Weekly news - 22nd June 2018


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Epileptic boy, 12, will get cannabis oil

A severely epileptic boy whose mother fought for him to be treated with cannabis oil has been granted it by the Home Office | BBC, UK

UK Home Office to launch consultation on regulating airside alcohol sales

The UK government is about to begin a consultation period with stakeholders connected with alcohol consumption at airports. The aim is to determine whether regulation of airside drinking is required following a sharp rise in alcohol-related disorder on flights | Moodie Davitt, UK

One in four adults have cut down on alcohol purchases

Just over a quarter of adults in the UK have cut down their spending on alcohol to save money and lead healthier lives, new figures reveal | The Drinks Business, UK

Cannabis: The Evidence for Medical Use

Practising Consultant of Neurology, Professor Mike Barnes completed an analysis of the 20000 best and highest quality medical and scientific research and trial publications and has graded the efficacy of cannabis against a number of conditions | UP Alliance, UK

Is cannabis use rising in middle-aged people?

"Cannabis addiction rising among women and over 40s," BBC News reports | NHS Choices: Behind the headlines, UK

Warning over blotters potentially being sold as LSD

Following a recent recovery of the hallucinogenic substance 25i-NBOH potentially being sold as LSD in Greater Glasgow and Clyde and incidents involving this substance elsewhere in the UK which resulted in hospitalisations – Scottish Drugs Forum are advising people to be cautious if considering using hallucinogenic substances... | SDF, UK

Incidents of domestic violence increase by 38% during the World Cup

As the 2018 World Cup kicks off and as the excitement and anticipation rises across the world there is a much darker side that needs to be addressed | Blenheim, UK

Cannabis war 'comprehensively lost', says William Hague

Former Conservative leader Lord Hague has called for a "decisive change" in the law on cannabis - suggesting that the Tories should consider legalising recreational use of the drug | BBC, UK

Tackling alcohol-related anti-social behaviour through Civil Injunctions and Criminal Behaviour Orders: A missed opportunity? (PDF)

A new report released explores the current use and issues over legal powers available to address alcohol-related Anti-Social Behaviour (ASB) | Alcohol Concern/Alcohol Research UK, UK

Oral statement to Parliament: Home Secretary statement on medical use of cannabis

Sajid Javid announces review of the scheduling of cannabis. [Watch the debate in parliament from 12.59] | Home Office, Advisory Council on the Misuse of Drugs, and The Rt Hon Sajid Javid MP, UK

UK Government Details New Medical Cannabis Plans

The UK government will begin accepting applications to prescribe cannabis-based medicines within a week, and the home secretary has outlined plans for a broader review of cannabis law | Talking Drugs, UK

Minimum alcohol price law passes final stage

The Public Health (Minimum Price for Alcohol) (Wales) Bill, backed by Labour, Plaid Cymru and the Conservatives, is passed in the Senedd, with Wales following in the footsteps of Scotland by setting a minimum price per unit | BBC, UK

MESAS monitoring report 2018

The Monitoring and Evaluating Scotland's Alcohol Strategy (MESAS) monitoring report 2018 brings together the latest available data on key alcohol indicators in Scotland. Supporting datasets and infographics that summarise the findings are available | NHS Health Scotland, UK

Adults in Scotland drink almost 20 units a week

More than 10 litres of pure alcohol was drunk last year for every adult in Scotland, a report on the nation's drinking has revealed | BBC, UK

What is cannabis oil and how does it work?

Your questions about the medical use of cannabis oil answered | Guardian, UK

Young people 'see cannabis as safer than alcohol'

"For me, having cannabis in the evening is the equivalent of having a glass of wine on a Friday night | BBC, UK

Vaping helps smokers quit - even if they don't want to, study finds

Lead author Dr Caitlin Notley, from the University of East Anglia, said: 'They hadn't intended to quit smoking and had tried vaping on a whim, or because they had been offered it by friends | Mail Online, UK

Up in smoke: Is the vape shop boom about to end?

In 2015, when James Restarick opened his first shop in Kent selling kits for vaping, his friends were surprised | BBC, UK

Canada legalises recreational cannabis use

The Cannabis Act passed its final hurdle on Tuesday in a 52-29 vote in the Senate. The bill controls and regulates how the drug can be grown, distributed, and sold | BBC, UK

Methadone and buprenorphine decrease mortality after nonfatal overdose

A new study out of Boston Medical Center's Grayken Center for Addiction on opioid overdose survivors indicates that two FDA approved medications to treat opioid use disorder save lives, but only three out of 10 overdose survivors receive them | Medical Xpress, USA

Factsheet: cannabis for medicinal use

Cannabis is classified as a Class B drug under the Misuse of Drugs Act 1971, based on a harms assessment. This classification dictates the penalties for committing offences with the drug such as possession and intent to supply, and used to prioritise the law enforcement response. The classification of the drug is entirely separate from its scheduling | Home Office Blog, UK

Pill-testing success in ACT proves it should go national, organisers say

Trial at music festival found many of those tested didn’t know what drug they were taking | Guardian, UK

Adult drug and alcohol misuse treatment business definitions

Update. Business definitions for adult drug and alcohol misuse treatment providers to input data items onto the national drug treatment monitoring system (NDTMS) | PHE, UK

Raising Scotland's Tobacco-free Generation: our tobacco control action plan 2018

This is a five-year action plan setting out interventions and policies to help reduce the use of and associated harms from using tobacco in Scotland. The actions we will be taking are set out by category into Raising awareness, Encouraging healthier behaviour, Improving services and Providing protection through regulation | Scottish Government, UK

An independent review of the provision of smoking cessation services in Wales

The review examined the range of smoking cessation services provided in Wales and approaches for future provision | Welsh Government, UK

The unique contribution of e-cigarettes for tobacco harm reduction in supporting smoking relapse prevention

[Open access] We have little understanding of how vapers use e-cigarettes beyond cessation. E-cigarettes may have a role to play in reducing the health-related harms of tobacco smoking, through not only assisting smoking cessation attempts but also supporting long-term abstinence from smoking | Harm Reduction Journal, UK

Sex, drugs and A&E: 10 charts on how the under-30s use the NHS

Most of us make greatest use of the NHS at the beginning and end of our lives | BBC, UK

Over 80% of pharmacists support reclassifying cannabis for medicinal use

More than 50% of respondents to the Royal Pharmaceutical Society survey strongly agreed that cannabis should be legalised for medicinal use, and a further 30% slightly agreed | Pharmaceutical Journal, UK

Alcohol and Other Drug Treatment Services in Australia 2016–17

In 2016–17, 836 publicly-funded alcohol and other drug treatment services provided just over 200,000 treatment episodes to an estimated 127,000 clients. The top four drugs that led clients to seek treatment were alcohol (32% of all treatment episodes), amphetamines (26%), cannabis (22%) and heroin (5%) | AIHW, Australia

What drugs are students taking and why are they taking them?

For many students, the move away to university is the first time living away from home. And with all the freedoms independent living entails, it’s maybe not surprising then that drug use tends to be much higher among students than the general population | Conversation, UK