Daily news - 4th October 2019

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UK news

Government response to ACMD report 'Ageing cohort of drug users'

The government welcomes the ACMD’s timely report the on the ageing cohort of drug users, which provides advice to the government on the changing age profile of people accessing drug treatment and the issues faced by this group in the UK | Department of Health & Social Care, UK

Smoking prevalence in young adults aged 18 to 34 years

[Updated] This document shows trends in smoking prevalence calculated from the Annual Population Survey for young adults age 18 to 34 years, by sex and region | PHE, UK

Stoptober 2018 campaign evaluation

Summary evaluation of Stoptober 2018 quit smoking health marketing campaign activity | PHE, UK

Beer remains Britain’s top tipple

The amount – the equivalent of 48,559,000 hectolitres – compares with 12,901,700 hectolitres of wine, or 7.4 billion 175 ml glasses, according to HM Revenue and Customs data | ITV, UK

Vaping deaths: Are e-cigarettes really safer than smoking tobacco? A complete guide to the facts

Vaping has been heralded as a healthier alternative to smoking cigarettes, but what do you need to know about the risks attached? | Independent, UK

Sex, Drugs & Harm Reduction

According to contemporary news reports the popularity of chemsex remains on a steep upward trajectory. Unfortunately, open dialogue and the provision of safety advice have not kept pace with its increased practice, with inevitable and sometimes tragic consequences | Talking Drugs, UK

Stop and Search: Drug Policy & Social Justice - podcast

How do we make sure that the communities who've been impacted by decades of punitive drug laws have a way of being involved in the emerging legal industries - such as cannabis and coca? How can we restore some justice to this picture? And let's learn about the communities that have already forged ahead! | Transform, UK

CMC Outlines Plans to Undertake a Comprehensive Review of Analytical Testing for the UK Cannabis Industry

Recent market research commissioned by CMC demonstrated that CBD and related cannabinoids are gaining rapid expansion in products aimed at wellness and medicinal markets. However, despite there being a growing body of analytical methods for the testing of cannabinoids and other compounds in these products, few have been validated using internationally accredited guidelines | CMC, UK

UK Medicinal Cannabis Company Eco Equity Begins Cannabis Cultivation in Zimbabwe With State of the Art Greenhouse

City of London based medicinal cannabis firm Eco Equity has begun work on its first state of the art greenhouse in Zimbabwe in preparation for the cultivation of cannabis for medicinal purposes | CISION PR Newswire, UK

Guardian Public Service Awards 2019: the finalists

Our judges have chosen the outstanding public service teams, projects and individuals | Guardian, UK

Sri Lankan drug deaths: Clems Pirates RFC players 'may have been misled'

Two rugby players who died after taking drugs in Sri Lanka may not have known what the substance was, an inquest has heard | BBC, UK


International news

Where’s the harm?

Providing a logical extension to needle and syringe programmes, drug consumption rooms radically change the *environment* in which people take drugs. Published this week, an updated Effectiveness Bank hot topic examines how a harm reduction approach is at the root of benefits and criticisms of drug consumption rooms | Drug and Alcohol Findings, UK

Hangovers are 'an illness' says court in historic verdict

Judges found that an illness should be defined broadly in the interest of protecting people's health | Daily Record, UK

Men ‘should quit drink six months before conception to protect baby’

[Free registration may be required] Men should stop drinking for six months before trying for a baby to ensure that their child has a healthy heart, scientists have said | The Times, UK

US vaping illness deaths rise to 18 with 1,000 cases reported

At least 18 deaths and more than 1,000 cases of a mysterious lung illness have been linked with vaping by US health authorities | BBC, UK

Addicted: America’s Opioid Crisis - BBC iPlayer

America’s love affair with opioids is devastating - every 25 minutes a baby is born suffering from opioid withdrawal and 130 people die every day from opioid overdoses. 8.7 million children nationwide have a parent who suffer from a substance use disorder. And 80% of heroin users started their path to addiction on prescription pain killers | BBC, UK

Trump Administration Finalizes Unemployment Drug Testing Rule

States can now require laid-off workers to pee in cups in order to receive unemployment benefits | Huffington Post, UK

Neo-Nazi coast guard officer pleads guilty to gun and drug charges

Christopher Hasson is accused of stockpiling weapons and targeting supreme court justices, Democrats and journalists | Guardian, UK

HSE: The younger children start to drink, the more likely they will take drugs

Parents are being urged to talk to their children about alcohol ahead of the Junior Cert celebrations tomorrow | Irish Examiner, Ireland

Turkey to ban e-cigarettes, says health minister

Turkey is preparing to ban the use of e-cigarettes and stop them from entering the country, Health Minister Faruk Koca said | Ahval, Turkey

In Russia, declines in alcohol consumption and mortality have gone hand in hand

Since the early 2000s, Russia has seen significant declines in overall alcohol consumption, and a new review shows that there has been a parallel, steep decline in the country's mortality rates as well | Medical Xpress, USA

Flavored Tobacco Product Use Among Middle and High School Students — United States, 2014–2018

During 2014–2018, current use of flavored electronic cigarettes increased among high school students and during 2015–2018 among middle school students. During 2014–2018, current use of flavored hookah tobacco decreased among middle and high school students. Current use of other flavored tobacco products decreased among high school students but did not change among middle school students | CDC, USA

New York court blocks state ban on flavored e-cigarettes

A New York court on Thursday temporarily halted a state ban on the sale of flavored e-cigarettes, giving the embattled vaping industry a breather just a day before the state’s prohibition was due to take effect | Reuters, USA

Preference for drugs containing fentanyl from a cross-sectional survey of people who use illicit opioids in three United States cities

Death from fentanyl-related overdose is now a leading cause of mortality among US adults. We sought to characterize fentanyl preference among street-based people who use drugs (PWUD) | DAD, USA

LSC Opioid Task Force Report

This Report organizes its recommendations according to audience. Part II addresses civil legal aid providers and the Legal Services Corporation; Part III addresses the judiciary and law enforcement; and Part IV addresses treatment providers and public health officials | LSC, USA

Introduction to the Special Issue: Responding to the Opioid Crisis: Perspectives, Challenges and Directions

Opioid prescribing for noncancer pain has increased dramatically in the United States during the past decade, both in the number of persons treated and in the mean dose of morphine equivalents prescribed per person | APA PsychNet, USA

Huge Court Win for Philly Safe Consumption Site⁠—But Fight Isn’t Over

October 2 will live long in US harm reduction history. A federal judge ruled that Safehouse⁠—a nonprofit planning to open the first sanctioned safe consumption site on US soil in Philadelphia’s Kensington neighborhood⁠—would not be violating federal law | Filter Magazine, USA

Police Crack Down on Vaping, Surfacing Stockpiles of Illicit Cartridges

THC vaping cartridges have been found in disparate places, by varying numbers, suggesting a sprawling black market | NYTimes, USA

Tech billionaire agrees to pay $1 million to avoid jail time in drug case

A California billionaire and his gal pal won’t be serving time after forking over $1 million to settle drug possession charges, prosecutors said | New York Post, USA

CAMH experts discuss the impact of alcohol policy on women’s health

CAMH marked the publication of its new Alcohol Policy Framework with a discussion among leading CAMH experts on the unique impact alcohol policy has on women’s health and safety | CAMH, Canada



Blogs, comment and opinion

How to talk to your teenagers about drugs

The UK has seen a sharp increase in teenage drug use in the last few years: the NHS reports that 37% of 15-year-olds have used drugs, and that deaths resulting from drug use are at their highest since records began in 1993 | Conversation, UK

I’ve seen the child slavery of county lines up close. £20m won’t stop it

A child close to me was entrapped by criminals. Only a national strategy will stem the mafia-style takeover of our towns | Guardian, UK

Are antidepressants addictive? This is what patients are telling us

Some of those in treatment believe they have developed dependence on antidepressants. Science doesn’t have a monopoly on knowledge, so it is important we take these testimonies seriously | Independent voices, UK

The Blue Light Project

Mike Ward describes Alcohol Change UK’s national initiative to develop alternative approaches and care pathways for change resistant drinkers | IAS blog, UK

Young people affected by others' alcohol use deserve support

Policy proposal: Develop a funded national programme of advice, guidance and support for those concerned about alcohol including families, carers and children of alcohol-dependent parents | Alcohol Change UK blog, UK

DCRs In Denmark

Over the last few days I have been fortunate to spend some time in Denmark & took the opportunity to visit some Danish drug treatment & Harm Reduction services | Drugtrain, UK

Australia could be the first country to legalise ecstasy – are we going too far?

We have to remember that any drug reform is about young people’s future health and safety | Guardian opinion, UK

The NFL’s Pain Management Problem

The National Football League (NFL) has a pain management problem. It also has a marijuana problem. The league currently regulates marijuana use among its players as part of its Policy and Program on Substances of Abuse. Revised in 2018, the program tests players for marijuana (and other “substances of abuse”) once every year during a set time (during the offseason) | Points blog, USA

Let’s clear the air: Vaping holds great promise for smokers

The outbreak of vaping-related lung disease among youth in the United States, along with a recent case in London, Ont., has sparked calls for new regulations designed to protect our youth from vaping. These calls have ranged from placing tighter restrictions on youth advertising all the way to banning the sales of e-cigarettes completely | Globe and Mail opinion, Canada