Daily news - 12th November 2018

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UK news

Scottish Government continues push for safe drug consumption room in Glasgow

The news comes as it emerges that next year’s statistics are predicted to show another “significant rise” in drug deaths | National, UK

Scots drugs strategy ten years out of date, say MSPs

Scotland’s failure to tackle problem drug use has come under fire from MSPs today with a warning that the Scottish Government’s current approach is ten years old and out of touch with the current situation | Scotsman, UK

Student alcohol and research prebetion activity SARPA: Pre-intervention report (PDF)

The research has explored student drinking culture in Liverpool, as well as the prevalence of drink promotions and alternative events that are not focused on intoxication. The research has also considered approaches which would encourage students to drink less alcohol on nights out in Liverpool’s City Centre | PHI, UK

Alcohol-free student halls: do they provide safety or seclusion?

Are you going out tonight? A question which echoes around university campuses every evening as students conclude the academic side of their lives for the day and begin to consider another equally important aspect: their social lives | Student newspaper, UK

The truth about cocaine in Wales, where record numbers are dying from the drug

Once an accessory for the super rich, cocaine is more widely available, cheaper and stronger than ever before - and it is ruining lives and killing record numbers in Wales | Wales Online, UK

Wrexham residents urged to befriend homeless to help tackle drug use

Residents of a town blighted by drugs problems have been urged to speak to homeless people to help tackle the stigma surrounding the issue | BBC, UK

Police in talks to scrap 'reasonable grounds' condition for stop and search

Police chiefs in England and Wales want to expand use of the search power | Guardian, UK

The former drug addicts who took recovery into their own hands

In Lanarkshire, Bobby Stewart will shake his head as he wakes up and remembers that he is four years clean and sober, though he didn’t think he’d even make 90 days | National, UK

Indian head massage offered by Dundee drugs charity to aid recovery

Indian head massage, and other alternative therapies are being offered to people going through recovery by a leading Dundee drugs charity | Evening Telegraph, UK

Fears over north-east drug addiction centre move

Fears have been raised over the relocation of a north-east drug addiction centre to the community hospital in Fraserburgh | Press and Journal, UK

Adfam Health and Wellbeing Event

Free event. 15th November. St Luke's Church Centre, Great Colmore St, B15 2AT, 1pm to 3pm. This is an opportunity for people affected by drug and alcohol use (professionally or personally) to come together, discuss their experiences and tackle stigma. Along with a free lunch, there will be free wellbeing activities, including professional shoulder massages | Adfam, UK

Free event: The Recovery Rollercoaster

Friday, November 16, 2018 - 18:30 to 22:00. Science Gallery London - across the whole building. Take a journey through the highs and lows of addiction and recovery in an exhilarating evening bringing together artists, performers, King’s researchers and people in recovery | KCL, UK

Politics Under the Influence. Vodka and Public Policy in Putin's Russia

Free event. 6:00 pm to 8:00 pm, 12 November 2018. SSEES, 16 Taviton Street, London.“You know just how serious a problem alcoholism has become for our country. Frankly speaking, it has taken on the proportions of a national disaster.” So spoke Russian President Dmitry Medvedev in 2009 as the government launched a major anti-alcohol initiative | UCL, UK

Top trends in low alcohol beer

The rise of low- and no-alcohol beer has been welcomed by the industry and by consumers looking for healthier serves. But this segment of the sector still has a lot of room for growth | The Drinks Business, UK

The legal marijuana farm set to supply medical cannabis to the UK

Groundbreaking legislation that came into effect on November 1 means that specialist UK doctors are now able to prescribe cannabis-based products, such as CBD oil, to patients | Evening Standard, UK

Eight Merseyside taxi drivers test positive for drugs in as many days

More than 40 taxi drivers were arrested for drug-driving in 2018 and it was a "growing problem", police said | BBC, UK

Woman allowed children to use drugs at her Bramcote home

A boy died of a drug overdose after visiting a mother's home where she allowed children to use cannabis, a court heard | BBC, UK

Boyfriend of aristocrat's daughter admits he was too high to save her from drug binge death

The boyfriend of an aristocrat’s daughter who died after a two-day drug and alcohol binge has admitted he was too high on drugs himself to save her | Telegraph, UK


International news

Dublin hosts first National Drugs Forum

Ireland’s first National Drugs Forum is opening with the aim of promoting best practice in addiction services | ITV, UK

FDA to impose severe restrictions on e-cigarette flavours

The ban will be placed in convenience stores and gas stations, an agency official said | Independent, UK

Canada: officials urge action to keep edible marijuana away from children

Following a sharp increase in cannabis poisoning among young people, Canadian health professionals are calling for tighter controls to keep edible marijuana products away from minors | Guardian, UK

Cannabis being used in makeup products is on the rise

With cannabis becoming legalised in Canada and US state Oklahoma voting to legalise medicinal marijuana recently, there has been much discussion about the health benefits of the plant | Independent, UK

Mexico: president-elect Amlo's party moves toward marijuana legalization

Party has submitted legislation to legalize the possession, public use, growth and sale of marijuana | Guardian, UK

Medical cannabis: Death sentence prompts Malaysia to re-think harsh laws

A death sentence given to a young man selling cannabis oil to the ill has stirred debate in Muslim-majority Malaysia about its ultra-tough drug laws. The case has prompted calls for the country to become the first in Asia to legalise medical marijuana - but long-held stigma and a mostly conservative population means change could come slowly | BBC, UK

The cocaine trade: a global trail of violence - podcast

Anushka Asthana traces the production of cocaine from coca plantations in Colombia with the journalist Joe Parkin Daniels, Adeolu Ogunrombi from the West African Commission on Drugs andtheauthor JS Rafaeli | Guardian, UK

Pill-testing: budget office finds it would cost $16m to put services in major cities

Greens say hardline drugs policy ‘has destroyed thousands of lives and wasted billions of dollars’ | Guardian, UK

Over 100 gardaí involved in drugs blitz as cocaine, cannabis and cash seized in searches

Around €13,500 worth of suspected cocaine and cannabis herb and €8,000 in cash were seized | Journal, ireland

The boozer with no booze: Dublin pub launches Sober Sundays

MVP on Clanbrassil Street is bringing in a no-alcohol day to promote sober socialising | Irish Times, Ireland

New York to ban flavored e-cigarettes next year

Vape on this: the Cuomo administration plans to ban flavored e-cigarettes next year because so many kids are getting hooked on them | NY Post, USA

Cigarette smoking hits a low in the US, but don’t thank vapes for it

Just 14 percent of US adults smoke, according to the latest numbers from the CDC | the Verge, USA

What Will Be the Implications of Jeff Sessions’ Exit?

The day after the midterm elections saw Republicans cede control of the House of Representatives, President Trump fired Attorney General Jeff Sessions | Filter Magazine, USA

Obama-Shaped Ecstasy and Coke-Stuffed Globes Fill the DEA’s Deleted Drug Newsletter

Russ Kick, a transparency advocate who archives government websites, downloaded the publicly-available issues before they were deleted this summer | VICE, USA

“I Was Just Ignorant”—World-Renowned Vaping Researcher on His Dramatic Conversion

Dr. Riccardo Polosa is professor of Internal Medicine at the University of Catania, Italy, and a world-renowned researcher into tobacco harm reduction | Filter Magazine, USA

Parents and grandparents jammed the small hall of Thornbury, a sleepy ski town north of Toronto, to glean tips on how to talk to their teenagers about the potential harms of marijuana | NYTimes, USA

Study finds alcohol advertising rules may fail to protect Australian kids

Regulations introduced to restrict the placement of alcohol advertising are unlikely to reduce young people's exposure to alcohol marketing in Australia, new research led by Curtin University has found | Medical Xpress, Australia

Participants needed for study exploring prosocial and antisocial behaviour during early adulthood

Survey. Are you 18-20 years old and currently living in Australia? Researchers need your help to better understand the development of prosocial and antisocial behaviour | NDARC, Australia

Further deaths from synthetics

The coroner is calling for a harm reduction approach to synthetic cannabis as the death toll continues to rise | Newsroon, New Zealand


Blogs, comment and opinion

We're taxing the life out of pubs – it's time to give them a break

Things haven’t been going to well for the British pub industry. Across the country, thousands of pubs have been forced to shut their doors by high alcohol taxes, duties, and other business-unfriendly restrictions from the state.  Even the extended summer and World Cup this year provided little solace to the struggling industry | Telegraph, UK

What is Captagon?

Anew (October 2018) briefing from the European Monitoring Centre for Drugs and Drug Addiction provides information on a substance previously unknown to me, Captagon | Russell Webster, UK

These are the up- and downsides of my one-month experience microdosing LSD

Microdosing of various entheogenic substances such as LSD, Psilocybin, Mesclaine, and others made its way into all kinds of different fields of application | Medium blog, UK