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UK news

Correspondence: ACMD letter to the Home Secretary, December 2014

The chair of the Advisory Council on the Misuse of Drugs (ACMD) writes to Theresa May about government priorities | ACMD, Home Office, UK

Global Drug Survey: how has drug use changed over the years? Share your stories

As we collect responses for 2015’s Global Drug Survey, we’d like to feature your stories and experiences alongside the data | Guardian, UK

'Chemsex' Sexualised Drug Use by MSM - video

David Stuart speaking at the HIT Hot Topics Conference in November 2014, about 'chemsex', sexualised drug use by MSM, and working with those who experience problems as a result of it | Jon Derricott, UK

E-cigarettes could help some smokers quit

“E-cigarettes can help smokers quit or cut down heavily,” The Guardian reports. An international review of the evidence, carried out by the well-respected Cochrane Collaboration, found evidence that they can help some smokers quit | NHS Choices, Behind the Headlines, UK

Alcohol-related Disease — Question

To ask Her Majesty’s Government what action they are taking to address the increase in alcohol-related disease | They work for you, UK

Review of the Operation of Sections 135 and 136 of the Mental Health Act 1983 Review Report and Recommendations (PDF)

This is a report by the Home Office and the Department of Health in England on their joint work to review the operation of sections 135 and 136 of the England and Wales Mental Health Act 1983. This review focused on the operation of these sections of the Act in order improve the outcomes for people in mental health crisis who may be detained under these provisions | Home Office, Dept. of Health, UK

World-famous Fabric nightclub facing closure over drug deaths

Fabric nightclub is today facing closure after four drug-related deaths at the venue | London Evening Standard, UK

Fabric nightclub: London's long-standing dance club may face closure over drug deaths

The Metropolitan Police has called for a review of the nightclub’s licence | Independent, UK

Could cannabis oil reverse the effects of cancer?

As a film following six patients receiving the controversial treatment is released, Kate Hilpern uncovers a very slippery issue | Independent, UK

Drug users should NOT be put in prison, says former undercover narcotics cop

A former undercover officer who previously busted drugs across Manchester has come out in support of legalising them – claiming it would save lives, prison space and taxpayers' money | Mancunian Matters, UK

Emergency crews on alert for 'mad' Friday

Emergency crews across Wales are expecting one of the busiest nights of the year as revellers make the most of the final Friday before Christmas | BBC, UK

Booze calculator: What's your drinking nationality?

In the month of December alcohol consumption increases as many people celebrate the festive season. But how does your drinking measure up to the average from countries around the world? Find out below if you are similar to a boozy Belarusian or a teetotal Kuwaiti | BBC, UK


International news

Nebraska and Oklahoma sue Colorado over legal marijuana

Nebraska and Oklahoma have asked the US Supreme Court to nullify a 2012 law that made marijuana legal in the US state of Colorado | BBC, UK

India's Kerala state dilutes alcohol ban

The government in the southern Indian state of Kerala has announced plans to dilute its earlier decision to ban the sale and consumption of alcohol | BBC, UK

First Irish drug injecting centre planned for Dublin

Changes to the law would be necessary, but it’s hoped draft legislation will be ready to present to the Minister for Health next year | Journal, Ireland

Take-home naloxone programmes in Europe — overdose prevention - video

Drug overdose continues to be the main cause of death among problem drug users and heroin or its metabolites are present in the majority of reported fatal overdoses. Naloxone is a lifesaving overdose reversal drug that rapidly counteracts the effects of opioids and is currently the standard treatment for overdose. In Europe, overdose prevention programmes that include the distribution of naloxone date back to the 1990s | EMCDDA, Portugal

Good News from Monitoring the Future 2014

At the end of a year that has seen further tragic deaths from addiction and new designer drugs that put young people at risk, today’s results from the 2014 Monitoring the Future (MTF) survey of drug use among adolescents provide a dose of welcome optimism | NIDA, USA

Amphetamine Use 2013/14: New Zealand Health Survey

This report presents findings from the 2013/14 New Zealand Health Survey (NZHS) about amphetamine use in the last 12 months (past year) in adults aged 16–64 years of age.  It also reports the mean age of ‘past year’ amphetamine users aged 16–64 years of age. Data was self-reported and collected from 1 July 2013 to 30 June 2014 | Ministry of Health, New Zealand


Blogs, comment and opinion

Drugs, demons and thieves (I can't breathe)

As we confront the hundredth anniversary of the passage of the first US federal drug control law, it is difficult not to be haunted by current events. What is happening today in contemporary policing reflects the legacies produced by drug control and its origins in the deep racial animosities and inequities that contributed to the passage of the Harrison Narcotics Act in 1914 | Points Blog, USA