Daily news - 7th February 2019

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Hand in hand: Survivors of Multiple Disadvantage Discuss Service & Support (PDF)

This report considers the links between domestic & sexual abuse and severe multiple disadvantage, looking particularly at mental health and substance use issues | Agenda / AVA / Lloyds Bank, UK

Statistics on Alcohol England 2019

The annual Statistics on Alcohol for England 2019 has been released, detailing national data for key alcohol-related indicators and health harms including the latest Local Alcohol Profiles for England (LAPE) data update

Alcohol deaths in England at record high after 6 per cent rise in a year, NHS data shows

One hospital admission every 30 seconds related to alcohol as experts call for end to treatment cuts and curbs on affordability | Independent, UK

Alcohol's harms to others in Wales, United Kingdom: Nature, magnitude and associations with mental well-being

AHTOs place a large, although unequal burden on adults in Wales. Individuals' drinking patterns are associated with experience of AHTOs. Critically, experience of some harms is associated with low mental well-being | Science Direct, UK

Exploring mental health professionals’ practice in relation to smoke-free policy within a mental health trust: a qualitative study using the COM-B model of behaviour

Smoking has played a significant role in the historical culture of mental healthcare settings. Mental health professionals (MHPs) often hold dismissive attitudes regarding the importance of smoking cessation in the context of mental healthcare | BMC Psychiatry, UK

Alcoholic Drinks: Children

To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what steps his Department is taking to reduce underage drinking | They work for you, UK

Prisons: Criminal Activity and Drug Abuse

What steps the Government have taken to tackle criminal activity and drugabuse in the prisons in the 10 prisons project | They work for you, UK

Man, 29, with terminal brain tumour denied cannabis prescription that family claims is ‘his only hope’ in race to save him

Girlfriend Natalie Hobbs says NHS ignoring her plea for cannabis oil | i news, UK

Woman becomes first named Briton to fall ill taking toxic opiate 'krokodil'

Emma Davies reportedly suffers 'horrific' open sores from using desmorphine, an ultra-cheap heroin substitute | Independent, UK

An Open Letter to Directors in Public Health in England from FAVOR UK

We watched on with bemusement as Directors of Public Health in England grabbed the Pooled Treatment Budget for alcohol and other drugs in 2013 to boost their Public Health Grant allocations by another 50% when they transferred to local authorities, and we have watched with dismay the managed decline of alcohol and other drug services for the last five years | FAVOR, UK

Go behind the scenes...

Our free Behind The Scenes series of talks return in 2019 for professionals and students wanting to find out more about the shape of drugs in Bristol and the support we offer | BDP, UK

Involving service users and stakeholders as equal partners in the Forward East Kent Substance Misuse Service

Responding to the need for a radical new approach to the delivery of substance misuse services in East Kent, Forward – in partnership with mental health charity Rethink – used ‘co-design’ to place service users and local stakeholders at the heart of reshaping the support available. A total of 253 service users and over 70 agencies were involved in this large-scale, ambitious process, one of the largest of its kind in the field of substance misuse | Forward Trust, UK

Carlsberg falls a bit flat in UK but non-alcoholic drinks go down a treat

Brewing giant Carlsberg on Wednesday said UK beer sales had slipped but the firm was cheered by booming growth in its alcohol-free drinks Evening Standard, UK

Glasgow sets up new scheme to help beggars

Donors will be able to give money online or at contactless giving points rather than handing out cash | BBC, UK

Hundreds of drug searches by Borders community action team

A community action team (CAT) set up to tackle "lower level crimes" in the Borders has carried out more than 200 drug searches in its first nine months | BBC, UK

Man jailed over HMP Liverpool drone drug-drop attempt

A man who tried to fly a drone into a prison carrying drugs, mobile phones and sim cards has been jailed | BBC, UK

Man arrested on suspicion of drug driving faces 'long arm of law' after swerving to 'avoid octopus'

Officers made the arrest on Tuesday following reports of an accident on the A381 between Malborough and South Milton. Upon arriving at the scene they found the vehicle upside-down in a ditch | ITV, UK


International news

Opioids: federal prosecutor tries to stop nation's first 'safe site' for injection

US attorney sues to halt opening of supervised drug site in Philadelphia, home to highest opioid death rate of any big US city | Guardian, UK

Can smoking cannabis really improve your sperm count?

The unexpected finding that men with a history of cannabis smoking had higher sperm counts has been widely reported after it was published in a leading fertility journal | Independent, UK

Text to quit JUUL': New chat bot aims to coach teenagers through quitting as youth vaping reaches 'epidemic' proportions

A new anonymous texting bot program is aimed at helping children, teenagers and young adults quit using Juuls and other e-cigarettes | Mail Online, USA

Study estimates misuse of prescribed opioids in the United States

A new Pharmacoepidemiology & Drug Safety study estimates the prevalence and risk factors for self-reported misuse of prescribed opioids in the general adult population | Medical Xpress, USA

Heavy drinking in teens causes lasting changes in emotional center of brain

Lasting changes in the brain caused by drinking that starts in adolescence are the result of epigenetic changes that alter the expression of a protein crucial for the formation and maintenance of neural connections in the amygdala -- the part of the brain involved in emotion, fear and anxiety | Science Daily, USA

Nicotine while pregnant alters genes, study suggests

Researchers report that a possible cure for addiction may be found by following the pathways of significantly altered dopamine neurons in newborns who were chronically exposed to nicotine in utero | Science Daily, USA

Study shows Purdue’s switch to ‘abuse-deterrent’ OxyContin helped drive a spike in hepatitis C infections

When Purdue Pharma reformulated its signature pain drug OxyContin in 2010, its aim was to make the pill “abuse-deterrent.” But the change may have had an unanticipated and disastrous public health impact, according to a new study: accelerating a nationwide spike in hepatitis C infections | STAT, USA

The Justice Department Is Taking Its Hardest Line Yet To Stop Heroin Injection Sites

In the first case of its kind, a lawsuit filed by the Justice Department could preview attempts to block similar facilities around the United States | BuzzFeed, USA

Brave Russian Harm Reductionists Launch Chemsex Program in Moscow

Anew Russian harm reduction program for Muscovites engaging in chemsex is getting started in a country known for skyrocketing rates of new HIV infection, as well as pervasive prohibitionist and queerphobic policy | Filter Magazine, USA

For People Still Impacted by the Crack Era, the First Step Act Isn’t Enough

You could get crack before you got something to eat,” said Uneeda Nichols, 46, looking back on her adolescent years during the crack cocaine era of the 1980s | Filter Magazine, USA

New variation of ketamine to be approved by FDA for treatment of depression

"The biggest breakthrough in depression treatment since Prozac" | MixMag, USA

Western Australia Drug Trends 2018: Key findings from the WA Illicit Drug Reporting System (IDRS) Interviews

This year, we have provided a suite of products with the most up-to-date findings from interviews conducted annually from 2000-2018 with a cross-sectional sentinel group of people who regularly inject drugs recruited from all capital cities of Australia | NDARC, Australia


Blogs, comment and opinion

Addaction comments on forthcoming Statistics on Alcohol (NHS, 2018)

Today NHS Digital published a statistical report about alcohol use by adults and children, drawn together from a variety of sources | Addaction blog, UK