Daily news 10th November 2017

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UK news

Substance misuse and treatment in adults: statistics 2016 to 2017

National Drug Treatment Monitoring System (NDTMS) annual publication of alcohol and drug treatment activity statistics for adults in England | PHE, UK

Seizures of drugs in England and Wales, financial year ending 2017

This release presents figures for drug seizures made in April 2016 to March 2017 in England and Wales by the police (including the British Transport Police) and Border Force | Home Office, UK

Number of UK crack users seeking help to beat addiction is up 23%

Increased need for support and rise in seizure of the smokable form of cocaine come as overall numbers accessing drug treatment is down | Guardian, UK

Drug seizures plummet by 36% in five years as substance-related deaths reach record high

Campaigners urge police to do more as seizures fall to 13-year low and drug-related deaths soar to highest level on record | Independent, UK

Drugs: Casual users 'fuelling illicit profit'

About 90% of the income from illicit drugs comes from recreational use, the Police Service of NI has said | BBC, UK

Armed Forces: Alcoholic Drinks and Drugs

To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, what alcohol and drug testing is currently carried out on military personnel on active service | They work for you, UK

Foetal Alcohol Syndrome

To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what estimate he has made of the number of people with foetal alcohol spectrum disorder in (a) Northern Ireland and (b) the UK | They work for you, UK

Traditional Amazonian drug linked to improved sense of wellbeing

A psychedelic drug traditionally used in South America improves people's general sense of wellbeing and may offer a treatment for alcoholism and depression, new research suggests | EurekAlert, USA

News & updates October 2017: soberocracy, hangover-free prosecco, gin pong, rise of the micropub

We are witnessing the rise of a 'soberocracy'suggested the Telegraph at the start of Macmillan Cancer Support's 'Go Sober for October' initiative, whose popularity, and that of Alcohol Concern's 'Dry January', make 'the seemingly ingrained British belief that nights out and nights in both require alcohol [look] increasingly anachronistic' | Alcohol Policy UK, UK

UK investigation into £50m drugs haul found on beaches ends

A UK investigation into £50m of cocaine found on beaches in Norfolk and Suffolk has been brought to a close | BBC, UK

Excessive drinking among women – archive, 1914

10 November 1914 The home secretary hears that both sexes are drinking too much, but some say the increase in consumption by women is ‘startling’ | Guardian, UK


International news

Minimum alcohol pricing delayed in Republic of Ireland

The implementation of minimum unit pricing on alcohol in the Republic of Ireland will be delayed until the Northern Ireland executive and assembly are back in operation | BBC, UK

The Trump Era Calls For An Honest Conversation About Drug Use

And HuffPost is partnering with the Global Drug Survey to help facilitate it | Huffington Post, UK

How Colombia's Biggest Ever Cocaine Bust Will Affect the Coke Supply Worldwide

Also: how long of a line could you make out of 12 tons of seized cocaine? | VICE, UK

Pope Francis bans sale of cigarettes at the Vatican on health grounds

'The motive is very simple: the Holy See cannot be cooperating with a practice that is clearly harming the people' | Independent, UK

Chinese company offers single people a lifetime supply of alcohol for £1,275

Promotion is part of Alibaba’s annual Singles Day shopping holiday but is restricted to baijiu, a fiery white spirit made from rice | Guardian, UK

North Korean diplomat in Pakistan suspected of bootlegging booze

A burglary at the residence of a North Korean diplomat in Pakistan has raised suspicion that the envoy might have been involved in large-scale booze bootlegging | BBC, UK

Minimum alcohol pricing to be delayed until Stormont operating

Separation in shops needed as drink purchases ‘not the same as buying milk or bread | Irish Times, Ireland

Alcohol Action Ireland – Alcohol Price Survey 2017 (PDF)

The following tables contain examples of some of the cheapest alcohol products for sale in supermarkets (Five major multiples: Aldi, Dunnes Stores, Lidl, Tesco and Spar; 19 July, 2017) during a price survey carried out in Dublin city centre by Alcohol Action Ireland in July 2017 | Alcohol Action Ireland, Ireland

Dáil to vote on allowing cannabis for medical use

The Dáil is to vote next week on allowing cannabis for medical use in Ireland | Breaking News, Ireland

Fighting overdose epidemic, US bans all fentanyl-type drugs

Authorities moved to plug legal loopholes in which producers of fentanyl—which can be 50 times more potent than heroin—slightly alter the chemical makeup to render it a legal substance | Medical Xpress, USA

Researchers struggle to turn the tide of the opioid epidemic

Ninety-one Americans die every day from an opioid overdose, a figure from the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services that includes prescription drugs and heroin | Medical Xpress, USA

1 in 5 U.S. adults used tobacco in 2015: government study

One in five adults in the United States was using some form of tobacco in 2015, according to national survey data released on Thursday by the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention | Reuters, USA

E-cigarette online vendors triple, concerns raised about marketing, delivery

Two studies reveal trends in the marketing practices, pricing, delivery methods of online e-cigarette vendors | Science Daily, USA

New care model closes significant gap in addiction treatment

A new program is showing that connecting patients to addiction treatment when they are hospitalized for other conditions can be a powerful tool in closing a gap in addiction treatment | Science Daily, USA

The God Capsule: Can Psychedelics Prove a Biological Basis for Spirituality?

For a long time in western culture, transcendent consciousness was tightly linked with characters on the spiritual fringe: visionary prophets, ascetic sages, and ecstatic poets. Mystical states were like lightning bolts in the days before Ben Franklin’s kite—fleeting, unpredictable, and impossible to harness or measure. They were divine bolts that hit during the frenzies of ecstatic creation and desert wanderings. They were the ultimate mystery | Alternet, USA

Relationship between spending on electronic cigarettes, 30-day use, and disease symptoms among current adult cigarette smokers in the U.S.

To examine the relationship between spending on electronic cigarettes (e-cigarettes) and disease symptoms compared with the relationship between 30-day e-cigarette use and disease symptoms among adult cigarette smokers in the U.S | PLOSOne, USA

Drug hunters

Meet the scientists building a library of designer drugs | The Verge, USA

Old sniffer dogs in Colorado forced into retirement now marijuana is legal

Police dogs in the US state of Colorado are having to be trained to ignore the smell of marijuana now that the drug is legal. New K-9 recruits will be trained to sniff out only the illegal drugs while older dogs that still react to cannabis will soon be retired | IBTimes, USA


Blogs, comment and opinion

Alcohol and drug treatment in England: the picture from the 2016-17 data

PHE has published our annual alcohol and drug treatment statistics for 2016-17. These are based on data collected by the National Drug Treatment Monitoring System (NDTMS) from alcohol and drug services across England | PHE Blog, UK

Drug deaths increase as fewer people access treatment

The latest drug-treatment figures from Public Health England show that the UK’s current approach is failing to reduce drug-related deaths, which are now at an all-time high | Conversation, UK

Addaction responds to ONS Report on Alcohol Deaths in the UK

The latest ONS report shows the tragic loss last year of 7,327 men and women in the UK due to alcohol | Addaction, UK

Why We Must Look Out For Children Affected By Parental Problems

Many mums and dads enjoy an occasional social drink. But for some parents, sadly, alcohol becomes a problem, and they are not the only people affected | Huffington Post Blog, UK

The Promise of Ecstasy for PTSD

War veterans, victims of abuse and others deserve a chance to use this drug to heal | NYTimes opinion, USA