Weekly news - 7th September 2018


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Police should carry 'overdose kits' to treat addicts, crime commissioner suggests

All frontline officers should be equipped with overdose kits to help tackle the soaring numbers of drug addicts who are dying on Britain's streets, a police leader has suggested | Telegraph, UK

International Overdose Awareness Day

Marked on the 31st August, International Overdose Awareness Day presents a prime opportunity to raise awareness of overdoses, share information about harm reduction, and reduce the stigma of drug-related deaths. With a focus on the ‘state of the nation’ in the UK, this bonus bulletin highlights just a handful of relevant resources in the Effectiveness Bank | Drug and Alcohol Findings, UK

Scientists decode opium poppy genome

Scientists have determined the DNA code of the opium poppy genome, uncovering key steps in how the plant evolved to produce the pharmaceutical compounds used to make vital medicines | University of York, UK

The Clubs Drugs Wheel

The Club Drugs Wheel is collaborative project with the Loop for their Time To Test campaign. Designed as a large display poster for festivals. Two display sizes are available here, along with a simplified A4 version and a Powerpoint introduction. Please feel free to print these files for your purposes, in line with our licencing | Mark Adley, UK

Thousands of people use drug-testing facilities at UK music festivals

More than 8,000 people came forward to have their drugs tested at music festivals in the UK this summer | BBC, UK

Recovery Street Film Festival dates

All our festival dates are held in September so scroll across to September and click one of our dates in the calendar below to find out more about the plans for the day | Phoenix Futures, UK

Call for secondary schools to take part in survey of young people’s smoking, drinking and drug use

Secondary schools across England are being asked to volunteer to take part in a statistical survey that will act as a barometer for young people’s alcohol, nicotine and drug use | NHS Digital, UK

Heroin addicts to get drug use clinic in Middlesbrough

Cleveland Police said the scheme targets the most prolific offenders to break the cycle of drug use, crime and prison | BBC, UK

'My day with the drug testing squad…'

Drug-related deaths are on the rise. We go behind the scenes with the volunteers offering to test your festival drugs | BBC Newsbeat, UK

Lobbying, policy & politics: implications for the new strategy?

The subject of policy, lobbying and politics was recently back in the spotlight following an investigation by Greenpeace's Unearthed. The issue may be of particular significance as the Government plans a new national alcohol strategy for England which will be expected to set out its stance on contested issues including minimum pricing, taxation, treatment funding, advertising and labelling | Alcohol Policy UK, UK

RCGP position statement on e-cigarettes

Dr Richard Roope and Professor Linda Bauld discuss the RCGP position statement on e-cigarettes | RCGP and Cancer ResearcUK, UK

Deaths Rise As Two-Thirds Of Local Authorities Cut Spending On Drug And Alcohol Rehab

Austerity Bites: Councils reduce funding for residential treatment by as much as 58% | Huffington Post, UK

2018 Recovery Street Film Festival shortlist

The ten shortlisted films and three winners | Phoenix Futures, UK

Local Alcohol Profiles for England: September 2018 update

Update of one indicator in the Local Alcohol Profiles for England (LAPE) interactive tool on the number of licensed premises per square kilometre | PHE, UK

Home Office launches campaign to help letting agents avoid letting properties to criminal ‘County Lines’ gangs

Urban drug dealing gangs are moving into rural towns and coastal communities, where they rent properties and establish a base. The National Crime Agency’s County Lines report shows that these gangs are even moving into towns in affluent areas where they rent properties and establish a base | UKALA, UK

Welcome to our new MHRA website

The Medicines and Healthcare Products Regulatory Agency (MHRA) website is now on GOV.UK | MHRA, UK

Scottish Gin Society rapped over Facebook adverts

A gin appreciation society has been left with a sour taste in its mouth after falling foul of advertising regulators | BBC, UK

Prescribed medicines: an evidence review

Public Health England has published an update on the progress of its review of the evidence on dependence, and the short term discontinuation or longer term withdrawal symptoms, associated with prescribed medicines | PHE, UK

County Durham and Darlington unveil plans for police in custody suites to administer naloxone

Police in custody suites in County Durham and Darlington will be able to administer naloxone to people who are experiencing an opiate overdose from later this year under new plans | SDF, UK

Spice drug concern in Cardiff as homeless use rises

Jason first took Spice when he was in prison, now he has to smoke it every hour or he suffers withdrawal symptoms | BBC, UK

Social media giants should pay for policing drugs networks, minister tells MPs

Social media giants should cover the costs associated with policing drug dealing networks, Security Minister Ben Wallace has said | ITV, UK

Drug health harms: national intelligence

Briefings based on presentations and discussion from the meeting of the national intelligence network on the health harms associated with drug use | PHE, UK

Alcohol and Drug Strategy

On the 6 September 2018 the Scottish Government published its draft alcohol and drugs strategy document 'All Together Now: our strategy to address the harms of alcohol and drugs in Scotland' for engagement and to seek the views and feedback from partners and stakeholders in the sector | Scottish Government, UK

Jumping through hoops: How are coordinated responses to multiple disadvantage meeting the needs of women? (PDF)

Across the country, local areas are developing better coordinated responses for individuals facing multiple disadvantage.  Many are part of the national MEAM Approach network or the Big Lottery Fund’s Fulfilling Lives programme. Press release | MEAM, UK

Don't send vapers to use smoking shelters, MPs suggest

Organisations should consider having a separate vaping room or area instead, a debate on the science and technology committee's e-cigarettes report heard | BBC, UK

Recovery Street Film Festival 2018

Video. The Recovery Street Film Festival focuses on filmmakers who have a lived experience of recovering from drug or alcohol addiction, whether it is themselves or a loved one | RSFF, UK

National Adolescent Drug Trends in 2017: Findings Released (PDF)

Marijuana use among adolescents edged upward in 2017, the first significant increase in seven years. Overall, past-year use of marijuana significantly increased by 1.3% to 24% in 2017 for 8th, 10th, and 12th graders combined | University of Michigan, USA

HealthTrends™ Drug Misuse in America 2018 (PDF)

Drug Misuse in America 2018, a Quest Diagnostics Health Trends™ report, presents findings from analysis of more than 3.9 million de-identified aggregated clinical drug monitoring tests performed by Quest Diagnostics on patients in all 50 states and the District of Columbia between 2011 and 2017 | Quest Diagnostics, USA

Monkey Dust mayhem: the English city reportedly at the centre of a drug-fuelled‘epidemic’

The English city of Stoke-on-Trent in the West Midlands is reportedly suffering from an “epidemic” of people using a synthetic drug known on the street as Monkey Dust | Conversation, UK