Daily news - 6th March 2019

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Finding a Needle in a Haystack: Take-Home Naloxone in England 2017/18

This report updates Release’s previous reporting on ‘Take-home Naloxone in England: 2016/17’ and presents novel findings on take-home naloxone provision in custodial settings, such as in prisons, across England for the period 2017/18 | Release, UK

Estimating the Prevalence of Problem Drug Use in Scotland, 2015-16 Estimates (PDF)

The number of individuals with problem drug use in Scotland was estimated to be in the range 55,800 to 58,900 during 2015/16. This represents an estimated prevalence rate of approximately 1.62% | ISD Scotland, UK

Use and Misuse of Drugs in Scotland inquiry

The deadline for written submissions is Friday 12 April 2019 | Parliament.uk, UK

Local tobacco control profiles for England: March 2019 update

An overview of the extent of tobacco use, tobacco related harm and the measures being taken to reduce this harm at a local level in England | PHE, UK

Smoking Cessation Local Delivery Plan standard quarterly reporting (PDF)

This release by Information Services Division (ISD) presents information on NHS smoking cessation services in Scotland and their progress towards their 2018/19 Local Delivery Plan (LDP) Standard. The LDP Standard for NHS Scotland in 2018/19 is to achieve at least 7,568 selfreported successful twelve-week quits (those people still not smoking after 12 weeks) through smoking cessation services in the most deprived areas | ISD Scotland, UK

Facial recognition technology to help in fight against prison drug trafficking

Biometric technology which can identify visitors who may be trafficking drugs into prisons has been successfully trialled, Justice Secretary David Gauke revealed today (6 March 2019) | MoJ, UK

Minutes and slides available of APPG meeting on 7 Feb 2019

The minutes and slides from the meeting of the APPG for PDD on 7 Feb can be found here | APPG, UK

Drink wise, age well; reducing alcohol related harm among people over 50: a study protocol

Evidence suggests that the use of alcohol among older adults (defined as those aged 50+) has increased in recent years, with people aged 55–64 now more likely to exceed the recommended weekly guidelines than any other age group | BMC Public Health, UK

Cannabis: Licensing

To ask Her Majesty's Government, further to the Written Answer by Baroness Williams of Trafford on 14 February (HL13376), how many applications for licences to cultivate high THC cannabis for (1) research and (2) the extraction of cannabinoids they have received since 1 January 2016 | They work for you, UK

Alcoholic Drinks: Misuse

To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what the cost to the public purse was of the NHS treating preventable alcohol-related injuries in (a) 2016, (b) 2017 and (c) 2018 | They work for you, UK

Smoking: Health Services

To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what assessment his Department has made of the effectiveness of services provided by local authorities to help people give up smoking | They work for you, UK

2C-B Is the Drug Taking Over the UK's Clubs

For decades, only psychedelic connoisseurs knew about 2C-B, but in recent years knowledge has spread, leading more and more dealers to sell it on the darknet | VICE, UK

FREE WEBINAR: Compassionate Pragmatism: An integrative approach to treating problematic substance use

We are delighted to offer this recorded webinar by Andrew Tatarsky Ph.D., Founder and Director, Center for Optimal Living, NYC; a comprehensive psychotherapy and professional training center based on Integrative Harm Reduction Psychotherapy | SMMGP, UK

These pills could kill you - BBC iPlayer

What’s behind Scotland’s rising toll of drugs deaths? Reporter Chris Clements pieces together heartbreaking stories from one rural community where lives have been devastated by the growing abuse of prescription pills. The investigation reveals an illicit online trade in pills driven by social media | BBC Panorama, UK

The Family Drug and Alcohol Court - audio

We visit a problem-solving court in Coventry. Joshua Rozenberg speaks to judges, social workers and a mother whose drug addiction put her at risk of losing her children | BBC, UK

Booze cruise back in fashion as Britons stock up before Brexit

Majestic Wine’s Calais sales soar as survey suggests one in 10 Britons are stockpiling food | Guardian, UK

March 2019 – Current Issue

This is a quick summary of the main discovery for each research paper we have published | Addiction, UK

Bestival death: Ceon Broughton to appeal manslaughter conviction

A man jailed for manslaughter after giving his girlfriend drugs at a music festival and filming her as she died will appeal, his barrister has said | BBC, UK

Totton drug dealer 'murdered in frenzied attack'

A drug dealer was murdered in a "frenzied assault" by two brothers who stabbed, kicked and punched him, a court has heard | BBC, UK

Toilet stash cannabis farm flushed out in Norfolk

A cannabis farm was flushed out when police found a large haul of the drug stashed in a toilet | BBC, UK


International news

Surviving death row after being tricked into drug trafficking - audio

When Nokwazi Memela's pastor told her about a job importing carpets from Iran she was excited about earning money to support her children. Little did she know she had been tricked into becoming a drug mule | BBC, UK

Amnesty backs calls to decriminalise possession of drugs for personal use

Amnesty is backing calls to decriminalise the possession of drugs for personal use | Irish Examiner, Ireland

FDA allows treatment of depression with club drug's cousin

A mind-altering medication related to the club drug Special K won U.S. approval Tuesday for patients with hard-to-treat depression, the first in a series of long-overlooked substances being reconsidered for severe forms of mental illness | Medical Xpress USA

Statement from FDA Commissioner Scott Gottlieb, M.D., on forceful new actions focused on retailers, manufacturers to combat youth access to e-cigarettes as part of FDA’s Youth Tobacco Prevention Plan

As the number of children using e-cigarettes remains at epidemic levels, our enforcement work has been one cornerstone of our efforts to protect youth from the dangers of tobacco products | FDA, USA

FDA chief tough on e-cigs steps down in surprise resignation

U.S. Food and Drug Administration Commissioner Scott Gottlieb said on Tuesday that he plans to step down next month, a sudden resignation that calls into question how the agency will handle issues such as surging e-cigarette use among teens and efforts to increase competition in prescription drugs | Reuters, USA

This bill could ban e-cigarette flavors nationwide

Colorado congresswoman Diana DeGette plans to introduce legislation this week that could ban e-cigarette flavors on a national level, her office announced Monday | CNN, USA

U.S. deaths from suicide, substance abuse reach record high

Deaths from drugs, alcohol and suicide in the United States hit an all-time high in 2017—more than 150,000 in all | Medical Xpress, USA

Heroin users aware of fentanyl, but at high risk of overdosing

Survey of users highlights need for more proactive overdose-prevention strategies | EurekAlert, USA

Over half of ED visits for nonmedical prescription drug use are patients under 35

Nonmedical prescription drug use is a common cause of emergency department (ED) visits in the United States for medication-related harm, but data on effects of nonmedical use of pharmaceuticals are limited | Medical Xpress, USA

A Ban on Smoking and Vaping in Cars With Minors Will Have Racist Consequences

On a main city street in Auckland, New Zealand last month, two women staged a protest against police inaction over violent assaults against women | Filter Magazine, USA

“Junkie” Caricatures Make Us All More Vulnerable to Addiction

Ishot heroin for the first time because I wanted to write poetry about it. I’m cringing just writing that sentence. It reeks of privilege and naivety and hubris. It’s so fucking dumb | Filter Magazine, USA

Study: A Seattle Safer Consumption Site Would Save Money, as Well as Lives

Just one safer consumption space (SCS) for people who use drugs in Kings County, Washington would generate annual savings worth more than four times the amount of money needed to keep it running, reports a new study | Filter Magazine, USA

“Mom, When They Look at Me, They See Dollar Signs”

How rehab recruiters are luring recovering opioid addicts into a deadly cycle | Mother Jones, USA

6-month implant newest option in Canada to treat addiction amid opioid crisis

Montreal-based Knight Therapeutics licensed implant from U.S. company for Canada-wide distribution | CBC News, Canada



Blogs, comment and opinion

Harry’s blog 83: The arrogance of public health

This blog unashamedly takes its title from a very interesting article by Ronald Dworkin who is an American anaesthesiologist, teaches political philosophy at George Washington University and is a Senior Fellow at the Hudson Institute, where he heads up its Medicine, Society, and Culture project | NSP blog, UK

Cocaine clichés and London blinkers: yet another knife crime myth-buster

Tough on crime, tough on the misidentified causes of crime | New Statesman, UK

Two tales of a Perth festival

On the 6th of January 2019, The West Australian Newspaper published two pieces by the same author regarding the Fremantle Falls Festival. The first was an ‘expose’ about apparent rampant drug use at the Festival. It constructs those who use drugs as reckless and morally depraved, perpetuating an ‘us-vs-them’ divide in which people who use drugs are somehow abnormal | AOD MediaWatch, Australia