Daily news - 23rd May 2018

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UK news

Parental alcohol and drug use: understanding the problem

Guidance for local areas to identify problematic parental substance use to help commission services to reduce and prevent harm to children and families | PHE, UK

Addressing the impact of nondependent parental substance misuse upon children (PDF)

A rapid review of the evidence of prevalence, impact and effective interventions | PHE, Newcastle University, Northumberland and Tyne and Wear NHS trust, UK

UK becoming 'cocaine capital' of Europe, warns minister

The UK "is fast becoming the biggest consumer of cocaine in Europe", the security minister has said | BBC, UK

Is the UK the world's biggest exporter of legal cannabis?

As the UK hosts a summit on the state of medical cannabis in Europe, BBC Reality Check asks - does Britain really export more legal cannabis than any other country? | BBC, UK

Update on Pubs Code Adjudicator inquiry launched by BEIS Committee

The Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy Committee will hold a one-off evidence session on 26 June 2018 with the Pubs Code Adjudicator, Paul Newby, and his deputy, Fiona Dickie, to review the operation of the Pubs Code and the performance of the Pubs Code Adjudicator | Parliament.uk, UK

The Arguments For and Against Alcohol Warning Labels

A new survey worked out which kind of warnings we respond best to, depending on our age | VICE, UK

Knives: Crime

Our analysis highlights that a major factor behind the recent increases in serious violence is changes in the drugs markets. The strategy says that law enforcement plays a vital role in tackling these offences, but big shifts in crime tend to be driven by factors outside the police’s control such as drug market changes | They work for you, UK

Blame middle class for drug-related violence, says police leader

Police Federation’s Simon Kempton says prohibition is failing and calls for new policy | Guardian, UK

Case of mum who used cannabis to treat Crohn's turned down by 13 barristers

Carer Sarah Patel, who had never been in trouble before, had to appear in court without a barrister | Wales Online, UK

£60,000 Sunderland Uni boost to help young people battling drug and alcohol problems

The University of Sunderland has teamed up with the city’s Youth Drug and Alcohol Project (YDAP) to ensure young people get the best care in addressing their problems | Sunderland Echo, UK

50 years ago in the journal

Each  year we will publish contemporary commentaries on papers published in the British Journal of Addiction 50 years ago. We would love to hear your views on these commentaries and take suggestions for future articles [email: socstudyaddiction@gmail.com] | SSA, UK

Post-Doctoral Transitional Development Support

Successful applicants for SSA Post-Doctoral Transitional Development funding can receive salary support for up to four months full-time, or up to eight months part-time, towards post-doctoral development of research applications. The research proposal must be relevant to, and supportive of, the objectives of the SSA | SSA, UK

International news

Psychosocial treatment; individuals, not programmes

Every treatment involves direct or indirect human interaction, but this cell is about interventions in which interaction is the main ingredient, from mutual support groups through to professionally delivered psychological programmes. ‘Programmes’ is perhaps the wrong word though. Unlike public health approaches, treatment is essentially the treatment of an individual | Drug and Alcohol Findings, UK

Sniffer Dogs to be Sent to South Australia State Schools to Find Drugs

The Premier of South Australia has committed to sending sniffer dogs into state schools to find young people in possession of drugs, particularly methamphetamine – commonly referred to as “ice” | Talking Drugs, UK

Rudy Giuliani won deal for OxyContin maker to continue sales of drug behind opioid deaths

The US government secured a criminal conviction against Purdue Pharma in the mid-2000s but failed to curb sales of the drug after Giuliani reached a deal to avoid a bar on Purdue doing business | Guardian, UK

Cabinet to consider new proposals to lower legal alcohol limits for train and tram drivers

The Cabinet is to consider new proposals to lower the legal alcohol limits for train and tram drivers | Rte, Ireland

Chemsex linked with increased diagnoses of HIV and other sexually transmitted infections

Chemsex--the use of crystallised methamphetamine, mephedrone, γ-hydroxybutyrate or γ-butyrolactone and to a lesser extent cocaine and ketamine to facilitate sex--has emerged as a new phenomenon in the UK and across Europe amongst gay, bisexual and other men who have sex with men (GBMSM) | EurekAlert, USA

Why psychedelic drugs could transform how we treat depression and mental illness

A conversation with author Michael Pollan on becoming a “reluctant psychonaut.” | Vox, USA

America's Rich and Powerful Have Permission Slips to Get High

From politicians to business executives, America's drug policy is set up to give recreational access to (white) people with status and money—and screw everyone else | VICE, USA

Quitting cigarettes linked to better lung health than long-term light smoking

Long-term light smokers appear to be at greater risk for lung function decline, emphysema and obstructive lung disease than heavy smokers who quit, according to new research presented at the ATS 2018 International Conference | News Medical, USA

Historic step towards FASD screening for young detainees 

Shadow Minister for Families, Youth and Community Services Elizabeth Kikkert calls on the government to implement FASD screening for detainees at Canberra’s Bimberi Youth Detention Centre | Drinktank, Australia


Blogs, comment and opinion

Harry’s blog 60:  The wrong end of the telescope

Galileo said, “By denying scientific principles, one may maintain any paradox”. That certainly seems to pertain to official responses to harm reduction. And there are a few paradoxes to highlight this week | NSP blog, UK

Medical cannabis: it is time to provide legal access, the UK must not get left behind

As countries around the world take progressive steps towards providing legal access to medical cannabis, the UK must not let the opportunity for reform pass us by | BMJ opinion, UK

Our shameful silence on drug deaths is costing lives

So far this year, 62 people have been killed in London following a surge in knife crime. This is not a one-off spike, but an epidemic fueled by gangs and domestic violence | UnHerd, UK

Women need better information about drinking in pregnancy

How much do you know about the guidance on drinking in pregnancy? Most are aware of the “don’t drink” message. But if you’re an expectant mother, or someone who’s job involves giving advice, our new study shows that the abstinence message can feel too simplistic | Conversation, UK

How fentanyl could alter global drug policy

Policymakers and the public are acutely aware that the powerful opioid fentanyl has significantly worsened the country’s opioid epidemic, accounting for almost 20,000 deaths in 2016. But few people appreciate fentanyl’s potential to permanently alter illegal drug markets and international relations along with them | Washington Post blog, USA