Daily news - 18th September 2019

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Impact of the UK Psychoactive Substances Act on awareness, use, experiences and knowledge of potential associated health risks of Novel Psychoactive Substances

The risk of potential harms prompted the UK government to introduce the Psychoactive Substances Act (PSA) in 2016. The aim of the present study was to evaluate the impact and effectiveness of this new legislation on patterns of NPS awareness, use, experiences and risk awareness in a self‐selected sample of UK consumers to inform education and policy | BPS, UK

Investigating the effect of England's smoke-free private vehicle regulation on changes in tobacco smoke exposure and respiratory disease in children: a quasi-experimental study

Comprehensive tobacco control policies can help to protect children from tobacco smoke exposure and associated adverse respiratory health consequences. We investigated the impact of England's 2015 regulation that prohibits smoking in a private vehicle with children present on changes in environmental tobacco smoke exposure and respiratory health in children | Lancet, UK

Wales drug deaths at record levels

The number of deaths caused by drugs in Wales is at its highest level ever, new figures reveal. A report [from August] by Public Health Wales shows that in the last ten years, the number of drugs deaths has increased by 78% | ITV, UK

Drug death taskforce to meet for first time

The group, set up by the Scottish Government, will gather in Edinburgh on Tuesday afternoon in an attempt to reduce the record high level of drug-related deaths | Scotsman, UK

Drug Deaths

The next item of business is a members’ business debate on motion S5M-18420, in the name of Monica Lennon, on Scotland’s drug death public health emergency. The debate will be concluded without any question being put | They work for you, UK

Drug and Alcohol Rehabilitation (Residential Services)

To ask the First Minister when an action plan for delivery of residential services for drug and alcohol rehabilitation across the country will be provided, in line with its drug and alcohol strategy | They work for you, UK

'Mixed messaging' around drinking alcohol while pregnant, says RCM

The Royal College of Midwives has warned of ‘mixed messaging’ after a study revealed that midwives are giving different advice around alcohol consumption during pregnancy | Nursing in Practice, UK

UK homelessness: 2005 to 2018

Assessment of the comparability and coherence of existing UK government data sources on homelessness | ONS, UK

Drug addiction: Brighton man apologises to his mother

Video. Sonny is fighting to free himself from drug addiction. As he struggles to overcome his personal demons, he realises he has to apologise to his mother | BBC, UK

Lewisham Recovery Month Event

On the afternoon of Friday 6 September there was a packed conference room in Lewisham Council’s Civic Suite for a Recovery Month event bringing together staff members and service users from across the borough’s recovery community | Blenheim CDP, UK

Essex-based drug and alcohol support charity Open Road to release charity single ‘Keep Moving’

Essex based charity, Open Road will be releasing the charity single ‘Keep Moving’ featuring vocals and lyrics from Open Road employee, Lorraine Gray. The single is an emotive and thought-provoking tune that conveys the message of not giving up. It is available to download and purchase from 27 September | Essex TV, UK

The end of the county line: how drug users are exploited by gangs

Weston-super-Mare’s existing drug problems have been amplified by an influx of out-of-town dealers | Guardian, UK

‘I thought I was guilty’: how the law can fail county lines victims

Charlie was accepted as a victim of modern slavery - but first he was prosecuted and sentenced to 18 months | Guardian, UK

Child victims of human trafficking prosecuted despite CPS rules

Lawyers say system is failing young people caught up in county lines drug operations | Guardian, UK

Jodie Chesney: Teenager 'murdered in drug turf war row'

A 17-year-old girl was killed in a "terrible and cowardly" stabbing during a drug turf war, a court has heard | BBC, UK

Gainsborough man 'murdered with machete over £2,000 drug debt'

Jordan O'Brien was attacked on his mother's doorstep in Gainsborough and died in hospital in March | BBC, UK

Norfolk dealer continued to run drugs network from jail

Shaun Ellis, 26, gave orders for his accomplices to supply crack cocaine and heroin in Great Yarmouth from behind bars at HMP Wayland, also in Norfolk | BBC, UK

Dundee doctor admits importing controlled drugs

A Dundee doctor who was cleared in 2017 of killing a friend by giving her a cocktail of painkillers has admitted importing controlled drugs | BBC, UK



International news

Importers stockpile alcohol for Christmas to avoid Brexit drought

Companies rush to bring forward deliveries of champagne, wine, beer and spirits in time for the festive period | Guardian, UK

Comparison of e-cigarette use characteristics between exclusive e-cigarette users and dual e-cigarette and conventional cigarette users: an on-line survey in France

[Open access] Dual e-cigarette users in France may have higher nicotine intake overall than exclusive e-cigarette users, but they may take in less nicotinefrom their e-cigarettes | Addiction, UK

How many US high school students smoke e-cigarettes?

In just one year, the percentage of high school students vaping has jumped from 12% to 21% - and e-cigarette use is highest among white students | Guardian, UK

Flavoured e-cigarettes banned in New York

New York has become the first US state to ban the sale of flavoured e-cigarettes | ITV, UK

Minister Byrne announces €2.28m for 12 strategic initiatives to implement the National Drugs Strategy

The Minister of State with responsibility for Health Promotion and the National Drugs Strategy, Catherine Byrne TD, today (Tuesday) announced the allocation of an additional €2.28 million over three years for 12 strategic health initiatives to address priorities set out in the National Drugs Strategy. Each initiative will receive a total of €190,000, with funding commencing in September and lasting until June 2022 | Department of Health, Ireland

Alcohol Research

Alcohol portal that is updated regularly to include a summary of Irish alcohol data including prevalence, treatment, deaths | HRB, Ireland

Drugreporter's Just Say Know Series, Episode 4

In our last video we explained why punitive drug policies don't work. Now we will present you an alternative approach to drugs and people who use them, based on the principles of harm reduction | Drug Reporter, Hungary

New technique for police to quickly and safely test drug evidence

Scientists have demonstrated a way for police to quickly and safely test whether a baggie or other package contains illegal drugs without having to handle any suspicious contents directly | News Medical, USA

As illnesses spread, fake vape gear sells on LA streets

A short walk from police headquarters in the heart of downtown Los Angeles, a cluster of bustling shops are openly selling packaging and hardware that can be used to produce counterfeit marijuana vapes that have infected California's cannabis market | Medical Xpress, USA

An Opioid Vaccine’s Promise—And Ethical Peril

Amulti-million dollar race to develop a vaccine that prevents the pleasurable and harmful effects of opioids has been quietly underway amongst military, hospital and university researchers in recent years—and 2019 has seen major advances to the therapy becoming a reality | Filter Magazine, USA

Here’s What a Legal Market for Cocaine Could Look Like

It is abundantly clear, given decades of trial and error and escalating scientific evidence, that prohibition only makes risky drug use even riskier | Filter Magazine, USA

When Cops Turn Against the Drug War

Commissaris Muyshondt, sorry to bother you,” said a voice over the phone. “We arrested your brother this morning. Just thought you should know.” | Filter Magazine, USA

Canadian Cannabis Research Database

The Canadian Cannabis Research Database is an online tool that allows individuals to search current and ongoing cannabis research activities underway in Canada. Research since 2015 is covered under 40 possible topics | CCSA, Canada


Blogs, comment and opinion

Collective Voice working with Homeless Link on Housing First

We are pleased to announce that Collective Voice has been commissioned by Homeless Link to scope the current state of play, and accompanying opportunities, of Housing First in the substance use sector | Collective Voice, UK

The Scottish Drugs Deaths Taskforce

A taskforce has convened for the first time, aiming to address the surging number of drugs fatalities in Scotland that sees the country now burdened with the unenviable title of “drugs death capital of the developed world” | Herald, UK

Lack of decent jobs fuels UK drugs trade

An economy rooted in precarity means county lines will continue to be seen as part of a way out of poverty, writes Nick Moss, while Chris Hughes says the Crown Prosecution Service should target the adults who recruit children to sell drugs | Guardian letters, UK

The Sacklers were drug dealers – they put money above misery. The Purdue deal is no different

Whether or not the deal is right for individual states, no one should be fooled by Purdue’s attempts to pretend it is putting the welfare of its victims to the fore | Guardian opinion, UK

Study what makes games addictive

The World Health Organization now includes ‘Gaming disorder’ in the 11th revision of its International Classification of Diseases. We need more independent research into design features that can contribute to addictive and harmful gaming, particularly with respect to technological innovations such as machine learning and in-game purchasing (‘microtransactions’) | Lancet letters, UK