Daily news - 7th March 2018

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CLeaR local tobacco control assessment

Guidance for local authorities, public health bodies and the NHS on using ‘deep dive’ self-assessment tools to improve their tobacco control work | PHE, UK

Doctors raise alarm over rising private alcohol and drug abuse among baby-boomers

'Be honest with yourself', warns top GP | Independent, UK

Victoria Derbyshire Xanax discussion - BBC iPLayer

Counterfeit Xanax pills investigation and discussion. Watch from 15 mins in | BBC, UK

David Gauke 'sickened' by Facebook videos showing extent of prison drug use

Video. Crime bosses running 'Deliveroo-style' service to bring drugs into prisons, says Justice Secretary | Independent, UK

Prisons: Drugs

To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what assessment his Department has made of the (a) quality, (b) availability and (c) effectiveness of drug treatment services in prisons | They work for you, UK

News & updates February 2018: pricing, Baclofen, admissions & new UK Hospitality industry body

"Hazardous or harmful" drinkers must get the help they need if minimum unit pricing is introduced, Alcohol Concern Wales has said as the Welsh Government seeks to follow Scotland with a minimum 50p unit price in law | Alcohol Policy UK, UK

The Forward Trust Responds to Justice Secretary’s Prison Speech

Mike Trace, Forward CEO, said: “Prisons are struggling with unprecedented levels of violence and drug use. It’s vital that the prison drug market is undermined, and the key is to expand access to effective evidence-based drug treatment | Forward Trust, UK

Chandos House Fundraiser and Auction with Will Self

Join us on Wednesday 28th March, at Boston Tea Party on Park Street, for an evening that will make a difference to the lives of real men, right here in Bristol. Tickets start at £11 | Chandos House, UK

Clinks State of the Sector survey

This survey aims to get a picture of the current challenges impacting voluntary sector organisations working with people in contact with the criminal justice system and/or their families in England and Wales. We use the survey to inform the range of support Clinks provides for voluntary organisations, as well as our work with others including government departments and agencies, funders and donors | Clinks, UK

County Lines: Cardiff drugs supply probe after shooting

A shooting believed to be linked to drugs supply in Cardiff is being investigated by police | BBC, UK

Mail Online Cuts 26 'Intrusive' Pictures From Elaine Lordan Article After Backlash

The Mail Online article included 58 separate images of Lordan, 51, which showed the star appearing to drink from a bottle of wine in the street | Huffington Post, UK

Ex Co-op Bank boss Paul Flowers banned after sex and drugs emails

The former chairman of the Co-operative Bank, Paul Flowers, has been banned from the financial services industry by the Financial Conduct Authority (FCA) | BBC, UK

Grenfell survivor sentenced after drugs factory found in flat

A Grenfell Tower fire survivor has been given a suspended prison sentence after the remains of a cannabis oil factory were found in his burnt-out flat | BBC, UK


International news

Britain is largest exporter of legal cannabis in the world despite ban

Britain is the largest exporter of legal cannabis in the world despite ban, a UN report has found | Telegraph, UK

Opioid crisis: overdoses increased by a third across US in 14 months, says CDC

Results show opioid overdoses increasing across all regions and in most states, for most men and women and most age groups | Guardian, UK

Michael Bloomberg launches tobacco industry watchdog

Former New York mayor commits $20m to project amid fears of dirty tricks by cigarette companies | Guardian, UK

What do medical students know about e-cigarettes? A cross-sectional survey from one U.S. medical school

Although electronic cigarette (e-cigarette) use has rapidly increased, there is little data about what United States medical students know or are taught about them. This study examined medical students’ experiences, knowledge, and attitudes regarding e-cigarettes, as well as their evaluation of their education on e-cigarettes | BMC Medical Education, UK

Is recovery from cannabis use problems different from alcohol and other drugs? Results from a national probability-based sample of the United States adult population

The policy landscape regarding the legal status of cannabis (CAN) in the US and globally is changing rapidly. Research on CAN has lagged behind in many areas, none more so than in understanding how individuals suffering from the broad range of cannabis-related problems resolve those problems, and how their characteristics and problem resolution pathways are similar to or different from alcohol or other drugs | IJDP, UK

Estonian district votes to get cannabis leaf flag

Citizens in an Estonian district have chosen the cannabis leaf as the symbol on their new flag and coat of arms, it's reported | BBC, UK

Selling alcohol and tobacco to the masses – in pictures

A new book tells the 100-year-long tale of how advertising tried to get consumers hooked on both cigarettes and alcohol. Through a selection of ads, companies can be seen employing a number of strategies to sell their products | Guardian, UK

Matthew Lodge says he was 'reckless' with prescription drugs at time of attack

Matt Lodge says tests after his arrest in New York showed he had mixed a “lethal dose” of sleeping pills with alcohol but the 22-year-old said he could not remember the attack after waking up handcuffed to a bed | Guardian, UK

Banning drug offenders from accessing public housing sets ‘troubling precedent’

Chief of reintegration service for former prisoners claims NSW’s new policy is ‘discriminatory’ | Guardian, UK

The hidden epidemic: How Ireland has become addicted to benzodiazepines

The online market for highly-addictive benzodiazepines is booming, but what effect is it having on our health? Katie Byrne reports on Ireland’s love affair with sedatives | Independent, Ireland

Lawyer caught with cocaine during prison visit granted strike-out after donation to drug treatment charity

A solicitor caught with cocaine in his wallet during a professional visit to Mountjoy Prison has been granted a strike-out after he donated €1,250 to a drug addiction treatment centre | Irish Examiner, Ireland

Opioid Overdoses Treated in Emergency Departments

Emergency department (ED) visits for opioid* overdoses rose 30% in all parts of the US from July 2016 through September 2017. People who have had an overdose are more likely to have another, so being seen in the ED is an opportunity for action | CDC, USA

Opioid Crisis & the Mass Incarceration Crisis

The National Center for Health Statistics issued a preliminary report indicating more than 64,000 drug overdose deaths in 2016 | Prison Path, USA

Big Tobacco must be 'held accountable': Michael Bloomberg

Former New York Mayor Michael Bloomberg, who made his fortune selling financial data, has given more than a billion dollars since 2007 to curb global tobacco use, which claims nearly seven million lives every year | News Medical, USA

Scientists seek unfiltered truth about 'light' cigarettes

Would banning ventilated filters on cigarettes protect public health? | EurekAlert, USA

Cannabis compound may help curb frequency of epileptic seizures

A naturally occurring compound found in cannabis may help to curb the frequency of epileptic seizures, suggests a review of the available evidence, published online in the Journal of Neurology Neurosurgery & Psychiatry | Medical Xpress, USA

Taking stock: Decision-making ability in Alcohol Use Disorder and Gambling Disorder

People who have either Alcohol Use Disorder (AUD) or Gambling Disorder (GD) have often been observed to be more impulsive than those who do not experience these conditions. One aspect of impulsivity in particular that people with AUD or GD might struggle with in their daily life is decision-making | BASIS, USA

NSW govt defends drug dealer housing ban

The NSW government denies banning people with a history of serious drug offences from select public housing in inner-Sydney will shift the problem elsewhere | SBS News, Australia


Blogs, comment and opinion

Effective drug education should be ‘Just say know’

Protecting children is the first priority as marijuana legalization has become a reality in California. Legal sales are strictly limited to adults, with dispensary staff vigilant about checking IDs. Still, as has been the case for decades, teenagers have found ways to procure cannabis | SF Chronicle opinion, USA

Four ways alcohol is bad for your health

In Australia, almost 6,000 deaths a year can be attributed to alcohol, as well as around 400 hospitalisations a day. While drinking has declined in some segments of the population, with related stabilising of rates of death and illness, these numbers are far too high. Similar reports are emerging in other countries | Conversation, Australia