Daily news - 16th August 2018

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UK news

Medical use of cannabis

This briefing provides a short overview of the current control of cannabis in the UK, and information on a recent review on cannabis based medicinal products. In July 2018, the Home Secretary announced that he had decided to reschedule these products which would allow them to be prescribed | Parliament.UK, UK

Victoria Derbyhsire show: Discussion on Monkey Dust

Calls have been made for the class B drug 'monkey dust' to be reclassified as class A after a dangerous rise in its use. Watch from 1 hr 16 minutes | BBC, UK

Officials warn public over use of toxic DNP drug used by bodybuilders and slimmers amid a spate of deaths

A warning has been issued over an illegal drug used by bodybuilders and slimmers amid a spate of deaths | Mail Online, UK

Policing of cannabis possession is largely accidental – and many officers don’t think it makes a difference

With the on-going debate on the legal status of cannabis, Charlie Lloyd, Geoff Page and Sharon Grace from York University discuss the results of their research in North Yorkshire looking at the day-to-day policing of cannabis possession and analysis of the data on drug possession offences. The research raises important questions about how police forces in England and Wales should deal with this common but to some, trivial, offence | Policing Insight, UK

Durham PCC calls for 'radical change' on drugs policy

Decriminalising illegal drugs for personal use would save lives and reduce organised crime, a police and crime commissioner (PCC) has said | BBC, UK

Inside small-town Britain's drug epidemic - BBC iPlayer

County lines: Newsnight looks at the murky world of drug dealing | BBC, UK

Fit to fly: Sumary of the Policy Debate on Alcohol and Air Travel (PDF)

This report presents an outline of the current issues associated with alcohol and air travel, the legal framework and the policy recommendations... | IAS and Eurocare, UK

Airports criticise proposals to stop them selling alcohol in the early morning

Airports have criticised proposals that could stop them serving alcohol to holidaymakers in the early morning | Telegraph, UK

Council pension funds are major investors in tobacco companies

Anti-smoking groups dismiss claims by local authorities that they can’t sell stocks | Guardian, UK

HIV drug research in Wales to cut infection risk

A new study into a "game-changing" drugs to prevent HIV infections hopes to pinpoint ways to make them even more effective | BBC, UK

DMT Models the Near-Death Experience

Near-death experiences (NDEs) are complex subjective experiences, which have been previously associated with the psychedelic experience and more specifically with the experience induced by the potent serotonergic, N,N-Dimethyltryptamine (DMT) | Frontiers in Psychology, UK

ChanneI Islands news: 'Is Medical Cannabis the Key to Revitalising Growth in the Islands?' Video

Watch from 00:00 to 07:00. Feature considering opportunities in the Channel Islands for a legal cannabis industry. Includes interviews with Politicains, horticulturists and the Cannabis Trades Association | ITV News, Channel Islands, UK

Young Swansea father died 'after eight lines of cocaine'

Aaron Thomas, aged 24, proposed to partner Sallyann Evans, 29, on Boxing Day last year after learning she was pregnant | BBC, UK

New books on addiction

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

Trainspotting at 25: How Irvine Welsh's debut novel brought Edinburgh’s sleazy, violent drug culture to vivid life

But did the most startling new voice of the Nineties waste his talent? | Independent, UK

Failed gin festival firm auction raises £60,000

Hundreds of bottles of alcohol, mixer drinks and equipment from a failed gin festival firm were sold for £60,000 at an auction | BBC, UK


International news

Intervening to safeguard the community

Key studies on treatment’s contribution to safeguarding the community. Addresses two highly controversial issues: whether it is ever safe to leave children with problem drug users, and the ethics and evidence on pressuring opioid-dependent offenders to take the opiate-blocker naltrexone - unacceptable infringement of autonomy, or as caring as holding back someone about to walk off a cliff? | Drug and Alcohol Findings, UK

More than 70 fall ill in suspected mass overdose near Yale University as drug deaths hit record high in US

More than 70 people have fallen ill in a suspected mass overdose near Yale University, an incident that underscored America's drug problem which has caused a record number of fatalities | Telegraph, UK

Adult smokers more apt to use e-cigarettes than nonsmokers

Current smokers are more likely than ex-smokers or adults who have never smoked to use e-cigarettes, according to a Swedish study that concludes e-cigarettes might not work as a cessation aid | Reuters, UK

Corona beer owner to pour $4bn into weed

Corona beer owner Constellation Brands is set to pour some $4bn (£3.15bn) into Canada's top cannabis producer, Canopy Growth, in a deal marking the largest investment in the industry to date | BBC, UK

Driver tests positive for 'every possible type of drug' after being pulled over by police

Spanish police found six friends crammed into car after party | Independent, UK

Mexico: bounty raised over $1m on drug cartel kingpin 'El Mencho'

Mexico and US DEA team up against cartels after failed attempts to capture one of the most powerful figures still on the loose | Guardian, UK

New figures reveal number of Defence Force members that have failed drug tests

Failed drugs tests on some members of the Defence Forces taken at Casement Aerodrome have occurred each year since 2015, newly released figures reveal | Irish Examiner, Ireland

Vaping must only be used 'as last resort'

An Irish anti-tobacco group has urged people to start vaping only as a last resort when trying to quit smoking, following a new study on e-cigarettes | Irish Independent, Ireland

Provisional Drug Overdose Death Counts

This data visualization presents provisional counts for drug overdose deaths based on a current flow of mortality data in the National Vital Statistics System. Counts for the most recent final annual data are provided for comparison | CDC, USA

CDC: Drug overdoses hit new record

The CDC recorded a 6.6 percent increase in fatal drug overdoses from 2016, but noted that the preliminary numbers likely underestimate of the final death toll | The Hill, USA

Bleak New Estimates in Drug Epidemic: A Record 72,000 Overdose Deaths in 2017

Fentanyl is a big culprit, but there are also encouraging signs from states that have prioritized public health campaigns and addiction treatment | NYTimes, USA

International Overdose Day - August 31st

Large number of downloadable resources including fact sheets, posters and memes in a variety of languages | Penington Institute, USA

Male tobacco smokers have brain-wide reduction of CB1 receptors

Chronic, frequent tobacco smokers have a decreased number of cannabinoid CB1 receptors, the 'pot receptor', when compared with non-smokers, reports a new study | Science Daily, USA

Binge gambling and gambling-related harms

Some people who gamble do so regularly, while others might have episodic patterns of gambling and non-gambling. Binge gambling is another type of gambling, where people gamble in irregular patterns but gamble a lot when they do. Are these patterns related to gambling harms? | BASIS, USA

Alcohol, tobacco & other drugs in Australia

The consumption of alcohol, tobacco and other drugs is a major cause of preventable disease and illness in Australia. This report consolidates the most recently available information on alcohol, tobacco and other drug use in Australia, including key trends in the availability, consumption, harms and treatment for vulnerable populations. Further, information on a range of health, social and economic impacts of alcohol, tobacco and other drug use are highlighted | AIHW, Australia

NDARC Symposium: Vaping offers real promise to cut smoking rates and cancer risk says world expert

NDARC is delighted to host internationally renowned smoking cessation researcher and medical practitioner, Professor Hayden McRobbie at the NDARC Annual Symposium on Mon, 8 October 2018 at UNSW Sydney | NDARC, Australia


Blogs, comment and opinion

Drugs like LSD and magic mushrooms should be legalised for medical use so that we can help patients

The liberation of medical cannabis for Billy Caldwell and others suffering from intractable conditions, which cannabinoids can remedy, is a welcome relief from the UK’s antiquated drug laws | Metro opinion, UK

Vaping: how safe is it?

survey of adolescents carried out by researchers at Coventry University has shown that than less than half of e-cigarette users knew that vape products contain nicotine or that they are addictive, raising the possibility that they could be a gateway to smoking normal cigarettes | Conversation, UK

Jeff Sessions: How law enforcement is taking action on the opioid crisis

The US attorney general outlines Operation SOS, his plan to prosecute synthetic opioid trafficking | Boston Globe opinion, USA

The real promise of LSD, MDMA and mushrooms for medical science

Psychedelic science is making a comeback | Conversation, Australia