Daily news - 26th July 2019

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Official Statistics: Drug related deaths and suicides in prison custody

Analysis of drug-related deaths and suicides in England and Wales, 2008 to 2016 | ONS, UK

Open consultation: NDTMS annual reports and methodology: proposed changes

Consultation about changes to the national drug treatment monitoring system (NDTMS) annual reports format and the methodology for the young people's report. This consultation closes at 11:45pm on 25 August 2019 | PHE, UK

Throughcare support scheme suspended by prison service

The Scottish Prison Service (SPS) has suspended a scheme offering inmates extra support when leaving jail | BBC, UK

Tobacco control: How do you know that your council is doing all it can to reduce smoking-related harm? (PDF)

As the biggest preventable cause of cancer, reducing smoking is the best way to help reduce cancer risk among the local population and across England. Therefore, a comprehensive and strategic approach to tobacco control should be a priority for all local authorities. This must-know guide, developed in conjunction with Cancer Research UK, outlines the actions councils can take to implement such an approach | LGA, UK

Hepatitis C Strategy

The Turning Point hepatitis C strategy outlines how our organisation is working in partnership with other stakeholders with the aim of eliminating hepatitis C | Turning Point, UK

New project to provide help for recovering drug and alcohol addicts in Grimsby moves step closer

Creative Start has been commissioned to provide the service for North East Lincolnshire Council and Public Health England | Grimsby Live, UK

Enslaved on a British cannabis farm: ‘The plants were more valuable than my life’

Minh was 16 when he was kidnapped, raped and trafficked to the UK, and then locked up and forced to grow cannabis. But when the police found him, he was treated like a criminal rather than a victim | Guardian, UK

In a tough time for pubs, what's the secret of Wetherspoon's success?

They're often sneered at by snobs, but their success suggests that many of us have a dirty little secret – we love a good 'Spoons. From funky carpets and local historical tidbits to cheap beer and grub, Britons up and down the country just can't get enough | Telegraph, UK

Man gets jail time for his 'pop-up drug shop' at Glastonbury 2019

The Worthy Farm pop-up was closed before it got going | MixMag, UK

Drugs networks operating near Harlow 'human warehouse'

Crime near Terminus House in Harlow, Essex has increased since the converted office block, which houses many vulnerable people, opened last year | BBC, UK

GB's Luke Traynor facing ban over cocaine use he says was 'incredibly stupid'

GB cross country international Luke Traynor says he made "an incredibly stupid and uncharacteristic mistake" after testing positive for cocaine | BBC, UK

Youth charged with drug offences after schoolboy death

A teenager has been charged with drug offences after a schoolboy died after becoming ill | BBC, UK

Three arrests as cannabis factory found in Clyro

Two men from Birmingham, aged 45 and 39, and a 36-year-old from Wolverhampton were held on suspicion of producing the class B drug | BBC, UK


International news

Diageo keeps an eye on cannabis as gin and tequila sales soar

Drinks firm says it will wait and see before investing in marijuana after its profits rise | Guardian, UK

Vulnerabilities, resilience and quality of life in a homeless population

This report presents quantitative and qualitative findings from research (the ‘Shelter survey’) into the quality of life of persons who are homeless and residing in the Simon Emergency Shelter, Anderson’s Quay, Cork. It also presents findings, in Section 9, from a similar study (the ‘Resident survey’) into tenants of accommodation to whom support is being provided by Cork Simon Community housing support services | Cork Simon Community, Ireland

Harm Reduction Nonprofit Sues Facebook Over Censorship

“We are fighting for the rights of all users of the Internet to appeal from social media giants' decisions,” the nonprofit's rep told The Fix | The Fix, USA

Lawmakers blast Juul over the company’s role in teen vaping ‘epidemic’

Lawmakers blasted Juul for its alleged role in fueling a teen vaping “epidemic,” calling the company’s tactics “right out of the tobacco playbook” and eager to understand what makes Juul’s e-cigarettes “so attractive to teenagers.” | CNBC, USA

The impact of e-cigarette marketing on social media

Engagement with e-cigarette marketing and user-created communities on social media has a varied impact on users of these products, according to a study in the Journal of Advertising Research (JAR) | WARC, USA

Why Those of Us Who Choose Sobriety Should Back Safe Consumption Sites

In many areas of public health and medicine, best practices are routinely adopted without much resistance. Sure, there is always some reluctance to switch from what’s always been done to what science tells us provides the best outcomes | Filter Magazine, USA

Nicotine Testing for High Schoolers Is a Drug War-Style Disaster

As the so-called epidemic of teen vaping continues to garner sensational headlines—“Why vaping is so dangerous for teens”; “The scary truth about teen vaping”— tactics from the War on Drugs playbook are increasingly used to punish teens who vape | Filter Magazine, USA

Alcohol and other drug treatment services in Australia 2017–18

In 2017–18, 952 publicly-funded alcohol and other drug treatment services provided just under 210,000 treatment episodes to an estimated 130,000 clients. The four most common drugs that led clients to seek treatment were alcohol (35% of all treatment episodes), amphetamines (27%), cannabis (22%) and heroin (6%). Two-thirds (66%) of all clients receiving treatment were male and the median age of clients was 34 | AIHW, Australia

Steep declines in hepatitis C among people who inject drugs show Australia’s treatment for all approach is working

Hepatitis C has declined by a staggering 60% among people who inject drugs since new hepatitis C cures were made available through the Pharmaceutical Benefits Scheme (PBS) in 2016, according to a new report released today by the Kirby Institute at UNSW Sydney | Kirby Institute, Australia

Australian NSP Survey National Data Report 2014 – 2018

The Australian Needle and Syringe Program Survey (ANSPS) provides serial point prevalence estimates of human immunodeficiency virus (HIV) and hepatitis C virus (HCV) (antibody and RNA) and sexual and injecting risk behaviour among people who inject drugs (PWID) in Australia. This report presents national and state/territory data for the period 2014 to 2018 | Kirby Institute, Australia

Older adults, not young people, behind forecast increase in alcohol consumption - academics

Per capita alcohol consumption in New Zealand is predicted to increase over the next decade, according to a recent study in medical journal The Lancet. This contrasts with forecast declines in Australia and the United Kingdom, countries with similar drinking cultures | Stuff.co.nz, New Zealand

Needle exchanges programme appalled that their clients are being charged by police

The people running the country's globally-acclaimed needle exchanges programme are dismayed police are charging their clients for possessing needles and syringes that they've obtained legally | TVNZ, New Zealand


Blogs, comment and opinion

Treatment blueprints for drug dependent prisoners

Previous research has shown a ‘cliff-edge’ of support for released prisoners recovering from substance abuse. Whilst prison interventions can effectively initiate recovery journeys, prisoners’ hopes for transformation become unrealistic when they are released homeless and unsupported | Russell Webster, UK



And finally...

Hungry bear steals cannabis shop’s entire wheelie bin

Bud Depot employee Nikko Garza said the bear had been spotted before and was affectionately nicknamed Cheeseburger by staff. The bear is known to visit the Thai restaurant next to the cannabis shop, but this is the first time it has broken into the cannabis dispensary | Metro, UK