Daily news -6th June 2017

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European Drug Report 2017 - launches today

Tune in at 12:45 (CET) for the full European Drug Report 2017 launch | EMCDDA, Portugal


UK news

List of most commonly encountered drugs currently controlled under the misuse of drugs legislation

The following is a list of the most commonly encountered drugs currently controlled under the misuse of drugs legislation showing their respective classifications under both the Misuse of Drugs Act 1971 (MDA) and the Misuse of Drugs Regulations 2001 (MDR) | Home Office, UK

Drink and Drugs News: June issue

'Most drug-related deaths are of people not in treatment’ By the end of this week the next government will have been chosen – and who knows, the wheels may have started turning again after a static couple of months for policy | DDN, UK

Leanne Wood defends her stance on prescribing heroin on the NHS

Leanne Wood has defended her stance on prescribing heroin on the NHS. Speaking to ITV’s Tonight programme, the leader of Plaid Cymru said it is something that should be explored | ITV, UK

Blenheim CDP Announce Support for Drug Consumption Rooms

Drug and alcohol service providers are continuing to break the silence on drug consumption rooms, with Blenheim CDP releasing a public position stating they would be willing to provide a drug consumption room where they are needed | Volte Face, UK

The professionals taking smart drugs to get through the day

Afew years ago, Cambridge University Professor Barbara Sahakian took a flight to Florida where she was due to speak at a conference. When she discovered she had been assigned one of the late afternoon slots she complained to a colleague that she was suffering from jet-lag and it would be a struggle to stay alert | Telegraph, UK

All 1,300 jobs threatened by Lifeline collapse have been saved

The collapsed charity's administrator, FRP Advisory, says it has completed a transfer of most staff and 40 projects to the charity Change, Grow, Live; the rest of the staff have gone to local authorities | Third Sector, UK

Review undertaken at GP surgery after man died from combination of prescription drugs

An inquest heard the 27-year-old had died as a result of respiratory depression caused by the drugs | Wales Online, UK

On-the-spot hepatitis test being developed in Swansea

It would use a patient's saliva instead of blood and the test would be as simple and quick as a blood glucose sensor or a pregnancy test | BBC, UK

June 2017 – Current List

Addiction publishes new book lists five times per year, both in print and on this website.  Items are alphabetised by author within each list | Addiction, UK

High Wycombe-based charity, DrugFAM, scoops top award from The Queen

A High Wycombe-based charity is among a string of voluntary organisations to have scooped a top award from The Queen | Bucks Free Press, UK

Dashcam footage shows drug dealer smashing into police

Dashcam footage showing the moment a fleeing drug dealer smashed into a police car has been released by Wiltshire Police | BBC, UK

"Rob you of your beer": The British fight against prohibition

In 1920 the United States of America introduced Prohibition, a national ban on the production, transportation and sale of alcoholic drinks which remained in place until 1933. In response, the British brewing industry stepped up its campaign against the temperance movement and argued against the introduction of restrictions on the sale of alcohol in the UK, including through 'local option' - votes on prohibition to be held by local councils | Warwick University, UK


International news

Waiting with love – the truth behind "Narcos"

Anyone’s Child Mexico, a new interactive documentary, exposes the urgent need for drug policy reform. Meet the real families who are uniting to end the global drug war | Open Democracy, UK

Women in high places: The rise of the female stoner in popular culture

Weed culture has moved away from a “stoner bro” stereotype towards a more feminised aesthetic | New Statesman, UK

Canada Just Made It A Whole Lot Easier To Enter The Legal Weed Game

The Canadian cannabis market is blowing up right now––or at least it soon will be. In April, Prime Minister Justin Trudeau’s administration unveiled its plan to legalize recreational use of marijuana for adults | Volte Face, UK

Binge and high-intensity drinking is increasing for U.S. young adults in their late 20s

Monitoring changes in drinking patterns and amounts helps researchers, prevention professionals, and treatment providers plan for and respond effectively to personal and public harms associated with alcohol consumption. This information is particularly important for young adults, who tend to drink large amounts of alcohol and are thus at higher risk for negative consequences such accidents | Medical Xpress, USA

Cannabinoids used in sequence with chemotherapy are a more effective treatment for cancer

New research has confirmed that cannabinoids - the active chemicals in cannabis - are effective in killing leukaemia cells, particularly when used in combination with chemotherapy treatments | Medical Xpress, USA

Cannabis-derived compound may help treat schizophrenia

New research paves the way for a new schizophrenia treatment, by testing the effect of a cannabis compound on rats. The study suggests that the cannabis-derived substance may improve schizophrenia-specific cognitive impairment, with none of the side effects that current medication has | MNT, USA

Sleep disturbances predict substance use among college athletes

Having sleep difficulties consistently predicts use of substances such as alcohol, marijuana and cocaine | EurekAlert, USA

Vapor from novel tobacco hybrid device minimally impacts human cells

New laboratory data reveal that vapour from a novel hybrid tobacco heating product (THP) iFuse and two standard THPs produced little or no effect on human cells in biological testing | Science Mag, USA

The Real Stigma of Substance Use Disorders

Does it Matter How We Talk About People with Substance Use Disorder? | Recovery Research Institute, USA

This Drug Is Cheaper And More Powerful Than Heroin — And May Be Killing Way More People

A kilo of heroin nets a dealer $60,000. A kilo of fentanyl? $1.2 million | BuzzFeed, USA

One in five surgical weight-loss patients take prescription opioids seven years after surgery

While the proportion of adults with severe obesity using prescription opioids initially declines in the months after bariatric surgery, it increases within a matter of years, eventually surpassing pre-surgery rates of patients using the potentially addictive pain medications, according to new research | Science Daily, USA

America's Trippiest Chemist: Making Psychedelics 'Was Fun'

For over 40 years, Dave Nichols had government license to make Schedule 1 drugs like LSD and DMT for research | Motherboard, USA

The Papa John's Where 'Extra Olives' Allegedly Meant 'Cocaine, Please'

Police in Washington arrested several people Friday for allegedly slinging cocaine out of pizza boxes in a Papa John's parking lot, local CBS affiliate KIRO 7 reports | VICE, USA

Victoria pharmacy finds fentanyl in more than half of MDMA, cocaine samples

Festivals: A chance for music lovers to let loose and have fun, but with record numbers of fentanyl-related deaths, party goers will see a lot more naloxone kits on Island campgrounds | CHEK, Canada

Increasing the capacity of community pharmacy for screening, brief intervention and referral for treatment of pharmaceutical opioid use disorders

This translational research project will embed screening, brief intervention and referral into community pharmacy practice, in addition to establishing clear referral pathways with primary, secondary and tertiary treatment service | NDARC, Australia

The killer drug at the heart of the opioid crisis is being cut into cocaine and killing users

The deadly drug is a legal painkiller that’s approved to treat severe pain, usually in cases of advanced cancer. But in recent years, it has been increasingly found mixed with heroin and other opioid painkillers, making the drugs far stronger and riskier | Business Insider, Australia

Why I cancelled my scheduled LSD trip

For eight to 12 hours, the shared experience would further solidify our friendships. The LSD's visual effects would make the walls and ceiling seem to bend and swoon. Colours would become intensified. It would inhibit our need to eat and drink and impair our sense of time | Sydney Morning Herald, Australia


Blogs, comment and opinion

Global Drug Survey 2017: drug trends that will shape your interventions

The Global Drug Survey 2017 reports on the recreational drug habits of 5,900 people in the UK and 120,000 globally. In the UK 65% of participants had taken drugs in the last 12 months, with increased drug purity motivating pleasure-seeking behaviour | Mentor, UK

How ten years of tobacco control success has helped me

This post is from John McClurey. John is a small retailer in the North of England and has been a long-term supporter of tobacco control | ASH Blog, UK

Bereavement and addiction

Every year 500,000 people die in the England, and since at least 5 people are affected by a single death, that is a great deal of grief. Yet as much as we each know we are going to die, and cannot live life without being bereaved, grief and death is the last taboo | SMMGP Blog, UK