Daily news - 25th September 2017

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Public Health England marketing strategy: 2017 to 2020

This strategy sets out Public Health England's 3-year strategic framework | PHE, UK

Government accused of cutting vital drug and alcohol services as £43m slashed from addiction budgets

The Government has been accused of presiding over “staggering cuts” to vital drug and alcohol services, forcing town halls to slash £43m from addiction budgets in one year| Independent, UK

Liverpool’s Drink Less Enjoy More Intervention Progress Monitoring Report (PDF)

[Updated September] UK nightlife environments are characterised by high levels of drunkenness and alcohol related health and social harms (Bellis & Hughes, 2011). Such high levels of intoxication in city centres across the UK belie the fact that the sale of alcohol to, or purchase of alcohol for intoxicated individuals has been illegal for over 400 years | PHI, UK

Scotland's busiest needle exchange for drug addicts is forced to close amid fears over HIV outbreak

The service provided by Boots in Glasgow's Central Station is being forced to close by Network Rail, which owns the station, at the end of this week, despite pleas to retain it from the NHS, the police, the Scottish Drugs Forum and the convenor of the Scottish Parliament’s Cross Party Group on Drugs and Alcohol Misuse | Evening Times, UK

RSPH proud to support project aimed at reducing alcohol harm

RSPH is proud to support ‘Communities in Charge of Alcohol’, a pioneering programme which is being rolled out across Greater Manchester | RSPH, UK

PCC hosting a summit to tackle the scourge of drugs in the West Midlands

On December 15 2017, Police and Crime Commissioner David Jamieson is hosting a wide-ranging summit to reach practical and lasting solutions that reduce the harm of drugs in the West Midlands | West Midlands PCC, UK

Fingerprint test can tell if you’ve taken cocaine, even when you’ve washed your hands

Test could enable police and others to tell within seconds whether someone has taken the drug | Independent, UK

First large scale study of cocaine users leads to breakthrough in drug testing

Scientists from the University of Surrey have developed a rapid and highly sensitive fingerprint test that can take just seconds to confirm whether someone has used cocaine | University of Surrey, UK

E-cigarette advertising consultation September 2017

We're consulting on potential changes to the CAP and BCAP rules around advertising e-cigarettes. The consultation is open until 5pm on Monday 16 October | ASA, UK

Letters being sent to prison are being photocopied amid fears they are soaked in drugs  

Legal letters being sent to prisons are being photocopied by wardens amid fears they are soaked in drugs | Telegraph, UK

Freshers' week: First-year students warned after spate of drink-spiking at Bristol University

Police are reportedly investigating the 'nasty and predatory' incidents which have struck new students as they arrive at university | Independent, UK

Serotonin and brain function: a tale of two receptors

[Full access] Previous attempts to identify a unified theory of brain serotonin function have largely failed to achieve consensus. In this present synthesis, we integrate previous perspectives with new and older data to create a novel bipartite model centred on the view that serotonin neurotransmission enhances two distinct adaptive responses to adversity | Journal of Psychopharmacology, UK

Cornish heroin addict who turned his life around speaks out ahead of service to remember those who died because of drugs

Gary Hales beat his addiction five years ago and has since gained a diploma, a degree and gained full-time employment | Cornwall Live, UK

21st September 2017: Crackdown on drug use in Ipswich park - BBC radio

Wayne Bavin sits in for Foz and hears how extra wardens are detering dealers and users | BBC Radio Suffolk, UK

Refuse collector jailed for supplying drugs to 15-year-old girl who died

Jacob Khanlarian, 20, has been sentenced to three years after he admitted supplying MDMA to Leah Kerry in Newton Abbot | Guardian, UK

Four men jailed over 'extensive' booze fraud

Four men have been jailed for smuggling truckloads of alcohol into the UK in a scam that cost £3.8m in lost taxes | BBC, UK

Darlington fire leads to cannabis farm discovery

A large cannabis farm has been discovered after an electrical fire broke out in an empty office | BBC, UK

Too high: men rescued from Scafell Pike 'unable to walk due to cannabis'

Four men were rescued from England’s highest mountain after “becoming incapable of walking due to cannabis use”, police have said | The Guardian, UK


International news

Battling heroin and fentanyl deaths one shot at a time

IBTimes UK examines miraculous naloxone that brings heroin overdosers back from the brink of death | IBTimes, UK

If this happens to you when you drink, you need to stop immediately

People who turn red or suffer from facial blotches when drinking are likely to suffer from a serious disorder | Independent, UK

'Suicide headaches' drive patients to try LSD and magic mushrooms to stop the pain

Cluster headaches are so painful they have earned the nickname 'suicide headaches'. When the medication to alleviate this intense pain doesn't work, sufferers report using psychedelics instead to prevent the attacks | IBTimes, UK

A quarter of cancer patients use cannabis to feel better, where it's legal

Cannabis is extremely popular among cancer patients in states where it is legal, a study in the US has found | IBTimes, UK

‘Seven Days of Heroin’: Cincinnati Enquirer lifts the lid on city’s harrowing epidemic

Stephanie Gaffney and her eight-month-old Elliana, pictured above, are at Cincinnati’s Children’s Hospital Medical Centre. It’s a clinic for babies with neonatal abstinence syndrome, which happens when babies are born to mothers addicted to heroin. The children can suffer from sleeplessness, seizures, tremors and other withdrawal symptoms | Volte Face, UK

Cassie Sainsbury says she can't unlock phone to prove innocence

Accused Australian drug smuggler in Colombian jail says she has evidence of death threats but cannot access messages | Guardian, UK

The Drinks Industry can have their ads but they can’t have Christmas too!

The Alcohol Beverage Federation of Ireland (ABFI) have recently issued a statement, and supporting video advertorial on social media, again critical of the measures proposed in the Public Health (Alcohol) Bill. The piece criticises the measures as seeking the demise of an ‘iconic’ television advert for an alcoholic beverage, and highlights the aspects that may be lost | Alcohol Action Ireland, Ireland

Feud gangs using drug addicts to get false passports

The gangs target drug users indebted to them to assist in obtaining the passports | Journal, Ireland

The medicinal cannabis bill passed through the Dáil last year, but now it's on the shelf

The Bill which passed through the Dáil has effectively shelved following a damning report | Journal, Ireland

EMCDDA–Europol Joint Report on a new psychoactive substance: 1-(4-cyanobutyl)-N-(2-phenylpropan-2-yl)indazole-3-carboxamide (CUMYL-4CN-BINACA)

In March 2017, the EMCDDA and Europol examined the available information on the new psychoactive substance 1-(4-cyanobutyl)-N-(2-phenylpropan-2-yl)indazole-3- carboxamide, commonly known as CUMYL-4CN-BINACA, through a joint assessment | EMCDDA, Portugal

EMCDDA–Europol Joint Report on a new psychoactive substance: N-phenyl-N-[1-(2-phenylethyl)piperidin-4-yl]tetrahydrofuran-2-carboxamide (tetrahydrofuranylfentanyl; THF-F)

In March 2017, the EMCDDA and Europol examined the available information on the new psychoactive substance N-phenyl-N-[1-(2-phenylethyl)piperidin-4-yl]tetrahydrofuran- 2-carboxamide, commonly known as tetrahydrofuranylfentanyl (THF-F), through a joint assessment | EMCDDA, Portugal

EMCDDA–Europol Joint Report on a new psychoactive substance: N-(1-amino-3,3-dimethyl-1-oxobutan-2-yl)-1-(cyclohexylmethyl)-1H-indazole-3-carboxamide (ADB-CHMINACA)

In March 2017, the EMCDDA and Europol examined the available information on the new psychoactive substance N-(1-amino-3,3-dimethyl-1-oxobutan-2-yl)-1- (cyclohexylmethyl)-1H-indazole-3-carboxamide, commonly known as ADB-CHMINACA, through a joint assessment | EMCDDA, Portugal

EMCDDA–Europol Joint Report on a new psychoactive substance: N-(4-fluorophenyl)-N-(1-phenethylpiperidin-4-yl)isobutyramide (4-fluoroisobutyrylfentanyl; 4F-iBF)

In March 2017, the EMCDDA and Europol examined the available information on the new psychoactive substance N-(4-fluorophenyl)-N-(1-phenethylpiperidin-4-yl) isobutyramide, commonly known as 4-fluoroisobutyrylfentanyl (4F-iBF), through a joint assessment | EMCDDA, Portugal

EMCDDA–Europol Joint Report on a new psychoactive substance: N-(1-amino-3-methyl-1-oxobutan-2-yl)-1-(cyclohexylmethyl)-1H-indazole-3-carboxamide (AB-CHMINACA)

In March 2017, the EMCDDA and Europol examined the available information on the new psychoactive substance N-(1-amino-3-methyl-1-oxobutan-2-yl)-1-(cyclohexylmethyl)- 1H-indazole-3-carboxamide, commonly known as AB-CHMINACA, through a joint assessment | EMCDDA, Portugal

EMCDDA–Europol Joint Report on a new psychoactive substance: methyl 2-{[1-(5-fluoropentyl)-1H-indazole-3-carbonyl]amino}-3,3-dimethylbutanoate (5F-MDMB-PINACA; 5F-ADB)

In March 2017, the EMCDDA and Europol examined the available information on the new psychoactive substance methyl 2-{[1-(5-fluoropentyl)-1H-indazole-3-carbonyl]amino}- 3,3-dimethylbutanoate, commonly known as 5F-MDMB-PINACA, through a joint assessment | EMCDDA, Portugal

This app maps opioid overdoses in real time

The opioid epidemic is ripping through America like a fire untamed. Blame big pharma, if you want. Blame cheap pain pills and cheaper heroin | WIRED, USA

Dozens of alcohol-flavored tobacco products may lure teens

Nearly 50 alcohol-flavored tobacco product lines are marketed by more than 400 tobacco brands in the United States and these products may especially attract teens, luring them into tobacco addiction, according to a new study | Reuters, USA

Breaking memory circuits with marijuana

Paranoia. Munchies. Giggles. Sleepiness. Memory loss. Although the effects of cannabinoids–the active components of marijuana–are familiar to many, their neurobiological substrates are poorly characterized | Medical Xpress, USA

Why Are We Questioning Opiate Replacement Medications And Naltrexone For Opioid Dependence?

You wouldn’t question someone using Nicorette to quit smoking | Huffington Post, USA

Stopping the Drug Epidemic

Drug trafficking is now the most murderous criminal activity in American history. Overdose deaths from illegal drugs passed 50,000 in 2015 — many times the number of Americans killed by all Islamic terrorists over almost 20 years | RealClear Policy, USA

Health minister says Canadians need to avoid judging those addicted to opioids

'It's easy to judge, it really is, until you're someone personally affected by this situation' | CBC News, Canada

Reduce alcohol by a litre a year, see a 15 per cent reduction in liver cancer

Reducing Australia's per-capita alcohol consumption by just one litre a year would drive a significant reduction in head, neck and liver cancer deaths | Age, Australia

Ice epidemic puts Queensland child protection system under strain

Queensland's worsening ice epidemic is heaping pressure on the state's child safety department, with more than one-third of kids taken into care coming from parents addicted to the drug | Age, Australia

Grass roots response to win ice war

The Australian Government is teaming up with key community groups across the country to tackle the scourge of ice at a grass-roots level, with the next 40 Local Drug Action Teams rolling out | The Hon Greg Hunt MP, Australia

Anti-ice ads aimed at partying school leavers

Anti-drug ads showing ice addicts spiralling violently out of control are targeting schoolies thinking of experimenting with party drugs during end-of-year celebrations | Daily Telegraph, UK

Cracks in the ice - smartphone app survey

The National Drug and Alcohol Research Centre at the University of New South Wales have developed a native smartphone application (mobile ‘app’) to improve access to evidence-based information about ‘ice’ (crystal methamphetamine) for the Australian community, known as Cracks in the Ice. To ensure that the app is user friendly, functional, appealing and relevant, we are seeking feedback from members of the general community | NDARC, Australia

Police seize a tonne of 'bute' and 28,000 ecstasy pills in Melbourne's north

About a tonne of the industrial solvent known as "bute" that has been responsible for dozens of drug overdoses in clubs and at music festivals has been seized in Melbourne's inner-north | Age, Australia


Blogs, comment and opinion

I was relaxed about Britain’s drug culture revolution – but not any more

With deaths at record levels, calls for legalisation feel simplistic. But we must do more to make drugs such as ecstasy safe | Guardian opinion, UK

Investment must follow shifts in treatment to reduce addiction

Sir, The account provided by Sigrid Rausing of the death of her sister-in- law is insightful and touching (“Outdated attitudes to drug addicts damage families, FT Weekend, September 16) | FT Letters, UK

Drug dealers play their trump card

If pushers are handing out business cards to freshers, it sounds like they know their market | Guardian opinion, UK

Drugs debate: Should drugs be legalised? Two parents who have suffered the horror of losing children to drugs give very different views

Elizabeth Burton-Phillips and Ray Lakeman have both lost sons to drugs. One thinks they should be legalised while the other thinks they should be policed even more strictly | The Sun, UK

Consider the impact of drug legalisation

Danny Kushlick says the distinction between legalisation and decriminalisation is key. Tony Jackson believes the sooner drugs are legalised and regulated, as is alcohol, the better | Guardian letters, UK

Peter Hitchens: My drugs advice to William? You've been duped, you dope!

Prince William has been duped by the drug legalisation lobby. I can only assume he was misled by foolish or unsuitable advisers or lobbyists, who sought to use him. But he should have known better | Mail Online opinion, UK

The problem isn’t drugs it’s drug policy, and state control and regulation isn’t the solution to that problem

If, in an attempt to win support for drug policy change, we collude with [the] myths: that drugs are inherently unsafe; that drugs are potentially dangerous; and that drugs need state regulation and control; then we sabotage reform by perpetuating myth, misunderstanding and misinformation | Julian Buchanan Blog, UK

‘Oh Excellent Air Bag!’ review – two centuries of laughing gas

This wonderful collection of writings on nitrous oxide features carnivals, dentists’ chairs, Humphry Davy in ecstasy and William James talking nonsense | Guardian, UK

How to win a war on drugs

Portugal treats addiction as a disease, not a crime | NYTimes, USA

ACT government's decision to allow a pill testing trial at Spilt Milk festival is a good one

It is a courageous decision and not one that will be welcomed by everyone | Age editorial, Australia

AOD Media Watch: Correcting Mainstream Media Misinformation About Drugs

On March 31 this year, an opinion piece appeared in the Age with the headline, The zombie apocalypse is here and none of us are safe. The author Wendy Squires relates a confrontation she had with a man, who’d allegedly been using ice, in a small park whilst walking her dog | AOD Media Watch blog, Australia