Daily news - 7th September 2017


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Drink and Drugs News Residential Treatment Directory 2017 update

We want to ensure that the directory is as comprehensive as possible. If you work for a residential service (and have not already done so) please add your organisation to the free listings | DDN, UK

UK news

ACMD warns ministers of falling local funding for drug treatment services

Funding cuts are the single biggest threat to drug treatment recovery outcomes, a report published by the ACMD has warned | ACMD, UK

Commissioning impact on drug treatment

This independent report by the ACMD investigates the impact of commissioning on drug treatment. It looks at: commissioning structures, contracting arrangements and the financial environment, the impact on recovery outcomes for individuals and communities | ACMD, UK

ACMD issues stark warning on funding cuts

Funding cuts are the ‘single biggest threat' to treatment recovery outcomes, according to the government’s own advisors, the ACMD. Maintaining funding levels for treatment is ‘essential’ for preventing drug-related deaths and crime, states Commissioning impact on drug treatment, which contains examples of funding reductions brought about by re-procurement or variations to existing contracts | DDN, UK

See responses to the report in Blogs, comment and opinion section below

Drugs: Rehabilitation

To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what discussions she has had with her counterparts at the Department for Health and the Ministry of Justice on the potential merits of establishing a drugs rehabilitation programme to divert drug users from the criminal justice system and towards health services and of deferring or withdrawing fines and custodial sentence upon the successful completion of a drug rehabilitation programme | They work for you, UK

Drugs: Misuse

To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, if she will make it a criminal offence for a landlord to fail to stop or remove a tenant found to be using illegal drugs in their property and then to take no action following the police notifying them that such is the case | They work for you, UK

Drones

What steps the Government are taking to prevent the use of drones over prisons | They work for you, UK

Effectiveness Bank Drug Treatment Matrix cell A1: Ways to reduce the harm

Initiates a fortnightly course on the evidence base for harm reduction and treatment in relation to illegal drugs. Learn why precisely because it shunned methadone maintenance, Sweden has been able to most convincingly demonstrate its lifesaving value. In the 1980s the future of needle exchange was in the balance. Read how that balance was tipped when the apparent failure of pilot schemes was hidden. Evaluations of the Scottish national naloxone programme are a litmus test of its effectiveness in the UK. Examine with us the (not entirely convincing) evidence | Drug and Alcohol Findings, UK

Internet-based interventions for smoking cessation

obacco use is estimated to kill 7 million people a year. Nicotine is highly addictive, but surveys indicate that almost 70% of US and UK smokers would like to stop smoking. Although many smokers attempt to give up on their own, advice from a health professional increases the chances of quitting. As of 2016 there were 3.5 billion Internet users worldwide, making the Internet a potential platform to help people quit smoking | Cochrane Library, UK

Wrecked by a high tide

Andy Extance investigates the chemistry that has helped recreational drugs evade the law, and its consequences | Chemistry World, UK

Should You Take This Legal Supplement If You Smoke Skunk?

A growing body of evidence suggests that taking CBD will help to balance out any of the dodgy effects of THC | VICE, UK

Embarrassed Pill Takers Tell Us Their Worst Ecstasy Stories

Pills contain more MDMA than ever at the moment, which is obviously going to have some repercussions | VICE, UK

Alzheimer’s and smoking genes suggest we’re still evolving

We are still evolving – very slowly. In the 20th century, people in the UK evolved to be less likely to smoke heavily, but the effect was tiny. So claims a study of 200,000 genomes | New Scientist, UK

Recovering Dundee drug addicts to be given cameras to capture their lives for new project

They say that the camera never lies — and now the power of photographs is to be used to tell the story of recovering addicts in Dundee | Evening Telegraph, UK

Drug Concern: A new form of recovery - BBC Radio iPlayer

A recovering addict tells Jim about how the new approach changed his life | BBC radio Guernsey, UK

Suicide prevention video from DWAW Glasgow - video

Willie from our Glasgow team is trained in ASIST (Applied Suicide Intervention Skills Training) through Choose Life the suicide and self harm prevention programme in Scotland. He spoke to us about alcohol, suicide and getting help | Drink Wise, Age Well, UK

Action On Smoking and Health

To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what funding his Department provided to Action on Smoking and Health in 2016-17; what funding his Department plans to provide to that group over 2017-18; and if he will make a statement | They work for you, UK

People Who Have Taken Psychedelics Are More Likely To Be Environmentally Friendly

One of the most common anecdotes from taking psychedelic drugs, whether LSD, mescaline, or magic mushrooms, is gaining a new appreciation of the natural world. But is there any real truth to the claim that dropping psychedelics can change your views on the environment, even after the high has gone? | IFL Science, UK

The Effect of Alcohol Hangover on Response Inhibition and Attentional Bias [Survey]

This study will examine the effects of alcohol hangover on cognition. If you decide to participate you will be asked to attend one screening session and two testing sessions at the University of Bath. In one session you will be required to be experiencing a hangover, and in the other you will be asked to abstain from alcohol for 24hours. During the testing sessions you will complete some questionnaires and then some computerised tasks combined with eye-tracking | University of Bath, UK

Ex-Cheshire West council leader refuses to repay alcohol expenses

A former council leader has refused to repay more than £450 of taxpayers' money he spent on alcohol while representing the council | BBC, UK

Gin for breakfast? Alcoholic yoghurt raises eyebrows

Forget a dash of tonic with lemon and lime - gin has been spiriting its way into our mealtimes, with supermarkets now selling gin-flavoured foods, from yoghurt to fish. So does gin belong in the pantry as well as the pub? | BBC, UK

 

International news

Effect of tobacco control policies on perinatal and child health: a systematic review and meta-analysis

Tobacco smoking and smoke exposure during pregnancy and childhood cause considerable childhood morbidity and mortality. We did a systematic review and meta-analysis to investigate whether implementation of WHO's recommended tobacco control policies (MPOWER) was of benefit to perinatal and child health | Lancet, UK

Coalition should proceed with plan to drug test welfare recipients, inquiry says

Labor and Greens say bill should not be passed as it will contribute to growing inequality and disadvantage the vulnerable | Guardian, UK

What Can Australia Learn from Portugal's Approach to Drugs?

An Australian politician has called for the decriminalisation of drugs in the Northern Territory, which has already decriminalised cannabis, after witnessing the successes of Portugal’s drug policy | Talking Drugs, UK

How Cannabis Legalisation is going in Uruguay

It’s early days for Uruguay’s fledgling state-run marijuana industry, and far too soon for sweeping statements about its success or failure – after all, marijuana only became available to buy over-the-counter on 19 July this year. Nonetheless, the UK should be paying close attention, since what happens in Uruguay could well provide a roadmap for legalisation here | Volte Face, UK

Why Smoking Rates in the Military Are So High

Members of the United States military smoke at above-average rates, according to a Department of Defense report. 2011 numbers showed that 24 percent of active duty personnel were smokers compared with 19 percent of civilians. And 38 percent of the servicemen and women who smoke picked up the habit afterenlisting | How stuff works, UK

Narcos season three and the lies we tell about the drugs war

In popular culture the war on drugs is seen as us versus them, good versus bad, legal versus illegal. So why do our banks launder cartel drug money? | Guardian, UK

Investigation finds further 500,000 false garda breath tests

An investigation into how almost a million false breath tests were recorded on An Garda Síochána computer systems has discovered another 500,000 false tests that were also recorded but not carried out | RTe, Ireland

Consultants yet to seek licences for cannabis treatments

No consultant has applied for a licence to use medicinal cannabis to treat a patient, Health Minister Simon Harris has confirmed | Irish Examiner, Ireland

Annual Surveillance Report of Drug-Related Risks and Outcomes (PDF)

The purpose of this first annual surveillance report is to summarize the latest information available on the national level for various health outcomes, health behaviors, and prescribing patterns related to the drug problem in the United States | CDC, USA

People who use drugs require prioritization, not exclusion, in HCV elimination

An international conference bringing together hepatitis C experts from around the world is today calling for strategies to prioritise people who use drugs, saying hepatitis C elimination is impossible without them | EurekAlert, USA

Introduction to the Special Series on Youth Risky Behavior

During the month of September, most parents are preparing their kids for a new school year and anticipating the new people and situations their children might encounter | BASIS, USA

Trump’s new drug czar nominee once said drug users belong in a “hospital-slash-prison”

Trump’s pick signals a continued escalation of the war on drugs | VOX, USA

When a Company Is Making Money From the Opioid Crisis

Some shareholders of a major drug distributor are arguing that the company's goals should be more in line with society's | The Atlantic, USA

Inquiry into the Drugs, Poisons and Controlled Substances Amendment (Pilot Medically Supervised Injecting Centre) Bill (PDF)

The Drugs, Poisons and Controlled Substances Amendment (Pilot Medically Supervised Injecting Centre) Bill 2017 (the Bill) seeks to amend the Drugs, Poisons and Controlled Substances Act 1981 (the Principal Act), to provide for the licencing and operation of a medically supervised injecting centre (MSIC) for a trial period of 18 months | Parliament of Victoria, Australia

 

Blogs, comment and opinion

Collective Voice responds to the ACMD’s report ‘Commissioning impact on drug treatment’

Collective Voice analysis of resources available to fund drug treatment shows a 25% reduction since 2013 | Collective Voice, UK

Phoenix comments on ACMD's recent 'commissioning impact' report

ACMD’s recent report 'Commissioning impact on drug treatment' looks at commissioning structures, contracting arrangements and the financial environment and the impact on recovery outcomes for individuals and communities | Phoenix Futures, UK

Making the economic case for prevention

Ask public health people what motivates them professionally and the answer for most might be the opportunity to protect health, promote health and wellbeing or to reduce health inequalities | PHE Blog, UK

Much of the data used to justify the welfare card is flawed

The drastic and expensive changes to welfare policy are not reasonable because they are based on questionable research | Guardian opinion, UK

How legalization caused the price of marijuana to collapse

All the diverse effects of legalizing recreational marijuana may not be clear for a number of years, but one consequence has become evident almost immediately: Pot has never been so cheap | Washington Post Blog, USA

Cost of addiction will only grow under drug-testing plan

The Australian Government wants to introduce laws that could see up to 5000 welfare recipients drug tested. As part of the trial, the Government plans to put welfare recipients on income management if they return a positive result for ice, ecstasy or marijuana | Mercury, Australia