Daily news - 7th November 2019

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UK news

Substance misuse: April to June 2019

Quarterly data are published on StatsWales. These include data on quarterly activity, case closures by reason for closure and the time between referral and start of treatment | Welsh Government, UK

Adult smoking and e-cigarette use (National Survey for Wales): April 2018 to March 2019

Statistics on adults smoking, stopping smoking, e-cigarette use, and exposure to tobacco smoke for April 2018 to March 2019 | Welsh Government, UK

Alcoholic Drinks and Drugs: Rehabilitation

To ask Her Majesty's Government what plans they have to develop drug and alcohol services over the next 12 months | They work for you, UK

Supervised Drug Consumption Facility

To ask the Scottish Government what its response is to the Scottish Affairs Committee’s report recommendation to introduce legislation to lawfully pilot a supervised drug consumption facility in Scotland | They work for you, UK

Cannabis to be given to patients in first study of drug's clinical effect

Medical cannabis was legalised in the UK a year ago, but only a handful of patients have had access to the drug on the NHS | Sky News, UK

Pioneering scheme sees police carrying - and administering - an emergency antidote to heroin

Here at ITV News, we've already covered the first heroin assisted treatment room in Cleveland and now we look at the first use of the antidote - naloxone | ITV, UK

Volteface director says non-profit has shifted UK public opinion of cannabis by over 10% - video

Volteface director of external affairs Paul North sat down with Proactive at the Cannabis Europa: Transatlantic Forum in Toronto | Proactive Investors, UK

A Celebration of Life | 2019 Memorial

30th November. St James' Priory , Whitson Street , Bristol , BS1 3NZ. You are invited to join us for our annual memorial event to mark the lives of those lost to drugs and alcohol | BDP, UK

Hooked: Gambling - audio

Former footballer Tony Adams talks to Melissa and Jade about setting up Sporting Chance | BBC, UK

Hundreds of prisoners leaving jail homeless, reports warn

More than half of new prisoners reported drug problems, a third said they had problems with alcohol – with more than 350 needing treatment – and self-harm had risen threefold | ITV, UK

Vape ban gets Derry and Strabane council committee approval

A council committee has agreed to update its existing tobacco use policy to include the use of e-cigarettes | BBC, UK

Bradford Boy, 10, had 'aspiration' to be a drug dealer

A 10-year-old Bradford boy told charity workers he wanted to become a drug dealer when he grew up, it has emerged | BBC, UK


International news

E-cigarettes are not worth the risk to heart health, experts warn

Experts believe vaping is likely to have adverse effects on the cardiovascular system | i news, UK

Philippines: President Duterte's fierce rival becomes new drug czar

Leni Robredo, an outspoken critic of Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte's war on drugs, has accepted his offer to lead the controversial campaign | BBC, UK

National Drug Treatment Reporting System 2012-2018 drug data

In the seven-year period, 65,216 cases treated for problem drug use were reported to the NDTRS. The number of treated cases recorded increased from 8,005 in 2012 to 10,274 in 2018 | HRB, Ireland

Surge in treatment for those using cocaine

There has been a 50% surge in the number of people seeking treatment for cocaine — marking the largest annual increase in what is a growing trend over the last seven years | Irish Examiner, Ireland

Lack of new gardaí being deployed to Cork adding to drug problem in city, Dáil hears

Calls have been made on the Government to increase the number of gardaí deployed and to end a recruitment embargo which has lead to significant gaps in drug addiction services | Breaking news, Ireland

Substance use disorders in refugee and migrant groups in Sweden: A nationwide cohort study of 1.2 million people

Refugees are at higher risk of some psychiatric disorders, including post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) and psychosis, compared with other non-refugee migrants and the majority population. However, it is unclear whether this also applies to substance use disorders, which we investigated in a national register cohort study in Sweden | PLOS Medicine, Sweden

Prescription opioid use and misuse among adolescents and young adults in the United States: A national survey study

Prescription opioid misuse has become a leading cause of unintentional injury and death among adolescents and young adults in the United States. However, there is limited information on how adolescents and young adults obtain prescription opioids | PLOS Medicine, USA

Trends in prescription opioid use and dose trajectories before opioid use disorder or overdose in US adults from 2006 to 2016: A cross-sectional study

This study aimed to determine prescribed opioid fills and dose trajectories in the year before an incident OUD or overdose diagnosis using a 2005–2016 commercial healthcare database | PLOS Medicine, USA

VA investigates impact of opioids, sedatives on veterans

Veterans who simultaneously take opioids for chronic pain and benzodiazepines for anxiety and insomnia are at an increased risk of unintentional overdose and death as well as suicide | Medical Xpress, USA

Weed-Curious Politicians Should Look to Uruguay, Where There's No Fuss Over Legal Cannabis

People freak out about weed legalisation, then realise it’s better and stop caring | VICE, USA

Variety: Recovery issue

Number of articles where people talk about their struggles with addiction and their recovery | Variety, USA

Canadian Pharmacist Punished for Grassroots Naloxone Distribution

An Ontario regulatory organization for pharmacists is cracking down on a grassroots harm reductionist for his naloxone distribution efforts—even though the organization recognizes the importance of this work in the face of an opioid-involved overdose crisis that claimed 1,473 Ontarioans’ lives in 2018 alone | Filter Magazine, USA

Time for Honest Discussions About Naloxone

US Surgeon General and Director of CDC's National Center for Injury Prevention and Control | Medscape, USA


Blogs, comment and opinion

The impact of parental drinking on children – a conversation we should start

The results of a research study I conducted – with Anne Marie MacKintosh from the University of Stirling and Professor Linda Bauld from the University of Edinburgh – were published in the journal Alcohol & Alcoholism | IAS blog, UK

Exhausting, expensive and cruel – this is what it's like to travel abroad for medical cannabis

As a pharmacist, I can pass through customs with ease. But desperate patients bringing the legal medicine back without the right documents risk arrest, prosecution and imprisonment | Independent voices, UK

Why do young people join gangs? Members explain the appeal of risk taking

As the rate of knife crime continues to rise, there have been many attempts to investigate why some young people resort to potentially fatal violence: from problems at home, to a lack of opportunity or simply a desire to fit in. But there’s another motivation that has powerful effects on the mind and body, and is seldom considered by police or lawmakers because of its sensitive nature. That is, the simple but compelling allure of risk taking | Conversation, UK

SHAD Interview: “‘The Fatal Gaze of This Moral Basilisk: The Salvation Army’s War on Drink in Victorian Britain,” with Steven Spencer

Today we hear from Steven Spencer, author of “‘The Fatal Gaze of This Moral Basilisk’: The Salvation Army’s War on Drink in Victorian Britain,” director of the Salvation Army International Heritage Centre in London, and an Honorary Fellow in the School of History, Politics and International Relations at the University of Leicester | Points blog, USA