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Correspondence: Circular 014/2014: lawful supply of foil

Announces a change to the Misuse of Drugs Regulations 2001 regarding the lawful supply of foil by persons employed or engaged in the provision of drug treatment services | Home Office, UK

National Offender Management Service / ESF 2014-20 procurement open

The procurement process for the NOMS/ESF 2014-20 funding round is now open. The specification provides for £115m over five years to run services supporting offenders with multiple and complex needs and barriers to access mainstream services | NOMS, UK

Addict's Symphony - 4oD

In this uplifting one-off documentary, composer and musician James McConnel examines music's extraordinary transformative power, as he brings together ten classical musicians whose lives have all been blighted by addiction, in an orchestra for a spectacular one-off performance with the London Symphony Orchestra | Channel 4, UK

Key issues in managing medical treatments

Latest instalment of ‘bites’ course focuses on the most widespread treatment where the evidence and the controversy are concentrated - methadone maintenance. ‘Parking’, dose, whether patients should choose their doses, supervised consumption, and the need for counselling/therapy, are among the issues discussed | Drug and Alcohol Findings, UK

Effectiveness Bank additions 28 August 2014

Service safeguards welfare yet avoids children being taken in to care. Incentivising therapists improves performance but not outcomes. Scotland tests whether licensing can serve public health objectives. Does screening for risky drinking improve on clinical judgement? | Drug and Alcohol Findings, UK

Cannabis-smoking couples are 'less likely to engage in domestic violence'

Study found the more often couple smoked cannabis, they less likely they were to engage in aggressive acts towards each other | Independent, UK

Security allow 'legal high' laughing gas at festival

Widespread consumption of laughing gas at one of the UK's top dance festivals has been exposed by a BBC investigation - as security stood by and did nothing | BBC, UK

Fears over Jelly Tots after drugs found among sweets about to be packaged

Production temporarily suspended at a Nestle factory as prescription pills are spotted among sweets about to be packaged | Telegraph, UK

Glasgow nightclub adverts 'could be seen by under-18s and encouraged excessive drinking', ASA claims

Three adverts posted on a Glasgow nightclub’s Facebook page, and one promotion on its website, have fallen foul of the Advertising Standards Agency (ASA) code of practice for advertising to under-18s and encouraging excessive drinking | Morning Advertiser, UK

HMP Portland still has drug and legal high problems

An inspection has revealed a Dorset prison still has problems with drugs, legal highs and the treatment of people with mental health difficulties | BBC, UK

Support Don't Punish interactive map

On Thursday June 26th 2014, people in more than 100 cities across the world took part in the second “Global Day of Action”. Events such as processions, protests, street art and dance displays, music concerts, boat shows and social media campaigns all highlighted the need for drug policy reform and for greater funding for harm reduction services | Support, Don't Punish, UK

Why don’t more non-smokers try e-cigarettes?

I was waiting on an office forecourt recently puffing on an e-cigarette when a security guard came out. ‘You can’t smoke here,’ he shouted | Spectator, UK

Why are psychedelics illegal?

Terence McKenna viewed cannabispsilocybinDMT, LSD, and other psychedelics as “catalysts of intellectual dissent.” He wrote in The Archaic Revival (1991) that his assumption about psychedelics had always been that they were illegal “not because it troubles anyone that you have visions” but because “there is something about them that casts doubts on the validity of reality.” | VICE, UK

More Colorado marijuana seized en route to other states, report finds

Postal inspectors seized more than 493lbs of pot from packages in 2013, quadruple the amount from 2010 | Guardian, UK

Islamic State fighters burn marijuana field in Syria

Amateur footage posted online purports to show men said to belong to the Islamic State in a field of what they say are marijuana plants | Telegraph, UK

Peru seizes Europe-bound cocaine hidden in coal

Police in Peru say they have seized at least 3.3 tonnes of cocaine hidden in a shipment of coal bound for Europe | BBC, UK

Notorious drug cartel hitman ‘Popeye’ Valasquez walks free from prison and sets his sights on Hollywood film about his life with kingpin Pablo Escobar

The Medellin Cartel’s chief assassin was behind thousands of the deaths during the height of the 1980s cocaine trafficking wars - including that of presidential candidate Luis Carlos Galan | Independent, UK

New laws will ban the sale of e-cigarettes to those under 18

The sale of e-cigarettes to teenagers and children under the age of 18 will be banned in the second quarter of next year, it has emerged | Independent, Ireland

Global status report on alcohol and health 2014 (PDF)

This report provides a global overview of alcohol consumption in relation to public health (Chapter 1) as well as information on: the consumption of alcohol in populations (Chapter 2); the health consequences of alcohol consumption (Chapter 3); and policy responses at national level (Chapter 4) | WHO, Switzerland

“Legal highs”: safe and legal “heavens”? A study on the diffusion,
knowledge and risk awareness of novel psychoactive drugs
among students in the UK (PDF)

The recent emergence of new recreational drugs, combined with the ability of the Internet to disseminate information quickly, have raised a number of concerns in the fields of drug policy, substance use research, and public health. Methods. A semistructured questionnaire was advertised on The Study Room’s website from November to December 2010 to explore the awareness, the use and the perception of risks of “legal highs” among student population in the UK | Riv Psichiatr, Italy

Somali "paradise flower" chewers savour low-price bliss after UK ban

Khat use booms in Somalia after Britain outlaws leaves | Reuters, USA

Heroin’s Death Toll Rising in New York, Amid a Shift in Who Uses It

A heroin crisis gripping communities across the country deepened in New York last year, with more people in the city dying in overdoses from the drug than in any year since 2003 | NY Times, USA

Methadone treatment suppresses testosterone in opioid addicts

Treatment for opioid addiction tampers with the testosterone levels of male but not female opioid users, McMaster University research has shown | PsyPost, USA

Scientists link alcohol-dependence gene to neurotransmitter

Scientists at The Scripps Research Institute (TSRI) have solved the mystery of why a specific signaling pathway can be associated with alcohol dependence | PsyPost, USA

Aussies are bigger boozers than the Brits, but Belarus tops the list

On average, Aussies over the age of 15 drink about 12.2 litres of pure alcohol each a year. That is the equivalent to about 480 beers, 135 bottles of wine or 40 bottles of vodka each | Sydney Morning Herald, Australia

Viewpoints: should Australia lift its ban on e-cigarettes?

The World Health Organisation has just released a report on electronic nicotine delivery systems that calls for their global regulation in the interests of public health. The most well-known such devices are electronic cigarettes, which are currently banned in Australia. In this Viewpoints, Wayne Hall calls for the ban to be lifted, while Ross MacKenzie presents the case for retaining it | Conversation, Australia

Top medico Alex Wodak urges intervention to curb black market for illness marijuana

The only way to protect people from questionable black market marijuana is to regulate the supply of medicinal forms of the drug that can be prescribed to suitable people, doctors say | The Age, Australia