Daily news - 11th April 2019

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UK news

Pregnant women less likely to smoke than their mothers

Women are less likely to smoke during pregnancy and more likely to be heavier than their mothers, according to new research | BBC, UK

DHSC commissions 'rapid' evaluation of medical cannabis prescribing

Matt Hancock has said that the fact that many patients still cannot access medical cannabis was “a source of immense frustration”. | Pharmaceutical Journal, UK

Teagan Appleby gets medicinal cannabis prescription

A mother caught trying to bring medicinal cannabis into the UK says her daughter has been issued a prescription for the drug | BBC, UK

County lines drug dealer ordered to pay back £94k

A "county lines" drug dealer has been ordered to pay back nearly £94,000 made from selling heroin, crack cocaine and cannabis in Swindon | BBC, UK

Man 'blames cannabis' for Islington police knife attack

A man accused of attacking four police officers with a knife has told a jury "strong" cannabis was to blame for his behaviour | BBC, UK

Dad died after cocaine bags burst inside him

Timothy Anderson, 48, swallowed the drugs to smuggle them from the Netherlands while visiting his son in Northamptonshire | BBC, UK


International news

South East Asian Fellowship Program on Drug Policy 2019

Release, the UK’s centre of expertise on drugs and drugs law, is proud to invite applications to the 2019 South East Asian Fellowship Program on Drug Policy. Fellows will be hosted at Release in London, UK. This program supports those working in sectors related to drug policy in order to increase their understanding of international drug policy reform issues, to improve their advocacy skills, and to enhance their capacity in working with the media on drug policy | IDPC, UK

The World’s Biggest Dark Net Market Has Shut – What Next?

Dream Market is due to close on the 30th of April, under mysterious circumstances. Is the game up for the big online drug bazaar? | VICE, UK

Indivior shares crash 74% after US charge over opioid scheme

British company accused of illegal marketing of Suboxone Film to drug addicts | Guardian, UK

Cate Faehrmann: Why a lawmaker admitted to taking MDMA

Australian Cate Faehrmann may be the world's first politician to admit to having used the illicit drug MDMA. The reaction in Australia, and globally, has surprised her, she tells Gary Nunn in Sydney | BBC, UK

Don't suddenly stop taking a prescribed opioid, FDA warns

Because of the danger of "serious harm" to patients, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration is advising doctors not to suddenly stop patients from taking opioid painkillers, or drastically lower the dose | Medical Xpress, USA

Nurses use FDNY geospatial mapping of opioid overdoses to inform clinical practice in real time

Nurse practitioners and nursing students can use local, real-time maps of opioid overdoses to inform their clinical work with adolescents in community health settings, finds new research from NYU Rory Meyers College of Nursing | Medical Xpress, USA

JUUL electronic cigarette products linked to cellular damage

Study by UC Riverside and Portland State University scientists finds nicotine concentrations in JUULs is dangerously high | EurekAlert, USA

Teens Favor Harm Reduction Over Abstinence-Only Messages—Here Are Their Four Suggestions to Parents

Kids do drugs. But parents and caregivers often avoid addressing this reality. Globally, drug use is concentrated amongst younger people and the World Health Organization has identified them as a priority population | Filter Magazine, USA

Vindictive Drug-Induced Homicide Charges Are Set to Surge in Chicago

Chicago Police Superintendent Eddie Johnson believes that drug-induced deaths are “becoming an epidemic” and that the Chicago police should “do what [they] can to reduce that.” | Filter Magazine, USA

Inside an Innovative Study of MDMA Therapy for Alcohol Use Disorder

Dr. Ben Sessa, a UK-based psychiatrist, is currently running Britain’s first ever clinical study with MDMA, in Bristol, for people with alcohol use disorder. So far, seven people have completed the course with no relapse | Filter Magazine, USA

Updated Numbers on Opioid-Related Overdose Deaths in Canada 

More than 10,300 Canadians lost their lives between January 2016 and September 2018 | Government of Canada, Canada

Drug and alcohol connections - April edition

This edition features Dr Nat Skinner on investing in workforce devpt to support high quality care. Other items include a new tool to id alcohol harm trends & a paper on suicide among methamphetamine users | NDARC, Australia


Blogs, comment and opinion

Supporting all health and care professionals to boost their prevention impact

All health and care professionals share a common commitment to do their best for the public we serve. And increasingly, practising effective prevention is recognised as a vital part of this, helping more people live longer, healthier lives | PHE blog, UK

National Prison Drugs Strategy launched

A new prison specific drug strategy has been published by HM Prison and Probation Service. It mirrors the 2017 Drug Strategy in focusing on three central aims: reducing demand, restricting supply and building recovery | Collective Voice, UK

What’s in the new Prison Drug Strategy?

Last week (3 April 2019) Her Majesty’s Prison and Probation Service (HMPPS) published its new Prison Drugs Strategy. There have, of course, always been drugs and drug misusers in prison but over the last six or seven years, with the advent of New Psychoactive Substances (NPS), the problem has become much worse | Russell Webster, UK

The ‘tough on crime’ approach to drug policy in Europe: Has anything changed?

Imprisonment trends for drug-related offences tell us a rather compelling story about drug policy and its misguided reliance on repression | IDPC blog, UK

Prescription monitoring is here, but we need to tread carefully to avoid unintended harms

Drug-related deaths in Australia have almost doubled over the past ten years, in large part because of the increased use of opioids. In 2016, middle aged people using combinations of prescription drugs were the most likly to die a drug-related death | Conversation, Australia