Daily news - 26th September 2019

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Immediate impact of minimum unit pricing on alcohol purchases in Scotland: controlled interrupted time series analysis for 2015-18

[Open access] In terms of immediate impact, the introduction of minimum unit pricing appears to have been successful in reducing the amount of alcohol purchased by households in Scotland. The action was targeted, in that reductions of purchased alcohol only occurred in the households that bought the most alcohol | BMJ, UK

Minimum price 'cuts drinking by half a pint a week'

The introduction of minimum pricing for alcohol in Scotland appears to have cut drinking, a study suggests | BBC, UK

Why fatty liver disease could be the next public health crisis

Is non-alcoholic fatty liver disease the next public health crisis? After singer George Michael passed away in 2016, the coroner's report listed fatty liver disease as one of the causes of death | Telegraph, UK

New report builds on evidence for expanding hepatitis C testing, and offering hepatitis C treatment, in pharmacies

Today the London Joint Working Group on Substance Use and Hepatitis C (LJWG) has published the results of ‘phase 2’ of its pharmacy testing pilot showing 38% of needle and syringe programme clients tested at participating pharmacies had chronic hepatitis C infection and 78% of those tested preferred to receive their treatment at their pharmacy if it was an option | LJWG, UK

The Science of Addiction - audio

Addiction specialist Sally Marlow examines the science behind addiction to find out why so many people in Britain are hooked on drugs and alcohol | BBC Sounds, UK

Addiction lives: Dennis McCarty

Dennis McCarty is Professor Emeritus at Oregon Health and Science University’s School of Public Health.  His contributions to health services research include | SSA, UK

New festival tackling stigma on drug and alcohol addiction will bring Hope to Dundee

A new one-day festival coming to Dundee will focus on challenging the stigma associated with drug and alcohol addiction and aim to bring communities together | Dundee Evening Telegraph, UK

Festival Drugs: Meet The Dealers - BBC iplayer

Investigative journalist Livvy Haydock meets the criminals on the dark side of festival season. Getting exclusive access to gangs, corrupt security guards and dealers | BBC, UK

Drugs, festivals and crime: Inside the world of dealers and corrupt security

A security guard is filmed trying to smuggle drugs into a festival as part of a new BBC Three documentary | BBC, UK

William Carson faces cocaine hearing after testing positive

Jockey William Carson will face a disciplinary panel on Thursday after testing positive for cocaine | BBC, UK

Austrian couple sent £450,000 of ecstasy pills meant for Glasgow drug dealer by mistake

The couple ordered two dresses from a Dutch website and ended up with 25,000 Class A pills with the package meant for an address in Glasgow | Daily Record, UK


International news

Juul CEO steps down amid sudden spike in vaping-related illnesses

Kevin Burns exits as hundreds of illnesses have been reported in the US and nine deaths have been linked to the lung ailments | Guardian, UK

Vapour from e-cigarettes can kill cells that protect lungs and damage immune system, study concludes

New research comes as US outbreak of vaping-linked lung disease claims eighth victim | Independent, UK

Australian Capital Territory legalises personal cannabis use

The Australian Capital Territory (ACT) has become the first jurisdiction in the nation to legalise recreational cannabis use | BBC, UK

Peter Dutton: government may override 'dangerous' ACT decision to legalise cannabis

Minister says attorney general Christian Porter is looking at ‘trendy’ law change | Guardian, UK

YouTube Removed My Channel for Promoting Harm Reduction – An Interview with Damian Sobczyk

Damian Sobczyk is a Polish videoblogger and a drug user activist whose mission is to help young people to reduce the risks of drug use. His channel had 137,000 subscribers when YouTube decided to ban it without any concrete explanation | Drug Reporter, Hungary

Kazakhstan country overview 2014

This summary of the national drug situation in Kazakhstan was prepared within the framework of the Central Asia Drug Action Programme — Phase 5 (CADAP 5) in the Component DAMOS (Drug Epidemiology Database Collection and Development) | EMCDDA, Portugal

Policing space in the overdose crisis: A rapid ethnographic study of the impact of law enforcement practices on the effectiveness of overdose prevention sites

North America is in the midst of an overdose crisis. In some of the hardest hit areas of Canada, local responses have included the implementation of low-threshold drug consumption facilities, termed Overdose Prevention Sites (OPS) | IJDP, USA

Can social media be the answer to quitting smoking? The effects of a social media campaign on young adult smoking cessation

Social media platforms are extremely popular in the United States and worldwide. While social media has been implicated in increasing rates of depression and excessive internet use among young adults, it might also help people manage addictive behaviors | BASIS, USA

CDC warns of dangers of nicotine salts used by vaping giant Juul in e-cigarettes

A top U.S. health official told lawmakers Tuesday that e-cigarette market leader Juul uses salts in its vaping devices that she said could be particularly dangerous for teenagers | CNBC, USA

Report: Opioids settlement won't fix areas hardest hit

OxyContin maker Purdue Pharma's tentative legal settlement over the toll of the nation's opioid crisis is unlikely to reverse the consequences of the epidemic in the hardest-hit towns and regions, according to a report released Wednesday | Medical Xpress, USA

The White Van Prescribing Buprenorphine Outside a Baltimore Jail

In 2017 the Behavioral Health Leadership Institute (BHLI), a Baltimore nonprofit, rented a truck. It now owns the large white GMC van that sits outside of the Baltimore Central Booking and Intake Center Jail on 300 E Eager Street, four days a week | Filter Magazine, USA

Nearly half of NZ's worst drink drivers not ordered to install alcohol interlock despite law requiring it - report

Nearly half of the drink drivers facing an alcohol interlock on their vehicles are not being sentenced to install one despite a law change making its installation mandatory, a new AA report has found | TVNZ, New Zealand


Blogs, comment and opinion

Minimum unit pricing for alcohol in Scotland

As the seventh most important global risk factor for premature death and accounting for a wide range of acute and chronic morbidities, alcohol deservedly attracts the attention of public health policy makers | BMJ editorial, UK

Minimum pricing at home and away: where next?

In this guest post, Jane Hughes, a researcher at the Sheffield Alcohol Research Group (SARG), explores the current position of MUP across the UK and elsewhere, and the key issues for policy debates | Alcohol Policy UK, UK

Alcohol: a right to know

Policy proposal: Develop a Government-funded programme of health campaigns, without industry involvement, to increase public knowledge of the harms of alcohol | Alcohol Change UK blog, UK

Knowing what's in the bottle: why we need labelling laws

Policy proposal: Develop statutory minimum requirements for labelling alcohol products. This should include health warnings, ingredients and nutritional information alongside existing advice | Alcohol Change UK blog, UK

Shopping addiction is a real disorder

UK-based healthcare group the Priory is well-known for treating gambling, sex, drug, alcohol and computing addictions – especially of the rich and famous. Now it has added a new condition to its list: shopping addiction | Conversation, UK