Daily news - 18th September 2018

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UK news

Criminal exploitation of children and vulnerable adults: county lines

Guidance for frontline professionals on dealing with county lines, part of the government’s approach to ending gang violence and exploitation | Home Office, UK

What to do When You Suspect Substance Use in the Classroom (PDF)

The drug landscape for young people is ever-changing and there is no doubt that it is very different than when we were at school. Sometimes teachers see a different side of children and young people than their parents see | Mentor, UK

The Doctor Treating Heroin Addiction With Heroin

Dr. Christian Plattner wants to encourage more medical specialists to use diamorphine to treat severe addictions | VICE, UK

Doctors slam FA for allowing England team to make deal with Bud Light

British Medical Association says the link between the drinks brand and the team would be harmful to youngsters | Mirror, UK

Leeds spice: Why Forward Leeds believes people should stop referring to those who take the drug as 'zombies'

A Leeds drug and alcohol service is setting out to challenge the misinformation surrounding spice and the use of the term ‘zombie’ to describe the people who have taken it | Yorkshire Evening Post, UK

Addiction to Fortnite game being cited as reason for divorce in UK

Fortnite and addiction to other online games has been cited as one of the reasons for divorce in hundreds of cases since the start of the year, according to a UK divorce services website | ITV, UK

Child drug arrests - audio

More than 120 children have been arrested in Norfolk for county lines drug offences | BBC, UK

Devon drug addict with bomb under bed jailed

A man found with a 9kg (20lb) fertiliser bomb under his bed has been jailed for 40 months | BBC, UK

Fed-up residents create 'drug dealers only' parking space

Residents frustrated by "brazen" drug dealing outside their homes have created a series of road signs highlighting crime in an attempt to shame police into action | Telegraph, UK


International news

Tell middle-aged drinkers they're embarrassing, study says

Warning middle aged people they risk embarrassing themselves through drinking is more effective at improving behaviour than highlighting the health implications, a new study has found | Telegraph, UK

Seven people die of drug overdoses at Vietnam music festival

Five more festival goers are in comas | Independent, UK

Defqon.1 deaths: sniffer dogs don't deter revellers from drug use, researchers find

Exclusive: Survey finds those at music festivals more likely to conceal or consume drugs when faced by police dogs | Guardian, UK

One in 11 US teens have vaped cannabis, new study finds

One in 11 US teenagers has used a vapouriser to consume cannabis, according to a new study which calls it an emerging and dangerous trend | BBC, UK

U.S. health secretary backs proposed FDA crackdown on e-cigarettes: CNBC

U.S. Health and Human Services Secretary Alex Azar told CNBC on Friday he was “completely in support” of the Food and Drug Administration’s proposed crackdown on e-cigarettes | Reuters, UK

Cure for cocaine addiction in reach, say scientists

Gene therapists have developed a stem cell implant that could help overcome addiction and prevent overdoses | Guardian, UK

Joint venture: Coca-Cola considers cannabis-infused range

Soft drink maker in talks with Canadian marijuana producer about beverages to ease pain | Guardian, UK

Wanna get really high? Take a dab in the world of concentrates

Dabbing, consuming a cannabis concentrate using a vaporizing device, has moved into the mainstream as companies produce high-THC concentrates | Guardian, UK

Prevalence of drug use and gambling in Ireland & drug use in Northern Ireland. 2014/15 drug prevalence survey: polydrug and new psychoactive substances results. Bulletin 4 (PDF)

This bulletin presents findings regarding polydrug use and use of new psychoactive substances in Ireland from the fourth drug prevalence survey of households in Ireland and Northern Ireland. Within Ireland the survey sampled a representative number of people aged 15+ from August 2014 to August 2015. Part 1 of the bulletin presents prevalence rates and other relevant information regarding current polydrug use; that is, the use of more than one substance within the last month |  Department of Health, Ireland

Prevalence of drug use and gambling in Ireland & drug use in Northern Ireland. 2014/15 drug prevalence survey: prescription drug use results. Bulletin 5 (PDF)

This bulletin presents findings regarding the use of prescription drugs in Ireland from the fourth drug prevalence survey of households in Ireland and Northern Ireland. Within Ireland the survey sampled a representative number of people aged 15+ from August 2014 to August 2015 |  Department of Health, Ireland

Call for laws regulating home delivery of alcohol

‘Distance selling’ alcohol to minors almost impossible to police, says report | Irish Times, Ireland

FF will withdraw Irish amendment if it puts alcohol Bill at risk

Donnelly claims not having health warnings in Irish opens route to legal challenge | Irish Times, Ireland

In response to critic, NIH alcoholism institute changes online explanation of cancer risk from drinking

In response to criticism that it soft-pedaled the cancer risk from consuming alcohol, the National Institute on Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism changed information on its website to say that “there is a strong scientific consensus of an association between alcohol drinking and several types of cancer” and that the Department of Health and Human Services lists alcohol as a known human carcinogen | STAT News, USA

Cannabis use in e-cigarettes by US youth

An analysis of survey data estimates nearly 1 in 11 U.S. middle and high school students used cannabis in electronic-cigarettes in 2016. Among e-cigarette users, nearly 1 in 3 high school students and nearly 1 in 4 middle school students reported having ever used cannabis in e-cigarettes | EurekAlert, USA

Drug users trying to stay ahead of deadly fentanyl

As deadly fentanyl is increasingly mixed into heroin and other street drugs, some drug abusers are getting smart, a new study finds | Medical Xpress, USA

Opioid users could benefit from meth-relapse prevention strategy, study finds

New research raises the possibility that a wider group of people battling substance use disorders may benefit from a relapse-prevention compound than previously thought | Science Daily, USA

A different kind of house call: Teams bring addiction care to patients, wherever they are

Shannon Ducharme was among her friend’s few lifelines: He was homeless and living in Golden Gate Park. Like many here, he was a drug user without access to basic health care services, a vulnerable young man in need but unlikely to seek out care miles away | STAT News, USA

Dealers Remain An Issue On Instagram Despite Crackdown Efforts

The company is now working to make treatment options more readily visible as well with their new “Can we help?” pop-up | The Fix, USA

When Cigarette Companies Used Doctors to Push Smoking

Before studies showed that cigarettes caused cancer, tobacco companies recruited the medical community for their ads | History.com, USA

'Absolutely tragic': Premier vows to shut festival down after two overdose deaths

NSW Premier Gladys Berejiklian says the government will shut down a dance music festival after two people died and another three were left critically ill after the event on Saturday | Brisbane Times, Australia

Doctors body calls for pill testing trial

The peak body for Australian doctors has called for clinical trials on pill testing after two people died of suspected overdoses at a Sydney music festival | SBS News, Australia

'Pill testing could have saved my son': Mum's plea to NSW government

Adrianna Buccianti has relived the pain of losing her son - and the frustration over pill testing - after the drug-related deaths of two people | SBS News, Australia

World first trial to address hidden epidemic of young people medicating trauma with drugs and alcohol

Around one in ten adolescents in Australia are believed to be living with post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) triggered by a traumatic event occurring before the age of 18 | NDARC, Australia


Blogs, comment and opinion

We’ve used our webchat service to speak to 11,000 people in need

Services for drug and alcohol problems only reach a fraction of those who need help | Medium, UK

Utilising the power of service user involvement in Camden

The benefits of service user involvement were recently highlighted at the Change Grow Live Drug and Alcohol Service in Camden | CGL blog, UK

Gambling and Homelessness: Can you help?

The University of Lincoln and UEL are currently looking for Homeless services to help collect some information relating to gambling and homelessness | Homeless Link blog, UK

Cannabis with your coffee? Ontario could have thousands of pot retailers

Legalized cannabis is just a month away, but Ontario won’t have any cannabis stores until April. That’s due to the province’s recent decision to have cannabis outlets run by businesses rather than a government agency, although the agency will still open a retail web site Oct. 17 | Conversation, Canada

We need to talk about drugs in a radically different way

The tragic deaths of two young people as a result of suspected drug overdoses at the Defqon.1 music festival has again put a spotlight on our approach to drugs | Age opinion, Australia



And finally...

The pet apparently found the drugs while out on Sunday night and slept next to the bag containing "crack cocaine and heroin" | Sky News, UK