Daily news - 13th September 2018

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Nasal naloxone now available to order

Nyxoid® is intended for immediate administration as emergency therapy for known or suspected opioid overdose as manifested by respiratory and/or central nervous system depression in both non-medical and healthcare settings. Our website contains the following educational materials: 1) Healthcare Professional Guidance document, 2) Patient information card and 3) Training card for patients and carers. These are designed to help HCP’s support take-home naloxone initiatives by training patients at risk of overdosing and their family or friends | NAPP, UK

Alcohol dependency at record high but fewer being treated, data shows

One in seven of 605,688 people needing help in England received treatment in 2016-17 | Guardian, UK

Police catch 11 year olds being used to sell drugs

[Shared article] Rising prosecutions of child cannabis dealers | The Times, UK

Children say cannabis easier to get than alcohol: 'The war on drugs has failed'

Children find it easier to access cannabis than alcohol, a new poll has indicated, prompting government critics to claim: “The war on drugs has failed.” | Independent, UK

Victoria Debyshire show - cannabis debate - BBC iPlayer

[Watch from 1.08] Six police and crime commissioners tell the programme that cannabis possession 'should not always be a criminal offence' | BBC, UK

Experts attack health agency's ties to drink industry

Dozens of public health experts have told Public Health England (PHE) they oppose its decision to work with a charity funded by the alcohol industry | BBC, UK

Alcoholic Drinks: Misuse

To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, with reference to page 28 of the Government's 2017 Drug Strategy, published in July 2017, what assessment his Department has made of the (a) potential benefits and disbenefits of the proposals to use locally retained business rates for the funding of alcohol treatment services and (b) effect of those proposals on the provision of such services in deprived areas | They work for you, UK

Alcohol Concern call for treatment levy to address services gap

The charity formed by the merger of Alcohol Concern and Alcohol Research UK has called for a 1% increase in alcohol duties to raise £100 million each year which it says if invested in alcohol treatment 'could save the NHS and other public services around £300 million annually.' Briefing paper here [pdf] | Alcohol Policy UK, UK

Drugs: Misuse

To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what funding his Department has allocated to harm reduction strategies in relation to (a) GHB and (b) GHL | They work for you, UK

Why spice and other ‘legal highs’ are so dangerous

Spice and other ‘legal highs’ are often more dangerous than the established illegal drugs they replicate and pose a threat to the nation’s mental health, a leading expert has warned | I news, UK

Does my BMI look big in this?

Dr Kirstie Anderson from the Regional Sleep Service, Newcastle, writes about the often misunderstood problem of opioids and weight gain in pain patients | SMMGP, UK

Humankind sponsors another “fantastic” recovery walk

Chief Executive of Humankind Paul Townsley and Executive Director, Anna Headley were among scores of staff, volunteers and service users who enjoyed a grand day out at the annual national FAVOR Recovery Walk at the weekend | Humankind, UK

Sajid Javid's eldest brother drowned in hotel bath after taking painkillers and alcohol, inquest hears

The eldest brother of Sajid Javid, the home secretary, was found drowned in a five-star hotel room after taking codeine and alcohol, a coroner heard | Telegraph, UK

Gainsborough councillor was drugs supply gang member

A member of a gang found guilty of conspiracy to supply cocaine and heroin is a town councillor, it has emerged | BBC, UK

‘Completely drunk’ Lloris lucky not to hit pedestrian, says magistrate

World Cup-winning goalkeeper Hugo Lloris was “lucky” not to knock down pedestrians or damage cars when driving “erratically” at the end of an evening in which he was “showered with drinks” at a restaurant, a court has heard | ITV, UK

Man charged over £150k Isle of Man cannabis seizure

A man has appeared in court after drugs with an estimated street value of £150,000 were seized in Douglas | BBC, UK

Luton drug stash takeaway boss has jail term reduced

Shahraz Khan, 37, was jailed for 16 years in May after 15kg (33lb) of the Class A drug was found at the Peri Peri Grill House on Midland Road, Luton | BBC, UK


International news

US government considers ban on flavored e-cigarettes over youth 'epidemic'

Food and Drug Administration is threatening to pull devices off the market if the tobacco industry doesn’t combat growing use | Guardian, UK

World's biggest tobacco companies aim to kill Montana healthcare initiative

Industry heavyweights fiercely oppose proposed $2 tax on packs of cigarettes to be used to fund Medicaid in the state | Guardian, UK

Sydney drinkers recover from lockout blues, while Melburnians turn to food

Number of bars rose last year in the NSW capital, Brisbane and Perth, city survey shows, while restaurants lead Victoria boom | Guardian, UK

Expert Group Publish Blueprint for West Africa Drug Decriminalisation

A distinguished group of health and policy experts have published a “model law” for decriminalising drug possession and reducing the harms of the drug war in West Africa | Talking Drugs, UK

Drugnet Ireland

Latest monthly policy updates from Ireland and across Europe | HRB, Ireland

Ireland is set to open first ever safe injecting clinic – here former drug awareness campaigner Tony Geoghegan discusses future of drug services in country

Dubliner Tony was in the trenches for the past 30 years as Ireland went from heroin to HIV epidemics in the 1980's to the psycho-active synthetics wreaking havoc today | Irish Sun, Ireland

The rise of opiates: How Ireland's 'broken' health service is behind a surge in prescription painkillers

The use of powerful painkillers has gradually risen in recent years | Journal, Ireland

Health situation in the European region (PDF)

Tobacco smoking rates present a challenge for Europe as rates for the adult population are the highest of the six WHO regions though the figures varied between countries and age groups | WHO, Austria

Alcohol, smoking, and rising obesity 'causes for concern in Europe'

Europeans are living longer than five years ago but smoking, alcohol, obesity and poor vaccination rates are holding the region back, according to a new report by the World Health Organization (WHO) | Euronews, France

Most Doctors Are Ill-Equipped to Deal With the Opioid Epidemic. Few Medical Schools Teach Addiction

It’s one of the biggest, most expensive American health crises in memory. But the field of addiction medicine is fairly new | NYTimes, USA

Many 'Recovery Houses' Won't Let Residents Use Medicine To Quit Opioids

Cristina Rivell has been struggling with an opioid addiction since she was a teenager — going in and out of rehab for five years | npr, USA

Poorest Americans most likely to have used prescription opioids

Among older Americans, the poorest are the most likely to have used prescription opioids, according to a University at Buffalo study providing new insights into unexplored contours of the opioid crisis | EurekAlert, USA

New Yorkers who use drugs report changing behaviors to avoid overdose

Increase in fentanyl -- responsible for 44 percent of NYC overdose deaths -- has led to apprehension and caution | EurekAlert, USA

More Older Americans Are Turning To Marijuana

Members of the generation that came of age in the era of marijuana are reaching for weed in their golden years | npr, USA

Club drug users on PrEP at increased risk of contracting bacterial sexually transmitted infections

Club drug (ketamine, ecstasy, GHB, cocaine, and methamphetamine) use has been documented to be higher among gay and bisexual men (GBM) and has been shown to increase the risk of HIV transmission due to its connection with sexual behavior | Medical Xpress, USA

Cocaine addiction traced to increase in number of orexin neurons

A study in Biological Psychiatry identifies a critical role of the orexin system in the expression of an addicted state in rats | EurekAlert, USA

Low-Risk Alcohol Drinking Guidelines Communications Toolkit

The Low-Risk Alcohol Drinking Guidelines Communications Toolkit will help increase awareness and start public discussions about drinking in moderation | CCSA, Canada

Multimedia project Opioid Chapters highlights stories behind opioid statistics

The statistics provide a grim portrait of the opioid crisis in Canada | Globe and Mail, Canada

Calgary scraps proposal to allow people to use legal cannabis in designated public areas

After some sober second thought the City of Calgary has ground out the idea of allowing people to use marijuana in four designated public areas once cannabis becomes legal next month | Globe and Mail, Canada

Thousands of children with Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorder miss out on NDIS funding due to lack of diagnosis

Thousands of children with Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorder (FASD) are missing out on National Disability Insurance Scheme (NDIS) funding because there are so few specialists who can diagnose and assess the impact of the disorder | Abc news, Australia

Heroin, opioids and ice: Changing face of regional city drug use 

Drug use depends on availability | Central Western Daily, Australia


Blogs, comment and opinion

ACMD advice on medicinal cannabis products

On 11 September 2018, the ACMD published its Advice to the Home Secretary and to the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care.  It is a constructive document that highlights a number of issues and problems that this commentator has raised for some time | Rudi Fortson blog, UK

Transform submission to the UK Justice Select Committee Inquiry on prison sustainability

Transform's submission to the UK Justice Select Committee inquiry 'Prison population 2022: planning for the future'. Details on the inquiry are available here and Transform's submission is available online as a pdf of the committee website here | Transform blog, UK

Young people, mental health and substance use: Exploring the links

Ongoing research seeks to provide an overview on mental health in childhood and adolescence and links between mental health and substance use | Mentor blog, UK

Residential Rehabilitation – A Confession

I have never liked the idea of Residential Rehabilitation. I never understood the ideas behind the different models of Residential Therapeutic Communities | Discovery Health blog, UK

Decriminalization is one powerful force to ease the overdose crisis

“Decriminalization is not a silver bullet,” federal Health Minister Ginette Petitpas Taylor said at last week’s Opioid Symposium in Toronto | Globe and Mail opinion, Canada