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UK news

ACMD letter to the Home Secretary: Psychoactive Substances Bill

The chair of the ACMD, Les Iversen, responds to Theresa May’s letter of 26 May about the New Psychoactive Substances Bill and makes a number of recommendations | ACMD, UK

Psychoactive Substances Bill [HL] (PDF)

Showing amendments |, UK

Theresa May's legal highs ban has been savaged as 'impossible' - by her own advisers

The home secretary's Psychoactive Substances Bill would be unworkable, could 'seriously inhibit' medical research and could criminalise young people, says the Advisory Council on the Misuse of Drugs | Independent, UK

Theresa May's legal highs ban is unenforceable, say government advisers

Home secretary is told legislation banning all psychoactive substances needs a rewrite to avoid unintentionally criminalising people | Guardian, UK

Buying herbal remedies could mean seven years jail under 'legal highs' law

A new law aimed at banning 'legal highs' could criminalise buying herbal remedies online, like those favoured by Prince Charles, being criminalised | Telegraph, UK

Smoking: harm reduction

NICE quality standards describe high-priority areas for quality improvement in a defined care or service area. Each standard consists of a prioritised set of specific, concise and measurable statements. They draw on existing guidance, which provides an underpinning, comprehensive set of recommendations, and are designed to support the measurement of improvement | NICE, UK

Open consultation: Draft regulations on the sale and manufacture of tobacco products

Seeks views on draft regulations on implementing the revised EU Tobacco Products Directive | DoH, UK

The drugs that protect people who have unprotected sex

HIV infection rates are on the rise, particularly among gay men. But could a new type of drug treatment - PrEP - be given to people so they avoid catching the disease, asks Mobeen Azhar | BBC, UK

Cannabis should be legal and tobacco illegal, under-30s tell new survey

Cannabis should be legal and tobacco should be made illegal, according to a new survey for young people | Independent, UK

Alcohol Concern calls for spirit duty rise to protect children

Alcohol Concern are calling for a spirit duty rise of 4% above inflation as children accessing alcohol treatment are consuming more spirits than any other type of alcohol, according to a new report [pdf] | Alcohol Policy UK, UK

Amazon Prime Now to offer one hour delivery on wine and spirits

Amazon launched one hour delivery in London on select products including several of its beer, wine and spirits offerings with its new Prime Now service | Harper's, UK

Peaches Geldof: Police close case into drug dealer's identity

The drug dealer who supplied Peaches Geldof with the heroin that killed her may never be known after Kent Police ended its investigation into her death | BBC, UK

Hampshire drug bust: Six men jailed after force's 'biggest haul'

Six men have been jailed for up to 14 years following a £11m drug seizure, which police in Hampshire called the largest haul in the force's history | BBC, UK

Woman jailed over fatal heroin injection

A woman who gave a lethal heroin injection to a man who wanted to end his own life has been jailed | BBC, UK

Anton Levin: Three jailed over Southend drugs turf war stabbing

A woman and two teenage boys have been jailed following a drugs turf war which led to the stabbing of a man in Essex | BBC, UK



International news

Colombia coca leaf production up by 44% - UN

The area used for the coca cultivation in Colombia increased by 44% last year, a United Nations report says | BBC, UK

Pope 'plans to chew coca leaves during Bolivia visit'

Pope Francis has requested to chew coca leaves during his forthcoming visit to Bolivia, according to Bolivian Culture Minister Marko Machicao | BBC, UK

Harm reduction organisation DanceSafe asked to leave festival

DanceSafe, a non-profit group providing health and safety information, posted on its website saying the festival's Craft Vending Coordinator forwarded complaints before asking for changes to services, which included on-site drug testing and the distribution of testing kits | MixMag, UK

Denver activists campaign to allow cannabis consumption in bars

A campaign is under way to ask Denver voters about allowing marijuana consumption in bars and other places that only allow people over 21 | Guardian, UK

Free marijuana for all: Oregonians exercise the right to Weed the People

State legalizes recreational marijuana, but it still can’t be sold to the general public – yet growers and dispensaries find way around the law with event | Guardian, UK

NT mandatory alcohol rehabilitation has 'little evidence' to justify it, say health experts

Medical Journal of Australia article says it is ‘disquieting’ that $27m annually is spent on a ‘potentially discriminatory program lacking in evidence’ | Guardian, UK

Fears intellectually disabled Australian may face death penalty in China drug case

Lawyers for Ibrahim Jalloh, 26, claim he was tricked into smuggling more than two kilograms of ice | Guardian, UK

Another Melbourne prison 'on verge of riot' over smoking ban

Convicted mass murderer Julian Knight has told a Melbourne court Port Phillip prison is on the verge of a rampage similar to the one in Ravenhall | Guardian, UK

Public to have say on legality of drugs

The Irish public is being invited to have a say in what is thought to be the country’s first official examination of the decriminalisation of drugs for personal use | Irish Examiner, Ireland

Report of visit by a Committee delegation to examine the impact of Portuguese approach to the possession of certain drugs (PDF)

The Joint Committee decided to undertake a study into the effects of crimes carried out in communities by gangs and held a number of public hearings in relation to this matter | Joint Committee on Justice, Defence and Equality, Ireland

Carrying drugs for personal use is illegal. But politicians are looking at changing that

The Portuguese approach could be considered here | Journal, Ireland

Support for Overdose-Reversing Drug Low, but Can Be Bolstered with Right Messages

Researchers say sympathetic stories of how naloxone can save lives may help boost public support for increasing its availability | Newswire, USA

Insurance Companies Start Noticing The Legal Cannabis Industry

The marijuana industry’s shady past and current illegal status at the federal level have kept most insurance companies from offering policies to the new industry | Forbes, USA



Blogs, comment and opinion

A mother's response to the #CrushDabWait MDMA crystal campaign

When I found out about the new #CrushDabWait campaign launched last week I felt relieved that common sense was finally prevailing. My only wish is that this campaign had existed 23 months ago before I lost my only child to an accidental ecstasy overdose | Transform Blog, UK

Legal highs bill savaged by home secretary's own advisers

The deafening chorus of criticism over the psychoactive substances bill grew even louder today when the home secretary's own drug advisers launched a blistering attack on it |, UK

Whether to use payment by results? (NAO 2)

This is the second in a series of posts on the National Audit Office’s recent report: Outcome-based payment schemes: government’s use of payment by results. The report’s overall conclusion is that because of the lack of a clear evidence base, the PbR approach is currently laden with risk | Russell Webster, UK

Death of the quick pint?

As a new report suggests that more than 90% of pub visits involve the eating of food, is the age of the quick pint and boozy drinking den over? | Guardian, UK

Tougher smoking bans are here, but it's also time to lift bans on e-cigarettes

Hopefully there won't be a repeat of last week's prison riot in Melbourne, but there will be many disgruntled smokers in the pubs and cafes of NSW on Monday as smoking bans are broadened to include all dining and most outdoor areas | Sydney Morning Herald, Australia