Daily news -26th October 2017

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UK news

Drugs services: commissioning failure after funding cuts

Cuts make Bristol one of a growing number of local authorities who received no bids from service providers | The Bristol Cable, UK

Campaigners call for minimum alcohol price to be introduced in UK

Health experts write letter to Guardian urging government to follow Wales by embracing policy in attempt to reduce deaths | Guardian, UK

Primary and secondary care via the twelve steps

This article and the accompanying infographic developed by Broadway Lodge explains the “Primary Care” and “Secondary Care” aspects of the well-known 12 Step programme | SMMGP, UK

Second-hand smoke levels in Scottish prisons equivalent to living with a smoker

Staff in Scottish prisons inhale roughly the same amount of second-hand smoke at work as they would in the average smoking household (32μg of fine particulate matter per m3). Some activities, like inspecting a smoky prison cell, exposed staff to far higher levels (up to 753.6μg per m3) | NIHR, UK

Your NOS Habit Is Trashing the Earth

Nangs, NOS. Those little steel bulbs of nitrous oxide you drop on the ground because littering at a festival isn't littering, right? Because festivals employ people to pick up nangs and then recycle them... right? | VICE, UK

Art from the Frontline of the War on Drugs

We spoke to the production director of the Museum of Drug Policy | VICE, UK

New fund helps to make public spaces smoke free – North Yorkshire County Council (press release)

North Yorkshire County Council’s new Smokefree Places Fund has been created by its public health team and is part of NYCC’s commitment to promote a smoke free lifestyle and help to realise the ambition of a smoke free generation by 2025 | Newsy, UK

Ex-policewoman's cannabis use to relieve pain from MS

Meet Sue Cox: Former police officer, grandmother... and committed cannabis user | BBC, UK

Michael Head, Liverpool's great lost songwriter, on beating heroin – twice

The former Shack frontman is back with more brilliant Byrdsian guitar pop, the first he’s ever made clean – even if some of his family prefer him on the drink | Guardian, UK

MSP Monica Lennon didn't invite alcoholic father to wedding

When MSP Monica Lennon was due to get married her father's drinking was so bad she decided not to invite him | BBC, UK


International news

Over 12,000 kilos of cocaine has been found in boxes of bananas 

14 tons of cocaine has been found in boxes of bananas seized in Holland and Belgium | MixMag, UK

One in five feel ‘guilt or remorse’ after consuming alcohol

Healthy Ireland Survey 2017 findings reveal the extent of Irish people’s drinking habits | Irish Times, Ireland

Small shops exempt from alcohol display rule

Small retailers look set to escape proposed rules restricting the display of alcohol products in shops in legislation to be revealed next month | Irish Examiner, Ireland

Ana Liffey Drug Project asks young people to talk about drugs

The Ana Liffey Drug Project  launched the Drugs.ie “Let’s Talk About Drugs” National Youth Media Awards Competition 2018 with Bláthnaid Treacy from RTE’s Two Tube. The competition, which is in its fifth year, aims to encourage young people between the ages of 12-25 to think and talk about drug and alcohol related issues creatively | ActiveLink, Ireland

British American Tobacco upbeat on vapour sales

British American Tobacco has forecast that sales of its vapour products will double to £1bn (€1.12bn) next year, as the UK parliament opened an inquiry to establish the health and economic impact of electronic cigarettes | Irish Examiner, Ireland

Large declines seen in teen substance abuse, delinquency

More than a decade of data indicates teens have become far less likely to abuse alcohol, nicotine and illicit drugs, and they also are less likely to engage in delinquent behaviors, such as fighting and stealing, according to results of a national survey analyzed by researchers at Washington University School of Medicine in St. Louis | Medical Xpress, USA

Poll: 64 percent of Americans support legalizing marijuana

A new Gallup poll shows growing support for marijuana legalization, with 64 percent of Americans now in favor of the measure | The Hill, USA

‘Coming Out of a Cloud’ After Drug Abuse and Mental Illness 

Wanda Ramirez, who has schizophrenia, used to smoke marijuana to get her through the day. In treatment, her love of drawing was fostered through art therapy | NYTimes, USA

Anxiety 'huge risk factor' for cannabis use disorder

Researchers from Duke University Medical Center in Durham, NC, explore the risk profiles of problematic cannabis users | MNT, USA

DEA taking back unwanted prescription drugs on oct. 28

On Oct. 28, from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m., the public will have a chance to dispose of expired, unused, and unwanted prescription drugs. The DEA can accept only pills and patches, not liquids, needles, or sharps. The service is provided free of charge and is anonymous | Medical Xpress, USA

Availability of tobacco screening at substance use disorder treatment: A holistic approach

More than two-thirds of people seeking treatment for Substance Use Disorders (SUD) smoke cigarettes. Incorporating smoking cessation as part of SUD treatment has been difficult for varying reasons, including norms of tobacco use among those in treatment, the high prevalence of use among treatment providers, and the perception that quitting smoking might negatively impact SUD treatment and recovery | BASIS, USA

Pre-clinical study suggests path toward non-addictive painkillers

Researchers use a compound with a novel mechanism to treat pain in mice without tolerance or physical dependence | Science Daily, USA

Machine learning detects marketing and sale of Opioids on Twitter

Using advanced machine learning, a cross disciplinary team of University of California San Diego researchers developed technology that mined Twitter to identify entities illegally selling prescription opioids online | Medical Xpress, USA

$10m trial to drug test welfare recipients slammed as 'waste of money'

The future of a welfare drug testing trial, set to take place in Logan, has come under scrutiny in Senate Estimates today | Courier Mail, Australia

David v Goliath: Lessons from Minimum Unit Pricing in Scotland

In the ten years since the concept of minimum unit pricing (MUP) was first mooted in Scotland, it has gone from being perceived as an extreme proposal by public health advocates to a mainstream policy with widespread public and political support | Drink Tank, Australia



Blogs, comment and opinion

UK-wide minimum alcohol price would save lives and ease pressure on NHS

The British government must follow Wales and Scotland in tackling the scourge of ultra-cheap alcohol, say alcohol campaigners, health experts and politicians | Guardian letters, UK

Health Matters: Public perceptions of a smokefree NHS

The hospital environment is one where the most extreme of human experiences are played out. They bring in new life, treat people in pain, heal—and sadly many lives will come to an end there | PHE Blog, UK

Why ASH Scotland does not support a ban on smoking in the home

Back in the office this morning after a few days off covering the school holidays. The first thing demanding attention is a slew of media articles along the lines of “Ban smoking at home, say Scots campaigners” | ASH Scotland blog, UK

Honduras’s Drug War 

An adviser to President Juan Orlando Hernández takes issue with a news article | NYTimes opinion USA

Decriminalising drugs 'could be the answer'

Former police commissioner Karl OCallaghan says decriminalisation of small quantities of certain illicit substances could be the answer to WAs drug problem | Perth Now opinion