Daily news - 19th September 2018

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UK news

Drugs Misuse Intervention Support Fund

Open opportunity - This means that the contract is currently unfulfilled but active, and the buying department is looking for potential suppliers to contact them with bid applications | Gov.uk Contracts Finder, UK

Spice Users are Becoming a Cruel Online Joke

A growing number of sites have become dedicated to posting 'funny' videos of the victims of Britain's Spice epidemic | VICE, UK

Friend of student who died after taking MDMA could go to jail for supplying drugs

'All sentencing options remain open’ for Katherine Lavin, friend of deceased Joana Burns | Guardian, UK

‘My son is proof medicinal cannabis works’: Alfie Dingley is now seizure-free and learning to ride a bike

Hannah Deacon, his mother, is now helping 16 families with their own fight for access | i news, UK

Prescription Drugs: Misuse

To ask Her Majesty's Government whether they will ensure that members of Parliament and members of the House of Lords will have an opportunity to meet with Public Health England to discuss the review of prescribed medicines addiction before it reports | They work for you, UK

Beer: Excise Duties

To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer, whether his Department plans to reduce beer duty | They work for you, UK

Boom time for grocers as heatwave lifts alcohol and food sales

Consumers spent almost £500m more in the 12 weeks to Sept. 9 due to the summer heatwave and the World Cup, boosting British grocery sales up 3.8pc | Telegraph, UK

British taxpayers 'should not subsidise scaremongering anti-vaping laws'

Taxpayers should no longer subsidise “scaremongering” anti-vaping laws advocated by the World Health Organisation, consumer champions said tonight | Daily Express, UK

Data on thousands of children used to predict risk of gang exploitation

Brent and Essex councils work with IBM on system to try to identify problems before they arise | Guardan, UK

Drug dealing and multiculturalism - audio

How big a problem is drug dealing in London and how has multiculturalism impacted on British culture? | BBC, UK

Drug amnesty bins installed in north west

Drug bins that allow users to dump illegal and prescription drugs have been installed at eight locations in the north west | BBC, UK

Sheffield council targets shisha users in health campaign

A council has launched a health campaign aimed at shisha users, likening smoking it for an hour to smoking 100 cigarettes | BBC, UK

'Drug dealers only' parking space and signs put up by residents

Jonathan Moberly of the Weavers Community Action Group told Politics Live presenter Jo Coburn said the "fairly amusing" signs worked and there was no dealing this Sunday after the signs went up | BBC, UK

18 September 2018: The Brink shortlisted for independent business award

Action on Addiction’s revolutionary dry bar in the heart of Liverpool, The Brink, has been shortlisted for the Community Impact Award in this year’s Merseyside Independent Business Awards | Action on Addiction, UK

Move over Bodyguard: how crime drama Shiro's Story became a YouTube hit

Written in freestyle rap, this story of love, betrayal and drug violence is what kids watched while their parents tuned into Bodyguard. We meet the ex-gang member behind the online sensation | Guardian, UK

Woman, 73, 'died after being bitten by police dog as it searched for drug suspect in her garden'

Pensioner was attacked by animal on two occasions during the incident | Independent, UK

Billy Joe Saunders sorry after offering woman drugs

Police are investigating a video which appears to show world boxing champion Billy Joe Saunders offering a woman drugs | BBC, UK

Dundee teen set up £10k drug dealing business while school pals were preparing for exams

A teenager who set himself up as a drug dealer aged just 16 has been locked up for 22 months | Evening Telegraph, UK




International news

Vaping inquiry: Coalition agrees to study health effects of e-cigarettes

Liberal party MPs push to overturn e-cigarette ban, despite previous parliamentary inquiry opposing legalisation | Guardian, UK

South Africa's highest court legalises cannabis use

South Africa's highest court has legalised the use of cannabis by adults in private places | BBC, UK

Church protests halt Georgia cannabis law

Georgia's government has halted moves to legalise medical marijuana cultivation after protests led by the country's powerful Orthodox church | BBC, UK

Garda resourcing under spotlight as pre teens allegedly used in Ballymun drug trade

The drugs are cut and mixed in several locations before a network of taxis distribute the packages to dealers | Journal, Ireland

Calls for regulation to prevent alcohol abuse harming children

The government's child protection advisor says alcohol abuse is one of the biggest challenges facing Irish society | Irish Examiner, Ireland

Lesbian, gay or bisexual youth are at increased risk of using multiple substances

Young people who identify as lesbian, gay or bisexual are at increased risk of using substances such as alcohol, nicotine and marijuana, a new study from Oregon State University has found | Medical Xpress, USA

FDA launches new comprehensive effort to educate kids about dangers of e-cigarettes

In the latest of a series of actions to address the epidemic of youth e-cigarette use, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration today launched "The Real Cost" Youth E-Cigarette Prevention Campaign, a new, comprehensive effort aimed at educating kids about the dangers of e-cigarettes | News Medical, USA

Novel clinical trial to examine cannabis as potential treatment for essential tremor

Researchers at University of California School of Medicine are preparing to launch a novel clinical trial to examine the safety, efficacy and pharmacological properties of cannabis as a potential treatment for adults with essential tremor (ET) | News Medical, USA

Transcendental Meditation for Alcohol Use Disorder: A helpful treatment component?

Roughly 16 million people in America have Alcohol Use Disorder (AUD). While effective treatments are available, not all treatment options are effective for all people | BASIS, USA

Stephen Colbert Takes Aim At Big Pharma Over Opioid Crisis

“You know you’ve been bad when the government fines you one aircraft carrier.” | The Fix, USA

‘The crisis is not abating’: Opioids killing more than 11 Canadians daily

More than 11 Canadians are dying every day on average because of opioids, according to new data from the federal government | Globe and Mail, Canada

Majority of Canadians concerned about young people using e-cigarettes, national survey finds

The majority of Canadians are concerned about the use of e-cigarettes among youth, with almost 90 per cent backing a ban of the vaping products for those under 18, a national survey suggests | Globe and Mail, Canada

Children’s Headline Indicators

10 per cent of women smoked in the first 20 weeks of pregnancy in 2015, declining steadily from 13 per cent in 2011 | AIHW, Australia

Can this 'silver bullet' help halt Australia’s spiraling drugs crisis?

Call for powerful overdose-reversing drug to be distributed for free at Australian pharmacies, emergency departments, homeless shelters and prisons | Age, Australia

Defqon 2018: Gladys Berejiklian rules out pill testing, looks to experts after festival deaths

NSW Premier Gladys Berejiklian will seek the advice of an expert panel on how to make music festivals safer, but the panel will not consider the merits of pill testing | Age, Australia

National Capital Authority quashes Spilt Milk pill testing 

The National Capital Authority has said it will not allow pill testing to go ahead at the upcoming Spilt Milk music festival | Age, Australia

Queensland Health issues contaminated alcohol recall

Queensland Health have warned the products may cause illness if consumed | Age, Australia


Blogs, comment and opinion

The human lives behind the drug-related death statistics

On the long view, last month’s ONS report on drug-related deaths show that people continue to die in record numbers from the use of illegal drugs.  It is easy to turn people into statistics, but harder to travel the other way and extract life journeys from the numbers | Collective Voice blog, UK

Commentary on Bhattacharya et al. (2018): Reliance of the alcohol industry on heavy drinkers makes case against industry involvement in alcohol policy

Bhattacharya and colleagues present the first study estimating the monetary value of drinking above guideline levels in England with an innovative use and linkage of existing data | Addiction commentary, UK

MEAM welcomes new poverty measure for the UK

The Social Metrics Commission has today launched a new way to measure poverty in the UK | MEAM blog, UK

I took cocaine in secret at work. After 25 years of addiction, this was my wake-up call

There were periods when I wouldn’t use drugs or drink during work time. But addiction has a way of taking hold of you | I news, UK

Gender and Critical Drug Studies: The Gendered Origins of Privatized Prison Drug Treatment

Today’s post comes from Dr. Jill McCorkel, associate professor of sociology ad criminology at Villanova University in Pennsylvania. In it, she explores the origins of how drug treatment and rehabilitation programs entered private prisons for women | Points blog, USA

The Federal Agency That Fuels the Opioid Crisis

The Drug Enforcement Administration has proved itself incompetent for decades | NYTimes opinion, USA