Daily news - 9th October 2017

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UK news

Residential rehab budgets slashed by nearly a quarter in four years

ExclusiveFigures show one local council has had detoxification budget reduced by 90 per cent since 2013 | Independent, UK

‘Wrap-around’ care in substance use treatment

Could ‘wrap-around’ care be a realistic option for helping people with
multiple, severe, and overlapping problems in substance use treatment, and should treatment services have the flexibility to determine the extent to which this would be implemented in practice, or would this risk a lottery of comprehensive care? | Drug and Alcohol Findings, UK

Club drugs are getting more powerful - so do police and the industry need to do more to prevent deaths?

It's time for an adult conversation about drugs and the people who use them | Manchester Evening News, UK

How Homelessness Can Lead To Alcohol And Drug Addiction - BBC radio iPlayer

The BBC has discovered that the number of people of no fixed abode being admitted to Northampton General Hospital with drug or alcohol problems has doubled over the past three year | BBC Radio Northampton, UK

All-Party Parliamentary Group on Liver Health

The All Party Parliamentary Group (APPG) on Liver Health is launching an inquiry that seeks to support efforts towards elimination. As well as staging oral evidence sessions, the APPG is calling for written evidence from individuals and organisations to contribute their perspectives on how the elimination of hepatitis C can be achieved in England. On the basis of this evidence, a ‘blueprint for elimination’ will be produced, setting out some of the practical steps that can be taken to ensure a hepatitis C-free England. The deadline for written evidence submissions is 27th October | APPG, UK

Change, grow, live launches 2016-17 online Impact Report

The new change, grow, live (CGL) Impact Report features inspirational service user stories, profiles the fantastic work of CGL services and shows the extent of CGL’s reach and positive impact | CGL, UK

The Hepatitis C Coalition

New look website launched | Hepatitis C Coalition, UK

York University launches investigation after students boast of freshers' week 'ambulance chart'

York University is investigating students who have been accused of wasting NHS time after they boasted of having an “ambulance chart” for freshers’ week | Telegraph, UK

A Fateful Hunt for a Buried Stash of the Greatest LSD Ever Made

In the 1970s, a quiet pocket of rural Wales became the psychedelic hub of the world. We went back in search of the chemists, dealers and thousands of hidden blotters | VICE, UK

Harry Shapiro of the organization Drugwise says there is a dramatic rise in the purity of cocaine on the streets of Great Britain | Inquisitor, UK

Prosecco prices falling due to Lidl and Aldi competition

Meanwhile, the cost of beer, wine and spirits has increased | Independent, UK

Gin pong is here and it's the new drinking game you’ve been waiting for

Forget beer pong, or the wide-necked prosecco alternative because there is now a new sophisticated take on the classic party game | Independent, UK

Drugs money of £40,000 found in Aberdeen 'was for snakes'

A man caught with almost £40,000 of drugs money in a shoebox in Aberdeen told police he was a snake breeder and it was for pythons he had sold | BBC, UK

Nadine Burden death: Wheelchair user 'murdered addict'

A woman murdered a drug addict by stabbing her seven times over a £100 unpaid debt, a court has heard | BBC, UK


International news

Heroin Town - BBC iPlayer

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 havedeveloped a habit for these high-strength painkillers? | BBC, UK

Potential deaths averted in USA by replacing cigarettes with e-cigarettes

US tobacco control policies to reduce cigarette use have been effective, but their impact has been relatively slow. This study considers a strategy of switching cigarette smokers to e-cigarette use (‘vaping’) in the USA to accelerate tobacco control progress | BMJ, UK

Testing of illicit drugs to be done at Australian event for first time

ACT agrees to allow pill testing at music festival and harm-minimisation groups hope the rest of the country will follow suit | Guardian, UK

The controversial type of farming that's upsetting its neighbours

In the Willamette Valley of Oregon, longtime residents clash with the new cannabis farmer next door | Independent, UK

The smoking actress and a 'sexist double standard'

Towards the end of September, images of well-known Pakistani actress Mahira Khan were published on a celebrity gossip site. The photos, purportedly from July of this year, showed Mahira Khan smoking outside in a backless dress with an Indian male co-star, Ranbir Kapoor | BBC, UK

Huge cocaine haul seized in tugboat in Atlantic

Nearly four tonnes of cocaine worth an estimated $260m (£200m) have been seized by international law enforcement officers in the Atlantic | BBC, UK

EMCDDA Treatment demand indicator (TDI)/treatment expert meeting

Presentations from the event now available online | EMCDDA, Portugal

Legalising marijuana can increase use: French study

Legalising marijuana can lead to increased use of the drug, according to a French study that looked at consumption levels in two US states and Uruguay in the midst of a debate over France's narcotics laws | Medical Xpress, USA

Cannabis consumption increases violent behaviour in young people in psychiatric care

A new study by researchers at the Institut en santé mentale de Montréal demonstrates that sustained used of cannabis is associated with an increase in violent behaviour in young people after discharge from a psychiatric hospital | EurekAlert, USA

Colombia Must Immediately Investigate, Punish Those Responsible for Killing Protesters in Coca-Growing Region

On October 5, rural farmers gathered in Tumaco, Nariño department to protest forced eradication of coca crops by the security forces, with crowd size estimates ranging from 200 to more than a thousand | WOLA, USA

Heroin in the hospice: opioids and end-of-life discussions in the 1980s

I n 1979, a Toronto-based celebrity doctor and syndicated columnist, Kenneth Walker, who wrote under the pseudonym W. Gifford-Jones, launched a campaign to legalize heroin (diacetylmorphine) | CMAJ, Canada

People are dying. Stop treating addiction as a crime

According to the Canadian Institute of Health Information (CIHI), the rate of opioid poisoning hospitalizations has been steadily rising. About 13 Canadians per day were hospitalized for opioid overdoses in 2014-2015 | iPoltics, Canada

Why So Many Women Are Saving Lives During Canada's Opioid Crisis

Looking across Canada in places heavily affected by the opioid crisis, you'll often see women who are leaders surrounding the issue in their communities | VICE, Canada

Fentanyl overdoses are side effect of war on drugs, expert warns

As Quebec police meet to set a strategy, researcher Eugenia Socias urges policy address the needs of people who have become addicted | Montreal Gazette, Canada


Blogs, comment and opinion

Interesting things about alcohol and other drugs - October 2017

Latest in a regular series of slide sets on interesting data about alcohol and other drugs (and the wider issues to do with multiple needs) from a UK perspective | Andrew Brown, UK

The Forward Trust’s CEO reflects on drug recovery wing research report

[On the] 6th October 2017, the University of York published its report into the management and impact of 10 Drug Recovery Wing ‘pilots’ within prisons in England and Wales. Authored by Charlie Lloyd and Geoff Page, the report has plenty of good analysis and recommendations for how these facilities | Forward Trust, UK

My first six months as a new nurse

I want to share a brief insight in to my experiences as a new nurse working in drug services for a couple of reasons. ... I want to draw attention to a couple of problems that may get people thinking and encourage improvements for everyone concerned. I hope it may also be useful to other nurses embarking on their new careers in this area | Cuppa with Kirsten blog, UK

Alcohol, drugs and family violence: A question of framing and boundary markers

Family violence cuts across many different service sectors — including police, family violence agencies, alcohol and other drugs (AOD), mental health, and many more — and these sectors don’t always agree on what the problem is and what to do about it | LSE blog, UK

It’s time the UK took nightlife more seriously

When Brexit really starts to bite, and if we don’t have a deal secured, I don’t think the financial sector will instantly take flight, en masse, to Frankfurt, as the pessimists are predicting. Why? Because Frankfurt is rubbish for going out and having a good old party | Reaction, UK

E-cigarettes work: I’d prescribe them if I could

As part of a debate I was involved with at the Conservative conference this week on public health policy and e-cigarette legislation, I demonstrated an e-cigarette to the audience by inhaling on it | Spectator, UK

Fit in my 40s: ‘I usually drink every night. So how’s my sober October?’

The month thing is not really about giving up drinking, it’s about making a promise that you’ll start again | Guardian, UK

Is it time you stopped drinking and joined the 'soberocracy'?

Do you “Go Sober for October”, the annual Macmillan Cancer Support campaign in which hundreds of thousands of Brits give up the bottle? Don’t worry if not: it won’t be long before Alcohol Concern’s “Dry January” is upon us, when 5 million of us collapse onto the wagon | Telegraph, UK

A letter to ... my father, who I can’t stand to be around when he’s drunk

I always felt foolish saying the words: “My father is an alcoholic.” | Guardian Letters, UK

By shunning medication-assisted therapy, 12-step meetings are making the opioid crisis worse

Three years ago, I checked myself out of a Colorado detox center against medical advice. I had nowhere to go but the broken-down van in which I’d been sleeping with my husband, but I was in the worst part of heroin withdrawal and all I could think about was ending the pain | STAT opinion, USA