Daily news - 11th February 2019

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Children of Alcoholics Week 10-16 February 2019

Raising awareness of children affected by parental alcohol problems. We want everyone to know they are not alone and help and support is available | NACOA, UK



UK news

Professor Dame Carol Black announced as independent reviewer of drugs

The wide-ranging review will look into ways drugs fuel serious violence | PHE, UK

Sajid Javid Launches Major Review Into Link Between Drugs And Violent Crime

Professor Dame Carol Black has been appointed to lead the review| Huffington Post, UK

UK hospital admissions for addiction soar as treatment budgets fall

MPs say freedom of information data reveals cuts ‘simply a false economy’ | Guardian, UK

Abandon treatment referral as a crime-prevention tactic?

At issue was whether by referring heroin users to treatment, probation services in England would protect them from fatal overdose and prevent drug-related crime. Yes to one, but not the other, were the answers; unexpectedly, crime went up. Enough to warrant abandoning treatment referral as a crime-prevention tactic? | Drug and Alcohol Findings, UK

Dr. Chris and Dr. Xand Investigate - BBC iPlayer

Taking their lead from young people’s questions, Dr Chris and Dr Xand Van Tulleken investigate what alcohol is, why so many people love to drink it and why it can be dangerous | BBC, UK

Hangover cures - audio

Research shows the order you drink alcohol has no effect on the state of your hangover | BBC Newsbeat, UK

'Doctors won't prescribe me cannabis oil'

Video.A girl who has Tourette's syndrome, takes cannabis oil to help alleviate her symptoms | BBC, UK

New Books on Addiction

Januray list of new books | Addiction, UK

Impact Prize

This prize will be awarded at the SSA Annual Conference to an individual who has produced innovative work influencing policy and/or practice in the field of addiction | SSA, UK

3 Pugs Bubblegum Gin Liqueur

Complaint submitted to Portman Group. “I think the pink liquid and label with the cartoon pictures of the pugs on is too appealing to children” | Portman Group

MP calls for £10k benefits death review

An MP has called for a review into the death of a man believed to have spent a large benefits payout on drugs | BBC, UK

Britain's most senior police officer Cressida Dick admits she cannot smell cannabis

As Britain's most senior police officer, Cressida Dick, has always had a nose for detecting crime | Telegraph, UK

Louella Fletcher-Michie: Boyfriend tried six times to help TV star’s daughter as she died of drug overdose at Bestival, court hears

Louella Fletcher-Michie’s boyfriend tried six times to get help to her as she overdosed before responding to the suggestion he call an ambulance by saying he was worried about getting arrested, a court heard | Independent, UK

Eccles duo jailed for 'county lines' drugs deals

Two drug dealers who rammed a police car causing £15,000 of damage in a bid to evade arrest have been jailed | BBC, UK

Cocaine smuggling trial jury discharged

The jury has been discharged in the trial of a Dutch man accused of attempting to smuggle £130 million of cocaine into Europe on a yacht | BBC, UK

'Over-the-limit' American Airlines pilot arrested at Manchester Airport

An American Airlines pilot was arrested at Manchester Airport on suspicion of being over the alcohol limit just minutes before a transatlantic flight | BBC, UK


International news

Can the UK achieve the WHO hepatitis C eradication target?

Cirrhosis and liver cancer await many chronically infected with hepatitis C. Challenging this apparent inevitability, the World Health Organization has urged countries to pledge to eliminate new cases of chronic infection by the end of the next decade. Across three diverse UK cities, this study assesses whether current investment in harm reduction and treatment is enough to reach this ‘ambitious but achievable’ goal, and if not, what sufficient provision would look like | Drug and Alcohol Findings, UK

Tobacco firms not paying fair share of UK corporation tax – report

Four largest companies dispute claim that they consistently pay less than headline rate | Guardian, UK

Opioid strong enough to sedate elephants on rise in Ohio, coroners warn

Carfentanil, described as ‘extremely potent’ and often undetectable, involved in multiple overdose deaths | Guardian, UK

Anti-opioid protesters target New York's Guggenheim over Sackler family link

Demonstrators call on museum to refuse donations from the owners of OxyContin | Guardian, UK

How the policy change of making smoking-cessation drugs available over the counter can help

The U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention recently reported that cigarette smoking reached an all-time low in 2017, with just 14 percent of Americans still indulging in the habit | Medical Xpress, USA

Study identifies new target to prevent, treat alcoholism

New research conducted at OHSU in Portland, Oregon, identifies a gene that could provide a new target for developing medication to prevent and treat alcoholism | Medical Xpress, USA

Potent marijuana edibles can pose a major unrecognized risk to patients with cardiovascular disease

With widespread legalization & increasing use, more care, education a research needed about how each marijuana formulation may affect & sometimes compromise the cardiovascular system of our aging population, according to the Canadian Journal of Cardiology | EurekAlert, USA

Man Who Shared Drugs That Caused Fatal Overdose Appeals Conviction

Two friends pooled money to buy heroin. Should the one who made the run be held responsible for the other's fatal overdose? | The Fix, USA

B.C. moves to stem high rate of overdose deaths by recent inmates

A coroner’s death review panel last year found about two-thirds B.C. residents who died of an illegal drug overdose over a 19-month period had recent contact with the criminal justice system | Vancouver Sun, Canada

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

Duncan Selbie's Friday message - 8 February 2019

Also in the news this week are the latest statistics on alcohol consumption. This is a mixed picture. Fewer young people are drinking but older people are drinking more. Alcohol-related admissions to hospital are increasing, as is liver disease, the only long term condition going in the wrong direction | PHE blog, UK

Drugs and violence review must consider the legal context

Today (8/2/19), the Home Office announced that it had appointed Dame Carol Black to chair its review into the relationship between drugs and crime. We welcome the appointment of Dame Carol, who has extensive knowledge of substance use issues, and who chaired a major review on substance use, addiction and employment in 2016 | Transform blog, UK

Nick Hopkinson: The prominence of e-cigarettes is a symptom of decades of failure to address smoking properly

A real danger is that debate around e-cigarettes drowns out the work needed to implement the full range of tobacco control measures | BMJ blog, UK

The Guardian view on the science of hangovers: no more research needed

Raise a glass, though only one, to the selfless German students and Swedish sailors who have offered up their livers to science | Guardian opinion, UK

The truth about booze myths: does gin make you emotional, and are beer goggles real?

Isn’t advice about alcohol all too often misguided? I remember one morning after the night before, when the host of a 30th birthday party came in carrying four bottles of prosecco | Telegraph, UK

I was a ketamine addict and I know why there has been such a deeply worrying surge in its use

I started using ketamine in 2009. I was 17 at the time and my grandma had just passed away from cancer. I was already dealing with depression and anxiety before she died and the loss was the catalyst for me to start using the drug. I quickly became addicted. It protected me from painful feelings and offered some escapism | Independent voices, UK

Our top 5 online support services

A lot of the time, we phone organisations when we are looking for help – that’s why helplines are still very popular. Our own Scottish Families helpline takes up 40% of our monthly contacts, but at the same time our online support (web chat, email and web contact form) takes up 60% of our contacts. This stat has only recently changed in the past few months with online contacts greater than phone-based callers | SFAD blog, UK

Cannabis and CBD. UK and EU Bureaucrats -v- The People and Parliament

"The will of Parliament is being stifled by bureaucrats in the NHS and the Department of Health. They are being obstructive about the prescribing of cannabis. Many people are not yet aware of the meddling that is going on with CBD products. There is a real threat that they could be removed from sale within the next few months. The Food Standards Agency has placed cannabis extracts in the EU Novel Foods Catalogue, all CBD products could become unlawful to sell." | Peter Reynolds, UK

Amanda Feilding: ‘LSD can get deep down and reset the brain – like shaking up a snow globe’

The campaign to legalise LSD in Britain is gathering pace. The force behind the movement is an English countess for whom lobbying – and experimenting – has been a life’s work | Guardian, UK

Japan managed to win its war on drugs, why can’t we?

Walking along Tottenham Court Road on a recent, rare, trip to London I was struck by a sweet, pungent odour, which I couldn’t immediately identify. The answer arrived moments later while cutting through a dark Dickensian alley en route to Oxford Street | Spectator blog, UK

Tales of unravelling minds: a neuropsychologist’s darkest days

AK Benjamin has written a funny, truthful and shocking book about his own struggles with drink and drugs as he tried to help his mentally disordered patients | Guardian, UK

I am an offensive, joke-shouting cyclops when drunk. But will I be worse sober?

After one mortifying evening too many, I decided to give up alcohol | Guardian, UK