Daily news - 3rd April 2019

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Scottish Crime and Justice Survey 2017/18: Main Findings

This summary presents a range of key findings from the 2017/18 Scottish Crime and Justice Survey | Scottish Government, UK

Scottish Crime and Justice Survey sheds some light on illicit substance use in Scotland

[See item above] Respondents were asked about their usage of 19 drugs. The majority of these drugs were illicit at the time of the survey, but the list also included some drugs which were not controlled. These were namely poppers, glues, solvents, gas or aerosol | SDF, UK

Room for improvement: How drug consumption rooms save lives (PDF)

A new report by Jarryd Bartle, a drug policy consultant and university lecturer, calls for Britain to introduce life-saving Drug Consumption Rooms | Adam Smith Institute, UK

Prisons: Drugs

To ask Her Majesty's Government what is the average waiting time for prisoners to access an accredited drug treatment programme in prison; and how long, on average, an individual participates in an accredited drug treatment programme in prison once they have begun treatment | They work for you, UK

E-cigarettes 'do not promote smoking in teens'

There's been some concern about the popularity of e-cigarettes among young people, and whether it could increase the number of teen smokers by making smoking seem more socially acceptable | NHS: Behind the headlines, UK

Smokers who switch to vaping save nearly £350 a year, research suggests

Smokers who have switched to vaping save on average £346.32 a year after kicking the habit, a new poll has suggested | Independent, UK

5 Live Investigates: The Adult Children of Alcoholics - audio

The National Association for the Children of Alcoholics has told 5 Live Investigates that the number of grown-up children contacting them for help about a parent’s excessive drinking now makes up 80 per cent of their work - compared to half that five years ago | BBC, UK

New groundbreaking treatment for spice addiction in Leeds

The city's drug and alcohol service Forward Leeds has been working on it after worries over the trouble the drug's causing in the city centre, particularly with rough sleepers | Planet Radio, UK

Critic of SNP Government anti-drugs strategy in row over tobacco industry funding

A research unit led by an arch critic of the Scottish Government’s anti-drugs strategy has received funding from tobacco companies, the Herald on Sunday can reveal | Herald, UK

O2 Bournemouth death: Woman dies in suspected drugs incident

The 18-year-old went into cardiac arrest at the O2 Academy shortly before 04:30 BST on Sunday | BBC, UK

Raymond Knight died after collapsing in police custody

Raymond Knight, 55, of Western Avenue, West Thurrock, died of cocaine toxicity after falling ill at Grays Police Station on 19 November 2017 | BBC, UK

Woman's lucky escape after e-cigarette battery explodes in her pocket

Why you should NEVER put your e-cigarette battery in a pocket with loose change | Dorest Echo, UK

Stake on fixed odds betting terminals cut to £2 in major victory for Mirror

FOBTs, known as the 'crack cocaine of gambling', are finally being brought in line after long campaign | Mirror, UK



International news

Chemsex: Brits more likely to combine drugs with sex, survey finds

People in the UK are more likely to combine drugs with sex than those in the US, Canada, Australia or Europe, according to a survey | BBC, UK

Injection centres are needed in Cork to combat discarded needles

Drug injection facilities and treatment centres for addicts are needed in Cork given the significant number of discarded heroin kits in the city, Worker's Party election candidate has said | Cork News, Ireland

Increased risk of substance abuse in people with treatment resistant depression

People suffering from treatment resistant depression are at a higher risk of developing substance use disorders than other patients with depression, reports a study by researchers at Karolinska Institutet in Sweden published in the journal Addiction | Medical Xpress, USA

“Tranq Dope”—The Heroin Combo That’s Been Putting Philly to Sleep

Last May, as physicians, drug users and harm reduction workers grappled with a new and perplexing arrival in Philadelphia’s rapidly evolving open-air drug markets—bags of heroin and/or fentanyl contaminated with the powerful synthetic cannabinoid 5F-ADB, known as “K2”—I received an early morning call from a regular source in Kensington’s drug-user community | Filter Magazine, USA

'NarcoLogic' computer model shows unintended consequences of cocaine interdiction

Efforts to curtail the flow of cocaine into the United States from South America have made drug trafficking operations more widespread and harder to eradicate, according to new research published this week in Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences | EurekAlert, USA

US regulators exploring ways CBD products could be legal

U.S. regulators say they're exploring ways CBD could be used legally in foods and dietary supplements, and will hold a public hearing on the cannabis compound next month | Medical Xpress, USA

Drinking diplomacy

Fraternal culture in early imperial Russia | EurekAlert, USA

Withdrawal Management Services in Canada: The National Treatment Indicators Report (PDF)

In March 2019, CCSA released the seventh and current National Treatment Indicators Report. It features information from 2015–2016, and for the first time includes provincial data on withdrawal-related hospital admissions | CCSA, Canada

National Opioid Pharmacotherapy Statistics Annual Data collection (NOPSAD) 2018

On a snapshot day in 2018, just over 50,000 clients received pharmacotherapy treatment for their opioid dependence at 2,852 dosing points across Australia. There were 3,168 authorised prescribers of opioid pharmacotherapy drugs | AIHW, Australia

Psychostimulants play a major role in fatal strokes among young adults

The study by researchers from the National Drug and Alcohol Research Centre (NDARC) at UNSW Sydney found that from 2009–2016, psychostimulant users constituted nearly a fifth of the 279 cases of fatal stroke in adults aged 15–44 years. The majority of the deaths had evidence of psychostimulant consumption immediately prior to the fatal stroke | NDARC, Australia

'Completely preventable': 50 young people killed by stroke after using meth, MDMA

[See item above] Almost one in five deadly strokes among 15-44 year-olds were linked to the drugs, found a detailed analysis of national coronial records between 2009 and 2016 | SMH, Australia

Ecstasy use by Australian high school students doubles over three years

Paul Dillon, the founder of Drug and Alcohol Research and Training Australia, said the latest Australian Secondary School Students' Alcohol and Other Drug study revealed an "alarming" increase in the consumption of ecstasy by students | Stuff, New Zealand

Leading health groups work together to tackle New Zealand's 'outdated' drug laws

The new campaign, titled Health Not Handcuffs, supports the removal of criminal penalties for drug offenders and a move towards a health-referral model | Stuff, New Zealand


Blogs, comment and opinion

Alcohol misuse is more common in the armed forces than post-traumatic stress disorder

Alcohol has historically been used in the UK armed forces to encourage bonding and to deal with difficult experiences. And while alcohol use is now on the decline, harmful drinking in the forces is still double that of the general population | Conversation, UK

Suspect and Report: Anti-drug Propaganda for ’Sixties Families

In 1963, Los Angeles County distributed through the public school system 200,000 copies of a stylishly designed, wide-format brochure printed on heavy paper. It featured illustrations by a Walt Disney artist and a dire message: Your kid might be on drugs | Points blog, USA