Weekly news - 12th July 2013


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Professor Fenton writes for 'Public Health Service Review' about the opportunities and challenges ahead on tackling alcohol and drug misuse

With local authorities now taking the lead on tackling problems of alcohol and drug misuse, Professor Kevin Fenton, Director of Health and Wellbeing at Public Health England, writes for 'Public Service Review: Health and Social Care' about the opportunities and challenges ahead | PHE, UK

Managing persistent pain in secure settings

This guide is an overview of best practice in managing persistent pain and describes how this practice might be implemented in secure environments, including prisons, police custody and immigration removal centres. It offers advice on confirming a diagnosis of persistent pain in a secure setting | PHE, UK

Two men critically ill after taking drug GBL in Llandough

Two men are in a critical condition in hospital in Cardiff after taking the drug GBL, which police say they bought on the internet | BBC, UK

Six deaths caused by fake ecstasy tablets in west of Scotland

Six people in the west of Scotland have died after taking "ecstasy" tablets which contained dangerous chemicals | BBC, UK

HIV and Injecting Drug Use (PDF)

NAT has published a report on 'HIV and Injecting Drug Use'. Issues discussed include MSM and problematic drug use, policy on OST maintenance, elevated mortality rates amongst people who inject drugs and have HIV - and many other matters. For a quick skim you can see the recommendations in blue boxes throughout the report, and then also collated at the end | NAT, UK

Police Scotland issue drugs warning

Police Scotland and NHS Greater Glasgow and Clyde are issuing a warning about the dangers of tablets being sold as ‘ecstasy’ which contain dangerous chemicals | Police Scotland, UK

Childhood trauma and women’s homelessness

Today, we launch the seventh theme of our Rebuilding Shattered Lives campaign. It focuses on the impact of childhood trauma and abuse on the lives of women who are homeless or at risk of homelessness | St Mungo's, UK

The Department for Work and Pensions announce call for evidence for 4th WCA Independent Review

DrugScope and Release are working with treatment providers and agencies from the drug and alcohol sector to develop a sector submission – if you are interested in taking part, please contact Paul Anders for more information | Dept for Work & Pensions, UK

New Directions in the Study of Alcohol Group 2013 - video

New Directions in the Study of Alcohol Group has provided a safe environment where alcohol practitioners, researchers, service managers and commissioners have explored and debated contemporary challenges. The 2013 conference reviews the development of alcohol related work with families including some of the leading researchers internationally: Professor Jim Orford; Professor Alex Copello and Professor Richard Velleman | FEAD, UK

One in ten primary school leavers 'has drunk alcohol in past week'

More than one in ten children in their final year of primary school admits to having drunk alcohol during the previous week, according to a new survey | Telegraph, UK

Drivers could be over limit on prescription pills: Thousands face prison and 12-month ban in zero-tolerance' crackdown

Motorists who abuse prescription drugs face jail under a crackdown that also imposes a ‘zero-tolerance’ limit on illegal substances such as cannabis, cocaine and ecstasy. Thousands of potentially lethal drug-drivers face a 12-month ban, six months’ jail and up to a £5,000 fine under Britain’s first ever official drug-drive limits | Mail Online, UK

Drink and Drugs News Magazine - July Issue

Reporting from the International Harm Reduction Conference in Vilnius on Harm reduction’s global reach | DDN, UK

Tackling the menace of drug driving - press release

Plans to make it easier to prosecute those who drive under the influence of illegal drugs have been published today (9 July 2013) by Roads Minister Stephen Hammond | Dept for Transport, UK

Regulations to specify the drugs and corresponding limits for the new offence of driving with a specified controlled drug in the body above the specified limit - a consultation document (PDF)

In January 2012 the government announced that it would be introducing a new offence of driving with a specific controlled drug in the body above the specified limit for that drug. The consultation published today puts forward proposals on the drugs to be included in the legislation and the limits to be specified | Dept for Transport, UK

Teen dies after taking fake ecstasy in Alexandria

An 18-year-old woman has died after taking fake ecstasy tablets which may have contained dangerous chemicals | BBC, UK

Warnings about the use of the drug Ketamine - video

A surgeon is warning of the dangers of a drug - that children as young as 13 are using. Ketamine is actually a tranquilser for large animals like horses. But it's more recently become the drug of choice for young people | ITV.com, UK

Big Red C campaign launches this week

This is an awareness raising campaign which has been developed by Hepatitis Scotland, Waverley Care, Addaction and Positive Help - supported by the Hepatitis C Trust. If you live in Glasgow, Edinburgh, Lanarkshire or Aberdeen then from the 8th of July you will be seeing bus advertisements featuring the 'Big Red C' encouraging people who may have been at risk to get tested for Hepatitis C | Hepatitis Scotland, UK

DrugScope response to the Justice Committee inquiry ‘Crime reduction policies: a co-ordinated approach?’ (PDF)

There are clear links between substance misuse and offending, and robust evidence points to the significant role of drug and alcohol treatment in cutting crime | DrugScope, UK

Skills Consortium conference 2013 - Building effective practice presentations

Powerpoint presentations from the recent conference | Skills Consortium, UK

Fake ecstasy linked to deaths in Scotland and Northern Ireland - video

Police say the deaths of up to 17 people in Scotland and Northern Ireland may be linked to fake ecstasy tablets | BBC, UK

Public health statistics could cease to be published amid wave of budget cuts

ONS statisicians also looking at 'a significant reduction in the scale' of David Cameron's 'wellbeing programme' | Guardian, UK

Conservatives retreat over minimum price on alcohol

David Cameron’s plans for a minimum alcohol price and a ban on “multi-buy” discounts on drinks will be formally killed off next week | Guardian, UK

Plain cigarette packaging plans shelved

The government is to postpone its plans to introduce standardised plain packaging for cigarettes in the UK | BBC, UK

Mike Ashton: 'The DoDo Bird Effect' overview - from the Editor of Drug and Alcohol Findings - video

Mike Ashton presents the Effectiveneness Bank database and Alcohol Matrix. He also talks about the study by Morris Chafetz, a founding director of the US National Institute on Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism | FEAD, UK