Daily news - 24th May 2019

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Health matters: Prevention - a life course approach

This resource for NHS and public health professionals focuses on taking a life course approach to the prevention of ill health and explores the evidence base for this approach. The resource signposts to evidence-based interventions and tools, as well as to evaluation and monitoring techniques. [Considers the role of smoking, alcohol and other drug use] | PHE, UK

Family safeguarding in Hertfordshire

Growing up with a parent who is dependent on alcohol can have an extremely harmful impact on the life course of a child and has the potential to have a multi-generational influence. Children in these circumstances are more likely to miss school and to have poor educational outcomes | PHE, UK

Hospital management of alcohol withdrawal: elective vs unplanned admission and detoxification

This small observational study retrospectively compared the patient outcomes of two different alcohol detoxification pathways in the West Midlands | SMMGP, UK

Benefit Bash | Fundraiser for Bristol Recovery Orchestra

30/03/2019 19:30 - 23:00 at Kuumba Centre, 20-22 Hepburn Road, Bristol, BS2 8UD. Launched in 2019, Bristol’s Recovery Orchestra provides a safe and supportive environment, for anyone who has been affected by alcohol and drugs, to perform alongside people with similar experiences and learn more about music. Bristol musicians headline charity fundraiser to support new Recovery Orchestra for musicians affected by alcohol and drugs | BDP, UK

Maidenhead: Take Drugs Seriously

20th June 7 – 8.30pm. Sportsable, Maidenhead SL6 1BN. Panel discussion about how a new approach to drugs could better protect communities from harm. Speakers include Anne-Marie and Rose of Anyone’s Child, and Jason Kew, Chief Inspector of Thames Valley Police | Anyone's Child, UK

New rehab centre to offer ‘affordable’ addiction programme

A new, day-care rehab centre for people with drug and alcohol addiction is launching in West London, with plans to roll out further sites across the UK | LaingBuisson, UK

Begging could be banned from Birmingham city centre

The city council is considering implementing a Public Space Protection Order (PSPO) to prohibit begging, obstructing footpaths and street-drinking | BBC, UK

HMP Chelmsford 'failing to tackle drugs'

Nearly half of all inmates at the prison, which can hold up to 700 people, failed drugs tests last year | BBC, UK

Cannabis and sport: Ex-NFL defensive end Chris Long admits marijuana use for pain management

Long, 34, has spoken out after announcing his retirement on Saturday and says positive tests should not necessarily result in a suspension | BBC, UK

Ban for trainee solicitor who turned up to police station with cocaine

Drove there while over the alcohol limit, according to SRA decision | Legal Cheek, UK

Cocaine birthday cake with icing ecstasy pills and rolled up £50 notes sparks debate after girlfriend surprises partner

Stacey Morris, 22, ordered the cake for boyfriend Ollie - and it came iced with incredibly detailed decorations including lines of fake coke, icing ecstasy tablets and rolled up £50 notes | Mirror, UK

Cocaine worth £200k seized at Isle of Man Sea Terminal

Manx Police said two packets of the drug, which weighed about 4lbs (2kg), were found after the arrival in Douglas of the Manannan catamaran ferry from Liverpool on Wednesday evening | BBC, UK


International news

Getting High Is Damaging the Planet – But Mostly Because of Prohibition

This is how cannabis, cocaine, MDMA and heroin are harming the environment | VICE, UK

'Heroin chic’ and the tangled legacy of photographer Davide Sorrenti

A new documentary about the late fashion photographer, who died at the age of 20, recalls the rise of the controversial look with which he made his name | Guardian, UK

Ireland’s first drugs distribution centre to be trialled in Dublin

A homeless charity has been given permission by the Health Service Executive to trial Ireland’s first drug-injection facility | The Christian Institute, UK

Juul Labs quietly considering overseas financing round

The e-cigarette maker — whose wildly popular vaping devices have helped create a nicotine “epidemic” among US teens, according to federal regulators — has invited sovereign funds including Singapore’s GIC Private Ltd. to examine its financials, sources said | NYPost, USA

NIH Solicits Research into Vaccines to Protect against Opioid Use

Growing addiction crisis leads to call for “all scientific hands on deck” and increased collaborative spirit | GEN, USA

I Chose Functional Heroin Use. Here’s How It Works for Me

Recovery from addiction is different for everyone. In my case, abstinence from heroin didn’t work. Neither did medication | Filter Magazine, USA

How Joe Biden’s Drug Policies Supercharged the Opioid Crisis

For decades, he promoted the War on Drugs. Now, experts say Biden’s laws worsened the opioid epidemic in the very places he says he can win in 2020 | Politico, USA

How to Tell Your Doctor You're Using Drugs

“A psychedelic? Why would you do that?” my doctor asked | VICE, USA

Health Canada mandates lower alcohol content in sugary alcoholic drinks

A single serving will now be capped at 25.3 millilitres of alcohol — representing 1.5 standard drinks — when beverages are packaged in containers of a volume of 1,000 millilitres or less | Global News, Canada


Blogs, comment and opinion

Cannabis health information labels: why it’s time to have mandatory warnings as part of any legal cannabis market

As the tide of cannabis regulatory reform wafts through North America and beyond, it strikes me that the cannabis legalisation lobby started from a strong position. The weight of evidence and cogent arguments at their disposal to counter the totally unhelpful criminalisation of cannabis users was enormous | Drug Science, UK

The Truth About the Children’s Care System, the Links Between Care and Custody and the Role of Alcohol in Child Neglect

In March, Sir Martin Narey gave his inaugural address on being appointed Visiting Professor at the Policy Evaluation and Research Unit (PERU) at Manchester Metropolitan University. In this, he reflected on his life and career in the Prison Service, Barnardo’s and roles for Government since retirement. In doing so he commented on the links between alcohol, imprisonment and the care system | BJCJ, UK

Legalising cannabis in the UK will leave the working classes behind – just as we’ve seen in America

State-controlled medical and recreational marijuana is positioned as giving ‘safe’ access to ‘healthy’ products. But history suggests that decriminalisation would be a better and simpler option | Independent, UK

Without safe injection sites, more opioid users will die

Ontario is undoubtedly in the midst of an opioid overdose crisis. From January to September 2018, an incredible 1,031 Ontarians died of an overdose | Conversation, Canada