Daily news - 25th August 2017

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UK news

What drives home drinking? YouGov report for pubs to win back drinkers

A new YouGov report explores the current push and pull factors behind home drinking, offering the on-trade insights to attract drinkers back into pubs and bars. The report, 'Getting In-Home Drinkers To Go Out', is only available for a significant cost, but several trade publications have reported on key findings | Alcohol Policy UK, UK

Beers, bongs and baby boomers - BBC radio iPlayer

Substance misuse by people aged 50 and above is growing at alarming levels in the western world, according to a paper published today in the British Medical Journal. The increase - in what's known as the "baby boomer" generation - is expected to lead to a doubling of treatment in Europe and trebling of treatment in the United States in this age group. Dan Damon found out more from Dr Tony Rao, who helped carry out the research, and Karen Tyrell, from Addaction, a group that supports people of all ages dealing with substance abuse | BBC World Update, UK

Police Scotland 'single punch' campaign launched

One in eight incidences of violent crime in Scotland over a one-year-period involved a single punch, it has been revealed | BBC, UK

Mindfulness reduces alcohol consumption in heavy drinkers

Just 11 minutes of therapy can dramatically decrease alcohol intake, according to a new study from UCL | WIRED, UK

Notification of tobacco or herbal products for smoking

Guidance for businesses needing to notify the government that they are placing a tobacco or herbal product for smoking on the market | PHE, UK

A millenial mnifesto: Twelve ideas to help government win over young voters (PDF)

including The policy of prohibition, penalties and punishment has clearly not succeeded in eradicating their use. What it has done is to put many young people into conflict with the law. They regard the police as enemies who try to apprehend and punish them for what they regard as innocent pleasures | Adam Smith Institute, UK

Tories should legalise drugs to win millennial votes, says right wing think tank

A right-wing think tank has suggested that the Conservative Party should legalise recreational drugs, including cocaine and ecstasy, in order to win more votes from millennials | Business Insider, UK

Should all Drugs Be Legal? - BBC radio iplayer

The daily drama of money and work from the BBC | BBC World Service, UK

Heroin and Crack – What’s on the Tin?

Cannabis has been getting a lot of air time across both radio and TV in the past few months. Various documentaries, panel debates and news stories have covered the issue and examined legalisation of the drug | Volte face, UK

Always practise safe sesh #2. Cocaine - video

In the UK it can seem that the harm reduction resources on offer mainly utilise scaremongering tactics, using pictures of a people bleeding through their eyes as the word PARANOIA flashes across the screen. This is the remedy | VICE, UK

Moderation on trend as sales of low and no-alcohol beer soars
Value sales of low and non-alcoholic brews grew by 20.5% over the past 12 months | Grocer, UK

Drinkaware Crew Launches For Freshers’ Week In Three New Cities

Alcohol education charity Drinkaware is continuing its support for pubs, bars and clubs with the expansion of its successful Drinkaware Crew scheme into new areas in time for Freshers’ Week. Following the expansion, Drinkaware Crew will be operating in 14 cities around the UK | CLH, UK

Recovery Games celebrate success

The fourth annual Recovery Games on 18 August saw over 650 people from all parts of the UK coming together at Hatfield Activity Centre in Doncaster in a fun packed day of celebration of people in recovery from drug and alcohol addiction| ASPIRE, UK

September 2017 – Current Issue

This is a quick summary of the main discovery for each research paper we have published, organized issue by issue | Addiction, UK

'Off her face' drug driver convicted for crashing into boy

A woman who seriously injured a teenager when she crashed into a bus stop while on a cocktail of drugs, has been given a suspended sentence | BBC, UK


International news

Donald Trump yet to make opiod national emergency official two weeks after announcing it

Two weeks after Trump cited a 'national emergency', administration still doing 'legal review' | Independent, UK

North Korea “Increasing Crystal Meth Production” Due to Economic Sanctions

State-affiliated companies in North Korea are increasing the illicit production and trafficking of crystal meth amid the economic turmoil caused by UN-imposed sanctions, according to regional sources | Talking Drugs, UK

Philippines Police Drug-Testing Residents of Poor Neighbourhoods

Police in the Philippines are performing door-to-door drug testing in poor neighbourhoods, and adding people’s names to a list if they test positive for drug use – while the death toll of the country’s drug war slaughter continues to surge | Talking Drugs, UK

Father and son charged over dark web drugs

A father and son from New York have been accused of selling drugs on a dark web marketplace shut down by law enforcement agencies in July | BBC, UK

Jack Bobridge: Olympic cyclist accused of selling drugs

A two-time Olympic medal-winning cyclist, Jack Bobridge, has been accused of dealing drugs in his native Australia | BBC, UK

Sharing injection paraphernalia does not lead to HCV transmission

New findings suggest that sharing paraphernalia used to cook and prepare injection drugs does not directly lead to transmission of hepatitis C virus | Healio, USA

Reframing the Opioid Epidemic as a National Emergency

On August 10, 2017, President Trump announced his intention to declare a national emergency following the recommendation of the President’s Commission on Combating Drug Addiction and the Opioid Crisis | JAMA, USA

Younger mothers are more likely to engage in risky drinking during and after pregnancy

People tend to adjust behaviors across their lifespans as they adopt new roles -- such as marriage or parenting -- that are incompatible with prior behaviors. The transition to parenthood appears to be particularly relevant for women, leading to a reduction in alcohol consumption | Science Daily, USA

A Vancouver Island medical-marijuana producer has recalled products sold last year after a spot test of its supply by Health Canada showed two pesticides present in a sample of cannabis oil | Globe and Mail, Canada

Trump Said He’d Declare an Opioid State of Emergency. Guess What Hasn’t Happened?

Nearly two weeks ago, during an impromptu press briefing from his golf club in Bedminster, New Jersey, President Donald Trump seemed to declare a state of emergency on the opioid epidemic. “The opioid crisis is an emergency, and I’m saying officially, right now, it is an emergency,” he told a crowd of reporters | Mother Jones, USA

Drug, alcohol misuse in baby boomers a ticking time bomb for public health system

In an editorial published in the British Medical Journal, Ann Roche from Flinders University in Adelaide and UK researcher Rahul Rao warn risky drinking levels are on the decline, except among those aged 50 and over | Perth Now, Australia

Inside Queensland's sly grogging industry

Burying alcohol in holes, distracting police and driving without headlights are just some of the methods used by people smuggling banned alcohol | Age, Australia

The Perth tradie tackling the ice epidemic by employing recovering addicts

A Perth tradie whose life was destroyed by methamphetamine use has taken a unique approach to tackling WA’s ice epidemic - launching a business that only employs recovering addicts | West Australian, Australia



Blogs, comment and opinion

Drug deaths in Europe

As highlighted by the latest edition of the European Drug Report Estonia is the country with the most drug-induced deaths per million population in Europe. At 103, 82 above the EU average, only Sweden comes close with 100 deaths. At the other end of the scale, Portugal, where drugs were decriminalised back in 2001, had only 6 per million people | Russell Webster, UK

'Alcohol was my go-to friend': substance misuse in the over-50s

By 2020, the number of over-50s receiving treatment for substance misuse is expected to skyrocket. We asked the over-50s to share their experiences | Guardian, UK

'We are all coming to the same conclusion – prohibitive drug laws harm'

The people who used basuco in Bogota have similar issues to those here who use crack cocaine, writes Tony Duffin | Journal opinion, Ireland

Is Canada Ready for Legal Marijuana? 

The government is expected to legalize recreational marijuana next year. High demand will entice big companies and individual dealers to jump into the market | NYTimes opinion, USA

Stretching the Scope — Becoming Frontline Addiction-Medicine Providers

On our infectious diseases (ID) consult service, we recently cared for Mr. C., a young man with Staphylococcus aureus tricuspid valve endocarditis, septic arthritis, and empyema that were consequences of his opioid use disorder (OUD) | NEJM perspectives, USA

How to help young people minimise drug harm

Adolescents often feel invincible and all-knowing, so it's not necessarily a message to which they are immediately receptive | Age editorial, Australia