Weekly news - 10th March 2017


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Lowering of legal drink-drive limit 'to save lives' urged

The legal drink-drive limit should be lowered in England and Wales to cut alcohol-related accidents, councils and fire authorities have urged | BBC, UK

Durham police will give addicts heroin to inject in 'shooting galleries'

Force will be first in England to implement radical approach that has achieved positive results in a number of European countries | Guardian, UK

Drugs seized 30 times a day in prisons, according to new data

Chief inspector of prisons said there has been a ‘shocking worsening in standards’, with violence linked to drug usage | Guardian, UK

Prisons: Drugs

To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, what the volume of drugs by type found in prisons was in each of the last seven years; and what proportion of that volume by type was brought into prison by (a) prisoners, (b) visitors, (c) drones or other external means and (d) staff | They work for you, UK

An analysis of Twitter reactions to the revised guidelines: useful insights?

A new study exploring Twitter reactions to the revised recommended drinking guidelines announced in 2016 has been published in the BMJ. The responses though may be seen to reflect previous indications of the public's response, generally showing a mixture of reactions including a significant sense of 'disagreement' | Alcohol Policy UK, UK

Substance misuse and binge drinking 'higher in young people in foster care'

A Cardiff University study of secondary school students (11-16 years) in Wales looked at the issues affecting youngsters and their relationship with caregivers, teachers and friends | ITV, UK

Prize for cracking brain's 'feel good' system

Three UK-based scientists have won a prestigious prize worth 1m euros for studying the brain's reward centre | BBC, UK

Oxford University Student Union introduces 'smart drug' workshops for students

Oxford University Student Union has started to run workshops to raise awareness about so-called 'smart drugs', otherwise known as 'study drugs.' | Telegraph, UK

Cannabis use is soaring so let’s focus on reducing harm instead, say experts

Weed, ganja, bhang, Bob Hope… whatever you call it, cannabis is becoming increasingly common in the UK | I news, UK

No Smoking Day 8th March 2017

You'll feel the benefits of stopping smoking from the very first day. It's not just about saving money. You'll drastically improve your overall health and reduce your risk of heart disease and cancer | NHS Inform, UK

Adult smoking habits in the UK: 2015

Cigarette smoking among adults including the proportion of people who smoke including demographic breakdowns, changes over time, and e-cigarettes | ONS, UK

Why young people are less likely to smoke

All age groups in the UK are smoking less - but the largest decrease is among 18- to 24-year-olds, according to the Office of National Statistics. Why is that? | BBC, UK

Local Alcohol Profiles for England

The profiles provide information to monitor the services and initiatives that have been put in place to prevent and reduce the harmful impact of alcohol | PHE, UK

Commentaries on - Cost of alcohol: better data will be justified if it is put to better use

Open access commentaries | Addiction, UK

Budget 2017: Treasury to open consultation on new tax band for white cider

Today’s Spring Budget sees the government announcing that it will launch a consultation looking into introducing a new tax band for still cider just below 7.5% abv, to target white ciders | IAS, UK

Budget 2017: Smokers to be hit by new 'floor price' tax on cigarette packs

This will be set at £268.63 per 1,000 cigarettes. Based on a retail price of £7.35 for a pack of 20, the minimum duty will be £5.37. As previously announced by the Government, duty on wine, beer, spirits and cider (which is charged at a flat rate per litre or hectolitre) will rise by 3.9% from Monday 13 March | Money Saving Expert, UK

Alcohol licensing: information databases

This guidance provides information about a number of information databases that hold useful data about mortality, drug use and other relevant topics for public health teams who are involved in licensing decisions | PHE, UK

Bereaved through Alcohol and Drugs (BEAD) - New website is launched

Adfam and Cruse are delighted to announce the launch of the Bereaved through Alcohol and Drugs (BEAD) website which will serve as a vital source of information for anyone who has been bereaved in this way | Adfam, UK

Why the Government Is Directly Responsible for the Rise of Drug-Related Mental Health Issues

Over the past decade, there's been a huge jump in admissions to hospital psychiatric units for drug-related mental health or behavioural disorders | VICE, UK

Spice drug making users 'like zombies' in Manchester

There has been a surge in calls to people taking the former legal high Spice, North West Ambulance Service says | BBC, UK

International Narcotics Control Strategy Report (PDF)

Reporting on Major Illicit Drug Producing and Major Drug-Transit Countries INCB, USA

Advisory Panel on Substance Misuse (APoSM) A Report on: Substance Misuse in an Ageing Population

A new Report into substance misuse among adults over 50 years old has been welcomed by Minister for Social Services and Public Health, Rebecca Evans | Welsh Government, UK

Why Women Take Fewer Drugs Than Men

The gender drug divide is actually widening; women are now less likely than men to have taken drugs than they were in 1996 | VICE, UK

Gay and bisexual men are being offered an innovative new online service

Friday/Monday has been launched by leading LGBT charities Terrence Higgins Trust and London Friend as the first online counselling service for gay and bi men, offering digital support groups and virtual one-one counselling | Attitude, UK 

Homeless blighted by 'legal high' Spice which sells for as little as £5 a gram

Since the ban on `legal highs' came into force last year, the emergency services in Manchester have recorded a drop in calls related to the drugs | ITV, UK