Daily news -9th March 2018

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UK news

Return on investment tools - beta versions

Modelling tools for public health commissioners and decision-makers. These tools are beta versions and we welcome your feedback. [Includes alcohol and tobacco tools] | NICE, UK

Children Affected by Alcohol Harm (School Support)

To ask the Scottish Government how schools support children and young people who are affected by alcohol harm | They work for you, UK

Qualitative and Quantitative Analysis of Diverted and/or Illicitly Supplied Medications within the Recreational Market - survey

Survey. I am carrying out research regarding the medical and non-medical use of benzodiazepines such as Diazepam (trade name Valium) and Alprazolam (trade name Xanax) | Manchester Metropolitan University, UK

From methadone to crystal meth: how Scotland became the most dangerous place in the UK to be a drug user, and a drug dealer

Free event. A lecture given by Dr Iain McPhee from the School of Media, Culture and Society. Friday 16th march 2018, 11.00-13.00, Room Lecture Theatre 1, Ayr campus | Univeristy of West Scotland, UK

There were 38 heroin deaths during 42 months when this drugs gang was operating in West Wales

Gang members brought misery when they flooded the streets of towns in West Wales with drugs, but the deaths were not attributed to them | Wales Online, UK

Man arrested after cannabis farm found on Isle of Man

A man has been arrested on suspicion of drugs offences after police on the Isle of Man discovered a cannabis farm | BBC, UK

Northampton drunk van driver 'caused carnage'

A man "caused carnage" by ploughing into numerous cars with his company van while three times over the drink-drive limit, a court heard | BBC, UK


International news

International Women’s Day 2018

On this day last year we launched a new collection focusing on women. Refreshed for International Women’s Day 2018, this ‘mini-library’ highlights the interventions in the Effectiveness Bank catalogue that further our understanding of how gender can influence the course of addiction and treatment | Drug and Alcohol Findings, UK

Opioid crisis: Overdose rates jump 30% in one year

Opioid overdoses were up 30% in the last year across the United States, a study by a federal agency has found | BBC, UK

Israel's parliament unanimously votes to progress cannabis decriminalisation

'The law is far from perfect, but it's a foot in the door on the way to full legalisation' | Independent, UK

California is cracking down on referrals to unlicensed pot shops

Cease-and-desist letter sent to WeedMaps, a prominent funder of campaign for legalisation | Independent, UK

Explainer: how the tobacco industry markets cigarettes to children

Video on tobacco industry marketing around the world | Guardian, UK

Council adopts conclusions on alternatives to coercive sanctions for drug using offenders

The Justice and Home Affairs Council has adopted today Council conclusions on alternatives to coercive sanctions for drug using offenders | EMCDDA, Portugal

More Imprisonment Does Not Reduce State Drug Problems

Data show no relationship between prison terms and drug misuse | Pew Charitable Trusts, USA

$1 Fentanyl Test Strip Could Be a Major Weapon against Opioid ODs

As the deadly crisis refuses to wane, cities search for unconventional responses to overdoses | Scientific American, USA

Heroin in Philadelphia

The city plans to set up one of the country’s first supervised drug-injection sites | The Economist, USA

How To Win The Drug War In Afghanistan – Analysis

This past November, the United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime (UNODC) released its annual survey of opium poppy cultivation in Afghanistan for 2017. As ever, the survey’s findings are hardly surprising | Eurasia Review, USA

Report finds there is no harm in passive vaping

Whether you're a smoker or not, you've no doubt heard the rumours. Some might call it science | NZHerald, New Zealand


Blogs, comment and opinion

The importance of a gender informed approach to multiple needs

At Lancashire Women’s Centres we work in partnership with other agencies in Blackburn to better coordinate services for people experiencing multiple needs through the MEAM Approach | MEAM blog, UK

Foundation for a Smoke-Free World - the mob behaviour of tobacco control

This is an update to an earlier post about the PMI-funded Foundation for a Smoke-Free World | Clive Bates blog, UK

How long before we see effective alcohol advertising control?

We have the evidence, now we need the political will, writes Dr Simone Pettigrew | IAS blog, UK

The other silence breakers: women in the war on drugs

Today we see an increase in the number of women around the world actively taking on leadership roles and advocacy positions to use their voice to speak up for other women | Open Democracy, USA

Weekly Dose: cocaine, the glamour drug of the ’70s, is making a comeback

Cocaine is derived from the leaves of the coca plant, which is native to Central America. For thousands of years, the leaves were used by the local inhabitants such as the Incas, who chewed or made them into a tea, because of the alertness and energy they provided | Conversation, Australia