Weekly news - 24th August 2018


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Rise in cocaine deaths prompts calls for government action

Opposition and charities say increase in deaths in England and Wales for sixth year running ‘deeply worrying’ | Guardian, UK

Government missing opportunity with e-cigarettes

The Science and Technology Committee publishes its Report, E-cigarettes (PDF). The Report reviews the current evidence base on the harmfulness of e-cigarettes compared to conventional cigarettes and looks at the current policies on e-cigarettes, including in NHS mental health units and in prisons. The Committee concludes that e-cigarettes should not be treated in the same way as conventional cigarettes | Parliament.uk, UK

Prisons minister Rory Stewart: I'll resign if drugs and violence don't go down

Prisons minister Rory Stewart says he will resign in a year if he hasn't managed to reduce drugs and violence levels in 10 target jails in England | BBC, UK

How Mobile Phones Changed Drug Dealing

This is how your mum and dad used to get their pills | VICE, UK

Surge in monkey dust drug use linked to social media, police say

Use of class B drug, popular in the West Midlands, spreading ‘due to online conversations’ | Guardian, UK

Monkey Dust: A drug “epidemic” or an overstatement?

The term monkey dust is being used in the press to refer to unknown cathinone substances, including MDPV (methylenedioxypyrovalerone), which is a class B drug | Release, UK

US multinational buys into UK rehab centres as demand grows

Eli Global invests in private clinics amid fears of shortage of publicly funded facilities | Guardian, UK

Stop smoking options: guidance for conversations with patients

Guidance to support conversations between clinicians and people who want to quit smoking on what method to choose | PHE, UK

Support for children of alcohol dependent parents: guidance and application forms

How non-governmental organisations can apply for funding under section 64 of the Health Services and Public Health Act. Deadline 7th September | DHSC, UK

Alcohol outlet density and alcohol related hospital admissions in England: a national small‐area level ecological study

[Open access] Excessive alcohol consumption has a substantial impact on public health services. A key element determining alcohol availability is alcohol outlet density. This study investigated the relationship between on‐trade and off‐trade outlets and hospital admission rates in local neighbourhoods | Addiction, UK

Addaction expresses concern at increase in cost of buprenorphine

Senior clinical staff at Addaction, a leading drug and alcohol charity, have expressed deep concern at the increasing cost of buprenorphine tablets | Addaction, UK

Adrian Chiles 'horrified' at drinking 100 alcohol units a week

Presenter Adrian Chiles has urged people to track their alcohol intake after revealing he sometimes drank 80 or 100 units a week | BBC, UK

Two-thirds of alcohol sales are to heavy drinkers

Two-thirds of alcohol industry revenue in England comes from consumers drinking at risky levels, according to a new study from the University of Sheffield's Alcohol Research Group | EurekAlert, UK

Alcohol firms would lose £13bn if drinkers in England stuck to limits

Academics say study shows why industry resists measures to tackle harmful consumption | Guardian, UK

How should we set consumption thresholds for low risk drinking guidelines? Achieving objectivity and transparency using evidence, expert judgement and pragmatism

Most high‐income nations issue guidelines on low‐risk drinking to inform individuals’ decisions about alcohol consumption. However, leading scientists have criticized the processes for setting the consumption thresholds within these guidelines for a lack of objectivity and transparency | Addiction debate, UK

Association of longitudinal alcohol consumption trajectories with coronary heart disease: a meta-analysis of six cohort studies using individual participant data

Studies have shown that alcohol intake trajectories differ in their associations with biomarkers of cardiovascular functioning, but it remains unclear if they also differ in their relationship to actual coronary heart disease (CHD) incidence | BMC Medicine, UK

Fentanyl: safety recommendations for first responders

Evidence-based recommendations to protect first responders from exposure to fentanyl | PHE, UK

Cigarettes And Alcohol The Main Solutions As Eight Out Of 10 Hospitality Employees Feel Stress At Work

In a survey by luxury hospitality recruiter The Change Group of 246 people working in London’s top hospitality businesses, one in five workers cited smoking (23%) and alcohol (22%) as the main routes to relieving stress in the workplace. Eight out of 10 people surveyed said they had experienced stress at work | CLH, UK

Alcohol use and burden for 195 countries and territories, 1990–2016: a systematic analysis for the Global Burden of Disease Study 2016

Alcohol use is a leading risk factor for death and disability, but its overall association with health remains complex given the possible protective effects of moderate alcohol consumption on some conditions | The Lancet

No alcohol safe to drink, global study confirms

A large new global study published in the Lancet has confirmed previous research which has shown that there is no safe level of alcohol consumption | BBC, UK