Daily news - 5th October 2018

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UK news

Alcohol causes 1 in 13 breast cancers

Drink free days campaign marks Breast Cancer Awareness Month by encouraging women to take more drink free days to reduce their breast cancer risk | PHE, UK

Women encouraged to havemore drink free daysto reduce their risk of developing breast cancer

This Breast Cancer Awareness Month, and as part of their Drink free days campaign, Drinkaware and Public Health England (PHE) are encouraging women of all ages to cut down on how much they are drinking by taking more drink free days to reduce their risk of developing breast cancer and a range of other health conditions including liver and heart disease | DrinkAware, UK

'County lines' heroin dealer jailed under child trafficking law

Zakaria Mohammed, from Birmingham, recruited children to sell drugs in Lincoln | Guardian, UK

When Boots Prescribed Heroin, the UK Did Drug Policy Right

Until the US got involved, the "British System" was successful in keeping addiction rates low and drug-associated crime nonexistent | VICE, UK

Judge presiding over drugs court concerned by increase in heroin use

A leading judge who is presiding over a pioneering drugs court has warned that heroin use is becoming more prevalent in Northern Ireland. Judge Fiona Bagnall, who presides over the new dedicated drugs court, has spoken to UTV about the attempts to help drug addicts break the cycle of offending | ITV, UK

Drug Dealing On Campus - iPlayer

A drug dealer supplying fellow students on his university campus shares his story. He claims he is trying to quit, but pressure from his suppliers is making it dangerous to stop | BBC, UK

Study Drugs:100 Pills A Day - iPlayer

A student uses so-called "study drugs" believing it makes him smarter, but his obsession sees him taking hundreds of pills a day | BBC, UK

Vote now for Public Servant of the Year 2018

Sunny Dhadley, programme lead, Wolverhampton Service User Involvement Team | Guardian, UK

Bartender award: What makes a drink a cocktail?

Video. The BBC caught up with one award-winning bartender to find out more about the industry | BBC, UK



International news

Cannabis has 'more lasting effect on teenage brains than alcohol'

Canadian researchers investigated the links between alcohol and cannabis use and performance on various tests of brain function in 3,826 school pupils over 4 years, starting at age 12 to 13. They found teens who used cannabis performed less well, especially in tests of memory and impulse control | NHS Choices: Behind the headlines, UK

Nearing the end of row 5 of the Drug Treatment Matrix

Nearing the end of row 5 of the Drug Treatment Matrix with its focus on reducing crime and protecting families – we revisit an important review of the substance use treatment needs of female offenders and support for gender-specific interventions | Drug and Alcohol Findings, UK

Surge in drug crime but Garda drug units remain depleted

Total number of gardaí assigned to drug units continues to decline | Irish Times, Ireland

EMCDDA and the Republic of Albania strengthen their cooperation

EMCDDA Director Alexis Goosdeel is participating this week in the EU-Western Balkans Ministerial Forum on Justice and Home Affairs, taking place from 4–5 October in Tirana | EMCDDA, Portugal

Switzerland: the land of the tobacco industry

Although Switzerland – home to the three biggest tobacco firms – has not yet ratified the World Health Organization (WHO) Framework Convention on Tobacco Control (FCTCexternal link), the city of Geneva is hosting an important meeting this week on the treaty | Swiss Info, Switzerland

High flying: Canada to let airline passengers pack cannabis

Canadian airline passengers will soon be able to pack up to 30 grams of cannabis when they board a flight once recreational use of the mind-altering drug is legalized, the government said Thursday | France24, France

JUUL laboratories have largest market share of E-cigarettes

Brian A. King, Ph.D., M.P.H., from the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention in Atlanta, and colleagues assessed e-cigarette sales in the United States during 2013 to 2017 | Medical Xpress, USA

Researcher warns of spread of homemade steroids

A Clemson University researcher recently published insights into homemade steroids and steroid trafficking through a study of federal court cases. The research details why homemade steroids became popular and how online tools and cryptocurrency have allowed for their rapid spread | Medical Xpress, USA

Congress OKs opioid legislation in show of bipartisanship

Setting aside the Supreme Court fight, members of Congress this week approved bipartisan legislation aimed at curbing the devastating opioid addiction across the country | Medical Xpress, USA

At-risk teens and young adults overlooked during opioid crisis

Teens and young adults who have injected drugs are at risk for contracting hepatitis C, but most aren't tested and therefore don't receive life-saving treatment, according to a national study being presented at IDWeek 2018. The study of more than 250,000 at-risk youth found only one-third of those with diagnosed opioid use disorder (OUD) were tested for hepatitis C | Medical Xpress, USA

A couple's tough trek back from opioid addiction

In 2016, almost 174 Americans died each day due to drug overdoses—and roughly two-thirds of those deaths were caused by opioid drugs. The statistics are startling and make the problem seem hopeless | Medical Xpress, USA

The Mormon Church Has Agreed To Support A Medical Marijuana Deal, Paving The Way For Legalization In Utah

The governor of Utah described the plan as a compromise with the Mormon Church, which has fiercely campaigned against medical marijuana | BuzzFeed, USA

Hospitals eye routine alcohol checks on patients

Perth hospitals could start routine alcohol screening of patients coming into emergency departments, after a trial found that more than a quarter of patients drank at risky levels | West Autralian, Australia

Older pregnant women more likely to drink

A long-term study has revealed older and more highly educated Australian women are most likely to drink alcohol during pregnancy | SBS, Australia

Richard Branson backs church-led push to decriminalise drugs in NSW

A church-led coalition that includes the state's peak legal bodies is lobbying the NSW government to decriminalise drugs in a campaign to be launched this month by Sir Richard Branson | SMH, Australia

Nurses sacked after Parklea inmate died from withdrawal, inquiry hears

An inmate at the privately run Parklea prison died from suspected drug and alcohol withdrawal, after nurses on duty failed to implement the patient's treatment plan, a NSW parliamentary inquiry has heard | Age, Australia




Blogs, comment and opinion

Specialist unit to crack down on prison gangs

Justice Secretary announces new unit to tackle prison-based money laundering | Russell Webster blog, UK

Tackling smoking can support the wider effort to reduce poverty

This week is Challenge Poverty Week —a chance to highlight what is being done across Scotland to address poverty. ASH Scotland Development Officer Zareen Iqbal writes for us about her current work in this area | ASH Scotland blog, UK

Diageo is failing to provide latest guidelines on their products

Alison Douglas attended the Diageo AGM to question the alcohol consumption guidelines on their labelling | Third Force News blog, UK

Blaming middle-class drug users for the surge in violent crime is dishonest

Sajid Javid is ignoring the real causes of the epidemic – many of which stem from his own party’s austerity policies | Guardian opinion, UK

Is the incidence of schizophrenia in South-East London really 10 times higher than in Santiago, Spain?

Key to the scientific understanding of psychotic disorders, and the design of effective, efficient and equitable services, is a clear picture of how often they occur, and where | Mental Elf blog, UK

Minister Byrne welcomes passing of historic Public Health Alcohol Bill through the Dáil

The Minister of State for Health Promotion and the National Drugs Strategy, Catherine Byrne TD, has welcomed the passing of the Public Health Alcohol Bill in the Dáil yesterday evening | Department of Health blog, Ireland

Fraud in Addiction Treatment Centers

It seems to be these days that whenever there’s money involved, there’s always a sure case of fraud | Points blog, USA



And finally...

Minnesota town alerts residents over 'tipsy' birds

A US town has warned its residents not to be too concerned about drunk-looking birds stumbling around town | BBC, UK