Daily news - 7th January 2020

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UK news

Care homes recreate communal pub experience for residents

Even today the pub is the enduring focal point of many a community. So much so that an increasing number of care homes are recreating the experience for their elderly residents | Telegraph, UK

Hepatitis C in the North East: annual data

This report provides an annual update on local epidemiology of hepatitis C, the burden and impact of the infection and service coverage | PHE, UK

Commission on Alcohol Harm

The Alcohol Health Alliance UK (AHA) is supporting a Commission on Alcohol Harm, consisting of a panel of varied experts and chaired by Baroness Finlay of Llandaff. The Commission on Alcohol Harm has been established to examine the current evidence on alcohol harm, recent trends in alcohol harm and the changes needed to reduce the harm caused by alcohol. The Commission will also examine the need for a new comprehensive UK-wide alcohol strategy | AHA UK, UK

QMJC December 2019 - Enjoying the Kick: Locating pleasure within the drug consumption room

Tristan Duncan, Cameron Duff, Bernadette Sebar and Jessica Lee’s (2017) article ‘“Enjoying the Kick”: Locating pleasure within the drug consumption room’ is a conceptually innovative empirical analysis of a rarely considered topic: pleasure within supervised consumption rooms | SSA, UK

Preventing overdoses among people prescribed opioids for pain - study

Study to reduce risk of overdose from prescription opioids is now recruiting participants. We are seeking people prescribed opioids for chronic non-cancer pain in past 5 yrs and their family members. 2 interviews, face-to-face or by phone/Skype | Drugs Research Network Scotland, UK

Bristol: Take drugs seriously - Free exhibition

Thursday 23rd January, from 5pm – Colston Hall, Bristol. Your chance to see the latest research and insights into drug use, supply and harm reduction. Includes presentations and interactive exhibits on addiction, drug cultures, drug markets, psychedelics, opioid use and more. Speak to experts, see new perspectives, and view a mock-up safer drug consumption facility | Tranbsform/Anyone's Child, UK

Professor David Nutt - The Brain and Mind Made Simple - London - event

Tuesday 14 January 2020, 19:00 | LONDON - Camden - Dingwalls. The brain is the physical place where the mind resides - a vessel in which the electronic impulses that create thought are contained. With the brain, you coordinate your moves, your organism, your activities and transmit impulses. But you use the mind to think; to muse at what happened, what is scheduled and what maybe will happen | Drug Science, UK

The Trip Report 06/01

Through the work of organisations such as WEDINOS, The Loop, and SaferParty, we know a little more about the drugs in circulation. The report provided below is a summary of their findings over the last week | Cameron Scally, UK

Fred Yates prize

The prize will be awarded at the annual SSA Conference to a researcher who is in the early or mid part of her or his career who has made a significant and specific contribution to the addictions field in recent years | SSA, UK

County lines dealers 'posing as students to sell class A drugs'

Drug dealers are enrolling on courses or recruiting from halls of residence, experts warn | Guardian, UK

Priti Patel urges review of date-rape drugs after Reynhard Sinaga case

Home secretary calls for inquiry after rapist’s sentencing for ‘sickening crimes’ | Guardian, UK

GHB: The drug used as a 'rapist's weapon of choice'

When Reynhard Sinaga took a victim back to his flat, he would drug them unconscious before launching his assault | BBC, UK

'Cannabis chocolate bars' court case dropped

A couple accused of producing cannabis-laced chocolate bars have had the case against them dropped after prosecutors said they would offer no evidence | BBC, UK

Son jailed and mother tagged after cannabis farm raid

A man convicted of running a cannabis farm with his mother from their spare bedroom has been jailed | BBC, UK


International news

What We Can Learn From a Tiny Baltic Country's Two-Decade Fentanyl Crisis

A look at the opioid problem in Estonia suggests that in some parts of the U.S. and Canada, fentanyl is likely to replace heroin for good. The country's experience also offers a few workable solutions | VICE, UK

Smoking cigarettes and vaping linked to ‘increased stroke risk’

Vapers who have also smoked tobacco may be at greater risk of stroke compared to people who only smoke cigarettes, new research suggests | ITV, UK

Thailand rolls out cannabis clinics based on traditional medicine

Hundreds receive free oil at opening of centre | Independent, UK

Mexico's war on drugs: More than 60,000 people 'disappeared'

More than 60,000 people have disappeared in Mexico since the start of the country's war on drugs in 2006, according to authorities | BBC, UK

Few doctors can legally prescribe opioid-addiction drug

Fewer than one in 10 primary care providers in the U.S. can prescribe the opioid-addiction medication buprenorphine, and access is even more scarce in rural counties hardest hit by overdoses, a new study suggests | Reuters, USA

Federal data undercounts fatal overdose deaths caused by specific drugs

Fatal misuse of specific drugs is a bigger problem than federal statistics make them appear, especially in Florida. According to data collected by a researcher at the University of South Florida (USF), between 2008 and 2017, roughly one-in-three overdose deaths in Florida caused by opioids were not reported by the federal government | Medical Xpress, USA

Introduction to The BASIS Special Series on Open Science Practices

During January 1996, the Division on Addiction created The WAGER, which was the precursor to The BASIS. We created The WAGER because academic research, including addiction research, often is locked behind paywalls | BASIS, USA

Nicotine concentrations found to be higher from JUUL pods than e-cigs and cigarettes

JUUL delivers substantially more nicotine to the blood per puff than cigarettes or previous-generation e-cigarettes (e-cigs) and impairs blood vessel function comparable to cigarette smoke, according to a new study by researchers at UC San Francisco | News Medical, USA

Flavored Vapes: The Partial US Ban Brings Very Mixed Feelings 

It was a cold, rainy morning when I walked into “Happy Habits,” our local vape store in the Hudson Valley. It was the day after the federal government’s January 2 announcement of an effective ban on flavored vape cartridges | Filter Magazine, USA

Protests as Cuomo Blocks Addiction Meds Access for Poor New Yorkers

Late on January 1, Governor Andrew Cuomo issued a last-minute veto on a bill that would have ended barriers for low-income New Yorkers to access Medicaid-insured medication-assisted treatment (MAT)—with the potential to save hundreds of lives and millions of dollars every year | Filter Magazine, USA

Robredo flunks Duterte admin in drug war, says less than 1 percent shabu seized by authorities in the last three years

Vice President Maria Leonor "Leni" Robredo has finally spoken up about her findings and recommendations on the Duterte administration's drug war, baring that authorities have seized less than one percent of shabu since 2016 | CNN, USA

Deaths caused by extramedical use of opioids preventable

A review of more than 100 studies from around the world has shown that people who use opioids for extramedical reasons have significantly higher rates of mortality | NDARC, Australia


Blogs, comment and opinion

In memoriam: Ron Hogg, Police, Crime and Victims’ Commissioner for Durham

The funeral of Police, Crime and Victims’ Commissioner for Durham Ron Hogg will be held this week (7 January). Ron was an outstanding public servant who made a huge contribution to policing, firstly as a police officer and, latterly, as Police, Crime and Victims’ Commissioner for Durham. His former colleague Ben Twomey shares the valuable lessons he learnt from working with Ron and the legacy he leaves behind | Policing Insight, UK

The never-ending story: the problematic relationship between youth anxiety and later alcohol use

If you are among those people who think that the association between anxiety and alcohol use disorders is old stuff, then brace yourself as what comes next is likely to change your mind | Mental Elf blog, UK

MS patient found not guilty of cultivating cannabis for medical use

Carlisle Court acquitted an MS patient today of cultivating cannabis, following the Crown Prosecution Service’s decision not to offer evidence in court today on a public interest basis | CDPRG blog, UK

International trade, alcohol policy and health regulation

Arianna Andreangeli asks whether the current crisis of the WTO appellate body likely to have an impact on this complex equation? | IAS blog, UK

Drink-refusal skills: how to say no to an alcoholic drink

A key skill for taking part in Dry January is learning how to say no to alcoholic drinks. And that skill will stand you in brilliant stead for drinking more healthily and happily year-round | Alcohol Change UK blog, UK