Daily news - 10th January 2019

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UK news

Drug and Alcohol Services available to migrants without charge

Migrants will not be charged for drug and alcohol services equivalent to ‘primary medical services’ following amendments to the Department for Health and Social Care’s Guidance on implementing the overseas visitors charging regulations | Blenheim, UK

Constant cravings: is addiction on the rise?

From sex to sugar to social media, people are in the grip of a wider range of compulsive behaviours.But what is driving them – and what can be done? | Guardian, UK

Smokers who use e-cigarettes no more likely to quit in the long term, study finds

People who use e-cigarettes alongside traditional cigarettes are no more likely to quit smoking in the long term than those who only smoke cigarettes, research published in Nicotine & Tobacco Research (20 October 2018) has shown | Pharmaceutical Journal, UK

Epileptic girl, 2, who has been prescribed medicinal cannabis still can’t get it on the NHS – leaving her father paying £1,000 a month for a private supply

Jorja Emersons father Robin, from Northern Ireland, cannot get the medicine in his own country and has to fly to London | i news, UK

How Britain became the world’s largest expert in medical marijuana

In the investment houses of Mayfair, bullish analysts are excited about the prospect of a ‘green rush’ | Spectator, UK

Homeless teen 'housed with drug users' in Newport

A council is reviewing its support for homeless teenagers after one youth claimed he was housed with drug users | BBC, UK

Thomas Minns: Ex-Hull KR player gets 16-month doping ban

Former Hull KR centre Thomas Minns has been banned for 16 months after testing positive for cocaine | BBC, UK

Dan Evans moves closer to first grand-slam appearance since cocaine ban

Dan Evans walked into the interview room at Melbourne Park on Wednesday, and then stopped in his tracks. “That’s... actually... me!” he said, looking at the giant mural-style photograph that took up the entirety of one wall | Telegraph, UK

Multiple arrests target 'county lines' drugs trade

Police say 22 people have been arrested and 10 charged, in raids tackling the supply of illegal drugs to Cumbria | BBC, UK

Lewes Prison drug smuggling ring hid Spice inside packs of Maltesers, court hears

Members of a family ran an audacious scheme to smuggle drugs into Lewes Prison and hid spice in packs of Maltesers sweets, prosecutors say | Sussex Express, UK


International news

Get rich quick: Are cannabis products the new avocado on toast?

CBD, one of the substances found in marijuana, has been lauded as the late 2018 hipster must-have. It's a young industry and the smoke from its seedy past is disappearing, leaving room for  high-end marketing and money-making | Independent, UK

One of the ‘Most Dangerous People’ in the World - audio

The British doctor Judith Mackay was labelled by some in the tobacco industry as one of the three most dangerous people in the world. Judith saw so many patients in 1970s Hong Kong suffering from smoking-related diseases that she started campaigning, hard, against cigarettes | BBC, UK

Worrisome statistics around medical cannabis users operating vehicles

More public education and guidelines are needed to increase marijuana users' understanding of cannabis-related driving impairment | Science Daily, USA

Wound Botulism Outbreak Among Persons Who Use Black Tar Heroin — San Diego County, California, 2017–2018

During September 29–October 6, 2017, the County of San Diego Public Health Services (COSD) was notified of two patients with suspected wound botulism and a history of using black tar heroin | CDC, USA

First smartphone app to detect opioid overdose and its precursors

At least 115 people die every day in the U.S. after overdosing on opioids, according to the National Institute on Drug Abuse | Medical Xpress, USA


Blogs, comment and opinion

Vaping: smokers who switch could be less likely to use cigarettes again

One of the most common New Year’s resolutions is to stop smoking. Quite rightly so, considering smoking is the biggest leading, preventable cause of death, worldwide | Conversation, UK

Teen Vaping Is Bad, but the Alternative Is Worse

In July 2017, the Food and Drug Administration enacted a comprehensive plan to regulate tobacco and nicotine products. The goal of this plain was “to better protect kids [from nicotine addiction] and significantly reduce tobacco-related disease and death.” | Independent Institute blog, USA