Daily news - 12th September 2018

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UK news

Further advice on scheduling of cannabis-derived medicinal products

Further advice from the Advisory Council on the Misuse of Drugs (ACMD) to the Home Office about the scheduling of cannabis-derived medicinal products | ACMD, UK

The Children’s Inquiry

How effectively are the UK’s cannabis policies safeguarding young people? | Volte Face, UK

Teen cannabis dealers should be seen as victims, says thinktank

Vulnerable under-18s are being coerced into the drugs trade, found Volteface campaigners | Guardian, UK

Current and future state of nation’s health revealed

PHE has published a new Health Profile for England report giving the most comprehensive picture of the health of England today and into the future | PHE, UK

Rates of deliberate overdoses rising in young people

Researchers looked at data from GP records, hospital admissions and information from the Office for National Statistics to identify poisoning events | NHS Behind the Headlines, UK

PHE and Drinkaware campaign raises some serious concerns

Blenheim are deeply concerned about Public Health England’s decision to run a campaign in partnership with Drinkaware and believe the decision to work with the alcohol industry will undermine efforts to protect the public | Blenheim, UK

Alcoholic Drinks: Misuse

To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, if he will estimate the annual cost to the NHS of alcohol addiction in each year since 2010-11 | They work for you, UK

#StopTheDeaths - video

John Campbell, NHS Greater Glasgow and Clyde speaks on the new initiative | SDF, UK

'My options were jail, hospital, death or recovery'

Danny O'Sullivan was a drug addict by the age of 18 | BBC, UK

The UK Is Getting a Much Needed 'Medical Cannabis Society'

Only two chronically ill children have been granted access since the government announced it would review the laws surrounding medical cannabis. Professor Mike Barnes wants to do something about that | VICE, UK

Why are some people blaming Ariana Grande for Mac Miller's death? - audio

Following his death, Ariana received a flood of online abuse and blame for his death. Why are some women held responsible for the recovery of their male partners? And what support is out there for women who have partners with an addiction? Bolu Babalola is a freelance pop culture journalist. Karen Tyrell is the Executive Director at the drug and alcohol charity Addaction | BBC Radio iPlayer, UK

September 2018 – Current Issue

A quick summary of the main discovery for each research paper we have published | Addiction, UK

Forward Trust: Social Impact Report (PDF)

Our mission is to empower people to break the cycle of crime and addiction and to achieve transformational change. Forward’s Theory of Change sets out a series of service pathways that our clients can follow to turn their lives around - covering drug and alcohol recovery, health and wellbeing, connections with family, friends and the wider world, employment and housing | Forward Trust, UK

Could yoga save prisoners from a life of crime?

New research shows the meditative exercise improves mental health, reduces stress and can prevent reoffending | Guardian, UK

Chancellor invited on Shrewsbury pub crawl

Chancellor Philip Hammond was invited on a pub crawl around Shrewsbury during Treasury Questions. Normally a dry affair, proceedings were enlivened and invitations for a tipple came flooding in for Mr Hammond before the sun was over the yard arm | ITV, UK

York man jailed after injecting homeless man with heroin

A man has been jailed for five years for manslaughter after he was caught on cctv injecting a homeless man with heroin in a shop doorway in York | ITV, UK


International news

Reconciling the interests of community, clients, and families

Key studies on the roles of management in treatment’s impacts on crime and safeguarding the community. Examine the credentials of the most well known model for working with offenders, ask yourself why cognitive-behavioural approaches are so prominent, and consider the feasibility of prioritising the child when the parent is the patient | Drug and Alcohol Findings, UK 

How the recreational user becomes the small-time dealer in the eyes of the law

Gardaí say young people who have never been in trouble with the law find it hard to understand that a normal part of their social lives is actually a serious criminal offence | Journal, Ireland

Parents urged to speak to young people about alcohol ahead of Junior Cert results celebrations

Ahead of the release of Junior Certificate results tomorrow, health experts are urging parents to speak to their children about alcohol | Irish Examiner, Ireland

Self-help group calls on State to support drug bereavement service

A self-help group supporting families who have lost a loved one through illegal drugs or alcohol abuse has set up what is thought to be the first specialist bereavement service of its kind | Irish Examiner, Ireland

Treatment of drug users can worsen mental health issues – study

Families report feelings that their grief was ‘disenfranchised’ after drug-related deaths | Irish Times, Ireland

Prenatal exposure to cannabis impacts sociability of male offspring only

Study reveals sex-specific effects of prenatal cannabinoid exposure on adult offspring and identifies potential new therapeutic strategies | EurekAlert, France

App Helps Document Effectiveness of Medical Cannabis

Two innovative studies have found evidence that medical marijuana can provide significant relief from a wide range of symptoms associated with chronic pain, including insomnia, seizures, depression, anxiety and fatigue | Pain Network, USA

Study finds high levels of nicotine in popular e-cigarettes

Everyone knows that smoking cigarettes is dangerous. Smoking cigarettes kills more Americans than alcohol, car accidents, HIV, guns and illegal drugs combined and, according to the American Cancer Society, about half of all Americans who keep smoking will die from their addiction | Medical Xpress, USA

Vascular endothelial function is impaired by aerosol from a single IQOS HeatStick to the same extent as by cigarette smoke

[Open access] Heated tobacco products (also called ‘heat-not-burn’ products) heat tobacco at temperatures below that of combustion, causing nicotine and other compounds to aerosolise | BMJ, USA

A Model Drug Law for West Africa

Drug laws in West Africa are not having the desired effects: neither drug use nor drug trafficking have been effectively reduced. Starting in 2014, the West Africa Commission on Drugs has called on governments in the region to change their laws | GCDP, USA

How should we measure money lost from gambling?

Researchers and clinicians frequently use monetary loss to measure the severity of an individual’s Gambling Disorder | BASIS, USA

Cannabis dispensary worker uses bong to fight off bandits wielding bear spray

Security cameras in a cannabis dispensary in Canada have captured the moment a man used a bong to fight off three would-be bandits wielding cans of bear spray | ABC News, Australia

Australian-made medical cannabis hits pharmacy shelves

The first Aussie-grown medicinal cannabis products have hit pharmacy shelves as sick and dying patients fight bureaucracy for access | New Daily, Australia


Blogs, comment and opinion

Fear of police stop and search can deter opioid users from carrying anti-overdose kits

The levels of fatal overdose in the UK are catastrophic. More than 4,500 people died of a drug-related death in 2017 alone. In Scotland, the figure totalled 934, the highest ever annually recorded | Conversation, UK

Pay 3p more for a beer, save lives: the Alcohol Treatment Levy

Increasing alcohol duties by 1% would raise around £100 million each year which, invested in alcohol treatment, could save the NHS and other public services around £300 million annually. This would equate to just 5p more for an average bottle of wine and 3p more for a pint of beer – yet would boost alcohol treatment budgets in England alone by 50% | Alcohol Concern blog, UK

Volatile substance abuse—overlooked and under-serviced

The recent release of new UK data on the number of deaths caused by drug misuse highlighted the continued high levels of harm associated with substance use | BMJ blog, UK

Harry's Blog #69: No Fire, No Smoke: the Global State of Tobacco Harm Reduction 2018 (GSTHR)

Yes, it’s nearly here folks, now safely in the hands of the printer is the very first global report covering all aspects of tobacco harm reduction | NSP blog, UK

David Oliver: Government’s approach to alcohol harm is incoherent

For a decade or more we’ve been hearing big government rhetoric on prevention of ill health, promotion of wellbeing, and “parity of esteem” for mental health. Speaking at last week’s NHS Expo Conference, Public Health England’s chief executive, Duncan Selbie, said that NHS England’s 2014 Five Year Forward View had “told a fantastic story,” yet its ambitions for prevention hadn’t been implemented | BMJ views, UK

An interview with Daniel - Recovery Coordinator at HMP Holme House

A lot of our residents use the library but we struggle with funding. When we tried to direct service users to a recovery section, there wasn’t one. There were psychology books, health books and biographies but nothing specifically about addiction or recovery | CGL blog, UK

Let's have an end to tall tales about addiction

I’ve talked about addiction on this blog before.  I’m not being flippant, given basically the whole thing is about alcohol and other drugs.  I mean I’ve written about the nature of addiction, and whether it’s useful as a term | Thinking to some purpose blog, UK

Do Tax Increases On Tobacco Hurt The Poor?

Few studies have empirically investigated the regressivity of the cigarette excise taxes, and specifically the impact of changes in cigarette taxes and prices on the distribution of the burden of the tax | Medium, USA