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In The LGBTQ+ Community

25th November 2017, Royal Garden Hotel, Kensington, London, 9.00am 5.00pm.


5 hours CPD available. How to better serve our clients from the LGBTQ+ Community? This one day CPD workshop of presentations and experiential modules threads together important information with takeaway skills as we explore the benefits of being informed, self-aware clinicians in this area. Presented by the USA’s Beck Gee-Cohen, a pioneer in LGBTQ+ addiction/mental health treatment, and one of the UK’s leading psychodrama therapists Adela Campbell. Professional £90 / Student £50 / NHS & Statutory Sector £50. Places limited. Presented by iCAAD Events. Supported by Resort 12



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DS Weekly - 17th November 2017




In date order, Monday to Friday

Drug-seizures fall in Wales blamed on police cuts

Welsh police forces carried out 7,759 drug seizures in 2016-17, which is 16% less than the year before, Home Office figures show | BBC, UK

Lord advocate fails to back 'fix room' plan

Scotland's top prosecutor has refused to back a controversial plan to set up the UK's first so-called "fix room" | BBC, UK

The killer on Britain’s streets – super-strength alcohol

Budget needs to help tackle death toll of country’s rough sleepers, say experts | Guardian, UK

Legal challenge to minimum alcohol pricing has cost lives, say campaigners

Campaigners fighting against Scotland’s alcohol problem last night accused the drinks industry of putting profit before health and claiming that hundreds of lives had been lost during the legal battle over minimum pricing | Scotsman, UK

Adults who buy children tobacco targeted in new campaign

A new national campaign will target adults who buy young people tobacco - in a push to reduce the harm of smoking | BBC, UK

Drug-related infectious diseases in Europe: update from the EMCDDA expert network

This report provides an update on infectious diseases related to injecting drug use in Europe. It covers both the EMCDDA Drug-related infectious diseases indicator, which collects data on the situation, and the responses in the area. The report is based on the indicator’s annual expert meeting, held in Lisbon in June 2017, which brought together national experts from the 28 EU Member States, Norway, Turkey, European neighbourhood countries and partner organisations | EMCDDA, Portugal

Pregabalin and gabapentin: proposal to schedule under the Misuse of Drugs Regulations 2001

This consultation seeks views on options whether, and how, to schedule pregabalin and gabapentin under the Misuse of Drugs Regulations 2001 following the recommendation by the Advisory Council on the Misuse of Drugs (ACMD) that these 2 drugs should be controlled as Class C drugs under the Misuse of Drugs Act 1971 (‘the 1971 Act’) and placed in Schedule 3 to the Misuse of Drugs Regulations 2001 | Home Office, UK

Pregabalin/Lyrica: Consultation over 'bud' drug is 'significant step'

The Home Office has launched a formal consultation to potentially reclassify a prescription drug abused by teenagers in Northern Ireland | BBC, UK

Alcohol licensing: a guide for public health teams

Public health teams make sure that licensing policy and applications consider the health and wellbeing of local communities | PHE, UK

Alcohol Awareness Week 2017 kicks off in week of MUP decision

Alcohol Awareness Week (AAW) 2017 has now kicked off, aiming to prompt conversations about the impact of alcohol and this year 'to help break the cycle of silence and stigma that is all too often experienced by families' | Alcohol Policy UK, UK

Alcohol Awareness Week: How To Talk To Your Kids About Alcohol

When you think about the important life lessons you need to teach your kids as they grow up, a conversation about alcohol probably isn’t the top of that list | Huffington Post, UK

New Effectiveness Bank collection

Constructed for Alcohol Awareness Week 2017 on the theme of ‘Alcohol and Families’, this collection embraces two major roles for the families of problem drinkers – as recipients of support and therapy to promote their own welfare, and as therapeutic agents engaged in promoting the drinker’s welfare through family therapy or less formal involvement in treatment | Drug and Alcohol Findings, UK

£600,000 funding of 12 projects by PHE to help prevent HIV

Through the HIV Prevention Innovation Fund, PHE is funding 12 projects to help develop new and innovative ways of preventing HIV | PHE, UK

EMCDDA–Europol Joint Report on a new psychoactive substance: methyl 1-(2-phenylethyl)-4-[phenyl(propanoyl)amino]piperidine-4-carboxylate (carfentanil)

In May 2017, the EMCDDA and Europol examined the available information on the new psychoactive substance methyl 1-(2-phenylethyl)-4-[phenyl(propanoyl)amino]piperidine-4-carboxylate (carfentanil), through a joint assessment. The two organisations launched a data collection on this substance for the preparation of a Joint Report as stipulated by Article 5.1 of the Council Decision. The Joint Report was submitted to the Council, the Commission and the European Medicines Agency on 27 July 2017 | EMCDDA, Portugal

The future of drug supply monitoring in Europe (poster)

Drug markets can be seen from the perspective of supply and demand. Market-related indicators, therefore, particularly administrative data, such as seizures, price, purity and drug-related offences, are used in most countries for assessment of the drug situation and policy evaluation. However, the illicit nature of drug markets limits data availability and interpretation | EMCDDA, Portugal

Morbidity and mortality in homeless individuals, prisoners, sex workers, and individuals with substance use disorders in high-income countries: a systematic review and meta-analysis

Inclusion health focuses on people in extremely poor health due to poverty, marginalisation, and multimorbidity. We aimed to review morbidity and mortality data on four overlapping populations who experience considerable social exclusion: homeless populations, individuals with substance use disorders, sex workers, and imprisoned individuals | Lancet, UK

Number of drug and alcohol addicts getting help down 10% in three years

Government-funded interventions to support addicts fall dramatically as substance-related deaths hit record high | Independent, UK

Drugsland - BBC iPlayer

Observational documentary series going deep into the world of drugs, as seen through of the eyes of professionals, users and dealers in Bristol | BBC, UK

First task: save lives, reduce harm

Time to consolidate the lessons of the first five instalments of the online course on drug treatment research, exploring key research on reducing drug-related harm. Prompted by HIV, from the start of modern-day harm reduction it was recognised that engaging active drug users was the essential first step, and that meant accepting them on their own terms. Yet also from the start, generating health-promoting and addiction-ending change was on the agenda. A common theme is how this core dilemma affects service delivery and impact | Drug and Alcohol Findings, UK

Should healthcare be rationed for patients who smoke or are obese?

Is it right for patients to be prevented from having certain types of treatment, unless they quit smoking or lose weight? | BBC, UK

Supreme Court backs Scottish minimum alcohol pricing

The UK Supreme Court has ruled that Scotland can set a minimum price for alcohol, rejecting a challenge by the Scotch Whisky Association (SWA) | BBC, UK

Campaigners urge minimum alcohol price in England after Scottish ruling

Call for England to follow suit after supreme court decision that setting a minimum price is legal under EU law | Guardian, UK

Minimum alcohol price ruling welcomed by Welsh Government

Welsh ministers have welcomed a ruling that clears the way for it to impose minimum prices on alcohol | BBC, UK

Main motivation for steroid use 'to enhance image'

The main motivation for people using steroids and other similar drugs in the UK is to enhance their image, a survey has shown | BBC, UK

Afghanistan's booming heroin trade leaves trail of addiction at home

With the country’s opium production rising by 87% on last year, a former US base in Helmand is now a drug abuse treatment centre | Guardian, UK

Afghan opium production jumps to record level, up 87 per cent: Survey

Opium production in Afghanistan increased by 87 per cent to a record level of 9,000 metric tons in 2017 compared with 2016 levels, according to the latest Afghanistan Opium Survey figures released today by the Afghan Ministry of Counter Narcotics and UNODC. The area under opium poppy cultivation also increased to a record 328,000 hectares (ha) in 2017, up 63 per cent compared with 201,000 hectares in 2016 | UNODC, Switzerland

EMCDDA–Europol Joint Report on a new psychoactive substance: N-phenyl-N-[1-(2-phenylethyl)piperidin-4-yl]-furan-2-carboxamide (furanylfentanyl)

In November 2016, the EMCDDA and Europol examined the available information on a new psychoactive substance N-phenyl-N-[1-(2-phenylethyl)piperidin-4-yl]-furan-2-carboxamide, commonly known as furanylfentanyl, through a joint assessment | EMCDDA, Portugal

NIHR research in place to evaluate minimum pricing in Scotland

The NIHR has funded new research ready to elevate the consequences of this. There is evidence to suggest that reducing affordability of alcohol reduces consumption and reduces harm. Minimum alcohol pricing aims to increase the price of the cheapest and/or strongest alcohol, thus reducing its affordability | NIHR, UK

Spotlight: prescription addiction - BBC iPlayer

Lyndsey Telford investigates the rise in deaths from prescription drug abuse and asks why, in Northern Ireland, these drugs kill more than heroin | BBC, UK

Should alcohol sponsorship of Scottish football be regulated?

Thousands of Scots football fans pay homage every weekend to their clean-living sporting heroes, primed to within an inch of their optimum body-fat percentage, as they cover every blade of grass...while sporting the name of a drinks brand on their strips | Scotsman, UK