Daily news - 13th August 2019

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UK news

Middle-aged generation most likely to die by suicide and drug poisoning

[Published later this morning] A generation of people born in England and Wales in the 1960s and 1970s are dying by suicide and drug poisonings in greater numbers. In the late 1980s there was a shift away from the middle-aged being the age group at which most people died by suicide, to those in their 20s. A similar shift to those in their 20s dying from drug poisonings became visible in the early 1990s | ONS, UK

Alcohol interventions in secondary and further education

This guideline covers interventions in secondary and further education to prevent and reduce alcohol use among children and young people aged 11 up to and including 18. It also covers people aged 11 to 25 with special educational needs or disabilities in full-time education. It will also be relevant to children aged 11 in year 6 of primary school | NICE, UK

Embedding public health in Coventry’s licensing policy statement

A review of Coventry City Council's statement of licensing policy (SLP) benefits from considering public health and health equality issues | PHE, UK

Medicine: buprenorphine prolonged-release solution for injection (brand name: Buvidal®) for the treatment of opioid dependence (PDF)

Buprenorphine is a therapy for adults and adolescents (age 16 years and over) with a dependence on opioids such as heroin and morphine. Buprenorphine prolonged-release solution for injection is a long acting medicine which is used alongside medical, social and psychological support. It may enable patients to focus on recovery and return to normal routines without the need for daily visits to a pharmacy to receive oral treatment | SMC, UK

CBD oil, made from cannabis, is popular for calming anxiety - video

Natalie, who has bought a bottle of Cannabidiol (CBD) oil online, has a few questions she wants answering before she decides whether to take it | BBC, UK

My son the heroin addict: A grieving mother's heartbreaking story

Kevin Lane died after a heroin overdose in a locked Marks and Spencer toilet — this is his story | Wales Online, UK

Liverpool to north Wales: Up close with a county line - video

The National Crime Agency says they are seeing increases in the "scale and scope of the threat" from county lines | BBC, UK

Met apologises over Cressida Dick's stop-and-search group claim

London police commissioner told MPs she had ‘regularly’ met with Stopwatch | Guardian, UK

Enslaved on a British cannabis farm: ‘The plants were more valuable than my life’ – podcast

Minh was 16 when he was kidnapped, raped and trafficked to the UK, and then locked up and forced to grow cannabis. But when the police found him, he was treated like a criminal rather than a victim | Guardian, UK

Gambling companies see huge rise in complaints

There were a record 8,266 complaints last year, according to Gambling Commission figures obtained by BBC Panorama | BBC, UK


International news

Fears of hidden steroid abuse by males

A person has sought medical help for health problems caused by serious steroid abuse once every nine days so far this year amid fears of a hidden crisis among young men. New figures show 162 people contacted hospitals or GPs due to steroid abuse since 2011 — with the rate increasing in the second half of the decade | Irish Examiner, Ireland

Talks underway between HSE and labs that could carry out drug-testing at festivals

A senior HSE doctor has outlined a number of ways drug-testing could be introduced in Ireland | Journal, Ireland

Nearly 1 in 2 swingers uses recreational drugs to intensify sex, survey suggests

Nearly one in two swingers uses recreational drugs to intensify the experience, with women more likely to do so than either straight or bisexual men, suggest the results of a Dutch survey, published online in the journal Sexually Transmitted Infections | Medical Xpress, UK

Prescription drug misuse common in high schoolers

Misuse of prescription drugs is common among high school students, and those misusing prescription drugs frequently obtain them from multiple sources, according to two studies published in the July issue of the Journal of the American Academy of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry | Medical Xpress, USA

E-cig use triples odds that teens will smoke pot: Study

Taking up vaping in adolescence or early adulthood is tied to a more than threefold hike in the odds of becoming a marijuana user, researchers report | Medical Xpress, USA

Low-level Alcohol Use Increases Miscarriage Risk

Women who consume alcohol during pregnancy — even in small amounts — have a 19% greater risk of miscarriage than women who don’t use alcohol, according to a new study by Vanderbilt researchers | Newswire, USA

Adults who mix cannabis with opioids for pain report higher anxiety, depression

A researcher from the University of Houston has found that adults who take prescription opioids for severe pain are more likely to have increased anxiety, depression and substance abuse issues if they also use marijuana | Medical Xpress, USA

Police mistake bird poop for cocaine and arrest quarterback

Video. A Georgia Southern quarterback was arrested, and subsequently released, after police mistook bird poop for cocaine after saying they stopped the college athlete for speeding | CNN, USA

Pokemon Go player urges gamers to carry naloxone after saving overdose victim

Gamers and drug users 'frequent the same spots,' says Juls Budau | CBC news, Canada

Doctors call for Queensland government to back minimum alcohol price

A leading medical body is pushing back against the Queensland government's refusal to raise the cost of alcoholic drinks to a minimum standard price in the state | SMH, Australia

Benzodiazepines most common substance in overdose deaths in 2016, ahead of oxycodone and fentanyl

Benzodiazepines were involved in more drug-induced deaths in 2016 than heroin and methadone combined, but you would be hard-pressed to find any stories warning of their dangers on the front pages | abc.net.au, Australia

No drinking warning 'inflames and misleads' breastfeeding mums

Hundreds of doctors want a coroner to retract a "misleading" warning to breastfeeding mothers never to drink alcohol | Stuff, New Zealand


Blogs, comment and opinion

Daytime drinking: why drinking alcohol in the day seems to affect us more

Does drinking alcohol in the day affects us differently, or is it all psychological…? Stylist speaks to an expert to find out | The Stylist, UK

After a breakdown, birdwatching brought me friendship, escape and a new love of nature

A childhood hobby gave me time to reflect, refocus and find myself again, following years of drug and alcohol abuse | Guardian, UK