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It is with deep regret that we have to announce that as of today, DrugScope is closing down. To read the formal announcement, please click here.


DrugScope Daily will continue as normal, at least until the end of April.



UK news

Leading drugs charity DrugScope to close due to lack of funds

Organisation representing professionals tackling drug and alcohol abuse forced to shut after 15 years because of ‘worsening financial situation’ | Guardian, UK

New regulations and responsibilities for CQC

April will bring significant changes to how we regulate the 49,500 health and adult social care providers and services across the country, which are dedicated to making sure people receive the best care possible at all times | CQC, UK


An independent expert group on novel psychoactive substances (NPS) called Project NEPTUNE (Novel Psycho Active Treatment: UK Network) has released guidance on on the clinical management of acute and chronic harms of club drugs and novel psychoactive substances. The multi-disciplinary group of experts developed the guidance based on a systematic review of the evidence and clinical consensus | Project NEPTUNE, UK

Presentation on the need for wider community access to Naloxone in England

Includes a customisable version of the presentation for download | NAGEngland, UK

Need for a comprehensive national survey of cannabis use

Hall and Degenhardt rightly draw our attention to the risks associated with cannabis use and to the evidence that has accumulated so far | BMJ, UK

Drug arrest case prompts police commissioner warning

Police officers should seek immediate medical attention for prisoners they believe have swallowed drugs, according to a recommendation from the Police Investigations & Review Commissioner | BBC, UK

E-cigarettes: Many teenagers trying them, survey concludes

Many teenagers, even those who have never smoked, are experimenting with e-cigarettes, researchers in north-west England say | BBC, UK

Binge drinking 'costing UK taxpayers £4.9bn'

Binge drinking is costing UK taxpayers £4.9bn a year, a study has suggested | BBC, UK

Public Health Responsibility Deal unlikely to be an effective response to alcohol harms

New research reveals weaknesses in Government’s public-private partnership with alcohol industry | LSHTM, UK

Addressing complex needs: Improving services for vulnerable homeless people (PDF)

This report tells the story of the real progress we have made in this parliament, increasing investment in homelessness services, providing strategic support to help authorities deliver effective prevention services, and testing innovative new approaches. We also take a longer term view and set out our aspirations for building on this work to help some of society’s most vulnerable people in the next parliament and beyond | Dept of Local Government and Communities, UK

Bristol Khat ban sees one caution issued in nine months

One caution for khat possession has been issued by police in Bristol since a nationwide ban on the substance was introduced last June | BBC, UK



International news

Ireland Smoking Ban - BBC iPlayer

n March 2004 Ireland became the first country in the world to ban smoking in the workplace. Many publicans feared it would hit their business hard | BBC , UK

New Zealand: Hemp smoothie ads pulled over drug slogans

A New Zealand sandwich shop is in hot water over adverts for a hemp smoothie which played on the plant's association with marijuana | BBC, UK

Silk Road agents charged with stealing seized Bitcoin

Two former US special agents have been charged with stealing large amounts of digital currency, which came into their possession during an investigation into the notorious Silk Road marketplace | BBC, UK

Stacey Dooley Investigates: Meth and madness in Mexico - BBC iPlayer

Stacey Dooley returns with another hard-hitting series lifting the lid on the global war on drugs. Heading to remote and hostile regions, she investigates who's really winning this cat-and-mouse battle. To be shown next Tuesday | BBC, UK

Exclusive: Major tobacco firm launches legal bid to halt Government’s controversial plain packaging measures

One of the world’s largest tobacco firms has launched a legal bid to halt the Government’s controversial plain packaging measures, can reveal | Independent, Ireland

Motion for a Resolution on a new Alcohol Strategy

A positive vote by the Parliament's Environment, Public Health and Food Safety (ENVI) Committee on the Alcohol Strategy Resolution on the 31st of March is crucial, writes Anna Hedh | EurActiv, Belgium

Inside the Deep Web Drug Lab

Welcome to DoctorX’s Barcelona lab, where the drugs you bought online are tested for safety and purity. No questions asked | Medium, USA

Vape at Your Own Risk: Company-Ordered Recalls and the Lack of Regulation in the Canadian E-Cigarette Industry

On October 17, 2014, Flavour Crafters, one of Canada's largest manufacturers of e-cigarette liquids, received a 26-page report from a chemical analysis laboratory in Durham, North Carolina | VICE, USA

How a Two-Timing DEA Agent Got Busted for Making Money off the Silk Road

Two former investigators into the Silk Road dark web market have been arrested for money laundering and fraud charges directly related to their investigation | VICE Motherboard, USA

In Brazil, Some Inmates Get Therapy With Hallucinogenic Tea

As the night sky enveloped this outpost in Brazil’s Amazon basin, the ceremony at the open-air temple began simply enough | NY Times, USA

U.S. ad campaign points to dangers of dual cigarette/e-cig use

The U.S. Centers for Disease Control is launching an ad campaign warning consumers against the dual use of e-cigarettes and regular cigarettes | Reuters, USA



Blogs, comment and opinion

An injecting room worked for heroin. Let's have one to help beat ice

To tackle ice, Australia needs brave leaders who understand that there will always be people who take meth, and no amount of law enforcement will ever change that | Guardian, UK

Latest blog

Our April blog is a guest post from Adfam and looks at intergenerational risks and the role of the family in alcohol and drug prevention | Stars National Initiative, UK

The cost of binge drinking? £77 per person each year

Harmful alcohol use has been identified as one of the leading preventable causes of death and a key risk factor for chronic diseases (such as cancer) and injuries worldwide. Specifically, alcohol use is responsible for 5.9% – about 3.3m – of deaths across the globe every year | Conversation, UK

New Zealand Is Suffering from a Severe Weed Shortage

New Zealand is suffering its worst weed drought in recent history, and so far pot-starved kiwis have no one to point the finger at | VICE, UK

Ice in Australia: overseas crime gangs, not bikies, are the threat

The Australian Crime Commission (ACC) report into the methylamphetamine market in Australia makes for sombre reading. Released this week, it reveals that more drugs are coming into Australia and certain forms of drug usage are increasing. A variety of crime groups are playing a role in the drug trade | Conversation, Australia