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Crowne Plaza hotel, Newcastle upon Tyne, UK, on Thursday 8 and Friday 9 November, following our PhD Symposium on Wednesday 7 November.

 

The Society lecture will be given by Professor Antoni Gual of the Clínic Hospital of Barcelona.

 

In addition to last year’s very successful new feature, ‘The Addiction Debate’, we welcome delegate-programmed symposia looking at new developments and current topics in addiction. Members are invited to submit their own sessions here

 

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SMART Recovery – The Evidence

 

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Hear the latest research findings and understand SMART Recovery’s place within the mutual aid landscape.

 

Tue 23 January 2018, London SE1 6NG. Book here

 

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UK news

Substance misuse treatment in secure settings: statistics 2016 to 2017

Alcohol and drug misuse treatment in prisons and other secure settings from PHE’s national drug treatment monitoring system (NDTMS) | PHE, UK

The wellbeing of 15 year-olds: further analysis of the 2014 What About YOUth? survey

The 2014 What About YOUth? (WAY) survey included measures of wellbeing which can be analysed to examine the relationships between health behaviours and attitudes on the wellbeing of 15 year-olds [Includes data on smoking and drug use] | PHE, UK

Electronic cigarettes for smoking cessation

A 42 year old electrician has tried to stop smoking several times, including with the aid of pharmacotherapy and behavioural support. He asks you about using electronic cigarettes (e-cigarettes). His work partner stopped smoking a year ago and is still using e-cigarettes now. He has heard that e-cigarettes are as damaging as the real things and worries that if he ends up addicted to e-cigarettes he’ll not have gained anything | BMJ Practice, UK

Additions to the Effectiveness Bank 18 January 2018

Runs through from a high-profile US prevention trial to a study and a review of the prevention/treatment mix of brief alcohol interventions, and finally to the attempt to extend pharmacological treatment closer to the brief intervention end of the alcohol dependence spectrum | Drug and Alcohol Findings, UK

Dry January

Podcast. Suzi Gage speaks to her colleague Professor Matt Field about the phenomenon of Dry January, where people give up alcohol for a month. They talk about whether there may be short- or long-term health benefits around it, and discuss their personal experiences of taking part (or not) | Say why to drugs, UK

Dry January - video

What are the benefits of giving up alcohol for a month? | BBC iPlayer radio, UK

Self-Reported Knowledge, Correct Knowledge and use of UK Drinking Guidelines Among a Representative Sample of the English Population

Promotion of lower risk drinking guidelines is a commonly used public health intervention with various purposes, including communicating alcohol consumption risks, informing drinkers’ decision-making and, potentially, changing behaviour | Alcohol and Alcoholism, UK

Guidelines research, labelling politics & Dry January debate

New research has been released on drinker's knowledge of the previous daily alcohol guidelines, suggesting only one in four drinkers accurately estimated them, with even fewer using guidelines to monitor their drinking | Alcohol Policy UK, UK

Alcoholic Drinks: Labelling

To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what assessment his Department has made of the likely effects of introducing warnings on alcoholic products at the point of sale on a link between alcohol and cancer and other health matters | They work for you, UK

Tracking internet interest in anabolic-androgenic steroids using Google Trends

Anabolic-androgenic steroid (AAS) use, primarily by young men intent on increasing muscularity, is thought to be rising in prevalence | IJDP, UK

Prisons: Drugs

To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, in which prison was the largest weight of drugs was found in 2017 | They work for you, UK

I begged social services to take my children away

Sam spent more than 20 years as an addict, battling to get clean and sober. But she didn't want the methadone she was repeatedly prescribed by her local drugs service - she wanted to be abstinent. She tells Milly Chowles how she overcame a cycle of trauma and abusive relationships to beat her addictions by herself | BBC, UK

UK Legislators Make Impassioned Call for Drug Consumption Rooms, As Deaths Soar

Members of parliament from across the political spectrum have called on the UK government to allow the introduction of drug consumption rooms (DCRs), which save lives and reduce the spread of infectious diseases | Talking Drugs, UK

Drug laws should be relaxed 'to allow for safe injecting room in Glasgow to go ahead'

Heath officials in the city had wanted to set up a Safe Drugs Consumption Facility for addicts in what would have been a UK first | Evening Times, UK

'We need a drug room' - Calls for consumption rooms in Wrexham to help tackle rising drug litter

Calls have been made for drug consumption rooms to be introduced in a bid to tackle rising drug litter | Leader, UK

Police involved in restraining Bedford man who died after swallowing drugs will not face disciplinary action

The decision follows an investigation by the Independent Office for Police Conduct (IOPC) which found no evidence to justify disciplinary proceedings against officers involved in restraining Karl Brunner prior to his death in May 2016 | Bedford Today, UK

HMP Nottingham: action demanded to prevent more deaths

Prisons inspector fears ‘further tragedies’ after eight deaths at east Midland jail in two years | Guardian, UK

South Ribble councillors reject ban on them boozing

Councillors have rejected a ban on them drinking alcohol after claims some of them were under the influence at a meeting | BBC, UK

Newry death: Four charged with drugs offences

Four people have been charged with drugs offences following the death of a man in Newry on Wednesday | BBC, UK

Britain's alcoholism explosion – archive, 1970

19 January 1970: Monday is now established as ‘hangover’ day when 250,000 will stay away from work | Guardian archive, UK

 

International news

Postsurgical prescriptions for opioid naive patients and association with overdose and misuse: retrospective cohort study

Each refill and week of opioid prescription is associated with a large increase in opioid misuse among opioid naive patients. The data from this study suggest that duration of the prescription rather than dosage is more strongly associated with ultimate misuse in the early postsurgical period | BMJ open, UK

Setting HIGH expectations? Gov. Andrew Cuomo announces feasibility study into legalizing recreational marijuana in New York

New York is to launch a feasibility study into legalizing recreational marijuana, Gov. Andrew Cuomo announced Tuesday | Mail Online, UK

Not to be sniffed at: more Norwegians turn from cigarettes to snuff

Snus is illegal across the EU but is used in Sweden, which has an exemption, and Norway, which is not in the EU | Guardian, UK

No adverse health impacts from long term vaping -- Study

24-month clinical trial shows no negative health impact on smokers who used vaping products, and no increase in body weight | EurekAlert, Netherlands

Commission opposes excise tax on e-cigarettes and novel tobacco products, for now

Due to limited data, the European Commission has decided not to propose a harmonised approach for excise taxation of e-cigarettes and other novel tobacco products until further information about these products is available | Euractiv, Belgium

A City Without Stigmatization – Amsterdam

From the perspective of activists from Eastern-Europe, Amsterdam is the symbol of humane drug policies. Our Russian speaking reporters visited the city to explore its harm reduction scene – and meet with Eastern-Europeans who live there | Drug Reporter, Hungary

Wine is good for you—to a point

Although drinking excessively will essentially kill any benefits of alcohol, mild to moderate drinking is shown to have overall health benefits, according to a 2017 study published in the American College of Cardiology | Medical Xpress, USA

Cannabis: Brain alterations may explain feelings of alienation

New research has revealed altered brain activity in young adults with cannabis addiction. The findings suggest a mechanism that may explain why the risk of depression and other mental health issues is higher among those who use the drug | MNT, USA

Re-criminalizing cannabis is worse than 1930s 'reefer madness'

In the 1930s, parents across the U.S. were panicked. A new documentary, "Reefer Madness," suggested that evil marijuana dealers lurked in public schools, waiting to entice their children into a life of crime and degeneracy | Medical Xpress, USA

Most festival goers would test their drugs

A survey of music festival attendees found the majority would use drug-checking services if offered, and the results would influence if they take the substance | SBS News, Australia

 

Blogs, comment and opinion

No REST for the vulnerable

The threatened closure of London’s only specialist support service for those battling tranquiliser dependency underlines the parlous state of UK healthcare for this patient group | DrugWise blog, UK

Now Norway’s decriminalised drugs, it’s high time the UK chose legalisation

The government must realise it’s hopelessly out of step with sensible drug policy. Legalisation would take the market out of the hands of criminals | Guardian CIF, UK

Campaign to legalise snus – update on the ECJ Case

The case to overturn the ban on snus in the EU now reaches a new important milestone – a hearing at the European Court of Justice on 25th January (Case number = C-151/17) | NNA blog, UK

How to stop overdoses? Prevent them to begin with

The Public Health Agency of Canada recently released projections that 2017 will have seen a total of more than 4,000 opioid-related deaths | Conversation, Canada