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12th July 2017

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Theresa May to oversee £85m in cuts to public health budgets this year, analysis reveals

Tackling drug misuse in adults will face a 5.5 per cent cut of more than £22m, while stop smoking services will fall by almost £16m, a 15 per cent cut, the data showed. The think tank said many of these services have already had to cope with years of falling budgets | Independent, UK

Criminal exploitation of children and vulnerable adults: county lines

Guidance for frontline professionals on dealing with county lines, part of the government’s approach to ending gang violence and exploitation | Home Office, UK

Number of prison deaths linked to new psychoactive drugs rises to 79

Figure for England and Wales since 2013 went up by 21 in latest revision, watchdog tells MPs, saying system is still in crisis | Guardian, UK

How far should treatment and criminal justice collaboration go?

A question posed by the latest instalment of the online alcohol treatment research course, which this week explores research and guidance on systems to cater for problem-drinking offenders in the criminal justice system. Ponder too why drinking is so prominent in sending thousands to UK prisons, yet not in the services provided there | Drug and Alcohol Findings, UK

Smoking: Obesity

To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what assessment he has made of the potential public health and economic benefits of health optimisation plans on delaying NHS treatments to patients who smoke or are overweight | They work for you, UK


To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what guidance his Department has issued to clinical care groups on providing surgery for people who are overweight or who smoke | They work for you, UK

Drugs: Testing

To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what measures are in place in (a) Greater Manchester and (b) the rest of the UK to test for the presence of the new crystalised form of the drug Spice | They work for you, UK

Number of pre-teen films featuring smoking has risen by 43% in six years, as experts warn it is a 'troublesome plot twist' that puts youngsters at risk of addiction

The number of pre-teen films featuring smoking has risen by 43 per cent in the past six years, a study has revealed | Mail Online, UK

Magic mushrooms contain a key ingredient that could provide a safe and effective way of chasing the blues

Magic mushrooms could be the wonder cure for depression, if new research is to be believed | Mail Online, UK

Young people whose pregnant mums smoked at heightened risk of antisocial behaviour

Teens and young adults whose mothers smoked while pregnant with them may be at heightened risk of antisocial behaviour, as assessed by their own reports and criminal record checks, finds research published online in the Journal of Epidemiology & Community Health | Rochdale Online, UK

If you turn red when you drink alcohol, you should read this

If you turn red rather vigorously all over your face however, it may be a condition called "alcohol flush reaction" which can be cause for concern | Independent, UK

The Brain Under Construction [1]: a window into the developing brain (PDF)

This briefing paper is part of a miniseries on ‘The Brain Under Construction’. This paper looks at the structure and function of the brain and considers the uniqueness of the adolescent brain | Mentor - ADEPIS, UK

Mentor Summer newsletter

Programmes, publications and events from Mentor's work across England and Scotland | Mentor - ADEPIS

Recovery Games – Register now!

Aspire Drug and Alcohol Service’s Recovery Games will be back and bigger than ever on 18 August 2017 and registration is now open! Held at the Hatfield Activity Centre, Hatfield Marina, Doncaster | ASPIRE, UK

Alcohol and Drug Bereavement Workshop

Free. Mon 24 July 2017. 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 | Adfam, UK

Drink Wise Age Well survey

We are inviting our colleagues who work in the substance misuse field, health and social care sector, in both voluntary and statutory organisations, to share any experiences or knowledge they have had of ageism and age discrimination towards older people with alcohol problems. This is a short survey that should not take longer than 15 minutes | Drink Wise Age Well, UK

How smoking cannabis could mean you lose your home

Social housing landlords across city launch crackdown and threaten eviction | Liverpool echo, UK

Top 10 drugs seized by Jersey Customs last year

As well as detailing the service’s activities during the year, it also reveals the top ten drugs seized by its officers | Jersey Post, UK

Exeter murder: Former soldier 'dumped in bin over drug debt'

A former soldier was attacked and killed and his body dumped in a wheelie bin over a £700 drugs debt, a jury heard | BBC, UK


International news

Tobacco: a deadly business – about this series

This series is focused on the damage caused by the tobacco industry, which continues to endanger the lives of millions of the world’s most vulnerable people | Guardian, UK

Healthy drinking app for uni students likened to nagging cyber-parent

A government-backed app that texts reminders to university students to stop drinking will largely be ineffective, students say | Guardian, UK

Nelsan Ellis: True Blood actor died after 'trying to beat alcohol addiction alone'

Ellis, 39, suffered with addiction to drink and drugs for years and tried to beat the disease alone after “many stints” in rehab, according to a statement released with his father's permission | Independent, UK

Varadkar faces Ross showdown over free vote on drink driving

A fresh Cabinet stand-off is on the cards over controversial new drink-driving laws | Independent, Ireland

Nearly €275m of illegal cigarettes and tobacco seized by Revenue since 2012

A Revenue Commissioners spokesman said it 'remains vigilant in the face of changing patterns of smuggling activity' | Irish Mirror, 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

EMCDDA assessment of drug-induced death data and contextual information in selected countries

This report examines the triggers and dynamics of drug-related death in the seven EMCDDA Member States with the highest drug-related death (DRD) rates per population. The report explores whether between-country variations might be explained in part by differences in the number of drug users at risk of DRD, and by differences in the level of DRD risk among those who are at risk | EMCDDA, Portugal

Opioid tapering may improve outcomes for chronic pain sufferers

Dose reduction may improve pain, function, and quality of life for patients prescribed long-term opioid therapy for chronic pain. Results of a systematic evidence review are published in Annals of Internal Medicine | EurekAlert, USA

In rats that can't control glutamate, cocaine is less rewarding, staving off relapse

Rats missing a neuroreceptor that controls the release of the neurotransmitter glutamate are less amenable to the rewarding effects of cocaine, increasing their chance of kicking the habit once addicted, researchers from the National Institute on Drug Abuse (NIDA) find | Medical Xpress, USA

Rural physicians report significant barriers in treating opioid use disorder

More than half of rural counties in the United States lack a physician trained and waivered by the Drug Enforcement Agency to treat opioid use disorder using Buprenorphine Maintenance Treatment. Furthermore, many physicians with a waiver are not using it fully or at all | Medical Xpress, USA

Twenty-year outcomes in adolescents who self-harm show worrying levels of substance abuse by age 35

A study by researchers from the Murdoch Children's Research Institute (MCRI) that followed a sample of almost 2000 Victorian school children from the age of 14 until the age of 35 found that social disadvantage, anxiety, and licit and illicit substance use (in particular cannabis), were all more common in participants who had reported self-harm during adolescence | Medical Xpress, USA

Testing Ecstasy pills at concerts and raves could reduce risks for users

Study: Many recreational drug users say they wouldn't take pills shown to be adulterated, fake | John Hopkins University, USA

July 11 #TestItTuesday Alert: Unknown Homer Simpson Tablet Tests As 2C-B

DOH! A light green Homer Simpson pill that could easily be mistaken as a MDMA tablet tested as a 2C-B press. It is unknown what the pill was marketed and sold as, and the source of the tablet is also unknown | Dance Safe, USA

National Institute on Drug Abuse Funds New Adherence Technology for Opioid Addiction

Mobile Health has been awarded funding by NIDA to study and commercialize adherence technology for people with opioid addiction. In partnership with the University of Washington and Boston Medical Center, emocha will assess patients on office-based buprenorphine treatment using video direct observation | PR Web, USA

FDA chief to impose tougher doctor-training rules on opioid manufacturers

Food and Drug Administration Commissioner Scott Gottlieb, stepping up the agency's efforts against the nation's opioid epidemic, announced plans Monday to require manufacturers of painkillers to provide more extensive education for physicians and other health-care professionals who prescribe the drugs | Washington Post, USA

Selling vaping: E-cigarette industry grapples with cloudy rules

It’s not the kind of ad you’d expect to see at a junior hockey game. But there it was at Toronto Patriots matches and featured prominently on the team’s website last season: a promotion for – a company that sells cigarette-alternative vaping products | Globe and Mail, Canada


Blogs, comment and opinion

Nicotine in the news

GFN 2017 – report of the rapporteur Harry Shapiro. Being a conference rapporteur is not like taking minutes; it is more impressionistic, trying to pick up threads and themes, getting a feel for the event - and of course, listening in to private conversations | NSP Blog, UK

SNP MP Ronnie Cowan says the war on drugs is failing

Writing in a post on the RSA website, Cowan says it’s time to stop thinking of drug users as criminal but rather treat narcotics use as a health issue | The National opinion, UK

How Battles Over Booze Shaped Modern Liverpool – In Conversation with David Beckingham

How did Liverpool transform its 19th century reputation for drunkenness? David Beckingham, author of The Licensed City explains the social impact of licensing laws in a city centred on drinking culture | Points Blog, UK

Alcohol lobby fights back

Is Leo Varadkar in thrall to the drinks industry or simply unprepared to confront vested interests | Irish Times opinion, Ireland



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