Daily news - 24th October 2018

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UK news

Westminster Hall debate - Drugs Policy - 23rd October at 2.30pm

Ronnie Cowan MP and others debate the current UK drug policies | Parliament.tv, UK

Stressed headteachers turn to alcohol

80 per cent of heads and school leaders describe themselves as stressed | TES, UK

Dispatches - Cannabis: Time to end the ban?

Over two million people smoke cannabis in the UK. Some police forces no longer prosecute for possession. Canada and several American States have legalised it. So should the UK follow suit? | Channel 4, UK

How do we retain OST patients in treatment?

In a recent Clinical Update editor Tom Jones summarises and comments on a primary care cohort study in the United Kingdom - a study that considers whether the use of methadone or buprenorphine as opioid substitution treatment (OST) was associated with a greater reduction in the risk of all-cause mortality and opioid drug-related poisoning mortality. In commenting on the paper, he considers the wider question - how do we retain patients on OST in treatment? | SMMGP, UK

PSHE KS2: Living with alcoholism - video

Toby's father has a drinking problem which results him losing his balance and falling off a ladder | BBC Teach, UK

Emily's experience of drinking alcohol at 16 - video

Emily tells how an evening of drinking alcohol led to a sequence of events that changed her life. At the time, she set out just wanting to have a good time, but after her experience with alcohol her attitude to drinking has changed significantly | BBC Teach, UK

PSHE KS3 / KS4: Alcohol abuse and binge drinking

A drama about the effects of alcohol abuse and binge drinking on young people | BBC Teach, UK

Cigarettes and the Economy

An exploration of globalisation and the economy using teenager's 'stuff' as a starting point. Interaction with a real teenager is combined with short animated clips to look at how tax and regulation works in relation to cigarettes | BBC Teach, UK

Rose's experience of taking legal highs

Rose describes how she collapsed after smoking a 'legal high' at a music festival. She reflects honestly about her experience. At 16, Rose attended a music festival with some friends, and was offered a 'legal high' called 'Pandora's Box' | BBC Teach, UK

IQOS study (heated tobacco product)

Can you help us by talking about your experiences of using IQOS with HEETS? We are looking for people to talk to us and take part in interviews for our study. Participation is entirely voluntary | KCL, UK

Re:Generate a festival exploring drug policy and racial justice

A three day festival of arts will take place in Bermondsey next weekend - focused on current UK drug policies, and the impact they have on the black community. ReGenerate will use performance, exhibtions and debate to explore the connection between the war on drugs, and racial discrimination | London Live, UK

Landlords who sold vodka made of industrial alcohol 'played roulette' with peoples' health

A pair of pub landlords who passed on dodgy spirits to their customers have been fined. Husband and wife David and Sharon Purvis of Black and Gold pub in Shieldfield Park, Tweedmouth, Berwick, sold spirits including fake Smirnoff and Glen's Vodka | ITV, UK

Ed Farmer inquest: Students 'apple bobbed in urine'

Students at an "initiation-style" event had their heads shaved and were made to apple bob in a mixture of urine and alcohol, an inquest has heard | BBC, UK


International news

The World's War on Drugs Has Failed Yet Again

It's time for a more truthful discussion of drug use because what world leaders are doing now isn't working | VICE, UK

Harry and Meghan: Duke sips kava drink as royals land in Fiji

The Duke and Duchess of Sussex have arrived in Fiji, where Prince Harry has tried kava - a traditional non-alcoholic social drink | BBC, UK

South Korea vows to arrest citizens who smoke cannabis in Canada

South Korean residents who smoke cannabis in Canada will be “punished” on their return home, the country's authorities have warned | Independent, UK

The city that gives you free beer for cycling - video

This is how the Italian city of Bologna is getting people to leave their cars behind | BBC, UK

90,000 Illegal medicines worth €376,000 detained in Ireland by the HPRA during Operation Pangea

The Health Products Regulatory Authority (HPRA), in partnership with Revenue’s Customs Service and An Garda Síochána, today revealed that they have detained almost 90,000 dosage units of illegal prescription medicines, valued at over €375,000, as part of the Interpol-coordinated Operation Pangea XI | HPRA, Ireland

Lisbon to host Third European conference on addictive behaviours and dependencies — Registration and call for abstracts now open

Leading international experts in the field of addiction science will meet in Lisbon from 23–25 October 2019 for the Third European conference on addictive behaviours and dependencies. The theme of the conference is ‘The future of addictions: new frontiers for policy, practice and science’. Registration and a call for abstracts open today | EMCDDA, Portugal

France clears use of anti-spasm drug to treat alcoholism

The ANSM national drug agency said it had cleared Baclofen, first developed in the 1970s, for alcoholism after a trial period that began in 2014, following years of off-label use in several countries | Medical Xpress, USA

Cocaine overdoses on the rise with fentanyl combo flooding the market

According to the figures from Centre for Disease Prevention and Control (CDC) there has been a sharp up-rise in the cocaine overdose over the last two years. The Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) has also said there has been an inflow of Columbian cocaine into the United States | News Medical, USA

How substance use affects adherence to PrEP among gay and bisexual men

Research has shown that drug and alcohol use interferes with anti-retroviral medication adherence among gay and bisexual men (GBM) living with HIV. There is limited parallel examination of whether the same holds true for pre-exposure prophylaxis (PrEP) adherence among HIV-negative GBM | Medical Xpress, USA

Researchers find mice lacking gene for PTPRD self-administer less cocaine

A team with members affiliated with several institutions in the U.S. has found that disabling the gene responsible for the production of the protein tyrosine phosphatase D (PTPRD) caused test mice to self-administer less cocaine when allowed to take as much as they wanted | Medical Xpress, USA

Flavored capsule cigarettes pose a threat to smokefree goals

New research from ASPIRE2025, a University of Otago research theme, challenges tobacco companies' claims they are working towards a smokefree world and suggests young people are vulnerable to tobacco companies' product innovations | EurekAlert, USA

Why Drug Dealers Are the Wrong People to Blame for the Overdose Crisis

Tyrique Wise was working at his self-owned painting and pressure washing business in Southern Shores, North Carolina, when the police came for him | Filter Magazine, USA

Canadians Are Reviewing Their Legal Weed on This Subreddit

Hey, at least some people were able to get their cannabis | VICE, USA

Strong support for legalisation of cannabis, but question over how to do it remains

There is strong support for legalising cannabis in New Zealand, although people are split about how exactly it should done | Newshub, New Zealand


Blogs, comment and opinion

Ending Racial Bias in Police Stop and Search

In April 2014, Prime Minister Theresa May (who was home secretary at the time) voiced what many of us have known to be true for decades: Stop and search is both discriminatory and ineffective at fighting crime | OSF voices, UK

Many Scholars Think Drug Courts Harm Policy Reform, Not Vice Versa

The current so-called opioid epidemic has placed an urgent frame around drug-related policy debates in Ohio | Points blog, USA

E-cigarettes and a new threat: How to dispose of them

The two largest global brands of capsule coffee, Nespresso and Keurig, are regarded by many as environmental nightmares. Billions of the throwaway nonrecyclable plastic products currently clutter waste dumps, waterways and city streets | Conversation, USA