Daily news - 24th May 2018

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Evidence and Issues Concerning Drug Consumption Rooms

Problematic and chaotic drug use (particularly by persons who inject drugs) carried on in public places such as streets and parks, creates an environment of high risk to personal and public health (including drug-related deaths and contaminated drug litter) | SSRN, UK

A doctor has warned popular children’s medicine Calpol is the ‘heroin of childhood’

A doctor has warned Calpol is becoming “the heroin of childhood” due to its growing popularity in British households | i news, UK

Drugs Strategy

To ask the Scottish Government whether its new drugs strategy will seek to support, rather than penalise, people in possession and intending to personally use small amounts of drugs | They work for you, UK

Cannabis Potency

Podcast. So, what is cannabis potency? Why has potency increased over the years? How do we even measure potency? Why is CBD so important? But more importantly...what is a Pot Tart? | What's the crack?, UK

How Drug Dealing Gangs Are Taking Over the Countryside

We took a trip to the Essex borough of Thurrock to see how the housing crisis and the "going country" phenomenon is affecting Britain's towns and villages | VICE, UK

The GPs offering a lifeline to homeless patients

So far this year, 56 homeless people have died in the UK. But a surgery in Brighton shows how coordinated care could save lives | Guardian, UK

CRC Annual Public Lecture and Reception - Prof Rudi Fortson, QC

Free event. Wed 30 May 2018 17:30 – 19:00 BST. Brighton University. The UK, which was once a pioneer and leader in the field of drug harm-reduction, is now falling behind other countries | CRC, UK

Woman charged with smuggling drugs in fruit presser

A woman has been charged with importing drugs with a street value of £22m into the UK from Mexico inside an industrial fruit-processing machine | BBC, UK

Devious duo sentenced for the import of potent meds

Naushad Gaffar and Asif Patel were sentenced at Southwark Crown court today after £5,072,886 worth of unlicensed drugs were found in their possession | Home Office, UK


International news

Cut out alcohol and bacon to slash cancer risk, say researchers

Cut out alcohol and bacon entirely to slash the risk of cancer, a new global blueprint on preventing the disease says | Telegraph, UK

France has lost the fight in drug-ridden suburbs, admits Emmanuel Macron

France has “lost the fight against drug trafficking” in many suburbs, warned Emmanuel Macron as shocking images of masked gunmen opening fire in Marseille and a brutal daylight murder highlighted the uphill task he faces | Telegraph, UK

'Unprecedented' surge in cheap, high-purity heroin expected from Afghanistan, UN warns

An unprecedented surge of high quality and low cost Afghan heroin is bound for the world’s streets after the country’s opium crop jumped two thirds to record levels, the United Nations has warned | Telegraph, UK

An Opioid Popularised by a Nazi Doctor Is Ravaging Africa

The former director of the drug enforcement agency in Nigeria estimated in 2016 that seven in ten boys were abusing drugs like tramadol | VICE, UK

IDHDP May Newsletter

Latest international policy and treatment news/discussion | IDHDP, UK

Cannabis and driving: questions and answers for policymaking

With cannabis use and policy evolving internationally, drug-impaired driving has become an increasingly relevant policy issue. This briefing aims to provide those concerned with policy developments in the field of cannabis with a brief overview of current knowledge and the latest developments in the area of driving | EMCDDA and CCSA, Portugal and Canada

Public consultation on the Evaluation of the European Monitoring Centre for Drugs and Drug Addiction (EMCDDA)

The evaluation should provide recommendations on how to enhance the performance of the Agency in undertaking its core activities, including in the areas of trans-national cooperation at European and international level, but also whether the EMCDDA's mandate is still appropriate within the context of an evolved landscape and possible financial constraints | EMCDDA, Portugal

In helping smokers quit, cash is king, e-cigarettes strike out

Free smoking cessation aids, such as nicotine patches and chewing gum, are a staple of many corporate wellness programs aimed at encouraging employees to kick the habit. But, new research shows that merely offering such aids for free does not help employees quit, whereas supplementing them with financial incentives is three times more effective | Medical Xpress, USA

Deadly Chinese Fentanyl Is Creating a New Era of Drug Kingpins

The opioid’s potency has transformed the global trafficking — and policing — of narcotics | Bloomberg, USA

Pregnant smokers may reduce harm done to baby's lungs by taking vitamin C

Women who are unable to quit smoking during their pregnancy may reduce the harm smoking does to their baby's lungs by taking vitamin C, according to a new randomized, controlled trial | Science Daily, USA

In the addiction battle, is forced rehab the solution?

The last thing Lizabeth Loud, a month from giving birth, wanted was to be forced into treatment for her heroin and prescription painkiller addiction | The Guardian, Canada



Blogs, comment and opinion

DEBATE: Is Britain missing out by not having a legal cannabis market?

George McBride, co-founder of Cannabis Europa, says YES. Edward Boyd, managing director of the Centre for Social Justice, says NO | City AM, UK

Jeff Smith: Drug safety testing can save lives – it’s as simple as that

Young people are planning the sunnier months ahead at festivals and clubs across the country. We must not miss this opportunity to protect them from drug-related harm | LabourList, UK

John Crace’s masterpiece nails the truth of all addictions

Readers respond to the Guardian writer’s ‘wonderfully precise, cogent and razor-sharp’ piece on Patrick Melrose in which he discussed his own former addiction to heroin | Guardian letters, UK