Daily news - 7th September 2018

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Drug health harms: national intelligence

Briefings based on presentations and discussion from the meeting of the national intelligence network on the health harms associated with drug use | PHE, UK

Alcohol and Drug Strategy

On the 6 September 2018 the Scottish Government published its draft alcohol and drugs strategy document 'All Together Now: our strategy to address the harms of alcohol and drugs in Scotland' for engagement and to seek the views and feedback from partners and stakeholders in the sector | Scottish Government, UK

Jumping through hoops: How are coordinated responses to multiple disadvantage meeting the needs of women? (PDF)

Across the country, local areas are developing better coordinated responses for individuals facing multiple disadvantage.  Many are part of the national MEAM Approach network or the Big Lottery Fund’s Fulfilling Lives programme. Press release | MEAM, UK

Don't send vapers to use smoking shelters, MPs suggest

Organisations should consider having a separate vaping room or area instead, a debate on the science and technology committee's e-cigarettes report heard | BBC, UK

More than 8000 people used drug testing facilities at UK festivals this summer

The Loop has provided "front of house" services at seven festivals | MixMag, UK

Alcoholic Drinks: Prices

To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, when the Public Health England review of minimum unit pricing for alcohol is planned to be published; and what assessment he has made of the effect on public health of the time taken to implement a minimum unit pricing alcohol policy in England | They work for you, UK

Heat-not-burn tobacco products: a systematic literature review

To review peer-reviewed evidence on heat-not-burn tobacco products (HnB), their secondhand emissions and use by humans; to identify differences between independent and industry-funded studies | BMJ, UK

The Value of Providing Smokers with Free E-Cigarettes: Smoking Reduction and Cessation Associated with the Three-Month Provision to Smokers of a Refillable Tank-Style E-Cigarette

Despite the uptake of tobacco smoking declining in the United Kingdom (UK), smoking is still the leading cause of preventable poor health and premature death | MDPI, UK

Recovery Street Film Festival 2018

Video. The Recovery Street Film Festival focuses on filmmakers who have a lived experience of recovering from drug or alcohol addiction, whether it is themselves or a loved one | RSFF, UK

Backlash over 'humourless' ban on ads by Scottish Gin Society warned about linking alcohol with sex

The Scottish Gin Society which has been warned about linking alcohol to sex while having ten adverts posted on social media banned by the regulator fears others will fall foul of similar 'humourless' negative rulings | Herald, UK

Fentanyl warning over rogue batch of heroin

Police have issued a warning amid worries a rogue batch of heroin may contain deadly fentanyl | BBC, UK

Birmingham inmates using Spice 'should face imprisonment with hard labour' amid Winson Green prison crisis

Tory former minister Sir Desmond Swayne called for the move as MPs considered an inspection report | Birmingham Live, UK

Tayside’s top police officer: ‘You can’t arrest your way out of drugs death problem’

Tayside’s new police commander has made reducing drugs deaths his top priority | Courier, UK

Cranberries singer Dolores O'Riordan was drunk when she accidentally drowned in hotel bath, coroner rules

The Cranberries frontwoman Dolores O'Riordan drowned in a hotel bath wearing her pyjamas, an inquest at Westminster Coroner's Court heard | Telegraph, UK

Chatham police seize Class A drugs in fake Rubik's cube

Kent Police said the container was slightly larger than a usual cube, and held wraps of white and brown substances | BBC, UK

William makes drugs test quip on visit to Border Force cannabis store

The Duke of Cambridge joked about the pungent smell of a Border Force lock-up holding seizures of herbal cannabis during a visit to a Royal Mail depot | ITV, UK


International news

Britons flying to Dubai warned over alcohol laws

Travellers heading to Dubai or Abu Dhabi have been warned they could face arrest if they consume alcoholic drinks on the flight to the Middle East | ITV, UK

US woman jailed for smuggling cocaine in high heels

A US woman who said she was tricked by a fake internet suitor into smuggling drugs into Australia has been jailed | BBC, UK

Drug crime rises in Dublin amid surge in consumption

New research suggests more people than ever in Ireland are taking illegal drugs | Irish Times, Ireland

National Adolescent Drug Trends in 2017: Findings Released (PDF)

Marijuana use among adolescents edged upward in 2017, the first significant increase in seven years. Overall, past-year use of marijuana significantly increased by 1.3% to 24% in 2017 for 8th, 10th, and 12th graders combined | University of Michigan, USA

Monitoring the Future: National survey results on drug use 2017 Volume 1 - Secondary School Students (PDF)

Monitoring the Future is an ongoing study of the behaviors, attitudes, and values of American secondary school students, college students, and young adults. Each year, a total of approximately 50,000 8th, 10th and 12th grade students are surveyed | University of Michigan, USA

Monitoring the Future: National survey results on drug use 2017 Volume 2 - College Students & Adults Ages 19–55 (PDF)

Monitoring the Future is an ongoing study of the behaviors, attitudes, and values of American secondary school students, college students, and young adults. Each year, a total of approximately 50,000 8th, 10th and 12th grade students are surveyed | University of Michigan, USA

Monitoring the Future: National survey results on drug use 2017 Key findings on adolescent subtance use (PDF)

Annual marijuana prevalence rose by a significant 1.3 percentage points to 23.9% in 2017 based on data from the three grades combined  | University of Michigan, USA

Marijuana use continues to grow among baby boomers

Marijuana use is becoming more prevalent among middle-aged and older adults, with 9 percent of adults aged 50-64 and nearly 3 percent of adults 65 and older reporting marijuana use in the past year, according to a new study | Science Daily, USA

HealthTrends™ Drug Misuse in America 2018 (PDF)

Drug Misuse in America 2018, a Quest Diagnostics Health Trends™ report, presents findings from analysis of more than 3.9 million de-identified aggregated clinical drug monitoring tests performed by Quest Diagnostics on patients in all 50 states and the District of Columbia between 2011 and 2017 | Quest Diagnostics, USA

Fact or fiction: Marijuana makes you jump from buildings?

Back-to-school special: Moving away from scare tactics, cannabis education aimed at young adults gets a much-needed upgrade | National Post, USA

Safe-injection legal battle brewing in SF — health intervention or drug den?

If Gov. Jerry Brown goes along, San Francisco plans to establish what could be the nation’s first legal, supervised safe injection site for drug users | SF Chronicle, USA

Are the next generation of doctors prepared to treat SUD?

In recent years, many communities have faced an urgent public health threat from opioid addiction. Despite this, doctors might not be prepared to provide adequate screening and care for substance use disorders (SUD), potentially because of a lack of training in medical school | BASIS, USA

Graphic images on cigarette warnings stick with smokers

If you want smokers to remember cigarette-warning labels, include a graphic image of the results of long-term smoking, a new study suggests | Medical Xpress, USA

Study: Cold Turkey Best for Cutting Cigarette Nicotine Content

If federal officials follow through with a proposal to reduce nicotine levels in cigarettes to minimally or non-addictive levels, immediate nicotine reduction would be more beneficial to the public than gradual reduction, researchers suggested | Medpage Today, USA

Common anti-smoking treatment makes no difference in shisha tobacco addiction

Researchers at the University of York has shown that a drug commonly used to help smokers overcome addiction to cigarettes does not have the same effect in shisha smokers | Medical Xpress, USA

California's Illegal Weed Industry Is Doing Better Than Ever

Those in the weed business have discovered that the black market is still more profitable in many ways than the newly legal industry | VICE, USA

CESSATE Stop Smoking Study

The world-first CESSATE Stop Smoking Study will compare two quitting aids (Desmoxan and Champix) to find out if both medications work equally as well as each other, or if one is more effective for stopping smoking | NDARC, Australia


Blogs, comment and opinion

Monkey Dust mayhem: the English city reportedly at the centre of a drug-fuelled‘epidemic’

The English city of Stoke-on-Trent in the West Midlands is reportedly suffering from an “epidemic” of people using a synthetic drug known on the street as Monkey Dust | Conversation, UK

Prevention and the NHS long term plan: 3 ways we can save more lives

Leaders in the health and care system are busy developing a new long term plan for the NHS.  Public Health England CEO Duncan Selbie is leading the work, along with colleagues in the NHS, to ensure prevention is at the heart of that plan.  Here he sets out 3 essential priorities for investment | PHE Blog, UK

Gender and Critical Drug Studies: Feminist Autoethnography, Gender and Drug Use

In my paper “Feminist autoethnography, gender and drug use: ‘Feeling about’ empathy while ‘storying the I,'” I explore autoethnography as a feminist method in the drugs field | Points blog, UK