Daily news - 26th November 2018

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UK news

Naloxone rescue kits empowering peers of drug users to ‘save lives’ in Scotland

Complementing the considerable body of evidence that take-home naloxone can save lives, this study provides the first detailed insights into how people who inject drugs experience administering naloxone to their peers. Though participants were apprehensive at first, after seeing naloxone work they started to view their own role as ‘lifesaver’. This ground-breaking study reveals how naloxone programmes position people who inject drugs as responsible and important community public health resources | Drug and Alcohol Findings, UK

Hundreds of babies born in Scotland addicted to drugs

The problem was worst in the Greater Glasgow and Clyde area, with 178 cases over the three years | BBC, UK

Dangerous cocaine batch warning after man dies in Colchester

Essex Police said the 22-year-old and a woman, 20, both from Colchester, were taken to hospital at 02:50 GMT after becoming unwell at a property in Egerton Green Road in the town | BBC, UK

Colchester cocaine warning: Third arrest after 'drug death' party

A third man has been arrested after a man died following a birthday party involving a "dangerous batch of drugs" | BBC, UK

It melts plastic and can kill – so why is club drug GHB on the rise?

It was known as a date rape drug, then linked to chemsex parties. How did a spray or two of the liquid high become so popular among young clubbers? | Guardian, UK

Would making cannabis lawful be a gateway legalisation?

YouGov examines whether those who favour legalising cannabis feel the same way about other drugs | YouGov, UK

Bringing drug use out of the dark

Despite all the warnings, drug-related deaths in Britain are at an all-time high. A pioneering NGO has been testing substances at UK festivals for four years to help revellers stay safe – and could now be coming to a city near you | Positive News, UK

Minutes and slides available from AGM of APPG-PDD held on 17 Oct 2018

Please follow this link to download minutes and slides from the meeting of the APPG for Prescribed Drug Dependence on 17 Oct 2018 | APPG, UK

Cannabis: Misuse

To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, pursuant to the Answer of 15 November 2018 to Question 188046 if he will request the data from the National Crime Agency on the strength of cannabis seized by that agency in order to enable a (a) comparison with the work undertaken by King's College London and (b) study of the data’s relevance to (i) users’ health and (ii) the provision of health services | They work for you, UK

Psychiatric Patients: Electronic Cigarettes

To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, if his Department will make an assessment of the effectiveness of e-cigarettes in reducing smokingrates among in patients in mental health facilities | They work for you, UK

CMO guidance for children and young people: an overlooked issue?

Issues around children and young people's drinking (CYP) are never far from the headlines, and certainly well-publicised declines in CYP's drinking have continued to attract media attention. However efforts to further protect CYP from alcohol harms appear to remain a policy priority despite challenges over evidence gaps and communication challenges | Alcohol Policy UK, UK

Cannabis shop opens in old police box in Scotland

Corey Stronge, 26, has helped set up Mr Ohm - a company selling hemp and cannabidiol (CBD) products such as vaporisers, capsules and oils | Edinburgh News, UK

Isle of Man drug seizures rise to record levels, report reveals

Drug seizures in the Isle of Man have risen almost three-fold over the past three years, new data has revealed | BBC, UK

Police raid sweet shop and seize stock over suspected drug offences

‘Today’s operation will have left local drug dealers with a sour taste in their mouths,’ says officer | Independent, UK

Drugs councillor Sharon Hopkinson jailed for three-and-a-half-years

A disgraced councillor and hotelier who was convicted of conspiracy to deal drugs has been jailed for three-and-a-half years | BBC, UK

Hurlingham Club poker night for 15-year-olds branded 'staggeringly ill-conceived' by anti gambling campaign

The Hurlingham Club is caught up in a row over a poker night for teenagers with anti gambling campaigners accusing the organisers of holding a “staggeringly ill-conceived” event | Telegraph, UK

International news

EU court stands by ban on Swedish tobacco product 'snus'

The European Union’s top court on Wednesday stood by an EU ban on the sale of snus, a moist snuff tobacco product made by Swedish Match, in line with advice earlier this year | Reuters, UK

Inside the kids-only rehab that treats video games like cocaine

What happens when you make teenagers abstain from alcohol, drugs and even Call of Duty? | VICE, UK

Punjab's drug menace: 'I wanted my son to die'

The northern Indian state of Punjab has witnessed a sharp increase in the number of drug-related deaths this year. BBC Punjabi's Arvind Chhabra investigates why the drug menace has become worse in the state | BBC, UK

The Crucial Role of Mothers in Reforming Drug Policy

Mothers in the UK, US, Canada, and beyond are advocating for drug policy reform; for many, their advocacy follows the death or incarceration of their child as a result of the drug war | Talking Drugs, UK

Would you pay more for ethically sourced cocaine?

Because cocaine is illegal, if people choose to use it they have little choice but to indirectly support organised crime and human trafficking, experts argue | Journal, Ireland

Exploring new and emerging drug trends and developments in CELAC countries: joint report from the EMCDDA and COPOLAD workshop on trendspotter methodology

This report details the results of a two-day workshop on the EMCDDA’s trendspotter methodology held in Lisbon in November 2017. The workshop involved representatives from national drug observatories based in countries from the Community of Latin American and Caribbean States (CELAC), along with experts from European countries and regional and international organisations active in the drugs field | EMCDDA, Portugal

New Zealand moves to tighten vaping laws

New Zealand lawmakers have announced strict new vaping rules that would see e-cigarettes treated more like tobacco products | Australian, Australia

Popular pain drug linked to rise in overdoses, suicides

In the last five years it has become one of Australia’s most popular pharmaceutical drugs, seen by some GPs as a safer alternative to opioid painkillers | Age, Australia

'They're not lollies': pharmacists urge rethink on opioids

A landmark study has revealed more than 70 per cent of Australian hospitals are supplying patients with the potentially addictive medication "just in case" they need it late | Age, Australia

More action needed on synthetics, but disagreement over what

More than 230 people, 17 of them children, have been hospitalised after being poisoned by drugs including synthetics over the last five years, according to Ministry of Health figures | Herald, New Zealand


Blogs, comment and opinion

My passion for eliminating hepatitis C in London

I first became fully aware of how devastating hepatitis C could be through someone who was very close to me who I observed over many years suffering from the effects of the virus. Hepatitis C made him constantly exhausted, he had to go through invasive biopsy assessment and felt isolated and stigmatised by the disease | Collective Voice blog, UK

Alcohol drinking patterns and risk of liver disease in women

The UK Million Women Study1 continues to provide rich data and answer important questions. In the study by Rachel F Simpson and colleagues,2 published in The Lancet Public Health, the drinking patterns of 401 806 women between 2000 and 2003 were examined in relation to subsequent admission to hospital or deaths due to liver disease | Lancet comment, UK

In praise of fellowship

Last night I went to my first ever Alcoholics Anonymous (AA) meeting.  It was an open meeting, specially put on for Alcohol Awareness Week | Thinking to some purpose blog, UK

How to help someone with an alcohol problem

Advice on starting the conversation | Addaction blog, UK

Change at a local level

East Ayrshire is one of thousands of local authorities across the country working to change their communities’ relationships with alcohol, to reduce alcohol harm and improve lives. Here, Fraser Kerr from the area’s alcohol and drug partnership describes some of the work they are doing | Alcohol Change blog, UK

"I don’t drink": Making a change I never thought possible

Life and soul of the party, avid gig-goer and bar-hopper; I was the last person you would expect to quit drinking. But by the age of 30, I had a love/hate relationship with alcohol | Alcohol Change blog, UK

How to cure a hangover: what one man found after a 10-year quest

In his new book, Shaughnessy Bishop-Stall set out to find a way to prevent following a night of drinking with a morning of feeling unwell | Guardian, UK

Learning ways to tackle addiction

Denmark can show us how to help drug users, says Helen Keats | Guardian Letters, UK

Escape from New Mexico's 'war zone': my fight against addiction

After years struggling with opioids in New Mexico, Frank Blazquez decided to use his camera to amplify his friends’ pleas for escape | Guardian, UK

'I've been to hell and back': Louis looks back on lifetime of drug use

Louis Papp looks great for a man who should be dead | Age, Australia