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UK news

Prohibition 2016: Assessing the UK's Psychoactive Substances Act

With the UK's Psychoactive Substances Act poised to come into force, experts ask whether a blanket prohibition of NPS is feasible | EurekAlert, UK

NPS at Crew: Annual report 2015-2016 (PDF)

This document is intended to represent the experiences of Crew's front line services in dealing with the issues of NPS over the last year | Crew, UK

Legal highs: Two-thirds of young people who take the substances intend to ignore incoming ban, new research finds

A survey of over 1,000 16- to 24-year-olds found 64 per cent would be likely to use the drugs in future | Independent, UK

Drugs and Alcoholic Drinks: Misuse

To ask the Secretary of State for Health, how his Department ensures that the delivery of drug and alcohol treatment by local authorities conforms to the NHS constitution | They work for you, UK

Prisons get urgent £10m to tackle suicide and disorder

Justice secretary confirms emergency funds for English and Welsh prisons after spike in suicides, drug use and violence | Guardian, UK

Defending public services

Contributon regarding drugs and prisons by Norman Lamb MP | They work for you, UK

Unknown Unknowns - video

Public Health Wales has produced a number of videos/films designed to raise awareness surrounding issues relating to substance misuse in Wales, and to promote harm reduction messages and advice | Public Health Wales, UK

Four men hospitalised after taking legal highs in Rochdale

Four men have been hospitalised after taking legal highs in Greater Manchester, with one left in a life-threatening condition | BBC, UK

Scotland now a 'nation of home drinkers'

Adults in Scotland have increased their consumption of alcohol for the second year in a row, according to a report | BBC, UK

MESAS alcohol sales and price update May 2016

The alcohol sales and price band analyses have been updated with 2015 data. Infographics that summarise the findings and supporting datasets are available below. These have been published as part of NHS Health Scotland’s ongoing commitment to monitor alcohol consumption and price as recommended in the final MESAS annual report | NHS Health Scotland, UK

International Journal of Drug Policy: May 2016 issue

Open access articles in this edition | IJDP, UK

Dr Zee, the godfather of legal highs: 'I test everything on myself'

Dr Zee, the Israeli chemist credited with kicking off the legal highs market in the UK, is showing off his latest invention. Unlike his other discoveries – most notably mephedrone, which caused a media panic in 2009 when tabloids ran scare stories about “miaow miaow” and “plant food” – this one can’t be snorted or swallowed. Instead, it’s a black plastic box that looks rather like a coffee-maker | Guardian, UK

How Unethical Is Buying Cocaine?

The benefits of buying cocaine are obvious: It makes you feel interesting and tingly for a few minutes, plus people will be nice to you if you give them some. The drawbacks are a bitter taste on the back of your tongue, the possibility of an overdose, or debilitating addiction, and prison if you're unlucky or careless | VICE, UK

Quality Network for Prison Mental Health Services - newsletter

First edition of the newletter exploring issues around mental health and prisons | RPSYCH, UK

Young people unaware of health risks of fruit-flavoured Shisha pipes

Growing numbers of school pupils in Glasgow are experimenting with shisha pipes because they mistakenly believe it it safer than cigarettes, evidence shows | Evening Times, UK

Locked off - video

Rave culture is one of Britain's great cultural exports, but after its first wave in the late 1980s and early 1990s it was forced into the underground by stringent new laws and the rise of licensed super clubs | VICE, UK

Proof opiates are useful for chronic back pain 'lacking'

"Powerful painkillers doled out in their millions are ineffective against back pain," the Daily Mail reports | NHS Choices: Behind the Headlines, UK

Water-only cocktail bar to open in London's Selfridges

'Water has a taste. Why not create a water menu?' says water sommelier Martin Riese | IBTimes, UK

Paul McCartney: I hit the bottle - video

Sir Paul McCartney speaks about his life after the Beatles | BBC, UK

Bedlington Station Primary School pupils caught with cannabis

Two eight-year-old school children have been caught with cannabis in their playground | BBC, UK

Guernsey chef jailed for cannabis import bid

A French chef working in Guernsey has been jailed for two years for importing cannabis worth nearly £6,000 into the island | BBC, UK

Euro 2016: England and Wales fans given alcohol ban in Lens

England and Wales fans will not be allowed to drink alcohol on the streets of Lens before and after their Euro 2016 game because of a 24-hour ban | BBC, UK


International news

'The dogs don't work': NSW Greens say $66m 'wasted' on drug sniffer dog unit

David Shoebridge says waste ‘extraordinary’ after figures show NSW police spent an average of more than $9m per year since 2010 on drug detection unit | Guardian, UK

Syringes in the Streets, Gang Shootings, and Clockwork Orange: How Ireland Is Tackling a Drug Crisis

Katie was walking a few steps ahead of her father through Dublin city center when she spotted something glistening on the ground and reached for it. Then the 6-year-old screamed — she had a syringe filled with blood sticking into her hand | VICE, UK

Gambling addiction becoming 'public health issue of a generation'

Gambling addiction is fast becoming the public health issue of a generation, according to the Rutland centre | Irish Examiner, Ireland

Report on the potential risks to public health associated with the use of refillable electronic cigarettes

Fulfilling its commitment under Article 20 of the Tobacco Products Directive, the Commission today adopted a report for the European Parliament and the Council on “the potential risks to public health associated with the use of refillable electronic cigarettes”. The report included input from an external study that analysed physical samples, scientific literature and data from poison centres in eight EU countries. The study also surveyed the e-cigarette industry on their perception of the risks | European Commission, Belgium

A Look At Rikers Island’s Legacy Of Medication-Assisted Opioid Treatment

For Dr. Ross Macdonald, every person who enters New York City’s main jail with an opioid addiction represents an opportunity for treatment, and the possibility of saving a life | Huffington Post, USA

More than a myth: Drink spiking happens

Google the term "spiked drink," and you'll get more than 11 million hits, directing you to pages that describe being slipped a mickey, tips on how to avoid becoming a victim and even kits to test drinks for illicit drugs. So is drink spiking a growing problem or are these tales of people who just drank too much? Or is this phenomenon merely an urban legend? | Medical Xpress, USA

Cannabis use linked to gene mutation

Scientists from The University of Western Australia have identified how using cannabis can alter a person's DNA structure, causing mutations which can expose them to serious illnesses, and be passed on to their children and several future generations | Medical Xpress, USA

As more states legalize marijuana, adolescents' problems with pot decline

A survey of more than 216,000 adolescents from all 50 states indicates the number of teens with marijuana-related problems is declining. Similarly, the rates of marijuana use by young people are falling despite the fact more U.S. states are legalizing or decriminalizing marijuana use and the number of adults using the drug has increased | Medical Xpress, USA

Alcohol exposure during adolescence leads to chronic stress vulnerability

Drinking during early to mid-adolescence can lead to vulnerability to chronic stress, according to new research from Binghamton University, State University of New York | Science Daily, USA

Even light drinkers should watch for fatty liver disease

People who are genetically predisposed with reduced enzyme activity to breakdown active aldehyde are more likely to develop a fatty liver even if they have no drinking habit, a new study outlines | Science Daily, USA

U.S. e-cigarette use stalls as health concerns grow: Reuters/Ipsos poll

Use of electronic cigarettes and other vaping devices has stalled in the United States as more Americans question their safety, according to a new online Reuters/Ipsos poll | Reuters, USA

LSD's long strange trip - video

In bold documentary style, Retro Report looks back at the major stories that shaped the world using fresh interviews, analysis and compelling archival footage | NY Times, USA

Barriers to e-cigarettes in smoking cessation

Australia needs to reconsider the ways it manages reducing smoking rates, including allowing some e-cigarettes to be sold legally, says an expert on substance abuse – but another expert has highlighted some significant barriers | AJP, Australia

Dad’s age, alcohol intake can harm a foetus: study

A new study says newborns can suffer from foetal alcohol spectrum disorder even if the mother never had a drink. The culprit, researchers concluded: dad |, Australia


Blogs, comment and opinion

Stigma: One of the greatest barriers to employment

If we are to help people into employment we need to remove the stigma around substance misuse treatment, make a real effort to tackle barriers, and provide empathetic education, training and employment (ETE) support to both employees and employers. Local Authorities and other public bodies must take a leading role in providing employment opportunities | Blenheim Blog, UK

The paradox of waning alcohol consumption? It’s the culture, stupid!

The recent release of data by Euromonitor suggest that alcohol consumption globally might have flattened. Specifically, consumption has declined worldwide to the point of a negative growth for the first time this century. This evidence is consistent with survey data for Britain suggesting that the proportion of people aged 16 to 24 who say they did not drink alcohol at all has increased by 40% since the last survey of this kind was conducted in 2005 | IAS Blog, UK

Amphetamines and methylphenidate for paediatric ADHD: meta-analysis of n-of-1 trials

Attention-Deficit/Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD) is one of the most common neurodevelopmental disorders, with an estimated prevalence of about 5% in school-age children (Polanczyk et al, 2007; Polanczyk et al, 2014) and 2.5% in adults. (Simon V et al, 2009) | Mental Elf Blog, UK

Very quietly, Home Office backs down on Psychoactive Substances Act

Something has changed in the way the Home Office wants to enforce the Psychoactive Substances Act. It's a minor change in the small print, but it says a lot about how the government wants to pursue the war on drugs and the way in which civil servants try to maximise the power of the state |, UK

Eliminating a global killer by 2030

For the last decade, those of us involved in the field of viral hepatitis have rallied together around a vision; a world where people living with viral hepatitis have access to safe and affordable care and treatment, transmission is halted and people do not face social marginalisation and inequality. This week we may be closer to that goal than we have ever been before | IDPC Blog, UK

Why Pointing a Finger at Countries With the Death Penalty for Drugs Is Not Enough

The death penalty for drug offences has received much attention recently. Mass executions last year in Indonesia, and the announcements of further killings, have garnered world headlines | Huffington Post Blog, UK

Western Values Clash With Ayahuasca's Spiritual Tradition

The glamorisation of ayahuasca in Western media and the rise in tourism in Latin America has led to the commercialisation of the substance, and the undermining of its spiritual use within the region’s traditional cultures | Talking Drugs Blog, UK

Pointscast Episode 2

Kyle and Alex open with a discussion of Bernie Sanders’s proposals for far more lenient drug re-classification, including a near-decriminalization of marijuana.  They then shift their focus to Maine Governor Paul LePage, discussing how the continued rhetoric about black drug dealers and white victims speaks to the role of racism in the nation’s drug war as it exists today | Points: Blog of the alcohol and drugs history society, USA

Alcohol needs sport more than sport needs alcohol

Last Saturday, the Daily Telegraph in partnership with Carlton United Breweries, Woolworths (BWS) and New South Wales Rugby League offered readers a free “limited edition” can of Victoria Bitter (VB) redesigned as a “Blues can” | GrogWatch, Australia


And finally...

Warning sheep high on cannabis could cause havoc in Swansea Valley village

"I dread to think what will happen if they eat what could well be cannabis plants – we could have an outbreak out of psychotic sheep rampaging through the village." | South Wales Evening Post, UK