Daily news - 20th November 2019

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Alcohol Related Hospital Statistics (PDF)

In 2018/19 there were 38,370 alcohol-related hospital admissions (stays) in general acute and psychiatric hospitals in Scotland, similar to the previous year (38,199). The vast majority of patients (93%) admitted with alcohol-related conditions are treated in general acute hospitals (35,685) with a further 2,685 patients in psychiatric hospitals | ISD Scotland, UK

Hepatitis C: guidance, data and analysis

Hepatitis means swelling or inflammation of the liver. The most common causes of hepatitis are viral infections. Hepatitis C is a virus that can cause long lasting infection and is transmitted when blood from an infected person gets into the bloodstream of another | PHE, UK

Revisiting The Remit Of The NICE Review - Are we asking the right questions?

It is anticipated that the prescribing of medicinal cannabis and cannabis-based medicinal products (CBMPs) will change prescribing patterns across the UK within the next decade. A significant body of preclinical and observational data sits alongside emerging evidence of domestic use on a national scale, all promising efficacy in clinical use | CMC, UK

NICE urged to broaden evaluation criteria for medical cannabis

The Centre for Medicinal Cannabis has said that recently published National Institute for Health and Care Excellence guidance on the use of cannabis-based medical products does not fully represent how the products are currently used | Pharmaceutical Journal, UK

Why Medical Cannabis Isn't Working in the UK

Despite being legalised this time last year, fewer than 160 prescriptions have been issued | VICE, UK

Tramadol death: Teens 'naive' to risks of prescription opiates

Schools must do more to educate pupils about the risks of prescription drugs, a bereaved mother has said | BBC, UK

Foetal alcohol spectrum disorder: Mum's fight for diagnosis

An adoptive mum has spoken of her "lonely and isolating" journey to getting a diagnosis for her children's Foetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorder | BBC, UK

Loneliness affects 20% of people on Friday nights

The scale of isolation in Britain has been highlighted in new research that reveals one in five people would like to go the pub but have no one to accompany them | Morning Advertiser, UK


International news

Sources of youth access to JUUL vaping products in the United States

This study assessed sources of youth access to JUUL vaping products, the highest selling brand of the most commonly used tobacco product among adolescents in the United States | Science Direct, UK

Black cyclists leader subjected to 'degrading' police drugs search

Met police investigating after officer stopped Mani Arthur claiming he smelled of cannabis | Guardian, UK

Joe Biden Worried Weed Is Still ‘A Gateway Drug’ In 2019

While the western world has shifted to a more positive stance towards cannabis in recent years, former US Vice President Joe Biden is still worried it’s going to lead people on to harder drugs | UNILAD, UK

National Drug Treatment Reporting System 2012–2018 alcohol data

In this bulletin, trends in treated problem alcohol use are described for the seven-year period from 2012 to 2018. The data are taken from the National Drug Treatment Reporting System (NDTRS), the national surveillance system that records and reports on cases of drug and alcohol treatment in Ireland | HRB, Ireland

My world survey: national study of youth mental health in Ireland (PDF)

Large-scale studies that capture the mental health profile of young people help us to understand their experiences and inform service provision. To date, there is a limited body of research on the prevalence of mental health difficulties among young people aged 12-25, particularly in the Irish context | UCD School of Psychology and Headstrong, Ireland

HSE checking all Irish vaping products for ingredient linked to US illnesses

More than 1,000 cases of vaping-related lung illnesses have been reported in the US, with 42 confirmed deaths in 24 states | Journal, Ireland

Crack cocaine use in Ballymun: an evidence base for interventions (PDF)

The primary aim of the research was to explore crack cocaine use experiences in the Ballymun community with a view to informing the establishment of a local policy and practice/intervention evidence base for crack cocaine in Ballymun | Ballymun Youth Action Project, Ireland

Check your relationship with alcohol ahead of Awareness Week on Alcohol Related Harm

The Awareness Week on Alcohol Related Harm takes place on 18 - 22 November 2019 and this year the HSE is encouraging people to look at their relationship with alcohol by taking the Self-Assessment test | HSE, Ireland

Efficacy and adverse event profile of cannabidiol and medicinal cannabis for treatment-resistant epilepsy: Systematic review and meta-analysis

This paper aimed to systematically examine the efficacy and adverse event (AE) profile of cannabidiol and medicinal cannabis by analyzing qualitative and meta-analytic data | Science Direct, USA

Cannabis cannot be used as a replacement drug for people with opioid use disorder

There has been interest in cannabis being used as a replacement drug for people with opioid use disorder, but research at McMaster University has found it doesn't work | News Medical, USA

Daily cannabis use lowers odds of using illicit opioids among people who have chronic pain

For those using illicit opioids to manage their chronic pain, cannabis may be a beneficial—and a less dangerous—alternative, according to new research from the BC Centre on Substance Use (BCCSU) | Medical Xpress, USA

Should Schools Test Their Students for Nicotine and Drug Use?

In “Ohio High School Plans to Drug-Test All Students at Least Once a Year,” | NYTimes, USA

Massachusetts, Planning Asset Forfeiture, Leads the War on Vaping

One of the states to succumb to the national vaping panic—which rages on despite Trump’s recent indication that he may pull back from a national ban on flavored vapes—is Massachusetts | Filter Magazine, USA

International Narcotics Control Board recommends the international control of methyl alpha-phenylacetoacetate to address illicit manufacture of amphetamine and methamphetamine

The International Narcotics Control Board (INCB) today decided to recommend the international control of methyl alpha-phenylacetoacetate (MAPA), a pre-precursor used in the illicit manufacture of amphetamine and methamphetamine | INCB, USA

Philippines' Duterte Says He Will Ban E-Cigarettes, Threatens To Arrest Vapers

The use and importation of electronic cigarettes will soon be outlawed in the Philippines, according to President Rodrigo Duterte. He criticized vaping devices at a press conference Tuesday, four days after Filipino health regulators saw their first case of vape-associated lung injury | Npr, USA


Blogs, comment and opinion

Britain has a horrific homelessness crisis. Why isn't it an election priority?

We have spent most of this year writing about the death of people on our streets. This crisis has simple, practical solutions, and everyone cares about it. Why aren’t politicians shouting from the rafters? | Guardian, UK

Guest Blog: Suicide – A Preventable Death

On 8 November, Turning Point launched our national Suicide Prevention Strategy at our substance misuse service in Leicester... | AMHP blog, UK

E-Cig Summit Round Up 2019

Time drifts away like a cloud of gentle vapour, and after attending the 1st E-Cigarette summit in 2013 (and every one since!) it seems astonishing to find myself at the 7th event | Ashtray blog, UK

The Latest Failure in the War on Drugs

People who provide the drugs that lead to overdoses often need help, not prison | NYTimes, USA

The Upjohn Pharmacy in Disneyland

Today’s post comes from Stephen Hall, curator of the History of Pharmacy Museum at the University of Arizona College of Pharmacy. In it, Hall tells the fascinating history of a special exhibit at the original Disneyland | Points blog, USA