Daily news -10th October 2017

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Drug Strategy Implementation Events

Collective Voice, NHS SMPA and the Home Office are hosting a series of events around the country to engage with the sector to promote the opportunities the 2017 Drug Strategy and the refreshed Clinical Guidelines create to improve outcomes for service users and their communities | Collective Voice, UK

Share your views with DDN and I’m Worth… on how to help hepatitis C patients!

Drink and Drugs News is pleased to partner with the I’m Worth… a patient empowerment campaign developed and paid for by Gilead Sciences Ltd, which aims to address the stigma that many people with hepatitis C face and encourage people living with hepatitis C to access care and services, no matter how or when they were infected | DDN, UK

A Case Against Complacency

Fentanyls are creeping into the UK drug supply and the risks they pose to people who use drugs have become one of the major public health concerns of 2017 | Volte Face, UK

Scotland Should Have The Power To Decriminalise Drugs, Says SNP

Drug laws should be devolved to Scotland so the government in Holyrood can make moves towards decriminalisation, SNP party delegates have said | Huffington Post, UK

People are vaping cannabis because they think it makes them less likely to get caught

There’s no smoke and therefore very little smell | Manchester Evening News, UK

Prisons so degrading inmates driven to drugs, says chief inspector

Peter Clarke’s warning comes as prison governors call for moves to ease ‘full to bursting’ prisons across England and Wales | Guardian, UK

The Reality of Guarding Britain’s Hellhole Prisons

It’s common knowledge that prisons in the UK have become overcrowded, violent, drug-riddled hellholes. And yet, most of us can’t imagine what it’s really like to live in that hellhole, day in day out. And that’s ok, we don’t have to – we spend our lives walking around in blissful ignorance not really having to think about it | Volte Face, UK

Changing behaviour: Electronic cigarettes (PDF)

This briefing summarises the facts and figures around smoking cessation and the use of e-cigarettes for behaviour change in adults followed by public policy recommendations to facilitate smoking cessation | BPS, UK

How cannabis oil helped me get off painkillers

In a backpacking hostel during a stag weekend 10 years ago, I fell asleep on a top bunk next to an open window. Of course, that now strikes me as a stupid thing to have done, but at the time I didn’t give it a thought | Telegraph, UK

These protesters are going to have a 'cannabis tea party' outside Parliament

Campaigners for legalisation expect hundreds of people to scoff infused tea and cakes in what they've dubbed a "very civil bit of disobedience” | Mirror, UK

'Health Matters': PHE resources on brief intervention CQUIN

Public Health England (PHE) have released a new 'Health Matters: preventing ill health from alcohol and tobacco use' resource calling on practitioners and commissioners to 'play their part' in reducing alcohol harms through Identification and Brief Advice. A case study of an IBA CQUIN in mental health settings in South London also provides insight into local implementation efforts | Alcohol Policy UK, UK

Celebrating three years of recovery in Lambeth

The local community gathered at The Harbour on 3 October to celebrate the services three year anniversary, providing support to people in recovery from drug or alcohol use in Lambeth | Blenheim, UK

Cocaine use is rife in restaurant trade, says Gordon Ramsay

Chef describes drug as industry’s ‘dirty little secret’ and claims he was once asked by diners to sprinkle coke on a soufflé | Guardian, UK

Zak Hardaker: Castleford Tigers full-back banned after positive drugs test

Castleford Tigers full-back Zak Hardaker has been provisionally suspended after testing positive for cocaine and will not be included in England's squad for the World Cup | BBC, UK

Senior Barking and Dagenham Labour councillor brands suspected drug addict a “human rat”

A senior Labour councillor who chairs a committee promoting social inclusion has branded a woman she suspects to be on drugs as a ‘human rat.’ | Barking and Dagenham Post, UK

Serving Border Force officer arrested on suspicion of smuggling guns and drugs into UK

Official, 36, detained near Calais with 11 others including three more British nationals and may now face trafficking charges | Independent, UK


International news

Smoking cannabis increases violent behaviour in young people with mental health disorders, finds study

The research conducted by the Institut en Santé Mentale de Montréal (Montreal Institute of Menal Health), studied 1,136 patients – from 18 to 40 years of age – with mental illnesses who had been seen five times during the year after discharge | Independent, UK

Vancouver 2010 Winter Olympics: One new drugs cheat caught

Only one new cheat has been caught after officials retested nearly 1,200 anti-doping samples from the 2010 Winter Olympic Games in Vancouver | BBC, UK

The police chief defying Rodrigo Duterte over the war on drugs

Byron Allatog, 39, refuses to enforce controversial President's order to kill suspected narcotics traffickers on island of Cebu | Independent, UK

AA criticises TDs for putting alcohol sales before safety

AA Ireland says it supports the strengthening of the drink-driving laws because it will make roads safer | Irish Examiner, Ireland

11,000 drug seizures in Irish prisons in seven years

Prisoners using opiates less as they switch to prescription and newer drugs | Irish Times, Ireland

Cannabis intoxication may be stopped with anti-obesity drug

Researchers from the Queen Mary University of London in the United Kingdom may have found an antidote to cannabinoid intoxication. Findings may counter the potentially life-threatening effects of intoxication with synthetic cannabinoids | MNT, USA

September-October 2017 edition

Alcohol, Other Drugs, and Health: Current Evidence | Boston University, USA

Regular E-users take more risks

Overall, 898 ecstasy and 786 illicit drug users’ behaviours were studied in the research. They were observed for a year | ECU Daily, Australia

It’s never been easier or cheaper to get synthetic drugs

Dapaanz’ anonymous source says it’s never been easier or cheaper to get synthetic drugs into New Zealand | Scoop, New Zealand


Blogs, comment and opinion

Suicide, alcohol- & drug-related deaths

In the latest of our series of blogs on place-based inequality, Dr Jon Minton discusses evidence from a recent study of risk and vulnerability to death in Scotland | Russell Webster, UK

Ciccarone, D., Ondocsin, J. & Mars, S.G. (2017) Heroin uncertainties: Exploring users’ perceptions of fentanyl-adulterated and -substituted ‘heroin’

In the September Qualitative Journal Club (QJC), members discussed the above titled paper which was published in the International Journal of Drug Policy in a Special Issue on US Heroin in Transition | SSA, UK

Provisional Counts Of Drug Overdose Deaths By State – August 2017

The Center for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), has recently released its provisional counts for drug overdose deaths in the United States for August 2017.  While it is well known that deaths due to drug overdose have increased in the past few years across the country, this latest set of data really puts the immense scale of the problem into perspective | Addiction -rep Blog, USA