Daily news - 28th January 2020

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UK news

Analysis of off-trade alcohol sales in year post MUP published

The first analysis of off-trade alcohol sales over the full year following the introduction of Minimum Unit Pricing (MUP) shows the volume of pure alcohol sold per adult in Scotland fell by 3.6% | NHS Scotland, UK

Alcohol off-sales fall in first year of minimum pricing

The amount of alcohol sold in Scotland's shops fell during the first year of minimum pricing but sales increased south of the border | BBC, UK

Deputy Mayor wants pilot for safe consumption room in new drug strategy

More consultation is needed and city needs to work out how to fund it, but Asher Craig says it could be one way to reduce drug deaths, as a mock safe consumption room was on display last week | The Bristol Cable, UK

Addaction launch programme to help people with drug and alcohol issues

A new community rehabilitation program for people with issues around drugs and alcohol has begun in the borough. The project, run by drug, alcohol and mental health charity Addaction, will provide the chance for up to 15 people to attend a 12-week community rehabilitation program | Leigh Journal, UK

WDP & Whitbread offer hearty meals & safe space

Leading drug and alcohol charity WDP has teamed up with the UK's largest hospitality company Whitbread to offer people accessing substance misuse services the opportunity to take part in a monthly lunch club and reconnect with their local communities in a healthier way | WDP, UK

Smoking ban in cars carrying kids linked to 72% fall in teens' tobacco smoke exposure in England

The law, banning smoking in cars carrying children, has seen the proportion of teens exposed to secondhand tobacco smoke fall by 72% in England, suggests an analysis of survey data, published online in the journal Thorax | Medical Xpress, UK

‘It’s incredible what they see’: housing associations take on county lines crime

Housing officers are using their local knowledge to spot abuse and exploitation, particularly ‘cuckooing’ of vulnerable residents by drug gangs | Guardian, UK

Cocaine seizure: Men jailed after 750kg haul found on boat

Two men have been jailed for conspiracy to import cocaine after one of the largest hauls of the drug in UK history was found on board a boat | BBC, UK

Pharmacy owner’s son jailed for selling PoM to criminal gangs

A pharmacy worker has been sentenced to six years in prison for selling prescription-only medicines (PoM) worth over £20 million to drug dealers | Pharmacy Business, UK


International news

Extending the delivery of screening and brief interventions

What do primary care clinicians think would help them bridge the ‘implementation gap’ in screening and brief advice for risky drinking, and extend the potential benefits to a greater proportion of the population? A European trial found the answer differed depending on distinctive national circumstances | Drug and Alcohol Findings, UK

Drug Decriminalisation Across the World

The criminalisation of people who use drugs compounds drug-related challenges and worsens health and welfare outcomes. Across the world, there is a growing number of jurisdictions where the possession of scheduled drugs for personal use has been decriminalised. In some countries and federal states, this has been extended to the cultivation of cannabis for personal use or the sharing of substances where there is no financial gain (also known as ‘social sharing’) | Talking Drugs, UK

'This is a national crisis' - Drogheda families speak ahead of protest against criminality and violence

Families and communities affected by intimidation over drug debts in Drogheda are “gripped by fear” and afraid to speak out, a support group has said | Irish Examiner, Ireland

'Young people need education on the effects of cannabis'

Social tolerance of cannabis use is higher than ever, but it is no time for complacency. A recent conference in Dublin organised by The Addiction Group at the Department of Public Health and Primary Health Care, TCD, highlighted the effects of cannabis use on the teenage brain, and gave insight into the current wave of research aimed at predicting use in young people | Journal, Ireland

Blanchardstown taskforce highlights increasing numbers of children dealing drugs

Children as young as 10 are being used by older dealers both for dealing and drug running | Journal, Ireland

'Dabbing' teens more likely to keep using cannabis and increase its use

Of all the ways adolescents experiment with cannabis, "dabbing" cannabis concentrate is the method most likely to lead to ongoing and increasingly frequent use, new USC research shows | Medical Xpress, USA

NYU study provides better understanding of youth vaping patterns

While youth vaping rates have increased in recent years, most middle and high school students don't vape or smoke and very few vape or smoke daily, finds a study led by researchers at NYU School of Global Public Health | News Medical, USA

International Experts Slam World Health Organization’s Deceptive Vaping Release

The World Health Organization (WHO) published an astonishingly bad Q&A on electronic cigarettes on January 20, full of lies of omission, outright falsehoods and hyperbole | Filter Magazine, USA

Forced to Quit Methadone Because of His Adderall Prescription

Breadman came to me recently with a harrowing story. Aged 43, he lives in South Philadelphia and acquired his nickname (which I’ll use to protect him despite his saying that I could use his real name) because he used to drive a bread truck | Filter Magazine, USA

GPs cautiously recommend e-cigarettes to help smokers give up

The use of nicotine-based e-cigarettes has been cautiously recommended as a potential second-line aid for people who want to quit smoking | SMH, Australia


Blogs, comment and opinion

Learning from our mistakes – how medicine errors helped us improve how we do things

Keeping people safe is one of our most important priorities. We support our colleagues to make sure they are helping people in a safe and effective way. We want to make sure everyone who uses our services is confident they’ll be well cared for | Change Grow Live, UK

Open Science Practices to Support Addiction Research

Being able to replicate a colleague’s reported empirical observations is a central premise of how scientific discoveries are expected to be disseminated. This ideal has been central to the expectations of scientific processes for centuries and separates credible findings from incredible observations | BASIS, USA

ACT cannabis laws come into effect on Friday, but they may not be what you hoped for

New cannabis cultivation and possession laws come into effect in the Australian Capital Territory (ACT) on Friday, January 31. But they’re not what most cannabis enthusiasts would be hoping for | Conversation, Australia

Pingers, pingas, pingaz: how drug slang affects the way we use and understand drugs

Slang names or street names for drugs are common. From pingers (MDMA), to fishies (GHB) to going into the K-hole (ketamine), slang use marks someone as an insider with knowledge and experience of illicit drug use | Conversation, Australia