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Alcohol Awareness Week: 19th - 25th November

 

UK news

Hepatitis C: guidance, data and analysis

Updated. Added Hepatitis C: patient re-engagement exercise | PHE, UK

Tayside's annual drug deaths rise by 30%

Drug deaths in Tayside rose by 30% last year from 56 to 73, new figures have revealed | BBC, UK

Make a slight change to your drinking to feel the benefits

The Leeds alcohol and drugs service Forward Leeds are asking people to pledge a small change to their drinking behaviour and share it on social media using the hashtag #InspiredChange | Forward Leeds, UK

Journey to Recovery Exhibition Launch

For the past 18 months a group of adults in recovery from addiction have been working with Eastside Community Heritage and Blenheim to find new and exciting ways to tell their recovery stories. Join us on 4th December for a celebration of their progress in which they’ll perform some of their writing and poetry, and find out more about how anyone has the power to reclaim their life from addiction | Blenheim, UK

New drug and alcohol service in Haringey

Barnet, Enfield and Haringey NHS Mental Health Trust (BEH), Blenheim and BUBIC are delighted to announce they have won the contract to deliver Haringey Council’s new drug and alcohol treatment service for adults | Blenheim, UK

Men lose appeal over cocaine smuggling plot convictions

Three men who were jailed for a plot to smuggle five tonnes of cocaine into the UK have been refused a chance to take their cases to the Supreme Court | BBC, UK

 

 

International news

Colder, Darker Climates Increase Alcohol Consumption and Liver Disease

Where you live could influence how much you drink. According to new research from the University of Pittsburgh Division of Gastroenterology, people living in colder regions with less sunlight drink more alcohol than their warm-weather counterparts | Newswire, UK

FDA announces sweeping anti-smoking measures to target teen vaping

The US Food and Drug Administration has announced sweeping new restrictions on flavored tobacco products, including electronic cigarettes popular among teenagers in an effort to prevent a new generation of nicotine addicts | Guardian, UK

Life After Heroin Is Beautiful and Boring

One of the hardest lessons around being sober is learning to appreciate the ordinary, the mundane, the normal | VICE, UK

Why is Canada running out of marijuana?

Cannabis retailers in Canada began to run low on supplies from the very first day of legalisation a month ago. How long are shortages expected to continue as the new market for recreational cannabis finds its feet? | BBC, UK

Japan Airlines tightens alcohol rules for pilots

Japan Airlines will introduce a new breathalyser system at overseas airports after one of its pilots was arrested at Heathrow Airport for being drunk | BBC, UK

U2 hotel in objection to injecting centre

The four-star Dublin hotel co-owned by U2's Bono and The Edge is one of dozens of Dublin businesses to lodge an objection against a planned injecting centre for chronic heroin and cocaine addicts | Independent, Ireland

Monitoring drug use in recreational settings across Europe: conceptual challenges and methodological innovations

This report explores how data on drug use are captured through surveys of targeted populations in recreational settings. The benefits and challenges of monitoring drug use in recreational settings are identified, as are emergent data sources and methodological innovations. The report draws on cutting-edge debates within social research, sociology and critical drug studies to encourage dialogue between researchers and with monitoring agencies | EMCDDA, Portugal

EMCDDA International Cooperation Framework

This document is an update of the International Cooperation Strategy adopted in 2007. It sets priorities in the area of the international cooperation aligned with the Centre’s Strategy 2025 | EMCDDA, Portugal

Inhaling deodorant spray to get high can be fatal, doctors warn

Inhaling a deodorant spray to get high can be fatal, warn doctors in the journal BMJ Case Reports, following the death of a 19 year old who turned to inhalant abuse in the absence of any other drugs | Medical Xpress, USA

The costs of heroin and naloxone: a tragic snapshot of the opioid crisis

The pricing and availability of drugs — legal and illegal — illuminate how markets chase profits and reward innovation | STAT News, USA

“Like Restricting Clean Needles”—Advocates Slam Age-Verification Plan for Under-Fire Juul

On November 13, JUUL Labs, the company behind America’s most popular vaping product, announced a stringent new online age-verification system | Filter Magazine, USA

The American Public Health Association Declares Police Violence a Public Health Issue

The American Public Health Association (APHA)—the nation’s leading public health organization, with over 25,000 members—has declared police violence to be a public health issue | Filter Magazine, USA

Could Pot Help Solve The Opioid Crisis?

A $238,000 federal study will follow more than 10,000 medical marijuana patients in New York over the next two years to see if their opioid use drops | BuzzFeed, USA

Secondhand marijuana smoke causes asthma symptoms in child allergic to cannabis

After cannabis is removed from home, asthma symptoms improve | EurekAlert, USA

High and low politics in Afghanistan: The terrorism-drugs nexus and what can be done about it

As the world debate drug policy at the Special Session of the United Nations General Assembly on the World Drug Problem (UNGASS 2016), opium poppy remains deeply routed in Afghanistan | Brookings, USA

Substance use costs $1,000 to $2,600 per person in Canada each year, study says

6 provinces spent over $1B on substance use costs in 2014, report shows | CBC news, Canada

The Global Drug Survey wants to have an honest conversation about your drug habits

For more than five years the Global Drug Survey (GDS) has been asking people to share their recreational drug habits by filling out a confidential and encrypted online survey. Because recreational drug use is illegal in many countries, it can be hard to get accurate and honest information on the issue | TimeOut, Australia

2018 Postgraduate Research Symposium: Exploring Opportunities

The 2018 Postgraduate Research Symposium is a collaborative event hosted by the National Drug and Alcohol Research Centre (NDARC), The Kirby Institute (KI), Centre for Social Research in Health (CSRH), Black Dog Institute (BDI), Centre for Big Data Research in Health (CBDRH) and Social Policy Research Centre (SPRC) at UNSW Sydney | NDARC, Australia

New Zealand's largest cocaine bust found in banana shipment

Nearly 200kg of cocaine has been found in a shipment of bananas in what is New Zealand's largest cocaine bust, resulting in the arrest of an Australian man | Stuff.co.nz, New Zealand

 

Blogs, comment and opinion

County lines, a complex national problem explained

Why it’s a tragedy for vulnerable young people | Medium blog, UK

Students don't need nannying by their universities - it's a shame they are drinking less

Every year Freshers’ week photos of students make headlines. Drunken debauchery, binge drinking and general messiness are splashed out for the world to see | telegraph opinion, UK

The Pharmacological Era

Psychologist Stanton Peele refers to the time we’re living in as a “pharmacological era,” one where “drug use, both approved and unapproved, is widespread, almost universal.” Currently, it’s dealt with through regulation and prohibition | Points blog, USA