Weekly news - 6th April 2018


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Drug misuse prevention

This quality standard covers the prevention or delay of harmful use of drugs by children, young people and adults most likely to start using drugs, or already experimenting or using drugs occasionally. This includes illegal psychoactive substances, solvents, volatile substances, image- and performance-enhancing drugs, prescription-only medicines and over-the-counter medicines. It describes high-quality care in priority areas for improvement | NICE, UK

Schoolboy, 14, dies after taking spice with friend at sleepover

Luke Pennington suffers ‘severe reaction’ after using drug at house in Stockport | Independent, UK

Irish pubs make £35m after opening on Good Friday for the first time

First time in 90 years people were legally allowed to drink alcohol in pubs on Good Friday | Independent, UK

Opioids prescribed less in states where medical marijuana legal, studies find

Two new studies have found a correlation using data from programs used by millions of older, poor and disabled Americans | Guardian, UK

E-cigarettes could hinder smoking cessation in some groups, research shows

More research is needed to determine whether regular use of e-cigarettes aids or hinders smoking cessation, researchers have concluded after a prospective study showed that patients who used an e-cigarette after discharge from hospital were less likely to be abstinent after six months than smokers who did not use e-cigarettes | Pharmaceutical Journal, UK

Digital interventions for reducing alcohol consumption: do they work and if so, how and why?

Digital interventions are those delivered via computer technology, which includes smartphone apps, websites, computer programs, wearable devices, and telecommunications, that aim to promote behaviour change | Alcohol Policy UK, UK

Inside the pioneering Cardiff laboratory exploring whether cannabis can be used to treat cancer

MediPen believes chemical compounds in cannabis can help people with a range of illnesses and ailments | Wales Online, UK

The unspoken alcohol problem among UK Punjabis

For many British Punjabis, alcohol abuse is an open secret. Alcohol consumption is glamorised across different aspects of Punjabi culture and shame stops many seeking the help that they need | BBC, UK

Half of heroin/morphine misuse death hotspots in England and Wales are seaside locations

Some of England and Wales's favourite seaside resort areas are now among the towns with the highest rates of deaths from the misuse of heroin/morphine | NICE, UK

Heroin deaths highest in Blackpool and coastal areas

Seaside resort towns are among those with the highest rates of death from heroin and morphine, figures show | BBC, UK

Mother of Deal teenager killed by fentanyl hails breakthrough

The mother of a teenager who died after taking a lethal painkiller has welcomed tougher guidance on prosecutions involving the over-the-counter drug | BBC, UK

Drug Offences

Addition of section on Fentanyl | Crown Prosecution Service, UK

Collective Voice is recruiting a Director

Collective Voice was created in May 2015 to ensure that the voices of the drug and alcohol treatment sector and those who use our services are represented effectively.  We have achieved a huge amount in the last 3 years under the expert leadership of Paul Hayes, who will be stepping down later this year. We are now in a position to be able to establish the ‘project’ as an organisation | Collective Voice, UK

Tax sugar, alcohol and tobacco to help the poor, say experts

On the eve of the UK introduction of a sugary drinks levy, experts urge global adoption of ‘sin taxes’ to deter unhealthy habits and check the spread of disease | Guardian, UK

Solvents: Misuse

To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what funding the Government has committed to reduce deaths associated with solvent abuse via each (a) Department, (b) Agency, (c) Local authorities, and (d) voluntary organisation? | They work for you, UK

Nitrous Oxide: Misuse

To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what steps the Government is taking to tackle the misuse of nitrous oxide | They work for you, UK

'McMafia gangs' behind London crime wave - David Lammy

Drug gangs controlled by Eastern European criminals are fuelling the rising tide of violent crime in London, a Labour MP has claimed | BBC, UK

Reality Check: Is UK the drugs capital of Europe?

There have been 52 murders in the capital so far this year - and MP David Lammy says the drugs trade is driving a rise in violence | BBC, UK

How to engage BME populations into drug and alcohol services

The issue of the under-representation of Black and Minority Ethnic (BME) populations in drug and alcohol services was raised at the Birmingham event. In this vlog, Ricky Bhandal, who runs the National Substance Misuse Conference, shares his thoughts with us on how to engage these groups of people | Collective Voice blog, UK