Daily news - 8th November 2018

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UK news

Smoking, diabetes increase heart attack risk more in women

Women who smoke, have diabetes or high blood pressure increase their risk of a heart attack more than men faced with the same risks, a large study of UK adults has found | BBC, UK

Nitty drugs and broken trust: Young people talk Spice and the Secure Estate (PDF)

This report started as a look into Spice but revealed a shocking theme: a lack of trust. Seventy-five per cent of those surveyed said they didn’t trust any professional involved in their care – a result of broken promises and a lack of confidentiality and transparency. Some said they felt information could be misused. Why do they feel this way? | User voice, UK

Development of the Brief Addiction Therapist Scale (BATS)

A literature review and three-round Delphi survey facilitated the development of a Brief Addiction Therapist Scale (BATS), designed to evaluate the delivery of substance use treatment in routine practice | Alcohol Research UK, UK

Video: Monkey Dust 'tortured me mentally'

Debbie Shaw is 42 and has been addicted to Monkey Dust for 10 years | BBC, UK

Remembering Lives Lost to Alcohol & Drugs

You are invited to join us for our annual memorial event to mark the lives of those lost to drugs and alcohol. 24th November, 2018 at 4:00pm.St James' Priory, Whitson Street, Bristol, BS1 3NZ | BDP, UK

Charity Quiz Night

[Facebook link]  Tuesday, November 20, 2018. An Alcohol Awareness Week event | Harbour Centre, UK


International news

The making of an opioid epidemic

When high doses of painkillers led to widespread addiction, it was called one of the biggest mistakes in modern medicine. But this was no accident | Guardian, UK

Four states vote on legal cannabis in midterm elections with mixed results

Three states approve the measures, while a fourth rejects recreational weed | Independent, UK

Volteface Podcast #1 – The Canadian Cannabis Act

The first episode of Volteface Podcast explores the legislative changes in Canada around cannabis with Policy Advisor Blair Gibbs providing insight. This section focuses on the effect of legislation on the black market, new emerging opportunities, the potential impact on the UK’s drug policy & variations of legality across provinces | Volte face, UK

Mexico introduces bill to to legalise medical and recreational cannabis use

It is a controversial proposal in a country fighting a drug war | Independent, UK

'El Chapo' Guzman: Dozen jurors picked for drug trial

Jurors have been selected in the trial of notorious Mexican drug lord Joaquin "El Chapo" Guzman | BBC, UK

Sexual uses of poppers should weigh against ban, LGBT health advocates warn

Therapeutic Goods Administration is warned ban on amyl nitrate would criminalise the practice of 90,000 gay and bisexual men | Guardian, UK

Officials travel abroad to help sort out Ireland's problem in sourcing medicinal cannabis

The government is finding it difficult to find a quality assured supplier of cannabis and a supplier that can export its products to Ireland | Journal, Ireland

Improving economy leads to rise in demand for 'party drugs' in Ireland - new report

The improving economic conditions in Ireland over recent years has led to a resurgence in demand for “party drugs” like cocaine and MDMA, according to a new report | Independent, Ireland

Injecting centre for heroin and cocaine addicts will damage tourism, publicans warn

Plans have been lodged for the redevelopment of Merchant’s Quay that will include seven medically supervised injecting rooms | Dublin Live, Ireland

Marijuana stocks soar after Jeff Sessions resigns

Shares of Canadian cannabis grower Tilray jumped 34 percent to close at $139.60 as marijuana tracking funds in the US jumped 9 percent in late trading to new highs on the news that the Trump administration’s major opponent of legalizing marijuana was no longer in the picture | NYPost, USA

Drug overdose epidemic goes far beyond opioids, requires new policies

Most government-funded initiatives to address the overdose epidemic in the United States have targeted opioids specifically and have neglected other drugs that are increasingly implicated in overdoses, such as cocaine and methamphetamine, according to an issue brief by a drug policy expert at Rice University's Baker Institute for Public Policy | Medical Xpress, USA

Alcohol industry health campaigns miss the mark by a longshot

Alcohol industry social responsibility schemes strengthen their own commercial interests while failing to reduce harmful alcohol use, according to a new worldwide study led by the University of Connecticut | Medical Xpress, USA

In Healthcare, Urine Screens for Drugs Are Routinely Used to Justify Cruelty

Jed* is 42, with an athletic build, a finely striped button-down and soft, worried eyes that meet mine reluctantly. I’m meeting him for the first time, in 2017. A crumpled tissue, offered by Michelle, our nurse, peeks out of his clenched fist | Filter Magazine, USA

Why The Maker Of Marlboro Cigarettes Just Quit Part Of The Vape Market

Altria is the largest maker of cigarettes in the United States, known for making Marlboro cigarettes. It is the domestic side of what was once the tobacco giant Phillip Morris, before the company was split into separate United States and international operations back in 2008 | Forbes, USA

Alcohol recognised as leading cause of harm at global safety conference

Global safety experts meeting in Bangkok on Wednesday agreed to recognise that harmful alcohol use contributes to morbidity, injury and violence in all types of injuries | Age, Australia

Random drug tests of parents begin but Child Protection can't reveal results

Eight random drug tests of parents or carers have been conducted in the first two weeks of a new streamlined system aimed at reducing child abuse in South Australia | abc.net.au, Australia

Few changes, many concerns as Daily Planet brothel gets green light to reopen as rehab clinic

Australia's best-known brothel has been made over as a drug rehab clinic. But critics say the changes have barely gone far enough | abc.net.au, Australia

Economics of drug law reform

We argue that New Zealand needs to change its drug laws for human rights, health and social reasons. But we can also show change makes sound economic sense | NZDF, New Zealand


Blogs, comment and opinion

Our letter to the Editor of the Guardian regarding the falling number of people in treatment for substance misuse

Last week the Guardian newspaper reported a fall in the number of people who were treated for substance misuse in England. While this fall is a cause of concern for us and our colleagues across the drug and alcohol sector, our committed and caring staff are doing what they can to ensure that as many people as possible are able to access the free help and support they need | CGL, UK

Children in prison aren’t coping - but nobody seems to care

Most young people in English jails feel isolated and take drugs to deal with stress, grief and anger – it’s a ticking time-bomb | Guardian, UK

Marijuana expands into 3 more states, but nationwide legalization still unlikely

The midterm elections have further loosened marijuana restrictions in the United States. Voters in three of four states with ballot proposals on marijuana approved those initiatives | Conversation, USA