Daily news - 10th September 2019

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DDN Magazine September 2019

September is a glorious opportunity to celebrate recovery month and we’re delighted to hear about the activities taking place all over the country. The Recovery Games in Doncaster (page 16) sums up the spirit of events and we’re looking forward to following what’s happening around the country | DDN, UK

Press release: Dependence on prescription medicines linked to deprivation

PHE has published the first-ever evidence review of dependence and withdrawal problems associated with 5 commonly prescribed classes of medicines in England | PHE, UK

Prescribed medicines review: report

Report of the review of the evidence for dependence on, and withdrawal from, prescribed medicines | PHE, UK

Prescription drug dependency worrying - health chiefs

Hundreds of thousands of people in England are getting hooked on prescription drugs, health chiefs fear | BBC, UK

E-cigarettes may damage the heart, scientists say, as they ask Public Health England to stop recommending vaping

E-cigarettes may damage the heart, scientists have concluded, and have called for Public Health England (PHE) to stop recommending vaping | Telegraph, UK

Comparison of Trends in Self-reported Cigarette Consumption and Sales in England, 2011 to 2018

[Open access] This study of survey and sales data found close alignment between estimates of long- and short-term changes in population cigarette consumption in England derived from the Smoking Toolkit Study, a monthly national survey, and recorded sales | JAMA, UK

Drug-related Deaths

The next item is a statement by Joe FitzPatrick on tackling drug-related deaths | They work for you, UK

Fears UK could follow the US into opioid crisis

Addiction experts, patient and health groups want more done to prevent the UK from seeing a US-like opioid crisis | ITV, UK

Co-production - our theory

At MEAM, we recognise that the solutions to complex problems like multiple disadvantage can only come from the people experiencing those problems, working respectfully as equals alongside those with the power to ensure that agreed solutions happen. We are committed to co-producing our work and to helping the local areas we support to do the same | MEAM, UK

Sex, Drugs and Murder: Channel 4 Dispatches

Channel 4 Dispatches and BuzzFeed News have joined forces to investigate the impact of GHB, fronted by LGBT editor Patrick Strudwick. GHB is a silent killer which is killing hundreds of gay men per year and receives little attention | Channel 4, UK

Drug dealer Dean Beattie jailed for 18 months

A drug dealer who was caught after police found incriminating messages on his phone has been jailed for 18 months | BBC, UK

Man in Jersey court over '£10m heroin haul'

A man has appeared in court in Jersey after suspected drugs with an estimated street value of up to £10m were found hidden in a vehicle | BBC, UK

Student framed own brother for drink driving 

A student engineer framed his own brother as a drink driver after he was caught drunk at the wheel of a college friend's car | Telegraph, UK


International news

Duty-free purchases of cigarettes and alcohol to return under no-deal Brexit

Sajid Javid’s decision means travellers to and from the EU would see prices tumble | Guardian, UK

Juul is the new big tobacco? Wave of lawsuits signal familiar problems

Vapes were once seen as safe alternatives to smoking, but now the biggest US vape-maker faces similar issues to cigarette companies | Guardian, UK

Juul 'ignored law' in US e-cigarette adverts

US regulators have sent a warning letter to Juul Labs, saying the e-cigarette company violated US law by promoting its products as safer than traditional cigarettes | BBC, UK

Scott Morrison says he is 'puzzled' by opposition to welfare drug testing

PM defends drug testing proposal, which is struggling to attract support in parliament | Guardian, UK

The Coalition want to drug test welfare recipients. Here's why experts think it's a bad idea

Critics have slammed plans to drug test those on Newstart. But what does the scheme involve? And what does the evidence say? | Guardian, UK

Experts recommend zero alcohol for pregnant women

No amount of alcohol at any stage of pregnancy is safe for your baby, a HSE campaign will warn today | Irish Examiner, Ireland

Brain cells that suppress drug cravings may be the secret to better addiction medicines

For the nearly 20 million U.S. adults who are addicted to drugs or alcohol, no effective medical treatment exists -- despite plentiful scientific knowledge surrounding the factors that trigger relapse | Science Daily, USA

Can Cannabis Replace Opioids for Pain Tx?

Pharmacists debate the mixed science behind emerging therapy | MedPage Daily, USA

Vaping May Also Put Women's Fertility at Risk

A study finds that the nicotine and flavorings in vapes affect eggs in ways that would make it more difficult to conceive | VICE, USA

The Rank Hypocrisy of Marijuana Prohibition Advocates’ Taxpayer Funding 

The New York Chapter of Smart Approaches to Marijuana (SAM), the prohibitionist organization led by Kevin Sabet, has submitted a request “to keep its funding sources confidential,” as reported in a September 5 Times Union article. As justification, the group cited fears that its donors would be harassed | Filter Magazine, USA

In Greater Victoria, schools join battle against opioid crisis

Naloxone kits, consultation and wellness centres are all part of the mix to fight high-risk drug use | Times Colonist, Canada



Blogs, comment and opinion

Moving forward from the prescription medicines review

The first ever evidence review of dependence and withdrawal problems associated with prescription medicines assesses the scale and distribution of the issue and outlines how to ensure people can benefit from the relevant medicines when they are needed, whilst limiting any harms caused by dependence or withdrawal. Find out more in this blog about what this means for patients and what needs to be done | PHE blog, UK

Drugs don’t affect job seeking, so let’s offer users help rather than take away their payments

The Morrison government is having another shot at getting its proposal to drug test people on welfare through the Senate | Conversation, Australia