Daily news - 9th May 2019

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Get an up-to-date overview of new and emerging drug-related health harms

Read Public Health England’s summary of the latest intelligence and clinical messaging on new and emerging drug-related health harms. The information included in the ‘dashboard’ summary comes from a range of intelligence sources (including the Report Illicit Drug Reactions national pilot) and aims to support frontline practitioners, service providers and other stakeholders in responding to new and emerging drug-related health harms.  Practitioners can also report adverse reactions to illicit drugs via RIDR | PHE, UK

DDN May 2019

‘There is no one-size-fits all in addiction treatment… every person needs to find what gives their life a direction, fulfilment and purpose, and the practitioner’s role is to support this journey of discovery, not endorse a particular model of living.’ | DDN, UK

Smoke levels in Scottish jails fell by 80% after ban

Second-hand smoke levels fell by 80% inside Scotland's jails in the week after a smoking ban was introduced, research has found | BBC, UK

Victoria Derbyshire show - middle class mums addicted to cocaine

Watch from 5 minutes in. Drug dealers at the school gates and taking cocaine on playdates - in our exclusive film, we speak to mums struggling with cocaine addiction as we reveal there's been a dramatic rise in cocaine addicts - up 128% over four years according to private addiction clinics | BBC, UK

'I took my kids with me to buy drugs'

One of the UK's leading providers of private addiction treatment says it has seen a 128% increase in the number of cocaine addicts since 2015 | BBC, UK

Stroke sufferer begs to not have to be forced to buy illegal drugs off street

Chronic pain sufferer Carly Barton pleads with Home Secretary Sajid David to let her grow cannabis in moving letter | Mirror, UK

Therapy ‘toolbox’ helps rescue poorly recovering patients at London maintenance clinic

Instead of a set programme, a clinic in London tried offering methadone/buprenorphine patients still using heroin or cocaine a selection from a suite of well-supported psychological interventions tailored to the patient, and then systematically re-tailored in the light of how they responded. It worked - but did it work well enough, and would the findings be replicated in more typical circumstances? | Drug and Alcohol Findings, UK

Recovery Street Film Festival - Submissions are now open!

Submissions for the 2019 festival are officially open! The submission window will close on Wednesday 1st August 2019 so all entries must be received by then to be considered | RSFF, UK

Boozy cricket nights are putting off kids – and this gives the ECB a problem

Drinking culture at evening games is profitable but stops children watching a form of cricket that should appeal to them | Guardian, UK

Keith Flint: Prodigy star took drugs before death

The Prodigy singer Keith Flint had unspecified amounts of cocaine, alcohol and codeine in his system when he died, an inquest heard | BBC, UK

Everything must show: the department store where recovering addicts speak up

Survivors of addiction have taken over a shop in Bournemouth to stage Secret Voices. Their raw and harrowing stories show the holiday town in a new light | Guardian, UK

UK’s first cannabis restaurant raided by police

The UK’s first cannabis restaurant was one of three addresses raided by police in Brighton today – but the owners insist the “significant quantity of herbal cannabis” seized is legal industrial hemp | Brighton and Hove News, UK

Edir da Costa inquest: police claim link to east London drug gang

Jury hears first day of evidence on death of man, 25, after being restrained by officers | Guardian, UK

Nottingham cannabis farm found through secret bathroom door

Officers responding to a report of a fight at a flat stumbled across a doorway which led to a cannabis farm | BBC, UK

Manchester Airport over-the-limit pilot could fly again

An alcoholic American Airlines pilot who was over the limit while in charge of a transatlantic flight has been handed a suspended sentence and could fly again | BBC, UK


International news

If Canada can open 50 Drug Consumption Rooms to save lives, why not Scotland?

It is no secret that Canada has been opening new supervised drug consumption rooms (DCRs). But you may be surprised to discover that in around 2 years the number has soared – with over 50 open, or being developed | Transform, UK

Does binge drinking between the age of 18 and 25 years predict alcohol dependence in adulthood? A retrospective case–control study in France

A retrospective case–control study was conducted to evaluate whether frequent binge drinking between the age of 18 and 25 years was a risk factor for alcohol dependence in adulthood | BMJ, UK

Denver votes to decriminalise magic mushrooms by razor-thin margin

The motion was put to a public vote on Tuesday, and passed with a slim majority of 50.6% | BBC, UK

Walmart raises minimum age to buy tobacco to 21 and announces it will no longer be selling flavored e-cigarettes

Walmart said Wednesday that it will raise the minimum age to buy tobacco products and e-cigarettes at its U.S. stores to 21 amid growing pressure from regulators to cut tobacco sales and use among minors | Mail Online, UK

Meth addict has holes drilled in heads for brain implants to stop him taking drugs

Yan says he is drug-free after ‘magical machine’ placed inside brain | Independent, UK

'People will get tipsy on the atmosphere': meet the man opening Dublin's first alcohol-free pub

Dublin, for many visitors, is a place that's synonymous with drinking. The city boasts over 750 pubs, many of them of the traditional Irish variety, serving tempting pints of the black stuff and a selection of whiskeys from Ireland's 18 distilleries | Telegraph, UK

Over 80% of Irish adults drink alcohol, and the rate is set to increase

A new study warns that worldwide alcohol consumption is on the increase | Journal, Ireland

Vaping companies facing European opposition to higher nicotine level

A push by makers of electronic cigarettes to raise nicotine levels in the European Union towards their far higher American levels is running into opposition, a senior executive at U.S. market leader Juul said on Tuesday | Euronews, France

Denver first in U.S. to decriminalize psychedelic mushrooms

Psilocybin possession would remain illegal but would become police’s “lowest law-enforcement priority” | Denver Post, USA

Stark racial, financial divides found in opioid addiction treatment

Escaping the grip of opioid addiction doesn't come easily for anyone. But a new study reveals sharp racial and financial divides in which Americans receive effective treatments for opioid addiction | Medical Xpress, USA

Many people who frequently use cannabis also seem to be people who frequently exercise | NYTimes, USA

The relationship between price, purity and population-level drug-related harm

This project will conduct a rapid review of existing research that has examined the relationship between price, purity and drug-related harm | NDARC, Australia

Will New Zealand Smokers Quit Scandinavian Style?

A new nicotine product is being launched tomorrow to make quitting smoking more attractive. The oral product called White Fox contains no tobacco and is about to be launched nationally with lots of interest among retailers | SCOOP, New Zealand

Fighting the Demon: Evidence from Professor David Nutt says pleasure of meth overpowers fear of prison in landmark Court of Appeal hearing

The pleasure of methamphetamine is so powerful that the risk of prison does not deter users from feeding their addiction, a world expert on how drugs affect the brain told the Court of Appeal | NZHerald, New Zealand

Cannabis gummy bears could be banned under law reform

Green MP Chlöe Swarbrick has brushed off National's concerns around cannabis-infused edibles, suggesting most types will likely be banned | Newshub, New Zealand



Blogs, comment and opinion

How hard is it to say ‘no’ to drugs?

As someone who has never touched drugs before, how hard is it really to say no to illicit substances? | Conversation, Australia