Daily news - 15th November 2018

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UK news

Criminal exploitation and ‘county lines’: learn from past mistakes, report finds

A report published today finds that local agencies must learn lessons from past sexual exploitation cases to respond to 'county lines' and other child criminal exploitation | Ofsted, Care Quality Commission, HM Inspectorate of Probation, and HM Inspectorate of Constabulary and Fire & Rescue Services, UK

Taskforce warns of risk to children from 'county lines' gangs

Professionals and parents warned that children from all backgrounds are at risk of exploitation | Guardian, UK

Policy paper - Prescribed medicines review: expert group terms of reference

Terms of reference of the expert reference group advising the review of prescribed medicines | PHE, UK

Are smokers who are regularly exposed to e-cigarette use by others more or less motivated to stop or to make a quit attempt? A cross-sectional and longitudinal survey

Concerns have been raised that observing other people using e-cigarettes may undermine motivation to quit by renormalising smoking. This study aimed to explore associations between regular exposure to other people’s e-cigarette use and motivation to stop smoking and quit attempts in smokers | BMC Medicine, UK

Sainsbury's continues to sell flavoured e-cigarettes pulled from US over underage vaping fears

Vaping products that have been pulled from sale in the US over fears about underage buyers remain on shelves at Sainsbury's in the UK | Telegraph, UK

Vaping - Question

To ask Her Majesty's Government whether they have any plans to restrict or ban the advertising or sale of flavoured nicotine vaping fluids | They work for you, UK

Driving under Influence

To ask the Secretary of State for Transport...what assessment he has made of the effectiveness of rigorous enforcement and serious penalties for drink drivers | They work for you, UK

Prisons: Drones

What steps the Government are taking to tackle the use of drones over prisons | They work for you, UK

EU rules mean more pubs may lose business rates discount

The new retail business rates reduction scheme could be thwarted by EU rules state aid rules, according to advisers | Morning Advertiser, UK

Mutiny Festival drug deaths: Tommy Cowan 'took two pills'

A father of one who died after collapsing at a music festival told friends he had taken two pills, an inquest has heard | BBC, UK

The UK's Biggest Legal Weed Producer Has Ignited Fresh Criticism

GW Pharmaceuticals has been accused by campaigners of trying to monopolise the UK's medical cannabis market – but some say they're doing exactly what they should be doing | VICE, UK

A Celebration of Life | 2018 Memorial

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

Government makes U-turn to cut delay to £2 FOBT maximum stake

Reduction to take effect in April 2019 following MPs rebellion and minister’s resignation | Guardian, UK


International news

'El Chapo' ordered hits on 'own family' - and favourite weapon was  'diamond-encrusted pistol'

Drug baron Joaquin "El Chapo" Guzman ordered hits on his own family and his weapons of choice were a diamond-encrusted pistol and a gold-plated AK-47, a US court has heard | Telegraph, UK

Bali Nine drug smuggler Renae Lawrence to face arrest upon arrival in Sydney

First member of the group to be freed has outstanding warrants for offences in NSW | Guardian, UK

Adult smoking in Ireland: findings from the Healthy Ireland Survey and the Irish Longitudinal Study on Ageing

Smoking is the leading cause of preventable death in Ireland, with over 100 people dying from disease | DrugNet, Ireland

Alcohol ads with pro-drinking comments on Facebook 'boost desire to drink'

A new study has unearthed the power of alcohol ads online | Journal, Ireland

2018 Reitox week focuses on ‘futures’

Representatives of candidate, potential candidate and neighbouring countries of the EU and countries of Central Asia are joining members of the EMCDDA’s Reitox network in Lisbon from 12–16 November for the agency’s seventh Reitox week | EMCDDA, Portugal 

Annual award celebrates excellence in scientific writing on illicit drugs

Winners of the 2018 EMCDDA scientific award were announced by the EU drugs agency today in the margins of its 49th Scientific Committee meeting in Lisbon | EMCDDA, Portugal

Why are some drugs illegal? Part 2

Have you ever wondered why are some drugs illegal and others are not? Because illegal drugs are more dangerous, you may think. But you are wrong! | Drug Reporter, Hungary

Alcohol ads with pro-drinking comments on Facebook boost desire to drink

Alcohol advertisements on social media sites such as Facebook can increase young adults' desire to drink if the ads contain pro-drinking comments from users. That's according to new research in the current issue of the Journal of Studies on Alcohol and Drugs | Medical Xpress, USA

What we’ve learned about the effects of weed since it was legalized

It’s been six years since Colorado and Washington legalized marijuana, and scientists keep on unearthing more data on the effects of the drug | Quartz, USA

Marijuana use has no effect on kidney transplant outcomes

A new study in Clinical Kidney Journal indicates that the usage of marijuana by kidney donors has no measurable effect upon the outcomes of kidney transplants for donors or recipients | EurekAlert, USA

New Data Confirm That Construction Workers Are Massively Vulnerable to Overdose. What Can Be Done?

Anew report in British Columbia shows that a disproportionate amount of people who died from illicit drug overdoses worked, or had previously worked, in one industry: construction | Filter Magazine, USA

B.C.'s overdose epidemic continues at an unprecedented pace of more than 100 dead every month

Five years since the synthetic-opioid fentanyl arrived in Vancouver, numbers of overdose deaths remain higher than ever. There is no end to the crisis in sight | Georgia Straight, Canada

Where does Australia rank in world drug overdose death rates?

Australia has achieved the dubious distinction of being in the top three countries for the largest annual increases in drug overdose deaths, according to US research | Pharmacy News, Australia

Conditional probabilities of substance use disorders and associated risk factors: Progression from first use to use disorder on alcohol, cannabis, stimulants, sedatives and opioids

Relatively little is known about factors that may lead to the development of a substance use disorder (SUD), across a range of drug classes. This study aimed to identify factors that predict the likelihood of transition from use to SUD and the speed with which this may occur at the population level, with a focus on the impact of pre-existing mental disorders | DAD, Australia

Australian supermarkets continue to dominate alcohol market

The trend towards supermarket domination of the alcohol retail sector continued apace over the year to September, with Woolworths Group-owned outlets picking up 250,000 customers and hotel bottle-shops losing virtually the same amount, at 240,000, according to the latest survey data from Roy Morgan | Food and Beverage, Australia


Blogs, comment and opinion

Drunk and doubly deviant? The role of gender and intoxication in sentencing assault offences

Dr Carly Lightowlers finds that the UK's sentencing guidelines for alcohol-related offences are disproportionately harsher on women | IAS blog, UK

Stop and search doesn’t work. Let’s end this exhausting debate

A proposal to scrap the ‘reasonable grounds’ condition has failed. Police must support those working for a safer society | Guardian, UK

Restricting E-Cigarette Flavors Endangers Public Health

The FDA’s decree will make vaping less appealing and less accessible to smokers interested in switching | Reason blog, USA