Daily news -22nd March 2018

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Eliminating Hepatitis C in England (PDF)

Over the course of this inquiry into eliminating hepatitis C, the APPG on Liver Health has heard from experts engaged in every aspect of the hepatitis C care pathway. Our contributors have included patients, leading clinicians, NHS managers, commissioners, third sector service workers, campaigners, senior pharmaceutical industry representatives and national public health policy leads. Without exception, they told us that England will not fulfil its commitment to elimination of hepatitis C by 2030 unless the number of people diagnosed and initiated onto treatment is greatly increased | All-Party Parliamentary Group on Liver Health, UK

Ministers have talked the talk. It's now time to deliver on Hep C

Two years ago, the Government made a promise. Alongside 193 other countries it pledged to help eliminate the life-threatening Hepatitis C virus (HCV) by 2030 | Telegraph, UK

HIV rates among Glasgow drug users ‘not under control’

Video. Last month, we brought you a report from Dundee, where the death rate from drugs is higher than almost anywhere in the European Union. A very close second to the drug death rates of Dundee is the city of Glasgow, which for three years now has been in the midst of an unprecedented HIV outbreak | Channel 4, UK

Do drug consumption rooms hold the answer to Glasgow's heroin problem?

According to those monitoring this outbreak at Health Protection Scotland, it’s the worst we’ve seen in the UK for three decades - spreading on a scale and at a rate last witnessed in the 1980s. That was the Trainspotting era | ITV, UK

Stereotypes about women's drinking branded unfair and unhelpful

The stigmatisation of women’s drinking, and the sexualisation of women in alcohol advertising, will be highlighted at the Scottish Parliament today by policymakers, academics, researchers and politicians | Glasgow University, UK

Gender and Alcohol

New website | University of Glasgow, University of Stirling, NHS Health Scotland, UK

Xanxiety: The UK's Fake Xanax Epidemic

The US prescription med, Xanax has been influential in the recent wave of sad rap. With infamous rapper, Lil Pump, cutting a Xanax cake after reaching 1 million followers on Instagram | VICE, UK

Show Cannabis Some Respect

Forward Leeds, the alcohol and drug service, is running a new campaign to raise awareness of the increasing strength of cannabis and the issues around heavy use of the drug | Forward Leeds, UK

One in 10 people have traces of cocaine or heroin on their fingerprints

Scientists have found that drugs are now so prevalent that 13 per cent of those taking part in a test were found to have traces of class A drugs on their fingerprints - despite never using them | EurekAlert, UK

The therapeutic potential of cue-exposure therapy for addiction

Pavlovian or classical conditioning is the process of learning associations between stimuli and outcomes. In regards to addiction, drugs are an unconditioned stimulus (US) that produce reliable biological and psychological unconditioned responses (URs) | SSA, UK

Three normal men on how drinking took over their lives

Ten of thousands of men in Britain are fighting alcohol dependancy. Here, Esquire speaks to a handful on them to hear how things got so bad, why they hid it for so long - and what others can do to avoid the same fate | Esquire, UK

Silk Road 'drug factory' students jailed

Four students have been jailed after their dark web drugs trafficking operation was exposed by the FBI | BBC, UK


International news

Starting methadone in primary care no less effective than at specialist clinics

From France the first study to randomly allocate patients to start methadone maintenance either in primary care or at a specialist centre found primary care more attractive to patients and no less safe or effective at reducing street-opioid use and promoting engagement and retention | Drug and Alcohol Findings, UK

Norway's drug policies 'could set example for rest of the world'

Drug policy in the Scandinavian country is not longer a criminal matter but one of public health | Independent, UK

Jeff Sessions tells federal prosecutors how they can use the death penalty against drug traffickers

The guidance comes a couple days after the President called for executing drug traffickers to tackle the opioid epidemic | Independent, UK

Smoking while walking? Not in New York if new bill is passed

City councilman proposes new crackdown on smokers to protect pedestrians from secondhand cigarette smoke | Guardian, UK

Perfect Storm: Smoking Rises in African Youth

Presenter Claudia Hammond talks to children of parents with mental illness and family psychiatrist Alan Cooklin, who set up the UK charity, the Kidstime Foundation. Ayesha and Keera share their experiences ofliving with and looking after a mother or father with conditions such as schizophrenia and severe depression | BBC, UK

Millions of Americans seek and find illicit marijuana online

These days, Americans shop for nearly everything online—including marijuana. That's the conclusion of a new study published today in the American Journal of Preventive Medicine led by San Diego State University Graduate School of Public Health associate research professor John W. Ayers | Medical Xpress, USA

A Web-Based Toolkit to Provide Evidence-Based Resources About Crystal Methamphetamine for the Australian Community: Collaborative Development of Cracks in the Ice

This paper aims to describe the codevelopment process of the Web-based Cracks in the Ice Community Toolkit, which was developed to improve access to evidence-based information and resources about crystal methamphetamine for the Australian community | JMIR, Australia

Common plant may provide low cost treatment option for smokers trying to quit

New South Wales (NSW) smokers who want to quit are being recruited to take part in a world first trial comparing two smoking cessation medications – a natural plant extract, cytisine, and the prescription medicine, varenicline | NDARC, Australia

Groovin the Moo pill-testing trial given the thumbs up by university

The University of Canberra has paved the way for a pill-testing trial to take place at next month's Groovin the Moo festival | abc.net.au, Australia

Uncertainty in the race for Smoke-free 2025…

NZ Smokeless Tobacco Co is appalled by the lack of solutions from the Government to fast track outcomes to achieve this uncertain goal | Scoop, New Zealand

Proposed law cracking down on synthetic cannabis passes first reading

The father of a 22-year-old who died from synthetic cannabis use says harsher penalties are just one of the steps needed to stop the drugs killing Kiwis | Stuff.co.nz, New Zealand


Blogs, comment and opinion

Night Lives: Reducing Drug-Related Harm in the Night Time Economy - our response

Coming at a time when drug-related deaths due to ecstasy and cocaine are at an all-time high, this welcome contribution to the debate around drug use in the night time economy could scarcely be more timely | CGL, UK

The chance to eliminate Hep C in England is ‘truly extraordinary’

The opening statement of "Eliminating Hepatitis C in England" reads: “The opportunity to eliminate a public health threat like hepatitis C is a truly extraordinary one…England will not fulfil its commitment to elimination by 2030 unless the number of people diagnosed and initiated onto treatment is greatly increased.” | Addaction, UK

Mr. Trump’s Bluster On Opioids

In a speech this week, the president laid out a plan to address the crisis that was at turns thin on details and alarming in content | NYTimes opinion, USA