Weekly news - 13th July 2018

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Growing up neglected: a multi-agency response to older children

This report examines the multi-agency response to older children who are living with neglect following 6 inspections of local authority areas | Ofsted, Care Quality Commission, Her Majesty’s Prison and Probation Service, and HM Inspectorate of Constabulary and Fire & Rescue Services, UK

Camborne girl's drug death prompts warning

Police have issued a fresh warning over the dangers of drugs after a 15-year-old girl died in Cornwall | BBC, UK

Smoking in pregnancy challenge group, Review of the Challenge 2018

This report shines light on the progress towards the Government’s ambition to reduce the smoking in pregnancy rate to less than 6% by 2022 and warns that unless more is done this ambition is unlikely to be met | Smoking in Pregnancy Challenge Group, UK

Labour invites members to help shape drugs policy for the 21st century

Politicians must catch up with public opinion and move towards decriminalisation and harm-reduction, the party argues | Observer, UK

Billy Caldwell 'may be allowed to take medicinal cannabis at home'

A 12-year old boy who is severely epileptic may be allowed to be treated with medicinal cannabis at home | BBC, UK

Music Festivals: Drug Safety Testing

I rise to speak about drug safety testing at music festivals. I start by letting all hon. and right hon. Members know that this is not a debate about legalising drugs. We could have that debate, but not today. This is about how we can put safety first, take dangerous substances out of circulation, save lives, make festivals safer and more pleasant places, and probably undermine drug dealers as well—and why would we not want to do that? | Hansard, UK

Call for 'public emergency' declaration over Scottish female drug deaths

Record numbers of women are dying of drug-related deaths, leading to calls from campaigners for the Scottish Government to declare a public health emergency | Herald, UK

DDN - July/ August issue out now

Tackling stigma is always a challenge, so we were interested to hear of Double Impact’s strategy to connect with business and employers (this month’s cover story). Looking at ways to raise funding, they worked hard to create productive partnerships with local businesses, which have not only opened up income streams but helped to bring about culture change. Their progress in creating meaningful employment opportunities and experience is heartening | DDN, UK

Secure setting drug and alcohol treatment business definitions

Business definitions for secure setting drug and alcohol treatment providers to input data onto the national drug treatment monitoring system (NDTMS) | PHE, UK

Policy Briefing: HIV Outbreak in Glasgow - more needs to be done (PDF)

[Updated] There is currently an ongoing and extensive outbreak of HIV amongst people who inject drugs (PWIDs) in Glasgow. Over 100 cases have been linked to this outbreak | NAT, UK

Call for drug-safety testing at all festivals and clubs

A Labour MP has called on all festivals and nightclubs to provide drug-testing facilities, or face losing their licences to operate, in order to prevent drug-related deaths | BBC, UK

Government will not 'stand in the way' of drug testing at festivals, says Home Office

‘Clarity from the government is a win, but we can go even further. Let’s make it a requirement that festivals and, if possible, nightclubs, have to ensure there is drug safety testing available’ | Independent, UK

Support unit for family drug and alcohol courts faces closure

The national unit that supports the work of family drug and alcohol courts is facing closure due to a lack of funding, with an "emergency" meeting due to be held this week in a bid to save it | CYPNow, UK

New Psychoactive Substances: A Guide for Pharmacists

Guide includes pictures, what to look out for, recommendations and further resources | RPS, UK

Alcohol: mandatory licensing conditions

This Library Briefing Paper describes the mandatory licensing conditions that apply to the sale of alcohol in England and Wales | Parliament.uk, UK

Britain’s vaping revolution: why this healthier alternative to smoking is under threat

The UK’s billion-pound vaping industry is a shining example of innovation and light-touch regulation. But now vested interests are hampering this method of harm reduction for smokers, argues Matt Ridley | Sunday Times, UK

Addaction is seeing people as young as 13 for cocaine use

Addaction - Scotland’s largest drug and alcohol charity - is seeing teenagers as young as 13 with cocaine dependency | Addaction, UK

Alfie Dingley's medical cannabis let through UK border

The mother of a boy with epilepsy has legally brought medicinal cannabis oil through the UK border after being given a special licence by the government | BBC, UK

Sophia Gibson: Cannabis oil wait girl admitted to hospital

A seven-year-old girl who is waiting to hear if she can be treated with medicinal cannabis oil has been admitted to intensive care | BBC, UK

UK government should abandon ‘just say no’ drug policy amid record fatal overdoses, say Labour MPs

'This government’s approach is lining the pockets of organised criminals while forcing taxpayers to live with the costs associated with drug abuse' | Independent, UK

Government will not 'stand in the way' of drug testing at festivals, says Home Office

‘Clarity from the government is a win, but we can go even further. Let’s make it a requirement that festivals and, if possible, nightclubs, have to ensure there is drug safety testing available’ | Independent, UK

Fears of future strain on NHS as councils slash health programmes

Anti-drug and stop-smoking programmes are being cut despite May’s promise of £20bn extra on health | Observer, UK

Alcoholic Drinks: Rehabilitation

To ask the Secretary of State for Housing, Communities and Local Government, what the total local authority expenditure on alcohol treatment services in England was in (a) 2014, (b) 2015, (c) 2016 and (d) 2017; and if he will publish that same information by region | They work for you, UK

Change Grow Live collaborates with The Loop to reduce drug-related harm

Innovative and potentially life-saving drug testing at festivals and nightclubs could soon be extended to city centres after a crowd-funding campaign was significantly boosted by Change Grow Live | CGL, UK

Prison conditions ‘most disturbing ever seen’ with staff now accustomed to jails not fit for 21st century, watchdog says

Violence, drug use and self-harm all remain issues, with assaults and self-harm having reached a record high in the past year, the report states | Independent, UK

HM Chief Inspector of Prisons annual report: 2017 to 2018

The annual report of HM Chief Inspector of Prisons, drawing on 77 individual inspection reports of prisons, young offender institutions, secure training centres, immigration detention, police and court custody and other custodial establishments, and thematic reports, published between 1 April 2017 and 31 March 2018 | MoJ, UK

Alcohol-related brain damage at 10-year high

A total of 661 people required treatment for brain injury after alcohol misuse between 2016-17, the equivalent of nearly two people a day | BBC, UK

Drug and alcohol treatment outcomes: measuring effectiveness

[Updated with new forms] Outcome monitoring forms and guidance on how alcohol and drug treatment outcomes information is collected and how it can be used to improve local services | PHE, UK


To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, if he will bring forward legislative proposals to enable the provision of new nasal forms of naloxone to help prevent deaths from opioid overdose; and if he will make a statement | They work for you, UK

Alcoholic Drinks: Misuse

To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, with reference to Public Health England's blog of 9 November 2017, Alcohol and drug treatment in England: the picture from the 2016-17 data, what assessment he has made of the reasons for the 12 per cent fall in the number of people seeking treatment for alcohol in the last three years | They work for you, UK

Foetal Alcohol Syndrome

To ask Her Majesty's Government how many patients with foetal alcohol spectrum disorders are receiving treatment on the NHS | They work for you, UK

In Good Health: A Report following the All Party Pharmacy Group’s 2018 Inquiry into Long Term Conditions

MPs publish a report (PDF) on community pharmacy and NHS care for people with long term conditions [including hepatitis C] | All Party Pharmacy Group, UK

Dark web blamed for Cornwall drugs use increase

The dark web, a collection of thousands of websites that use anonymity tools to hide their IP addresses, has been identified in the past as a source of illegal drugs | BBC, UK

Medical cannabis use 'should be legalised' in Northern Ireland

A neurologist has called for the government to give medicinal cannabis users easier, legal access to the drug | BBC, UK