Daily news - 3rd October 2018

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UK news

Millions at risk from antidepressant withdrawal, new review concludes

The Journal of Addictive Behaviors has today published a new systematic reviewwhich shows that antidepressant withdrawal is much more widespread, severe and long-lasting than indicated by current guidelines, with millions of antidepressant users in the U.K. potentially affected | APPG, UK

Antidepressant withdrawal 'hits millions'

Millions of people get bad side-effects trying to cut down on or come off antidepressants, a large review says | BBC, UK

Liver disease profiles: short statistical commentary, October 2018

New hospital admissions data for 2016 to 2017 has been added to the liver disease profiles | PHE, UK

Newly discharged mental health patients at much higher risk of death

Such patients are 90 times more likely to die from drugs overdose than general population, research finds | Guardian, UK

Family of brain tumour patient Caroline Burns in cannabis plea

The husband of a brain tumour patient has written to the Home Secretary after spending £1,250 a month on medicinal cannabis | BBC, UK

'Spice Zombies' photos harm addicts, council says

Images of people collapsed in the street or slumped on benches after taking the synthentic cannabis substitute are often widely shared online | BBC, UK

Spice ‘shook the foundations' of our service say Sheffield drug sanctuary

A Sheffield drug and alcohol service provides a ‘sanctuary’ for people often dismissed by the rest of society as beyond reach | Sheffield Telegraph, UK

Victoria Derbyshire Show - Middle-class drug users

[Watch from 1 hr 40 mins in] Max Daly, Mark Dempster and Suzi Gage discuss whether middle-class drug users are responsible for cocaine associated crime as has been suggested by Metropolitan Police Commissioner, Cressida Dick and Home Secretary, Sajid Javid| BBC, UK

Conservative conference: ex-drug dealer Jacob Hill on rehabilitating offenders

Video. A one-time Yorkshire entrepreneur of the year described a downfall culminating in him being arrested for dealing drugs and taken to the police station where his parents had worked | BBC, UK

Wythenshawe Hospital becomes first in the UK to offer addiction treatment to all patients who smoke

For the first time anywhere in the UK, all smokers admitted to hospital in Greater Manchester will be offered intensive support and medication to help them kick their tobacco addiction | GMHSC, UK

Directors of public health in England

This list of the director of public health posts and post-holders across local authorities is subject to change. Every effort will be made to keep it up-to-date and accurate | PHE, UK

Is it worth giving up alcohol for a month?

Does giving up booze for a month make any difference to our health? | BBC, UK

Ammanford police station quarantined after drugs bag bursts

Seven people were taken to hospital and a police station placed in quarantine after a drugs bag burst | BBC, UK

Cannabis user was 'driving like an idiot' when he killed an outstanding young doctor in high speed smash 

Ahabitual cannabis user, who killed a "truly outstanding" young doctor when he ploughed into his motorcycle while overtaking at almost 90 miles per hour, has been jailed for seven years | Telegraph, UK

Geocaching enthusiasts discover hidden drugs in Angus

A forgotten drug stash hidden in a dry stone dyke in Angus "for years" was found by players of an online game, a court has heard | BBC, UK

Bronze Age drug trade revealed as researchers finally prove 'opium jugs' really WERE used to ferry drugs 3,000 years ago

Researchers at the University of York and the British Museum have discovered traces of opiates preserved inside a distinctive vessel dating back to the Late Bronze Age | Mail Online, UK



International news

No Fire, No Smoke: the Global State of Tobacco Harm Reduction Report 2018

Written by Harry Shapiro. this is the very first report to examine the whole global landscape of tobacco harm reduction as it applies to the use of safer nicotine products offering smokers Quit or Try rather than just Quit or Die | Knowledge Action Change, UK

California Governor’s Veto of Drug Consumption Room Means “People Will Die”

California Governor Jerry Brown has been rebuked by health experts for vetoing legislation that would have permitted San Francisco to open the US’ first legal drug consumption room (DCR) | Talking Drugs, UK

Teenagers who use e-cigarettes more likely to start smoking, study finds

Adolescents who start vaping are also more likely use e-cigarettes and cigarettes more frequently, according to Rand Corporation | Guardian, UK

Philip Morris lobbying on e-cigarettes hidden from Australian public

Tobacco giant not required to register as lobbyist because it uses own staff rather than third-party consultants | Guardian, UK

High stakes: cannabis capitalists seek funds to drive drug trade

London conference pushes uses ranging from reducing pain to increasing orgasms | Guardian, UK

Project for those using train to get crack cocaine in Dublin

People are travelling by train from Cork, Galway, and Belfast to buy crack cocaine in the west Dublin suburb of Clondalkin, according to a harm-reduction campaign | Irish Examiner, Ireland

EMCDDA Director meets German Drug Commissioner

EMCDDA Director Alexis Goosdeel is paying an official visit to Germany today at the invitation of the Federal Drug Commissioner Marlene Mortler. Discussions will centre on the further development of cooperation between Germany and the EMCDDA and the agency’s work priorities as outlined in Strategy 2025 and the Programming document 2018–20 | EMCDDA, Portugal

Teen cannabis use is not without risk to cognitive development

Although studies have shown that alcohol and cannabis misuse are related to impaired cognition in youth, previous studies were not designed to understand this relationship and differentiate whether cannabis use was causal or consequential to cognitive impairment | Medical Xpress, USA

A sea change in CBD drug policy?

The U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration announced a shift Friday that clears the way for the first prescription drug derived from the marijuana plant to make its way to market where it will provide treatment for severe forms of childhood epilepsy | Medical Xpress, USA

ER staffers under assault. Blame the opioid crisis

Emergency departments are becoming increasingly violent places as doctors bear the brunt of fallout from the opioid epidemic, a new survey shows | Medical Xpress, USA

Study: Treating e-cigarettes like cigarettes could lead to misguided research and policy initiatives

"Cigarette" might appear in the term "e-cigarette" but that is as far as their similarities extend, reports a new Northwestern Medicine report published Friday, Sept. 28, in the journal Nicotine & Tobacco Research. Assuming e-cigarettes are equal to cigarettes could lead to misguided research and policy initiatives, the paper says | News Medical, USA


Blogs, comment and opinion

Failures lurk behind Sajid Javid’s war on drugs

The home secretary’s pledge to target middle-class cocaine users could backfire, warns Nick Moss, while Seth Gillman makes a case for the legalisation of all drugs. Dave Young thinks Mr Javid should listen to The Archers more | Guardian letters, UK

Lessons to be learnt from young teenage alcohol consumption report

Teenagers in the UK and Ireland are among the worst alcohol users in Europe, and yet has the most improved declining usage figures, what should we take from this? | Mentor blog, UK

I’ve started vaping and it’s the most millennial – and mystifying – thing I’ve ever done

As a bearded brown man, assembling a strange electronic gadget on the tube might not be the best thing for my long-term health | Guardian, UK

Radical Temperance: “Drunkards’ Raids” & “Boozers’ Days”: The Salvation Army’s “war on drink”

Today’s post rounds up our series from the Radical Temperance conference, which was held in June. It comes from Steven Spencer, Director of The Salvation Army International Heritage Centre and an Honorary Fellow in the School of History, Politics and International Relations at the University of Leicester | Points blog, UK

New FBI Report: Every 20 seconds, someone is arrested for a drug law violation in the U.S.

According to the FBI’s latest Uniform Crime Report, released today, law enforcement agencies in the U.S. made 1.63 million arrests for drug law violations in 2017, a 3.83% increase over the previous year. More than 85% of these arrests – over 1.4 million – were simply for drug possession | DPA blog, USA