Daily news - 28th November 2018

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Get an up-to-date overview of new and emerging drug-related health harms in just three pages

Read Public Health England’s summary of the latest intelligence and clinical messaging on new and emerging drug-related health harms. The information included in the ‘dashboard’ summary comes from a range of intelligence sources (including the Report Illicit Drug Reactions national pilot) and aims to support frontline practitioners, service providers and other stakeholders in responding to new and emerging drug-related health harms. Practitioners can also report adverse reactions to illicit drugs via RIDR | PHE, UK

National Naloxone Programme Scotland Monitoring Report 2017/18 (PDF)

A total of 8,397 take-home naloxone kits were issued in Scotland in 2017/18, an increase of 3% from the previous year. A total of 46,037 take-home naloxone kits were supplied in Scotland between 2011/12 and 2017/18 | ISD Scotland, UK

The scandal of ex-prisoners released into a new life – on the streets

Figures obtained by the Guardian show a 25-fold increase in rough sleeping among those who served sentences of less than six months | Guardian, UK

I Vaped in My Office to Test the Government's New Vaping Proposals

A cross-party group of MPs want to encourage vaping in the workplace – but are non-vapers able to put up with thick clouds of strawberry cheesecake? | VICE, UK

Charity to launch cannabis oil trial in hope of treating skin condition

A charity is to begin funding a clinical trial to investigate the use of cannabis oil to treat pain and itching in adults with a potentially fatal skin condition | ITV, UK

HMP Peterborough inmates 'get drugs easily'

Violence has doubled at a prison which has "suffered the ravages of the epidemic of drugs" a report said | BBC, UK

Gainsborough drug gang suspect was nominated as mayor

A former councillor now in jail for her involvement in a drugs conspiracy was nominated as mayor four months after being charged, it has emerged | BBC, UK

Barnsley massage parlour boss 'savagely murdered by drug user'

A massage parlour boss was "savagely and repeatedly" stabbed to death in her own home by a drug addict "desperate" for money, a court has heard | BBC, UK


International news

Teenagers who see adverts for e-cigarettes more likely to smoke, including tobacco, study finds

The results suggest a correlation between seeing more adverts and using e-cigarettes and tobacco cigarettes | i news, UK

Helsinki May Open Finland’s First Drug Consumption Room

Helsinki City Council has approved an initiative to consider the introduction of a safer drug consumption room (DCR) in the city, which would be Finland’s first | Talking Drugs, UK

Tobacco, gambling and alcohol donations 'rise during critical debates'

Study finds donations are targeted during debates on alcohol tax and gambling law reform and immediately before elections | Guardian, UK

Honduran president's brother accused of drug trafficking

A US court has charged the brother of Honduran President Juan Orlando Hernández with drug smuggling and weapons offences, which he denies | BBC, UK

Marijuana, mountains and money: How Lesotho is cashing in

Lesotho is aiming to make money from the booming medicinal marijuana industry, but the BBC's Vumani Mkhize says the southern African nation already has an unheralded illicit trade in the drug for recreational use | BBC, UK

Arrests for drunkenness rise sharply as economy improves

The number of people arrested for being drunk in Cork city and county has increased dramatically and it is being attributed primarily to the improving economy | Irish Examiner, Ireland

Denver trying again for possible 1st US drug injection site

Despite federal opposition, Denver is trying again to become what could be the first U.S. city to open a supervised drug injection site, a strategy that some liberal cities have tried repeatedly to launch to reduce overdose deaths fueled by a nationwide opioid epidemic | Medical Xpress, USA

Here’s How Infuriatingly Hard It Still Is to Get Medical Marijuana in New York

The sciatica pain jolting down my right leg was so severe that it was hard for me to function. All I wanted was to get the marijuana that scientific and anecdotal evidence told me would help—as permitted since 2014 in my home state of New York | Filter Magazine, USA

Recovery is impacted by our social connections

People who report greater social support respond better to treatment for heavy drinking. However, having lots of friends and family who use substances can negatively impact long-term recovery goals. This week, as part of our Special Series on Self-Directed Recovery, STASH reviews a study by Elizabeth Elms and colleagues that explored how peer substance use habits relate to successful self-directed recovery | BASIS, USA

'Sky has not fallen': Cannabis legalization didn't impact Calgary crime in 1st month

But it's still in the early days, and things could change, say police | CBC News, Canada

More detail is needed as ACT moves to legalise cannabis

Although legalising cannabis is well within the rights of the ACT, the devil will be in the detail | Age, Australia

International Indigenous Drug Policy Network Launched

An international indigenous network for drug law reform was launched yesterday at the international indigenous conference, Healing Our Spirit Worldwide – The Eighth Gathering, in Sydney, Australia | NZDF, New Zealand


Blogs, comment and opinion

Harry’s blog 76: When money talks, the truth walks

So here is how you con smokers, the public, the media and the politicians into believing that safer nicotine products are no safer than cigarettes. The basic framework is pulled from the interweb, so can be applied to many areas of public discourse but resonates with operatic clarity in the world of tobacco harm reduction. Italics are my additions or paraphrasing. Here we go…: | NSP blog, UK

The iron law of prohibition

I recently wrote about Johann Hari’s book Chasing the Scream.  It’s an unusual thing for me to do to focus so much on another person’s work, and because I enjoyed reading it and felt it had lots of important insights and stories, I felt bad criticising it.  But I’m about to write about it again | Thinking to some purpose, UK

Nanny states and grown-up debates on alcohol policy

Reducing arguments to simplistic – even incoherent – claims and accusations is not good for reasoned, public deliberation, says Professor John Coggon | IAS blog, UK

How dealing with past trauma may be the key to breaking addiction

Opening up to past trauma is difficult, but self-awareness is key to addressing issues that leave us vulnerable | Guardian, UK