Daily news - 26th June 2018

Weekly subscribe button

UK news

“Illogical” cannabis regulation blocks research into therapeutic uses, say doctors

Doctors should be able to prescribe cannabis legally and research its therapeutic use more easily, 20 prominent UK clinicians and academics have said | BMJ, UK

Doctors: 'Allow e-cigarettes on hospital sites'

Smokers should be permitted to use e-cigarettes on NHS sites, leading doctors have said | Herald, UK

Heroin: Glasgow

To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, with reference to the letter from his Department to Glasgow City Council published on 4 June 2018 on drug consumption rooms, what steps his Department is taking to protect heroin users in Glasgow against HIV infection | They work for you, UK

Drugs: Festivals and Special Occasions

To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, which (a) organisations and (b) individuals his Department has held discussions with on the consumption of illegal drugs at UK music festivals since April 2018 | They work for you, UK

Wholesale Trade: Alcoholic Drinks

To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, how many wholesalers have applied for registration under the Alcohol Wholesaler Registration Scheme since that scheme was introduced by HMRC on 1 January 2016 | They work for you, UK

Licensed Premises

To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what steps he is taking to ensure that local authorities comply with the provisions of the Equality Act 2010 to (a) eliminate discrimination and (b) advance equality of opportunity when considering restaurant, entertainment and alcohol licensing applications and re-applications | They work for you, UK

Girl dies after taking 'unknown substance' in Tavistock

Officers believe both teenagers had "suffered adverse reactions having taken an, as yet unknown, substance or substances" | BBC, UK

Festival season - BBC iPlayer radio

The sound of a young city. As we start festival season, we'll give you the lowdown of how to have the best and safest festival experience | BBC, UK

New service to support solvent-users in West Midlands

Thanks to funding from the Lloyds Bank Foundation, national charity Re-Solv is launching a new 3-year programme of support across the West Midlands for anyone, aged 17 and over, whose life is affected by solvent abuse. Re-Solv’s goal is to increase the number of solvent users entering local support services, to provide short-term supplementary support to clients as needed, and to provide keyworkers with any support – training or otherwise – that they feel they need, free of charge. Please contact Nicola Jones on 01785 817885, nicola.jones@re-solv.org for more information | ReSolv, UK

Leadership programme for community pharmacy

Applications are now open for places on the Mary Seacole Leadership Programme for Community Pharmacy - FREE places available | SMMGP, UK

Former Dundee heroin addict ‘living proof’ that folk can turn their lives around

In the depth of his addiction, John McCabe was homeless and trapped in a cycle of drug use | Evening Telegraph, UK

Ten per cent of 'recorded crime' is possession of cannabis . . . Home Affairs Minister's verdict: 'It's a waste of police time'

Bill Malarkey has announced that the department is looking at a new approach to help minor offenders rather than to prosecute them | IOM Today, UK

Wirral drug dealers sold ecstasy to children aged 12

Two "despicable" drug dealers who supplied ecstasy to children as young as 12 have been jailed | BBC, UK

Two police officers jailed following cocaine-fuelled affair

Apolice woman and her married PC lover have been jailed over a drug-fuelled affair in which she was pictured with a line of cocaine on her breasts | Telegraph, UK

Cigarettes & Chimneys

In a series tracing decisive moments in the life of our National Health Service, medical historian Sally Sheard tells the story of a mysterious epidemic in the 1950s which forced the NHS to acknowledge itsresponsibility to not just treat disease, but prevent it too | BBC radio iPlayer, UK


International news

Support. Don't Punish. Day of Action 2018

26th June is the 6th Day of Action organised so far. Last year, thousands of people across 205 cities in 93 countries took part in the fifth global day of action for the Support Don’t Punish campaign to call for better drug policies anchored in public health and human rights | Support. Don't Punish, UK

International Day against Drug Abuse and Illicit Trafficking

The International Day against Drug Abuse and Illicit Trafficking is celebrated each year to strengthen global action and cooperation to achieve the goal of an international society free of drug abuse. "LISTEN FIRST - is a new UNODC initiative launched today to increase support for prevention of drug use that is based on science | UNODC, Various countries

UK epilepsy drug set to be first cannabis-based medicine on US market

US Food and Drug Administration is expected to approve Epidiolex | Guardian, UK

Which high to buy? How to decode labels when shopping for weed

Sativa, indica or hybrid? Buzzy or chill? Organic or not? Such questions can feel head-spinning but fear not … here’s all you need to know | Guardian, UK

Changes to laws will help tackle use of drugs

Groups working at the coalface of the drugs problem are to lead calls today and tomorrow, in Dublin and Cork, for the decriminalisation of drug possession | Irish Exminer, Ireland

Almost 75% of drugs offences last year were ‘possession for personal use’

Group says State resources could be used better helping drug-users and tackling serious drug crime | Irish Times, Ireland

FDA approves first drug comprised of an active ingredient derived from marijuana to treat rare, severe forms of epilepsy

The U.S. Food and Drug Administration today approved Epidiolex (cannabidiol) [CBD] oral solution for the treatment of seizures associated with two rare and severe forms of epilepsy, Lennox-Gastaut syndrome and Dravet syndrome, in patients two years of age and older | FDA, USA

Medical milestone: US OKs marijuana-based drug for seizures

U.S. health regulators on Monday approved the first prescription drug made from marijuana, a milestone that could spur more research into a drug that remains illegal under federal law, despite growing legalization for recreational and medical use | Medical Xpress, USA

Even if cannabis is legal, please don't toke and drive: expert

A variety of conditions affect our ability to drive, including poor sleep, some prescription medications and alcohol. Cannabis is another | Medical Xpress, USA

Many Doctors Give Morphine to Babies Born With Opioid Addiction. A New Study Suggests There's a Better Way

As the opioid crisis continues, an estimated one baby is born every 20 minutes to a mother who is addicted to the painkilling drugs. But doctors have few proven ways to treat those infants who become dependent on opioids in utero and are born in withdrawal from the drugs | TIME, USA

Pain relief at a lower opioid dose

A team of researchers have found that activating nerve cell receptors along two chemical pathways -- one that has previously been linked to how the brain senses 'itch' -- may improve pain relief when combined with conventional ways to blunt pain using opioid drugs, such as morphine | Science Daily, USA

New target for treating alcoholism

Activation of a receptor with no known function in the brain reduces excessive alcohol use and the pain of withdrawal, according to preclinical research in male rats. The study, published in eNeuro, suggests a new approach towards the treatment of alcohol use disorder | Medical Xpress, USA

How does ketamine relieve depression so quickly?

Recently, ketamine has been shown to quickly and effectively reduce the symptoms of depression. And now, scientists are asking how it works so fast | MNT, USA

Meet the Canadian “Psychedelic Revolutionaries” Who Pioneered LSD Research

Tune in, turn on, read up: In his latest book, author P.W. Barber details the brain-blazing scientists who studied acid, mescaline, and other mind-expanding substances in the 1950s and ‘60s | Merry Jane, USA

Giant heroin spoon dropped to protest opioid-making pharma 

A gallery owner who left a giant 800-pound heroin spoon outside the manufacturers of highly-addictive drug oxycodone has promised to recreate the stunt in his fight against opioid use | RT, Russia

Curtin University study finds counting drinks most likely to help people cut alcohol consumption

Eleven measures, including drinking slowly, avoiding mixing drinks and eating while having alcohol, did not have an effect either way | West Australian, Australia

Government looks to expand pill testing in new drugs strategy 

The ACT Government will look to expand pill testing at events in the ACT after the successful trial at this year’s Groovin’ the Moo Festival, and monitor safe injecting centres | The Riot Act, Australia


Blogs, comment and opinion

Harry’s blog 62: GFN 2018 – Run Your Own Race

As Tina Turner said, “Simply the best” – an excellent conference that keeps on delivering. And my big take home message from the whole event was “Run Your Own Race”. This was the concluding slide of Dr Joe Kosterich’s excellent Michael Russell oration – and what it means to me is that the THR community, however defined, needs to move onto the front foot and take the message to the people who don’t sit inside the bubble. And this message, in various ways, ran right through the conference | NSP blog, UK

New data shows at least 3 in 5 short sentenced prisoners have an addiction

New data obtained by Revolving Doors Agency under Freedom of Information legislation shows that 3 in 5 (60%) of people sent to custody for less than 6 months report a drug or alcohol problem on arrival at prison | Revolving Doors blog, UK

Football World Cup: time for preventive policies in the sport settings: The FYFA project

Eurocare to promote Focus on Youth Football & Alcohol | IAS blog, UK

What do you think about legalising cannabis in the UK?

The government has announced a review into the use of medicinal cannabis – we want to hear your views | Guardian, UK

People With Substance Abuse Issues [What Europe Does For You]

With European elections coming up in May 2019, you probably want to know how the European Union impacts your daily life, before you think about voting. In the latest in a series of posts on what Europe does for you, your family, your business and your wellbeing, we look at what Europe does for people with substance abuse issues | European Parliamentary Research Service Blog, Belgium