Daily news - 8th May 2018

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Hepatitis C in England and the UK

Latest hepatitis C virus (HCV) reports, slide sets and infographics for England and the UK | PHE, UK

Progressing a smokefree NHS

Letter from Duncan Selbie, Chief Executive of Public Health England, to NHS trust and foundation trust (FT) chief executives in England | PHE, UK

New Government alcohol and violence strategy is a victory for the Sunday Express

A new drive to tackle drunkenness within the home has been launched by the Government in another victory for the Sunday Express’s Children of Alcoholics crusade | Sunday Express, UK

Older alcohol dependent drinkers urged to get help

A recovering alcoholic has urged other dependent drinkers over the age of 40 to tackle the stigma and get help to avoid developing serious health issues | BBC, UK

Drinkers support clearer labelling on alcohol products

New research led by the University of Bristol has found that drinkers support clearer labelling of alcohol products, including the provision of unit, calorie and health information, which would address current gaps in public knowledge | University of Bristol, UK

Drugs crisis: Bereaved dad calls for medical heroin for addicts claiming ‘methadone doesn’t work’

Malcolm Miller and wife Joyce lost Callum, 33, their eldest son, to a drug overdose in January | Evening Telegraph, UK

E-cigarette battery blast leaves mother with burnt scalp

A woman has suffered burns to her head after the batteries for her e-cigarette exploded in her car | BBC, UK

Ban for solicitor who aided drug dealers and fraudsters

A solicitor who fixed property deals for drug dealers and mortgage fraudsters has been banned after being jailed on money laundering charges | Law Society Gazette, UK

Two charged in Kirkcaldy after £200,000 drug seizure

Two people have been arrested after police seized drugs with a street value of almost £200,000 in Kirkcaldy | BBC, UK

Gambling Advertising - Question

To ask Her Majesty’s Government what assessment they have made of the impact of levels of gambling advertising | They work for you, UK

Is sex addiction a real condition?

The American author Mark Twain is often, possibly apocryphally, quoted as saying that quitting smoking was easy - he'd done it 100 times. The writer later died of lung cancer | BBC, UK

Tapes reveal Francis Bacon's shock at 1968 drug bust

Artist told friend he ‘straight away went to my easel’ after police found lover’s cannabis | Guardian, UK


International news

Jamie Acourt arrested in Spain over suspected drug dealing

Former suspect in Stephen Lawrence murder inquiry faces extradition proceedings | Guardian, UK

Decline of adolescent smoking in Ireland 1995–2015: trend analysis and associated factors

The study examines trends in smoking among Irish adolescents aged 15–16 years between 1995 and 2015 and the factors associated with their smoking behaviours between 2007 and 2015 | BMJ, UK

Canada plans to legalize weed – but will those charged with crimes get amnesty?

Activists argue that without amnesty, many from marginalized communities will continue to feel the effects of outdated laws | Guardian, UK

Leading Candidate in Colombia Presidential Elections Wants to End the War on Drugs

One of the two leading candidates in the upcoming Colombian presidential election has denounced the country's militarised drug war and its apparent subservience to US counter-narcotic interests | Talking Drugs, UK

Iraq's War on Meth - with Yalda Hakim - BBC iPlayer

Iraq's oil-rich southern province, Basra, is in the grip of a crystal meth epidemic. High levels of unemployment, poverty and despair are fuelling the crisis, along with plentiful, cheap supplies of the highly addictive drug | BBC, UK

Find it difficult to resist alcohol or drugs? How running can help

Exercise can have a powerful impact on people struggling with addiction, as members of the Skid Row Running Club know all too well. Could this be one of the best natural ways to address withdrawal symptoms? | Guardian, UK

Inquiry into opiate deaths to hear from pill-testing experts

NSW coronial inquest examines how addictive painkillers prescribed and the dramatic increase in opiate-related overdoses in past decade | Guardian, UK

Ireland’s alcohol consumption policies to be held up as exemplar for others

UN specialist says strong policy commitment could inspire other countries to follow suit | Irish Times, Ireland

State-funded 'drink-link' bus will service 50 rural communities

A new State-subsidised bus service will transport rural residents to and from their local pubs this summer, the Sunday Independent can reveal | Irish Examiner, Ireland

Up to 100 babies born in Coome hospital annually to mothers on methadone, inquest hears

The figure was revealed at the inquest of baby Cian Hall who was treated for withdrawal symptoms following his birth in February 2016 | Irish Examiner, Ireland

Booze, drugs, skipping earplugs linked to hearing loss at concerts

Temporary hearing loss after a concert may be more likely in people who drink, use drugs and avoid earplugs, a small Dutch experiment suggests | Reuters, Netherlands

'Shooting gallery' helps addicts in Europe's richest country

Far from the glitzy bank buildings and boutiques in Luxembourg city sits a run-down prefab building behind the railway station that shows another side to Europe's richest country | Medical Xpress, USA

Overdose Prevention in New York City: Supervised Injection as a Strategy to Reduce Opioid Overdose and Public Injection (PDF)

Overdose deaths in New York City have risen steadily over the past 15 years, growing to the crisis we now face. In 2017, provisional data confirmed 1,441 overdose fatalities in New York City—the deadliest year on record | NYC, USA

NY aims to launch safe injection sites to fight opioid abuse

New York's mayor is pushing for a plan to bring safe injection sites for illegal drug users to the US metropolis in a bid to reduce ever-rising overdose numbers | Medical Xpress, USA

Should States Tax Opioid Manufacturers to Pay for Addiction Treatment?

Legislation has been introduced in at least 15 states to tax the companies that make and distribute painkillers like Vicodin and OxyContin | The Nation, USA

Director of drug abuse institute offers words of caution on marijuana

Dr. Nora D. Volkow, director of the National Institute on Drug Abuse, was in Boston on Thursday to speak at a symposium sponsored by Boston University’s Clinical and Translational Science Institute and Boston Medical Center’s Grayken Center for Addiction | Boston Globe, USA

CBD oil: all the rage, but is it really safe and effective?

Cannabidiol (CBD) oil has become the hot new product in states that have legalized medical marijuana | Medical Xpress, USA

Childhood communication enhances brain development, protecting against harmful behaviors

Children with greater parent communication in early adolescence have less harmful alcohol use and emotional eating in young adulthood | Science Daily, USA

Correlation between secondhand marijuana and tobacco smoke exposure and children ED visits

New research examines the impact of second hand smoke from tobacco to understand marijuana's impact on children | Science Daily, USA

San Francisco To Vote On Ban Of Flavored E-Cigarettes And Tobacco

San Francisco tried to ban candy-flavored vape cigarettes, but a tobacco industry-funded campaign has put that ban on the ballot for public vote | NPR, USA

The promise of vaping and the rise of Juul

Teens have taken a technology that was supposed to help grownups stop smoking and invented a new kind of bad habit, molded in their own image | New Yorker, USA

Chemical sensing chip sniffs out cocaine within minutes

New technology could one day lead to portable drug detectors | EurekAlert, USA

Shrooms Could Help Scientists Better Understand Consciousness

Could that psychedelic-induced dreamlike state help scientists figure out how to better treat mental illness? | Tonic, USA

Cannabis in health products: How CMA is working to protect Canadians

Today in Canada, there are more than 220 health products for sale containing cannabis. And with legalization on track for the summer of 2018, that number is sure to grow | Canadian Medical Association, Canada

More pill-testing at festivals on the cards after Canberra success

A second pill-testing trial at an Australian music festival is likely to take place following its success at Canberra's Groovin the Moo, a leading drug expert has said | Canberra Times, Australia

Lack Of Evidence Doesn't Mean We Shouldn't Drug Test People On Welfare, Liberal Committee Says

A Liberal-dominated committee has recommended the government's controversial plan to drug test thousands of people receiving Newstart and Youth Allowance go ahead unchanged | BuzzFeed, Australia

Social Services Legislation Amendment (Drug Testing Trial) Bill 2018

The Social Services Legislation Amendment (Drug Testing Trial) Bill 2018 (Bill) establishes a mandatory drug testing trial of 5000 recipients of Newstart Allowance and Youth Allowance (Other) in Canterbury-Bankstown, New South Wales; Logan, Queensland and Mandurah, Western Australia | Parliament of Australia

Sydney opioid deaths spark concern over rising prescription drug overdoses

Overdose deaths from prescription opioids are at record levels in Australia, a Sydney inquest investigating the deaths of six people has heard | abc.net.au, Australia

Jack Tame: Is drug education in NZ schools in need of a reality check? - audio

In the fallout of the scandal regarding a pamphlet handed out at a West Auckland College Jack Tame asks: Is New Zealand's attitude to drugs outdated? And is drug education in schools in need of a reality check? | Newstalk ZB, New Zealand


Blogs, comment and opinion

Harry’s blog 59: Won’t somebody think of the ‘bad’ children?

From reading the esteemed work of Professors Wayne Hall and Lynn Kozlowski, I have been led into the world of moral psychology as it applies to harm reduction and the attempt to explain the root of passionately held views | NSP blog, UK

Take-home naloxone: while good, it is far from good enough

According to the European Monitoring Centre for Drugs and Drug Addiction (EMCDDA), in the 20 years since its establishment, more than 140 000-drug induced deaths have been reported. In 2015 alone, there were 7585 drug-induced deaths in the European Union and, of these, 79% had opioids present | Lancet comment, UK

Intersections in (New) drug research

This article is concerned with the study of ‘new drugs’ applying a broad definition which encompasses both New Psychoactive Substances (NPS), the subject of much recent research attention, and the comparatively under-explored area of Human Enhancement Drugs (HED) | DEPP editorial, UK

Letters: heroin abuse is a public health issue

We can tackle it in the same way as tobacco smoking | Guardian letters, UK

Enough liberal hand-wringing – raising alcohol prices is not class war

There must be curbs on an industry that makes most of its money from exploiting addicts | Guardan opinion, UK

An interview with Ellie Reed - Change Grow Live's National Social Work Lead

I’m the National Social Work Lead – Principal Social Worker at Change Grow Live. This is a really exciting new development at Change Grow Live and in the voluntary sector | CGL blog, UK

INCB should exert caution in presenting data on cannabis regulation

At the recent 63rd Session of the Inter-American Drug Abuse Control Commission (CICAD) of the Organisation of American States, the International Narcotics Control Board (INCB) member who was present, Raúl Martin Del Campo Sánchez, spoke on a panel titled “The link between the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) and Drug Policy: A focus on international organisations” | INCB blog, UK

A public health approach to Canada's opioid crisis

An unprecedented public health crisis is confronting North America: a deadly drug overdose epidemic. Opioids (including prescription opioids and illegal opioids, such as heroin and illicitly manufactured fentanyl) are the main drivers of drug overdose deaths in the USA and Canada | Lancet editorial, UK

Gaston Browne becomes world’s first leader to apologise for cannabis prohibition and calls for reparations

In an extraordinary statement a couple of weeks ago, the Prime Minister of Antigua & Barbuda, Gaston Browne apologised to the Rastafarian community for the prohibition of cannabis and called for reparations to be made to them | Transform blog, UK

Why Access to Morphine is a Human Right

It’s easy to think of human rights as in some way innate, as something we and our ancestors have all simply been born with | Medium blog, USA

It’s Time for a New Discussion of Marijuana’s Risks

You may reasonably decide the benefits outweigh the harms, but you should know about those potential harms | NYTimes upshot, USA

How Many Chances Should a Drug User Get?

As a psychiatrist with a background in public policy and bioethics, I was dismayed to read of a physician’s decision not to operate on a patient with endocarditis, a life-threatening condition with a known treatment that works, because of intravenous drug use | NYTimes letters, USA

The New Era of Abstinence

The administration of Donald Trump — who had a child out of wedlock after cheating on his first wife, and is in a legal battle with a porn star who says she had sex with him not long after his third wife gave birth — is promoting abstinence with a zeal perhaps never before seen from the federal government | NYTimes opinion, USA

Weekly Dose: ephylone, the dangerous designer stimulant found at Groovin the Moo

Australia’s first pill testing service was successfully trialled on Sunday at the Groovin the Moo music festival in Canberra. The group Safety and Testing and Advisory Service at Festivals and Events tested 128 samples and identified 85 substances, including paint, toothpaste, and a dangerous drug called ephylone | Conversation, Australia