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19th October 2016
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The Alcohol Education Trust and Mentor UK invite professionals to hear from leading experts on the latest research on alcohol and drugs prevention, attend a choice of workshops on evidence-based programmes and receive planning and evaluation advice for effective PSHE.





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SSA Symposium 2016

Back to the future: Addiction and the scientific method.

10–11 November, York

Late-breaking delegate papers welcome until 3 October. Delegate places still available - booking deadline 30 October.




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UK news

National Statistics: Alcohol and late night refreshment licensing England and Wales 31 March 2016

Includes statistics on premises licences, club premises certificates, personal licences, late night refreshment and 24-hour alcohol licences | Home Office, UK

'Going country': ITV News reveals scale of children being exploited and sent around Britain to carry drugs

An ITV News investigation has uncovered how children as young as 12 are being ruthlessly groomed and exploited by organised crime groups who send them the length and breadth of the country to carry drugs and money | ITV, UK

Primary care counselling of risky drinkers reduces drinking

Amalgamated findings from risky drinkers identified in primary care settings indicate that supplementing screening/assessment with (especially multi-session) brief counselling generates greater reductions in drinking and on some measures also improves health. It is unclear whether the generally small impacts would be sustained in routine practice | Drug and Alcohol Findings, UK

Deconstructing the Alcohol Harm Paradox: A Population Based Survey of Adults in England

The Alcohol Harm Paradox refers to observations that lower socioeconomic status (SES) groups consume less alcohol but experience more alcohol-related problems. Thus this study assessed socioeconomic patterning of alcohol consumption and related harm using multiple measures of SES and examined moderation of this patterning by gender and age | PLOS One, UK

Prof Sir John Strang - Supervised heroin treatment for entrenched hard-to-treat heroin users - video

'Innovative Approaches to Reduce Drug Deaths and Harms' | SDF, UK

A Red Letter Day: The VolteFace Selection

Sign up to the VolteFace Selection, our new weekly newsletter of highlights from the previous week from the worlds of drug policy, business and culture. [With a mention of DS Daily :-)] | Volte Face, UK

The Recovery Awards - Open for Nominations!

This year’s Recovery Awards are now open for nomination. Each year Addaction celebrates the dedication, hard work and outstanding contribution that people in recovery have made to raising awareness and combatting stigma associated with substance use | Addaction, UK

Adfam working with Sheffield Hallam University to develop a measure of recovery for families

Adfam is working with Sheffield Hallam University to find an answer to the question ‘What does recovery for family members look like?’. We are running workshops in Sheffield and London and would like you to join us to tell your stories and share your expertise. This event is open to both family members and people working to support them. Travel expenses can be provided and refreshments will be served | Adfam, UK

The Inaugural VolteFace Annual Lecture with Ethan Nadelmann

Free. Oct 4th. London. Ethan will draw on his unrivalled experience and knowledge to make the case for a new policy paradigm that promotes public health, addresses human rights violations, protects young people from harm and reduces opportunities for criminal gangs | Volte Face, UK

Veterans Rehab centre - behind the scenes - BBC radio iPlayer

Nihal visits the UK's first residential rehab centre for military veterans, Tom Harrison House in Liverpoool.  He talks to former soldiers whose lives have been affected by alcohol and substance misuse | BBC, UK

The Sunday Feature: Vape Culture - BBC iPlayer

Tim Smith went to meet vaping enthusiasts at a west London vape bar and reports on the medical community's divided opinion on this smoking alternative | BBC, UK

Middlesbrough drugs raid results in 18 arrests

One of the "biggest drugs raids in recent years" in Middlesbrough resulted in 18 arrests, police have said | BBC, UK

Barrister handed £500 fine for turning up to court ‘under the influence’ of alcohol

He also left his client unrepresented | Legal Cheek, UK


International news

The Netherlands - where people openly smoke marijuana - BBC video

The BBC's Anna Holligan visited a cafe in Amsterdam where people smoke as much marijuana as they like, and the government gets a share of the proceeds | BBC, UK

New Species Discovered, And It’s A Psychedelichen

A new species of lichen from the Ecuadorian rainforest has been found to contain the hallucinogen psilocybin, which is also found in magic mushrooms. It’s the first and only lichen known to be containing this trippy compound. However, scientists are not able to confirm the psychedelic properties of the lichen, as they could not get access to pure reference compounds | Volte Face, UK

Rodrigo Duterte 'happy to slaughter' addicts as Hitler did Jews

Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte has compared his anti-drug campaign to the Holocaust, saying he would kill as many addicts as Hitler did Jews | BBC, UK

Alcohol: lockout laws substantially reduce violence, review finds

Finding comes amid calls for New South Wales government to ease 1.30am lockout laws and 3am last drinks rules in Sydney’s CBD and Kings Cross | Guardian, UK

How the marijuana tax could help Portland's minority-owned businesses

People of color are conspicuously absent from Oregon’s lucrative legal weed business. Now, advocates say a proposed 3% marijuana tax could help | Guardian, UK

Clondalkin Tús Nua street based harm reduction service activity report 2011 - 2015 (PDF)

A total of 68 (22%) clients linked in to our low threshold drop in service. The number of harm reduction services increased each year with a total of 3,310 interventions rcorded over this time. Client engagement increased as trusting relationships were formed. The majority of clients over this five year period (78%) were male. A total of 65% of clients were aged between 35 and 55. Heroin and crack cocaine were the most common drugs used over this reporting period | Health Research Board, Ireland

The 4 Traits That Put Kids at Risk for Addiction

Early trials show that personality testing can identify 90 percent of the highest risk children, targeting risky traits before they cause problems | NY Times, USA

How Ecstasy Augments Psychological Therapy in PTSD

MDMA (3,4-methylenedioxymethamphetamine), also known as ecstasy, may enhance psychological therapy in patients with posttraumatic stress disorder (PTSD) by reducing thoughts about the self and boosting positive emotions, new research shows | MedScape, USA

Ketamine's Antidepressant Effects: New Insight

New research into the anesthetic ketamine may provide fresh insight into the drug's rapid antidepressant effects | MedScape, USA

Unknown exposure to second-hand smoke associated with increased mortality

A new biomarker has identified known and unknown exposure to second-hand smoke and confirmed a strong association to increased mortality in non-smokers, according to a new study | Science Daily, USA

New app allows users to post photos of drug and alcohol practices in their community

A game of beer pong placed besides the game Candy Land in a local drug store. A machine-gun shaped bottle of liquor. A security officer standing guard next to a prescription drug drop-off box in Walgreens. These are a few examples of the dozens of photos taken by local community members using a new mobile app called "Be The One." Prevention specialists hope the app will help paint a picture of the conditions that protect citizens– or put then at risk – for substance abuse | Medical Xpress, USA

Implementing Smoking Prevention Education in Early Childhood: Views from Parents and Early Childhood Educators (PDF)

The purpose of research aimed to explore views from parents and early childhood educators, who are school stakeholders and children’s significant others about implementing smoking prevention education in early childhood | Education and Health, USA

New York City Should Open Facilities Where Heroin Users Can Shoot Up

In parts of Europe and Canada, an interesting, counterintuitive-seeming initiative has gained momentum in recent years: Users of heroin and other injectable drugs should have safe places staffed by medical personnel to shoot up | New York Magazine, USA

Marijuana Arrests Hit A Two-Decade Low But Are Still An Outrage

FBI statistics released this week show that the number of marijuana arrests in the United States, after rising slightly in 2014, fell by 8 percent last year, reaching the lowest level in two decades. The total was nevertheless more than twice the number in 1991, before a nationwide cannabis crackdown that peaked in 2007 | Forbes, USA

Australia sees groundbreaking roll-out of hep C cure, but enhanced prevention efforts still needed to drive down new infections

Australia is on track to cure more people of hepatitis C in 2016 alone than in the past 20 years, according to a new report from the Kirby Institute at UNSW Australia | NDARC, Australia



Blogs, comment or opinion

Alcohol misuse is "everybody’s business"

Harm from alcohol is all too often experienced beyond the individual drinker, says Katherine Brown | IAS Blog, UK

Duterte’s war on drugs: bitter lessons from Thailand’s failed campaign

The body count from Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte’s “war on drugs” is growing by the day. While he’s not the first national leader to condone violence and extrajudicial killings in the name of controlling illicit drug use, Duterte would be wise to learn from Southeast Asian history on what works, and what doesn’t | Conversation, Phillipines

Seven Things We Must Understand About Addiction to Undo the Mistakes of the Past 40 Years

When Archie Brodsky and I were writing Love and Addiction in the early 1970s, a medical resident told us, “Oh, we’ve established what addiction was long ago.” | the influence, UK

Reconsidering Ansinger: Race, the Gateway Theory, and the Origins of Marijuana Prohibition (Part II)

This post concludes Seth Blumenthal’s two-part series on the origins of marijuana prohibition and the gateway theory of drug use | Points: Blog of the Alcohol and Drugs History Society, USA