Daily news - 8th July 2019

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Counting lives: Responding to children who are criminally exploited (PDF)

In this report, we find that 14 to 17 year olds are the most likely age group to be exploited by criminal gangs. We uncover alarming evidence of primary school children as young as seven or eight being targeted and exploited. But children of all ages are at risk, and the number of 10 to 17 year olds arrested for intent to supply drugs has gone up by almost 50% outside London | Children's Society, UK

Bishop calls for Church of England schools to minimise exclusions

Excluded children are vulnerable to gangs, knife crime and drugs activity, says bishop of St Albans | Guardian, UK

Drug tsar appointed to tackle record death rate

Prof Catriona Matheson's appointment comes ahead of the publication of new figures, which are expected to show drug deaths topped 1,000 last year | BBC, UK

We are victims too: A peer study into repeat victimisation among people who moved from the streets into supported accommodation in London (PDF)

RDA found people who moved from the streets into supported accommodation continue to be targeted because of their experiences with mental ill-health, substance abuse or simply appearing ‘vulnerable’ or ‘homeless’. Many felt ashamed, distressed and isolated in the aftermath of the crime | Revolving Doors, UK

Higher alcohol taxes would boost the economy

Raising alcohol taxes could benefit the UK economy, according to a new study from the University of Strathclyde’s Fraser of Allander Institute (FAI) and the Institute of Alcohol Studies (IAS). The research, published in the journal Drug and Alcohol Review, finds that higher alcohol taxes would lead to an increase in both national income and employment, provided the additional revenue is invested in public services | IAS, UK

Sheffield Shared Stories

Inside the “Sheffield Shared Stories” booklet are stories of people who have attended SMART Recovery groups at Drink Wise, Age Well in Sheffield. They have found that spending time with others who are looking to change their relationship with alcohol has been encouraging and helpful | DrinkWise AgeWell, UK

I want to try vaping – what equipment do I need?

My wife says she will leave me unless I give up smoking, but the alternatives are baffling | Guardian, UK

Tory leadership candidate vows to continue ‘Scotch whisky boom’

Prime ministerial hopeful Jeremy Hunt will pledge to undertake a review of spirits duty to help the “Scotch whisky boom” continue after Brexit | ITV, UK

Portugal opposes Welsh minimum alcohol price law

The Portuguese government is concerned its country's wines would be "less competitive" in Wales under plans for a minimum price of alcohol | BBC, UK

Amphetamines gang jailed for running 'industrial scale' labs

A drugs gang which ran "industrial scale" labs described as "potential death traps" have been jailed | BBC, UK

Cannabis cake gift eaten by unwitting Warrington nurse

A cake given to nurses by a grateful relative of a hospital patient turned out to have been laced with cannabis | BBC, UK

Chris Dunning: Secure unit patient's drug death 'accidental'

A patient on leave from a medium secure unit in Bristol who died from a drugs overdose should not have been allowed out unescorted, an inquest has found | BBC, UK

Shakira Pellow: Cornwall ecstasy death teen 'had depression'

‬Shakira Pellow, 15, had been taking anti-depressants after the break-up of her parents' marriage, it heard | BBC, UK


International news

Women who give up alcohol have better mental health, study finds

Research suggests total abstinence leads to ‘favourable change in mental wellbeing’ | Independent, UK

Butt out: Netflix to reduce number of actors smoking on screen

Netflix has pledged to reduce the number of occasions where actors use tobacco products in its original programmes, after a study suggested that smoking on the streaming service’s programmes had contributed to a rise in on-screen smoking more widely | Guardian, UK

Can cannabis treat anxiety? It's complicated

Marijuana companies and users proclaim the drug’s utility as a treatment but hard evidence is more difficult to come by | Guardian, UK

Jack Bobridge: Australian former world champion cyclist jailed for more than four years for drug dealing

The 29-year-old, who won silver medals in the team pursuit at the last two Olympics before retiring in late 2016, was arrested two years ago in Perth on charges of dealing ecstasy after a friend was caught during a nightclub sting | Independent, UK

Amnesty identifies new 'killing field' in Philippines drugs war ahead of key UN vote

Human rights group Amnesty International has identified a new “killing field” in the Philippines ahead of a United Nations vote this week on a mandate to investigate deaths during the country’s brutal three-year drugs war | Telegraph, UK

Philippines senator defends police over toddler's death in drugs raid

Ronald dela Rosa says ‘shit happens during operations’ after three-year-old girl killed | Guardian, UK

El Chapo: US prosecutors want Mexican drug lord to forfeit $12.7bn following conviction

Sum represents 'conservative' value of cocaine, cannabis and heroin he smuggled into US | Independent, UK

Festival overdose victim took multiple pills before event 'to avoid police detection'

Inquest hears Alex Ross-King consumed MDMA tablets because she was afraid of being caught with drugs at Sydney’s Fomo music festival | Guardian, UK

Toddler died after consuming liquid nicotine while mother's head was turned, coroner says

The court says it was not a case of neglect by the Melbourne boy’s mother, and the 19-month-old was well cared for | Guardian, UK

Cannabis use in active athletes: Behaviors related to subjective effects

The Athlete PEACE Survey examined cannabis use patterns and subjective effects to cannabis in a community-based cohort of adult athletes | PLOS One, USA

Pain patients left in anguish by doctors 'terrified' of opioid addiction, despite CDC change

New York resident Mickey Saxbury worked on a General Motors assembly line for 25 years before sharp, throbbing back pain from an on-the-job injury forced him to retire | USA Today, USA

Mexican Opium Prices Plummet, Driving Poppy Farmers to Migrate

The drop in prices is leading poppy farmers to seek work in the United States and other places | NYTimes, USA

E-cigarette users at greater risk of turning to traditional smoking

Three in five Australian young adults who currently use e-cigarettes are likely to initiate tobacco cigarette smoking in the next six months, new research led by Curtin University has found | Curtin University, Australia

Drug reform impact lost in war of words

The Health Select Committee has failed to agree on the future of the most significant piece of drug reform since the 1970s | Newsroom, New Zealand


Blogs, comment and opinion

DRNS Convenor to chair Scottish Drugs Death Taskforce

Professor Catriona Matheson, DRNS Convenor and Professor of Substance Use (University of Stirling) has been appointed to lead the Scottish Government’s Drugs Death Taskforce | DRNS blog, UK

A more holistic approach to supporting parents with alcohol and drug addiction

In 2018, a Public Health Report: Addressing the impact of nondependent parental substance misuse upon children, estimated that in England around 162,000 children live with a dependent opiate user and around 200,000 children live with an alcohol dependent parent | Marilyn Stowe blog, UK

Legalising cannabis would be the ultimate Conservative policy

What if you were in the running to be the next leader of the Conservatives, and I told you that with a single popular policy, you could return your party to its traditional pro-liberty roots, put the UK at the forefront of a new cutting-edge global industry, and inspire the millennial generation to vote Tory for the first time in many of their lives, all without costing the Treasury a penny? | City AM, UK

We need a cultural change over how we treat alcohol abuse

An overstretched NHS needs both funding and joined-up thinking to cope with a growing problem | Guardian opinion, UK

Testing festival goers’ pills isn’t the only way to reduce overdoses. Here’s what else works

The NSW inquest into recent drug deaths at music festivals is due to start this week. So focus is turning to how to make music festivals safer by reducing drug-related incidents | Conversation, Australia