyers Target Drug Companies Over Opioid Addiction

The opioid addiction issue is headed for the next stop on what is now a well-worn path: from public health crisis, to subject for award-winning and heart-tugging journalism, to payday for trial lawyers | Reason, USA

Researchers use health data to predict who will use opioids after hospitalization

Commonly prescribed for pain, opioids have high potential for dependence and misuse | EurekAlert, USA

First Supervised Inhalation Site Opens in North America

It's not just about allowing someone to use drugs more safely—it’s about building a trusting relationship with users, humanizing them and encouraging them to seek treatment when they’re ready | The Fix, USA

How does resolving cannabis problems differ from problems with alcohol or other drugs?

hose resolving cannabis problems do so at younger ages, with less assistance than those resolving other substance-use problems | EurekAlert, USA

Hip-hop music blamed for encouraging drug use

University of South Florida researchers surveyed young black adults who said they'd tried molly. The investigators found that 82 percent of them said hip-hop music had influenced their decision to try the drug | Medical Xpress, USA

Getting the Inside Dope on Ketamine’s Mysterious Ability to Rapidly Relieve Depression

The notorious party drug may act as an antidepressant by blocking neural bursts in a little-understood brain region that may drive depression | Scientific America, USA

E-cigarettes introduce same toxins into the body as traditional cigarettes

According to a latest study, the e-cigarettes are not as safe as believed and they cause the same levels of toxins in teenagers that traditional cigarettes do | News Medical, USA

Study finds majority of adults erroneously link nicotine to cancer

Most adults recognize that nicotine is the ingredient in tobacco that makes them want to smoke | Winston-Salem Journal, USA

Introduction to the Special Series on Gambling Disorder

This spring, voters in my state will head to the polls to make decisions affecting our towns. Along with the usual questions—Who should represent us? Should we invest in a new school? Should we adjust our property taxes?— many of us will be faced with a new question: Should we allow a new form of gambling in our town? | BASIS, USA

Ministry of Health takes tobacco giant to court over tobacco stick device

A tobacco company and the Ministry of Health are locking horns in court, for a week-long battle over the sale of a new tobacco device | NZHerald, New Zealand


Blogs, comment and opinion

Harry’s blog 52: Leave them kids alone

A quick check on Google Images will throw up (no pun intended) posters like these while YouTube will oblige with doom-laden videos about the iniquities of vaping. Which naturally started me thinking about this sort of campaigning in general aimed at preventing young people using drugs, alcohol, tobacco and all the other stuff we don’t want them to do -  and its largely inglorious and pointless history | NSP blog, UK

Chloe Schendel-Wilson: Cannabis prohibition has failed on all fronts – the UK should follow Canada’s pragmatic example instead

For decades, drug policy has been a subject of taboo in British politics. Even David Cameron, who in Opposition became an impressively vocal advocate for liberalising our drug laws, when in office chose instead to focus on the easier option of reducing alcohol consumption | Conservative Home, UK

What is environmental drug and alcohol prevention?

Environmental prevention policies and interventions seek to limit opportunities for unhealthy or risky behaviour or promote the availability of healthier options in order to prevent problems associated with substance use | Russell Webster, UK

Women, Booze and the Vote

The appropriation of a feminist theme for selling whiskey to women is nothing if not ironic | NYTimes opinion, USA