Daily news - 21st August 2019


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UK news

Smoking, Drinking and Drug Use among Young People in England 2018

This report contains results from a biennial survey of secondary school pupils in England in years 7 to 11 (mostly aged 11 to 15), focusing on smoking, drinking and drug use. It covers a range of topics including prevalence, habits, attitudes, and for the first time in 2018, wellbeing | NHS Digital, UK

More schoolchildren 'rejecting cigarettes'

The most recent survey in a series that began in the 1980s indicates just 16% of the pupils have ever smoked tobacco, down from 19% in 2016 and 49% in 1996 | BBC, UK

Pupils who take drugs, drink and smoke more likely to be unhappy

NHS survey of children aged 11-15 also links substance use to stress and poor life satisfaction | Guardian, UK

New research explores the use of New Psychoactive Substances by young people

New research into New Psychoactive Substances (NPS) - formerly referred to as ‘legal highs’ - provides new evidence about why young people were attracted to the drugs, and the health and social risks associated with taking them | NIHR, UK

Coexisting severe mental illness and substance misuse

This quality standard covers the assessment, management and care provided for people aged 14 and over who have coexisting severe mental illness and substance misuse. It describes high-quality care in priority areas for improvement | NICE, UK

Unlinked Anonymous Monitoring (UAM) Survey of HIV and viral hepatitis among PWID: 2019 report (PDF)

An ageing cohort of people who inject drugs (PWID) is evident from the Unlinked Anonymous Monitoring (UAM) survey, with the mean age increasing from 34 years in 2008 to 40 years in 2018. This is consistent with an ageing cohort of PWID observed in other data sources nationally and internationally | PHE, UK

The Centre For Medicinal Cannabis Launches Quality Charter to Put CBD Industry on Path to Legal Compliance

[Yesterday] the Centre for Medicinal Cannabis (CMC) announced the release of a new Cannabinoid Industry Quality Charter to help foster a legally compliant, socially responsible and innovative CBD industry in the UK | Centre for Medicinal Cannabis, UK

Partygoers warned of risk of inhaling vaporised vodka from balloons in new craze

Some clubs have started selling vaporised vodka in the balloons at £5 a pop | Daily Record, UK

Mum died after self-medicating with 100 canisters of laughing gas

A housebound woman who used laughing gas to help her cope with chronic pain died after inhaling too much, an inquest heard | Metro, UK

Over a quarter of those engaging with esports betting tweets in the UK are children

Over a quarter of those engaging with esports betting tweets are children under the age of 16, according to a new report which suggests esports gambling may be as attractive to children as the computer games themselves | University of Bristol, UK

Welcome to our new trustee

We are delighted to announce that Vicky Unwin has joined Transform as a trustee. Vicky is a highly experienced media advisor, writer and fundraiser who brings a wealth of experience to our team | Talking Drugs, UK

The Wave surfing lake gets alcohol licence despite noise concerns

A surfing lake has secured a drink and entertainment licence despite nearby residents' concerns of "noisy parties and outdoor music" | BBC, UK

 

International news

Mexico judge approves recreational cocaine for two users

A Mexican judge has granted two people the right to recreational cocaine use, in the first ruling of its kind, the organisation behind the cases said | BBC, UK

Just 44 convictions from 225 summonses issued for selling alcohol to minors since 2014

More than 200 court summonses have been issued since 2014 for selling alcohol to minors or allowing minors to consume alcohol, Extra.ie can reveal | Extra.ie, Ireland

Cigarettes Can't Be Advertised On TV. Should Juul Ads Be Permitted?

Why does e-cigarette maker Juul advertise its product on TV when cigarette ads are banned? The short answer: Because it can | npr, USA

Nicotine-free e-cigarettes can damage blood vessels

Smoking e-cigarettes, also called vaping, has been marketed as a safe alternative to tobacco cigarettes and is rising in popularity among non-smoking adolescents | Medical Xpress, USA

Pharmaceutical company settles with counties in opioid suit

One pharmaceutical company has reached a settlement to avoid being a defendant in the first federal trial on the drug industry's accountability for a nationwide opioid crisis | Medical Xpress, USA

Electronic dance music party-goers at increased risk for drug-related emergencies

Rutgers and NYU researchers find a link between party attendance and adverse drug effects | EurekAlert, USA

Why are stimulant-related deaths spiking in the U.S.?

The CDC has indicated that the U.S. overdose crisis has declined since 2017, but stimulant deaths are increasing | Salon, USA

Feds Dispute the Efficacy of Safe Consumption Sites at Safehouse Hearing

On August 19 a federal judge in Philadelphia presided over the opening salvo of a legal battle with the potential to radically alter the course of drug policy in America⁠—or else demonstrate once again that the US remains years behind its global peers | Filter Magazine, USA

Lisa’s Legacy: How the Buprenorphine X-Waiver Costs Lives

The young woman paced frantically around the hospital room, dark bags under her bloodshot eyes. Sweat beaded across her pale forehead, and frothy spit accumulated at the corners of her mouth. She looked much older than what it said on her chart | Filter Magazine, USA

Assessing the impact of the opioid overdose crisis on individuals providing harm reduction services across Canada: Survey

The purpose of this survey is to gather information on the experiences and needs of individuals who provide harm reduction services in the context of the ongoing opioid overdose crisis across Canada | CCSA, Canada

Medicare should cover treatment of drug and alcohol problems, inquiry told

Medicare should be extended to cover treatment of drug and alcohol problems that would encourage doctors to treat addiction as a chronic medical condition, a special roundtable of health services for the ice inquiry has heard | SMH, Australia

 

Blogs, comment and opinion

What helps women to quit smoking while pregnant?

Quitting smoking is really hard, and pregnancy comes with its own set of unique challenges. It’s no surprise then that quitting while pregnant can be very difficult, and even among women who manage it, many start to smoke again shortly after giving birth | Evidently Cochrane blog, UK

Depression, cannabis use and binge drinking increase the risk of relapse among former smokers

The prevalence of depression, cannabis use, and alcohol abuse increased among former smokers from 2005 to 2016 in the U.S., according to a new study published in the American Journal of Preventive Medicine | Science blog, USA