Daily news - 26th February 2020

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Drug, alcohol and mental health charity Addaction to change name

Drug, alcohol and mental health charity Addaction has announced that it will be rebranding, changing its name to We Are With You and launching a new website on 26 February 2020 | We Are With You, UK

Health matters: smoking and mental health

This edition of Health Matters focuses on smoking among people living with a broad range of mental health conditions | PHE, UK

Case study: Designing a smoking cessation intervention

How a smoking cessation intervention for people with common mental health problems in a psychological services setting has been designed | PHE, UK

Summit to tackle Scottish drug deaths 'emergency'

The Scottish government is holding a drugs summit in Glasgow just 24 hours before the UK government hosts its own event in the same venue | BBC, UK

Bring ex-addicts on board to tackle drug deaths crisis, say experts

Speakers make plea ahead of separate summits by Scottish and UK governments in Glasgow | Guardian, UK

Scotland's drug death crisis in six charts

Last July, the latest figures for drug-related deaths in Scotland led to the crisis being called a public health emergency | BBC, UK

Citizens Assembly gives support to drug decriminalisation

The £1million deliberative body, set up last year by Nicola Sturgeon to consider Scotland’s long-term challenges, gave the idea provisional backing at the weekend | Herald, UK

Scotland 'could miss tobacco-free target by up to 16 years'

More than one in 10 people will still be smoking in 2034 despite a Scottish government commitment to stub out the habit by then, health campaigners say | BBC, UK

Wales' minimum alcohol price 'won't tackle middle class drinkers'

The new minimum price for alcohol is not "sufficient" to tackle middle-class drinkers, according to an addiction charity. Kaleidoscope's boss said alcohol consumption was "ridiculously high" in some of Wales' more affluent areas | BBC, UK

Northern Ireland needle exchange scheme use increases by 13%

There has been a 13% increase in the number of visits to needle and syringe exchange schemes across Northern Ireland, new figures show | BBC, UK

Is it time to ban drinking on flights – for the sake of the cabin crew?

There has been a spate of news stories about drunken passengers causing trouble in the air. Do flight attendants think the skies are becoming more lawless? | Guardian, UK

Norwich party deaths: Couple had 'low levels of drugs' in their systems, inquest hears

Gaynor Robinson, 19, and Billy Applegate, 23, were found lifeless in the living room of their home in Providence Place, Norwich, on 1 June | BBC, UK

Essex Police sergeant sacked for refusing drug test

Sgt Michael Suley, an Essex Police officer based in Clacton, would not provide a sample on 25 November | BBC, UK

Mary the pipe smoker, circa 1960

BBC Northern Ireland's intrepid roving reporter James Boyce meets Mary, whose only pleasure in life is a draw on a clay pipe | BBC archive, UK


International news

Juul Proposes 'Age-Locked' E-Cigarettes To Win FDA Approval

Juul is planning to propose e-cigarettes that only unlock for persons above the legal age of smoking to the Food and Drug Administration as it seeks to remain in business in the United States | Benzinga, USA

CDC, States Update Number of Hospitalized EVALI Cases and EVALI Deaths

As of Feb. 18, 2020, 2,807 cases of hospitalized EVALI or deaths were reported by all 50 states | CDC, USA

E-cigarette users are exposed to potentially harmful levels of metal linked to DNA damage

Researchers at the University of California, Riverside, have completed a cross-sectional human study that compares biomarkers and metal concentrations in the urine of e-cigarette users, nonsmokers, and cigarette smokers | EurekAlert, USA

'A world of hurt': 39 states to investigate Juul's marketing

A coalition of 39 states will look into the marketing and sales of vaping products by Juul Labs, including whether the company targeted youths and made misleading claims about nicotine content in its devices, officials announced Tuesday | Medical Xpress, USA

Pot use among U.S. seniors nearly doubled in 3 years

Americans may want to rethink the stereotype of the pot-loving teen: More U.S. seniors are using the drug now than ever before | Medical Xpress, USA

Weight-based bullying linked to increased adolescent alcohol, marijuana use

Adolescents who are bullied about their weight or body shape may be more likely to use alcohol or marijuana than those who are not bullied, according to new research published by the American Psychological Association | EurekAlert, USA

South Philadelphia to become site of nation’s first supervised-injection facility next week, organizers say

The announcement comes hours after a federal judge ruled that the proposed facility would not violate federal law | Philadelphia Inquirer, USA

The Problems With Post-Overdose Response Teams

Drug overdoses (better described as toxic drug mixtures and poisonings) claimed nearly half a million lives in the US between 2000 and 2014 | Filter Magazine, USA

B.C. overdose deaths declined in 2019 but health officials caution the fentanyl crisis continues

The province’s first initial count of overdose deaths in 2019 shows a sharp decline from previous years but a number that remains miles above what was once considered “normal” for British Columbia | Georgia Straight, Canada


Blogs, comment and opinion

Opinion: Governments Should Rethink Drug Policies

Draconian drug laws harm citizens the world over. It’s high time to use sound science to change the landscape of prohibition | The Scientist, UK

Charities keep us healthy

We often think of health as being all about doctors, medicine, and operations. We might occasionally contemplate our lifestyle, but rarely will we factor in our friendships or the kind of home we live in | npc blog, UK

Drug consumption between public debate and political reforms in post-war Italy

Today’s post comes from Maria Elena Cantilena, a PhD student in History at University of Trieste (Italy). Her research focuses on drug consumption in Italy during the 1960s and 1970s, exploring how its image changed in public opinion and medical debate, in the context of new legislative approaches | Points blog, USA