Weekly news - 1st March 2019


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Home Office gives green light to first drug testing clinic

‘Life-saving’ scheme, licensed by the government, launched amid rising concern over potentially toxic substances | Guardian, UK

Heroin reversal drug demand shows scale of NI problem

A drug used to reverse the effects of heroin overdoses is saving hundreds of lives, an Up Close investigation into the scale of drug addiction in Northern Ireland has found | ITV, UK

UPDATED Long-acting buprenorphine an advance on daily dose

*Updated with UK licensing information and advice released in February 2019 by the National Institute for Health and Care Excellence*
What could prove a technical advance in the medication-based treatment of opiate dependence was rigorously tested and partially vindicated among hundreds of patients at over 30 US clinics | Drug and Alcohol Findings, UK

Drug Seizures

To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what estimate he has made of the proportion of the supply of (a) cannabis, (b) heroin, (c) cocaine and (d) ecstasy that was seized in each year since 2008 | They work for you, UK

The dangers of taking MDMA when you’re on antidepressants

Taking MDMA isn’t recommended regardless of your mental health status, but when you’re taking antidepressants it can cause a number of extra problems | Metro, UK

Councils call for powers to tackle 'lawless' shisha bars

Local Government Association says bar owners undeterred by one-off £2,500 fines | Guardian, UK

How pills bought online are scarring Scotland's rural villages

More people in Scotland are dying from drugs than ever before and the deaths are hitting every part of the country. An investigation by BBC Scotland's The Nine studied the record rise in one rural area - Dumfries and Galloway | BBC, UK

The Story of a Black-Out Benzo Addict

The blissful escape of benzodiazepines helped me cope with depression and anxiety, but my life ended up falling apart around me | VICE, UK

Inside Football Hooliganism's Hidden Crack and Heroin Problem

Some old-school hoolies have quit fighting on the terraces to battle their hardcore addictions | VICE, UK

Safety fears for vapers as devices go up in flames

[Free registration may be required] Vaping, the “safer” alternative to smoking, is leading to serious injuries from battery explosions, doctors have warned | Sunday Times, UK

Street Valium: the hidden killer of Wales' drug users

Growing numbers are dying as a result of taking the drug | Wales Online, UK

Regular e-cigarette use remains low among young people in Britain

PHE report on e-cigarette use finds that regular vaping remains low among young people, and has plateaued among adults | PHE, UK

Weston-super-Mare cannabis centre to show 'safe use'

A cannabis user has unveiled plans to open an education centre to show how the drug can be "consumed properly" | BBC, UK

NICE consultation on school based alcohol interventions

The National Institute for Health and Care Excellence (NICE) has launched a consultation on alcohol interventions in secondary and further education | Alcohol Policy UK, UK

Exposure to and perceptions of health warning labels onnicotine vaping products: findings from the 2016International Tobacco Control Four Country Smoking and Vaping Survey

[Open access] The presence and content of health warning labels (HWLs) on nicotine vaping products (NVPs),such as electronic cigarettes, varies by country and manufacturer. We compared proportions of people who report (i) no-ticing HWLs on NVPs and (ii) feeling concerned having noticed HWLs, by country and by smoking or vaping status. Wealso examined recall of HWL content and whether this varies by country | Addiction, UK

19/02 Interventions that reduce harmful substance use with a focus on novel psychoactive substances

The Public Health Research Programme are accepting stage 1 applications to their commissioned workstream for this topic. Application dates: 15 January 2019 to 30 July 2019 | NIHR, UK

The Death Penalty for Drug Offences: Global Overview 2018

Since Harm Reduction International began monitoring the use of this abhorrent practice in 2007, annual implementation of the death penalty for drug offences has fluctuated markedly. Over 4,000 people were executed globally for these offences between 2008 and 2018, with executions hitting a peak above 750 in 2015 | HRI, UK

Vaping in England: an evidence update February 2019

Annual update of Public Health England’s e-cigarette evidence review by leading independent tobacco experts | PHE, UK

Generation Z teenagers have more mental health problems despite drops in smoking, drugs and antisocial behaviour

‘This study is a wake-up call to the different pressures today’s teenagers are under,’ says Royal College of Psychiatrists | Independent, UK

Gangs: 27,000 children in England say they are members - report

There are 27,000 children aged between 10 and 17 in England who identify as being part of a gang, according to a report by the Children's Commissioner | BBC, UK

Children’s Commissioner for England warns the same mistakes that led to child sexual exploitation failings are being repeated with gangs

Today’s report, Keeping kids safe: Improving safeguarding responses to gang violence and criminal exploitation, estimates there are 27,000 children in England who identify as a gang member, only a fraction of whom are known to children’s services | Children's Commissioner, UK

Alcohol-Related Hospital Statistics Scotland 2017/18 (PDF)

In 2017/18 there were 35,499 alcohol-related hospital admissions (stays) in general acute hospitals in Scotland. These relate to 23,494 Scottish residents who had at least one admission to hospital with an alcohol-related condition. Of these people, around half (11,566) were admitted for an alcohol-related admission for the first time or had not been admitted to hospital for an alcohol-related admission in the previous 10 years | ISD Scotland, UK

Bestival drugs death: Boyfriend guilty of manslaughter

A man who gave his girlfriend drugs at a festival and filmed her as she died has been found guilty of manslaughter | BBC, UK