Daily news - 4th September 2018

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Call for secondary schools to take part in survey of young people’s smoking, drinking and drug use

Secondary schools across England are being asked to volunteer to take part in a statistical survey that will act as a barometer for young people’s alcohol, nicotine and drug use | NHS Digital, UK

Heroin addicts to get drug use clinic in Middlesbrough

Cleveland Police said the scheme targets the most prolific offenders to break the cycle of drug use, crime and prison | BBC, UK

Mum works with drug charity after daughters death at festival - video

A drug-testing organisation has shown its work to the mother of a teenager who died at a music festival after taking ketamine | BBC, UK

Politics Live - 3rd September - BBC iPlayer

[From 29.5 minutes in] Henry Fisher discusses drug testing at festivals with Amber Rudd MP, Emily Thornberry MP and others on the show | BBC, UK

'My day with the drug testing squad…'

Drug-related deaths are on the rise. We go behind the scenes with the volunteers offering to test your festival drugs | BBC Newsbeat, UK

Lobbying, policy & politics: implications for the new strategy?

The subject of policy, lobbying and politics was recently back in the spotlight following an investigation by Greenpeace's Unearthed. The issue may be of particular significance as the Government plans a new national alcohol strategy for England which will be expected to set out its stance on contested issues including minimum pricing, taxation, treatment funding, advertising and labelling | Alcohol Policy UK, UK

RCGP position statement on e-cigarettes

Dr Richard Roope and Professor Linda Bauld discuss the RCGP position statement on e-cigarettes | RCGP and Cancer ResearcUK, UK

Deaths Rise As Two-Thirds Of Local Authorities Cut Spending On Drug And Alcohol Rehab

Austerity Bites: Councils reduce funding for residential treatment by as much as 58% | Huffington Post, UK

Chandos House Announces Plans to Close

It is with great sadness that today Chandos House Addiction Treatment Centre in Bristol is announcing that after 35 years of serving the community it will be closing in 8 weeks’ time | Chandos House, UK

2018 Recovery Street Film Festival shortlist

The ten shortlisted films and three winners | Phoenix Futures, UK

Recovery Street Film Festival dates

All our festival dates are held in September so scroll across to September and click one of our dates in the calendar below to find out more about the plans for the day | Phoenix Futures, UK

International recovery month: our proclamation

For the first time the Recovery Community of Scotland supported by its friends and allies is making its own International Recovery Month Proclamation. In it we make a request of our elected representatiives and citizenry | SRC, UK

Recovery Walk Scotland 2018: Glasgow

Recovery Walk Scotland 2018 will take place in Glasgow on Saturday, 15th September 2018 | SRC, UK

UK Recovery Walk Shrewsbury

12:00 pm Saturday 8th September 2018 | FAVOR, UK

UK health crisis: why are so many of us heading for an early grave?

Four in five English adults have alarming ‘heart ages’. Is a more interventionist health policy now needed? | Guardian, UK

People Say Microdosing Can Increase Cognitive Ability And Regulate Emotions. Here's What We Know About It

A world-first trial investigating the effects of microdosing with psychedelics is beginning this week at London's Imperial College | BUzzFeed, UK

Smoke-free zones to be introduced near Barnsley primary schools

Smoke-free zones are set to be introduced outside 80 primary schools in Barnsley | BBC, UK

Ice cream seller told to stop his rum and raisin flavour because it is too alcoholic

An ice cream seller has been told he can no longer sell his rum and raisin flavour because it is too alcoholic | Telegraph, UK

The opioids being sold from a Birmingham doorstep

A man has been filmed illegally selling prescription drugs from his home during an undercover investigation by the BBC | BBC, UK

Tobacco products and e-cigarette cross-border sales registration - updated

Regular update to list of registered retailers | PHE, UK

Jail for Dearham drug dealer with daughter in car

A man who had his young daughter in the car with him when he was found to be carrying cocaine with a possible street value of £92,000 has been jailed | BBC, UK

Cyprus-based drug dealer who got mum to run business jailed

George Pikounis set up a crack cocaine and heroin supply line from London to Plymouth and then moved to Pyla in Cyprus where he controlled it by phone | BBC, UK

International news

Cocaine smuggling is corrupting Antwerp politics, says mayor

Bart De Wever blames Dutch drug bosses for tenfold rise in drug finds at Belgian port | Guardian, UK

Australians drinking less alcohol now than any time in past 50 years

Bureau of Statistics data shows beer still nation’s favourite drink, just ahead of wine | Guardian, UK

Crime, Drugs, and Power in Honduras: Searching for Better Measures of State Fragility (PDF)

This report argues that state ‘fragility’ metrics are inadequate. An increase in transparency and a call for new metrics are necessary to address entrenched elite corruption and organised crime in Honduras. In order to achieve these goals, donor countries must reconcile the political cost of promoting policies that address impunity and political protection against their own foreign policy agendas | GDPO, UK

Israel expands smoking ban in public places

Israel has ramped up its tough restrictions on smoking in public to include previously designated spaces | BBC, UK

Research shows 21 people a day seek treatment for problematic alcohol use

Experts say the figure may be heavily underreported | Journal, Ireland

‘Tsunami’ of cocaine flooding Europe

In excess of €500m worth of drugs have been seized by European law enforcement agencies since the start of the year, reflecting a substantial increase in trafficking across the Atlantic and Mediterranean | Irish Times, Ireland

Towards a health led approach to the possession of drugs

Free event. Mon, September 10, 2018. Waterford. Our National Drugs Strategy currently advances a ‘health based response to drug use’. However, possession of illicit drugs is a crime, meaning that people who use drugs are, almost by definition, criminals | Anna Liffey Drug Project, Ireland

National Recovery Month

Every September, SAMHSA sponsors Recovery Month to increase awareness and understanding of mental and substance use disorders and celebrate the people who recover. The annual theme is Join the Voices for Recovery: Invest in Health, Home, Purpose, and Community | SAMSHA, USA

Denied medical care while detoxing, Texas woman died in a rural Nevada jail

Locked away in the Mineral County Jail for failing to take care of her traffic tickets, 27-year-old Kelly Coltrain asked to go to the hospital | Reno Gazette, USA

Colin Mendelsohn writes: Tobacco tax rise exploits and punishes addicted smokers

Cigarette prices rise yet again today and some argue that despite the attitude towards smoking, we’re still being exploited | news.com.au, Australia

Drug cartels trafficking synthetic opioids target NZ

American drug cartels trafficking fentanyl are eyeing the New Zealand market, as the Government tries to come to grips with the drug’s reach | Newsroom, New Zealand

Blogs, comment and opinion

HCV Action launches hepatitis C ‘action week’ in Kent

This week, HCV Action - a professional network co-ordinated by The Hepatitis C Trust - will host a hepatitis C ‘action week’ aimed at raising awareness of the virus in the Kent region and sharing best practice from across the UK | Hepatitis C Trust, UK

‘For years after I stopped drinking, people still saw me as an alcoholic’

Recovery Month: We meet three people who turned their lives around from addiction | Irish Times, Ireland

Addiction Doesn’t Always Last a Lifetime

In fact, most people recover, often on their own. Here are some of their stories | NYTimes opinion, USA

In Memory of Dan Bigg, Harm Reduction Godfather

When I think of Dan Bigg, I think of Santa Claus — not a jolly, red-suited figure of lore who delivers tricycles and wooden horse rockers to children, but an edgy, swearing, fingers-in-the-air Santa Claus whose gifts were the gifts of life | Medium blog, USA

Big Vape comes to Canada and the effects won't be known for decades

Will new vaping devices tempt non-smokers to start inhaling nicotine? | CBC opinion, Canada


And finally...

Someone ‘donated’ 5 pounds of marijuana to a Florida thrift shop

Employees at the Pines Thrift Store in Sarasota, Florida, are scratching their heads after someone left nearly 5 pounds of marijuana outside the shop last week | New York Post, USA