Daily news - 21st March 2019


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Our response to the Health and Social Care Committee’s inquiry on health harms and drug policy

Collective Voice has responded to the Health and Social Care Committee’s inquiry on health harms and drug policy | Collective Voice, UK

Tackling prescription drug addiction 'needs more priority'

More priority should be given to dealing with prescription drug addiction in Wales, AMs have said | BBC, UK

Health matters: tobacco and alcohol CQUIN

This revised guidance contains updated statistics and reflects changes to the 'Screening and brief advice for tobacco and alcohol use in inpatient settings' CQUIN, to be operating in 2019 to 2020 | PHE, UK

Electronic Cigarettes

To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what plans he has to promote vaping products as an effective way for smokers to quit smoking | They work for you, UK

Alcoholism: Females

To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what steps his Department is taking to reduce rates of alcoholism among women | They work for you, UK

National Drug Treatment Monitoring System

To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, how much money from the public purse was allocated to the national drug treatment monitoring system by the Government in each year from 2010 to 2018 | They work for you, UK

Guidance - NDTMS: reference data

Document that defines the reference data (text to codal values) to use with the national drug treatment monitoring system (NDTMS) dataset. Updated 'NDTMS reference data: core dataset O' | PHE, UK

Daily use of high-strength cannabis increases risk of psychosis

Researchers have estimated that people who use high-strength cannabis daily are 5 times more likely to have a first episode of psychosis | NHS Choices: Behind the headlines, UK

Could a recreational drug help to treat alcoholism? - audio

Scientists hope that a recreational drug could help to treat people with alcohol dependence. In the UK, MDMA - the active ingredient of the class-A drug ecstasy – has been given to a handful of alcoholics who have undergone a full detox, as part of psychotherapy sessions. The researchers hope it will help to make people more receptive to therapy, increasing their chances of recovery | BBC, UK

Prison inmates too afraid to leave cells due to 'vicious circle of drugs and violence', inspectors find

Staff believe London gang affiliations are fuelling violence at HMP Onley but inspection finds drivers are 'poorly understood' | Independent, UK

Video: Parents fight for Norwich toddler to get cannabis oil on the NHS

Toddler Charlie Hughes has up to 50 seizures a day but his parents think cannabis oil is helping and are fighting to have it supplied on the NHS | BBC, UK

The Kyle Files - ITV

Jeremy Kyle investigates our relationship with alcohol. Every day in the UK more than 20 people die from excessive drinking and that number is rising | ITV, UK

LCDPR Leeds Meeting

Free event. Sat, 18 May 2019. 12:30 – 14:30 BST. Leeds. First Speaker Announcement: Ian Hamilton, University of York. Ian is associate professor of addiction at the University of York. Ian teaches and conducts research on drug use and policy. He trained as a mental health nurse and worked with people who had mental health and drug problems | The Labour Campaign for Drug Policy Reform, UK

Gambling-Related Harm — [Steve McCabe in the Chair]

I beg to move, That this House has considered gambling-related harm | They work for you, UK

Bradford grooming pair hid drugs in court toilet

Two men convicted of grooming and abusing girls showed "remarkable stupidity" by trying to smuggle drugs into prison during their trial | BBC, UK

Handcuffed 'drug suspect' found dead in river after fleeing police

The 22-year-old was stopped by officers on January 12 in Southampton and was shackled. It is understood police wanted to search him for drugs when he ran away, according to the BBC | Telegraph, UK

 

International news

Dementia rates falling thanks to smoking reductions, report finds

The risk of developing dementia is falling, thanks to lifestyle improvements such as reductions in smoking, new research has found | Telegraph, UK

San Francisco officials propose ban on sale of e-cigarettes

Legislation would ban sale of tobacco vaping devices from companies such as Juul: ‘The FDA has failed to do its job’ | Guardian, UK

‘Miss Marijuana’ beauty pageant asking for 'single and natural born women' accused of sexism and transphobia

A new American beauty pageant called Miss Marijuana has been accused of sexism and transphobia because it stipulates contestants must be a “single (unmarried), natural born woman” | Independent, UK

Rise in ‘severe’ alcohol use, say experts

Growing numbers of people have developed a “severe” alcohol problem by the time they seek treatment, an official report shows | Irish Examiner, Ireland

Programming document 2019-21

This is the first Programming Document fully grounded in the EMCDDA Strategy 2025 and it sets a milestone in the strategic and operational planning framework of the EMCDDA. Among the highlights for this period will be a follow up on the outcome of the fourth external evaluation of the EMCDDA | EMCDDA, Portugal

Narcotic Drugs - Technical Report

As a supplement to the Annual Report of the International Narcotics control Board, Narcotics Control and Estimates Section of the INCB Secretariat publishes a technical report that provides an overview of the world wide licit manufacture, export, import, stocks and consumption of substances controlled under the Convention on Narcotic Drugs 1961. In addition to providing specific figures for movements of many scheduled substances the report includes commentary on emerging and ongoing trends in the licit market for psychotropic substances under international control | INCB, USA

Psychotropic Substances - Technical Report

On an annual basis the Psychotropics Control Section of the INCB Secretariat publishes a technical report that provides an overview of the world wide licit manufacture, export, import, stocks and consumption of substances controlled under the Convention on Psychotropic Substances of 1971. In addition to providing specific figures for movements of many scheduled substances the report includes commentary on emerging and ongoing trends in the licit market for psychotropic substances under international control | INCB, USA

US experts: Medicines for opioid addiction vastly underused

Medicines proven to treat opioid addiction remain vastly underused in the U.S., the nation's top medical advisers said Wednesday | Science Daily, USA

Does nonmedical use of stimulants increase risk for gambling problems among adolescents?

In the United States approximately 882,000 adolescents experience gambling-related problems-- a population roughly equivalent to the population of South Dakota | BASIS, USA

Rethinking Ketamine in Light of a Newly Approved Depression Treatment

On March 5, the US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) approved the prescription treatment Spravato (esketamine), an intranasal spray medicine developed by Janssen Pharmaceuticals, Inc. for treatment-resistant depression | Filter Magazine, USA

Massachusetts Incarcerates Men in the Name of Drug Treatment—Now They’re Suing

A34-year-old Massachusetts man thought he was going to the Men’s Addiction Treatment Center (MATC), a facility where he had received treatment in the past, for his benzodiazepine and opioid use. Instead, he arrived at a state prison in the middle of a forest near the Massachusetts cape | Filter Magazine, USA

The WIRED guide to cannabis

Humanity just can't make up its mind about cannabis. For thousands of years, humans have used the stuff as medicine or to travel on spiritual quests | WIRED Magazine, USA

Former prisoner says he didn’t receive addiction help despite repeatedly asking for treatment

Memories of vomiting, diarrhea and unrelenting stomach pain as he withdrew from opioids in prison had Rob MacDonald repeatedly asking for addiction treatment before he left a maximum-security facility but despite dozens of formal complaints, he says he didn’t get any help | Globe and Mail, Canada

 

Blogs, comment and opinion

Can smoking cessation improve cognitive functioning in people with psychosis?

Smoking behaviour is a high-risk factor for mortality, not only for people with psychosis but also for the general population. Certainly, that’s not new to the research community | Mental Elf blog, UK

NSW's first drug summit saved lives. It's time for a second

The 1999 summit produced a fundamental shift in drugs policy and treatment. There’s no reason to doubt we can do it again | Guardian opinion, UK

From Bukowski to Hemingway: There’s a problem with the way 

A new book of excerpts from professional rogue Charles Bukowski may feel frank and forthright – but we should hesitate before seeing this as an unvarnished account of alcoholism, Ceri Radford argues | Independent, UK