Daily news - 10th May 2019

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UK news

Drugs policy inquiry - publications

Written submissions to the Health and Social Care Committee’s Drugs policy inquiry have been published online, | Parliament.uk, UK

Local Alcohol Profiles for England (LAPE)

Updated. The profiles provide information to monitor the services and initiatives that have been put in place to prevent and reduce the harmful impact of alcohol | PHE, UK

Advisory body on drug misuse to provide framework on medical cannabis by end of 2019

The Advisory Council on the Misuse of Drugs (ACMD) has been asked to provide an outline framework on medical cannabis by the end of 2019, with the aim of having an initial view by the end of 2020 | Pharmaceutical Journal, UK

One in five harmed by others drinking alcohol over past year, survey finds

Researchers surveyed 5,000 over-16s in England to uncover extent, type and frequency of harms | Guardian, UK

National Crime Agency: 100 county lines networks in Wales

round 100 "county lines" networks are supplying drugs into Welsh communities, according to the director general of the National Crime Agency (NCA) | BBC, UK

How helpful is counselling for people bereaved through a substance-related death?

[Open access] This small study confirms some of the findings made by others about these under-researched bereaved people, draws new conclusions about the helpfulness of counselling for them and makes recommendations to improve their counselling | Bereavement Care, UK

Drugs policing: Radical changes to drugs policy could be ‘first great harvest’ for Police and Crime Commissioners

In recent years you could be forgiven for thinking there is very little to celebrate in the worlds of policing and crime prevention. Crime, as always, has dominated the headlines with alarming tenacity | Volte Face, UK

Alcohol licensing: making representations

A practical approach to evidence and making representations to a licensing authority about applications for new or existing premises | PHE, UK

'I've lost one son, I don't want to lose another' - video

Men in Hartlepool in north east England have seen the sharpest fall [in life expectancy] - that's been blamed on high levels of poverty, along with alcohol and drug abuse. Drug-related deaths in the town have risen sharply, while treatment services have seen big cuts | BBC, UK

SDF submits evidence to Westminster Scottish Affairs Committee inquiry on problem drug use in Scotland

Having consulted with members via an online survey, Scottish Drugs Forum has responded to an inquiry on problem drug use in Scotland | SDF, UK

£5.9 million funding for new prevention research consortium, including AHA

A new consortium involving the Alcohol Health Alliance has been awarded £5.9 million funding from the UK Prevention Research Partnership, a group of twelve funders including charities, research councils and government | AHA UK, UK

Whisky tourist site gets the green light at former Frasers store in Edinburgh

Plans to open a "world-class" whisky tourist destination in one of Edinburgh's most prominent empty buildings have been approved by councillors | BBC, UK

Oxford PhD student tried to thwart police by consuming alcohol during drink-driving probe, court hears

A TV presenter and archaeologist who crashed his car into a ditch while drunk and tried to cheat his way out of an investigation has been found guilty of drink driving | Telegraph, UK

Calls for mandatory tax on gambling industry to treat addiction in UK

Overhaul of laws needed, with onus on industry to reduce problem gambling, says BMJ paper | Guardian, UK


International news

The Road to Recovery Refresh: Views from the Scottish Youth Parliament Justice Committee (PDF)

We asked the Justice Committee to read about the "Icelandic Model". This is an approach, to reduce substance use in young people, which has been implemented in Iceland for 20 years | CREW and SYP, UK

Berlin park creates 'pink zone' spaces for drug dealers to carry out transactions

‘This method has purely practical reasoning behind it,’ says park manager | Independent, UK

Cuban pilot freed after serving longest US marijuana sentence

Antonio Bascaro, now 84 years old, has been released after serving 39 years of a 60-year sentence for his part in a marijuana smuggling scheme in the late 1970's | Independent, UK

Blow up: how half a tonne of cocaine transformed the life of an island

In 2001, a smugglers’ yacht washed up in the Azores and disgorged its contents. The island of São Miguel was quickly flooded with high-grade cocaine – and nearly 20 years on, it is still feeling the effects | Guardian, UK

The war on drugs - audio

The 'war on drugs' was launched by US President Richard Nixon in 1971. He said drug abuse was a 'national emergency' and asked Congress for nearly four hundred million dollars | BBC, UK

Figures show huge rise in seizures of cocaine, heroin, cigarettes and illegal alcohol last year

There was a surge last year in the amount of cocaine, heroin, cigarettes and illegal alcohol seized by Customs | Irish Examiner, Ireland

Juul's 'switch' campaign for smokers draws new scrutiny

The young models and the candy-colored graphics that helped propel Juul to the top of the e-cigarette market are gone. In their place are people like Carolyn, a 54-year-old former smoker featured in new TV commercials touting Juul as an alternative for middle-age smokers | Medical Xpress, USA

Which type of chromatography is best for cannabis analysis?

As both the medical and commercial availability of Cannabis products continue to rise around the world, it is imperative that the health agencies in these nations periodically perform quality control checks of this plant | News Medical, USA

Drug Czar, Congressmembers Move to Make Buprenorphine Prescribing Easier—But Will They Do Enough?

The United States “drug czar” James Carrol released a report on May 3 announcing a goal to nearly double the number of medical practitioners certified to prescribe the currently-restricted “gold standard” opioid use disorder medication, buprenorphine. But just a day before, a bipartisan team of US Representatives unveiled their own plan to axe the bureaucratic obstacles faced by prescribers, which could yield results far surpassing Carrol’s goal | Filter Magazine, USA


Blogs, comment and opinion

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

There is an established evidence base showing that children’s exposure to alcohol marketing is associated with adverse outcomes, including intentions to drink, early onset drinking, and hazardous drinking | Imperial College London blog, UK

A pub with no booze will never generate the warm, jovial chaos that alcohol brings

In an increasingly atomised society, nothing can replace the effects of a pint or three in bringing people together | Guardian opinion, UK

The War On Alcohol: Is This Prohibition 2.0

In recent years there have been several studies claiming  that even modest amounts of alcohol are deleterious to health. These studies have been criticized as being misleading and overreaching in their conclusions | Forbes, USA

Is Harm Reduction Enabling?

In our field we talk frequently about applying harm reduction to our practices. There are a range of strategies that can be employed, from making sure people have safe storage of their alcohol, drugs and related works to provision of clean needles, pipes and screens; from education and focused conversations on change in use to safe injection sites; from managed alcohol programs to workshops | OrgCode Canada