Daily news - 17th August 2017

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UK news

Announcement: Statistics on NHS Stop Smoking Services in England - Apr 2016 to Mar 2017

Results from the monitoring of the NHS Stop Smoking Services (NHS SSS) in England. Available at 9.30am here | NHS Digital, UK

Image and Performance Enhancing Drugs: public evidence gathering day

The ACMD is holding a public evidence gathering day on Image and Performance Enhancing Drugs on Tuesday 26 September at The Kia Oval, Vauxhall, London | ACMD, UK

Experts Think This Is Why Scotland Has The Highest Drug-Related Death Rate In The EU

New figures show that Scotland's rate of drug-related deaths per head is more than double that for England and Wales | BuzzFeed, UK

Experts call for Scottish Government to follow Europe’s footsteps and revolutionise our drugs policy including supervised user rooms

The rooms are available in Germany, France, Spain and the Netherlands — all of which have drug death rates under 20 per million | Scottish Sun, UK

SNP to debate drug reform

A motion, penned by National Council member John Mennie, and backed by MP Ronnie Cowan and the SNP’s trade union group, asks members to back calls for a “comprehensive review” of current drug policy | National, UK

Drug abstinence 'might not be solution' for some users

Project manager at the North Edinburgh Drug Advice Centre, Danny Campbell, believes total abstinence is not the solution for some drug users | BBC, UK

Insufficient evidence' that Government anti-drugs campaigns are effective, according to Home Office report

Millions of pounds spent on anti-drug campaigns in recent years may have been wasted and in some cases even encouraged drug use, the Government has admitted | PR Week, UK

Know your poison: the festival chemical safety net

Andy Extance explains how volunteers are using analytical chemistry to help keep festival-goers safe | Royal Society of Chemistry, UK

Telling people not to 'down' drinks could make them drink more

Campaigns designed to stop young people "bolting" drinks can be ineffective and can even make them more likely to do it, new research suggests | EurekAlert, USA

Crackdown on drink buying for minors

A campaign to stop adults buying alcohol for under-age teenagers in North Lanarkshire is being credited with cutting crime and public drinking | BBC, UK

NHS warned over hand sanitiser after pensioner drinks bottle and dies 

The NHS has been warned over the use of hand sanitiser after a confused patient drank two litres of gel and later died | Telegraph, UK

NRP trials revolutionary fingerprint drug test to support rehab programmes

​Norfolk Recovery Partnership (NRP), the organisation that provides advice and treatment for adults with drug and alcohol problems across Norfolk, has completed a successful trial of Intelligent Fingerprinting’s revolutionary fingerprint-based drug screening system | NSFT.NHS, UK

Global Drug Survey need an intern

PR intern wanted to help make GDS2018 the biggest survey of drugs ever. Please contact via the link above | GDS, UK


International news

Teen drug overdose rate in US rose 20% in 2015 after years of decline

A new report has also found the rate of overdose from synthetic opioids has increased sixfold since 2002, while heroin death rates have tripled | Guardian, UK

Tourists face 10 years in prison for vaping in Thailand, experts warn

British travellers heading to Thailand have been warned they risk 10 years in prison for taking an e-cigarette into the country | Telegraph, UK

Human rights group slams Philippines president Duterte's threat to kill them

‘If they are obstructing justice, you shoot them,’ Rodrigo Duterte tells police officers of activists opposed to his drugs war | Guardian, UK

Parents 'should not be blind' to students' drinking

Parents have been told "not to be blind" to their children's drinking, as thousands of students prepare to celebrate their Leaving Cert results tonight | Independent, Ireland

Morning after drink test: why you may still be over the limit

Our RSA expert argues that drink driving is drink driving no matter what time of day or week it is | Independent, Ireland

Leaving Cert: Charity criticises lack of regulation for drink deals

Parents urged to talk have ‘frank and honest’ discussions about alcohol consumption | Irish Times, Ireland

Teen Drug Overdoses Doubled From 1999 to 2015, CDC Reveals

From 1999 to 2015, while America was grappling with wars in Iraq and Afghanistan, and the worst economic crisis since the Depression, another tragedy quietly unfolded — the death rate of teenagers overdosing on drugs more than doubled | NBC, USA

Express Scripts to limit opioids; doctors concerned

The nation's largest pharmacy benefit manager will soon limit the number and strength of opioid drugs prescribed to first-time users as part of a wide-ranging effort to curb an epidemic affecting millions of Americans | Medical Xpress, USA

A study finding a huge increase in alcoholism may have been seriously flawed

Last week, multiple media outlets, including the Washington Post, Bloomberg, and, yes, Vox, reported on a study in JAMA Psychiatry that had an alarming finding: The rate of alcohol use disorder (alcoholism) in the US increased by more than 49 percent from 2001-’02 and 2012-’13 | Vox, USA

Listen up! Australia’s alcohol industry humbugs the Northern Territory’s Alcohol Review

FARE’s Chief Executive Michael Thorn says Australia’s alcohol industry is using Big Tobacco’s shady and deceptive tactics to stop much needed alcohol reform in the Northern Territory | Drink Tank, Australia

Scientists Are Finally Set to Mass-Produce The Active Compound Found in Magic Mushrooms

For nearly 60 years scientists have known the chemical responsible for magic mushrooms' psychedelic reputation is a compound called psilocybin. What we haven't known is the biochemical pathway behind this famous hallucinogen | Science Alert, Australia


Blogs, comment and opinion

Harm reduction and drug-impaired driving: sharing the road?

As research increasingly demonstrates that drug-impaired driving (DID) poses significant risks to public health and safety | DEPP editorial, UK

Does payment by results improve recovery outcomes?

Belated results from drug and alcohol PbR recovery pilots | Russell Webster, UK

Hep C: Speak Up

I was diagnosed with both HIV and Hep C in 2010. In November 2016, I sat down in my HIV and Hep C specialist’s consultation room. I thought this was a routine consultation, but my specialist had some great news for me | Huffington Post Blog, UK

Alison Douglas: Cutting back on booze helps our health and lifts the load on the NHS

Alcohol sales paint a useful and worrying national picture of how people in Scotland consume their favourite, and not always very expensive, tipple | Scotsman opinion, UK

‘Death of the Backstreet Boozer’

The pubs we’ve lost in greatest numbers aren’t the big ones on main roads — they’re the often smaller, more intimate establishments on back streets and estates, where people actually live | Boak and Bailey Blog, UK

The only thing stop and search cuts is trust in the police

Theresa May knows it. My research proves it. This tactic is ineffective in cutting crime, and shreds black and minority confidence in the law. Why is it on the rise? | Guardian Opinion, UK

Why social capital could be the key to solving America’s overdose epidemic

Researchers are exploring how community, connection and trust could help protect society’s most vulnerable | Guardian opinion, UK

Magic mushrooms and the roots of witchcraft

A study of the effects of hallucinogenic plants can explain much about sorcery and demonic possession through the ages | Spectator, UK

Trump Misdiagnoses the Opioid Crisis

On the campaign trail, he promised to solve the epidemic. But his actions in office have been at odds with the goal of taking it seriously | New Yorker, USA

Turning opioid epidemic into a crime crackdown would be a disaster for the US

In Butler County Ohio, Sheriff Richard K. Jones has found himself to be of remarkable notoriety and a regular on national cable TV | Age opinion, USA