Weekly news - 8th June 2018


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Developing pathways for alcohol treatment

Guidance on referring alcohol dependent patients from hospital to specialist alcohol treatment in the hospital or in the community | PHE, UK

E-cigarettes should not be sold or marketed to young people, experts warn

Respiratory experts say that e-cigarettes should be included in all smoke-free policies to protect young people and want flavourings to be banned | Pharmaceutical Journal, UK

Cannabis: Regulate it. Tax it. Support the NHS. Promote public health

Regulating and legalising cannabis is an idea whose time has come. The UK public supports it too: in recent polls 47% of people support selling cannabis in licensed shops.5 Regulation also has the support of a range of groups from across the political spectrum | Health Poverty Action, UK

Legalising cannabis ‘could earn Treasury £3.5bn’

Report [item above] suggests change to law would generate revenue and cut costs across justice system | Guardian, UK

Britain’s biggest festival organiser dismays campaigners by backtracking on support for drug testing

'Considering the huge profits made by companies like Festival Republic from ticket sales, they should be funding essential services like The Loop to protect festival goers from avoidable harm' | Independent, UK

Boom in small music festivals put punters at risk, experts say

Bad weather, poor health and safety measures and budget constraints blight festivals | Guardian, UK

Intersections in (new) drug research

Open access to all papers in this Special Issue focusing on Intersections in (new) drug research | DEPP, UK

WHO World No Tobacco Day: why the key to quitting smoking could lie in our guts

A team of researchers at Imperial College London is investigating whether gut hormones could play a vital role in helping people to quit smoking | Imperial College London, UK

UK Government accepts drugs fix rooms WILL work - but won't allow Glasgow to open one

In a response to the city council the Home Office drugs and alcohol unit admits a safe drug consumption facility will have a public health benefit | Evening Times, UK

UK is world’s biggest seller of dark web cocaine, Australian study finds 

Research published by the Australian Institute of Criminology found that 37 per cent of cocaine transactions tracked by the study were listed as coming from the UK | Telegraph, UK

Drug testing can stop the festival tragedies

[Free article] Rather than treating young people buying Ecstasy or ketamine as criminals, the focus should be on keeping them safe | The Times, UK

Home Office has 'no plans for fix rooms'

UK Home Office officials have said they cannot support the creation of "fix rooms" for drug addicts in Glasgow | BBC, UK

Mixed reviews for minimum pricing

One month in retailers assess the controversial policy | Scottish Grocer, UK

170,000 people screened and counting: how online alcohol interventions are growing in popularity

Online alcohol interventions are on the rise – and their potential impact is huge. DontBottleItUp is an innovative alcohol screening tool that proves just that. With 170,000 people screened to date, it is estimated to have brought several million pounds of savings to the wider health and care economy, and motivated over 10,000 people to reduce their drinking to within Lower Risk levels | Blenheim CDP, UK

Community Experiences of Serious Organised Crime in Scotland (PDF)

This summary sets out key findings from a research project that aimed to explore the community experiences of serious organised crime (SOC) in Scotland | Scottish Government, UK

Chemsex: just dance or bad romance?

Chemsex is a term for the use of drugs before or during planned sexual activity to sustain, enhance, disinhibit or facilitate the experience. Chemsex commonly involves crystal amphetamine, GHB/GBL and mephedrone, and sometimes injecting these drugs (also known as slamming). These practices can have an adverse impact of the health and wellbeing of MSM | Mental Elf, UK

Bestival to provide drug testing in attempt to prevent deaths

Bestival has announced it will offer drug testing for festival-goers at this year's event | BBC, UK

Local police 'struggling with drug networks', says NCA head

The structure of policing is partly to blame for the "exponential" growth of drugs networks, the head of the National Crime Agency has told MPs | BBC, UK

London gangs driven by desire to profit from drug trade, study finds

Focus has shifted from turf wars to business-led ethos, says Waltham Forest report | Guardian, UK

Police warning as two women fall ill after taking ‘Snapchat pills’

A police force has warned the public of taking illegal drugs with catchy names after two people were left in hospital after taking “Snapchat pills” | ITV, UK

Canada closer to legalising marijuana after senate vote in favour

The country’s upper chamber votes for legislation aimed at ending more than 90 years of prohibition, but with dozens of amendments | Guardian, UK

European Drug Report 2018

What are the latest drug market trends and what are the factors driving them? What drugs are causing the most concern today? What are the most recent developments in drug prevention, treatment and policy? These, and other, questions will be explored by the EU drugs agency (EMCDDA) on 7 June in its annual overview of the European drug situation | EMCDDA, Portugal

Statistical Bulletin 2018

The annual Statistical Bulletin contains the most recent available data on the drug situation in Europe provided by the Member States. These datasets underpin the analysis presented in the European Drug Report | EMCDDA, Portugal

Countries

On this page you can access top-level overviews of the drug situation by country in all EMCDDA reporting countries*, covering drug supply, use and public health problems as well as drug policy and responses | EMCDDA, Portugal

Purity of cocaine in Europe at highest level in decade, report finds

Number of people seeking treatment for use of drug is on the rise, says EU study | Guardian, UK

Fentanils and synthetic cannabinoids: driving greater complexity into the drug situation - update (PDF)

New psychoactive substances are a broad range of drugs that are not controlled by the 1961 and 1971 United Nations drug control conventions but may pose similar threats to public health. Many of them are traded as ‘legal’ replacements to established controlled drugs such as cannabis, heroin, cocaine and MDMA | EMCDDA, Portugal

New psychoactive substances in prison: Results from an EMCDDA trendspotter study (PDF)

This publication provides an overview of the latest information available on the use of new psychoactive substances (NPS) and related problems in European prisons based on a rapid information assessment | EMCDDA, Portugal

The misuse of benzodiazepines among high-risk opioid users in Europe - update

This paper describes the impact of benzodiazepines misuse on the health and treatment of high-risk opioid users | EMCDDA, Portugal

Drug consumption rooms: an overview of provision and evidence - update

Supervised drug consumption facilities, where illicit drugs can be used under the supervision of trained staff, have been operating in Europe for the last three decades | EMCDDA, Portugal

New Collective Voice Director appointed

Collective Voice is pleased to announce the appointment of Oliver Standing as its new Director | Collective Voice, UK

Synthetic cannabis ('spice', 'k2') use may boost stroke risk in young users

Synthetic cannabis, also popularly known as 'spice' or 'k2,' may boost the risk of a stroke in young users, warn US doctors writing in the journal BMJ Case Reports | Medical Xpress, UK