Daily news -24th October 2017

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Upcoming European guide on health and social responses to drug problems

This report and new gateway will be launched today at 11am Central European Time | EMCDDA, Portugal


UK news

A case for incentivising brief interventions in Scotland?

In short ‘yes’, but the evidence base is small and not yet a match for  the “otherwise widely-admired Scottish national alcohol programme”. Case  study data from three local health boards and interviews with key  stakeholders uncover the variety of funding models in place in Scotland,  and what is perceived to be the optimal way of incentivising – ‘food for  thought’ before the refresh of Scotland’s alcohol strategy | Drug and Alcohol Findings, UK

County Lines: The children forced to sell drugs

About 4,000 teenagers from London are being exploited and trafficked every year to sell drugs in rural towns and cities, a leading youth charity says | BBC, UK

Minimum alcohol price 'unnecessary' - retailer - video

One family-run store chain says a minimum alcohol price in Wales is not needed and could hit the poorest | BBC, UK

Minimum alcohol price 'not nanny state' - video

The public health minister says a minimum price for alcohol is the most effective way to save lives | BBC, UK

Army insists it has not relaxed drug rules after it is revealed fresh recruits who use narcotics will not be dismissed

Revelation comes amid a chronic shortage of new personnel to the armed forces | Independent, UK

Raving and Dance Drugs: House Music Clubs and Parties in North-West England

This report presents a pioneering ethnographic study of the rave scene and the use of dance drugs (notably ecstasy) in North-West England from the late 1980s to the early 1990s. It is based on monitoring studies carried out in rave nightclubs and qualitative research (participant observation, informal interviews) conducted at illegal raves. It includes an account of the response of police and health authorities to the North-West rave scene, and concludes with a 10-point harm-reduction strategy | Research Gate, UK

Police Scotland engagement with young people

Police Scotland want to canvas young people under the age of 18 years to identify what impact the implementation of the Code of Practice for Stop and Search has had on them | Together Scotland, UK

Families Living with Problem Gambling - Survey

We are excited to conduct the first nationwide survey designed to document the lives of family members of people who are or have been problem gamblers. While much is known about the many costs of problem gambling, we know very little about what happens to family members of those engaging in problem gambling. The purpose of this study is to gather information about the experiences of family members | Sheffield Hallam University et al, UK

Drug deaths in Newcastle at 'epidemic levels' as addicts pick and mix class As and legal highs

Homelessness charity Changing Lives has said a lot of people begging on the streets are using money to buy potentially lethal drugs | Chronicle Live, UK

Heroin shooting galleries would encourage more drug addicts

Critics of controversial heroin consumption rooms have hit back after MP Caroline Lucas suggested that the increasing numbers of needles being found on the city's streets should prompt a renewed debate about safe places for addicts to take drugs | Argus, UK

Drug sniffing dogs to be sent into North East's chaotic jails

Prison officers will wear body cameras and carry handcuffs in an attempt to tackle violence behind bars | Chronicle Live, UK

Child gambling: remove 'unacceptable' online ads, regulators demand

Letter insists 450 operators amend or remove ads featuring cartoon characters and other material appealing to children | Guardian, UK

International news

This map shows how much cannabis is being consumed around the world

Whether it was at a music festival, a student dorm, those cakes your friend brought back from Amsterdam or that house that always smells a bit funny, cannabis has a way of integrating itself into many different lifestyles and levels of society | Independent, UK

Italian Parliament Votes Bill To Legalise Cannabis For Therapeutic Use

The Bill was approved with 317 votes against 40, with 13 abstentions. However to come into effect, it remains to be approved by the Senate | Volte Face, UK

As Overdose Deaths Pile Up, a Medical Examiner Quits the Morgue

Dr Andrew spent two decades dealing with the grim finality of opioid addiction in New Hampshire. Now he wants to help counter the epidemic | Independent, UK

Tennessee crime lab warns of fentanyl-laced cocaine circulating parts of the US

The synthetic opioid increases potential overdose at an alarming rate | MixMag, UK

Five things Trump could do right now to ease the opioid crisis

The Trump administration is poised to declare the opioid epidemic a national emergency – yet far too few people are receiving treatment for their addiction | Guardian, UK

Higher nicotine in e-cigarettes tied to higher risk of teen smoking

Teens who vape, or use e-cigarettes, may be more likely to develop a regular smoking habit when the liquid they use in their vaping devices has higher concentrations of nicotine, a U.S. study suggests | Reuters, UK

Children with alcoholic parents more likely to have violent dating relationships as teenagers, study claims

Growing up with a parent who has an alcohol use disorder increases the chance of having violent dating relationships as a teenager, a study has shown | Independent, UK

Jeff Sessions says he’s going to take down the brutal MS-13 gang 'like Al Capone'

The Department of Justice is  broadening the types of tactics it will use to fight back against the brutal gang, which has been linked to brutal murders across the country | Independent, UK

Trump to raise human rights with Philippines president Rodrigo Duterte who is accused of human rights abuses

Human rights groups have accused President Duterte of sparking abuses with his signature policy of a war on drugs - something Mr Duterte and police deny | Independent, UK

California fires: Cannabis farm fundraisers shut down

Crowdfunding efforts to help legal cannabis farms damaged in California's wildfires have been closed down because of fear of contradictory national laws | BBC, UK

Bitcoin ‘boom’ failing to attract big name investors

Mainstream investors view bitcoin as too opaque and volatile | Independent, UK

Ten contractor staff working on railways fail drugs/alcohol tests

Firm may bring in compulsory checks for external workers after one-in-seven test positive | Irish Times, Ireland

Resident physicians feel unprepared to counsel patients on medical cannabis

A recent study from Saint Peter's University Hospital in New Brunswick, New Jersey, highlights the need for further education among resident physicians in the use of medical cannabis | EurekAlert, USA

Adolescents underreport amphetamine use, likely unaware that adderall is amphetamine

High school seniors appear to be underreporting their nonmedical use of amphetamine, despite reporting using Adderall without a doctor's orders, finds a study by the Center for Drug Use and HIV/HCV Research (CDUHR) at NYU Meyers College of Nursing | News Medical, USA

New York State Bans Vaping Anywhere Cigarettes Are Prohibited

Starting late next month, electronic cigarettes will be banned from indoor public spaces like bars, restaurants and offices in New York State | NYTimes, USA

A Photographer’s View of the American Opioid Crisis

Life on the front lines of the opioid epidemic is an intimate, relentless battle. First responders bring heroin users back from the dead, only to return, often, to the same house and the same person, after another overdose | New Yorker, USA

Eventbrite Is Pulling Some Cannabis Events From Its Site, Leaving Organizers Frustrated

For the past two years, Michael Zaytsev has sold tickets to the New York Cannabis Film Festival on Eventbrite. The yearly event shows off films that span from entertaining comedies to educational documentaries in Brooklyn's trendy Wythe Hotel. But this year, Eventbrite abruptly pulled the event from its platform and suspended Zaytsev's account | Forbes, USA

Iran's police force has seized more than 400 tons of illegal drugs since March

Illicit substances may be effective interventions to crime | EurekAlert, USA

Why Iran is a global hub for narcotics

Iran's police force has seized more than 400 tons of illegal drugs since March | Aljazeera, Qatar



Blogs, comment and opinion

Interesting things about alcohol and other drugs, October 2017

Andrew Brown (@andrewbrown365) shares new data on substance misuse and associated multiple needs, including new estimates on the prevalence of opiate and crack cocaine users in England | MEAM, UK

Drugs for the treatment of alcohol dependence: insufficient evidence?

In this guest post Clare Sharp, a PhD researcher at the University of Stirling, explores the implications of new research on the use of drugs used to support alcohol treatment | Alcohol Policy UK, UK

Why don’t we just… ask our MPs to support legalising drugs?

A few weeks ago Prince William, going where most angels fear to tread, asked a group of drug users what they thought about legalising drugs. Why don’t we ask our MPs the same thing, given they are responsible for the drug laws? | Big Issue North, UK

Letter to the editor: Supervised drug-consumption centers would save money and lives

How can Maine reduce its number of fatal drug overdoses? One solution: establishing supervised drug-consumption facilities | Press and Herald, USA