Daily news - 14th September 2018

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UK news

Lords addiction debate: Drug and Alcohol Addiction Services at ‘breaking point’ warns Ashworth (PDF)

To ask Her Majesty’s Government what assessment they have made of the trends in different types of addiction in England and Wales | Parliament.uk, UK

Tory cuts leave alcohol addiction services at breaking point warns Labour, as figures show record low in treatment

Number of people in treatment at lowest level for a decade despite year-on-year growth in those dealing with alcohol addiction, research shows | Independent, UK

Alcoholic Drinks and Drugs: Misuse

To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what steps his Department is taking to ensure equality of access to (a) alcohol and (b) drug treatments | They work for you, UK


To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what plans his Department has to support the ageing profile of heroin users; and whether his Department has a written strategy to support ageing heroin users | They work for you, UK

Vapers rise 'to more than three million' in Britain

The number of vapers in Great Britain has topped three million for the first time - four times the number in 2012, according to a survey by Action on Smoking and Health | BBC, UK

Is Vaping Bad for your Health? - BBC radio

E-cigarettes and vaping may only have been around for a decade or so but it's estimated more than 35 million people globally have taken it up. Marnie Chesterton heads to a vape show to discover why these gadgets are proving so popular, and hears from one expert who warns they could be damaging lung immune cells | BBC World Service, UK

Tobacco: Taxation

To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer, if he will make an assessment of the potential merits of introducing a tobacco industry levy to fund smoking cessation services provided by local authorities | They work for you, UK

Foetal Alcohol Syndrome

To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what steps his Department is taking to reduce the incidence of foetal alcohol spectrum disorders | They work for you, UK

Public Health England urged to end tie-up with alcohol industry

Experts write to agency over Drink Free Days campaign, which is supported by industry-funded Drinkaware | Guardian, UK

Victoria Derbyshire - BBC iPlayer

[Watch from 53 mins in] Discusses the relationship between PHE and DrinkAware in the new health campaign | BBC, UK

Turn-of-the century teens were modern Britain's 'peak drinkers' - but today's 18-year-olds prefer the gym

Toasting the millennium may have left more than a few of us feeling worse for wear - but none more so than Britain's turn of the century teenagers | Telegraph, UK

CLEAR Advises Department of Health and MHRA on Definition of Cannabis-Derived Medicinal Products

On 5th September 2018, CLEAR was invited to participate in a teleconference with representatives of the Department of Health and Social Care (DHSC) and the Medicines and Healthcare products Regulatory Agency (MHRA). This followed our written submissions made over the last few weeks. This is a summary of our advice and seven principal recommendations | CLEAR, UK

Knives and alcohol sold to children in London

Over 2,500 test purchases carried out by London Trading Standards (LTS) revealed the age-restricted items being sold to under-18s | BBC, UK

Alcohol licence review at drugs gang councillor's Gainsborough hotel

Police have called for the alcohol licence to be revoked at a hotel owned by a councillor convicted of conspiracy to deal drugs | BBC, UK

Derry and Donegal men in court over drugs charges

Two men have appeared at Londonderry Magistrate's Court charged with conspiring to supply cocaine and cannabis | BBC, UK


International news

Responding to New Psychoactive Substances in the European Union: Early Warning, Risk Assessment, and Control Measures

[Free online chapter] New psychoactive substances (NPS) are drugs that are not controlled by the United Nations international drug control conventions of 1961 and 1971 but that may pose similar threats to public health. Many of them are traded as “legal” replacements to controlled drugs such as cannabis, heroin, benzodiazepines, cocaine, amphetamines, and 3,4-methylenedioxymethamphetamine (MDMA) | Handbook of Experimental Pharmacology, UK

Concerns raised over lack of guidelines for medics regarding use of substances like cannabis oil

The lack of guidelines to assist medical and nursing staff with the safe use of potentially psychogenic substances, like cannabis oil, has been highlighted by the authors of a new paper | Irish Examiner, Ireland

Outgoing Merchants Quay Ireland CEO: ‘Ireland faces drugs, homeless crisis’

Ireland is in the midst of a “deepening social crisis” in terms of housing, homelessness, and addiction, according to Merchants Quay Ireland | Irish Examiner, Ireland

'The invisible line': When a recreational drug habit becomes an addiction

A significant proportion of the population have experimented with drugs and for some this has been life-changing | Journal, Ireland

Supporting capacity-building, analysis and threat assessment in Europe’s neighbourhood

Partnership is a guiding principle for the EMCDDA as it works to increase its understanding of the external dimension of the drug phenomenon and its implications for public health and security in the EU and neighbouring countries. For more than a decade the EMCDDA has been working with countries outside the EU | EMCDDA, Portugal

Instagram will send a pop-up about opioid addiction support if you search certain hashtags

Instagram says people are using the platform’s hashtags to find addiction support and communities as well as illegal drugs. So, in response, the company is rolling out a pop-up today that’ll provide users with drug addiction resources if they search certain hashtags, like “opioid.” | The Verge, USA

Highest opioid-related mortality seen in construction jobs

Proportional mortality ratios (PMRs) for heroin-related overdose deaths and methadone-related overdose deaths from 2007 to 2012 were highest among construction workers, according to research | Medical Xpress, USA

Poorest Americans most likely to have used prescription opioids—and most users view opioids positively

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 | Medical Xpress, USA

Low academic achievement can lead to drug abuse decades later, research finds

A Virginia Commonwealth University researcher has found that poor academic achievement can lead to substance abuse. Data collected from Swedish participants over a period of 15 to 20 years indicate a strong correlation | Medical Xpress, USA

Man still repaying debt from unnecessary HNZ meth eviction

A man who received an apology from the housing minister for being evicted from his state house is still being forced to pay back the government for emergency accommodation | RNZ, New Zealand


Blogs, comment and opinion

Why Public Health England is working with Drinkaware to reduce the harms of alcohol

Today we have announced something different. For our new alcohol campaign, we are partnering with the educational charity Drinkaware to encourage middle-aged regular drinkers to take more drink free days to help reduce their risk of developing serious health problems | PHE blog, UK

What the hell are we supposed to tell students about drugs?

If you work in Higher Education, you’re at the end of your summer, the quiet days in the office are over and the busiest term of the year is about to start… | Medium blog, UK

Gender and Critical Drug Studies: Reproducing Female Vulnerability in Gendered Drug Discourse

Today’s post comes from Helen Keane, associate professor and head of the School of Sociology at Australian National University in Canberra. In it, she explores more about her article on perceptions of female vulnerability, especially in terms of drug use, which appeared in a special co-produced edition of SHAD and CDP, Special Issue: Gender and Critical Drug Studies | Points blog, USA

The FDA's assault on vaping is a gift to Big Tobacco

Tobacco stocks surged Wednesday on news the Food and Drug Administration could ban all e-cigarette flavors, and bring forward product application deadlines set to bankrupt most of the industry | Washington Examiner opinion, USA