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Addaction conference 2016

Addaction 6th National Conference

Addiction and Emotional Health – 21/22 Nov 2016, Sussex


Addaction hosts an inspirational, provocative and immersive 2 day event for people in recovery and those in the sector, celebrating people’s achievements and debating the future of recovery.  Speakers include Ethan Nadelmann, Paul Farmer CBE, Anne Robinson, Jonny Benjamin and many more.  Packages from £135.  Free for people in Recovery (limited availability)




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This year RiTC6 is looking at what happens beyond recovery - past the treatment, the structured groups, the wellbeing activities, the building of recovery networks – into the 'now what' Click here to find out more.



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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

Pregabalin/ Lyrica: Home Office urged to make prescription drug a class C substance

A prescription drug being abused by teenagers in NI should be made a class C drug, health officials have said | BBC, UK

Former drug user says prescription drug abuse is 'wrecking lives'

An ex-drug user who lost his teenage friend to suicide after a battle with drugs has said abuse of a prescription medication is "wrecking lives" | BBC, UK

Ruling expected on Scottish minimum alcohol price

A judgement is expected to be made later on whether the minimum price of alcohol can be raised in Scotland | BBC, UK

What impact do licensing laws have on public health?

Experts in the areas of public health and medicine give their views on the impact that relaxed licensing laws are having on public health |, UK

BC Partners set to buy 22 Priory clinics

Disposal worth £300m comes after inquiry by UK competition watchdog | Financial Times, UK [First view should not require registration]

MHRA Gives More Detail on CBD Decision

The Medicines and Healthcare products Regulatory Agency (MHRA) last week published a statement on their website announcing their decision to class cannabidiol (CBD) as a medicine. This decision means that companies will require a licence in order to sell products containing CBD. This could, for a period of time, cut off supply for those parents who treat their children’s epilepsy with CBD | Volte Face, UK

Home Office rules out SNP call for medicinal cannabis use

The legalisation of cannabis for medical use in Scotland remains unlikely, despite winning the backing of the SNP conference in Glasgow | Scotsman, UK

Electronic Cigarettes

To ask the Secretary of State for Health, if he will make an assessment of the potential benefits of repealing provisions in UK law derived from the EU Tobacco Directive on to e-cigarettes in order to incentivise safer and healthier alternatives to conventional tobacco | They Work for You, UK

Offenders: Rehabilitation

To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, what rehabilitation programmes are provided for people serving prison sentences of 12 months or less | They Work for You, UK

Tobacco products duty: rates

The Committee will be pleased to hear that I have just a few sentences to say about this clause. For the benefit of the Committee, the clause simply deals with increases in the rates of tobacco duty | They Work for You, UK

Cannabis Consultation

VolteFace are researching a report into the current state of cannabis treatment in the UK and we are interested in finding out about the experiences and opinions of people who feel that cannabis has become a problem in their lives or has been a problem in the past. Whether or not you have sought help and support for your cannabis use, we want to get your insight | Volte Face, UK

Warning issued after spike in 999 patients suffering effects from 'legal highs'

At least 12 calls from Teesside were made to the 999 service in just four days last week | Teeside Gazette, UK

Mindfulness in the drugs field

Scottish Drugs Forum is seeking to make connections with and between people working in the drugs field who have an interest in or practice mindfulness in the course of their work | SDF, UK

Walking down the 21st Century Gin Lane

A new piece of art commissioned by the Royal Society for Public Health reimagines William Hogarth's classic 1751 cartoon Gin Lane | BBC, UK

Prisoner who battered cellmate to death with a TV jailed for 14 years

‘Particularly brutal’ attack happened after prisoner unknowingly fell under the influence of the synthetic cannabis drug Spice | Guardian, UK



International news

Systematic review of health and behavioural outcomes of smoking cessation interventions in prisons

We conducted a systematic review to examine the impact of smoking cessation interventions, including smoking bans, on prisoners and prison staff | BMJ, UK

Breaking Bad fan 'murders policeman during sex then tries to dispose of body in acid'

A crystal meth user murdered a police officer during a sex session and attempted to destroy his body using a technique seen on TV show Breaking Bad, a court has heard | Independent, UK

Irish men almost three times more likely than women to smoke

Men are three times more likely to have unhealthy behaviours, such as smoking, than women | Irish Examiner, Ireland

Fianna Fáil policy aims to relax law for small-time drug use

People caught with a small amount of drugs may be able to avoid criminal prosecution in certain cases under a new policy agreed by Fianna Fail | Independent, Ireland

It must be wine o'clock: Middle classes ignoring alcohol risks

'Respectable drinking' also means high rates among over-55s | Independent, Ireland

Superman ecstasy pills back in circulation

[In Dutch, but browser should give option to translate] Last week there was a fatal pill delivered at one of the test centers of the Drugs Information and Monitoring System (DIMS), which was sold as ecstasy. The pill contains a high dose of PMMA. PMMA can lead to fatal overheating, heart, liver, and kidney failure. It is a pink pill with a Superman logo on both sides, which greatly resembles the picture corresponding to this report. The Trimbos Institute therefore provides a 'red alert' off | Trimbos Institute, Netherlands

Tramadol: The Opioid Crisis for the Rest of the World

An addictive synthetic painkiller that some studies say is as powerful as morphine remains unregulated on the recommendation of the World Health Organization, helping spread abuse and addiction in the developing world | Wall Street Journal, USA

Women Who Use Drugs Need Gender-Specific Services—My Own Life Proves It

Women’s health is an essential piece of harm reduction and drug-user health. Last week’s news that Vancouver is planning a supervised injection facility just for women is inspiring. But far too often, we lump services together and fail to see the importance of specific programming for women who use drugs | The influence, USA

Methadone remains vital in buprenorphine era

Opioid overdoses are happening every day, and never before has the addiction treatment field gotten more visibility. Medication-assisted treatment (MAT) is now embraced even by many formerly “abstinence-only” treatment programs. Meanwhile, the two specialty sectors that provide MAT—opioid treatment programs (OTPs) almost exclusively using methadone, and office-based opioid treatment (OBOT) using only buprenorphine—are positioned to provide the medications more broadly to meet growing demand | Addiction Professional, USA

How CVS Won By Not Selling Cigarettes

There's a difference between actually having a brand purpose and just talking about having one. Two years ago, CVS Health took the bold step of eliminating all tobacco products in its stores in order to promote better health and ensure fitness -- the tobacco category had previously accounted for $2 billion of the Woonsocket, R.I.-based drugstore chain's sales | Advertising Age, USA

A look at the 'marijuana' receptor

Researchers have the clearest picture yet of the receptor that causes the "high" associated with marijuana. The three-dimensional image of cannabinoid receptor 1, revealed October 20 in Cell, reveals how molecules like THC bind to cannabinoid receptor 1 | EurekAlert, USA

Mother warns 'party drug' users after daughter dies from drinking too much water

'I just remember yelling, how do you die from drinking water,' says mother of 23-year-old Leanne Germain | CBC News, Canada

The changing face of alcohol advertising

Few images conjure up the iconic Australian lifestyle like friends gathered for a barbeque enjoying a drink or two, but our once-famous obsession with beer and booze is on the wane | Ad News, Australia

Latest 'pot stock' gets higher after IPO

Shares in the latest "pot stock" soar just days after the federal government confirms regulation around the fledgling industry | Age, Australia


Blogs, comment and opinion

Interesting drug and alcohol facts October2016

Drug-related deaths and drug offences | Russell Webster, UK

‘I wanted oblivion’ – a recovering heroin addict tells her story of addiction

Hester Brodie was addicted to heroin, crack and alcohol for six years. She has been clean since 2001, but her days of using intravenous drugs still stay with her | I news, UK

Drug checking could have saved Riki Stephens’ life

A young Victorian footballer has died after taking illicit drugs — and that’s a real tragedy for his family, friends and his community. And the heartbreaking thing is, it could have been prevented |, Australia