Daily news - 13th November 2018

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County Lines: Project launched to tackle drugs gangs

A campaign to tackle drug gangs exploiting young and vulnerable people through "County Lines" in north Wales has been launched | BBC, UK

Government consultation on airport alcohol sales

The Home Office is seeking evidence on 'alcohol-related disruptive behaviour at our airports and the impact airside alcohol licensing could have on reducing this problem'. Consultation document here [pdf] | Alcohol Policy UK, UK

Hepatitis C Commissioning Toolkit

[From September] The Hepatitis C Commissioning Toolkit, originally published in September 2013 and most recently updated in September 2018, outlines the importance of effective commissioning in eliminating hepatitis C and sets out key commissioning responsibilities, with the intention of bringing clarity to an often highly fragmented commissioning landscape. The toolkit also provides a guide to commissioning cost-effective services which are tailored to the needs of people with hepatitis C, by setting out how to ensure a clear, connected and properly funded hepatitis C care pathway, as well as providing good practice examples | HCV Action, UK

HCV Action and Public Health England hepatitis C roadshow in Sheffield: Presentations

On 17th October 2018, HCV Action and Public Health England (PHE) staged a hepatitis C good practice roadshow in Sheffield. The event was designed to showcase and share best practice in the prevention, diagnosis, testing and treatment of hepatitis C, and identify specific issues and potential solutions for tackling hepatitis C in Sheffield and the wider South Yorkshire area | HCVAction, UK

Alcohol Occasionals: Seminars 2013–2018 (PDF)

All 'Occasionals' reports from lectures 2013 - 2018 in one booklet | SHAAP/SARN, UK

Lord Alan Sugar calls for cannabis to be legalised ‘to reduce knife crime’

Lord Sugar has called for cannabis to be legalised in Britain to drive down levels of knife crime related to drug gangs | Metro, UK

UK's first cannabis infused restaurant to open in Brighton

The Canna Kitchen in Duke Street, Brighton, will welcome its first customers on December 1 | Argus, UK

Government's FOBT decision influenced by 'discredited' report

Documents seen by the Guardian cast doubt on whether figures should ever have played part in policy | Guardian, UK

The Children's Inquiry Stakeholder Conference

Free event. Thu 29 November 2018, London WC2H. In light of the success of the ‘The Children’s Inquiry’ Volteface are organising a free mini conference for professionals who work in the third sector, specifically those working with children, to learn more about the research, the reports findings and discuss how it impacts on their area of work | Volte Face, UK

How a rock star is helping people with addictions

Mike Joyce is best known as the drummer in 80s band the Smiths | ITV, UK

Ragged children working in the street to satisfy parents' craving for drink – archive, 1878

13 November 1878: Children working more than five hours per day and sometimes as late as midnight selling newspapers and matches in the public street | Guardian archive, UK

'Peddlers of misery' Luton drug smugglers jailed

Four drug smuggling "peddlers of misery" caught by police after a £5m cocaine seizure have been jailed | BBC, UK

Gin baubles are back for Christmas 2018

In recent years Britain has seen a ginaissance with more and more bottles of the juniper-based drink being sold than ever before | Independent, UK


International news

Tobacco shares go up in smoke amid US crackdown plan

BAT and Imperial Brands slide as FDA considers menthol ban and tougher e-cigarette rules | Guardian, UK

Millions have been spent on security and the jury, who have been given armed guards, will remain anonymous | Sky News, UK

India pilot suspended for three years for failing alcohol test

Captain Arvind Kathpalia, who is also the Director of Operations at state-owned Air India, was to command the Delhi-London flight on Sunday | BBC, UK

How a flesh-eating drug is causing a global crisis

Desomorphine has been in the news a lot lately. Never heard of it? That’s quite possible. But you may well have heard its street name: “Krokodil” | Independent, UK

Egypt MP Proposes Law to Decriminalise All Drug Use

An Egyptian MP has proposed a draft law that would decriminalise the personal use of drugs, though the move has received a mixed response | Talking Drugs, UK

Help, resources and information for the National opioids crisis

New website with helpline number. Plus stats, personal story videos and resources for prevention, treatment and recovery | HHS, USA

Those using psychotropic drugs in suicide attempts more likely to have had prescriptions

As prescriptions for psychotropic drugs increase, researchers at the University of Colorado Anschutz Medical Campus have found that prescribed access to anti-anxiety and anti-psychotic medications may make it easier for some patients to use the drugs in attempted suicides | Medical Xpress, USA

Harsher Federal Penalties for Selling Fentanyl-Laced Drugs Have Taken Effect—Expect Unintended Consequences

New federal sentencing guidelines that took effect November 1 significantly increase the potential prison sentence faced by someone who sells heroin or cocaine laced with fentanyl | Filter Magazine, USA


Blogs, comment and opinion

Harry’s blog 74: A charter for tobacco harm reduction?

No, I’m not proposing one, but referring to the outcome of the recent WHO Global Conference on Primary Health Care in Astana, Kazakhstan which produced the Astana Declaration. Of itself it isn’t a charter for tobacco harm reduction (THR), but if the WHO is seriously committed to delivering on its vision and not just cherry-picking the areas of health care that suit the organisation and its funders, then it is certainly a template for THR | NSP blog, UK

New evidence linking the availability of tobacco and smoking

The connection between the local availability of tobacco products and smoking behaviour has been underlined in new research from the CRESH team this week | CRESH blog, UK

Millennials haven't killed pubs – pubs just haven't kept up

Rising prices and social diversification have scuppered the institution, making the boozer less of a priority for the young | Guardian, UK

The folly of “responsible drinking”

UK health minister Matt Hancock said in parliament this week that we ought to follow his example and “drink responsibly”, as part of a contentious wider plan to use the idea of personal responsibility to ward off health problems | Phil Cain, UK

I thought I could take heroin without being an addict. I was wrong

Heroin made John Crace feel like he was enough for the first time in his life. But while he thought he was holding it together, everyone else could see he was falling apart | GQ Magazine, UK

Medicinal cannabis for chemotherapy-induced nausea and vomiting: prescribing with limited evidence

Although medicinal cannabis can now be prescribed for CINV, high quality clinical trial evidence is required to determine its efficacy and safety | MJA Perspective, Australia