Daily news - 1st March 2019

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UK news

Alcohol-Related Hospital Statistics Scotland 2017/18 (PDF)

In 2017/18 there were 35,499 alcohol-related hospital admissions (stays) in general acute hospitals in Scotland. These relate to 23,494 Scottish residents who had at least one admission to hospital with an alcohol-related condition. Of these people, around half (11,566) were admitted for an alcohol-related admission for the first time or had not been admitted to hospital for an alcohol-related admission in the previous 10 years | ISD Scotland, UK

Bestival drugs death: Boyfriend guilty of manslaughter

A man who gave his girlfriend drugs at a festival and filmed her as she died has been found guilty of manslaughter | BBC, UK

Drug Seizures

To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, if he will make an estimate of the level of seizures required to put a successful drug trafficker of (a) heroin, (b) cocaine, (c) cannabis and (d) ecstasy out of business | They work for you, UK

Cannabis: Mental Health

To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what assessment his Department has made of links between cannabis use and mental health problems | They work for you, UK

The costs of negative affect attributable to alcohol consumption in later life: A within-between random longitudinal econometric model using UK Biobank

Research demonstrates a negative relationship between alcohol use and affect, but the value of deprecation is unknown and thus cannot be included in estimates of the cost of alcohol to society. This paper aims to examine this relationship and develop econometric techniques to value the loss in affect attributable to alcohol consumption | PLOS One, UK

Poor Scots hit hardest by booze damage sparking calls for minimum price hike

Scots in deprived areas are 13 times more likely to need psychiatric care because of alcohol than the rich, according to shock new figures | Daily Record, UK

‘Keep on moving’ – A review of the DDN Service user conference 2019

A lot has changed in drug treatment in the past twenty years. Countless contracts have come and gone, entire providers have gone out of business, several drug strategies have significantly changed the focus of treatment, and funding has plummeted | Volte Face, UK

Aspire Doncaster and Sheffield Hallam are joining colleagues at the 62nd CND (Commission on Narcotic Drugs) in Vienna

We will be presenting Recovery Cities on the 20th of March 2019. To find out more about Recovery Cites and get involved a recent Tedx talk | Aspire, UK

‘I felt hopeless and isolated’: Barrister opens up about battle with alcoholism

A candid account of one lawyer’s journey to sobriety | Legal Cheek, UK

Bags of cannabis fished from River Nene

A "high quantity" of the soggy drug was found by officers and river bailiffs in the Nene, near Whittlesey, on Wednesday | BBC, UK


International news

Tokyo to impose smoking and vaping ban at 2020 Olympics

Prohibition is tougher than regulations for last two summer games | Independent, UK

Conflict and communication: managing the multiple affordances of take-home naloxone administration events in Australia

Opioid overdose is a growing issue in Australia. Programs to provide opioid consumers with ‘take-home’ naloxone to reverse overdose exist internationally and in some Australian cities, but uptake remains inconsistent | Addiction research & Theory, UK

Martha Stewart joins Canadian marijuana grower as adviser

Stewart: ‘I’m looking forward to our first collaboration together, which will offer sensible products for people’s beloved pets’ | Guardian, UK

Alcohol and older people (PDF)

The report addresses the elderly’s increased sensitivity to the effects of alcohol which, in combination with the ageing process, may increase the risk of disease and accidents, even at relatively low consumption levels. It describes the relationship between alcohol and various diseases and problems from which the elderly may suffer, such as cardiovascular disease, diabetes, dementia, and cancer | IOGT-NTO et al, Sweden

Study reveals the structure of the second human cannabinoid receptor

A Chinese research team joined forces with Russian and U.S. biologists to obtain the crystal structure of the human type 2 cannabinoid receptor. Their findings could lead to drugs against inflammatory, neurodegenerative, and other diseases | Medical Xpress, USA

Is alcohol consumption more helpful than harmful? It depends on your age

Studies of health effects of alcohol consumption may underestimate the risks of imbibing, particularly for younger people, according to a new study in the Journal of Studies on Alcohol and Drugs | EurekAlert, USA

FDA commissioner Scott Gottlieb backs raising the minimum age for tobacco to 21

Food and Drug Administration Commissioner Scott Gottlieb expressed support Wednesday for raising the minimum age to buy tobacco products from 18 to 21 | Washington Examiner, USA

New study links electronic cigarettes and wheezing in adults

Electronic cigarette use ("vaping") is associated with wheezing in adults, according to a new study published in the journal Tobacco Control. People who vaped were nearly twice as likely to experience wheezing compared to people who didn't regularly use tobacco products | EurekAlert, USA


Blogs, comment and opinion

E-cigarette evidence update - patterns and use in adults and young people

Smoking prevalence is at an all-time low in England, but over six million people are still smoking. The recently published NHS Long Term Plan hails prevention as a way to save over 500,000 lives across the next ten years, and helping smokers to quit is a key part of the plan | PHE blog, UK

Will testing drugs really make users safer?

While we wait for further research on initiatives like new drug checking services, the question of whether recreational drug use is suited to such facilities is still up in the air | Independent voices, UK

The Guardian view on opioids in the the UK: poverty and pain

These painkillers don’t work against chronic pain. The UK must find alternatives to help sufferers in deprived areas | Guardian, UK

Alcohol trends 2019

The Statistics on Alcohol for 2019 showed there were 337,870 admissions to hospital last year primarily due to alcohol consumption | Russell Webster, UK

Treatment, as it exists, is treatment for the few

If you look at recent coverage of opioid epidemic, media outlets admit that in the past they added gasoline to the fire during the “crack epidemic” and want to apologize for those mistakes | Points blog, USA

Kyle MacDonald: Is the Portugal Model a good approach to drug use for New Zealand?

As the debate about next year's cannabis referendum slowly heats up, the "Portugal Model" has become a sort of shorthand for a liberal and permissive approach to drug use | NZHerald, New Zealand