Daily news -7th September 2016

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New plans to tackle harm caused by substance misuse launched

Welsh Government plans to tackle substance misuse will mean more training for health professionals dealing with new psychoactive substances and surveillance work to understand the scale and nature of performance enhancing drug use | Welsh Government, UK

New plan aims to tackle substance misuse in Wales

The Welsh Government has announced a new plan aimed at tackling substance misuse. The three-year Substance Misuse Delivery Plan means there will be more training for health professionals dealing with new psychoactive substances and surveillance work to understand the scale and nature of performance enhancing drug use | ITV, UK

Drugs in sport focus of updated substance misuse plan

Sports players taking performance-enhancing drugs face a closer watch from undercover agents under a new plan to tackle substance misuse | BBC, UK

London nightclub Fabric to close permanently after licence is revoked

Islington council said club had failed to stop people buying and taking illegal drugs on its premises, after deaths of two teenagers in recent months | Guardian, UK

‘Culture of drugs’ at Fabric causes licence to be revoked

The decision to shut down Fabric was made by Islington Council in London, which described a "culture of drugs" that existed at the venue | BBC Newsbeat, UK

UK clubbing community to launch fund to Fight fabric closure

Following a painstakingly six-hour long debate and review of Fabric at Islington Town Hall this evening, the licensing sub-committee ultimately made the decision to revoke the venue's license and close Fabric forever | MixMag, UK

Closing clubs won't make drug-taking safer, but these projects might

As the Global Drug Survey reveals a rise in drug use, we explore the schemes available to make drug-taking safer | Time Out, UK

Alcohol treatment research course explores the influence of the practitioner

Ask patients and clients what helped them and many highlight the practitioner, yet research commonly seeks to eliminate these influences in order to focus on the intervention. Take a step back and (in the words of one of the cell’s reviews) you will see that interventions are the trees, but the forest is the client-therapist relationship | Drug and Alcohol Findings, UK

'High Way' to Hell - BBC iPlayer

Earlier this year, the government introduced legislation banning the production, distribution, sale and supply of legal highs. Designed to stop what has been described as a tsunami of chemicals flooding intothe UK, it has resulted in the closure of the high street shops which had been selling exotically named substances like Spice, Mamba and China White | BBC, UK

Independent prescribing of controlled drugs by therapeutic radiographers

This letter from the Chair of the ACMD to ministers gives advice about the prescribing of controlled drugs by therapeutic radiographers | ACMD, UK

News & updates August 2016: Olympics sales boost as sponsors criticised, alcohol and flying, healthy choices, 21 pubs a week close & more

The British Olympic team's Strongbow sponsorship deal came under fire from alcohol and health groups in a letter to the Guardian, warning over 'strong evidence that exposure to alcohol marketing leads young people to drink at an earlier age' | Alcohol Policy UK, UK

Drinking cultures and change: Local, national and global

The series of papers in this issue of Drugs: Education Prevention and Policy is a collection of work emanating from the June 2015 meeting of the Kettil Bruun Society for Social and Epidemiological Research on Alcohol, held in Munich | Drug Education Preventon and Policy, UK

Leeds recovery community to celebrate faces and voices of recovery at Halton walk

Two coachloads of people from Leeds will be travelling to Merseyside this weekend to take part in the UK Recovery Walk | Forward Leeds, UK

Hepatitis C patient experience survey

A new survey exploring the experiences of people living with hepatitis C is being conducted between September and October 2016 | Hep C Trust, UK


To ask the Secretary of State for Health, if he will place in the Library the reviews his Department has conducted of the effectiveness of tobacco control measures introduced in the last 20 years | They Work for You, UK

Action on Smoking and Health: Finance

To ask the Secretary of State for Health, if he will place a copy of the grant application for funding for 2016-17 from Action on Smoking and Health in the Library | They Work for You, UK

Drugs: Misuse

To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what proportion of drug-related visits to accident and emergency units involved the use of legal highs in the last six months | They Work for You, UK

Newport cannabis worker's body 'dumped' on mountain

A Vietnamese cannabis factory worker's body was "dumped" on a mountainside along with his clothes and documents, an inquest heard | BBC, UK


International news

Somalia imposes Kenyan khat import ban

Somalia's ban on Kenyan flights carrying the herbal stimulant khat has come into force, with no explanation as to why or how long it will be in place | BBC, UK

Russian HIV workers fear blacklisting

Despite a growing HIV epidemic in Russia, groups working to prevent the spread of the virus are worried they will be blacklisted for taking foreign funding | BBC, UK

Garda probe as methadone kills two-year-old girl

Gardaí are investigating the death of a two-year-old girl who died as a result of complications relating to methadone toxicity | Independent, Ireland

Children exposed to e-cigarette ads underestimate occasional tobacco smoking risks

Estimates suggest that among children who try smoking, between one third and one half are likely to become regular smokers within two to three years. However, young people are now more likely to experiment with e-cigarettes than they are with tobacco cigarettes | News-Medical, USA

Older adults employ high-risk methods to obtain opioids

Sarah L. Gold, M.S.W., from the State University of New Jersey in New Brunswick, and colleagues analyzed cross-sectional survey data from the New Jersey Older Adult Survey on Drug Use and Health for 725 adults aged 60 years and older | Medical Xpress, USA

New research supports hep C treatment for people who use drugs

Global health experts are today are calling for the removal of restrictions preventing people who use drugs from accessing new hepatitis C cures. So long as these restrictions exist, the goal of disease elimination will remain out of reach, they say | EurekAlert, USA

Frontline services seek funding over a year after Coast Ice summit revealed devastating problems

Ice has overtaken alcohol as the drug of concern for women seeking help from Kamira, a female drug and alcohol treatment and rehabilitation­ service at Wadalba | Daily Telegraph, Australia

Greater Dandenong an overdose hotspot; needle syringe program to get boost

Mental Health Minister Martin Foley said peer ­workers would draw on their local knowledge and experience of drug use to identify those at risk of overdosing and provide peer support to people who may not use mainstream supports | Leader, Australia


Blogs, comment and opinion

Basir’s Story

The hardest thing for me is the guilt because of what I put my family through. The more they believed in me, the more pressure I felt, so just lied more and injected more to get through | Blenheim, UK

Living With An Opioid User: A Guide To Keeping Safe

I am an opioid user who is currently not using. Hold the applause; this isn’t about my “triumph” or whatever you want to call it. The time came for me to stop and I did. How is irrelevant. While I haven’t been using for about six months I am in a relationship with someone who is currently still using intravenously and this means I have to accommodate that fact in my life | Talking Drugs, UK

The enjoyment of smoking

When it comes to policies aimed at reducing the harm of smoking there is a truth that daren’t be spoken, namely that many smokers actually enjoy smoking. In the current climate of tobacco control policies aiming for a tobacco free world, the realization that many people want to continue to engage in a behaviour that they know to be harmful is hard to acknowledge | NSP Blog, UK