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4th October 2017

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Scotland's health: What we learned

The Scottish Health Survey attempts to measure the wellbeing of people living in Scotland. What does it reveal about the nation's health? Men are more likely to drink too much... | BBC, UK

Appointment of a Recovery Champion

Closing date October 9th. The Recovery Champion is a new post created as part of the Government’s new Drug Strategy and is an essential part of the Government’s wider programme of work to build a safer, healthier society that protects the most vulnerable in society. The Strategy aims to reduce the number of people taking illicit drugs, and increase the number of people recovering from drug dependence | Cabinet Office, UK

Drug Treatment Matrix cell C1: Life and death decisions for drug harm reduction management

How harm reduction impacts are affected by the management of the service. Highlights the studies which showed that treatment-termination and needle-exchange policies can mean life or death for service users, and the dilemmas of squaring this responsibility with maintaining a safe and therapeutic environment and satisfying community concerns over discarded needles | Drug and Alcohol Findings, UK

Police are warning people about pink Mastercard ecstasy

Three people have been admitted to hospital | MixMag, UK

Prescription drugs gabapentin and pregabalin cited in nearly a quarter of Scots overdoses

Gabapentin was mentioned on the death certificates of 154 overdose cases, while its sister drug pregabalin – which is used to treat seizures and anxiety, and is also being reclassified – was cited in 71 autopsies | Herald, UK

Warning of risks to prisoners over "potentially dangerous" under-prescribing of methadone at Scots jail

Poor healthcare at one of Scotland's newest jails has resulted in the "potentially dangerous" under-prescribing of methadone | Herald, UK

Kirklees 'surgery delay' for obese people and smokers considered

Routine operations for obese adults in West Yorkshire could be delayed by up to a year under new proposals | BBC, UK

Experts by experience panel

We are establishing an Experts by Experience (EbE) panel to help inform our grants decision-making | Alcohol Policy UK, UK

Addiction October 2017 – Current Issue

A quick summary of the main discovery for each research paper we have | Addiction, UK

New website - Bristol Drugs Project

BDP have a new website to help make it easier for you to browse and access the range of support they offer | BDP, UK

PCC hosting a summit to tackle the scourge of drugs in the West Midlands

On December 15 2017, Police and Crime Commissioner David Jamieson is hosting a wide-ranging summit to reach practical and lasting solutions that reduce the harm of drugs in the West Midlands | West Midlands PCC, UK

Dan Evans banned for a year over positive cocaine test

British tennis player Dan Evans has been banned for one year following his positive test for cocaine in April, the International Tennis Federation has announced | Guardian, UK

Police have shared a picture after finding a HUGE cannabis farm with more than 400 plants in Salford

A 23-year-old was arrested on suspicion of production of cannabis, abstracting electricity and immigration offences | Manchester Evening News, UK

Wi-fi, credit card and a bank account - The UK’s 21st century drug-dealing kit

In just a few short years social media such as Facebook and Snapchat have lit up with untraceable adverts for speed or diazepam, ups or downs, for just £1 a pill | Herald, UK


International news

Louis Theroux: Dark States - Heroin Town

America’s love affair with prescription painkillers has led to widespread dependency on opiates. But following a crackdown on their over-prescription, where does this leave the two million Americans who have developed a habit for these high-strength painkillers? | BBC, UK

A problem of ‘joint’ use: exploring the interplay between cannabis and tobacco

“Do you remember what to do? Inhale from the joint for four seconds, hold that breath for 8 seconds, then exhale and break for 30 seconds. Ready? OK, 3, 2, 1, and inhale…” | Volte Face, UK

Australia failing to stop alcohol ads reaching children, experts say

Calls for tougher regulation of industry and closure of loophole that allows alcohol advertising during televised sport | Guardian, UK

Huge increase in heroin overdoses as patients addicted to pricey painkillers turn to cut-price street drugs

The number of heroin addicts has climbed at an alarming rate since 2008, data from a new study suggests | Mail Online, UK

Hospital discharges for prescription opioids down, heroin discharges surge

The findings of a new Stanford-led study suggest that illicit drugs are beginning to replace prescription opioids as the source of the national drug epidemic | Stanford Medicine, USA

New method could help disrupt opioid crisis

Authorities now have a new tool to find the likely source of heroin, potentially opening new avenues to disrupt the nation's opioid crisis | EurekAlert, USA

This elephant tranquilizer is killing people, but no one knows how many

"I see her on the floor by her bathroom and she was crumpled up on the floor and I just say 'Krissy.' My mind was racing. Maybe she fell asleep on the floor for some odd reason," Lisa Lutz recalled through tears. "She was cold to the touch when I touched her." | News Medical, USA

Switching to e-cigarettes could save 6.6 million American smokers: researchers

Up to 6.6 million early deaths in America might be averted over 10 years if smokers switched to e-cigarettes, and the nicotine delivery devices should be adopted as part of an “endgame for cigarette smoking”, researchers said on Monday | Reuters, USA

Justice Department names new acting head of drug enforcement agency

The U.S. Justice Department said on Tuesday it tapped Robert Patterson, a career investigator, to temporarily lead the Drug Enforcement Administration, after the drug office’s previous acting chief stepped down | Reuters, USA

Manhattan assemblywoman seeks ban on sale of flavored e-cigarette liquids to curb teen vaping

In a bid to diminish the appeal of vaping to teens, a state lawmaker from Manhattan wants to ban the sale of flavored liquids used in e-cigarettes | NYDaily News, USA

A growing problem: Lightening the carbon footprint of cannabis farms

Consider a typical cannabis farmer, growing an indoor crop |, USA

Authorities have blamed conflict over local drug markets for a bloody massacre at a drug treatment center in Mexico, the latest example of violence fueled by Mexico's fragmented criminal landscape | Insight Crime, USA

Colorado Bans Weed Gummy Bears

Half the fun of eating weed is reveling in all of the different forms of edibles: for starters, there are the classics such as gummy bears, brownies, and chocolates | VICE, USA

Toronto bars, music venues begin stocking naloxone kits in face of opioid crisis

As public health officials across Canada seek ways to tackle what they’ve called a growing opioid crisis, some in the nightlife industry are taking steps of their own | The Star, Canada



Blogs, comment and opinion

Why are girls in deprived areas six times more likely than girls in affluent areas to be injured in violence?

Professor Jonathan Shepherd describes discoveries from the Violence Society Group’s investigations into the issue and reveals how alcohol plays a role | IAS Blog, UK

If councils accepted that people take drugs in clubs and bars, they could save lives

What makes places like London, Manchester and Liverpool cultural hubs of enduring importance? Their museums, galleries and artist quarters play a part, but they pale in comparison to their clubs and bars. Legendary clubs such as Hacienda, Shoom and Ministry of Sound laid the blueprint for how people the world over now spend their Friday nights | i news opinion, UK

How exercise can help you stop smoking

Over my ten year career in the fitness industry I have seen many people utilise the discipline of exercise to combat the habit of smoking | Telegaph opinion, UK

No, Simply Touching Fentanyl Can't Kill You

For all the ink American media outlets have spilled covering the increase in fentanyl-related overdose deaths, few of the stories I've read explain how fentanyl works or why it's so deadly | Reason Blog, USA

The Points Interview: William White

Today’s Points interviewee is William White, author of such books as Slaying the Dragon:  The History of Addiction Treatment and Recovery in America; The History of Addiction Counseling in the United States | Points Blog, USA


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