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3rd October 2017

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Evaluation of the Drugs and Alcohol Recovery Payment by Results Pilot Programme Final Report (PDF)

In April 2012, eight commissioning areas initiated a pilot scheme whereby a proportion of provider payments were linked to achievement of specified outcomes representing recovery from problems relating to drugs and alcohol misuse by service users. The purpose of the Payment by Results Pilots was to both develop and test this new approach to the commissioning and delivery of drugs and alcohol services. This report describes an evaluation of the scheme | Manchester University, UK

Can even moderate drinking increase the risk of cancer?

New research argues that just a small glass of wine a day increases the risk and that ‘responsible drinking’ targets are misleading | Guardian, UK

Former Tory minister suggests legalising cannabis could win over millenial voters

Crispin Blunt says prohibiting drugs was 'about as intelligent as the prohibition of alcohol in the United States' in the 1920s | Independent, UK

Meet 'Generation Moderation': the selfie-obsessed Millennials who are shunning drugs, drink, smoking and sex

Puritanism' is driving a cultural wedge between the generations as the number of Scots Millennials who indulge in sex, drugs, drinking and smoking has fallen to a record low while their more hedonistic Generation X parents continue partying well into middle age | Herald, UK

Online betting: More addicts struggling with mobile sites

The number of gambling addicts struggling with betting on mobile phones and tablets has risen, figures show | BBC, UK

Cannabis oil relieves chronic seizures suffered by six-year-old niece of Aston Villa star Gabby Agbonlahor

She’s the youngest legally-approved user of the drug | Independent, UK

Drugs: Needle exchange visits up 90% in Belfast

'Heroin does seem to be more widely available' - PHA | Belfast Live, UK

Tele drugs investigation: ‘Cheap street Valium’ pills linked to 17 Dundee deaths in just 6 months

More than 30 people are suspected to have died from drugs in Dundee in the last six months | Evening Telegraph, UK

Conference on 'Alcohol-related Liver Disease: Guidance for good practice'

Free event. October 24th, Royal College of Physicians of Edinburgh, 9 Queen Street, Edinburgh. We are pleased to invite you to the national launch of SHAAP’s ‘Alcohol-related liver disease: Guidance for Good Practice’ and delighted that Dr Catherine Calderwood, the Chief Medical Officer, has agreed to speak | SHAAP UK

West Midlands police officers jailed over plot to steal and sell drugs

Wahid Husman and Tahsib Majid receive total of 31 years for breaching intelligence systems and conspiring with criminal gang | Guardian, UK

Two men charged over £2m heroin seizure in Stirling

Two men have been charged after 20kg of heroin worth an estimated £2m was seized in Stirling | BBC, UK

 

International news

Cannabis, the downside of the criminal policy reform {in France}

The scenario of implementation of a fine for illegal drug use announces a major transfer of criminal policy from the judiciary system to the police forces, whilst preventing a health- and social-focused approach to the problem | Volte Face, UK

Hooked: how pokies are designed to be addictive

Poker machines use a range of design features that leverage psychology to keep people playing. Here, we break them down so you can see exactly how they work, and how they affect people | Guardian, UK

Plain packaging rules for cigarettes come into force today

Head of Services and Advocacy at the Irish Cancer Society Donal Buggy said: “We’re delighted that plain packs will start to hit the shelves in the coming months, and today marks the end of a hard fought battle to remove the tobacco industry’s last great marketing tool - its packaging | Irish Examiner, Ireland

Scratchcard checkout trial concerns

The regulator of the National Lottery said it had no role in sanctioning a controversial pilot scheme to extend the sale of scratchcards to all checkouts in large supermarkets | Irish Examiner, Ireland

The opioid crisis in North America

The Global Commission on Drug Policy today released a position paper on The Opioid Crisis in North America. With some 64,000 drug overdose deaths in 2016 in the US alone, the extent of the opioid-driven public health crisis cannot be overstated. The members of the Global Commission on Drug Policy, several of whom faced similar crises while occupying the highest levels of government in their own countries, share their views and recommendations on how to mitigate this epidemic | GCDP, Switzerland

Edging Forward: How the UN’s language on drugs has advanced since 1990

Diplomatic processes at the United Nations are notoriously slow and difficult, perhaps increasingly so in a modern world of multi-polar geopolitics and tensions. This is certainly no different for the highly charged and provocative issue of international drug control | TNI, Netherlands

Hospital discharges for prescription opioids down, heroin discharges surge

Hospital discharges related to prescription opioids have declined slightly in recent years, but heroin-related discharges have surged, according to a new study led by researchers at the Stanford University School of Medicine | Medical Xpress, USA

Study estimates years of life that could be saved in US if smokers switched to e-cigarettes

Results raise questions about whether the time has come to outlaw sale of combustible cigarettes | EurekAert, USA

UTHealth receives $2.6 million to study gene-environment interactions in cocaine addiction

Studying the effect of environmental stressors on the development of cocaine use is the focus of a $2.6 million award from the National Institutes of Health (NIH) to researchers at McGovern Medical School at The University of Texas Health Science Center at Houston (UTHealth) | EurekAlert, USA

‘Recovery high schools’ pop up nationwide as opioid crisis hits teens

When John Edmonds was a teenager, a Maryland judge gave him an ultimatum: After racking up 16 felonies and struggling with addiction, he could either go to juvenile prison or a treatment program. He chose the latter and was sent to Phoenix High School, a public school in Montgomery County specifically tailored to keep at-risk youths sober and drug-free | Washington Times, USA

Pot legalization in California brings a bonanza of government jobs

Recreational marijuana use becomes legal in California in 2018, and one of the things to blossom in the emerging industry isn’t green and leafy, it’s government jobs | LATimes, USA

We Talked to Louis Theroux About Visiting a Trap House

We spoke to Louis about his new trio of films, legalizing weed, and accidentally playing matchmaker for the Westboro Baptist Church | VICE, USA

B.C.'s overdose crisis may be 'new normal,' no matter what politicians say

'I'm really worried we're running out of ideas on how to respond to this,' says journalist | CBC News, Canada

13 drinks a session: risky teen drinkers drinking more than ever and find it “easy” to buy alcohol from bottle shops

Fewer young people are drinking in recent years, but the one in five teenagers who are continuing to drink at risky levels appear to be drinking higher quantities than their predecessors, and experiencing significant harms, research to be presented at the National Drug and Alcohol Research Centre Annual Symposium has found | NDARC, Australia

Don’t buy your kids booze

Parents who buy alcohol for their teenagers in the hope of curbing their drinking are doing more harm than good | VAADA, Australa

Exemplars

Over the past 12 months, the Herald Sun has demonstrated a consistent commitment to advocacy for evidence-based policy in Victoria through a number of articles and opinion pieces, reporting on the contentious issue of establishing a Medically Supervised Injecting Centre (MISC) in the Melbourne suburb of North Richmond | AOD Media Watch, Australia

 

Blogs, comment and opinion

The payment by results drug recovery pilots failed

PbR drug and alcohol recovery pilots evaluation finally published | Russell Webster, UK

Remembering the Oft Forgotten

Significant progress has been made in reducing smoking prevalence within the United Kingdom but the benefits have not fallen fairly across all groups | NSP Blog, UK

Don’t take opioids off the market - make it harder to abuse them

How can we combat the opioid epidemic? | Conversation, USA

More people were arrested last year over pot than for murder, rape, aggravated assault and robbery — combined

In 2016 more people were arrested for marijuana possession than for all crimes the FBI classifies as violent, according to 2016 crime data released by the agency on Monday | Washington Post Blog USA

Tobacco should be used as test case for policies to manage illegal drugs

No one who has watched a relative die of a smoking-induced disease will have much sympathy for the tobacco industry. To see someone with emphysema fighting for every breath, or to watch the painful decline of someone with lung cancer is to endure a harsh lesson that changes lives | Age editorial, Australia

Why we should pay people to stop smoking

Despite some of the strictest tobacco control policies in the world, recent data shows the decline in smoking in Australia has stalled | Conversation, Australia

 

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