Daily news - 29th November 2019

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Statistics on Drug Misuse, England, 2019

7,376 hospital admissions for drug related mental and behavioural disorders. 9.4% adults (16 to 59) had taken an illicit drug in the last year. 20.3% of young adults (16-24) had taken an illicit drug in the last year. 2,917 deaths related to poisoning by drug misuse | NHS Digital, UK

Drug deaths up 43 per cent in 10 years - with 2,917 poisoned last year alone

Increase prompts campaigners to call on the next Government to adopt a completely new approach to tackling addiction | i news, UK

Hospital admissions for pensioners with drug-related conditions rises sixfold in ten years, figures reveal

The number of hospital admissions for pensioners with drug-related conditions has increased sixfold in the past decade, NHS figures have revealed | Telegraph, UK

Substance misuse treatment for young people: statistics 2018 to 2019

Alcohol and drug treatment data for under-18s from PHE’s National Drug Treatment Monitoring System (NDTMS). There were 14,485 young people in contact with alcohol and drug services between April 2018 and March 2019. This is a 7% reduction on the number the previous year (15,583) and a 40% reduction on the number in treatment in the year 2008 to 2009 (24,053) | PHE, UK

Statistics on Women's Smoking Status at Time of Delivery: England, Quarter 2, 2019-20

10.4% of mothers were smokers at the time of delivery | NHS Digital, UK

Briefing on frontline responses to HIV outbreak in Glasgow for World AIDS Day

Since 2015, there have been 162 diagnoses of HIV among people who inject drugs in Glasgow – compared to an average of 10 per year prior to 2015. Around half of those diagnosed in 2019 acquired HIV recently, indicating that the outbreak is currently ongoing | SDF and Waverley Care, UK

Alcohol policy mentions in 2019 party manifestos: more of the same?

A few selected alcohol policies and related commitments have made it into several party manifestos ahead of the upcoming snap election on 12 December | Alcohol Policy UK, UK

Overdose Prevention, Intervention and Naloxone Training for Trainers

2nd December. This free one day course will cover the core areas of drug-related deaths on a global, national and local scale, opioid-related overdose prevention and explore methods and models of community-based delivery and adult learning | SDF, UK

Drink driving: PSNI warns of risks ahead of Christmas

Video.The Police Service of Northern Ireland has warned that its officers will be breath-testing more drivers over the Christmas period than they did last year | BBC, UK

Drugs, cash and cars seized in Sunderland, Durham and Merseyside raids

Heroin valued at £165,000, six luxury cars and £10,000 in cash has been seized in raids across northern England targeting organised crime gangs | BBC, UK


International news

Episode 10: Passing the Marker - podcast

In 2018, Scotland had a higher rate of drug-related deaths than Canada or the U.S. -- even though fentanyl hasn’t taken over the U.K.’s drug supply. In Episode 10, CRACKDOWN crosses the Atlantic to try and figure out what's going on | Crackdown Podcast, UK

In the 2010s, Getting High Became Even More Profitable and Terrifying

At the beginning of the decade, the online drug trade opened its floodgates. At the end, U.S. cities started decriminalizing magic mushrooms. This is how the last ten years turned the illegal drug industry upside down | VICE, UK

UPS workers ran massive drug shipment operation for a decade, police say

Employees moved 'thousands of pounds of cannabis and narcotics each week’ | Independent, UK

How the British Approach to Vaping Puts the US to Shame

Over the summer, US media reported that two National Health Service hospitals in England were allowing Ecigwizard, a vape retailer, to open stores inside their facilities | Filter Magazine, USA

We don't get much of a voice about anything”: perspectives on photovoice among people who inject drugs

In the context of the current US opioid crisis, people who inject drugs (PWID) are increasingly researched, but their ability to tell their own stories may be limited. Photovoice is a participatory action research method that allows participants to use photography to directly depict their experiences | Harm Reduction Journal, USA

“THE ‘INSTAGRAMMABILITY’ OF PINK DRINKS” How alcohol is marketed to women in Australia (PDF)

This report presents commentary from the alcohol industry and examples of alcohol ads to highlight how alcohol is marketed to women in Australia in 2019 | PHAIWA, Australia


Blogs, comment and opinion

Are ‘vaping’ and ‘e-cigarettes’ the same, and should all these products be avoided?

As concerns over vaping continue to grow, researchers and public health officials are investigating the causes of more than 40 deaths and 2,000 illnesses. It’s confusing even for experts | Conversation, UK

The Election and Addiction Treatment

We have been looking at the manifestos of the major parties to see what they say about responding to drug and alcohol problems, and the provision of treatment and recovery. All parties are saying broadly warm words about treatment for drug and alcohol dependence, but there is a lack of specific proposals in the manifestos | Forward Trust blog, UK

UK general election 2019: Where the parties stand on drug policy

With less than three weeks until the general election on 12 December, most of the main UK political parties have now published their manifestos. Though much of the political debate has been dominated by Brexit, drug policy reform is also addressed by a number of the main parties. We’ve gone through the manifestos to highlight where those parties stand on drug policy | Transform, UK

Is this the way the drug war ends - not with a bang, but a whimper?

The party manifestos published over the course of the election campaign reveal something interesting. The war on drugs seems to be fading away | Politics.co.uk, UK

How to tackle dangerous initiation ceremonies in University?

Tracy Lumb looks at the ways in which universities are tackling one of the most risky drinking occasions among students | IAS Blog, UK

Parents of teens, here’s what you really need to know about MDMA

We all want to reduce drug-related harm and ensure young people don’t take unnecessary risks. But decades of research shows fear isn’t an effective way to do this | Conversation, Australia