Daily news - 2nd August 2017

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National statistics announcement: Deaths related to drug poisoning in England and Wales: 2016 registrations

[Should be available at 9.30am here] Latest update on deaths related to drug poisoning in England and Wales by cause of death, sex, age and substances involved in the death. A backseries of data from 1993 is also included in this publication | ONS, UK

Guidance: Widening the availability of naloxone

Naloxone is the emergency antidote for overdoses caused by heroin and other opiates/opioids (such as methadone and morphine) | DoH et al, UK

Take-home naloxone for opioid overdose in people who use drugs (PDF)

Advice for local authorities and local partners on widening the availability of naloxone to reduce overdose deaths from heroin and other opiate drugs | PHE, UK

Fentanyl deaths: Warning as drug kills 'at least 60'

At least 60 people have died in the UK in the last eight months after taking the strong painkiller fentanyl | BBC, UK

Home Secretary vows to prevent spread of deadly drug Fentanyl in UK

The Home Secretary has pledged to tackle the "terrible blight" of the drug Fentanyl before it causes a deadly crisis like that seen across the Atlantic | ITV, UK

NCA charges fourth man linked to supply of deadly opioid

A fourth man has been charged with importing, supplying and exporting class A drugs as the National Crime Agency continues to investigate the supply and distribution of synthetic opioids across the UK | NCA, UK

Unlinked anonymous HIV and viral hepatitis monitoring among PWID: 2017 report (PDF)

New data from the ongoing Unlinked Anonymous Monitoring Survey of HIV and Viral Hepatitis among People Who Inject Drugs (PWID) have been published on the PHE website | PHE, UK

Hepatitis C - Quiz

Many people have no symptoms for years and often don’t know they have it at all, but it can cause serious liver disease if it’s left untreated | Hepatitis C trust, UK

Evidence, experience, and orthodoxy - pillars of UK drug treatment guidance

There is no more important document for doctors treating problem drug use in the UK than the so-called ‘Orange guidelines’. This major update will substantially inform judgements of what constitutes acceptable medical practice - should orthodoxy be one of its pillars? | Drug and Alcohol Findings, UK

Availability of cheap tobacco undermining efforts to cut smoking

The effectiveness of price increases as a deterrent to cut smoking is being undermined by the availability of cheap tobacco, including roll-your-own and cartons of factory-made cigarettes, according to new research published in the Journal Nicotine & Tobacco Research | University of Bath, UK

'Maybe they should regulate them quite strictly until they know the true dangers': A focus group study exploring UK adolescents’ views on e-cigarette regulation

In the July Qualitative Journal Club (QJC), members discussed the above titled paper which was published in Addiction. The paper explored adolescents’ views of regulation of e-cigarette sale, promotion and use. We were joined by researchers from King’s College London’s Nicotine Research Group | SSA, UK

LSE IQ Epsiode 5 | Why haven't we won the War on Drugs?

Welcome to LSE IQ, a new monthly podcast from the London School of Economics and Political Science. This is the podcast where we ask some of the leading social scientists - and other experts - to answer intelligent questions about economics, politics or society | LSE, UK

Why the pub beer tie battle is coming to a head

Most drinkers probably won’t have noticed a recent tectonic shift in the pub industry but a year into major new regulations there are still plenty of bar brawls going on | Telegraph, UK

Addaction annual report 2016-17

Welcome to the Trustees’ Annual Report for Addaction. This is one of the most important documents we produce and in it we provide information about our aims, objectives and activities, and about this year’s performance and financial results | Addaction, UK

E-cigarette move having positive impact

Midway through a trial period for e-cigarettes at Isle of Man Prison and it appears the measure is having a positive effect | Manx radio, UK


International news

British American Tobacco investigated by Serious Fraud Office

UK tobacco firm British American Tobacco (BAT) says it is under official investigation by the Serious Fraud Office (SFO) over allegations it paid bribes in East Africa | BBC, UK

Fentanyl: US town at breaking point with drug addiction

At a trailer park in Ohio, one man has become the latest casualty in a drug epidemic sweeping the US | ITV, UK

Trump urged to declare national emergency over opioid crisis

President Donald Trump's commission to tackle opioid drug abuse is urging him to declare a national emergency | BBC, UK

Dark web markets boom after AlphaBay and Hansa busts

Trade on several of the dark web's illegal markets has boomed since two major players were shut by the authorities last month, according to research carried out for the BBC | BBC, UK

Smoking triggers anxiety and paranoia: Study reveals tobacco smoke can impair the brain's ability to suppress fear

Nicotine regulation may never happen, while ecigarette news is positive | FT, UK

Smoking triggers anxiety and paranoia: Study reveals tobacco smoke can impair the brain's ability to suppress fear

Smoking may leave people more vulnerable to suffering from phobias and other types of chronic fear like post-traumatic stress disorder, according to new research | Mail Online, UK

Indian Minister Calls for Medical Cannabis Legalisation: Could It Help Reduce the Heroin Crisis?

An Indian minister has called for the legalisation of cannabis for medical purposes, as legislators consider approaches to reducing drug misuse in the country | Talking Drugs, UK

Calls to extend nicotine replacement therapy

The Irish Pharmacy Union has lobbied the Government to make nicotine replacement therapy (NRT) available to medical-card holders who want to quit smoking | Irish Examiner, Ireland

‘Inadequate’ aid to help expectant mums quit smoking

Services in maternity hospitals to persuade women to stop smoking during their pregnancy have been described as “inadequate” | Irish Examiner, Ireland

Opioids commission recommends that Trump declare a national emergency

The White House commission on opioid addiction has recommended that President Donald Trump declare a national emergency over the epidemic that each day kills dozens of Americans | Medical Xpress, USA

Policy changes reduced use of certain prescription opioids: study

Tighter U.S. government restrictions on prescription painkillers containing hydrocodone led to reduced use of opioid medications such as Vicodin, a new study says | Medical Xpress, USA

Marijuana and the Opioid Epidemic: Separating Fact from Fiction

Advocates for marijuana legalization have touted cannabis as a cure-all for just about everything. Over the years, claims have been made that the drug can “kill” cancer cells, cure alcoholism and – yes – even eliminate morning sickness | Huffington Post, USA

Alcohol a bigger scourge than meth: Doctors criticise 'disappointing' drug strategy

Doctors have criticised state and federal governments over their new drug policy blueprint, accusing them of putting too much emphasis on methamphetamine | Age, Australia

Your stoner friend really is a lot more relaxed than you, scientists confirm

What have US researchers learned about marijuana since it became legal in eight states? | Age, Australia

#HelpNotHarm: Stand against mandatory drug testing

Doctors, nurses, addiction medicine specialists and health advocates are standing united against the Coalition's punitive attacks on people with severe alcohol and drug problems. Will you stand with them? | Get up.org.au, Australia

The cricket pay dispute and how broadcast deals drive unhealthy product marketing

After the series of serious drug and alcohol incidents involving rugby league players and officials in May, some quite reasonably made the argument that sports that so closely embrace alcohol brands can hardly be surprised when the behaviour of players clothed in these brands act badly | Drink Tank, Australia

ADF newsletter

Inlcudes: If it takes a village to raise a child, what does this mean for our opportunities to reduce AOD harm? Is cocaine on the rise again in Australia? We look at the evidence. How does big alcohol target young people – and what can we do about it? Jenny Valentish investigates women’s experience of drugs and alcohol. Plus OzHealth and AODconnect app reviews, and pill testing research via ADF Search | ADF, Australia

International overdose awareness day - August 31st

International Overdose Awareness Day (IOAD) is a global event held on August 31st each year and aims to raise awareness of overdose and reduce the stigma of a drug-related death. It also acknowledges the grief felt by families and friends remembering those who have met with death or permanent injury as a result of drug overdose | IOAD, Australia


Blogs, comment and opinion

Capital Gains: maximising work opportunities for Londoners: round table with Carol Black

We’ve long been interested in the role that employment can play in helping to change lives. In late July we invited around 30 experts from the public, private and voluntary sectors to a round table at the Guildhall in the City of London to explore this further, and to contribute to a conversation about how disadvantaged jobseekers can be better supported | Revolving Doors Blog, UK

What can we learn from our August PHOF update?

This is the third in a series of blogs summarising what we learn each time we update the Public Health Outcomes Framework (PHOF) | PHE Blog, UK

UK Drugs Policy Equivalent To A Grenfell Tower Tragedy Every Fortnight, Yet Ministers Prescribe More Of The Same

The scandal that is UK drugs policy deepened last month as the Home Office published what must be one of the most irresponsible government reports ever | Clear Blog, UK

Opioid abuse started as a rural epidemic. It’s now a national one

Many people associate the prescription opioid epidemic with rural America, where “hillbilly heroin,” as OxyContin is sometimes called, has claimed many lives. But new research shows that opioid misuse and addiction are now as prevalent in urban areas and suburbs as they are in rural ones | ITV, UK

Babies Aren’t ‘Born Addicted’ and Other Misconceptions About Drug Use in Pregnancy

Inaccurate ideas and discriminatory policies toward pregnant substance users create barriers to appropriate care. One local center is stepping up to the plate | IRETA, USA

Weekly Dose: anaesthetic and recreational drug ketamine could be used to treat depression

Ketamine hydrochloride is an anaesthetic that causes people to feel disconnected from their bodies. At low doses, they remain conscious and can talk but do not feel pain. At higher doses, ketamine is used to induce a trance-like state or sedate people with burns or other traumatic injuries | Conversation, Australia

There Are Ways To Snuff Out A Smoking Habit, Australia Is Just Slow To Embrace Them

It's about making it easier for smokers to switch to less harmful alternatives | Huffington Post blog, Australia

What I learnt from a year of not drinking

The end of July also happens to coincide with a personal milestone. July 29 marked one year since I decided to quit drinking. It happened half by accident, half by choice, and came after a few years of half-hearted New Year’s resolutions and attempts to cut back | Adelaide Now, Australia