Weekly news - 20th July 2018


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Guidance for drug and alcohol treatment providers and clients

Guidelines for drug and alcohol treatment providers on sharing client's information with the National Drug and alcohol Treatment Monitoring System (NDTMS) | PHE, UK

Doctors warn of rise in addiction to prescription drugs bought online

Clinic set up for teenagers sees high number of adults seeking treatment after illicitly buying drugs such as Xanax to treat anxiety | Guardian, UK

Smokers forced to quit on their own after funding cuts

Prescriptions for drugs that help kick the habit fall by 75% in England, report says | Guardian, UK

Police ‘decriminalising cannabis’ as prosecutions fall away

Government figures sent to Norman Lamb MP reveal fall of 19% since 2015 in people prosecuted for possession | Observer, UK

British public backs legalisation of cannabis so it can be sold like cigarettes and alcohol, poll reveals

51 per cent say it is time to treat the drug in the same way as other legal substances | Independent, UK

Sophia Gibson granted landmark cannabis licence

A seven-year-old girl who suffers with a rare genetic condition has been granted a license for medicinal cannabis | BBC, UK

‘Prohibitive’ £3,655 fee for medicinal cannabis licences under review amid protests from campaigners

'The swift response by the government this past month will be undermined if these fees are imposed at the end of the licence process' | Independent, UK

Spice taskforce in Wrexham 'saved my life'

Steve Williams couldn't remember what a "clean" life was like. The 47-year-old from Wrexham had moved from one addiction to another since his early teens | BBC, UK

Report on the risk assessment of methyl 1-(2-phenylethyl)-4-[phenyl(propanoyl)amino]piperidine-4-carboxylate (carfentanil) in the framework of the Council Decision on new psychoactive substances

This publication presents the data and findings of the risk assessment on methyl 1-(2-phenylethyl)-4-[phenyl(propanoyl)amino]piperidine-4-carboxylate (carfentanil), carried out by the extended Scientific Committee of the EMCDDA on 7-8 November 2017. In March 2018, at its 61st regular session, the Commission on Narcotic Drugs (CND) decided to place carfentanil in Schedule I and Schedule IV of the Single Convention on Narcotic Drugs of 1961 based on a recommendation by the World Health Organization. This recommendation was substantially supported by European data provided by the EMCDDA | EMCDDA, Portugal

Report on the risk assessment of N-(4-fluorophenyl)-2-methyl-N-[1-(2-phenylethyl)piperidin-4-yl]propanamide (4F-iBF) in the framework of the Council Decision on new psychoactive substances

This publication presents the data and findings of the risk assessment on N-(4-fluorophenyl)-2-methyl-N-[1-(2-phenylethyl)piperidin-4-yl]propanamide (4F-iBF), carried out by the extended Scientific Committee of the EMCDDA on 7-8 November 2017. In March 2018, at its 61st regular session, the Commission on Narcotic Drugs (CND) decided to place 4F-iBF in Schedule I of the Single Convention on Narcotic Drugs of 1961 based on a recommendation by the World Health Organization. This recommendation was substantially supported by European data provided by the EMCDDA | EMCDDA, Portugal

Report on the risk assessment of methyl 2-{[1-(5-fluoropentyl)-1H-indazole-3-carbonyl]amino}-3,3-dimethylbutanoate (5F-MDMB-PINACA) in the framework of the Council Decision on new psychoactive substances

This publication presents the data and findings of the risk assessment on methyl 2-{[1-(5-fluoropentyl)-1H-indazole-3-carbonyl]amino}-3,3-dimethylbutanoate (5F-MDMB-PINACA), carried out by the extended Scientific Committee of the EMCDDA on 7-8 November 2017. In March 2018, at its 61st regular session, the Commission on Narcotic Drugs (CND) decided to place 5F-MDMB-PINACA in Schedule II of the Convention on Psychotropic Substances of 1971 based on a recommendation by the World Health Organization. This recommendation was substantially supported by European data provided by the EMCDDA | EMCDDA, Portugal

Report on the risk assessment of N-(1-amino-3-methyl-1-oxobutan-2-yl)-1-(cyclohexylmethyl)-1H-indazole-3-carboxamide (AB-CHMINACA) in the framework of the Council Decision on new psychoactive substances

This publication presents the data and findings of the risk assessment on N-(1-amino-3-methyl-1-oxobutan-2-yl)-1-(cyclohexylmethyl)-1H-indazole-3-carboxamide (AB-CHMINACA), carried out by the extended Scientific Committee of the EMCDDA on 7-8 November 2017. In March 2018, at its 61st regular session, the Commission on Narcotic Drugs (CND) decided to place AB-CHMINACA in Schedule II of the Convention on Psychotropic Substances of 1971 based on a recommendation by the World Health Organization. This recommendation was substantially supported by European data provided by the EMCDDA | EMCDDA, Portugal

Report on the risk assessment of N-phenyl-N-[1-(2-phenylethyl)piperidin-4- yl]oxolane-2-carboxamide (THF-F) in the framework of the Council Decision on new psychoactive substances

This publication presents the data and findings of the risk assessment on N-phenyl-N-[1-(2-phenylethyl)piperidin-4-yl]oxolane-2-carboxamide (THF-F), carried out by the extended Scientific Committee of the EMCDDA on 7-8 November 2017. In March 2018, at its 61st regular session, the Commission on Narcotic Drugs (CND) decided to place tetrahydrofuranylfentanyl in Schedule I of the Single Convention on Narcotic Drugs of 1961 based on a recommendation by the World Health Organization. This recommendation was substantially supported by European data provided by the EMCDDA | EMCDDA, Portugal

All night long: Social media marketing to young people by alcohol brands and venues (PDF)

New research shows the significant role that drinking venues and alcohol brands play in marketing alcohol products to young people on social media. The report highlights how the regulatory system for alcohol marketing (under the UK advertising Codes of Practice regulated by the Advertising Standards Authority) is struggling to keep up with the pace and nature of technological change and needs to be strengthened – taking particular account of marketing by venues as well as brands – to reflect the central role of social media activity in young people’s drinking occasions | University of Bath and University of Birmingham, UK

Less help to quit

Our new analysis highlights how every year fewer patients are being given treatments to help them quit smoking | British Lung Foundation, UK

Implications of the buprenorphine shortage

We are aware that there is an issue with the supply and increasing cost of buprenorphine, an essential medication prescribed to many of our service users. Both buprenorphine and methadone are currently used in Medication-Assisted Treatment (MAT) for opioid dependence | CGL, UK

The European Cannabis Report. 3rd edition

Europe could be the largest dealer of cannabis in the world by 2028, according to a new study | Prohibition Partners, UK

Public Health England: Health and Justice Annual Review 2017/18 (PDF)

People in prison have multiple complex needs with higher levels of physical health, mental health and substance misuse needs than their peers in the community. These issues are often complicated by homelessness, joblessness, indebtedness or social isolation and poor access to health services appropriate to their needs | PHE, UK

Successfully delivering smokefree prisons across England and Wales

Nelson Mandela Day is celebrated every year in July and this year it marks one hundred years since his birth. The Centenary is an occasion to reflect on his life and legacy, and to follow his call to “make of the world a better place.” | PHE blog, UK

Social media, SRE, and sensible drinking: Understanding the dramatic decline in teenage pregnancy (PDF)

The UK has traditionally had the highest rate of teen pregnancy in Western Europe. Over the last two decades, teenage conception rates have fallen across countries in this region, yet the UK has experienced a particularly rapid decline, and rates now stand at a record low, a decline that has been described as "the success story of our time" | BPAS, UK

'Generation Sensible' in five charts

Rebellions of young people have been recorded for decades, bucking trends and breaking the rules before entering the world of being a boring grown up. But a new generation is coming through and truly shocking society | BBC, UK

Avoidable death rate in Scotland highest in the UK

Scotland has the highest rate of avoidable death in the UK and the figures are getting worse, BBC analysis has found | BBC, UK

Theresa May just says no to safe drugs facility in Glasgow

Prime Minister has ruled out Glasgow opening a safe drugs consumption room | Evening Times, UK

Advice on scheduling of cannabis-based medicinal products

Advice from the Advisory Council on the Misuse of Drugs (ACMD) to the Home Office about the scheduling of cannabis-based medicinal products | ACMD, UK

Make cannabis-based medicines legal, say UK drug advisers

Advisory council’s recommendation may pave way for loosening of laws | Guardian, UK

Opiate and crack cocaine use: prevalence estimates by local area

Estimates of the number of opiate and crack cocaine users in local areas from 2014 to 2015 | PHE, UK

Policing Cannabis in North Yorkshire

Despite the importance of the issue, remarkably little research has been conducted on the policing of cannabis possession. This study aimed to explore the enforcement of cannabis possession offences by North Yorkshire Police – a police force, which while having the lowest crime rate in England, was ranked 14th for drug offences in 2016. The study (PDF) involved a detailed analysis of police data and interviews with 37 police officers over 2017 to 2018 | N8 Policing Research Partnership, UK

'Legal highs' crackdown reduces hospital admissions

Restrictions on the use of so-called legal highs have led to an 80% reduction in hospital admissions, an Edinburgh University study has found | BBC, UK

British intelligence uses child spies in covert operations

British police and intelligence agencies are using children as spies in covert operations against terrorists, gangs and drug dealers | Guardian, UK