Daily news - 6th July 2018

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Drug health harms: national intelligence

Briefings based on presentations and discussion from the meeting of the national intelligence network on the health harms associated with drug use | PHE, UK

Fit for purpose? An analysis of the role of the Portman Group in alcohol industry self-regulation (PDF)

In a new report a leading alcohol charity is calling on the UK Government to undertake a thorough review of how alcohol marketing is regulated. Following a detailed analysis of the industry-funded regulator, the Portman Group, the report highlights inconsistent decision-making, lack of scrutiny, and an apparent failure to address how modern alcohol marketing works | Alcohol Concern and Alcohol Research UK, UK

Charity calls for review of alcohol marketing regulation

The new charity, formed by the merger of Alcohol Concern and Alcohol Research UK, said its investigation of 12 years of regulatory decisions by the industry-funded Portman Group found inconsistent decisions, meaning that neither producers nor consumers could rely on it for guidance | ITV, UK

Billy Caldwell licensed for cannabis oil use in Northern Ireland

Boy heads home as authorities grant emergency permission for epilepsy medication | Guardian, UK

Cannabis oil row: Billy Caldwell 'under hospital arrest', says mother

Conditions imposed by health authorities anger mother of boy with epilepsy and autism | Guardian, UK

Government handling of medicinal cannabis review is called 'cruel'

That's what an MP looking into drug policy reform has told Newsbeat | BBC, UK

New Cannabis Laws And Regulations Within Two Years. The Cannabis Products Directive

The Cannabis Products Directive (CPD) is a framework for regulation and licensing of all cannabis and cannabinoid products. It is anticipated that with the sponsorship of two government agencies, the FSA and MHRA, the CPD will become UK law within the next two years and will relieve the Home Office of the burden of the cannabis regulation and licensing process, placing it in expert hands | Clear, UK 

Hospitals: Electronic Cigarettes

To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, if he will take steps to ensure the provision of vaping areas that are separate from smoking areas in NHS hospital grounds | They work for you, UK

Booze sales could be damaged with duty freeze cut

Scrapping the alcohol duty freeze put in place last year by Government is “counter-productive”, and will increase pressure on cash-strapped consumers, the Wine & Spirit Trade Association has warned (WSTA) | Morning Advertiser, UK

'Growing up with a dad addicted to heroin'

"He'd take me to his friend's house and I'd see them in the kitchen rolling up tin foil and smoking out of it." | BBC, UK

Life Stories - Living with alcoholism

[Drama] Toby looks up to his father and loves spending time with him, going on bike rides and visiting him at work in the park | BBC Teach, UK

Get a free naloxone kit and training

If you would like a naloxone kit please visit your local service, where we can supply one along with training on the prevention and management of opioid overdose | CGL, UK

Impulsivity and risk-taking as mediators of transition to injecting drug use

At Change Grow Live we are committed to reducing harms related to drug use, one example of which is our needle and syringe programmes that aim to support service users who continue to inject | CGL, UK

Free drug and alcohol awareness courses for people who work in Glasgow – New dates added

New dates have been added for drug and alcohol awareness training courses specifically developed for people who work within Glasgow City | SDF, UK

Impact Report 2017-18 (PDF)

On 2 June this year I celebrated my one year birthday with Scottish Families – the year has flown past and it’s great to read through this Impact Report 2017-18, to take a breath and reflect on everything we have achieved! | SFAD, UK

Jamie Acourt denies two-year cannabis supply plot

A British man arrested in Spain has denied being involved in the supply of cannabis | BBC, UK


International news

Paris authorities try to stub out French smoking habit with public parks ban

The Paris authorities are planning to ban smoking in public parks from the autumn in the latest effort to cure the French of their addiction to cigarettes and cut down on litter | Telegraph, UK

Switzerland weighs relaxing marijuana ban

Switzerland, which permits low potency cannabis but bans most marijuana for recreational use, aims to allow pilot studies on ways to relax its laws, its government said on Wednesday | Reuters, UK

Needle Exchanges, Once Radical, Need An Update To Survive In Rural America

On paper, Charleston, West Virginia, seemed like a prime candidate for a clean needle exchange | Huffington Post, UK

Victorian government rejects criticism of drug-injecting room saying it is saving lives

Medical director says staff intervened during 12 overdoses which otherwise would ‘likely have been fatal’ | Guardian, UK

Heroin Trade Becoming “Uber-ised” in Mozambique

Groups trafficking heroin through Mozambique are turning to the gig economy and smartphone apps to coordinate their activity, allowing them to save money and reduce the risk of being caught | Talking Drugs, UK

Revealed: Five more holiday destinations ban vaping, with tourists who flout the rules risking fines and even prison

Last year MailOnline Travel reported that following a World Health Organisation study claiming that e-cigarettes may not actually help smokers give up their habit, several countries clamped down on them | Mail Online, UK

'Safety net' clinics uneven in delivery of help to quit smoking

Health clinics where low-income people in the U.S. obtain medical care don’t always offer help with quitting smoking - and availability of that assistance may vary by patients’ ethnicity and insurance, a recent study suggests | Reuters, USA

Opioid Task Force

The opioid epidemic is a public health crisis, devastating urban, suburban, and rural communities across the United States. Each day, 115 Americans die from opioid overdose. Over two million Americans are currently living with an opioid-related substance use disorder | LSC, USA

NAADAC 2019 Call for Webinar Presentations  

Development of the 2019 NAADAC Webinar Series is underway, and we invite you to collaborate with us!  The Webinar Series is wildly successful, with over 130,000 professionals trained so far.  If you are a subject-matter expert on a topic relevant to addiction professionals, we encourage you to apply for a chance to present on a nationally-broadcasted webinar | NAADAC, USA

Opioid epidemic responses overlook gender

Health experts warn that current efforts to confront the growth of opioid addiction and overdose deaths must better incorporate an understanding of how women fit into this epidemic | Science Daily, USA

People with Alcohol Problems Tend to Wrongly Identify Emotional Faces as Hostile

he ability to recognize emotion in others’ facial expressions is an important social skill for interpersonal relationships, work interactions, and family life. Alcohol use disorders (AUDs) are linked to a number of deficits in reasoning and emotional functions, including difficulty in identifying emotional facial expressions | Research Society on Alcoholism, USA

Content of illicit cannabis extracts used to treat children with epilepsy revealed

Families who turned to black market did not get CBD-rich products; majority reduced seizures | EurekAlert, Australia

High Hopes: Who Will Benefit From NZ's Legal Cannabis Industry?

Māori are disproportionately targeted by drug policing. With NZ poised to legalise medicinal cannabis, will they continue to lose out? | VICE, New Zealand


Blogs, comment and opinion

Joint risks? Tobacco and cannabis and psychotic symptoms

It has been well established for several decades that both cannabis (Gage et al, 2016) and tobacco smoking(Gurillo et al, 2015) are statistically associated with psychosis | Mental Elf blog, UK

Psilocybin and Mental Health–Don't Lose Control

Psilocybin—the hallucinogenic pro-drug in magic mushrooms—has recently dominated the popular narrative on new approaches to treating depression | Frontiers in Psychiatry opinion, UK

I felt energised and empowered” – Anyone’s Child lobby MPs to end the drug war

Last week, I had the pleasure of working for Transform as an intern. It was a fascinating time, the undoubted highlight of which was travelling to Westminster, on 26 June, alongside the Anyone’s Child campaign | Anyone's Child blog, UK

Join Us in Celebrating the Lives of Those We Have Lost

On July 20, we will be honouring International Remembrance Day in London. The day celebrates the lives of people who use drugs who have passed away – many of whom died because of the repressive and stigmatising conditions imposed by prohibition | Release blog, UK