Weekly news - 9th February 2018

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DDN February 2018 issue

Disinvestment and the fragmentation of services continue to dominate dialogue and debate. Yet according to Collective Voice, (page 7), we have the best opportunity in a decade to address complex problems faced by service users and their communities. The newly formed Faculty of Commissioning is on a similar wavelength (page 10) in identifying the challenges to be tackled, and they reiterate the call for better integration with mental health and housing services | DDN, UK

PHE publishes independent expert e-cigarettes evidence review

A new Public Health England (PHE) e-cigarette evidence review, undertaken by leading independent tobacco experts, provides an update on PHE’s 2015 review | PHE, UK

E-cigarettes and heated tobacco products: evidence review

Annual update of Public Health England’s e-cigarette evidence review by leading independent tobacco experts | PHE, UK

Fentanyl: The synthetic opioid being bought on darknet

The painkiller fentanyl is being used to get a high, and has killed 112 people in the UK since 2016 as a result. Most of the supply in the UK is produced in China and then secretly shipped to the UK where users buy it through the darknet | BBC, UK

Xanax misuse: doctors warn of 'emerging crisis' as UK sales rise

UK makes up 22% of global sales of the highly addictive anti-anxiety drug on the dark web | Guardian, UK

Could ketamine help treat alcohol dependence?

Current treatments for alcohol dependence often fail. So researchers are investigating more unusual interventions | Guardian, UK

PHE launches opioid treatment quality improvement programme

PHE will work with drug treatment providers and service users to develop tools to improve the quality of substitution treatment | PHE, UK

Local tobacco control profiles for England: February 2018 update

An overview of the extent of tobacco use, tobacco related harm, and measures being taken to reduce this harm at a local level in England | PHE, UK

Local Alcohol Profiles for England: February 2018 update

Local Alcohol Profiles for England (LAPE) data update for February 2018 | PHE, UK

Drug-related mental health admissions in NHS hit record high

82,135 hospital admissions had a primary or secondary diagnosis of drug-related disorders | Guardian, UK

Desperate for help: prescription drug addicts turn to the web

Lack of government-funded services means growing numbers have nowhere else to turn | Guardian, UK

Orange 'Tesla' drug warning after children hospitalised

Several students have fallen ill after taking super-strength ecstasy in North Yorkshire, prompting a warning to pupils and parents | BBC, UK

E-cigarettes: a guide for healthcare professionals

This course has been developed to assist health and social care professionals support people who want to use electronic cigarettes (e-cigarettes) to help them quit smoking | NCSCT, UK

Statistics on Drug Misuse: England, 2018

This statistical report presents a range of information on drug use by adults and children drawn together from a variety of sources. It focuses on England only where possible although some statistics are only readily available at GB or UK level or for England and Wales combined. Some of this is new information whilst some has been published previously | NHS Digital, UK

Alcohol: applying All Our Health

Evidence and guidance to help healthcare professionals reduce alcohol-related harm | PHE, UK

Reported road casualties in Great Britain, provisional estimates involving illegal alcohol levels: 2016

Provisional estimates on personal injury drink drive accidents in Great Britain for 2016 | Department of Transport, UK

Police and public health: collaboration

These documents highlight case studies of initiatives between police and health colleagues and identify barriers and enablers to collaboration | PHE, UK

The value of the UK alcoholic drinks market

Data from Euromonitor International's Alcoholic Drinks in the United Kingdom report shows how the value of the market has been steadily increasing over the last few years. In 2017, the value reached 66,144.2 million euros - an 11 percent increase on 2012's 59,793.6 million | Statista, UK

Low-alcohol wine and beer fuelling lunchtime drinking, study suggests

Low-alcohol beer and wine promotions risk fuelling day-time drinking, a new study by Cambridge University suggests | Telegraph, UK

Programming document 2018–20

The EMCDDA Programming Document for the period 2018–20 covers the final year of implementation of the EMCDDA Strategy 2016–18 and coincides with the completion of the first Roadmap established under the new EMCDDA Strategy 2025 | EMCDDA, Portugal

Supporting nurse mentors to reduce the barriers to implementing alcohol Interventions and Brief Advice in primary care’

New research published today (8 February) shows a marked increase in the delivery of alcohol brief interventions in primary care settings where nurse mentors are specifically trained, bringing significant benefits to those at risk of alcohol harm | Alcohol Policy UK, UK

A QUARTER of children have now tried drugs with youngsters able to access illegal substances on social networks

Social media is being blamed for a boom in drug use among children, as a quarter of school pupils now claim to have taken illegal substances. Charities last night warned that children have never been more exposed to drugs | Mail Online, UK

Marketing messages accompanying online selling of lower and regular strength wine and beer products in the UK: a content analysis

Increased availability of low/er strength alcohol products has the potential to reduce alcohol consumption if they are marketed as substitutes for higher strength products rather than as additional products | BMC Public Health, UK

Research suggests vapers are vulnerable to pneumonia

The vapour from e-cigarettes seems to help pneumonia-causing bacteria stick to the cells that line the airways, according to research led by Queen Mary University of London | Queen Mary, University of London, UK

Fentanyl Overdose Reduction Checking Analysis Study (PDF)

The potential of death from even small amounts of fentanyl has changed the landscape of opioid use in the United States. Evidence to date suggests that people who use drugs often do not know whether fentanyl is present in what they are about to consume. A recent study among 242 heroin users across 17 sites in British Columbia, Canada, found that 29% tested positive for fentanyl, 73% of whom did not report knowingly using fentanyl | John Hopkins University, USA