Weekly news - 25th May 2018

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Minor drug users 'should not be charged'

A Scottish government adviser has said people caught with small amounts of illegal substances should no longer be prosecuted | BBC, UK

How likely is your e-cigarette to explode?

A man in America died when his vape pen exploded, but how dangerous are e-cigarettes? | BBC, UK

More than half of patients using needle exchange pilot tested positive for Hepatitis C

More than half of those using a needle exchange programme were positive for hepatitis C antibodies, and just under half of these were previously unaware that they were positive for the virus | Pharmaceutical Journal, UK

Why Cannabis could hold the key to giving up smoking

A chemical found in cannabis plants – that is safe to ingest and doesn’t make you high – could hold the key to giving up smoking, scientists have claimed | i news, UK

£4.5M innovation fund open to help children of dependent drinkers (PDF)

PHE announcement that local authorities (LAs) can now bid for funding. Alongside the call for bids is also published, for the first time, local prevalence data and advice on how best to meet the needs of children growing up in these situations and those of their parents and carers | PHE, UK

Drug addicts in Scotland 'waiting up to six months' for treatment

People addicted to illegal drugs are waiting up to six months for treatment including being given their methadone prescriptions, BBC Scotland has found | BBC, UK

Billy Caldwell: GP says 'ethical issue' in not allowing cannabis

A GP, who prescribed medicinal cannabis to a County Tyrone boy to treat uncontrollable epilepsy, has been told he cannot do so again | BBC, UK

Shock pregnancy pushed addict from heroin to homemaker

Just over a year ago, Azaria Faver was begging on the streets of Edinburgh and had progressed from smoking heroin to even deadlier crack cocaine | BBC, UK

The drug cop and the addict in recovery

Video.A police inspector and a recovering drug addict are working together to improve support services | BBC, UK

Afghanistan opium survey 2017 Challenges to sustainable development, peace and security (PDF)

The Afghanistan Opium Surveys are implemented annually by the Ministry of Counter Narcotics (MCN) of Afghanistan in collaboration with the United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime (UNODC). The survey team collects and analyses information on the location and extent of opium poppy cultivation, potential opium production and the socio-economic situation in rural areas | UNODC, Austria

Parental alcohol and drug use: understanding the problem

Guidance for local areas to identify problematic parental substance use to help commission services to reduce and prevent harm to children and families | PHE, UK

Addressing the impact of nondependent parental substance misuse upon children (PDF)

A rapid review of the evidence of prevalence, impact and effective interventions | PHE, Newcastle University, Northumberland and Tyne and Wear NHS trust, UK

UK becoming 'cocaine capital' of Europe, warns minister

The UK "is fast becoming the biggest consumer of cocaine in Europe", the security minister has said | BBC, UK

Is the UK the world's biggest exporter of legal cannabis?

As the UK hosts a summit on the state of medical cannabis in Europe, BBC Reality Check asks - does Britain really export more legal cannabis than any other country? | BBC, UK

The Arguments For and Against Alcohol Warning Labels

A new survey worked out which kind of warnings we respond best to, depending on our age | VICE, UK

Blame middle class for drug-related violence, says police leader

Police Federation’s Simon Kempton says prohibition is failing and calls for new policy | Guardian, UK

Evidence and Issues Concerning Drug Consumption Rooms

Problematic and chaotic drug use (particularly by persons who inject drugs) carried on in public places such as streets and parks, creates an environment of high risk to personal and public health (including drug-related deaths and contaminated drug litter) | SSRN, UK

A doctor has warned popular children’s medicine Calpol is the ‘heroin of childhood’

A doctor has warned Calpol is becoming “the heroin of childhood” due to its growing popularity in British households | i news, UK

How Drug Dealing Gangs Are Taking Over the Countryside

We took a trip to the Essex borough of Thurrock to see how the housing crisis and the "going country" phenomenon is affecting Britain's towns and villages | VICE, UK

Doctors in Commons rally to overturn ban on medicinal cannabis

Group of MPs to campaign on issue following recent case of six-year-old Alfie Dingley | Guardian, UK

Legitimate use of controlled drugs: research and healthcare

Letter from the ACMD chair, Dr Owen Bowden-Jones to Victoria Atkins MP, Minister for Crime, Safeguarding and Vulnerability, providing interim advice from the ACMD to the Home Office regarding the legitimate use of controlled drugs in research and healthcare | ACMD, UK

Psychoactive Substances

I beg to move, That this House  has considered Government policy on new psychoactive substances | They work for you, UK

Wales to ban smoking outside hospitals and schools in UK first

Government to enforce ban by summer 2019 in bid to cut passive smoking and ‘de-normalise’ act | Guardian, UK

Collective Voice evidence to the Justice Select Committee

In April, Collective Voice was asked to give written evidence to the Justice Select Committee’s Inquiry into the Prison Population 2022. Here are the main points of our submission | Collective Voice blog, UK

Does cannabis cure cancer? We asked an expert

For thousands of years people have used cannabis for recreational, ritualistic and medicinal purposes. In the modern era, the latter property excites a lot of people, and there is no shortage of wild claims about the supposed medical benefits of the plant | Conversation, UK