Weekly news - 5th January 2018

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Hard-hitting new advert urges smokers to quit

Graphic advertisement from Public Health England shows toxic chemicals spreading through the body | Guardian, UK

Jeremy Hunt announces new hotline for kids with alcoholic parents

A new helpline for children with alcoholic parents will be launched amid a rare moment of cross-party unity between the Conservatives and Labour | Politics Home, UK

Youth workers warn of rise in drugs purchases through social media

Dealers use sites such as Instagram and Snapchat to reach young people, prompting calls for education on risks | Guardian, UK

Local councils cut millions of pounds from stop-smoking services while investments in tobacco companies soar

Dramatic reduction in funding is having a ‘severe impact on the most vulnerable people’ | Independent, UK

The evidence keeps piling up: e-cigarettes are definitely safer than smoking

Although not harmless, the evidence is unequivocal that vaping is much safer than smoking. But misinformation and scaremongering could still be putting people off switching | Guardian, UK

Drunk tanks may become norm, NHS boss warns 'selfish' revellers

Drunk tanks may have to become the norm in towns and cities to keep "selfish" revellers out of A&E, the head of the NHS in England says | BBC, UK

Prison staff struggling to cope as spice epidemic grows in UK's jails

Prisoners finding increasingly ingenious ways to smuggle the synthetic cannabis and other psychoactive drugs into cells | Guardian, UK

Recreational cannabis use becomes legal in California

California has become the largest state in the US to legalise recreational cannabis use | BBC, UK

UK addiction treatment centres braced for new year surge in demand

Self-referrals predicted to reach record levels amid fears that cuts to drug and alcohol services are compounding problem | Guardian, UK

Legitimate use of controlled drugs: research and healthcare

Interim advice to the Home Office regarding the legitimate use of controlled drugs in research and healthcare | ACMD, UK

Why a booze-free month may be the perfect start to 2018

After the excesses of Christmas, many people decide to give up booze for the month of January in the hope that it will do them some good | BBC, UK

Steroids 'sold illegally to teens', BBC South East finds

Steroids are being sold illegally to children as young as 14, BBC South East has discovered | BBC, UK

Managing transformation in addiction treatment

Key studies on the role of management and supervision in the treatment of problem drug use. Commentary asks, “Is there anything more instructive than *being* the patient?”, explores the role of patient choice and preferences in treatment planning, and queries the ubiquitous stages of change model as a basis for determining the treatment offer. Research on these issues is scarce, but it is at this level that services can be transformed from ‘going through the motions’ into engaging recovery-promoters | Drug and Alcohol Findings, UK

'We're trying to give up cigarettes', says Philip Morris ad

PMI has placed the full-page ad in the The Daily Mirror, The Sun and The Times, through media agency Response Media | Campaign, UK [see also - Philip Morris places anti-smoking advertisement in papers | BBC, UK]

5 live daily - BBC radio iPlayer

"There's been a 25% reduction in the investment in drug and alcohol treatment in this country since 2013 and that's having a dramatic impact on people who need treatment." Listen to Paul Hayes speaking on @bbc5live [starts at 1:38:55] | BBC, UK

Quit smoking your way

A poster highlighting free NHS stop smoking services will be in every community pharmacy in Scotland from next week | Scottish Government, UK

Alcohol causes DNA damage in mice

"Alcohol can cause irreversible genetic damage to the body’s reserve of stem cells," reports The Guardian | NHS Choices: Behind the Headlines, UK

Fake booze and the festive spirit

Alcohol consumption rises dramatically during the festive season but will more people be reaching for cheap counterfeit booze in the future? | BBC, UK

Increased amygdala responses to emotional faces after psilocybin for treatment-resistant depression

Recent evidence indicates that psilocybin with psychological support may be effective for treating depression | Science Direct, UK

What's The Hidden Link Between Missing Children and the UK Drug Trade?

The connections between teen disappearances and the growing trend of "going country" are impossible to ignore | VICE, UK

Researchers expect London to be named as city where cocaine is delivered faster than pizza

London is expected to be named among global cities where cocaine can be delivered faster than pizza as smartphones revolutionise drug use, researchers say | Independent, UK

Waitrose bans sale of high-caffeine energy drinks to under-16s

Waitrose is to ban the sale of high-caffeine energy drinks to children aged under 16 | BBC, UK

Jeff Sessions to crack down on legalized marijuana, ending Obama-era policy

Attorney general to end lenient enforcement of federal marijuana laws, days after new legalization measure took effect in California | Guardian, UK

Breakthrough brings non-addictive opioid alternatives a step closer

Key discovery around brain’s receptor proteins could help develop painkiller substitutes, raising hopes of an eventual end to global opioid addiction crisis | Guardian, UK