Weekly news - 8th September 2017

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Drink and Drugs News Residential Treatment Directory 2017 update

We want to ensure that the directory is as comprehensive as possible. If you work for a residential service (and have not already done so) please add your organisation to the free listings | DDN, UK


In date order, Monday to Friday

Woman dies and two men taken to hospital after taking ecstasy

Police issue warning after Vietnamese nationals fall ill having taken drugs at Crystals and Electric nightclubs in London | Guardian, UK

'Legal highs' fear at Kilwinning Academy over ill pupils

Two boys have been taken to hospital after becoming unwell at Kilwinning Academy in Ayrshire | BBC, UK

New laws on laughing gas face court challenge

An undergraduate who became one of the first people to be convicted for selling laughing gas or “hippy crack” is to launch an appeal after similar court cases collapsed over confusion surrounding the law | Telegraph, UK

Avoidable deaths twice as likely in poorest areas

"The most-deprived populations in England and Wales are up to 7.7 times more likely to die from an avoidable respiratory disease than the least deprived. Smoking is the most likely contributory factor to these differences." | BBC, UK

Number of children exposed to second-hand smoke halved

The Scottish Government published its national tobacco strategy in 2013 | STV, UK

E-cigarettes go head to head with tobacco in University of Dundee study

Smokers who are considering making the switch from tobacco to electronic cigarettes are being asked to help compare their effects | The National, UK

Police forces' summer drink driving tests down 50%

Police have conducted 5,000 fewer drink driving tests during a summer campaign in June compared to last year | BBC, UK

Indivior sees £1bn fall in value as it loses heroin treatment patent case

UK drugs company, spun out of Reckitt Benckiser in 2014, will appeal against ruling that could pave way for generic rivals | Guardian, UK

DDN September 2017 issue out now

As we enter ‘recovery month’ there’s no better time to reinforce harm reduction – the route to recovery, and the reason it’s sustainable. What works for one person won’t work for another and we need to open every door to better health | DDN, UK

Research published into gang and drug related violence

Academics at the University of Suffolk have been looking into a rise in gang and drug related violence in the county | University of Suffolk, UK

Drug gangs create 'perfect storm' in Ipswich

Drug-related gang violence in a Suffolk town has created a "perfect storm" involving children as young as 12, says a report | BBC, UK

Drug misuse prevention

Consultation closes 7 September 2017 | NICE, UK

Still no harm reduction? A critical review of the UK Government’s new Drug Strategy (PDF)

This briefing, endorsed by eight of the UK’s leading harm reduction and drug treatment organisations, looks at whether the focus on harm reduction has improved under the new Drug Strategy (2017), and discusses challenges in the funding environment which will have a disproportionate impact on harm reduction services | National AIDS Trust - secretariat to the English Harm Reduction Group, UK

A nation with ambition (PDF)

The government's programme for Scotland 2017/18. Includes an announcement regarding a overhaul of the current drug strategy | Scottish Government, UK

Mapping the Maze

Mapping the Maze is a new report aiming to map service provision specifically for women facing homelessness, substance misuse, poor mental health, offending and complex needs generally | Agenda, UK

Smoking bans’ positive impact on child health backed by study

Childhood chest infections needing hospital care may have dropped by as much as 20 per cent since anti-smoking laws were introduced, research suggests | University of Edinburgh, UK

Paying services for recovery may have backfired in England

Paying organisations to deliver better outcomes for patients, as opposed
to paying for the services they deliver, sounds like a good idea – but
the real test is how this commissioning model sizes up to the UK
Government’s aim of increasing numbers completing (and not returning) to
treatment | Drug and Alcohol Findings, UK

ACMD warns ministers of falling local funding for drug treatment services

Funding cuts are the single biggest threat to drug treatment recovery outcomes, a report published by the ACMD has warned | ACMD, UK

Commissioning impact on drug treatment

This independent report by the ACMD investigates the impact of commissioning on drug treatment. It looks at: commissioning structures, contracting arrangements and the financial environment, the impact on recovery outcomes for individuals and communities | ACMD, UK

Drugs: Rehabilitation

To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what discussions she has had with her counterparts at the Department for Health and the Ministry of Justice on the potential merits of establishing a drugs rehabilitation programme to divert drug users from the criminal justice system and towards health services and of deferring or withdrawing fines and custodial sentence upon the successful completion of a drug rehabilitation programme | They work for you, UK

Wrecked by a high tide

Andy Extance investigates the chemistry that has helped recreational drugs evade the law, and its consequences | Chemistry World, UK

Annual Surveillance Report of Drug-Related Risks and Outcomes (PDF)

The purpose of this first annual surveillance report is to summarize the latest information available on the national level for various health outcomes, health behaviors, and prescribing patterns related to the drug problem in the United States | CDC, USA

Collective Voice responds to the ACMD’s report ‘Commissioning impact on drug treatment’

Collective Voice analysis of resources available to fund drug treatment shows a 25% reduction since 2013 | Collective Voice, UK

Guidance: Alcohol: applying All Our Health

Examples and interventions to help people live healthy lifestyles, make healthy choices and reduce health inequalities | PHE, UK

Drinks industry downplaying alcohol-cancer link – report

Portman Group and Drinkaware among those accused by academics of obscuring heightened risks of cancer in drinkers | Guardian, UK

Psychoactive Substances Act 2016 - Question

To ask Her Majesty's Government, in the light of the failure of prosecutions brought under the Psychoactive Substances Act 2016, whether they will review the legislation | They work for you, UK

Celebrating Recovery Month

September is National Recovery Month, a time to celebrate recovery and the everyday accomplishments, more so than any other month. This year’s theme is “Roads to Recovery,” which represents the individual journey service users take while working towards recovery | Blenheim, UK