Daily news - 4th September 2019

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UK news

Local tobacco control profiles for England: September 2019 update

An overview of the extent of tobacco use, tobacco related harm and the measures being taken to reduce this harm at a local level in England | PHE, UK

Drugs use in Scotland 'may be worse than reported'

A youth charity has warned that drug use among young people may be higher than reported | ITV, UK

Conversation boosts honesty over drinking in pregnancy, study finds

A "conversational approach" is the most successful way of encouraging honest disclosure of drinking habits by pregnant women, a new study says | BBC, UK

‘We have to put out the fire before we rebuild the house’

How can ‘trauma-informed’ care move from being a value or philosophy held by select practitioners to an organisational framework for delivering treatment and support? Practitioners in England discuss, drawing on their experiences of working with women who frequently report substance use problems alongside histories of trauma and symptoms of post-traumatic stress disorder | Drug and Alcohol Findings, UK

Cannabis may hold promise to treat PTSD but evidence lags behind use

The systematic review, published in the Journal of Dual Diagnosis, finds that the active components of cannabis, called cannabinoids, may hold promise as a treatment for PTSD, particularly for reducing nightmares and helping people sleep, but more research is needed to determine whether these drugs should be used in routine clinical practice | EurekAlert, UK

Dundee - Drug Death Capital - BBC iPlayer

In 2018 Dundee was the drug death capital of Europe - Darren McGarvey goes behind the headlines to find out why. Meeting those caught up in the problem, he discovers an unexpected reason | BBC, UK

How many recovery attempts does it take to successfully resolve an alcohol or drug problem?

Are we overestimating the number of recovery attempts required to achieve stable recovery from alcohol and other drugs (AOD)? | SMMGP, UK

FREE WEBINAR - Medical cannabis in the UK: an introduction

This webinar, Chaired by a UK GP and with an international expert, will cover: An overview of medical cannabis and the evidence base / Pros and cons of medical cannabis from a clinician’s point of view / Treatment pathways to medical cannabis in the UK, including and barriers and enablers | SMMGP, UK

Overdose Awareness Day 2019

To highlight this year's International Overdose Awareness Day, BDP's Creative Community groups took to the streets of Bristol City Centre to showcase a public pop-up performance | BDP, UK

Welsh rehabilitation service opts for drug testing using fingerprint sweat

Rehabilitation and recovery charity CAIS to deploy quick, convenient and non-invasive Intelligent Fingerprinting drug test at its Parkland Place clinic in North Wales | Intelligent Fingerprining, UK

Airports clamp down on drunken passengers as arrests of unruly travellers fall

Airports have clamped down on drunken passengers who cause disruption before flying, as new figures reveal arrests of unruly travellers are falling | Telegraph, UK

Greasby girl's MDMA drug death: Wirral teenager charged

A 19-year-old man has been charged with supplying drugs after the death last year of a 14-year-old girl | BBC, UK

Gang guilty of London to Cornwall county lines drug operation

Members exploited vulnerable young people to sell class A drugs sent from capital | Guardian, UK

‘I agreed because I was scared’: boy, 16, on county lines ordeal

How a teenager from north London ended up selling drugs in the Cornish flat of a heroin addict | Guardian, UK

Britain’s biggest heroin seizure made in Felixstowe

Heroin with a street value of more than £120 million has been discovered hidden among towels and dressing gowns on board a container ship | ITV, UK

Workers at 'sophisticated' cannabis factory in Paisley jailed

Four men who helped run a cannabis factory across three floors of a converted office block in Renfrewshire have been jailed | BBC, UK


International news

Greg Hunt digs in on opposition to e-cigarettes after vaping 'epidemic'

Vaping industry preparing to ramp up lobbying efforts to push Canberra for policy change | Guardian, UK

€750k scanners to prevent drugs, weapons being smuggled into new mental health facility

The new National Forensic Mental Health facility will be equipped with 13 high-tech scanners at a cost of €750,000 to prevent drugs, weapons and other contraband being smuggled into serious offenders who have been deemed legally insane | Irish Examiner, Ireland

UNODC convenes national experts to re-design global drug information system and improve countries' reporting on drug matters

The United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime (UNODC) gathered around 100 drug statistics experts from 60 countries in Vienna from 28 to 30 August to discuss the update of a key international drug-data collection tool, the Annual Report Questionnaire (ARQ), as well as priorities for related capacity building | UNODC, Austria

No joke: Amsterdam bans laughing gas sellers from the city’s streets

People selling balloons filled with laughing gas on the street in Amsterdam are to be fined under local bylaws on street trading, mayor Femke Halsema told councillors on Tuesday evening | DutchNews.nl, Netherlands

She spent more than $110,000 on drug rehab. Her son still died

Vox is investigating addiction treatment in America. Here’s our first story | Vox, USA

Extended Rotating Warnings On Beverage Alcohol Labels? Perhaps

If certain groups have their way today, the U.S. beverage alcohol warning label may soon be graced with this adjunct message: “Government Warning: According to the Surgeon General, consumption of alcoholic beverages can cause cancer, including breast and colon cancers.” | Forbes, USA

Fentanyl, Inc: How Corporate Sales Floors Dominate the New Drugs Market

On the edge of Shanghai, men wearing balaclavas meet journalist Ben Westhoff at sunset. He’s blindfolded, pushed into a pickup truck, and driven out into the Chinese jungle | Filter Magazine, USA

Who Still Prosecutes People for Possessing Syringes?

Programs that provide sterile syringes in exchange for used ones for people who use drugs reduce HIV and hepatitis infections, promote safer practices, connect people with other health and social services and save money, as reams of evidence has shown | Filter Magazine, USA

Should pharmacists stock CBD?

Pharmacists should do their due diligence and stock products that come from a reputable source, advise CMC experts | Pharmacy Business, USA

Helen Clark Foundation urges voters to tick 'yes' in cannabis referendum

New Zealand should expunge minor cannabis convictions and create a legal and responsible market for the drug, a new report from The Helen Clark Foundation recommends | NZ Herald, New Zealand



Blogs, comment and opinion

Chief Exec's Blog - On the eve of the Government Spending Review Phoenix Chief Exec asks "Have they listened?"

19 days ago the Office of National Statistics published the latest figures on the number of people whose death was linked to drug use, they stated “the number of deaths registered from drug use in 2018 was the highest since our record began in 1993. We have also seen the biggest year on year percentage increase’’| Phoenix Futures blog, UK

Suicide rates match a spike in anti-depressants. Look to austerity for the cause not lifestyle ‘choices’

At the same time that suicides are rising, so are prescriptions for anti-depressants, on its own not necessarily a bad thing, but a barometer of our collective mental health | Independent voices, UK

It's a real public health concern that drug consumption is largely blind, with prohibition meaning that consumers don't know compounds or potency

It is remarkable that in the UK today most people have no idea what is in the illicit drugs they take.  At one level, it is odd that people do not seem to care more about what they are putting into their body – after all there is a level of personal responsibility in all this | CDPRG blog, UK

Keys to end smoking in Asia (and beyond): innovation and harm reduction

Last week was hot in Seoul. Not just with the outdoor temperatures exceeding 30oC, but also with clear voices of over 100 experts from 18 countries gathered at the 3rd Asia Harm Reduction Forum (AHRF), calling to use the opportunity we have to save 20,000 people dying each day from smoking | NSP blog, UK

Should we worry that take-home naloxone availability may increase opioid use

Take-home naloxone saves lives by preventing deaths from opioid overdose in individual cases. It is not clear whether it has led to an increase in opioid use, but any such effect is unlikely to outweigh its positive impact | Addiction, UK

Canada's cannabis revisited

I was in Canada in June with Volteface, three MPs and a BBC documentary crew to look at the legal cannabis market. After the embargo finally ended a few weeks ago, I caught up for a beer with Volteface's Paul North to discuss the trip | Velvet Glove Iron Fist blog, UK

Golfers and rugby players show cannabis is going mainstream in sport

Top golfers take CBD for calmness, while Saracens locks George Kruis and Dominic Day were so impressed with it they launched their own business | Guardian sports blog, UK

Cannabis prohibition doesn't work anywhere. It's New Zealand's turn to legalise it

A ‘yes’ in the referendum is a vote to regulate rather than criminalise a drug that’s widely used and less problematic than alcohol | Guardian opinion, UK