Daily news - 18th August 2017

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UK news

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 | NHS Digital, UK

NHS smoking cessation services see continued decline in patient take-up

The number of people accessing NHS Stop Smoking Services fell for the fifth consecutive year in 2016/17 | PULSE, UK

Teens more likely to start smoking after using e-cigarettes, study finds

The prospective study, led by a team of UK researchers, looked at data from just over 2800 13 and 14 year olds. The teenagers were asked about their e-cigarette and cigarette use, their socioeconomic background, their beliefs about smoking and whether they had friends and family who smoked | PULSE, UK

Scotland's drug laws are failing us - it's time to get serious about treating instead of punishing users

A new approach to Scotland's drug policies is needed says MP for Inverclyde Ronnie Cowan, chair of the all party group on drug policy reform | Daily Record, UK

Health service response

Health services are central to tackling harm at the individual level among those with alcohol-use disorders and other conditions caused by harmful use of alcohol | IAS, UK

Vaping ads flout EU rules, even if to promote healthier lifestyles

Watchdog admits it's a legal minefield | The Register, UK

Free event: National Drug Strategy Launch

Wednesday 6th September, Stafford and Monday 11th September, London. The NHS Substance Misuse Provider Alliance in partnership with the Home Office are hosting two Drug Strategy launch events. This is part of a wider series of events the Home Office hosting is in conjunction with the NHS Substance Misuse Provider Alliance and Collective Voice | SMMGP, UK

Peer-led support group launched for those with hepatitis C

A new BBV peer support group will meet monthly at the Forward Leeds Kirkgate hub. Initially, it will be for clients and former clients of Forward Leeds | Forward Leeds, UK

'Significant increase' in prison violence at Aylesbury young offenders institute

HM Inspectorate of Prisons reports 'major concern' over rise in drugs and gang-related activities at Buckinghamshire facility | Independent, UK

Runaway Aberdeen crack cocaine courier jailed

A drugs courier caught with crack cocaine worth more than £100,000 in Aberdeen has been jailed for 40 months | BBC, UK

Rhyl footballer Carl Lamb banned for two years over drug offence

A Rhyl FC footballer has been banned from all sport for two years after failing a drugs test | BBC, UK


International news

Woman Banned from US After Border Agent Finds Proof of Drug Use on Phone

A British Columbia woman was issued a lifetime ban at the US border after officials found an email with her doctor about a fentanyl overdose she survived a year ago | VICE, UK

Historic Oregon Drug Legislation Signed Into Law: Penalties Reduced for Heroin, MDMA Possession

Penalties for the possession of drugs in the US state of Oregon have been significantly reduced, as the governor signs two criminal justice bills into law | Talking Drugs, UK

AFL backs its drugs code despite Chris Yarran's ice ordeal

Gillon McLachlan believes the AFL’s illicit drugs policy provides an avenue to treatment despite revelations ice ruined Chris Yarran’s career, after the 119-gamer revealed ice addiction put an end to his career, with all efforts including $1,000-a-night rehabilitation failing to help him | Guardian, UK

Overdoses on the road: Drugged driving rises as a menace

An SUV crashed after all four occupants overdosed on heroin in North Carolina. The same day, a man in Williamsport, Pennsylvania, grabbed the steering wheel after his grandson lost consciousness while driving. Police in the city of 30,000 responded to 11 other overdose reports that day, including a woman who crashed her car just before a highway entrance | Medical Xpress, USA

Daily e-cigarette users had highest rates of quitting smoking

Among US adults who were established smokers in the past five years, those who use e-cigarettes daily were significantly more likely to have quit cigarettes compared to those who have never tried e-cigarettes. Over half of daily e-cigarette users had quit smoking in the past five years, compared to 28 percent who had never tried e-cigarettes | Science Daily, USA

Cigarette makers shifted stance on nicotine patches, gum, study shows

Tobacco companies have known for decades that, without counseling, NRT hardly ever works, and that consumers often use it to complement smoking. This insight from the formerly secret industry documents, outlines a new report | Science Daily, USA


Blogs, comment and opinion

A new drug strategy for the UK

Rapid responses to article on new drug strategy for the UK | BMJ responses, UK

E-cigarettes are a gateway to real cigarettes for Britain’s young

Young people in Britain who use e-cigarettes (vape) are nearly four times more likely to start smoking cigarettes than their non-vaping peers, our latest study has found | Conversation, UK

Scotland’s drug death crisis needs a radical harm reduction response – now

The newly published figures of annual drug-related deaths (DRD) in Scotland are appalling. The National Records of Scotland figure of 867 represents the highest annual total recorded – a 23% increase on the previous year, and a 100% increase since 421 Scottish DRDs were reported in 2006 | Conversation, UK

Drug-related deaths in Scotland 2016: How can pharmacy help?

Most importantly, pharmacies can provide a safe and welcoming environment where people feel supported and encouraged to discuss their progress at whatever stage of recovery they are | Royal Pharmaceutical Society Blog, UK

We must adequately fund fight against drugs

As the Scottish Government seeks to address the continued growth in drug-related deaths in Scotland, we must all try to remember that every one of the 867 people who died in this way in 2016, had a very personal and human story | Herald letters, UK

From a family member: see the person, not the addiction

Today (15/08/2017), numbers were released that stated the number of deaths that were recorded due to drugs in 2016. A bunch of numbers, the highest we've seen in a while apparently | SFAD, UK

Drug death figures show it is time for harm reduction

Dr Iain McPhee argues the Scottish Government's drugs strategy isn't working and needs to move away from the UK model | Holyrood, UK

A myth that won't die: Movies cause teen smoking

Some public health myths, no matter how absurd or consistently refuted, just refuse to die a dignified death | Washington Examiner opinion, USA

Smoking Cessation Dissertation Roundup

A Unique Tobacco Cessation Service for Cancer Patients at Roswell Park Cancer Institute: Acceptance, Participation and Impact | Points Blog, USA