Daily news - 27th September 2018

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Health matters: stopping smoking - what works?

This edition of Health Matters focuses on the range of smoking quitting routes that are available and the evidence for their effectiveness. Two-thirds of smokers say they want to quit, however most try to do so unaided, which is the least effective method. Smokers who get the right support are up to four times as likely to quit successfully | PHE, UK


Official website of the campaign, with lots of resources to help people quit | NHS, UK

Member: cannabis-derived products for medicinal use

We are looking for members to join the cannabis-derived products for medicinal use guideline committee | NICE, UK

Addaction responds to WHO report on alcohol and young people

“In the UK we often talk about changing our relationship with alcohol. Well, our young people are way ahead of us. We’re seeing a cultural shift, although the stats also show problems with bingeing when young people do drink... | Addaction, UK

Responding to the latest Global Commission on Drug Policy report

On the 24 September 2018 The Global Commission on Drug Policy published a report that calls for governments worldwide to investigate regulated drug markets to reduce harm and violence | CGL, UK

SMMGP position on Drug Policy Reform

The statement below sets out our position on drug policy reform | SMMGP, UK

Inspirational Tony Adams visits The Bridges in Hull

Tony Adams MBE, the legendary former England football captain, has paid an emotional visit to The Bridges, the Hull-based residential drug and alcohol treatment centre for male ex-prisoners | Raising the bar, UK

Forward Enterprise Lunch Business Surgery

Are you running a business creating employment for ex-offenders and/or people in recovery from addiction? Do you intend to set up such an enterprise? The Forward Enterprise Fund is holding a business surgery on October 26th in Manchester and would like to invite entrepreneurs and organisations offering jobs for people with convictions and/or in recovery | Forward Trust, UK

The Drugs Cafe: Channel 4 invites couples, families and OAPs to get high for new cannabis show

"From parents aiming to connect with their child, to a group of grandmas wanting to tick the adventure off their bucket list" | i news, UK

William Corrigan death: Hit-and-run driver 'not under drug influence'

A hit-and-run driver who killed a man has said a positive drugs test on the day of the collision had revealed substances "from the day before" | BBC, UK

Man caught with haul of 'euro' cannabis after tip-off

A man was caught with a £400,000 haul of cannabis - marked with euro logos | BBC, UK


International news

Cancer warning labels to be included on alcohol in Ireland, minister confirms

Cancer warning labels will be included on alcohol products in Ireland once new drink laws are introduced, the health minister has confirmed | ITV, UK

Brexit red lines pose 'severe threat' to fight against drug harm and organised crime, public health experts tell government

Cooperation with EU bodies is essential for sharing information on potentially lethal illegal substances | Independent, UK

Industry groups call on World Health Organisation to change stance on vaping

An international coalition of vaping industry groups has called on the World Health Organisation (WHO) to reform its stance on vaping regulation | City A.M., UK

Venice considers nightly ban on carrying alcohol

Venice is set to ban carrying bottles in the streets in its latest effort to combat the torrent of tourists that flood the city every year | BBC, UK

Making amyl nitrite an illegal drug would be ineffective, warns former AFP chief

Therapeutic Goods Administration intends to reclassify the drug because of ‘reports of misuse and abuse’ | Guardian, UK

Reshaping treatment services to a criminal justice context

Key research on the role organisational structure and functioning play in treatment initiated by criminal justice and other authorities not because it has been sought by the patient, but because it could cut crime or otherwise benefit the community | Drug and Alcohol Findings, UK

Drug-testing roll out at music festivals and nightclubs to be examined by expert group

Drug-testing is available in a number of other European countries | Journal, Ireland

‘I Learned how to stay safe from drugs’: Pupils’ learning from a primary school-based drug education and prevention programme (PDF)

The School Based Drug Education and Prevention Project (SBDEPP) is a joint initiative of the Bray Drugs Awareness Forum and Crosscare Bray Youth Service; this report has been compiled on their behalf | Bray Drugs Awareness Forum and Crosscare Bray Youth & Information Service, Ireland

‘Working-class people have become so dehumanised by this drug’

Grace Dyas’s ‘Heroin’ explores addiction and demonisation of addicts as ‘class genocide’ | Irish Times, Ireland

'Heroin in Ireland is an economic massacre - we have to find a new solution'

Grace Dyas and Rachael Keogh – author of Dying To Survive – want their new play about heroin to spark change in Ireland | Journal, Ireland

Adolescent alcohol-related behaviours: trends and inequalities in the WHO European Region, 2002–2014 (PDF)

Observations from the Health Behaviour in School-aged Children (HBSC) WHO collaborative cross-national study | HSBC and WHO, Denmark

Drug policy and the sustainable development agenda (PDF)

The Sustainable Development Goals and Agenda 2030 are meant to be a transformational agenda to eradicate poverty, achieve gender equity or save the planet through their implementation. This implementation, based on coherent public policies, is still lacking at the national, regional and international levels. This is most visible in drug policy, where voices from health, human rights and science call for reform, while most countries continue to privilege ideology through law-enforcement and militarization | GCDP, Switzerland

White House provides $4 million for drug courts to fight opioid addiction

The White House is providing $4 million in grants to go toward training officials on how to divert people with drug addictions into treatment programs, the Office of National Drug Control Policy announced Wednesday | Washington Examiner, USA

Damaging Drug War Bill Excluded From Congressional Opioid Package

SITSA Would Have Given Jeff Sessions’ Justice Department Broad Powers to Ban Any Drug They Want and Enact Draconian New Criminal Penalties. Bill Passed the House, But Its Exclusion is a Victory for Health-Based Approaches to Drug Policy | DPA, USA

Reclassification recommendations for drug in 'magic mushrooms'

If phase III clinical trials are successful, researchers suggest categorizing the drug as schedule IV | Science Daily, USA

Is the Ketamine Boom Getting Out of Hand?

The anesthetic and party drug offers depression patients new hope, but some clinics may stray from science | Scientific American, USA

With the Focus on Opioids, Don’t Forget About Meth and Cocaine

The “opioid crisis” has dominated drug conversations for at least the past decade, while relatively little has been heard about the use of stimulants—a category including illicit drugs like methamphetamine and cocaine, as well as prescription drugs like Adderall and Ritalin | Filter Magazine, USA

Rat poison in synthetic pot can kill users: report

Synthetic marijuana laced with rat poison has caused hundreds of hospitalizations in the United States this year, and a new study details just how serious the poisonings can be | Medical Xpress, USA

Drug Reporters Know This Is a War―So Why Don’t We Cover It Like One?

A picture may be worth a thousand words, but sometimes just four will do | Filter Magazine, USA

Beer's bitter delight is tasted in the gut

Hoppy beers are famous as a driver of craft brewing. But the challenging taste of hops goes far beyond the palate. According to a new study from Scripps Research scientists, the bitter flavor literally reaches into your gut | Medical Xpress, USA

Malaysia in Talks to Become First in Asia to Allow Medical Pot

Public outrage over a death penalty handed to a 29-year-old man is spurring Malaysia to start talks to legalize marijuana for medical use, racing to become the first Asian country to do so | Bloomberg, USA

No guidance here

Confusion reigns over advice and information about the sale of e-cigarettes and how to handle customer enquiries | AJP, Australia

North Sydney set to be smoke-free but fines won't be issued

North Sydney Mayor Jilly Gibson admits she has never personally known the desperate urge for nicotine | abc.net.au, Australia


Blogs, comment and opinion

Why doctors should support regulated markets in illicit drugs

Drug policy affects health. Legalisation is needed not because drugs are safe but because they are risky, write members of the Global Commission on Drug Policy, Michel Kazatchkine, Pavel Bém, Helen Clark, and Ruth Dreifuss | BMJ opinion, UK

26 September 2018: Calling all writers: An essay competition about addiction

Residential treatment provider Castle Craig has launched an International Essay Writing Competition to celebrate its 30th anniversary | Action on Addiction blog, UK

Why I think it's time to regulate drugs

For years, I’ve been on a mission to help end the so-called war on drugs, an epic failure of global and national drug policies that has led to the loss of countless lives, wasted billions in taxpayer funds and continues to needlessly criminalise millions of people - often just for the possession of small amounts of illicit drugs for personal use | Richard Branson blog, UK

Stealth vaping fad hidden from parents, teachers

If you haven’t heard of JUUL and you’re an adult, you’re not alone | Stanford Medicine blog, USA