Daily news - 10th May 2018

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UK news

Fentanyl: preparing for a future threat

Incident planning for potent opioids arriving into the illicit drug market | PHE, UK

AMs debate minimum price for alcohol

The UKIP call for the Welsh Government to abandon the Public Health (Minimum Price for Alcohol) (Wales) Bill is rejected | BBC, UK

Alcohol: Minimum Unit Pricing

What recent discussions he has had with Public Health England on the potential merits of introducing minimum unit pricing for alcohol in England | They work for you, UK


To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, how many people have died as a result of smoking related conditions in each of the last three years | They work for you, UK

Foetal Alcohol Syndrome

To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what steps his Department is taking to support people diagnosed with foetal alcohol syndrome | They work for you, UK

Chemsex - podcast

So, What’s the Crack with chemsex? Is everyone doing it? What drugs are used in chemsex? Is it most common in MSM? What's PrEP? | What's the crack?, UK

You're not immortal, pathologist tells young people after student's ecstasy death

The death of a student who took ecstasy as a “final fling” following the end of her university exams has prompted a pathologist to warn young people against fooling themselves into believing they are immortal | Telegraph, UK

Mother of Sheffield MDMA death student urges drug caution

The mother of a student who died after taking MDMA has said taking the drug is "not worth the risk", following an inquest into her daughter's death | BBC, UK

'I was told I wouldn't see my 22nd birthday'

Bhupinder Kullar, also known as Tubsy, said he was told, aged 21, that he would not make his 22nd birthday | BBC, UK

‘Thirdhand smoke’ could pose health risk even in no smoking zones, scientists warn

Video. Chemicals in cigarettes pose a health risk through skin, surface, and clothes contact but study shows they can also get airborne and spread through buildings | Independent, UK

Smoking - BBC radio Oxford

David finds out about a new study helping smokers to quit | BBC, UK

Ecstasy island: this is the story of how MDMA reached the UK

It’s like a question from a pub quiz in a K-hole: what links a hippy chemist, Margaret Thatcher, a free love cult in Oregon, European football, and the Happy Mondays? The answer is Ecstasy | MixMag, UK

SHAAP Research and Policy Briefing (PDF)

All about MUP in Scotland | SHAAP, UK

Straight to the point

A writeup of the National Needle Exchange Forum event held earlier this year. Includes presentations | NNEF, UK

Reducing drug-related deaths in Scotland: learning from Canadian experience

This free event will cover two key themes of the overdose prevention strategy adopted in British Columbia (BC), Canada. In the first, the BC take-home naloxone programme will be described. In the second, BC’s use of real time surveillance data and the Drug Overdose and Alert Partnership (DOAP) will be discussed, including how these elements contribute to the province’s approach to managing the opioid crisis. !8th June, Glasgow Caledonian University | Drugs Research Network Scotland, UK

Bid to make University of Buckingham drug-free called ‘misguided’ by think tank - and Sir Anthony now thinks so too

The University of Buckingham’s vice chancellor was branded ‘misguided’ by a leading drugs policy foundation after he outlined his views on campus drug use this week | Buckingham Today, UK

Police investigate drug taking at Thomas Clarkson Academy

The school, said it has "temporarily excluded" those involved in taking the unidentified drug and will take "appropriate action" after an internal investigation | BBC, UK

Parents of acid attacker Arthur Collins appear in court accused of growing cannabis

Potential yield worth between £9,000 and £25,000, say prosecutors | Independent, UK


International news

Marijuana Users Report High Rates Of Dependence In Global Drug Survey

Legalization advocates and the weed industry can support necessary reforms while being honest about the risks of marijuana use, the study's author says | Huffington Post, UK

Cocaine breathalyser 'one step closer'

Researchers in the US say they have developed a low-cost chip that can detect cocaine in minutes | BBC, UK

How do you move mountains of unwanted weed?

Oregon farmers have grown three times what their customers can smoke in a year, causing bud prices to plummet and panic to set in | Guardian, UK

'We have to look at the reality, people are dying': Garda chief backs injecting centre

An Garda Síochána is supporting the forthcoming supervised injecting centre not just because it’s Government policy but because it is the “right thing to do”, Dublin’s police chief says | Breaking News, Ireland

Do people with mental health disorders want cigarettes more?

People with mental health disorders are more likely to smoke than the general population and they experience more smoking-related health problems | BASIS, USA

Using the Internet to Reach Woman at Risk for Drinking During Pregnancy

Alcohol use during pregnancy can lead to Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorders (FASDs), a range of effects that include lowered intelligence and developmental delays | Newswire, USA

Warning labels on alcohol could change New Zealand's 'ignorance'

Alcohol health warning labels on bottles and cans could help people drink less, though many New Zealanders remain "delusional" about how bad their drinking is, according to the world's largest annual study into recreational drug use | Stuff.co.nz, New Zealand

This man sells cigarettes. Why his method has raised eyebrows

A Dunedin man selling single cigarettes online has drawn the ire of a tobacco researcher, but a member of Parliament says his reasoning is ''absolutely correct'' | NZHerald, New Zealand


Blogs, comment and opinion

Why alcohol health warning labels are a good idea: findings from the latest Global Drug Survey

Drink-driving and drinking while pregnant are socially unacceptable in many countries, yet when it comes to other alcohol-related health risks, public awareness is low | Conversation, UK

AHA response to government statement on minimum unit pricing

Responding to the announcement yesterday by Steve Brine MP on the government’s new alcohol strategy and minimum unit pricing for alcohol, Professor Sir Ian Gilmore, chair of the Alcohol Health Alliance UK (AHA), said... | AHA, UK

Alcohol treatment in crisis

Services are in a cycle of disinvestment, staff depletion, and reduced capacity, and this is due to get worse; in 2020 ring-fenced public health funding will end, posing additional risk to the areas of highest need | Russell Webster, UK

What do we know about women, cannabis and psychosis?

We know far more about the impact of cannabis on men than women, particularly the relationship between cannabis and psychosis | Mental Elf blog, UK

Measuring Drug Policy Outcomes: Intersections with Human Rights and the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs)

For the sixth consecutive year, a side event was held at the 61st Session of the Commission on Narcotic Drugs (CND) to continue the global discussion on reprioritizing the objectives and indicators used to evaluate drug policies | GDPO blog, UK

9 Things That Matter about Psychoactive Drugs

If we focus onlyon the drug itself, we miss what really matters when it comes to how human beings respond | Scientific American observations, USA