Daily news - 3rd December 2018

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UK news

From the archive: drugs on the rise in Britain

It’s 1973 and the Observer Magazine puts the spotlight on the country’s growing drug problem. [For a complete historical perspective on drugs over the last 30 years see our Druglink archive] | Observer, UK

Carly Barton wants to help "open the floodgates" for others with chronic pain who also may benefit from a cannabis prescription | Sky News, UK

Will regulation help shisha lounge fears disappear in puff of smoke?

Shisha lounges are increasingly commonplace signs of our diverse, multicultural society. But they can also make life a misery for nearby residents, according to the Labour MP for Birmingham Ladywood, Shabana Mahmood | BBC, UK

How pets improve mental health issues, from depression to PTSD

Cuddle power should not be underestimated: a growing raft of studies shows that furry friends can help people experiencing a host of issues | Independent, UK

Award nomination for orchestra whose members are recovering addicts

The New Note orchestra is the world's first orchestra made up of musicians recovering from alcohol and drug addiction | BBC, UK

Join our internationally recognised Tobacco Control Research Group

We’re recruiting new roles to support our work with international partners to expose the tactics of the tobacco industry | University of Bath, UK

Billy Connolly: I Tried Marijuana To Treat My Parkinson's But I Ended Up Getting Stoned Instead

The Scottish comedian was diagnosed with the incurable condition in 2013 | Huffington Post, UK

Crime gang jailed for supplying ecstasy and cocaine in Bristol

Ten members of a Bristol-based crime gang have been sentenced for conspiracy to blackmail and supply more than £500,000 worth of cocaine and ecstasy | BBC, UK

Arrested Devon cyber-expert Marcus Hutchins 'had used drugs'

A British cyber-security expert accused of offences in the US is trying to get an interview with the FBI thrown out as evidence | BBC, UK


International news

Cannabis to be made legal for recreational use in Luxembourg

Coalition parties confirm cannabis will be commercially distributed in Luxembourg | TNI, UK

Duterte jokes about marijuana use despite thousands of deaths in drugs war

Rodrigo Duterte, the Philippine president whose controversial war on drugs has killed thousands over the past two years, said on Monday that he used marijuana to stay alert in meetings, but then claimed he was joking | Telegraph, UK

Should you give your dog cannabis?

As legalization spreads, owners are giving pets CBD – a chemical in marijuana – but owners are still largely on their own | Guardian, UK

Pot of gold: how the beauty industry fell for cannabis

CBD oil is cropping up in an increasing number of high-end creams, oils and even mascaras – but not all derivatives of the plant are created equally | Guardian, UK

Chemsex: How dangerous party drugs are sourced and stored in Ireland

The drug G, sometimes referred to as liquid ecstasy, is becoming increasingly popular | Journal, Ireland

HRB National Drugs library newsletter

This is the November 2018 edition of the library newsletter – our monthly electronic digest of Irish drug, alcohol & tobacco publications, news and Dail debates, with key international research evidence | HRB, Ireland

8 Lessons Learned at the European Harm Reduction Conference

The 4th European Harm Reduction Conference took place in Bucharest on 21-23 November, 2018. Please watch the video report we made at the event – and read about some of the messages we could take home | Drug Reporter, Hungary

Drugnet: November edition

Latests European drug policy news | EMCDDA, Portugal

Boys with social difficulties most susceptible to early substance use, study finds

Boys who enter sixth-grade with co-occurring social skills, anxiety, learning and conduct problems are at the greatest risk of developing aggressive behavior and using tobacco, alcohol and marijuana by the end of eighth grade, a new study found | Medical Xpress, USA

Alcohol intake may be key to long-term weight loss for people with Diabetes

A new study suggests that alcohol consumption may attenuate long-term weight loss in adults with Type 2 diabetes | Science Daily, USA

Retailers in low-income communities sell most risky alternative tobacco products

Retailers in minority and low-income communities are more likely to sell and advertise the most inexpensive and risky alternative tobacco products, according to a new study conducted at Columbia University Mailman School of Public Health | News Medical, USA

Benefits of CBD liquid for epilepsy may fade with time: study

Cannabidiol (CBD) liquid has been proven effective against seizures, but about one-third of patients develop tolerance that blunts the drug's effectiveness, according to research presented Sunday at the American Epilepsy Society's annual meeting, in New Orleans | Medical Xpress, USA

The Psychedelic Resistance

We live our lives increasingly locked into screen time, distanced from nature and each other by modern capitalism and divisive politics. It’s no surprise that illegal use of psychedelics is on the rise | VICE, USA

Danger beyond the prison gates: One in 10 overdose deaths happen to ex-inmates within year of release

In his short life, Scott Sirman caused a world of trouble for his mom, Karen Bell. He started stealing cars when he was in his teens | Globe and Mail, Canada

High-strength opioid formulations: The case for the federal minister of health to recall them

One regulatory tool that has yet to be deployed to curb the ongoing opioid epidemic is the power of the federal minister of health to recall high-strength opioid formulations from the market | Medical Xpress, USA

He Ara Oranga : Report of the Government Inquiry into Mental Health and Addiction

The Inquiry Panel wanted to set a clear direction for the next five to ten years that Government, the mental health and addiction sectors and the whole community can pick up and make happen. Our purpose was to identify unmet needs and develop recommendations for a better mental health and addiction system for Aotearoa New Zealand | New Zealand Government, New Zealand

No-alcohol beer is having its moment

Low and no-alcohol beer is picking up in popularity with traditional beer drinkers | NZHerald, New Zealand


Blogs, comment and opinion

Lars von Trier on filmmaking and fear: ‘Sometimes, alcohol is the only thing that will help’

His new film, the typically shocking The House That Jack Built, is supposed to be the director’s big comeback. But his demons seem to have the upper hand | Guardian, UK