Weekly news - 11th May 2018

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Hepatitis C in England and the UK

Latest hepatitis C virus (HCV) reports, slide sets and infographics for England and the UK | PHE, UK

Progressing a smokefree NHS

Letter from Duncan Selbie, Chief Executive of Public Health England, to NHS trust and foundation trust (FT) chief executives in England | PHE, UK

New Government alcohol and violence strategy is a victory for the Sunday Express

A new drive to tackle drunkenness within the home has been launched by the Government in another victory for the Sunday Express’s Children of Alcoholics crusade | Sunday Express, UK

Older alcohol dependent drinkers urged to get help

A recovering alcoholic has urged other dependent drinkers over the age of 40 to tackle the stigma and get help to avoid developing serious health issues | BBC, UK

DDN May 2018 issue

We need a new dialogue and thinking, says police and crime commissioner David Jamieson, talking about his recommendations to divert people away from the courts and into treatment (page 8). ‘Criminalisation of drugs will be looked back on with as much disgust as criminalisation of homosexuality,’ adds former detective sergeant Neil Woods, speaking at the same NNEF event | DDN, UK

Drug users in Scotland 'consume most cocaine' in one session

The 2018 Global Drug Survey looked at the recreational drug use of 130,000 people across 44 countries | BBC, UK

Warning drinkers of cancer risk could reduce consumption, survey finds

Drinkers were asked to read a number of advisory messages and say which might persuade them to drink less | Guardian, UK

UK among world's biggest buyers of drugs on dark web as illicit trade grows, survey finds

Global Drug Survey 2018 puts UK behind only Finland and Norway for online buyers | Independent, UK

Ministers set to crack down on causes of alcohol-fuelled violence

'The devastating impact of excessive drinking can all too often be seen on our streets, but it also exacts a terrible toll within the home' | Independent, UK

Custody-community transitions: public evidence gathering day

The ACMD is holding a public evidence gathering day on drug misuse in prisons and the harms associated with transitions between custody and the community. The public evidence gathering day will take place on Friday 8 June in Central London | ACMD, UK

UK government 'closely monitoring' e-cigarette refills that resemble children's treats

The Department of Health and Social Care is “closely monitoring” firms selling e-cigarette liquids in England that look like children’s juice, sweets and biscuits after a major crackdown by the US Food and Drug Administration | Pharmaceutical Journal, UK

Dumfries and Galloway drug death figures more than double

There were nine deaths recorded in Dumfries and Galloway between April 2016 and February 2017 but 22 over the same timeframe the following year | BBC, UK

UK Punjabi alcohol support services 'see rise in users'

Some ethnic minority alcohol support services have seen an increase in inquiries following a BBC survey suggesting 27% of UK Punjabis had a family member with a problem | BBC, UK

Global Drugs Survey 2018

GDS Key full Findings Report 2018 now available online | GDS, UK

Marijuana Users Report High Rates Of Dependence In Global Drug Survey

Legalization advocates and the weed industry can support necessary reforms while being honest about the risks of marijuana use, the study's author says | Huffington Post, UK

Why alcohol health warning labels are a good idea: findings from the latest Global Drug Survey

Drink-driving and drinking while pregnant are socially unacceptable in many countries, yet when it comes to other alcohol-related health risks, public awareness is low | Conversation, UK

Fentanyl: preparing for a future threat

Incident planning for potent opioids arriving into the illicit drug market | PHE, UK

AMs debate minimum price for alcohol

The UKIP call for the Welsh Government to abandon the Public Health (Minimum Price for Alcohol) (Wales) Bill is rejected | BBC, UK

Drug and alcohol services cut by £162m as deaths increase

Cuts to publicly funded drug and alcohol treatment have contributed to a 26% rise in drug-related deaths, an addiction service has said | BBC, UK

Vaping industry and the vaping community questioned on e-cigarettes

The Science and Technology Committee continues its inquiry into e-cigarettes. This session focuses on the perspective of the vaping industry and the vaping community | Parliament.uk, UK

Glasgow confirms 'shooting gallery' site for drug users has been chosen

The controversial ‘fix room’ for heroin addicts to legally inject will be sited in one of Glasgow’s most deprived areas, social work chiefs have comfirmed | Herald, UK

Recovery Street Film Festival

Submissions now open for the 2018 festival | RSFF, UK

Alcohol and tobacco are by far the biggest threat to human welfare of all addictive drugs

A new review published online today in the journal Addiction has compiled the best, most up-to-date source of information on alcohol, tobacco, and illicit drug use and the burden of death and disease. It shows that in 2015 alcohol and tobacco use between them cost the human population more than a quarter of a billion disability-adjusted life years, with illicit drugs costing a further tens of millions | Medical Xpress, UK