Daily news - 17th July 2018


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UK news

Spice taskforce in Wrexham 'saved my life'

Steve Williams couldn't remember what a "clean" life was like. The 47-year-old from Wrexham had moved from one addiction to another since his early teens | BBC, UK

The £3,655 cost for a medical cannabis license is under review after patients don’t take it up

The Home Office is reviewing the £3,655 cost of medical cannabis licenses | i news, UK

Family drug and alcohol courts 'at risk' if national unit closes

Family drug and alcohol courts (FDACs) across England will be left to "wither on the vine" if a national support unit is forced to close due to a lack of funding, a professional association for social workers has warned | CYPNow, UK

Alcohol and Families Alliance calls for further policy action

A new report from the Alcohol and Families Alliance (AFA) calls for further action to address alcohol-related harms affecting children and families | Alcohol Policy UK, UK

Alcohol Concern: beyond the dry month

Drink is a compelling topic – for its friends, for its enemies and for all those in-between. And in August a new name will join those flapping around the flame. But Richard Piper isn’t saying what it is yet | Drinks Retailing, UK

One in three drug tests at HMP Nottingham positive

The Independent Monitoring Board (IMB) said the results included tests for new psychoactive substances, claiming the smell of drugs "can often be detected@ | BBC, UK

Fast-growing e-cigarette maker Juul to launch in UK

Silicon Valley e-cigarette start-up Juul Labs is bringing its small flash drive-sized vaping device to the United Kingdom this week, aiming to reproduce its break-neck U.S. growth overseas | Reuters, UK

 

 

International news

Mother accused of killing baby with drug-laced breast milk

A Pennsylvania mother has been accused of killing her 11-week-old son with a lethal mix of drugs in her breast milk | ITV, UK

HSE launches cocaine harm reduction campaign as crack use surges in Dublin

In 2016 there were more than 1,000 drug treatment cases where cocaine was the main substance reported | Journal, Ireland

Irish plan to put cancer warnings on alcohol being closely watched

Scotland ‘happy’ Ireland to fore in campaign to be first in EU to have such labels | Irish Times, Ireland

Report on the risk assessment of methyl 1-(2-phenylethyl)-4-[phenyl(propanoyl)amino]piperidine-4-carboxylate (carfentanil) in the framework of the Council Decision on new psychoactive substances

This publication presents the data and findings of the risk assessment on methyl 1-(2-phenylethyl)-4-[phenyl(propanoyl)amino]piperidine-4-carboxylate (carfentanil), carried out by the extended Scientific Committee of the EMCDDA on 7-8 November 2017. In March 2018, at its 61st regular session, the Commission on Narcotic Drugs (CND) decided to place carfentanil in Schedule I and Schedule IV of the Single Convention on Narcotic Drugs of 1961 based on a recommendation by the World Health Organization. This recommendation was substantially supported by European data provided by the EMCDDA | EMCDDA, Portugal

Report on the risk assessment of N-(4-fluorophenyl)-2-methyl-N-[1-(2-phenylethyl)piperidin-4-yl]propanamide (4F-iBF) in the framework of the Council Decision on new psychoactive substances

This publication presents the data and findings of the risk assessment on N-(4-fluorophenyl)-2-methyl-N-[1-(2-phenylethyl)piperidin-4-yl]propanamide (4F-iBF), carried out by the extended Scientific Committee of the EMCDDA on 7-8 November 2017. In March 2018, at its 61st regular session, the Commission on Narcotic Drugs (CND) decided to place 4F-iBF in Schedule I of the Single Convention on Narcotic Drugs of 1961 based on a recommendation by the World Health Organization. This recommendation was substantially supported by European data provided by the EMCDDA | EMCDDA, Portugal

Report on the risk assessment of methyl 2-{[1-(5-fluoropentyl)-1H-indazole-3-carbonyl]amino}-3,3-dimethylbutanoate (5F-MDMB-PINACA) in the framework of the Council Decision on new psychoactive substances

This publication presents the data and findings of the risk assessment on methyl 2-{[1-(5-fluoropentyl)-1H-indazole-3-carbonyl]amino}-3,3-dimethylbutanoate (5F-MDMB-PINACA), carried out by the extended Scientific Committee of the EMCDDA on 7-8 November 2017. In March 2018, at its 61st regular session, the Commission on Narcotic Drugs (CND) decided to place 5F-MDMB-PINACA in Schedule II of the Convention on Psychotropic Substances of 1971 based on a recommendation by the World Health Organization. This recommendation was substantially supported by European data provided by the EMCDDA | EMCDDA, Portugal

Report on the risk assessment of N-(1-amino-3-methyl-1-oxobutan-2-yl)-1-(cyclohexylmethyl)-1H-indazole-3-carboxamide (AB-CHMINACA) in the framework of the Council Decision on new psychoactive substances

This publication presents the data and findings of the risk assessment on N-(1-amino-3-methyl-1-oxobutan-2-yl)-1-(cyclohexylmethyl)-1H-indazole-3-carboxamide (AB-CHMINACA), carried out by the extended Scientific Committee of the EMCDDA on 7-8 November 2017. In March 2018, at its 61st regular session, the Commission on Narcotic Drugs (CND) decided to place AB-CHMINACA in Schedule II of the Convention on Psychotropic Substances of 1971 based on a recommendation by the World Health Organization. This recommendation was substantially supported by European data provided by the EMCDDA | EMCDDA, Portugal

Report on the risk assessment of N-phenyl-N-[1-(2-phenylethyl)piperidin-4- yl]oxolane-2-carboxamide (THF-F) in the framework of the Council Decision on new psychoactive substances

This publication presents the data and findings of the risk assessment on N-phenyl-N-[1-(2-phenylethyl)piperidin-4-yl]oxolane-2-carboxamide (THF-F), carried out by the extended Scientific Committee of the EMCDDA on 7-8 November 2017. In March 2018, at its 61st regular session, the Commission on Narcotic Drugs (CND) decided to place tetrahydrofuranylfentanyl in Schedule I of the Single Convention on Narcotic Drugs of 1961 based on a recommendation by the World Health Organization. This recommendation was substantially supported by European data provided by the EMCDDA | EMCDDA, Portugal

Europe’s legal cannabis market set to become worth more than €115 billion

A new report from industry advisors, Prohibition Partners, suggests that Europe will become the largest legal cannabis market in the world once all countries have introduced legislation and regulation during the next 10 years | Manufacturing Chemist, USA

Dutch cut overdose deaths by dispensing pure heroin

Public-health experts in the Netherlands say free distribution of heroin is one reason that drug-related deaths are far less common than in the United States. The program also has reduced crime and improved the quality of life for many users | Cleveland, USA

Early puberty in white adolescent boys increases substance use risk

White adolescent boys experiencing early puberty are at higher risk for substance use than later developing boys, a new study finds | Science Daily, USA

Brain changes responsible for the appetite effects of cannabis identified in animal studies

New research on how cannabis use alters eating behavior could lead to treatments for appetite loss in chronic illness, according to experts at Washington State University | EurekAlert, USA

Defendants Can Be Jailed for Relapsing During Drug Treatment, Court Rules

Many medical experts said that relapse is part of recovery and a symptom of disease, and shouldn’t be punished with jail. A court disagreed | NYTimes, USA

In New Jersey, Legal Marijuana Is So Close You Can Smell It. But It Could Be Awhile

Legal pot was a central campaign promise for Gov. Philip D. Murphy, and dispensaries are getting ready. Meanwhile, the legislature is taking its time | NYTimes, USA

Toronto medical official calls for decriminalizing drugs as opioid overdoses skyrocket in Canada

With opioid-related overdoses and deaths reaching record levels in Canada, the top medical official in Toronto is calling for the decriminalization of all drugs as part of a strategy to treat illicit drug use as a public health and social issue, not a criminal one | Washington Post, USA

Regular teen drinking appears to lead to alcohol problems later in life

While some believe it's ok to let young people drink alcohol occasionally, new research shows this could lead to alcohol abuse problems | abc.net.au, Australia

Drug treatment for ice addition to be trialled in Victoria and NSW

he medicine, already used for paracetamol overdoses and cystic fibrosis, could help to ease methamphetamine cravings | The Age, Australia

Cocaine cut by 50 per cent, court hears

Cocaine sold to the Canberra community would be “jumped up” with a cutting agent by more than 50 percent, a former drug dealer told a court Tuesday | SMH, Australia

 

Blogs, comment and opinion

Things can only get better?

Paul Hayes, outgoing chief executive of Collective Voice, offers his reflections on how alcohol policy has developed over the course of his career | IAS blog, UK

Licensing process for medicinal cannabis will be neither swift nor equitable

The high profile case of Billy Caldwell, who has a severe form of epilepsy, brought the therapeutic benefit of cannabis into the headlines | Nursing Times opinion, UK

If Ben knew what he was taking he would still be alive today

Three years after her son died from an ecstasy related drug overdose, a grieving mother speaks out | Anyone's Child blog, UK

Dr Ciara Kelly: "We really need to realise that alcohol is a drug

Last weekend there were calls from gardai and emergency first responders in west Cork for parents to act more responsibly, after it was reported that multiple teenagers were highly intoxicated at an underage disco where the emergency services had to be called repeatedly | Independent, Ireland

The truth about cannabis on Canadian campuses

At the University of Calgary, 52 per cent of students responding to a “UCalgary Campus Experience with Cannabis” research survey reported cannabis use at least once in their lifetime. And 31 per cent reported cannabis use in the past six months | Conversation, Canada