Daily news -20th October 2017

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UK news

Alcohol and late night refreshment licensing England and Wales 31 March 2017

Includes statistics on premises licences, club premises certificates, personal licences, late night refreshment and 24-hour alcohol licences | Alcohol and drug statistics and Alcohol and late night refreshment licensing England and Wales statistics, UK

2017 Government Drug Strategy and UK Clinical Guidelines: Making It Happen

Free event. There are a few places left to attend the PHE 2017 Government Drug Strategy and UK Clinical Guidelines: Making It Happen event, taking place in London on Tuesday 31 October | PHE, UK

Exploring the intersections between novel psychoactive substances (NPS) and other substance use in a police custody suite setting in the north east of England

Novel psychoactive substances (NPS), a range of plant-based/synthetic substances that mimic effects of other illicit substances (e.g. cannabis), are now illegal in the United Kingdom (May 2016) to produce/supply | DEPP, UK

Prisoners: Rehabilitation

To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, what steps his Department is taking to ensure that drug users receive (a) suitable accommodation and (b) access to addiction support services after they leave prison | They work for you, UK

Vulnerable teens' homes 'taken over for drug deals'

The homes of vulnerable teenagers are being taken over by criminal gangs and used to store weapons and carry out drugs deals, police have said | BBC, UK

HMP Liverpool drone: Man arrested over drugs and phones delivery

A man has been arrested after a drone was spotted trying to deliver a bag of phones, tobacco and drugs to a prison | BBC, UK

Six men arrested over online prescription drugs operation

Six men have been arrested after prescription drugs worth several million pounds were seized during raids in Greater Manchester | BBC, UK

This is why we get addicted to things, according to science

Do not reach for that next chocolate biscuit, surely it's easy, just a tiny show of willpower... | Independent, UK


International news

Gordon Ramsay on Cocaine - ITV player

Gordon Ramsay explores the global cocaine trade, observing police as they arrest users and dealers and visiting Colombia, the world's biggest producer of cocaine | ITV, UK

Mapped: The world according to cocaine consumption

We've previously mapped the world according to cannabisalcohol and cigarette consumption, here - ahead of a new two-part ITV documentary on the drug, presented by the chef Gordon Ramsay - we're looking at cocaine | Telegraph, UK

Jeff Sessions says it would be 'healthy' to have 'more competition' among medical marijuana growers for research

Attorney General Jeff Sessions said he wants to see "more competition" among medical marijuana growers who supply the plant to researchers, in his Wednesday morning testimony before the Senate Judiciary Committee | Business Insider, UK

How big pharma's money – and its politicians – feed the US opioid crisis

Tom Marino might have withdrawn from consideration as Trump’s drug czar, but drug money is coursing through the veins of Congress – contributing directly to an epidemic that kills thousands of Americans each year | Guardian, UK

Justice Department Announces First Ever Indictments Against Designated Chinese Manufacturers of Deadly Fentanyl and Other Opiate Substances

The Justice Department announced today that federal grand juries in the Southern District of Mississippi and the District of North Dakota returned indictments, unsealed yesterday, against two Chinese nationals and their North American based traffickers and distributors for separate conspiracies to distribute large quantities of fentanyl and fentanyl analogues and other opiate substances in the United States | DoJ, USA

Globally Informed, Locally Responsive: Hong Kong’s Common-Sense Approach to Expanding Methadone Treatment,

THis report presents a model for how localities can review best practices from other treatment delivery contexts and then adapt these recommendations to their local needs, resource availability, political realities, and community expectations | OSF, USA

E-cigarettes may trigger unique and potentially damaging immune responses

E-cigarettes appear to trigger unique immune responses as well as the same ones that cigarettes trigger that can lead to lung disease, according to new research published online in the American Thoracic Society's American Journal of Respiratory and Critical Care Medicine | Medical Xpress, USA

Why Do People with Mental Health Illnesses Smoke so Much?

People with mental illness smoke about a third of all cigarettes smoked in the United States. What can be done to help alleviate this problem? | Healthline, USA

Will U.S. Consumers Warm Up to ‘Heat-Not-Burn’ Tobacco

Federal regulators are studying these products that heat tobacco rather than burn it. Manufacturers hope they can overtake e-cigarettes | Healthline, USA

Here's What It's Like Taking LSD And Magic Mushrooms

They're nothing like what you see in TV shows and movies | Buzzfeed, USA

Alcohol Policies and Legislation Review – Final Report

In response to the disturbing statistics and to the research, evidence, submissions and general information presented both in writing and during the public consultations, it is the recommendation of the Expert Advisory Panel that the proposed Alcohol Harm Reduction Framework focus on the following key (high level) themes | Northern Territories, Australian Government, Australia

Greens promised referendum on personal cannabis use - Ardern wants national discussion

Incoming Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern will work with her Cabinet and take advice before holding a referendum on legalising recreational cannabis | Stuff.co.nz, New Zealand


Blogs, comment and opinion

Complementing treatment through creative recovery activity in Prisons

Even though we all recognise resources are stretched within prisons, we believe everyone should feel confident about their recovery, their ability to sustain change and become a positive member of their community | Phoenix Futures blog, UK

Harry's blog: Land of the rising sum

Cigarette smoking continues its rapid decline in Japan while the upward trajectory of smokers seeking alternative nicotine products shows no signs of slowing down. According to PMI a small percentage (calculated variously at between 5—15%) of their IQOS customers are dual users, but the rest have fully converted | NSP, UK

Measuring for change: the road to smoke-free prisons

For most non-smokers the idea of having to breathe in second-hand cigarette smoke at work is historical; smoke-filled offices or coming home from an evening out reeking of stale smoke remains but a memory. For some groups of workers it continues to be a very real issue with very real long-term risks to their health | NIHR Blog, UK

Overprescribing is major contributor to opioid crisis

Public health crises come in two forms—those resulting from naturally occurring diseases and those that are the byproduct of medical care itself. The opioid crisis is the latest self inflicted wound in public health. In the US alone, there were 240 million opioid prescriptions dispensed in 2015, nearly one for every adult in the general population | BMJ editorial, UK

Weekly Dose: from laughing parties to whipped cream, nitrous oxide’s on the rise as a recreational drug

Nang is a slang name for the small metal cylinders usually used in whipped cream siphons. They are also called nossies or whippets. The cylinders have about eight grams of nitrous oxide in them that can be inhaled for a euphoric effect | Conversation, Australia

Canada's 'abstinence only' approach to smoking tobacco isn't helping

Shocking, I know, but the sorry truth is people are going to have sex. That includes teenagers. That’s why a government sex-education policy based solely on promoting abstinence would not only be laughable. It would rightly be condemned as irresponsible | Toronto Sun comment, Canada

Dissertation Compilation: Drugs and Health

These entries are part of an ongoing drug-related dissertation bibliography being compiled by Jonathon Erlen, which was formerly published in the Social History of Alcohol and Drugs journal | Points blog, USA