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22 February 2017

Culture secretary appoints new UK anti-doping chair

Karen Bradley appointed Trevor Pearce CBE QPM as the new chair of UK Anti-Doping for a term of 4 years, commencing tomorrow.

NICE: drug-misuse prevention

Guideline covers targeted interventions to prevent misuse of drugs, including illegal drugs, ‘legal highs’ and prescription-only medicines in people who are most likely to start using drugs or who are already experimenting or using drugs occasionally.

Cocaine addiction leads to build-up of iron in brain

University of Cambridge study, in Translational Psychiatry, raises hopes that there is a biomarker – a biological measure of addiction – that could be used as a target for future treatments.

Abbeycare Newmarket: 4 staff vacancies

Looking for a new job? Abbeycare wishes to recruit a specialist nurse prescriber (apply by 24 February), recovery support workers and senior recovery support worker – click to apply by 17 February!

Pro-cannabis party must pay £23,000 over late accounts

Electoral Commission cited Cannabis is Safer than Alcohol party for ‘numerous failures’ – well, pot does demotivate people, among other drug harms…

Big Tobacco sets stage for alcohol to defend brands

Another branding tool will be lost to marketing departments from May, after which all cigarettes must be sold in a mud-green box emblazoned with large warnings about the dangers of smoking. Last December, Public Health England proposed extending plain packaging to alcohol.

Smoking cessation services face cuts

Cash-strapped local authorities and Clinical Commissioning Groups are cutting funds to smoking-cessation services. Generally in the NHS, target deficit cuts could be missed by over £300million.

Suicide prevention: a guide for local authorities

From the early 1980s until a decade ago, there was a downwards trend in suicide rates – since then numbers have risen. The Local Government Association writes that many believe the economic downturn is a key factor.

Brain scans could ‘spot teen drug problems’

Universitätsklinikum Hamburg Eppendorf and Stanford University asked 144 adolescents who had not previously used recreational drugs to fill in questionnaires and take part in behavioural tests to assess how impulsive they were; researchers then conducted brain scans. BBC summary.

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