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All night long: Social media marketing to young people by alcohol brands and venues (PDF)

New research shows the significant role that drinking venues and alcohol brands play in marketing alcohol products to young people on social media. The report highlights how the regulatory system for alcohol marketing (under the UK advertising Codes of Practice regulated by the Advertising Standards Authority) is struggling to keep up with the pace and nature of technological change and needs to be strengthened – taking particular account of marketing by venues as well as brands – to reflect the central role of social media activity in young people’s drinking occasions | University of Bath and University of Birmingham, UK

Less help to quit

Our new analysis highlights how every year fewer patients are being given treatments to help them quit smoking | British Lung Foundation, UK

Implications of the buprenorphine shortage

We are aware that there is an issue with the supply and increasing cost of buprenorphine, an essential medication prescribed to many of our service users. Both buprenorphine and methadone are currently used in Medication-Assisted Treatment (MAT) for opioid dependence | CGL, UK

Cannabis: Medicinal Use - Question

To ask Her Majesty’s Government what is their assessment of the case for permitting the use of cannabis oil on prescription | They work for you, UK

ACMD members' register of interests

Contact details updated | ACMD, UK

Short-term abstinence from alcohol and changes in cardiovascular risk factors, liver function tests and cancer-related growth factors: a prospective observational study

[Open access] To assess changes in metabolic risk factors and cancer-related growth factors associated with short-term abstinence from alcohol | BMJ, UK

What’s the Crack podcast: Psychedelics with the CSSDP

Elle is joined with Will Bastedo the co-director of the Toronto Chapter of the Canadian Students for Sensible Drug Policy (CCSDP). Together go deep into psychedelics and find out what’s the crack with psychedelics and mental health, the promising new leads with psychedelics and epilepsy, and what's the crack with microdosing | What's the Crack, UK

Addiction Lives Betsy Thom

Podcast. Virginia Berridge in conversation with Betsy Thom as part of the Addiction Lives series (2018) | SSA, UK

Can a Comedown Kill You?

My worst comedown hit me after three long days of drinking and ecstasy use at a festival in 2015 | VICE, UK

Fears that ‘significant’ rise in purity of cocaine could lead to more deaths in Dundee

A drugs worker has warned of a “significant” rise in the purity of cocaine circulating in the city – which he said could lead to an increase in the number of drug-related deaths | Evening Telegraph, UK

MADE Festival to provide drug testing in attempt to prevent deaths in Perry Barr

More than 10,000 people will attend MADE Festival this weekend | Birmingham Live, UK

Blackpool Pleasure Beach offer for smoking mums-to-be

Pregnant women are to be given incentives including theme park vouchers in a scheme which aims to encourage them to quit smoking | BBC, UK

Prison, drugs and debts - who's paying the price?

File on 4 goes inside Altcourse Prison in Liverpool to meet the staff trying to stem the supply of drugs into the jail | BBC iPlayer radio, UK

Survey for those accessing online recovery resources

This survey is for anyone who currently accesses online resources in relation to substance misuse and recovery. The aim is to find out about what online resources are used, and how they are used. This survey builds upon previous research by sampling from an international audience, and will help to inform signposting to appropriate resources for people at different stages of recovery, family and friends affected by a loved one’s substance misuse, and those working in recovery | Breaking Free, UK


International news

The European Cannabis Report. 3rd edition

Europe could be the largest dealer of cannabis in the world by 2028, according to a new study | Prohibition Partners, UK

Legal cannabis market in Europe will be worth £115,000,000,000 within ten years

The European Cannabis Report predicts the continent will have the biggest legal market of the drug and it could be worth a staggering £115 billion | Metro, UK

Key studies on psychosocial approaches in drug treatment systems

Seemingly the only feasible way to do more (recovery) with less (money), mutual aid is a major theme. Examine the evidence for whether systematically promoting engagement with mutual aid groups boosts outcomes, or just attendance. At the other end of the expense spectrum is residential rehabilitation. Should it be used more often, or remain a ‘last resort’? | Drug and Alcohol Findings, UK

France: people who inject drugs often given cheaper, less effective, hepatitis C medication

People living with HIV and hepatitis C (HCV) who have a history of injecting drug use are being offered less effective, but cheaper, HCV medication than other people with HIV/HCV co-infections, new research from France finds | AVERT, UK

Peru arrests 50 in Colombia border drugs bust

Security forces in Peru have arrested more than 50 people in the isolated jungle region of Putumayo in the first week of a 60-day state of emergency | BBC, UK

South Korea Lends Support to Bangladesh Drug War, as Death Toll Rises

Over 200 people have been killed in Bangladesh’s brutal drug war, and authorities are now receiving material support for it from the South Korean government | Talking Drugs, UK

Budding business: how cannabis could transform Lebanon

Report proposes legalising billion-dollar cannabis industry to rescue ailing economy | Guardian, UK

HSE issues ‘harm reduction’ guidelines on how to take cocaine

A rise in cocaine use in Ireland has prompted the Health Service Executive (HSE) to issue “harm reduction” guidelines on how to make taking the drug safer | Irish Times, Ireland

Ireland's first dedicated cannabis oil shop opens in Dublin

Customers can now have the experience of shopping for cannabis oil products and getting advice | Irish Mirror, Ireland

Magic mushrooms, MDMA and €25k worth of cannabis seized in Kerry grow house

The drugs were found following a planned search of a house in Cahereen Heights, Castleisland at around 5.30pm | Journal, Ireland

Alexis Goosdeel meets new Executive Director of Europol

EMCDDA Director Alexis Goosdeel today visited his new counterpart at Europol, Ms Catherine De Bolle in the first official meeting between the two heads of agencies | EMCDDA, Portugal

The Limits of Evidence-Based Drug Policy Making

We often speak about evidence-based drug policies – but presenting decision makers with the evidence rarely works in the way it is supposed to | Drug Reporter, Hungary

Growing Array of Street Drugs Now Laced with Fentanyl

Physicians, officials spotlight grim trends and possible solutions | Medpage Today, USA

Almost half of US adults who drink, drink too much, and continue to do so

A new study has found that about 40 percent of adults in the United States who drink alcohol do so in amounts that risk health consequences, and identifies a range of factors associated with starting or stopping drinking too much | Science Daily, USA

Childhood adversity increases susceptibility to addiction via immune response

A new study in Biological Psychiatry examines the relationship between early childhood adversity and immune function on susceptibility to cocaine addiction in adulthood | EurekAlert, USA

Hunger hormones offer promising avenue for addiction treatment

Hormones that signal the body's state of hunger and fullness could be the key to new treatments for drug and alcohol addiction. Gut hormones have received considerable attention from scientists seeking to understand overeating and obesity, which led the panelists to discover that those hormones are also involved in addiction | Science Daily, USA

Why Aren’t Prison Officials Treating Inmates for Hepatitis C?

Officials in many states say they can’t afford to treat all of their patients in prison for hepatitis C. Human rights experts say that’s not a good enough reason | Healthline, USA

CDC Chief Says Son Nearly Died from Cocaine Laced with Fentanyl

The director of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention revealed why he has a personal stake in fighting the current opioid epidemic: His son almost died from using cocaine laced with the synthetic opioid called fentanyl | Live Science, USA

Caves all the way down

Do psychedelics give access to a universal, mystical experience of reality, or is that just a culture-bound illusion? | Aeon, USA

A new treatment for Gambling Disorder? The answer might shock you

For patients with Gambling Disorder, approved medication is nonexistent. However, one promising treatment option for Gambling Disorder is transcranial direct current stimulation (tDCS) | BASIS, USA

World-first trial of medication for ‘ice’ addiction

In a world-first, Australian researchers are trialling a new medication to help people who are dependent on crystal methamphetamine, or ‘ice’ | Turning Point, Australia

'Evidence lacking': Auditor-General criticises cashless welfare card trial

The federal government has little chance of finding out if the first three years of its controversial $18 million cashless welfare card trial have been a success because the department running it failed to deliver a cost-benefit analysis and gave misleading statistics to the minister in charge | Age, Australia

Participants needed for survey assessing treatment preferences for chronic non-cancer pain

This study is part of the POINT (Pain and Opioids in Treatment) study being conducted by the National Drug and Alcohol Research Centre at UNSW Sydney | NDARC, Australia


Blogs, comment and opinion

CEO Blog – I’ve never been anyone’s favourite

New CEO Boris Pomroy recently visited Mentor’s Breaking Out project at HM Polmont YOI, where he met Jon, a 19 year-old offender | Mentor blog, UK

Sessions' Escalating Drug War Causing Cold Feet Over Safe Injection Centers

San Francisco was supposed to have sites up and running this month. It does not | Reason blog, USA

The trouble with edibles

On Oct. 17, smoking cannabis will become legal in Canada. As for cannabis edibles, they will take a bit longer: Cannabis-infused food products will be legal in a little less than a year’s time | Conversation, Canada