Daily news - 8th May 2019

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UK news

Health and Social Care Committee meeting on drugs policy - video

Three panels of experts look at what a new drug policy should look like | Parliament.tv, UK

National intelligence network on drug health harms briefing: May 2019

Briefings on the health harms associated with drug use based on presentations and discussions at the meeting of the national intelligence network | PHE, UK

Consensus Statement on Sustainable Funding for Public Health

We call on Government to increase investment in public health to prevent ill health, reduce health inequalities, and support a sustainable health and social care system | Various, UK

Mass media to communicate public health messages in six health topic areas: a systematic review and other reviews of the evidence

Mass media campaigns can be used to communicate public health messages at the population level. Although previous research has shown that they can influence health behaviours in some contexts, there have been few attempts to synthesise evidence across multiple health behaviours | NIHR, UK

My Client Told Me About Her Childhood Trauma – As Her Therapist She Showed Me The Best Of Humanity

Emma’s experience shines a light on the punitive way we often treat people who use substances to cope with emotional pain | Huffington Post, UK

'Smoking, drinking and drugs': why life expectancy in Hartlepool is so low

Hartlepudlians say the town feels left behind – in stark contrast to central London | Guardian, UK

NI alcohol deaths are 'tip of the iceberg'

Joe McCrisken was speaking at a joint inquest into the deaths of four people as a result of alcohol abuse | BBC, UK

Glasgow has 'most compelling case in Europe' for safe drug injecting room

A panel of academics from universities in Glasgow and Stirling said all the evidence points to a facility being able to reduce harm caused by problem drug use and public drug injecting | Glasgow Evening Times, UK

County Lines

‘County Lines’ is a term used when drug gangs from big cities expand their operations to smaller towns, often using violence to drive out local dealers and exploiting children and vulnerable people to sell drugs | NCA, UK

The mums who took cocaine during play dates

Cocaine use in England and Wales is at a 10-year high, with middle-class users accused of fuelling the drugs trade. The Victoria Derbyshire programme met two mothers who described how their addiction affected their lives | BBC, UK

Trevor Bayliss: Alex Hales verdict sends out a message to the whole of English cricket

“It’s not just a message to the players in this team, it’s a message to the rest of the players in England, throughout county cricket. Those sort of decisions (about taking recreational drugs) will not be tolerated | Telegraph, UK

Overdose Prevention, Intervention and Naloxone Training for Trainers

Free training. 15th May. Shetland. This one day course will cover the core areas of drug-related deaths on a global, national and local scale, opioid-related overdose prevention and explore methods and models of community-based delivery and adult learning | SDF, UK


International news

Effectiveness Bank bulletin for International Harm Reduction Day 2019

On International Harm Reduction Day, this bulletin presents the roots of harm reduction in Britain – its recognition as a coherent philosophy in
1987 and its realisation in practice in needle exchange provision and opioid maintenance prescribing. Each week throughout May, layers will be added to this, culminating with questions about the orthodoxy of labelling harm reduction a ‘controversial’ approach to drug policy | Drug and Alcohol Findings, UK

Global alcohol exposure between 1990 and 2017 and forecasts until 2030: a modelling study

Alcohol use is a leading risk factor for global disease burden, and data on alcohol exposure are crucial to evaluate progress in achieving global non-communicable disease goals. We present estimates on the main indicators of alcohol exposure for 189 countries from 1990–2017, with forecasts up to 2030 | The Lancet, UK

World alcohol consumption on the rise as China's thirst grows

Chinese will surpass the US for per capita intake by 2030, research shows, but Moldova claims top spot for now | Guardian, UK

The Role of Sex and Age on Pre-drinking: An Exploratory International Comparison of 27 Countries

This exploratory study aims to model the impact of sex and age on the percentage of pre-drinking in 27 countries, presenting a single model of pre-drinking behaviour for all countries and then comparing the role of sex and age on pre-drinking behaviour between countries | Alcohol and Alcoholism, UK

'Ireland is changing': booze-free bar opens in Dublin

The Virgin Mary will only sell alcohol-free beer, wine and cocktails | Guardian, UK

Scotch gains enhanced legal protection in South Korea

The Scotch Whisky Association (SWA) said the move would help prevent the sale of fake products and ensure legal protection in South Korea after Brexit | BBC, UK

Let people smoke, drink and eat red meat - Norwegian health minister

Norway's newly appointed health minister has caused controversy by saying people should be allowed to eat, smoke and drink "as much as they want" | BBC, UK

Dark web amphetamine dealers offering warranties to Australian buyers, drug inquiry told

Overseas suppliers utilising ‘eBay type of system’ as amphetamine use spikes by almost 1,000% in parts of regional NSW | Guardian, UK

Bear Clan: a model of indigenous activism that's swept across Canada

An organisation founded in the 90s and revived in 2014 is now 1,100 volunteers who walk the streets looking for ways to help | Guardian, UK

US e-cigarette maker Juul Labs launches in Irish market

US e-cigarette maker Juul Labs is targeting the Republic’s 830,000 smokers following its launch here on Tuesday | Irish Times, Ireland

Why We Fail to Maximize the Benefits of Methadone and Buprenorphine

Medication for anything only works if the patient takes enough. This is emphatically true for people taking medications for opioid use disorder | Filter Magazine, USA

US Arrival of Heat-Not-Burn Is Another Option for Smokers to Switch

Last week the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) approved IQOS, a device that delivers nicotine by heating, not burning, tobacco sticks with a ceramic blade to produce vapor—not smoke. The decision means that for the first time, a “heat-not-burn” (HNB) product will be sold in the US | Filter Magazine, USA

Health professionals wary of medicinal cannabis misuse and adverse effects

A Queensland University of Technology (QUT) analysis of studies gauging attitudes to medicinal cannabis has found that while health professionals are broadly supportive, they feel they lack clinical and legislative knowledge, and their greatest concerns are the psychiatric harm that may be caused to patients and misuse by recreational drug users | EurekAlert, USA

Denver voters rejecting effort to decriminalize 'magic mushrooms'

The measure on psilocybin mushrooms would have made the Colorado city first in the United States to decriminalize the psychedelic substance | nbc news, USA

Afghan civilians killed in air strikes on Taliban drug labs, local officials say

Air strikes in western Afghanistan this week destroyed a number of Taliban drug labs and also killed dozens of civilians, according to reports from local officials that were rejected by the Afghan government | Reuters, USA

Drug-testing device gives false positives on poppy seeds, CBD oil, says Vancouver lawyer

‘Nobody is getting high on poppy-seed cake!’ says Kyla Lee of Acumen Law | CBC News, Canada

2019 annual alcohol poll confirms ‘decade of deception’ as Australia’s ‘get drunk’ club climbs to six million

In the tenth year of surveying Australians, new polling has found the number of people who drink alcohol to get drunk has edged close to half the drinking population, to around six million people, despite little change in overall alcohol consumption | FARE, Australia

Minority scared to speak up on cannabis

People are less likely to post political comments on Facebook if they believe they are in a minority on controversial issues such as legalising cannabis, a survey has found | NZHerald, New Zealand


Blogs, comment and opinion

Five charts that show why people leaving prison need naloxone

People leaving prison are far more likely to die of a drug related cause. We know the overdose reversal drug naloxone saves lives, we just need to put this knowledge into practice | Addaction blog, UK

Understanding Alcohol and Homelessness

For many people experiencing homelessness, alcohol can become a coping mechanism. Matthew Kidd from Creative Inclusion and members of Greater Manchester's co-production panel explain how we can best support the needs of people who are homeless and drinking at hazardous levels | Homeless Link blog, UK

The trip report

Through the work of organisations such as WEDINOS, The Loop, and SaferParty, we know a little more about the drugs in circulation. The report provided below is a summary of their findings over the last week | Cameron Scally, UK

Using wearable cameras to track children’s exposure to alcohol marketing via product packaging

New Zealand study follows the lives of children bombarded with images of alcohol product placement | IAS blog, UK

Introduction to the Special Series on Stigma and Addiction

According to a nationally representative survey, 80% of people who have experienced alcohol use disorder and 75% of people who have experienced a drug use disorder have never sought treatment for their addiction | BASIS, USA