Daily news - 19th October 2018

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Crime in England and Wales: year ending June 2018

Crime against households and adults, also including data on crime experienced by children, and crimes against businesses and society. [Includes statistics on drug offences] | ONS, UK


To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what estimate he has made of the cost to the public purse of smoking cessation treatments (a) varenicline, (b) bupropion and (c) nicotine replacement therapies in each of the last three years | They work for you, UK

Drug Trafficking: County Lines

I am really pleased to have been able to secure the Adjournment debate this evening on the crucial matter known as county lines. This long-distance drugrunning is bringing misery to towns such as Barrow and coastal and rural areas right across the country | They work for you, UK

Driving under Influence

To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, if he will reduce the drink-drive limit to 50mg of alcohol per 100ml of blood | They work for you, UK

What is the one thing you would cahnge in the current UK drugs policy and why?

Facebook discussion. Ronnie Cowan MP is leading a Westminster Hall debate on UK drugs policy and wants to hear your views. Comment with your views below before 3pm on Monday 22 October | UK House of Commons Facebook, UK

Let’s Talk Good Finance

Free event. In partnership with Big Society Capital, Homeless Link and Forward Trust are delighted to present Let’s Talk Good Finance in London. This is a free event that brings together charities, social enterprises, voluntary and community businesses with social investors to network, share information and discuss the latest issues related to social investment. London, 1st November | Homeless Link, UK

Recovery Street Film Festival Screening and Panel Discussion

Free event. Thursday, 6 December 5:30pm -7.00pm (Tea from 5:00). Middlesex University. The Drug and Alcohol Research Centre is proud to host this film screening and panel discussion which presents the inspiring real life stories of recovery from the 2018 Recovery Street Film Festival | DARC, UK

MS sufferer avoids jail for importing cannabis-based drug

Christine Smith, 65, ordered the substance as a means of treating her symptoms, but it was intercepted by police | BBC, UK

Island intensive care 'full' after drugs admissions

Two of the four are in intensive care at St Mary's Hospital on the Isle of Wight after taking medicines thought to include tramadol and diazepam | BBC, UK

Father-of-two who regularly confronted drug dealers 'beaten to death on his doorstep'

Ian Tomlin, 46 was brutally attacked in a stairwell of his block of flats in Battersea, south London, after an altercation with a fellow resident - who is an alleged dealer - and a second man, witnesses said | Telegraph, UK

Wrexham 'county lines' drugs gang jailed

Three people who dealt heroin and cocaine in Wrexham have been jailed as part of a crackdown on a "county lines" drug ring | BBC, UK


International news

Codeine syrup addiction: Nigerian arrested after BBC expose

A former Nigerian pharmaceuticals executive who was implicated in a BBC investigation into the illegal sale of addictive opioids has been arrested | BBC, UK

'Stop using smokers as a cash cow': Huge push for Australia to join the UK and legalise vaping – but it means the government will miss out on billions

There is increasing pressure to legalise vaping as the price of cigarettes in Australia - already the highest in the world - continues to soar | Mail Online, UK

‘Juarez in a bottle’: Mexican moonshine made with snakes resurfaces in US

Sotol has re-emerged in Mexico and across the border thanks to growing interest in authentic and ethically sourced spirits | Guardian, UK

Canadians are still buying cannabis illegally as legal weed is ‘too expensive’

And that price appears to be too steep for many smokers, with some claiming that legally bought cannabis is simply too expensive | Metro, UK

Statement by the International Narcotics Control Board on the entry into force of Bill C-45 legalising cannabis for non-medical purposes in Canada

On the occasion of the entry into force of Bill C-45 which legalises cannabis for non-medical purposes in Canada, the International Narcotics Control Board (INCB) reiterates its regret at the adoption of this measure by the Government of Canada | INCB, Austria

Safer Consumption Spaces: Three Underground Models

“For years, the idea of a safe consumption space captivated the imagination of drug users everywhere,” says Isaac Jackson, president of the San Francisco chapter of the Urban Survivors Union... | Filter Magazine, USA

Fentanyl test strips prove useful in preventing overdoses

Among more than 72,000 deaths in the U.S. last year, fentanyl—a highly potent prescription opioid often used to lace other heroin or cocaine, but hard for drug users to detect—factored into many of cases | Medical Xpress, USA

Canada’s New Marijuana Economy: Meet the Winners and Loser

Video. It’s a new era for Canadians — the full legalization of marijuana across the country | NYTimes, USA

Canada's legalization of marijuana could hurt farmers in poorer countries

For decades poor farmers in countries like Jamaica and Morocco have risked the wrath of governments and gangsters to grow cannabis as a cash crop | CNN, Canada

How long does cannabis impairment last? Researchers are starting to find out

If rules about cannabis consumption for Canadian police are any measure, we know precious little about how long cannabis impairment lasts. The wait time for police to show up for work after consumption ranges anywhere from the next day to 28 days, with some forces prohibiting members from using the drug altogether | Medical Xpress, Canada

Presenting a strong and united front to tobacco industry interference : a content analysis of Australian newspaper coverage of tobacco plain packaging 2008–2014

In 2012, Australia was the first country in the world to introduce plain or standardised tobacco packaging, coupled with larger graphic health warnings. This policy was fiercely opposed by industry | BMJ, Australia

Message to all Federal MPs: Reject e-cigarette campaign

In a letter sent this week to all Western Australian Federal Parliamentary representatives, AMA (WA) President Dr Omar Khorshid urged them to put health first and reject companies attempting to reverse decades of successful anti-smoking achievements by weakening rules against e-cigarettes | AMA, Australia


Blogs, comment an opinion

The case for calling alcohol a drug

The words that clinicians use matter. Professors Kypros Kypri and Jim McCambridge argue that the way we categorise these words is also important, particularly in relation to drug and addiction policy. Policy could deal with smoking, drugs, and alcohol separately. Or it could bring all addictive drugs together, including alcohol, among others | BMJ editorial, UK

Closing residential rehabs only increases the suffering of addicts

Places like Chandos House in Bristol, which shuts next month, represent a genuine mechanism through which compassion can operate | Guardian, UK

Antidepressant withdrawal: reviewing the paper behind the headlines

The benefits and risks of antidepressants continue to be hotly debated, both in the scientific literature and in the media | Mental Elf blog, UK

Shopkeeper Stephen Tate supports action on cheap alcohol

Stephen Tate owns Addison News in Stockton together with his wife Julie. The pair have been working with the local community for the past 30 years and see the harms of alcohol on a daily basis | AHA UK, UK

Cannabis legalisation in the UK: How close is Britain to decriminalising marijuana?

Global attitudes towards cannabis are changing - but is the UK willing to do the same? | Evening Standard, UK

Make mine a glass of cannabis sauvignon, please

As Canada becomes the first country in the G7 to legalise marijuana, Sajid Javid wants a clampdown on UK users | Guardian, UK

Cannabis may be legal in Canada – but this is why it's still not safe to buy it online

It is disappointing that Ontarians who wish to legally partake are limited to one slow and potentially risky method | Independent, UK

Legal cannabis vs. black market: Can it compete?

The Oct. 17 launch of legal recreational cannabis in Canada brings many challenges. Retailers are now worrying about possible product shortages or web site glitches. Governments are still debating how to handle amnesties, impaired driving, and workplace safety | Conversation, Canada