Daily news - 13th February 2019

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UK news

Alcohol-related violent crime 2018: still a national priority?

The latest figures from the Crime Survey for England and Wales (CSEW) 2019 indicate victims of crime believed the perpetrator(s) to be under the influence of alcohol in 39% of 561,000 violent incidents (218,790) for the year 2017/18. See here for an IAS thread summarising the key figures | Alcohol Policy UK, UK

'For every good time with my dad, there was a bad time': UK's 2.6m children of alcoholics

Despite new figures showing the devastating impact that alcohol abuse is having on families, the issue is largely invisible | Sky News, UK

Content, perceptions and impact of alcoholic drink promotions in nightlife venues that are targeted towards students

[Open access] Binge drinking is generally considered socially acceptable for students across Western culture. Social norms within the student population have meant that excessive drinking plays a key role in socialising and reinforcing peer group identity | Addictive Behaviour Reports, UK


To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, whether there are plans to reclassify cannabis use as a health and not a criminal issue | They work for you, UK

Diamorphine: Glasgow

To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, pursuant to the Answer of 19 November 2018 to Question 191442 on Diamorphine: Glasgow, what the timetable is for the decision on whether to grant a diamorphine prescribing licence to Glasgow City Health and Social Care Partnership | They work for you, UK

There's a pub on a hospital dementia ward so the men can still meet for a pint 'after work'

The beer is strictly non-alcoholic and the darts are plastic, but it's still a big hit | Wales Online, UK

How the pub survived the World Wars

Pubs have always fought through tough times, and world wars in the 20th century certainly offered hugely difficult periods | Morning Advertiser, UK

Essex County Council set to take on County Line gangs

Some £500,000 of extra funding to tackle so-called county lines drugs has been allocated, it has been announced | BBC, UK

Perceived safety and subjective effects of psilocybin (magic) mushrooms

Survey. Call for participants.The purpose of the study is to better understand perception of safety of psilocybin (magic) mushrooms amongst users and non-users. We also wish to obtain information about the subjective effects of using magic mushrooms | University of Liverpool, UK

Manchester rough sleepers could face £100 fines

Rough sleepers who refuse to move from doorways could be fined £100 in a proposed crackdown on anti-social behaviour in Manchester city centre | BBC, UK

Alesha MacPhail's father 'sold cannabis to murder accused'

Jurors in the Alesha MacPhail murder trial have heard that her father sold cannabis to the teenager accused of killing her | BBC, UK


International news

Trying to quit smoking? Vaping could be the best way to do it

New research suggests e-cigarette users are less likely to feel miserable when attempting to kick the habit | Independent, UK

Eight charged in Germany over banana box cocaine smuggling

Investigators say huge cocaine ring smuggled hundreds of kilograms of drug into country | Guardian, UK

El Chapo verdict: Jury reaches decision in trial of Mexican drug lord Joaquín Guzmán

The jury in the Joaquin “El Chapo” Guzman trial has reached a verdict, after entering into a sixth day of deliberations Tuesday | Independent, UK

Will El Chapo's conviction change anything in the drug trade?

The nearly half a century old ‘war on drugs’ shows no sign of ending, and neither does the illegal drug trade | Guardian, UK

HSE and USI launch new drug harm-reduction campaign for students

The Health Service Executive (HSE) has partnered with the Union of Students in Ireland (USI) for a new initiative aimed at reducing drug-related harm among young Irish people | Joe, Ireland

EMCDDA signs two new working arrangements with ECHA and EFSA

Two new working arrangements will be signed in Brussels today between the EMCDDA and the European Chemicals Agency (ECHA) and the European Food Safety Authority (EFSA) | EMCDDA, Portugal

Antidepressant based on party drug gets backing from FDA advisory group

Esketamine could soon be approved for use in people, although questions remain about its efficacy and potential for abuse | Nature, USA

Drinking and drug-use dreams in recovery tied to more severe addiction history

Frequency of these relapse dreams decreases as the body and brain adapt to abstinence | Science Daily, USA

Insurance rules make it harder to treat opioid use disorder

Insurance industry cost-control measures may be worsening the nation's opioid epidemic by limiting access to a key medication that treats addiction, according to a research letter published today in the Journal of the American Medical Association | Medical Xpress, USA

Prescription opioid overdose deaths falling in Iowa - synthetics and heroin spike new concern

Stronger regulation and efforts to prescribe fewer opioids have helped reduce overdose deaths in Iowa, but an Iowa State University researcher says another crisis is on the horizon | Medical Xpress, USA

Smoking and vaping in public venues: Who’s more likely to say something?

Most public venues in the United States prohibit cigarette smoking to combat the harms of secondhand smoke and littering, and regulations of the increasingly popular e-cigarette are catching up | BASIS, USA

What do we really know about e-cigarettes and vaping?

E-cigarettes get teenagers hooked on nicotine. Or they aid cigarette smokers seeking to quit. Or they may be harmful in other ways | Medical Xpress, USA

Inside the Alcohol Industry's Lobbying Blitz on Cannabis

The lobbying boom, mainly involving trade associations, comes as the alcohol industry considers whether the booming legalized marijuana business represents a competitor or corollary | National Law Journal, USA

Bootleg Liquor Kills 100 In India's Worst Outbreak In Years

Bootleg liquor is being blamed for more than 100 deaths in northern India, after alcohol poisoning sickened people in two states. It's the worst outbreak of deadly booze to hit India in years | npr, USA

Cannabis legalisation to be delayed by new parliamentary rules

While the bill has in-principle support from most of the ACT's parliament, the legislation will be exposed to a new level of scrutiny, delaying its passage | SMH, Australia


Blogs, comment and opinion

Expert reaction to study comparing heat-not-burn, vaping and smoking

Reactions to a study published in ERJ Open Research which claims that heat-not-burn eCig devices can alter lung function and may not be a safer option than cigarette or cCig vaping | Science Media Centre, UK

The Trip Report 12/02

Through the work of organisations such as WEDINOS, The Loop, and DanceSafe, we know a little more about the drugs in circulation. The report provided below is a summary of their findings over the last week | Cameron Scally, UK

Most of you said alcohol has affected your decisions around sex - here's what else we learned

Two experts weigh in on the results of our sexual health survey for The Health Check with Irish Life Health | Journal, Ireland

World War II and Drug Prevention

In 1937, as the first director for the Federal Bureau of Narcotics (FBN), Harry J. Anslinger eliminated any possibility that cannabis, or “marihuana,” could be a gateway drug | Points blog, USA