Daily news -26th March 2018

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UK news

Drugs trade drags children into modern slavery

Inner city children being forced to sell drugs in the countryside has fueled a tripling in the number of modern slavery victims in Britain, the National Crime Agency has said | Telegraph, UK

Alcohol control policies from an English perspective

An ambitious attempt to use research to understand the most effective and cost-effective set of policies for reducing alcohol-related harm in the English context, from taxation and price regulation to managing the drinking environment | Drug and Alcohol Findings, UK

What’s really in the UK’s illicit drug supply

Adulterants are commonplace in contemporary illicit drugs. The use of rat poison may have been an urban legend, but many of the substances that are used would be extremely toxic to a rat | Volte Face, UK

Mother in call for legalised medical cannabis

A mother has called for the legalised prescription of cannabis to help people like her son who suffer from a rare form of epilepsy | BBC, UK

The end of an era

A new start for services in Islington means the end of an era for the CASA name. We reflect back on their history and impact they made to the Islington community over the last 40 years | Blenheim CDP, UK

First ever drug rehabilitation village opens its doors

The River Garden Auchincruive project, near Ayr, is a groundbreaking residential project to help those recovering from drug and alcohol addiction | Herald, UK

Country pads and horse therapy for £10k a month but a gruelling treatment schedule… is rehab like a spa or a prison?

Rehab centres often look like luxury hotels but what really happens inside? As Ant McPartlin begins a stint in one, ex-addicts and therapists lift the lid on what it's like in there day-to-day | Sun, UK

Bestival drug death: Manslaughter-accused Ceon Broughton in court

A man has appeared in court charged with the manslaughter of a 25-year-old woman who died at a music festival | BBC, UK

Evangelos Marinakis: Nottingham Forest owner 'charged with drug trafficking'

Nottingham Forest owner Evangelos Marinakis has been charged with drug trafficking, according to reports in Greece | BBC, UK

Police issue urgent warning after thieves steal deadly drug, 'believing it is ketamine'

Thieves who stole a potentially deadly drug from the University of Cambridge may believe it is ketamine or a similar illegal intoxicant, according to police | Telegraph, UK

Two drivers caught seven times over drink-drive limit in Scotland

Both motorists were stopped in rush hour in Aberdeenshire | Independent, UK


International news

Netflix criticised for amount of smoking scenes on their shows

The streaming giant had 319 'smoking incidents', meaning any implied use of a tobacco product, more than twice the number in broadcast and cable TV | Independent, UK

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

Norway’s drug laws could be an example for the rest of the world, leading healthcare and police figures from around the world have said. Drug policy in the Scandinavian country is no longer a criminal matter but one of public health - a move that has been widely praised by experts | IDPC, UK

Sligo city alcohol strategy. Prevent & reduce alcohol related harm 2018 – 2023 (PDF)

This five-year strategy has been developed to prevent and reduce alcohol-related harm in Sligo City. It is informed by research on effective approaches to tackling alcohol-related harm and focuses on four key areas | Northwest Regional Drug and Alcohol Taskforce, Ireland

Two men arrested after €1.4m worth of drugs seized in Dublin

Two men have been arrested after drugs with an estimated street value of €1.4m were seized by gardaí after they stopped two cars in Ronanstown in Dublin around 7.30pm yesterday | RTe, Ireland

Plea for leniency rejected as man who is sole carer for elderly parents jailed for drug charge

William Duff had been off drugs for a number of years but relapsed in 2015 after his girlfriend suffered a miscarriage | Journal, Ireland

Drugnet March

Latest European drug policy news | EMCDDA, Portugal

Drug-related mortality rates are not randomly distributed across the US

Drug-related deaths have grown to be a major US public health problem over the past two decades. Between 2006 and 2015 there were more than 515,000 deaths from drug overdoses and other drug-related causes | Medical Xpress, USA

Non-psychoactive cannabis ingredient could help addicts stay clean

A preclinical study in rats has shown that there might be value in using a non-psychoactive and non-addictive ingredient of the Cannabis sativa plant to reduce the risk of relapse among recovering drug and alcohol addicts | EurekAlert, USA

Uruguay’s cannabis law: Pioneering a new paradigm

ruguay is the first country to legalize and regulate its domestic non-medical cannabis market. In light of this pioneering role, the choices and experiences of Uruguayan authorities hold important lessons for other jurisdictions that may consider whether and how to regulate cannabis | Brookings, USA

You Can’t Overdose on Fentanyl by Touching It

The opioid isn't easily absorbed through the skin, no matter what viral headlines say | Tonic VICE, USA

Parents Forced To Attend Opioid Seminar In Exchange For Graduation Tickets

Parents are split over the superintendent's controversial decision to hold the required one-hour seminar | The Fix, USA

Effect of deployment on use of e-cigarettes in US military

Little research has examined a potential association between military deployment and e-cigarette use | EurekAlert, Canada

Oxycodone use shifts in Australia after tamper-resistant versions introduced

After the introduction of tamper-resistant oxycodone in Australia, dispensing rates for higher-strength formulations decreased for people younger than 65 years, but there was no change in older adults, according to new research | EurekAlert, Canada

Welfare reform package passes upper house

People who fail to meet job-seeking obligations could have their dole payments docked for up to a month under sweeping changes to Australia's welfare system | 7sd Australia

Victorian Government Alcohol Reforms will help protect children from harms

The Alcohol Policy Coalition (APC) has welcomed the Victorian Government’s announcement of reforms to Victoria’s liquor laws that will protect children from alcohol advertising and strengthen laws around the sale and supply of alcohol to children | Alcohol Policy Coalition, Australia

Health and social services summit calls for #HelpNotHarm drug law reform

Prominent health and social service organisations and policy leaders warn that current drug laws create or worsen a wide range of health and social harms | Australia 21, Australia


Blogs, comment and opinion

If cannabis is getting stronger, why aren’t cases of schizophrenia rising?

Most people who smoke pot enjoy it, but a smaller proportion experience psychotic-like symptoms, such as feeling suspicious or paranoid. The question that polarises researchers is whether smoking cannabis is associated with a risk of developing psychotic problems, such as schizophrenia, in the long term | Conversation, UK

The future of Alcohol Research and Concern

Alcohol Research and Concern are, as you'll probably be aware, merging, and they're currently conducting a consultation on various aspects of their work to think about what the shape and aims of the new organisation might be | Thinking to some purpose, UK

Quitting Heroin in the Sunshine State

They call it the South Florida Shuffle: from detox to rehab to detox again, from Tampa to Boca Raton to Delray Beach | NYTimes, USA 



And finally...

Elephant caught 'smoking' on camera leaves scientists baffled

Experts unsure over causes of animal's bizarre behaviour at Indian nature reserve | Independent, UK