Weekly news - 25th January 2019


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Radio 1's Life Hacks: Timothée Chalamet

Our Director @Shapiroharry talks about drugs and families on @BBCradio1 player following the release of the film Beautiful Boy. Listen from 90 mins in | BBC Radio 1, UK

New centre in Liverpool studying alcohol misuse

Liverpool is to get a new facility looking into alcohol misuse. The centre will research the reasons and consequences for the abuse of alcohol and look to develop new treatments. TV presenter Adrian Chiles will be at the opening later to offer support and discuss some of the problems he's had with alcohol misuse | ITV, UK

NHS England’s plan to eliminate Hepatitis C decisively backed by High Court

NHS England’s plan to eliminate Hepatitis C in England by 2025 is on track after all aspects of a High Court challenge by pharmaceutical company AbbVie were dismissed | NHS England, UK

E-cigarette fears

The King’s Health Partners Addictions Clinical Academic Group are one of the largest providers of NHS addictions services in the UK.Research from King’s College London has found that smokers and ex-smokers in the UK overestimate the harm from vaping, with fewer than 6 out of 10 accurately believing that e-cigarettes are less harmful than tobacco cigarettes | Kings Health Partners, UK

Anger as Sainsbury's puts e-cigarettes and vaping liquids on open shelves near its health and beauty aisle

A spokesman for the supermarket chain said the move was to site vaping products by smoking cessation aids such as nicotine patches | Mail Online, UK

Uncovering the Golden Age of Britain’s Drug Smuggling Trade

Today, the highly lucrative British drug smuggling trade is an amorphous, sometimes deadly, free-for-all, teeming with interconnected players from all walks of life. Using the dark web, anyone with a laptop can become an international drug smuggler | VICE, UK

Blenheim and Humankind merger confirmed

Pioneering health and social care charity Humankind and innovative London-based alcohol and drug charity Blenheim CDP have confirmed that they will merge in April 2019 following the announcement of their intention to merge in November | Humankind, UK

The Human Medicines (Amendment) Regulations 2019

The nasal naloxone (and Falsified Medicines Directive) legislation was laid before Parliament on Friday and will come into force on 9 February 2019 | Legislation.gov.uk, UK

Fears over life-saving drug unfounded, finds review

Fears over a drug that can be used to treat alcohol addiction are unfounded, according to its first ever systematic review, led by academics at The University of Manchester | University of Manchester, UK

MPs call for reform of business rates system

St Albans’ MP Anne Main led the way in challenging the Government to reform the business rates system in a debate on the closure of Britain’s pubs in Parliament | Morning Advertiser, UK

Cannabis: Medical Treatments

To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, how many NHS prescriptons have been issued for patients to use medical cannabis since 1 November 2018 | They work for you, UK

County Lines Drugs Operations

What steps his Department is taking to prevent young people from becoming involved in county lines drugs operations | They work for you, UK

Social Rented Housing: Drugs

To ask the Secretary of State for Housing, Communities and Local Government, whether his Department takes steps to tackle the use of drugs in social housing; and if he will make a statement | They work for you, UK

Mentally ill people more at risk of losing benefits, study shows

People with ADHD were 3.4 times more likely than those with a physical ailment to have their benefits taken away. Those with alcohol or drug problems were twice as likely | Guardian, UK

Intoxicating Histories

Read our six-part story on intoxicants, the different forms they can take, and the blurry lines between safe and dangerous, legal and illegal | Wellcome Institute, UK

NHS Long Term Plan commits to Alcohol Care Teams - a genuine pledge?

The Government recently announced its new NHS Long Term Plan (LTP), which includes a commitment to establish Alcohol Care Teams (ACTs) in hospitals with the highest rate of 'alcohol dependence-related admissions' | Alcohol Policy UK, UK

Improving safety for people who inject drugs

An estimated 1 in 6 people who inject drugs share needles and syringes with other people, increasing their risk of infection with HIV, hepatitis B virus and hepatitis C virus. These infections are usually spread when blood from one person collects in the space between the needle and the plunger - the ‘dead space’ - and the injecting equipment is shared with someone else without having been cleaned | NIHR, UK

Glass half full for residential/inpatient treatment of drinking problems in England

On the important national indicator of completing treatment and not returning for treatment in the following six months, inpatient and residential treatments for alcohol use disorders in England appeared to be effective half the time. Longer duration of treatment and ongoing care were associated with a greater likelihood of successfully completing treatment | Drug and Alcohol Findings, UK

How does MDMA kill?

MDMA (Methylenedioxymethamphetamine), commonly referred to as ecstasy, was manufactured as a potential pharmaceutical early last century. It had some limited use in the 1970s as a therapeutic aid in trauma treatment and in relationship counselling, and more recent studies using MDMA for trauma have shown some promise | Conversation, Australia

Crime in England and Wales: year ending September 2018

[Table 3 lists drug offences as numbering 140,399 from Oct 2017 to Sept 2018] | ONS, UK

Crime figures: Violent crime recorded by police rises by 19%

..."The Home Office has said that it's linked to the drugs market and the fact that cocaine, in particular, is now more readily available in this country," he said. "The price of it has come down, the purity has gone up, and that is increasing the tension between drug gangs, which spills across to the streets | BBC, UK

Chemsex friends & families support

Are you affected by someone else’s drug or alcohol use? Is your partner, friend or family member engaged in chemsex? London Friend’s drug and alcohol support service Antidote has worked in partnership with Adfam to develop a resource for families, friends and partners of LGBT people using alcohol, drugs or engaged in chemsex | London Friend and Adfam, UK

Guidelines:  Children and young people exposed prenatally to alcohol

Guidelines to aid healthcare professionals in diagnosing fetal alcohol spectrum disorder (FASD) have been published for Scotland. FASD describes a range of harmful effects to a fetus and baby’s development when alcohol is consumed during pregnancy, resulting in brain damage and, in its most severe form, physical issues such as a smaller head and poor growth | Scottish Intercollegiate Guidelines Network, UK

Pubs and policy in 2019?

Pubs look set to continue to be a source of interest within alcohol policy debates in 2019, in part owing to their perceived role amongst some as part of a healthier drinking culture and shift away from cheap off-trade sales | Alcohol Policy UK, UK

Dry January, social embarrassment and the gender split (PDF)

Men are more likely to feel stupid ordering nonalcoholic drinks, while younger consumers are demanding more choice, finds our exclusive consumer research | The Grocer, UK

Good Luck Getting Medical Cannabis On the NHS

Despite official guidelines, doctors are reluctant to prescribe the drug, with one hospital posting a notice telling patients not to even bother asking | VICE, UK

Digital inclusion project brings healthcare technology to the homeless

Homeless and insecurely housed people in Hastings now have access to medical treatment and support thanks to an innovative digital health care outreach project | NHS Digital, UK

Evaluating the cost-effectiveness of existing needle and syringe programmes in preventing hepatitis C transmission in people who inject drugs

[Open access] Needle and syringe programmes are a highly effective low-cost intervention to reduce hepatitis C virus transmission, and in some settings they are cost-saving. Needle and syringe programmes are likely to remain cost-effective irrespective of changes in hepatitis C virus treatment cost and scale-up | DEPP, UK