Daily news - 26th October 2018

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National Statistics: Alcohol and late night refreshment licensing England and Wales 31 March 2018

Includes statistics on premises licences, club premises certificates, personal licences, late night refreshment and 24-hour alcohol licences | Home Office, UK

Police powers and procedures, England and Wales, year ending 31 March 2018 (PDF)

In the year ending March 2018, there were 282,248 stops and searches conducted by the police in England and Wales, a fall of 7% compared with the previous year (304,132 stops and searches), and the lowest number of stop and searches carried out since the current data collection began in the year ending March 2002. In the latest year, arrests resulting from stops and searches fell by 7% | Home Office, UK

Dying for a drink Circumstances of, and contributory factors to, alcohol deaths in Scotland: results of a rapid literature review and qualitative research study (PDF)

On 26th October at RCPE, SHAAP will launch its new report, ‘Dying for a drink’, commissioned by the Scottish Government, that discusses alcohol deaths in Scotland and draws on interviews with those affected to highlight the personal tragedies that this continues to cause. The new report also makes recommendations for actions to reduce this in future. SHAAP’s new report also calls for more ‘professional optimism’, to recognise that people can recover from alcohol problems and to support that process | SHAAP, UK

Professional optimism needed to support alcohol recovery – report

Professional optimism across public services to emphasise the ability of people to recover from drink problems is needed to help cut Scotland’s alcohol death toll, a report has found | ITV, UK

Evaluation of Liverpool’s Drink Less Enjoy More intervention 2017 Progress and findings to date (PDF)

Efforts to address cultures of drunkenness by increasing bar staff compliance with the law and public awareness of it, have been made in recent years by Liverpool City Council (and partners) with the implementation of the community-based multi-component intervention Drink Less Enjoy More (DLEM; branded Say No To Drunks [SNTD] during the initial pilot phase). This report presents data from the most recent wave of evaluation in 2017 and provides comparisons across evaluation time points | PHI, UK

A content analysis of alcohol content in UK television

Exposure to audio-visual alcohol content in media is associated with subsequent alcohol use in young people, but the extent of exposure contained in UK free-to-air prime-time television has not been explored since 2010 | JPH, UK


To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what information his Department holds on the smoking quit rate for people earning (a) £10,000 per annum or less, (b) £10,001 to £20,000 per annum, (c) £20,001 to £30,000 per annum, (d) £30,001 to £40,000 per annum and (e) £40,001 per annum and over in England in each financial year since 2010-11 | They work for you, UK

EFL clubs call for lifting of alcohol ban that prevents fans drinking beer in stadiums

The ban on supporters drinking alcohol in the stands is outdated, the chief executive of the English Football League has said, amid a campaign to have the law scrapped | Telegraph, UK

SHAAP/SARN 'Alcohol Occasionals' 2018-2019 - Alcohol and Recovery: Booking now open

Scottish Health Action on Alcohol Problems (SHAAP) and the Scottish Alcohol Research Network (SARN) are pleased to organise the lunchtime 'Alcohol Occasional' seminars. These showcase innovative research on alcohol use and provide the chance for researchers, practitioners and policy makers and members of the public to hear and discuss alcohol related topics, over lunch in the historic Royal College of Physicians of Edinburgh at 9 Queen Street, Edinburgh | SHAAP/SARN, UK

Launch of Better Lives Service in Islington

On the 9 October we celebrated the official launch of our new integrated Better Lives Service in Islington which will provide drug and alcohol services to Islington’s local community | Blenheim, UK

The Swansea coffee shop selling cannabis extract drinks

"It's hard to explain but my brain would just calm down," says Lucy Bason, who claims cannabidiol (CBD) oil is helping control her anxiety | BBC, UK

Ed Farmer inquest: Student died from 'toxic effects' of alcohol

A university student died from the "toxic effects" of drinking excessive alcohol on an "initiation-style" bar crawl, a coroner has ruled | BBC, UK

Baby dies after being left alone while mum smokes cannabis

A three-month-old baby boy died after being left alone overnight while his mother smoked cannabis, a serious case review has found | BBC, UK

Derby drugs in oven dealer jailed for 24 years

Police also found £500,000 cash, a loaded Uzi submachine gun and firearms at a house in Chellaston, Derby | BBC, UK

Woman bullied into Devon prison pants drugs drop

A prisoner who bullied his young girlfriend into trying to smuggle him £10,000 worth of drugs in her underwear has been given further jail time | BBC, UK


International news

Marlboro maker axes flavoured e-cigarettes

Altria, the tobacco firm which owns Marlboro, will stop selling several of its e-cigarette products | BBC, UK

Everyday Americans: Law and Order and Opioids - audio

Exploring the real-time impact of the US opioid epidemic in one city—Louisville, Kentucky | BBC, UK

Death on the 1-95 - BBC iPlayer

Drug overdose is now the main cause of death for Americans under the age of 50, they are more likely to die from a drug overdose than a car accident or gun | BBC, UK

Alcohol 'hijacks' the brain to impair memory and cause long-lasting cravings, study suggests

A single molecular change could help explain why a few glasses of wine can impair your memory for days and why alcoholics are liable to relapse after decades of abstinence, scientists have said | Independent, UK

One in three New Zealanders drink dangerously through their entire lives – study

Research disputes that hazardous drinking is a phase, usually associated with the teens and early twenties | Guardian, UK

New Zealand May Introduce Controversial, Punitive Drug Law Amendment

Despite New Zealand PM Jacinda Ardern’s support for progressive drug law reform, opposition parties are pushing for harsher sentencing for offences involving novel psychoactive substances (NPS) | Talking Drugs, UK

Forty-first meeting of the Expert Committee on Drug Dependence

The forty-first meeting of the Expert Committee on Drug Dependence (ECDD) will be held in Geneva, Switzerland, 12-16 November 2018. List substances under review at the meeting | WHO, Switzerland

Dan Bigg Is a Harm-Reduction Pioneer and His Overdose Doesn’t Change That

Bigg brought the opioid antidote naloxone to the streets. But today’s poisoned drug supply makes saving lives harder than ever | Tonic, USA

Six Months Since My Daughters Were Taken, Here’s How the System Punishes Past Drug Use

The ground feels unsteady, like there’s some dark ocean lurching beneath the wide flat floor tiles. I don’t want to be here. It’s early July, the second day of my dependency trial, when a single judge will decide whether or not I’m fit to parent my three- and four-year-old daughters | Filter Magazine, USA

Smartphone app supports those struggling with opioids

In the spring of 2016, while Emily Lindemer was working toward her Ph.D. at MIT, she was also struggling with something closer to home: watching someone she knew well fall in and out of recovery from opioid addiction | Medical Xpress, USA

Bowing to public and government pressure over vaping among young people, the major tobacco company said it would take two flavor-based products off the market | NYTimes, USA

Experts blast trendy vitamin vaping as risky and pointless

First, they replaced cigarettes. Now, vape pens are replacing vitamin pills, too | NYPost, USA

Can tiny doses of magic mushrooms unlock creativity?

Preliminary study suggests that 'microdoses' of psychedelics may enhance a person's creative problem solving abilities | EurekAlert, USA



Blogs, comment and opinion

FDA Is Ready to Restrict E-Cigarettes Based on Data We're Not Allowed to See

When Food and Drug Commissioner Scott Gottlieb threatened to crack down on vaping products last month in response to "an epidemic of e-cigarette use among teenagers," he alluded to "preliminary data" showing that "youth use of e-cigs is rising very sharply." | Reason blog, USA