Daily news - 7th July 2017

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Dozens of UK drug deaths linked to opioid that killed singer Prince

Fentanyl and carfentanyl – which are many times stronger than morphine – found in bodies of 46 people who died this year | Guardian, UK

Drug misuse prevention

This is advance notice that the NICE drug misuse prevention quality standard consultation will run from Wednesday 9th August to Thursday 7th September. We would very much welcome your comments on the draft quality standard.  Registered stakeholders will be notified on the day the consultation opens with instructions on how to submit comments | NICE, UK

Hepatitis B: the green book, chapter 18

Hepatitis B immunisation information for public health professionals | PHE, UK

The ‘explosion’ that never happened; crack and cocaine use in Britain

Much of this hot topic is devoted to challenging beliefs that cocaine and especially its smokable form crack are uniquely addictive, and their adherents, uniquely hard to treat | Findings, UK

Barriers to and facilitators of smoking cessation in pregnancy and following childbirth: literature review and qualitative study

Women who smoke beyond early pregnancy can find quitting very difficult, and smoking cessation interventions need to consider the interplay between the individual, interpersonal and environmental aspects of women’s lives | NIHR, UK

Alcohol industry isn’t just funding studies; it’s also funding journalism to sway public opinion

Just four days ago, the New York Times reported, “Is Alcohol Good for You? An Industry-Backed Study Seeks Answers.” Because it was the day before the July 4th holiday, the story may not have received the attention it deserves, so we shine a spotlight on it here | Health News Review, UK

Entrepreneur who suffered a horrific accident is now spreading the word about ‘life-changing’ cannabis oil

Carun UK’s products are based around cannabidiol – a compound found naturally in the cannabis plant that is claimed to have a range of therapeutic effects | Independent, UK

Security increase after drug death at University of Sheffield Student Union bar

A student union bar is introducing ID scanners and sniffer dog checks amid drug use concerns after a student died | BBC, UK

Revealed: The London Boroughs That Grow the Most Weed

In recent years, UK police have quietly eased off their prosecution of cannabis farmers. Between 2011 and 2014 the number of people taken to court for growing cannabis fell by 87 percent | VICE, UK

Generation Z ‘too awkward for pubs’

The next generation suffers from an obsession with social media and a limited desire to drink, which puts visiting the pub almost to the bottom of the list of where they want to spend their time | Morning Advertiser, UK

Smoking ban cannot be blamed for all pub closures

In July 2007, a smoking ban came into force in England for all enclosed work places. Reporter Michelle Blade returns to the subject 10 years on | The Visitor, UK

Warning to shisha cafés after two businesses fined £14,000 for breaching smoke-free laws

The fines come as the borough's council looks to implement a "zero tolerance" policy | Get West London, UK

Addaction Chy

Addaction Chy has launched it’s own stand alone website containing all the information partners, professionals and potential residents need to know about the residential programme, what they or their clients can expect once they come to Chy, as well as their accommodation and other activities | Addaction Chy, UK

London Friend is 45!

This Pride we’re celebrating our 45th birthday! Just like the event in London which saw the first Pride Rally in 1972, we also began providing services that year | London Friend, UK

Llanelli ex-heroin addict supports those affected by Grenfell Tower tragedy

Carl Chant is a 43-year-old ex-heroin addict from Llanelli. After being abused at the age of 12, he ran away from home and after living on the streets spent 13 years on and off in prison for robbery, drug dealing and burglary | ITV, UK

'Kids are still watching': Coronation Street viewers criticise the soap after seeing drug dealer Rich snort cocaine before the watershed

In the programme, which started at 8.30pm, drug dealer Rich was seen taking the class-A substance while sitting in his car with Robert Preston | Mail Online, UK

Sports Direct boss Mike Ashley tells high court he is a 'power drinker' and enjoys binging

Mr Ashley said that his ‘thing’ is not to drink regularly but to binge drink. ‘I am trying to get drunk’ | Independent, UK


International news

France to raise price of cigarettes in bid to stub out national nicotine habit

Health minister Agnes Buzyn hopes prohibitively high tobacco costs will stop smokers indulging and boost public health | Independent, UK

US Workplace Drug Testing for Cannabis Under Mounting Pressure

A recent Superior Court decision in the US state of Rhode Island has calling into question employers’ rights to enforce workplace drug tests for cannabis – something which has been taken for granted across the country for years | Talking Drugs, UK

We Asked an Expert About Catalonia's Ground-Breaking New Weed Law

Barcelona's cannabis clubs are totally legit | VICE, UK

Snorting chocolate powder could be the new energy buzz

“We simply don’t know the negative effects of snorting the powder over a period of time,” surgeon Dr Chatrath tells The Independent | Independent, UK

'Lobbyists are lining up to kill the Alcohol Bill'

Senator Frances Black finds it ‘disheartening’ to watch legislation picked apart that she believes will protect families all over Ireland | Journal, Ireland

EMCDDA–Europol Joint Report on a new psychoactive substance: N-phenyl-N-[1-(2-phenylethyl)piperidin-4-yl]-furan-2-carboxamide (furanylfentanyl)

In November 2016, the EMCDDA and Europol examined the available information on a new psychoactive substance N-phenyl-N-[1-(2-phenylethyl)piperidin-4-yl]-furan-2-carboxamide, commonly known as furanylfentanyl, through a joint assessment | EMCDDA, Portugal

Our Film "A Day in the Life" Won A Gold Medal! 

The Online Video Award for best documentary in Hungary was given to the Rights Reporter Foundation by Kreativ.hu | Drug Reporter, Hungary

For Newborns Exposed To Opioids, Health Issues May Be The Least Of Their Problems

Among the troubling developments of the nation's opioid crisis: a large number of babies born prenatally exposed to opioids | NPR, USA

Vaping regulations go into effect in Spain, and more to come

Several vaping and anti-smoking associations write letters to the Health Ministry in Spain, in response to the harsh regulations put forward by the government | Vaping Post, USA

Child cognitive ability and smoking in adulthood: Does education also affect the ability to start and stop?

Children with relatively low IQ levels are more likely than others to take up smoking as adults; they also have a harder time quitting. Can education break this cycle? | BASIS, USA

Scientists lay the groundwork for a reliable marijuana breathalyzer

NIST researchers have measured a fundamental physical property of the primary psychoactive compound in marijuana? | EurekAlert, USA

Publishing Addiction Science: A Guide for the Perplexed

Publishing Addiction Science is a comprehensive guide for addiction scientists facing the complex process of contributing to scholarly journals. Written by an international group of addiction journal editors and their colleagues, it discusses how to write research articles and systematic reviews, choose a journal, respond to reviewers’ reports, become a reviewer, and resolve the often difficult authorship, ethical and citation issues that arise in addiction science publishing | Ubiquity Press, USA

Ads aim to dispel myth that driving on cannabis is acceptable

Young Canadians targeted in new Liberal ads warning of the risks of cannabis behind the wheel | CBC News, Canada

Toronto cops are disproportionately charging black people for marijuana possession

Toronto cops have been arresting black people for cannabis possession at significantly higher rates than white people, a new report shows | VICE, UK


Blogs, comment and opinion

The Summer of Love was more than hippies and LSD – it was the start of modern individualism

Fifty years ago, something remarkable was happening to the youth of the Western world. In the summer of 1967 a huge number of American teenagers – nobody knows exactly how many, but some estimate between 100,000 and 200,000 – escaped what they saw as their suburban prisons and made for the city district of Haight-Ashbury, home to many of San Francisco’s bohemians | Conversation, UK

During Filming I Quickly Came To Realise The Severity Of Northern Ireland’s Dependence On Prescribed Medication

Drugs Map of Britain: Belfast Buds is an observational documentary on BBC Three about prescription medication addiction. This production brought me back to working at home, in Northern Ireland | Huffington Post Blog, UK

New Research on Drugs and U.S. College Students

In today’s post, we highlight a few recent dissertations on drug use among college students and its regulation by authorities | Points Blog, USA