Daily news - 3rd December 2019

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UK news

Announcement: Alcohol-specific deaths in UK: registered in 2018 -- to be published today at 9.30am

Deaths in the UK that are known to be direct consequences of alcohol misuse, such as alcoholic liver disease | ONS, UK

Domestic abuse: findings from the Crime Survey for England and Wales: year ending March 2018

Section 8 considers the role of alcohol and drug use | ONS, UK

Drugs Analysis: SNP Manifesto 2019

The release of the SNP manifesto is a clear demonstration of the current tension that exists between Holyrood and the UK Government | Volte Face, UK

Controlled drugs list

Updated.2-β-Carbomethoxy-3-β-(4-Iodophenyl)tropane removed from list. Chloroamphetamine class changed from B to A. Epidyolex added | Home Office, UK

Setting up services for people with dependency on prescription and over the counter medicines - Free webinar

Tue, Dec 10, 2019 7:00 PM - 8:00PM – last chance to book for this FREE webinar. This webinar will discuss creating and running a service specifically designed to identify and support patients at risk of developing addiction to prescribed and over-the-counter painkillers | SMMGP / FDAP, UK

Specialist Drug and Alcohol Wound Care Nurse in Doncaster

Over the Last Year Aspire has had pilot funding for a Specialist wound care nurse embedded from district nursing within the service offering treatment and both pathways to primary care and onward referral to Tissue Viability from the Doncaster Care group. This has been key in delivering for Aspire in achieving harm reduction and improving engagement for people who are often change resistant | Queen's Nursing Institute, UK

Outreach Rapid Testing for HIV and supporting people through the result

Video. Rapid testing for HIV and supporting people through the result | Scottish Drugs Forum and Waverley Care, UK

IAS Alert November 2019: parental drinking impact, Brits drink above OECD average, Welsh MUP & more

The latest Institute of Alcohol Studies (IAS) Alcohol Alert: November 2019 is now available (here for PDF version) | IAS, UK

Rulings and decisions: Thrillseeker

Complaint upheld. The company stated that Oakham Ales, as a producer, had always used creative designs which tell a story, and remarked that ‘Thrill Seeker’ continued with this tradition. The company explained that the spaceman character on the ‘Thrill Seeker’ artwork was an existing character which had been used on several other products produced by the company | Portman Group, UK

Liam Payne has opened up about his past struggles with alcohol, saying that he “hid it very well” while promoting his solo music career

Liam Payne has opened up about his past struggles with alcohol, saying that he “hid it very well” while promoting his solo music career | Independent, UK

Women pipe smokers, 1969

From the archive. Joan Shenton asks whether women should smoke a pipe, and looks at some new pipes - designs befitting the fashion-conscious 60s pipe smoking woman | BBC, UK


International news

Global State of Harm Reduction 2019

The 2019 update to Harm Reduction International’s flagship publication, the Global State of Harm Reduction, includes updates to some of the key data in the report, including the opening of new drug consumption rooms, availability of needle and syringe programs, and references to harm reduction in national policy documents, among many other things | HRI, UK

Journal of illicit economies

Latest open access issue featuring articles on drug markets around the world | LSE, UK

Police strip-searched minors at Australian music festival

An investigation has been launched in Australia after police strip-searched 30 children at a music festival | Telegraph, UK

Two medicinal cannabis products approved for use in Ireland

It is hoped it will only be a matter of weeks before patients can use the products | Journal, Ireland

Highlights from the EU Drug Markets Report for policy and practice

This short publication presents the main highlights from the EU Drug Markets Report 2019, targeting policy and practice | EMCDDA, Portugal

A nimbler way to track alcohol use: mining Twitter and Google searches

Large, survey-based studies are a slow, expensive way to collect rigorous public health data. New research, focusing on alcohol use, shows that mining Twitter and online searches could enable public health professionals to get immediate, localized insights, spot emerging trends, and even measure the effects of interventions | Boston Children's Hospital, USA

Smoking cannabis increases testicular cancer risk

A team of researchers in the United States found a link between long-term use of cannabis and the development of testicular germ cell tumors. Men with long-term cannabis use were 36 percent more likely to develop testicular cancer than those who did not use the drug | News Medical, USA

Comparison of Rural vs Urban Direct-to-Physician Commercial Promotion of Medications for Treating Opioid Use Disorder

In this cross-sectional study of 3140 US counties from 2014 to 2017, among 18 318 physicians to whom promotion of opioid use disorder medications was directed, rural counties were less likely to receive any promotion, and receive lower payments compared with those in urban counties | JAMA Open, USA

How Photography by People Who Inject Drugs Could Advance Research

Amid infectious disease outbreaks among people who inject drugs in the United States in recent years, researchers are looking for innovative ways to expand academic and public health understanding of what’s happening among “hard to reach” and marginalized populations on the ground | Filter Magazine, USA

Disease Model Proponents Are the Climate Change Deniers of Our Field

Our cognitive biases, per Nobel-winner Daniel Kahneman and colleague Amos Tversky, cause us to value short-term benefits over staving off future catastrophes. This tendency to give precedent to the present (“hyperbolic discounting”) evolved to meet survival needs at early stages in human development | Filter Magazine, USA

Recreational marijuana is legal in Michigan and will soon be legal in Illinois. Here's what to know

Two Midwestern states are breaking into the recreational marijuana market, and dispensaries are expecting huge crowds | USA Today, USA

Grieving mothers highlight devastating impact of opioid crisis in Vancouver

The women, members of the Moms Stop the Harm advocacy group, staged a photo at Jericho Beach wearing black and carrying large white crosses | The Province, Canada

Post event resources: 2019 NDARC Annual Research Symposium

The 2019 NDARC Annual Research Symposium was held on Wednesday, 16 October 2019 at the John Niland Scientia Conference and Events Centre, UNSW Sydney. A number of presentation videos and slides from the event are available below | NDARC, Australia

Marijuana watch: Latest poll shows legalisation vote on a knife edge

New research shows support for legalising recreational marijuana has lifted but the race remains too tight to call | NZHerald, New Zealand

Drug Foundation praises the proposed cannabis law – but National says it's not up to scratch

The New Zealand Drug Foundation is welcoming the proposed new law which would regulate the use of cannabis, if it's made legal after next year's referendum. But National said although the draft bill was well-intentioned it's not doing the job it needs to do | New Zealand Herald, New Zealand


Blogs, comment and opinion

The Public Health Responsibility Deal and the challenge to effective alcohol policy

Ben Hawkins and Jim McCambridge take a look back at the much hyped scheme and ask what impact it truly had on alcohol policy | IAS blog, UK

Homelessness: a barometer of social justice

The number of people experiencing homelessness in the UK has dramatically increased since 2010. In the autumn of 2018, 4677 people in England were estimated to be sleeping rough, a worrying increase from 1768 in 2010 | Lancet comment, UK