Daily news - 4th July 2017

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Britons are among most at-risk in Europe for alcohol-related cancer

British people consume 2.1 alcoholic drinks every day on average, above the threshold that increases risk of cancer | Guardian, UK

Alcohol sales should be restricted with minimum prices introduced due to cancer risk, say experts

Medical specialists fear politicians are failing to bring in potentially life-saving restrictions on sales ‘due to  commercial  interest’ | Independent, UK

Healthcare professionals urged to report side effects of e-cigarettes

The Medicines and Healthcare products Regulatory Agency (MHRA) is calling on members of the public and healthcare professionals to report any suspected side effects or safety concerns with e-cigarettes and the e-liquids used for vaping | Pharmaceutical Journal, UK

Childhood adversity, substance misuse and young people’s mental health (PDF)

Substance misuse is just one form of risk-taking behaviour, and can be a sign that young people are dealing with adversity, trauma, and/or experimenting with their identities | Addaction and Young Minds, UK

Millions of children in England living in potential danger, children's commissioner warns

Publishing a new report analysing the scale of vulnerability among children in the country, the commissioner raised concerns that as many as 700,000 children are living in “high risk” families where parents or guardians suffer from drinking problems, drug abuse, ill health or unemployment | Independent, UK

We Need to Talk About the Queer Community's Meth and GHB Epidemic

Our nonchalant attitude towards this problem is just as detrimental as the drugs themselves | Thump, UK

After a decade of the smoking ban, the tobacco industry's real fight begins now

Few products could support a highly profitable industry if their use was banned indoors in public | Telegraph, UK

Alcohol and Drug Bereavement Workshop

Free workshop. July 24th, Bristol. An opportunity for people in the South West who have lost someone as a result of problematic alcohol or drug use, to come together and share support with each other and learn supportive skills | BTA and BEAD, UK

The brain on DMT: mapping the psychedelic drug's effects

Users have reported seeing 'aliens' or 'entities' while under the influence of the drug. A team from Imperial College London plans to put the 'machine elves' myths to rest | WIRED, UK

Andy Murray says Dan Evans has ‘blown career’ with positive cocaine test

Surgeon who saved Petra Kvitova’s career rewarded with Centre Court ticket; Ilie Nastase persona non grata; officials insist grass is no longer than usual | Guardian, UK

Security warning as one in seven UK cigarettes fake or smuggled

Organised crime gangs are cheating British taxpayers of billions of pounds through a huge trade in illicit cigarettes that poses an “unseen threat to citizens’ security”, a new report will warn tomorrow | London Evening Standard, UK

Newsagents banned from selling tobacco after flouting display rules

New owner Alan Turnbull has pledged to fight the ban after taking over the shop | Daily Record, UK

Man with truck-full of cannabis said it was for personal use

A man who claimed a truck full of cannabis was all for personal use when he was stopped by police, has been jailed | ITV, UK

Police arrest 15 in Ipswich drugs crackdown

Fifteen people have been arrested and 11 warrants executed during raids targeting drug dealers in Ipswich | BBC, UK


International news

May / June 2017 Newsletter

All the latest international policy and prcatice news in the latest IDHDP newlstter | IDHDP, UK

Greece legalises marijuana for medical purposes

Doctors will soon be able to prescribe the drug for several medical uses | Independent, UK

Nevada celebrates newly legalised marijuana with fireworks, weed-themed weddings and long queues

One couple marked the event by getting married in a giant pot greenhouse | Independent, UK

Inside the darknet: where Australians buy and sell illegal goods

A vendor was offering Medicare details of any Australian. Could this be real, or was it just a scam? The only way to know was to request some data | Guardian, UK

Tackling alcohol in remote areas: communities plead for local control

Nhulunbuy in the Northern Territory has a successful drinking permit system. Now the community is trying to get a new banned drinkers’ register working with it, not against it | Guardian, UK

Alcohol treatment in Ireland: HRB publishes latest figures 

Latest alcohol treatment figures from the Health Research Board (HRB) show 56,702 cases were treated for problem alcohol use in Ireland between 2009 and 2015. Treated cases increased from 7,993 in 2009, to 8,876 in 2011, then decreased year-on-year to 7,616 in 2015 | HRB, Ireland

The average person in alcohol treatment in Ireland is 41, male and started drinking at 16

The Health Research Board has published new figures on alcohol use between 2009 and 2015 | Journal, Ireland

Cork Community Action on Alcohol North Side. (2017) Cork local action on alcohol plan 2016 – 2018. Cork: Cork Community Action on Alcohol North Side

Having participated in the National Community Action on Alcohol Pilot Programme in 2015, supported by the Alcohol Forum, the Cork Local & Southern Regional Drug & Alcohol Task Forces developed and launched its first Alcohol Strategy for Cork and Kerry in 2016 | CAN, Ireland

Addictive legal drugs taken for medical purposes are leading to chronic problems

Sharon Ní Chonchuir hears how addictive painkillers are leading to chronic problems among people who began taking them for medical reasons | Irish Examiner, Ireland

Thank you for drinking: Patricia Callan’s new role lobbying for alcohol industry

ABFI director wants the industry to be allowed into the policymaking tent | Irish Times, Ireland

Government urged to stub out tobacco 'combi-packs' aimed at young

Health Minister Simon Harris has been urged to ban so-called "combi-packs" of roll-your-own tobacco and cigarette papers | Independent, Ireland

Expert meeting on the epidemiological indicator Patterns and trends in drug use (GPS)

On 6 and 7 June 2017, the EMCDDA brought together more than forty European and international experts for a meeting on the key indicator Prevalence and patterns of drug use among the general population (GPS) | EMCDDA, Portugal


Latest update of the latest UNODC and international drugs and crime news | UNODC, Switzerland

Overdose just by touching fentanyl? Highly unlikely, experts say

Experts agree that the powerful synthetic opioid fentanyl and its even deadlier relatives pose potential hazards to police and emergency responders who come in contact with the drugs | Medical Xpress, USA

As opioid addiction skyrockets, treatment for addicts lags far behind, insurance data shows

A new report on opioid use among privately insured Americans has found that diagnoses of opioid addiction increased almost fivefold between 2010 and 2015, ticking up dramatically in 2014 | Medical Xpress, USA

The opioid crisis is straining the nation’s foster-care systems

Deb McLaughlin’s 3-year-old grandson climbed all over her, pleading to play trucks, restless as always. Her 1-year-old foster daughter, who had just woken from a midday nap, sat in her lap, wearing a frilly dress and an irresistible smile | Washington Post, USA

Brain region that affects drug use habits

Researchers have identified a brain region involved in cocaine addiction. The findings could lead to targeted drugs or improved behavioral treatments for substance addiction, including opioid dependency | Science Daily, USA

How much could New Zealand earn from taxing legal cannabis?

A regulated market in cannabis would net $70 million in new tax revenue, independent analysis carried out for Stuffreveals | Stuff.co.nz, New Zealand


Blogs, comment and addiction

Nicotine in the news

A meta-analysis published in the Journal of the American Medical Association received widespread publicity as it purported to demonstrate an ‘association’ between teen vaping and later smoking | NSP Blog, UK

Drug-free recovery as fantasy?

There is MUCH less tension these days between harm reduction (HR) advocates and treatment providers | Addiction and Recovery News Blog, UK

It’s Science: Methamphetamine And Adderall Produce Identical Effects

On the spectrum of stigma associated with virtually all illicit drug use, methamphetamine is definitely on the high end, along with heroin and crack cocaine | Dance Safe Blog, USA

Donald MacPherson: Preventing music-festival drug deaths must go beyond saying ‘just say no’

In Austria, workers attend large music events and offer professional drug testing for purity — with results within 30 minutes. Why couldn’t we do the same here in Canada? | Natonal Post opinion, Canada

Australia's Drug Strategy Is Out Of Date, But That's Just The Start Of The Problem

Reducing supply through innovation could help solve the issues | Huffington Post Blog, Australia



And finally...

Police cannabis team deliver baby in Wolverhampton

A police drugs team worker was drafted in to help with a roadside drama as he helped deliver a baby | BBC, UK