Daily news - 15th February 2019

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Research on children living in households with mental health issues, parental substance misuse and domestic abuse

We wanted to hear directly from children and give them the opportunity to talk about their experiences of living in households with mental health, parental substance misuse and domestic abuse | Children's Commissioner, UK

Alcoholic Drinks: Misuse

To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, whether his Department has plans to assist local authorities in providing support for children in homes where there is parental alcohol misuse | They work for you, UK

UK drink-drive deaths at highest level since 2009

Between 240 and 330 people killed in crashes in 2017 with at least one driver over limit | Guardian, UK

Reported drinking and driving (RAS51)

Reported drink drive accidents and casualties in Great Britain since 1979 data table updated for the 2017 provisional statistics drink drive release | Department for Transport, UK

Family Drug and Alcohol Courts: Private donors raise £280k

A group of private backers has stepped in to fund a national unit supporting courts which help parents deal with drug or alcohol addiction so their children are not taken into care | BBC, UK

Cannabis-based treatment will be offered to dementia patients 

Cannabis will be used to treat symptoms of dementia in the first major UK trial to test its use, scientists have announced | Telegraph, UK

Teenage cannabis use linked to depression in later life

A review has found that teenagers aged under 18 who used cannabis were 37% more likely to get depression in early adulthood than teenagers who didn't | NHS Choices: Behind the Headlines, UK

All-cause and cause-specific mortality in Scotland 1981–2011 by age, sex and deprivation: a population-based study

Average life expectancy has stopped increasing for many countries. This has been attributed to causes such as influenza, austerity policies and deaths of despair (drugs, alcohol and suicide). Less is known on the inequality of life expectancy over time using reliable, whole population, data. This work examines all-cause and cause-specific mortality rates in Scotland to assess the patterning of relative and absolute inequalities across three decades | European Journal of Public Health, UK

Quantifying tobacco and alcohol imagery in Netflix and Amazon Prime instant video original programming accessed from the UK: a content analysis

[Open access] Exposure to tobacco and alcohol content in audio-visual media is a risk factor for smoking and alcohol use in young people. Previous UK research has quantified tobacco and alcohol content in films and broadcast television but not that of video-on-demand (VOD) services such as Netflix and Amazon Prime | BMJ, UK

Prisons 'playing catch-up to psychoactive drug use' says minister

Rory Stewart says drugs such as spice are fuelling endemic rise in prison violence | Guardian, UK

HMP Nottingham prisoners smuggled drugs in Harry Potter book

A copy of Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire found in an HMP Nottingham cell tested positive for a psychoactive substance similar to Spice | BBC, UK

Precursor chemical import and export authorisation wallchart

Updared - New wall chart added. This chart shows the regulation of precursor chemicals in the UK | Home Office, UK

Prisons: Drugs

To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, pursuant to the Answer of 28 January 2019 to Question 210641 on Prisons: Drugs, how many ambulances attended each prison as a result of (a) staff injuries and (b) staff injuries due to exposure to psychoactive substance in each year since 2010 | They work for you, UK

Cannabis farm to grow crop in Guernsey

Permission was given to cultivate the low THC (Tetrahydrocannabinol), high CBD (Cannabidiol) plants at Le Douit Vinery, Vale, by the Committee for Health & Social Care | ITV, UK


International news

Venice's Bibione beach is the first in Italy to ban smoking

Ban to take effect at the end of May after years of trials and research into air pollution at the Veneto seaside resort | Guardian, UK

The Deadly Worst-Case Scenario for America's Xanax Obsession

Cracking down on the legal supply is not a solution. In fact, it could spell disaster | VICE, UK

Three charged over 'largest dark web' syndicate that sold $17m of drugs through post

Trio are accused of sending drugs including MDMA and LSD to buyers around Australia | Guardian, UK

Sri Lanka advertises for two hangmen as country resumes capital punishment

Death penalties to resume as part of Philippines-inspired campaign to be tough on drug crime | Guardian, UK

Toxic alcohol kills dozens in northern India

Video. At least 74 people have died after consuming toxic alcohol in northern India, triggering a crackdown on bootleggers by police | BBC, UK

Confessions of a Soviet alcoholic - audio

In 1969, homeless Russian alcoholic Venedikt Yerofeev wrote a hugely popular book which was passed illegally from person to person. The book gave voice to a generation of Soviet intellectuals who were unable to fit into mainstream Soviet society | BBC, UK

Luxury department store Barney's introducing cannabis section

Luxury department store Barneys is adding a cannabis lifestyle and wellness section to its store | Independent, UK

Take medical use of cannabis seriously, say MEPs

MEPs propose ways to address research gaps on medical cannabis and call on member states to seize the potential of cannabis-based medicines | European Parliament, Belgium

European Parliament Passes Cannabis Resolution, Joins WHO In Supporting Medical Marijuana

Following reports about the World Health Organization (WHO) recommending a rescheduling of cannabis and several of its key components under international drug treaties, the European Parliament voted on Wednesday on a resolution that would help advance medical cannabis in the countries that form the European Union | Forbes, USA

Teens living in US states allowing medical marijuana smoke less cannabis

According to a large-scale study of American high school students, legalizing medicinal marijuana has actually led to a drop in cannabis use among teenagers | EurekAlert, USA

“Russian Doll” Is a Case Study of Existential Recovery

Russian Doll, the acclaimed Netflix comedy-drama built around Natasha Lyonne, tackles loss, trauma, self-destruction and addiction. But most importantly, it portrays recovery as an existential journey involving self-discovery, human connection and purpose | Filter Magazine, USA

Reviewed work: “Examining the relationship of vaping to smoking initiation among US youth and young adults: a reality check”

In 2018, the National Academies of Sciences, Engineering and Medicine (NASEM) released a report that examined the relationship between e-cigarette use and traditional, combustible cigarette use among young people | R street, USA

Tasmania Drug Trends 2019: Methamphetamine use, markets and harms

This bulletin provides an overview of key data sources that relate to methamphetamine use in Tasmania. For the methodology of each data source please refer to prior Tasmanian Drug Trends reports | NDARC, Australia


Blogs, comment and opinion

I've Used Heroin But Spice Is The Most Destructive Drug I've Ever Seen

Until we address why so many more people are looking to escape reality, this crisis is going to get worse | Huffington Post blog, UK

I’m a counsellor for people who’ve experienced childhood trauma

My first job is to convince people their drug use is a normal reaction to really dreadful events | Addaction blog, UK

The prominence of e-cigarettes is a symptom of decades of failure to tackle smoking properly

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

Drug War Critique: What Critics Get Wrong About Marijuana Legalization

Yesterday afternoon, I gave a talk entitled, “Drug War Critique: What Critics Get Wrong About Marijuana Legalization.” The talk is part of a monthly brown bag speaker series sponsored by Utica College’s Center for Historical Research | Points blog, USA