Daily news - 16th April 2019

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UK news

Enlightened New Alcohol Research: SHAAP/SARN report

Scottish Health Action on Alcohol Problems (SHAAP) and the Scottish Alcohol Research Network (SARN) have published a report covering six presentations at an event held last year in Edinburgh. Download the Enlightened New Alcohol Research Symposium report [pdf] here | Alcohol Policy UK, UK

Clampdown planned for British online pharmacies

New rules to keep people safe when buying medications from online pharmacies have been described as a "big step forward" by Britain's pharmacy regulator | BBC, UK

Minimum unit pricing yields clear winners and losers in Scotland

Minimum unit pricing has delivered a hammer blow to white cider in Scotland as sales have fallen off a cliff since it was introduced on May 1, 2018 | Drinks Retailing, UK

Growing medicinal cannabis: 'I'm not a criminal' - video

A woman who has been denied medicinal cannabis on the NHS says she will risk prison by growing the drug herself | BBC, UK

The Rules of Drinking - BBC video

Documentary which digs into the archive to discover the unwritten rules that have governed the way we drink in Britain, from 1940s pubs and clubs to drinking at home or at work | BBC, UK

Report Launch: Making the Grade (in Partnership with Mentor)

Free event. Thursday, 25 April 2019 from 18:30 to 20:15 (BST) London. We are delighted to announce the launch of our upcoming report ‘Making the Grade: School Prevention, Identification and Responses to Drug-related Harm’, co-authored by Volteface's Liz McCulloch & Scarlett Furlong, and written in partnership with Mentor | Volte Face, UK

Glaswegians who beat drugs helping others on the road to recovery

Gorbals dad-of-three Thomas spent years in and out of hospitals and prisons due to his heroin addiction – now he helps others to come off drugs and rebuild their lives | Glasgow Live, UK

Is it really worth injecting vitamins?

There is a growing trend for intravenous "vitamin" drips - but what are the risks? And do they even work? | BBC, UK

Drug testing in sport: How does football compare to other team sports in England?

Two rugby players from two different codes have been banned from playing in the past two weeks for drugs violations | BBC, UK

Carson Price: Drug dealer hunt over boy's park death

Police investigating the death of a 13-year-old boy have said drugs were involved and officers are focusing on finding out who supplied them | BBC, UK


International news

Therapy relationships that work 3: Managing the relationship

How therapists can build the recovery-promoting relationship with clients is the focus of this third bulletin recapping 16 reviews for the American Psychological Association, each featuring expert advice based on amalgamations of research findings on different aspects of the client-therapist relationship. “Essential reading” Dr Luke Mitcheson, Consultant Clinical Psychologist | Drug and Alcohol Findings, UK

63% of Americans say the U.S. should spend more on drug rehab to combat the epidemic of addiction – and white people have had the biggest change in opinion, General Social Survey reveals

Nearly two-thirds of Americans (63 percent) believe the government spends too little on drug rehabilitation – an attitude increasingly embraced by white Americans as addiction becomes viewed more as a disease and less as a personal failing that primarily affects minorities, according to new survey data | Mail Online, UK

Large reduction in psychiatric admissions after head-shop ban

Admissions fell nearly 20% in two years after strict laws introduced, research shows | Irish Times, Ireland

Notes from the Field: Unintentional Drug Overdose Deaths with Kratom Detected — 27 States, July 2016–December 2017

Kratom (Mitragyna speciosa), a plant native to Southeast Asia, contains the alkaloid mitragynine, which can produce stimulant effects in low doses and some opioid-like effects at higher doses when consumed | CDC, USA

Fentanyl deaths up 122 percent in West Virginia, researchers say

By analyzing all drug-related deaths in the state from 2005 to 2017, the research team—which included medical examiners from the West Virginia Department of Health and Human Resources—discovered that between 2015 and 2017, deaths from fentanyl were 122 percent of what they were between 2005 and 2014 | Medical Xpress, USA

Regular cannabis users require up to 220 percent higher dosage for sedation in medical procedures

Patients who regularly use cannabis may require more than two times the usual level of sedation when undergoing medical procedures, according to a study published in The Journal of the American Osteopathic Association | Medical Xpress, USA

Our Irrational Cruelty to Pregnant or Parenting People Who Use Drugs

Keri, now 35 and studying to become an addiction treatment counselor in Illinois, learned she was pregnant in 2016. In those first days and weeks, she was a mess of uncertainty and confusion | Filter Magazine, USA

In Approaching Nicotine, Let’s Learn From Past Harm Reduction Victories

Alternative nicotine products—including e-cigarettes, lower-risk tobacco alternatives like snus, and heat-not-burn devices—have fallen under disproportionate levels of scrutiny all over the world | Filter magazine, USA

FDA ban on menthol is likely to survive tobacco industry lawsuits

A proposed ban of menthol combustible tobacco products by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) will likely be upheld in court, albeit a lengthy legal process, a Rutgers paper found | Medical Xpress, USA

Methamphetamine in Canada

Infographic covering statistics on methamphetamine use | CCSA, Canada


Blogs, comment and opinion

Infections, outbreaks and going ‘back to the basics’ with SDF’s Sophie Given

Various areas around Scotland have experienced a number of outbreaks of bacterial infections related to substance use in recent years, which include Anthrax, Botulism and Group A Streptococcus | SDF blog, UK

New Study Finds Vaping is Not Associated with Cardiovascular Disease among Never Smokers; But Tobacco Control Researcher Dismisses Findings

A new study published online ahead of print in the American Journal of Medicine reports that there is no association between vaping and cardiovascular disease among never smokers | Tobacco Analysis blog, UK

This tactic dates back to Nixon — and it has always involved a lot of hypocrisy | NYTimes opinion, USA

Marketing marijuana remains challenging—even with more cannabis companies than ever

Marketing marijuana remains challenging—even with more cannabis companies than ever | AdAge, USA

Despite bad press, injecting room is doing what it was designed for

Last week more than a hundred people gathered for a meeting in North Richmond at a pub across from the medically supervised injecting room | Sydney Morning Herald opinion, Australia