Daily news - 12th July 2019

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UK news

Opioid abuse: Should patients sign for strong drugs?

Patients prescribed strong painkillers by their GP should sign a form to prove they understand the risks, a charity has urged | BBC, UK

Seeing greenery linked to less intense and frequent cravings

Being able to see green spaces from your home is associated with reduced cravings for alcohol, cigarettes and harmful foods, new research has shown. The study, led by the University of Plymouth, is the first to demonstrate that passive exposure to nearby greenspace is linked to both lower frequencies and strengths of craving | EurekAlert, UK

NDTMS: accreditation for software suppliers

Software supplier accreditation details. This guidance is for drug and alcohol treatment providers and software system suppliers responsible for uploading data to NDTMS and it details the 2 assessment stages to get compliance accreditation | PHE, UK

Free Clinical Update Special Edition - Espranor®

This clinical update focuses on Espranor® (bup-lyo), the lyophilized (rapid-disintegrating) buprenorphine tablet for opioid use disorder (OUD), produced by Ethypharm, which has been available since January 2017 | SMMGP and FDAP, UK

Nurses who work with people who use substances in Scotland views sought for short online survey

Nurses who work directly with people who use substances are being asked to fill out a short survey about the potential for a nurse’s network in Scotland | SDF, UK

SHAAP/SARN 'Alcohol Occasionals' 2019 - Extra event: Booking now open!

Scottish Health Action on Alcohol Problems (SHAAP) and the Scottish Alcohol Research Network (SARN) are pleased to organise the lunchtime 'Alcohol Occasional' seminars. These showcase innovative research on alcohol use and provide the chance for researchers, practitioners and policy makers and members of the public to hear and discuss alcohol related topics, over lunch in the historic Royal College of Physicians of Edinburgh at 9 Queen Street, Edinburgh | SHAAP, UK

Dealing with Desi Dealers - audio

Are we doing enough to tackle drugs in the desi community? | BBC Radio Asian Network, UK

Top GP praises ‘alcohol hubs’ as part of decentralised Neighbourhoods care plan

A top GP in Hackney has revealed changes in the way substance misuse is being approached locally, offering a glimpse into the future of primary care in the borough | Hackney Citizen, UK

Violin prodigy, 17, found dead in Kensington mansion amid warning of 'calvin klein' drug craze

Ateenage violin prodigy was found dead at her father’s Kensington mansion amid warnings of a new “calvin klein” drugs craze | Telegraph, UK



International news

Dispensing alcohol in hospitals and the wider community

‘We don’t give alcoholics alcohol’ is the complaint often levied against treatment programmes prescribing substitutes for heroin. But actually sometimes we do; why, where, and how has it worked out? | Drug and Alcohol Findings, UK

Four Britons arrested in eastern China after drugs bust involving foreigners

Four Britons have been arrested in an eastern China province, the British embassy said on Friday, two days after Chinese police announced a drug bust there involving 16 foreigners | Telegraph, UK

Prediction of psychiatric comorbidity on premature death in a cohort of patients with substance use disorders: a 42-year follow-up

We need to better understand how the use of different substances and psychiatric comorbidity influence premature death generally and cause-specific death by overdose, intoxication and somatic disorders in people with substance use disorders | BMC Psychiatry, UK

Psychedelic mental health treatment expected to be approved in Australia within five years

Victorian government urged to help fund and establish psychedelic medicine centre | Guardian, UK

Defqon.1 deaths: paramedic tells of disarray inside music festival's medical tent

NSW Ambulance paramedic says lack of leadership and crew resource management ‘abhorrent’ | Guardian, UK

Philippines drugs war: UN votes to investigate killings

The UN Human Rights Council has voted to set up an investigation into alleged crimes committed during the Philippine government's war on drugs | BBC, UK

US Coast Guard filmed raiding moving submarine filled with £185m of cocaine

A crew member on board US Coastguard cutter Munro can be heard shouting “stop your boat now” in Spanish over the sound of the waves as he draws up beside the semi-submersible vessel, nicknamed a “narco-submarine” | Independent, UK

Psychedelic crossings: American mental health and LSD in the 1970s

This article places a spotlight on lysergic acid diethylamide (LSD) and American mental health in the 1970s, an era in which psychedelic science was far from settled and researchers continued to push the limits of regulation, resist change and attempt to revolutionise the mental health market-place | BMJ, UK

National income and expenditure 2018

This report includes preliminary estimates of the national accounts for the year 2018 together with revised estimates for the years 2013 to 2018. The tables relate to national income and expenditure, capital formation and savings together with details of transactions of the government sector classified in accordance with national accounting definitions. [Includes exenditure on tobacco and alcohol] | CSO, Ireland

President Marcelo Rebelo de Sousa: ‘We cannot allow the positive results of public policies to diminish the importance of the drugs issue on the political agenda’

His Excellency the President of the Portuguese Republic, Marcelo Rebelo de Sousa visited the EU drugs agency (EMCDDA) today for an insight into the work of the agency and the latest trends and developments in the drug situation in Europe. This was the President’s first visit to the EMCDDA since he took office | EMCDDA, Portugal

“Marseilles Bears a Heavy Stigma of Drug Trafficking and Use” – An Interview with Beatrice Stambul

The city of Marseilles decided to open its first drug consumption room. Read our interview with Beatrice Strambul, who has been in the forefront of the harm reduction movement in France since the 1990s | Drug Reporter, Hungary

Most US adults favor lowering nicotine levels in cigarettes

Most US adults—including 8 in 10 cigarette smokers—favor requiring cigarette makers to lower nicotine levels in cigarettes so that they are less addictive, according to a new report | CDC, USA

U.S. Adults’ Attitudes Toward Lowering Nicotine Levels in Cigarettes

Most adults favor requiring cigarette makers to lower the nicotine levels in cigarettes, including 8 in 10 current cigarette smokers. These findings can help inform the U.S. Food and Drug Administration's recent proposal to pursue a nicotine reduction standard for cigarettes | AJPM, USA

California Today: What Can California Expect After 5 Years of Legal Marijuana?

Learning from the ways weed has reshaped Colorado | NYTimes, USA

Will Nearly 2,000 Pending Opioid Lawsuits End In A Master Settlement?

Attorneys are attempting to put together a settlement that would make a "meaningful impact on the deeply tragic opioid crisis." | The Fix, USA

Opioid use is reduced in patients treated with NSAIDS

Patients receiving a post-surgery prescription of ibuprofen with a rescue prescription of Percocet used less opioids than a group of similar patients who were prescribed just Percocet | Science Daily, USA

House of Yes begins fentanyl harm reduction programming

Fentanyl, a highly-concentrated synthetic opioid that can be 80-100 times stronger than morphine, has been increasingly cut into cocaine - without the knowledge of purchasers. As a result, numerous opioid overdoses have occurred with unsuspecting users in recent years | MixMag, USA

Under new North Carolina law, drug dealers could be charged with second-degree murder

Under a new North Carolina law, a drug dealer who illegally sells a controlled substance that causes someone's death could be charged with second-degree murder | News5Cleveland, USA

Juuling could damage your teeth: Here's what you should know

Dentists are noticing cavities and tooth damage in patients who vape | CNET, USA

'It's so difficult': Canadian cannabis research mired in red tape

Hundreds of academics across the country are waiting on a complex approval process to begin studying the impacts of cannabis on an array of topics including impacts on drivers, CTV News has learned | CTV News, Canada

Can we stop festival deaths? - audio

Why are young people dying at music festivals? That's the question a New South Wales inquest into drug-related festival deaths is asking right now. In today's episode we look at what the inquest has uncovered so far and if it could change how Australia thinks about drugs | abc.net.au, Australia


Blogs, comment and opinion

We know how to reduce premature deaths from co-morbid mental health and substance use problems, so why aren’t we doing anything about it?

Long term follow up studies are as rare as hen’s teeth, but are an important method for observing population health. Despite their limitations they provide intelligence that go beyond the usual snapshot revealed in many studies | Mental Elf blog, UK

Too much violence, drugs and inactivity in prison

This Tuesday (9 July 2019) Chief Inspector of Prisons Peter Clarke published his annual report which highlighted unprecedented levels of violence, drugs and inactivity across the prison estate. He highlighted three key areas in the accompanying press release | RUssell Webster, UK