Daily news - 5th November 2019


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UK news

National payment scheme not enough to promote alcohol screening by English GPs

In England the clearest impact of financial incentives to screen primary care patients for risky drinking was the plummeting screening rate after the incentives were withdrawn | Drug and Alcohol Findings, UK

UK parents' drinking negatively affects over a third of children – study

Significant link found between amount of alcohol consumed and adverse impact on children | Guardian, UK

North-East drinkers increasing their risks of an alcohol related cancer

Cases of cancer related to alcohol are on the rise in the region with an estimated 3,120 incidences recorded from 2015-17, it has been revealed | Northern Echo, UK

Poorest hit hardest by cuts to public health spending – research

Most deprived parts of England have lost six times as much funding as prosperous areas | Guardian, UK

Second British death is linked to e-cigarettes as worried vapers go back to tobacco despite medics’ warnings

It is the kind of news that could easily prompt a flurry of worrying headlines. The latest official safety data on electronic cigarettes – seen by The Mail on Sunday – suggests that the increasingly popular devices, which are backed by health chiefs as a safe way to quit smoking, are linked to another UK death | Mail Online, UK

General election 2019: scarred but sober, Boris Johnson won’t hide in the loos this time

[Free registration may be required] On his London mayoral campaign, Johnson was maddening and easily bruised, often disappearing for ‘thinking time’, but he’s tougher now, says his former aide | The Times, UK

humankind charity’s positive impact across its services

A new report has highlighted how Humankind charity services are creating fairer chances for more people than ever | Humankind, UK

 

International news

Dutch athlete Madiea Ghafoor jailed for £2m drugs haul

Dutch Olympic athlete Madiea Ghafoor has been jailed for eight and a half years after being found guilty of drug smuggling and trafficking | BBC, UK

New study finds teen vaping probably doesn't lead to smoking

A new study in Nicotine & Tobacco Research, published by Oxford University Press, suggests that adolescent e-cigarette users are more similar to conventional cigarette smokers than they are to non-tobacco users in terms of demographics and behavioral characteristics | Medical Xpress, USA

School of Medicine team tackles e-cigarette unknowns

Amid increases in deaths related to e-cigarette use, a team of scientists at the Yale School of Medicine is conducting research on topics ranging from e-cigarette packaging to their chemical composition | Yale Daily News, USA

Diabetes drug relieves nicotine withdrawal

A drug commonly used to treat Type II diabetes abolishes the characteristic signs of nicotine withdrawal in rats and mice, according to new research published in JNeurosci. The finding may offer an important new strategy in the battle to quit smoking | Medical Xpress, USA

Some CBD products may yield cannabis-positive urine drug tests

In a study of six adults, Johns Hopkins Medicine researchers report evidence that a single vaping episode of cannabis that is similar in chemical composition to that found in legal hemp products could possibly result in positive results on urine drug screening tests commonly used by many employers and criminal justice or school systems | Medical Xpress, USA

Could a combination of psychedelics and meditation treat depression?

Mixing a specific type of meditation with a well-known hallucinogen may make for a new form of therapy that could aid those with depression, according to a new study | Medical News Today, USA

Activists, Cuomo in “Full-Out War” Over Poor People’s MAT Access

Drug-user activists are fighting to ensure access to medication-assisted treatment (MAT) for some of New York State’s most vulnerable citizens, in the face of a governor seemingly reluctant to help and an administration that continues to offend | Filter Magazine, USA

Snapshots of Key Findings from NDARC Drug Trends Team

The Drug Trends team at NDARC presented at the 2019 NDARC Seminar Series on Thurs, 12 September 2019 | NDARC, Australia

Australia should adopt pill testing, but lacks the political will to do so

Despite harm reduction being one of the three pillars of the National Drug Strategy, Australian governments are shying away from pill-testing despite evidence suggesting it provides a useful tool for both direct harm reduction, as well as indirect harm reduction through the increased education of a hard-to-reach group of drug users | Medical Xpress, Australia

 

Blogs, comment and opinion

Niamh Eastwood: Drug related deaths—playing politics while people die

The most recent statistics on drug related deaths from across the UK make for grim reading. Once again the UK has recorded the highest rate of drug related deaths—this is the seventh annual increase we have witnessed. In Scotland and parts of England and Wales, the number of people dying is at unprecedented levels, which has led to some, including myself, to demand that this is treated as a public health emergency | BMJ editorial, UK

Drug policy in UK has regressed in past decade, says former chief adviser

On the 30th of October 2019, our Founder – Professor David Nutt spoke at the Centre for Crime and Justice Studies with Professor Alex Stevens about the regression of drug policy in the UK | Drug Science, UK

How legalising cannabis in London would crush violence and the illegal drugs trade

Not only would a properly regulated market remove power from gangs and give people access to safer products, but it would also raise millions. Which is why, if I became mayor of the capital, I'd push for decriminalisation | Independent voices, UK

Why I Think the FDA's Imminent Ban on Flavored E-Cigarettes is Unlawful

I expect the FDA to announce soon that it is banning the sale of all flavored e-cigarettes, with the exception of tobacco and probably mint and menthol as well | Tobacco Analysis blogspot, UK

POV:  It’s Time to End the Sale of Flavored E-Cigarettes

Trump administration’s proposed ban a step in the right direction to protect nation’s youth | BU Today, USA

SHAD Interview: “‘A Good Advertisement for Teetotalers’: Polar Explorers and Debates over the Health Effects of Alcohol, 1875–1904,” with Edward Armston-Sheret

The current issue deals with the topic of radical temperance–the act of not drinking alcohol in booze-soaked eras. Today we hear from Edward Armston-Sheret, a historical geography PhD student at Royal Holloway, University of London, and the author of “’A Good Advertisement for Teetotalers’: Polar Explorers and Debates over the Health Effects of Alcohol, 1875–1904.” | Points blog, USA