Daily news - 15th July 2019

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UK news

Residential addiction services in England cut by third amid drug overdose and funding crisis, figures show

‘Considering that there is a crisis of drug related deaths in this country, these figures could not be more shocking’ | Independent, UK

Ketamine-like drug for depression could get UK licence within the year

Esketamine could initially become available through private clinics but potential side effects raise concerns | Guardian, UK

Corbyn: Decriminalise cannabis possession

Video. Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn tells Sky News' Sophy Ridge that possession of small of amounts of cannabis should be decriminalised | STV, UK

Support for legalising cannabis growing among British public, survey find

Poll shows policy-makers are 'significantly behind' tide of public opinion, says former Tory minister | Independent, UK

Cost-effectiveness of a combined classroom curriculum and parental intervention: economic evaluation of data from the Steps Towards Alcohol Misuse Prevention Programme cluster randomised controlled trial

[Open access] This study aimed to assess the cost-effectiveness of the Steps Towards Alcohol Misuse Prevention Programme (STAMPP) compared with education as normal (EAN) in reducing self-reported heavy episodic drinking (HED) in adolescents | BMJ, UK

Foetal Alcohol Syndrome: Health Education

To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what steps he is taking to raise awareness of foetal alcohol spectrum disorders | They work for you, UK

Pregnancy: Smoking

To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what recent steps he has taken to help reduce the number of women smoking during pregnancy | They work for you, UK

Alcohol and chefs: a real kitchen nightmare

For Craig Strippel, the stress of being a chef was cushioned by drink and drugs. Here, he talks about his recovery from a problem that plagues the restaurant industry | Guardian, UK

'You remember other ways to have fun': the loyalty card with free Nando's for recovering addicts

For people battling addiction, social isolation can be a big problem. But one charity is rewarding users with fun activities every time they use recovery services | Guardian, UK

Can cannabis oil really ease the pains of working life?

Many people use the marijuana extract CBD for pain relief, despite sketchy evidence of its benefits | Guardian, UK

Stop and search is discriminatory, so why is it on the rise?

The first stop and search Jamal ever experienced was when he was 11 years old. Now, at 24, he has been stopped numerous times. Most recently, a stop became aggressive and he was hit in the face with handcuffs, but was charged and convicted with assaulting an officer | Guardian, UK

Call for collaboration: Local policy influencing groups

Making Every Adult Matter (MEAM) is looking for local MEAM Approach areas that want to work with their policy team to tackle a local policy problem that is preventing people facing multiple disadvantage from reaching their full potential | LIP Network, UK

Making Every Adult Matter: an overview of the Transforming Local Systems conference

The event brought together the 27 Making Every Adult Matter (MEAM) Approach areas across the country, people with direct experience of multiple disadvantage, the partnership leads from the National Lottery Community Fund’s Fulfilling Lives network and MEAM staff | LIPNetwork, UK

Wrexham MP's concern at demise of 'Spice Town' taskforce

An MP fears that work to combat anti-social behaviour by drug users will suffer after a special taskforce to tackle the problem was disbanded | BBC, UK

Llanrumney family behind £3.8m cannabis gang jailed

Grandfather Jamie Germaine, 46, ran the operation from the family home in Llanrumney, Cardiff, with his sons Tyrell, 23, and Shaquille, 21 | BBC, UK

Wimbledon spectators flouting champagne rules disrupt play as corks pop onto court

As Novak Djokovic bounced the ball on the baseline, preparing to clinch the sixth game, a loud pop echoed around Wimbledon’s Court No.1 | Telegraph, UK


International news

US officer 'pulled random people over and planted meth inside their cars, causing them to lose their freedom, their children, their marriages'

Zachary Wester charged with 52 counts of false imprisonment, racketeering, fabricating evidence and possession of illegal drugs | Independent, UK

Dairy Queen worker says she was sacked after making marijuana-themed cake due to ‘manager mistake’

'So my mama called and ordered me a cake telling them how much I loved Moana. (Because really I do). Well needless to say these people thought she said marijuana,' says Kensli Davis | Independent, UK

Berejiklian sticks to drug abstinence stance when asked about over-policing at festivals

NSW premier sidesteps questions about a link between excessive police presence and young people swallowing multiple pills | Guardian, UK

Music festival doctor says treating critically ill patients didn't overwhelm him

The senior doctor who treated two critically ill patients within minutes of each other at a Sydney music festival has told an inquest the situation was chaotic but it did not overwhelm him | Guardian, UK

National Drug Treatment Reporting System 2011-2017 drug data

Latest figures from the Health Research Board show 63,303 cases* presented for treatment for problem drug use (excluding alcohol) between 2011 and 2017. The number of treated cases increased from 8,361 in 2011 to 9,892 in 2015, and then decreased to 8,922 in 2017 | HRB, Ireland

The company sells Bibles and other religious texts but it got calls about CBD, which comes from marijuana and hemp | NYTimes, USA

More than 1,700 drug-induced deaths among Australians in 2017

There were 1,795 drug-induced deaths among Australians in 2017, according to preliminary estimates released in a new report by the National Drug and Alcohol Research Centre (NDARC) at UNSW Sydney | NDARC, Australia

Trends in Drug-Induced Deaths in Australia, 1997-2017

Each year, the Australian Bureau of Statistics (ABS) makes available to Drug Trends in-depth data on drug-induced deaths in Australia. This year, we have produced a suite of products to summarise trends in drug-induced deaths in Australia from 1997 to 2017 | NDARC, Australia

'A powerful message': Should alcohol products be branded with warnings about the cancer risk?

Most Australians are aware of the cancer risk associated with smoking, unprotected sun exposure and asbestos — but what about drinking alcohol? | abc.net.au, Australia

No, '90 per cent' of people at festivals aren't on drugs. Here's our estimate

On Tuesday, the Sydney Morning Herald's front page read: "Up to 90 per cent of music fans 'use drugs'", and the article claimed that NSW Health data indicated "almost all patrons at music festivals take illicit substances" | Triple J Hack, Australia

'I want to get into their world': festival victim's mother wants to see Splendour

The mother of a young woman who fatally overdosed at a Sydney music festival wants to journey to next weekend's Splendour in the Grass to be a "fly on the wall" observing revellers and their drug consumption habits | SMH, Australia


Blogs, comment and opinion

Adam Briggs: “Sin taxes”—the language is wrong, but the evidence is clear

Boris Johnson has pledged to review the sugar levy on fizzy drinks if he becomes PM, but all that would prove is that the policy is right | BMJ opinion, UK

“It just takes one person to believe in you, and everyone deserves that.”

“At the time I was participating in Hard Edges Scotland I was homeless, and the issue was really raw for me. I wanted to be involved because I had been through the system and knew from first-hand experience how hard it is... | The Robertson Trust, UK

Pubs have a role to play in the Government’s loneliness strategy

On June 17th the Government launched a new ‘Let’s Talk Loneliness’ campaign to mark Loneliness Awareness Week 2019, following up on the publication of its strategy for tackling loneliness last October. The Prime Minister opened that paper by highlighting that loneliness ‘is a reality for too many people in our society today’ and represents ‘one of the greatest public health challenges of our time’ | History and Policy, UK

‘I earn less than I did growing cannabis, but I have peace of mind’

Former career criminal Russell Zecanovsky on how a job at Timpsons turned his life around | Guardian, UK

'My mother-in-law called me Walter White': how magic mushrooms rescued me from grief

After our daughter’s death I was overwhelmed by pain and anxiety. Microdosing home-grown mushrooms helped me cope | Guardian, UK

Tim Dowling: ‘My first podcast idea is called Mum’s on Drugs’

On Sunday evening, my wife and I arrive home from a weekend away. The middle one immediately tries to collect the £10 he’s been promised for walking the dog twice, but my wife requires documentary evidence: pictures of himself and the dog, with the park in the background | Guardian, UK